Back To Work Enterprise Allowance

West Cork Development Partnership in conjunction with the Department of Social Protection administer supports to jobseekers wishing to set up in Self-Employment. There are a number of options available to people including the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance, The Short Term Enterprise Allowance and Self-Employment means among others.

Information talks are held monthly in Bantry, Clonakilty, Skibbereen and Macroom and following these talks people are directed to one-to-one mentoring sessions to guide people through the business planning process and the requirements of self-employment. For further information contact Kathryn at 027-55161 / 087-9876390 or email

The next information session in Bandon will take place in the Bandon Jobseekers Resource Centre, Factory Lane at 10am on Tuesday 9th July from 2.00 – 3.30pm.  To register contact Paula Shinnick 086-6058972.

Dates have not been set for Macroom, Bantry or Clonakily for July but it interested please contact Kathryn at 087-9876390

Interesting website link on accessing Finance:

Your first point of contact is generally the Jobs Facilitator as they can check your eligibility for various schemes. There have been a number of changes in Facilitators over the past year with further changes afoot from July.  Best to watch this space for updates.