Successful Year for Enterprise Development

In 2013 WCD Enterprise Offices assisted over 100 people set up their own businesses with the support of the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance, in conjunction with th Dept of Social Protection.  This programme aims to help people make the transition from unemployed to self employed.

One of our enterprise supports is the Business Development Programme, where people receive guidance and advice on how to go about establishing their own business.

Two such candidates who availed of this support were Keith Dunne of Curraghmore Home & Garden Maintenance and Deirdre English of Bahia.

Keith Dunne, a carpenter by trade contacted Dan Grehan, in our Mullingar Enterprise Office,  after a decline in the building sector left him unemployed. Mr Dunne identified a niche in the market where new houses were not being built but all existing homes and gardens still needed maintenance, so he decided to set up a one-stop-shop for all your home and garden maintenance. After this he then enrolled on the Business Development Programme, where he received assistance with compiling his Business Plan as well as guidance in setting up and running a profitable business. Keith was  approved for the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance Scheme through the Department of Social Protection which assisted him in turning this idea into a reality. Keith's motto is that "a satisfied customer is your greatest salesperson" and as well as getting repeat work from existing customers he is also getting referrals for new work.

Contact Keith:087 9674433 or email: or visit

Deirdre English, who studied holistic therapies as well as business management and marketing in Australia. She also gained experience in marketing after managing a market stall in Sydney that also involved importing and buying stock from overseas. When she returned to Ireland she wished to continue her passion of trading in hand crafted products. She had the knowhow and a vision but was unsure how to turn her idea into a reality, so she contacted WCD where she received assistance with her business plan and practical guidance on how to go about setting up her own business. From this, she went on to establish Bahia a spiritual shop located in Dominick Place, Blackhall Mullingar. Bahia which was established in 2010, deals in a wide range of products from locally handcrafted to pieces from all over the world.

Contact Deirdre English of Bahia:

For more information on the Business Development Programme or our other Enterprise Supports contact Dan Grehan on 044 9348571 or email:

or Seamus McKenna on 090 6494555 or email: