Inner City Enterprise (ICE) was originally established in 1991 and has built up a demonstrable track record in assisting unemployed people as they establish their own businesses or create their own self-employment.
During the Celtic Tiger years, new start-ups became less of a priority as there was virtually full employment. Consequently, there was less of a demand for enterprise supports and in 2006, operational activities ceased, though the company and board remained in place. With the emergence of the Recession, however, the need for ICE’s services became greater than ever before. With the help of old and new directors, ICE was revitalised in December 2011 and re-engineered to meet the new demands of Dublin’s inner-city unemployed workforce.
Since then ICE has supported over 800 new businesses in setting up. 60% of these business are still in operation after two years of trading and a further 15% of these enterprise clients have returned to full-time employment. ICE has formally adopted and is publicly signed up to the Governance Code for community, voluntary and charitable organisations in Ireland.
ICE offers a range of follow up services including workshops on sales, marketing, taxation and bookkeeping amongst other topics. We run networking events for our clients and hold ICE awards celebration to acknowledge our clients’ achievements.