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Are you thinking of starting a business in Ireland? Alan Keane & Co. is here to help.

We know that starting a business can be daunting. Our experienced staff can provide all the information, advice, and tips you need to successfully start your own business.

If you are thinking of starting a business there are a number of issues you need to consider. Different supports and regulations apply, depending on your particular situation. You may be employed, unemployed or someone who is coming from outside Ireland to set up a business.

We provide advice on:

Legal structures

You can set up a business as a sole trader, as a partnership or as a limited company. The type of structure you choose depends on the kind of business you are running, with whom you will be doing business and your attitude to risk. We can offer advice on the best structure for your business which will yield the best long-tern results.

Unemployed people – assistance

If you are unemployed you may be eligible for the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance (BTWEA) or the Short-Term Enterprise Allowance (STEA). If you are starting a business, you also may get extra supports under these schemes, for example grants for training, market research, business plans and access to loans to buy equipment. Please contact us for more information »

Business plan and funding

Need assistance in preparing a Business Plan to measure the viability of your business. We can assist in the preparation of both business and financial plans aimed at a range of businesses including start-ups, established businesses seeking to expand or innovate, businesses entering export markets and businesses with financial difficulties.


How your business is taxed depends on whether it is incorporated as a company. If it is a company then it is liable for corporation tax. If your business is not incorporated you are considered to be a sole trader and you pay tax under the self-assessment system.


The decision to register for Vat can be daunting and unnerving. For the best advice on how and when to register please contact us.


If you are self-employed you pay Class S social insurance contributions. If you require information on this please contact us.

Many people dream of starting their own business. Alan Keane & Co. is dedicated to those who get up and get started!