Part of the Government’s long-term plan for the economy and for addressing the fallout from the Brexit vote is to help Irish-based companies get better at exporting their goods and services.
Research shows that every additional job in the export sector supports another new job in the locally traded sector.
Enterprise Ireland’s Job Expansion Fund (JEF) supports this aim by offering up to €150,000 to help with the recruitment of staff at Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
Irish-based firms in manufacturing or traded services embarking on an export-orientated project are eligible. Prospective employers must be in business for at least two years and demonstrate the potential to increase turnover by a minimum €350,000 over two years after the award of the grant.
They must be recruiting at least three people into full-time, non-sales positions to qualify for up to €15,000 per new employee. The new jobs must be retained for a minimum of three years from the date of last payment of the grant package.
The deadline for applications is December 5 and is open to Enterprise Ireland clients and Small and Medium-sized companies with an export focus.
Enterprise Ireland advises interested employers to consult with one of their advisers before submitting an application.