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More Than 1,000 Participants In First Mid Ulster Enterprise Week

More than 1,000 people participated in Mid Ulster’s first ever Enterprise Week (18 – 22 November), between them attending 27 free events designed to support local businesses, from start-up through growth.
Drop-in business advice clinics and workshops focussed on developing a compelling sales pitch, negotiating, tendering and how to maximise the use of social media were among the most popular events, while a major job fair saw 50 businesses offering several hundred vacancies and a new business showcase brought 20 of Mid Ulster’s newest entrepreneurs together to talk about their start-up experiences and to promote their goods and services.
Organised by Mid Ulster District Council, with support from partners including Mid Ulster Enterprise Partnership, Mid Ulster Skills Forum, Invest NI, Business in the Community, Department for Communities, Network Personnel and business leaders, the week was well-received by local businesses.
Councillor Martin Kearney, Chair of the Council, attended events across the week and was impressed with the quality and the turn-out:

Feedback has been exceptional from local businesses, whether they’re sole traders starting out or those which are established and considering growth or simply looking for opportunities, support and advice.
Participants used words like ‘invaluable’, ‘beneficial’, ‘effective’ and ‘thought-provoking’ to describe their experiences and the number of comments around the opportunity to collaborate and make contacts with other businesses was also an encouraging outcome.
All in all, an excellent week which shows that Mid Ulster’s enterprising spirit is alive and well!

Mid Ulster has consistently been named as Northern Ireland’s most entrepreneurial region, is the centre of manufacturing and engineering and, with more than 9,000 VAT-registered companies, has the largest business base outside of Belfast.

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