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Keep up-to-date with business funding opportunities, from support available via the Council to central government and other sources of funding.



Current Opportunities



PLATO MID ULSTER – A New Growth Opportunity for Mid Ulster Businesses

Mid Ulster businesses are invited to join a new Programme to help drive their business growth in an ever competitive market place with support from local entrepreneurs which will:

  • Enhance business performance and competitiveness
  • Increase your local and regional network base
  • Provide a monthly Forum for owners /managers to develop management skills; and,
  • Facilitate sharing of experiences and resources.

Membership fee: €300 per business (Programme is part-funded by Council)

If you’d like more information about this Programme, contact Dr Cecilia Hegarty (Co-ordinator) cecilia@platoebr.com or tel: 00 353 86022 7123 or visit www.platoebr.com to request a call back.

PLATO consists of four Enterprise Offices and County Councils in Cavan, Louth, Meath and Monaghan and two Northern Ireland partners, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council and Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council.

The Skills Focus Programme Subsidised Training for Business

South West College can provide bespoke training for staff in your business leading to a recognised qualification. The Skills Focus Programme has been designed to increase the skill level of the existing workforce and covers 75% of the costs of training. 

South West College can work with you to design, build and deliver a tailored training plan with provision in a wide range of sectors including:

  • Engineering (Welding including coded, Autocad, Solidworks, Lean Manufacturing, Hydraulics);
  • Tourism & Hospitality (Supervising Food Safety, Customer Service, Wines & Spirits, Food Hygiene);
  • Health & Social Care (Childcare, Social Care);
  • Business and IT (Team Leading, Supervisor Training, Coaching & Mentoring; E-marketing, Microsoft);
  • Motor Vehicle (Accident Repair, Diagnostics);
  • Leisure (Fitness Instructing).

Funding is available to cover all accredited training courses at Level2 and above.

For further information please contact:

Nicola Quinn at Innotech Centre, South West College

Tel: 028 8225 5223

Email: Nicola.Quinn@swc.ac.uk

Or visit: www.swc.ac.uk


In an ever changing and increasingly competitive marketplace, innovation is integral to business growth and success.

With Co-Innovate, you can learn about the benefits of innovation, identify opportunities for growth in your business and create a vision to make it happen.

Co-Innovate, a new programme supported by the European Union's INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body, will help you harness ideas to:

  • Work smarter
  • Equip you for future challenges
  • Add value to your business
  • Help you stand out from the competition
  • Boost your bottom line.

Co-Innovate will give you the tools and tailored support to help you innovate, differentiate and compete successfully.

Every company's innovation needs are different so each company's journey through the programme is unique.

The programme offers graduated levels of support including free workshops; individual business health checks; detailed innovation audits; sectoral networks; project management placements and one-to-one expert mentoring.

Is my business eligible?

If you're an SME from the manufacturing and tradable services sectors, from the eligible regions*, you can apply.

Priority sectors include renewable energy, life and health sciences, and agri-food. However, we welcome applications from all eligible businesses.

Simply register your interest at: co-innovateprogramme.com/register

Access Expertise to develop your business with Invest NI

What could a £5,000 Innovation Voucher do for your business?

An Innovation Voucher provides funding to small and medium sized businesses to work with an expert Knowledge Provider from a University, College or other Public Sector Research Body bringing new knowledge to help businesses innovate, develop and grow.

Typical projects we support include:

  • Ideas for new or improved products, processes and services
  • Access to information and expertise on new materials
  • Tapping into research and scientific expertise

For more information and to find out if your business is eligible, please click here


If you are a micro business or know someone who is, then check out the support available through InterTradeIreland's Elevate programme. Aimed at companies with under 10 employees who want to grow their business by identifying new customers and markets - up to £5000 in consultancy support is now available.

InterTradeIreland is now actively looking for companies. The programme is 100% funded by InterTradeIreland and the application process is simple.

Support is available for:

  • Sales Leads
  • Sales Negotiations
  • Market Research
  • Developing of Marketing Materials

Further information is available by clicking here by telephoning 028 3083 4145.

'Yes You Can' Pitching Competition

‘Yes You Can’ Pitching Competition Launched for Northern Ireland’s Businesswomen

The Yes You Can - £20K Pitching Competition is part of a three-year Female Enterprise Programme, set up through a collaboration between the eleven local councils of Northern Ireland, Invest NI and Women in Business.

The initiative provides an opportunity for female-owned businesses to make a pitch for a slice of a £20,000 prize pot.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Winners will be awarded prize money of £3,000. Each winner will be required to deliver their winning pitch at the Annual Female Entrepreneurs Conference in the spring. The best pitch on the day will go on to win a further £2,000.

Innovative, female-run companies in Northern Ireland with a defined USP are being encouraged to take part. Qualifying businesses can be pre-starts, start-ups or existing enterprises that are already trading and have plans for growth.

For more information and to enter, go to https://www.womeninbusinessni.com/Yes-You-Can-Pitching-Competition.aspx or contact Grainne@womeninbusinessni.com

Application deadline: Friday 8 February 2019.