Support for local start ups

Answers, answers, answers

If you're thinking of setting up a business or a social enterprise, or have recently started a business in Northern Ireland for local customers, you’ve probably got a million questions in your head. How do I do market research? How do I write a robust business plan? What do I need to be aware of when employing people? How do I deal with tax? will give you all the answers through My New Business, a free online service that provides step-by-step support to starting a business.

My New Business offers access to a wide range of videos, tools, e-learning tutorials and case studies alongside key start-up tips and advice. You can use their checklists to help you complete the distinct tasks you must consider when starting a business. There is also clear signposting to the start-up programmes and events offered by Councils and organisations such as the Enterprise NIYENIWomen in Business NISocial Enterprise NI and Catalyst Inc.

Go for it

You can develop your business plan with help from your local Council through their free Go for it programme which is available to anyone interested in starting a business or a social enterprise in Northern Ireland.

It offers tailored guidance from a business advisor who will help you:

  • Clarify your business idea
  • Spot potential problems
  • Set out your goals
  • Measure your progress
  • Access finance to start and grow your business

To make an appointment, call 0800 027 0639 or visit Go for it

Business advisory service

You can also access our free Business advisory service.

It is on hand to:

  • Offer tailored advice and guidance
  • Signpost you to the most appropriate start-up support for your business
  • Provide information on all of Northern Ireland’s business support organisations that could support your business

You can contact our Business advisory service on 0800 181 4422, Contact us or through our live chat service.

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Contact our
Business support team
0800 181 4422
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