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Certificate in Family Business - SPRINGBOARD+

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Discipline: Business

Location: Galway - Dublin Road

NFQ Level: 6

Programme Duration: One year

Mode of Study: Part time

Entry Requirements: A level 5 qualification (or equivalent) under the National Framework of Qualifications, in any discipline or be over 23 years of age.

Places: 50

Why Study?

The aim of this Certificate in Family Enterprise is to stimulate the maintenance, establishment and growth of family-owned enterprises in the West of Ireland through developing entrepreneurial competences in key areas. 

The course is designed for those involved in family enterprises, whether employed or unemployed, including owners and managers of family businesses, family members and full-time and part-time staff working in these enterprises.


What to expect

This new innovative course will have six modules:

  1. Family Business
  2. New Venture Creation
  3. New Venture Planning
  4. Introduction to Accounting and Tax
  5. Marketing and Market Research
  6. Law for Family Business

All the modules will be taught online.

All the modules will be recorded in order to allow participants to log on to the programme site at times that are convenient to them and their family enterprises.



A study performed by the European Commission estimates that 75% of all businesses in Ireland are family enterprises. There are approximately 200,000 Irish family enterprises in Ireland and they employ 40% to 50% of private sector workforce.

The West has a long tradition of successful family-run businesses with PortWest, Carraig Donn, Smyths Toys, Supermacs, Horkans Lifestyle & Garden Centres to mention a few.

This is supported with the recent European Entrepreneurship award for 2018 and new programmes e.g Empower 2017 for women entrepreneurs.

In addition, the recent commitment of the government Project 2040 plan to support the economic development of the Atlantic Economic Corridor will encourage further development of family led business in the west. By partnering with innovation hubs in the region to deliver and promote these skills will ensure sustained economic development of the west.

99% of active enterprises in the West of Ireland region are SME’s with 93.6% of then being micro businesses. This highlights the need for continued support in enterprise development at start up stage through to business development and growth. The opportunity to build the economy of the west through development of entrepreneurial skills and development of family led business is critical.

Programme Modules

  • Family Business
  • New Venture Creation
  • Introduction to Accounting and Tax
  • Marketing and Market Research
  • New Venture Planning
  • Law for Family Business

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Free to employed and unemployed applicants.


Application process

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To complete your application process you must email the following

  1. A scanned copy of your EU Passport, or a scanned copy of your non-EU Passport with a copy of your Stamp 4 visa.
  2. A copy of your Curriculum Vitae.
  3. A scanned copy of a recent payslip if employed showing your PPSN, or a scanned copy of a recent payment slip if in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance/ benefit, or a copy of a recent Bank Statement showing receipt of a different, eligible, Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection, or a letter from your Accountant confirming that are Self-employed, or an Affidavit signed by you and the appropriate third-party confirming that you are a Homemaker.

When sending jpgs they must be attachments to your email, -not jpgs within emails. Documents sent as ZIP fles cannot be accepted - they must be send as individual documents.

Contact Us

Peter Butler
Graduate & Professional Development
Galway Mayo Institute of Technology
Dublin Road
Galway City

(091) 742328



Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for employability, inclusion and learning 2014-2020