The locally traded enterprise (LTE) sector, encompasses a range of businesses in areas such as retail, leisure, arts, accommodation, entertainment and food, and accounts for a substantial number of the total number of businesses operating in Ireland, providing significant levels of employment across all regions.
The government’s White Paper on Enterprise 2022-2030 recognises the place of LTEs within the wider enterprise ecosystem and also the importance of ensuring development needs are met. This is particularly in the context of contributing to Ireland’s ambitions in achieving decarbonisation and digitalisation, and “enabling locally traded sectors to thrive”, “helping them to improve productivity through digitalisation and reducing energy and carbon emissions” (White Paper Pillar 5).
The department engages at a policy level with LTE stakeholders and across government, to increase its resilience and productivity and to identify any issues impacting the growth and development of ambitious firms with potential to grow and expand quality employment. We explore policy options for initiatives which would support the sustainability and growth of businesses in the LTE sector including the developmental needs and consider the challenges and opportunities arising from disruptive changes such as climate change and digitalisation, including skills development.
For LTE queries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Statement of Strategy 2023-2025
White Paper on Enterprise 2022-2030
NACE CODES Revision 2 (PDF, 228KB): Business sectors are classified under NACE (“Nomenclature statistique des activités économiques dans la Communauté européenne”) statistical classification of economic activities in the European Community system
Related information and locally traded sector resources
Supports and information for business
Local Enterprise Offices provide a range of training and advisory programmes to small businesses, as well as providing signposting for all firms to find out what resources and programmes are available from government departments and agencies.
Supporting SMEs - find the right supports
Small Business Loans – Microfinance Ireland
Free online resources on funding issues
Irish Point of Single Contact
Skills for Better Business
Leading the Way
The business environment
Climate change and digitalisation
Green For Micro - Local Enterprise Office
Climate Toolkit 4 Business
Climate action and energy supports
Climate Ready - Skillnet Ireland
Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
Ireland in the Digital Economy and Society Index - European Commission
Digital economy policy
Online Retail Scheme
General business operating environment
Corporate sustainability reporting
Companies Registration Office
Workplace Relations Commission
Health and Safety Authority
Mapping of supports
Transforming Business Through Talent - Skillnet Ireland
Competition and Consumer Protection Commission
Hidden Economy Monitoring Group - Revenue
Bills and Acts of the Oireachtas
Sector specific information
Retail sector in Ireland
Design & Crafts Council Ireland
Fáilte Ireland - Funding