Public consultation on the preparation of the White Paper on Enterprise

The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment invites submissions from the public to inform the development of a White Paper on Enterprise.


Government has approved the development of a White Paper on Enterprise in 2022, to be led by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment (DETE).  

Purpose of the White Paper on Enterprise

As Ireland looks towards 2030, the country is facing a variety of mutually reinforcing challenges – from digitalisation to decarbonisation as well as geopolitical and global economic changes. Arguably, Ireland now faces a ‘hinge moment’, a pivotal turning point that could profoundly shape our future economy and society. 

The White Paper on Enterprise will ultimately serve as a cornerstone in protecting the core elements which make Ireland’s economy attractive for enterprise to flourish, ensuring a competitive environment that promotes micro, small and medium enterprises’ establishment and growth in the locally traded and international economies, whilst remaining attractive to international Foreign Direct Investment. The White Paper will explore several high-level policy questions under the thematic areas of strategic direction for the enterprise sector, enterprise objectives and challenges, as well as levers or policy instruments at our disposal. 

Guide for submissions 

The development of the White Paper will be underpinned by an extensive consultation process, to ensure the views, experience and aspirations of Ireland’s citizens, workers and businesses are adequately captured in the analysis. 

Submissions should be no longer than 1,500 words and should be submitted by email to The closing date for submissions is 5pm on Friday, 29 July 2022. 

Data Protection and Freedom of Information

We are committed to engaging with stakeholders in a clear, open, and transparent manner. Any person or organisation can make a submission in relation to this consultation. All submissions and feedback will be considered by the department. 

Please note that it is intended that all submissions received will be made available under the Freedom of Information Act 2014 (FOI) and as such may be published on our website. 

In responding to this consultation, parties should clearly indicate where their responses contain personal information, commercially sensitive information, or confidential information which they would not wish to be released under FOI or otherwise published. 

We would like to draw your attention to the department's Data Protection Data Privacy Notice which is available on our website and explains how and when we collect personal data, why we do so and how we treat this information. It also explains your rights in relation to the collection of personal information and how you can exercise those rights.

Update January 2023

Following completion of the White Paper on Enterprise, and in line with Data Protection and Freedom of Information guidelines as stipulated during the launch of the public consultation, all 127 submission received by the department during the public consultation process are now available for public access below.

Topics: The Business Environment