The Liffey Trust Centre

Helping startups fnd their feet for over 30 years with over 200 companies & 1000 jobs created to date
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The Liffey Trust Centre

With it’s motto in mind the Liffey Trust was founded in 1984 to help potential entrepreneurs and community groups to become established.

We are a charitable organisation that formed with the conscious decision to finance our activities and develop the Liffey Trust Centre by our own efforts and not with any government help. At the Liffey Trust we are proud of our success in achieving this and becoming financially self-sufficient.

In the past 30 years, we have helped over 200 businesses find their feet creating jobs for over 1,000 people.

 Registered Charity Number: 20012298.

Dr. Séamus McDermott


Seamus is the founder of the Liffey Trust. He has helped more than three hundred small businesses to be established throughout Ireland.

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The Dr. Séamus McDermott Scholarship for Entrepreneurship

The Séamus McDermott Entrepreneurial Scholarship has the principal purpose of promoting the concepts of job creation, entrepreneurial development and education for life, in the minds of undergraduate students commencing their studies in University College Dublin.

The Liffey Trust Services

The Trust has identified the needs of entrepreneurs which were not catered for by the existing help agencies.
It provides the following services nationwide:

  • It prepare Business Plans, Feasibility Studies, and Grant Applications, free of charge.
  • It advises on ways and means of raising finance to help persons setting up their own business.
  • It provides guidance on the way to set up accountancy and control systems for new businesses.
  • It provides management consultancy for the first year.
  • It provides free marketing consultancy for the first year.
  • It provides work space if available in Dublin with reduced rent for new businesses while they are being established.
  • We take care of the bureaucratic procedures.
  • We help a new business to decide its legal structure; to become registered; to obtain a VAT number; to register for PAYE and PRSI and to obtain sub-contractors numbers
  • It provides working space (retail, commercial, Food Kitchens and services accommodation) with reduced rent for new businesses while they are being established.

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The Food Hub

The marketplace area of The Liffey Trust houses 10 purpose-built kitchens. The Food Hub is currently the home to the food production units of some of the finest eateries & catering companies in Dublin such as Sushi King, The Bakehouse, Lolly and Cooks, Caffe Parigi, Kokoro Sushi Bento, Urban Picnic, Drop Chef, Airbnb, Let’s Eat & Las Tapas de Lola. 

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The Liffey Trust Centre


In its Enterprise Centre in Dublin, the Trust has units which it lets to small enterprises that are established and also to startups. To date, the Trust has helped more than 200 enterprises creating employment for approximately 800 persons.

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Objectives of the Trust

It identified the immediate and urgent requirements of new businesses and it therefore provides the following services:
It helps prepare business plans, feasibility studies and grant applications, free of charge. It advises on ways and means of raising finance and provides guidance on how to set up accountancy and control systems and provides free management and marketing consultancy. It takes care of bureaucratic procedures, helping new enterprises to choose their legal structure, register for PRSI, PAYE and VAT and obtain, if required, sub-contractors certificates.

Latest News from The Liffey Trust Centre

Impact of the Séamus McDermott Entrepreneurial Scholarship at UCD

Impact of the Séamus McDermott Entrepreneurial Scholarship at UCD

The Liffey Trust entered a partnership with University College Dublin in 2019 where students enrolled at UCD for a four-year course of their choice can obtain the Entrepreneurial scholarship. The scholarship is valued at up to €12,000 (€3,000 per year for the duration...

Office Space now available in our Hive!

Office Space now available in our Hive!

Looking for office space in the heart of Dublin? Look no further than The Liffey Trust Office Hive! We are excited to announce that office space is now available at The Liffey Trust, located in the heart of the vibrant Dublin Docklands. Each office space is a bright,...

Recipient of The Dr.Seamus McDermott Scholarship at UCD Announced

Recipient of The Dr.Seamus McDermott Scholarship at UCD Announced

The Liffey Trust is delighted to announce awardee Adam McIntyre (Computer Science, Year 1) as this year's recipient of The Dr. Séamus Mc Dermott Entrepreneurial Scholarship for University College Dublin. The Liffey Trust provides yearly scholarships to undergraduate...

What Clients Say?

The Liffey Trust could be one of the biggest and best secrets in Dublin's start-up eco-system. Based in Silicon Docks, the Trust is within easy reach of most of Dublin's biggest tech companies, services and other start-up hubs. The Liffey Trust building is perfect for startups looking for their first base, with flexible arrangements, great facilities for 'work, rest & play', opportunities to scale-up and access to a vibrant community of other start-ups who all call Liffey Trust 'home'. Best of all of The Liffey Trust team who act as partners and not landlords and who work tirelessly and with a smile to accommodate your needs. I couldn't recommend The Liffey Trust any more highly; get in if you get a chance.

Eoghan Stack – CEO, DCU Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurs

Liffey Trust was a great partner to us on the DCU UStart programme. We found the staff to be helpful and accommodating at all junctions. They have a complete understanding of startup life which made it very easy for our startups to continue on letting space after our programme finished. The Liffey Trust is continually my first recommendation for people who are looking for space to start out on their startup journey.

Paddy Quinlan – UStart Manager & Propeller Coordinator, DCU Ryan Academy

On the premises coming up on 3 months now, we are a start-up financial services subsidiary of our New Jersey head office. We find the office location to be perfect basically; With our major client base being the IFSC and Dublin south, we are far enough away but also very close - the local LUAS (street tram) station is situated just outside the door. Our second point of interest - Dublin Airport, is also easily within reach being 15/20 mins away. I couldn't fault the facilities; Excellent space, cleaned and maintained regularly by very pleasant staff. And while on the note of staff, I seem to constantly have to remind myself that Michelle and Áine (from the management office) don't actually work for us. From the initial move-in to this very morning, both have been a constant and reliant source of materials and invaluable information, we simply would not be where we are without them. I would highly recommend The Liffey Trust Centre for any start up (or established Business).

Stephen O’Reilly – Collateral Management Operations, EZOPS

The team at the Liffey Trust Centre wholly understand what it means to be a start-up. They go over and beyond to look after their tenants and since we moved here we couldn't be happier. The location is perfect, facilities are more than what's required and the atmosphere is busy and friendly.

Sean McNulty – Founder, My Money Platform

The Liffey Trust gives you more than just office space, it gives your business the space to concentrate on what is important, by taking away the burden of worrying about massive overheads such as rent and utilities. Great people, great facilities, great location.

Richard Glynn – CEO & Producer, Studio PowWow

The Liffey trust, was an excellent place to grow our business, they were both flexible and accommodating as well as providing some great networking opportunities. I would certainly recommend their modern bright office spaces.

Brian Mullane – CTO, Bragbet

It is hard to put into words how amazing the Liffey Trust team are. We based our startup within one of the awesome spaces in the building for about eight months right after we completed an accelerator programme. Not only are the offices cool and nicely designed, but there is always the added benefit of the peer-to-peer learning on hand from the many other young companies also based here. Add to this the in-house table-tennis, pub and outdoor balconies and you have the perfect storm!

Simon Dempsey – CEO, LikeWhere

Great location for a start-up. It was ideal for attracting employees with The Point luas stop, Connolly station and Swords express bus on your doorstep. The team at the Liffey Trust where super helpful to our companies growth and I cant recommend them more.

Colin Napper – CEO Rentview

The Hive in the Liffey Trust Centre is a great place to be. You aren't just in an isolated office, you are surrounded by other great like-minded people and businesses.

Darragh Turley – CEO Defiant Games.

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The Liffey Trust, 117-126 Upper Sheriff St. Dublin 1, Ireland
(01) 836 4645