INNOVATION AND GROWTH PROGRAMME
The Innovation & Growth Programme is a cross border business development initiative that is part financed by the European Union under the INTERREG IVa programme. Places on the programme are limited and further information can be obtained by emailing a request to firstname.lastname@example.org
NORTHERN IRELAND SMALL BUSINESS LOAN FUND
The NI Small Business Loan Fund (NISBLF) will provide typically unsecured loans to individuals, private companies and social enterprises in the SME and micro enterprise size range, in the start-up and growth phases of development.
Loans to recipients will be in the range of £1k – £50k and may be high risk in nature, as traditional bank funding will not have been available or will have been fully exhausted.
To find out more and apply for a loan please visit; www.nisblf.com
The NI Small Business Loan Fund LP is a limited partnership registered in Northern Ireland (No. NL75) and is managed by Ulster Community Investment plc (“UCI”). UCI is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority and is licensed by the Office of Fair Trading under the Consumer Credit Act 1974 (No. 652674). UCI is registered in Northern Ireland (Company No. NI030229) at 13-19 Linenhall Street, Belfast, BT2 8AA.
RAISING FINANCE FOR SMALL FIRMS PROGRAMME
In partnership with Invest Northern Ireland, six local Councils in the North East have launched a Raising Finance for Small Firms Programme led by Antrim Borough Council. The Programme is being delivered by Full Circle Management Solutions and is funded by the European Regional Development Fund under the European Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland. Match funding is provided by Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Coleraine, Larne and Moyle Councils.
The Programme incorporates skills development workshops, tailored one to one consultancy support and launches with a series of Meet the Funder Events. These events will provide an excellent opportunity to meet with a range of financial providers and gain practical advice in accessing finance to develop and grow your business.
HOW TO PROCURE CONTRACTS FROM PUBLIC SECTOR BUYERS
If you are running a business and are interested in tendering for contracts from the public sector practical help is available from a recently launched programme that will providee valuable guidance and on-to-one consultancy support. The Procuring Public Sector Contracts programme is being delivered by Envision Management on behalf of Antrim Borough Council in partnership with Invest Northern Ireland along with Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Coleraine, Larne, Moyle and Newtownabbey Councils.
Can you help young people find a job?
Intertrade Ireland is a public body that supports and assists companies to develop cross border trade opportunities through a range of programmes and initiatives.
ANTRIM BUSINESS EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP
The aim of Antrim Business Education Partnership (ABEP) is to promote and develop partnerships between education and business. Projects managed by ABEP include a local Careers Convention, ‘Teacher Insight’ days and the 'Schools into Business' manual.
Contact: Mr Michael Doran, c/o Seven Towers Training, 30 Church Street, Antrim, BT41 4BA. Tel: 028 9448 7832 or e-mail: email@example.com
NI BUSINESS INFO
NI BusinessInfo.co.uk, launched by Invest NI, is an online service aimed at new and expanding businesses. The purpose of the service is to provide an on-line gateway for businesses seeking advice, signposting and transactions. Business users are able to access immediate information associated with setting up in business, business growth and investing in the region.
Doing business in County Antrim
Overview of Northern Ireland business
Tender for a contract
Grants and support directory
Business Boost through R&D