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Transform Programme drives growth of Mid Ulster Business

Local businesses can benefit from free one-to-one support to help develop long-term sustainable solutions to recruitment issues by applying to the Mid Ulster Transform Programme.

The Programme now in its second year of delivery is designed to support 160 Mid Ulster businesses over a three-year period.
The Transform Programme delivers specialist support to micro and small businesses to enhance their ability to attract and retain skilled staff.  The project is part funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the Investment for Growth and Jobs Northern Ireland (2014-2020) Programme and Mid Ulster District Council. 
Artfunkle, Dungannon secured a place on the Programme in June 2021 and has already had success of employing a new member of staff. Only established in June 2019 this business specialises in providing arts and craft workshops. Being a first time employer the business accessed support to explore the policy and processes that the business should develop and implement when employing staff. 
Leon Hughes, Director of Artfunkle said: “We have worked with GEL (NI) Ltd on the Transform Programme to help us to understand the requirements of being an employer and how to positively engage with the labour market to attract suitably qualified job seekers. The results achieved have been amazing; we have already employed one new employee. I strongly recommend the programme to anyone who wants support to recruit and retain employees.”
Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Paul McLean, emphasised the importance of the programme:

This programme is a great opportunity for businesses to implement creative employment solutions to the current challenges being faced in the labour market. The Programme is designed to offer a bespoke package of mentoring support to assist those businesses across all sectors which are experiencing challenges in attracting new staff and to advise on measures to be adopted by those businesses to ensure that they embed a longer-term sustainable solution to recruitment issues. 

Invest NI’s Western Regional Manager, Ethna McNamee said: “A key aim of Invest NI is to help local businesses to grow and succeed. We are delighted to be working in partnership with Mid Ulster District Council to extend the reach of its local economic development through the Transform Programme, particularly as we work to rebuild Northern Ireland’s economy. This programme is a great opportunity, and I would encourage micro and small businesses in Mid Ulster to avail of the free expert advice to develop long-term recruitment plans that can help them to thrive.”
To obtain a copy of the application form visit the Business Growth page or email Should you wish to obtain guidance on completing the application form please contact GEL (NI) Ltd, by telephone 028 7134 7631 / 028 8772 4389.

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