A new programme, funded by Mid Ulster District Council and delivered by Cookstown Enterprise Centre, is offering up to 20 local businesses the opportunity to accelerate their growth and competitiveness.
The Business Development Programme, part of the Council’s overall economic development strategy, is now open for applications from micro and small Mid Ulster-based businesses which would like to benefit from a diagnostic audit, followed by up to 3.5 days’ one-to-one consultancy support worth over £1,000.
This support can comprise one or a mix of core business areas, including the development of business plans to Invest NI standard to effective pricing, implementation of quality standards, sales and marketing, human resource and financial management.
Speaking about the programme, Chair of the Council’s Development Committee, Councillor Frances Burton, said:
“The micro and small business sector is a vital part of our local economy and it is crucial that even the smallest businesses have the opportunity to access professional business support and capitalise on business development opportunities to enhance their future competitiveness.
“This is exactly what this programme aims to do, by ensuring knowledge and resources are within the grasp of small businesses and I would encourage those which are eligible to take advantage of the opportunity currently on offer”.
To be eligible to apply, businesses must be located in the Mid Ulster District Council area and not eligible to receive similar assistance from elsewhere. Applicants should note this is a competitive application process and demand is expected to be high.
For further information and to request an application form for the Mid Ulster Business Development Programme, please contact Cookstown Enterprise Centre on 028 8676 3660 or email: [email protected].
Completed application forms must be returned by 4pm Friday 10 June 2016.