GNÓ Means Business
Foras na Gaeilge is committed to supporting the Business Community in exploring and developing the practical business application of the Irish language and to this end match-funding up to the maximum value of €3,000 is provided through our Business Support Scheme. Click here to download an Application Form.
In addition to this, grants with a value of up to €12,000 / £8,000 are also available through our support fund ‘Innovation in the Business Sector’ to facilitate and normalize the use of Irish within the relevant field.
Welcome to the new section of ‘Gnó Means Business’ which focuses on the function and use of the Irish language in a business capacity. The aim of this section is to provide a central source of information to other related parties who wish to use the Irish language as a practical and productive business tool.
Foras na Gaeilge is constantly developing a wide programme of services and support through our special branding campaign Gnó Means Business which aims to facilitate and increase the practical use of Irish within the business sector. We strongly believe that the Irish language can be a great advantage to every type of business in various ways, even if you don’t have fluent Irish! Recent times have seen the practice of bilingualism become increasingly popular in both the public and private business sectors and, accompanying English, the unique characteristics of the Irish language are being effectively harnessed by the Business Community as a marketing tool on signage, stationery, packaging and advertisements.
It is understood that the business sector has specific requirements and The Business Advisory Group was set up with suitable representation from business sector groups, both North and South, to advise on the development and implementation of the Gnó Means Business support and awareness programme. Foras na Gaeilge is currently undertaking a comprehensive research programme in collaboration with other related business sector parties in evaluating and developing The Business Case for the Irish Language. As part of the business case, a growing number of pioneering companies are highlighted for Best Practice in relation to innovative and practical ways to use the Irish language on a business basis. In addition to this, an extensive visual database of other practical usage of Irish in a business context is presented in The Business Archive which is custom-designed to your own specific business interest, whether it is Retail, Hospitality, Professional Services, Construction or Information Technology.
Foras na Gaeilge is committed to supporting the Business Community in exploring and developing the practical business application of the Irish language and to this end match-funding up to the maximum value of €3,000 is provided through our Business Support Scheme. Our Business Support Scheme will open to applications again in January 2015, and we can be contact with enquiries at firstname.lastname@example.org in the interim.
Over the last few years, Foras na Gaeilge has developed a strong relationship with strategic partnerships from the business sector and we are delighted to have been the main sponsor of annual Top-50 business awards, The Irish Language Television Advertisement Awards in association with TG4, All-Ireland Marketing Awards in association with the Marketing Institute of Ireland, C-Store Awards in association with ShelfLife and also within the Tidy Towns Competition where there is specific emphasis on the use of Irish in the business sector.
We hope that you will find this new section useful and we will be continuously updating and adding to all the sections – keep a regular check!