Celebrating 15 years as a National Association in 2023
CEAI is committed to developing long-term partnerships based on trust, a willingness to collaborate, and an ambition to succeed.
Through collaboration, advocacy, and strategic partnerships, we ensure that our Association continues to build on its reputation and
standing as the Voice of Authority for the community enterprise sector in Ireland.
CEAI has been a significant stakeholder in and a committed champion of the community enterprise sector for over twenty years now, has operated as a national representative organisation since 2008, and has been a fully incorporated CLG since 2019.
The progression of our Association from seven regional networks in the early noughties to its position today as the Voice of Authority for the sector is testament to the commitment, ambition, and tenacity of a sector that has continued to grow, despite the many
challenges that have arisen over the last two decades.
CEAI has a unique role as the Voice of Authority for the community enterprise sector, a conduit between national policy and local practice, and a driver of quality and performance excellence.
The sector is key to the delivery of a wide range of local, regional, and national policies which look to community enterprise centres and enterprise hubs as key contributors to balanced regional development, digitalisation, smart specialisation, and remote working. These policies also give enterprise centres and enterprise hubs key roles in building thriving local, regional, and national economies.
Enterprise centres and enterprise hubs play vital roles in their local communities and in the delivery of strategies designed to drive local, regional, and national economic development.
At a local level, they contribute to economic stability and social cohesion, while, nationally, they offer an enabling environment for the growth and success of both the HPSU and SME sectors.