Helping Unemployed People in Dublin’s
Inner City Start their own Business

Key Messages

  • Inner City Enterprise (ICE) is a not-for-profit charity established to advise and assist unemployed people in Dublin’s inner city to set up their own businesses or create their own self-employment.
  • Since our relaunch in 2012, ICE has supported over 800 new businesses in setting up. 60% of these business are still in operation after two years of trading and a further 15% of these enterprise clients have returned to full-time employment.
  • ICE has formally adopted and is publicly signed up to the Governance Code for community, voluntary and charitable organisations in Ireland.
  • ICE offers a range of follow up services including workshops on sales, marketing, taxation and bookkeeping amongst other topics. We run networking events for our clients and hold ICE awards celebration to acknowledge our clients’ achievements.


The ICE Enterprise Development Officers provide in depth, individual business advice and supports to both pre-enterprise and new start-ups including:

  • General advice and support for clients considering self-employment
  • Assistance and advice on company and tax registration
  • Access to incentives such as the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance
  • Assistance with loan and grant applications
  • Enterprise workshops
  • Assistance with accessing additional supports from local agencies
  • Assistance with the preparation of a business plan


ICE provides accessible and affordable loans to help convert business plans into reality. Loans can range from €1,000–€5,000, repayable over 3 years at a very attractive interest rate for the following:

  • Capital Expenditure
  • Working Capital
  • Business Premises

ICE is also a recognised conduit for Microfinance Ireland who provides loan finance up to €25,000.


A key element of ICE’s support package is the provision of voluntary Business advisors to ICE client businesses. ICE ‘s Business advisory panel is made up of individuals from organisations such as Accenture, Tesco, Irish Distillers, Grant Thornton, Bank of Ireland, A & L Goodbody’s, and Keeling’s, all of whom are volunteering their services pro-bono.

The Business advisor’s primary role is to provide specialist advice to commercially viable projects, with comprehensive hands-on support being provided by ICE’s Enterprise Officer. ICE matches the needs of an individual client’s business with the skills and expertise of a Business advisor in the relevant sector.