A range of events for those looking to start or grow their business are taking place around the country in the coming weeks. We've a snapshot of some of the highlights.

This week the CSO published latest unemployment figures, trips taken by Irish residents in Ireland in 2015, levels of production and manufacturing. We've the key points to know from these reports.

Young entrepreneurs in secondary schools across the country are gearing up for the National Finals of the Student Enterprise Awards coming up later this month, where 300 will exhibit their business. We've more on the competition.

In the run up to the National Finals of the 2016 Student Enterprise Awards, we spoke to one former winner about their experience and advice for young entrepreneurs.

InterTradeIreland's Seedcorn competition is now accepting applications. Now in its 14th year, the competition has an overall prize fund of €280,000 along with valuable networking opportunities. Find out more about the competition.

Atlantic Bridge, supported by Enterprise Ireland, announced €140m fund for businesses this week. And €251m in competitive funding has been won by projects with Irish participation from Horizon 2020.

Find out how one furniture designer took the leap to start her own design business, how her Local Enteprise Office helped along the way, and her advice for fledgling entrepreneurs.

Did you know 48,000 people work in Ireland's design sector? We've details of training and mentoring supports from Design & Crafts Council of Ireland for anyone starting or growing a design business.

As latest CSO data shows 17.1% increase in overseas visitors over the past three months compared to last year, we look at some of the key stats about how the industry performed last year.

Local authorities in the West and North West have set up an initiative to help Irish companies interested in exporting test new markets - namely in the USA. We've the details, and where to go for more information.


Government Programmes

There are two complementary, Government-wide plans to tackle the jobs challenge:

APJ 2015Action Plan for Jobs
Find out how Government Departments and Agencies work together to improve conditions for creating jobs.

Pathways to Work

Check out the Government’s four-year strategy to radically reduce the number of people on the Live Register.