Funding for Growth

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Funding for Growth

Are you an established company, looking to grow your business and in need of new finance options?

InterTradeIreland's Funding for Growth programme is aimed at SMEs who are looking for new or alternative sources of funding to finance business growth. Details of our supports are outlined below.

Phase Two of the Programme will commence in Autumn 2017

What are the Alternative Sources of Funding?

The banks have always been the principle drivers of business finance, however there is now an increasing choice of alternative funding available in the market today. This includes Asset Financing, Asset Based Lending (ABL), Peer to Peer Lending (P2P), Equity Funding, Crowd funding and Government Backed Loan Funds.

Watch our 3 min Video for an overview of the alternative forms of finance available.

InterTradeIreland Supports

We offer companies the following business support options:


  • These workshops are FREE and are held at various locations across the island.
  • They will cover the main sources of funding including bank funding, trade credit and finance and alternative funding sources including private equity and crowd funding.
  • Grant Thornton, one of the world's leading organisations of independent assurance, tax and advisory firms will assist InterTradeIreland with the delivery of these Funding for Growth workshops.
  • At each workshop you will hear from funding providers, a Grant Thornton corporate finance expert and you will also find out about SME supports available from InterTradeIreland.
  • The workshops will focus on the various funding options available and provide practical lessons in applying for and securing funding for growth.


Our FREE regional advisory clinics give you the opportunity to meet with a corporate finance expert to discuss in private and on a one to one basis your individual funding for growth plans. Please note that eligibility criteria and short listing may be applied for clinics.

Our Funding for Growth programme is currently subject to an evaluation. We hope to roll out the next phase of the programme shortly.

Meet the Funder Events

Two Meet the Funder events were held in April 2016.  Both events provided delegates with information on and access to a range of funding providers.  Speakers addressed how businesses should approach the funding process and the events also provided companies with an opportunity to network with funding providers.

Presentations given at the events can be downloaded here:

The Funding Environment presentation - Michael Neary, Grant Thornton (1,244 KB)
Sources of Finance for SMEs - Charlie Kerlin, Grant Thornton (923 KB)

Not what you're looking for?

If this programme is not suitable for your business needs why not have a look at our other InterTradeIreland finance supports.