What is Go For It?
The Go For It programme provides individuals in Northern Ireland planning to start a business with step by step advice and mentoring.
Focusing on guidance to help you produce your own business plan and to go on to register for self-employment. The programme is delivered free of charge by your Local Council through Northern Ireland’s wide network of Enterprise Agencies’ highly experienced business advisors.
Go For It is part-funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the Investment for Growth & Jobs Northern Ireland (2014 – 2020) Programme.
When you sign up to the Go For It programme you will be connected with an experienced business advisor in your area who will provide you with one-to-one support and mentoring specifically focused on your business idea.
What’s in it for you
The aim of the Go For It Programme is to provide free mentoring to enable new businesses to complete a business plan with the support and expertise provided by our network of experienced business advisors.
What is a business plan?
A business plan is a written document that describes your business. It covers objectives, strategies, sales, marketing and financial forecasts.
Why do I need a business plan?
A business plan helps you to:
- Clarify and focus your business idea.
- Spot potential problems.
- Complete your research.
- Set out your goals.
- Understand finance forecasting.
- Measure your progress.
- Access finance to start and grow your business.
Please note the GFI programme provides entrepreneurs with mentoring and a business plan, it does not provide grants however business advisors may be able to make you aware of financial supports in your area.
We have a team of business advisors located across Northern Ireland who will help and support you through this process.
Meet a few of them below!
Business Advisor, Craigavon Industrial Development Organisation
Kirsty is an experienced business adviser with over 7 years’ experience working daily with business clients of all growth levels. She has worked across all sectors as a mentor on many business development programmes which has given her the opportunity to work with both start-ups and more established businesses providing mentoring support and advice across a spectrum of areas including finance, marketing, legal, planning and strategic development. She has a Degree in Law from Queens University Belfast and further qualifications include an Advanced Diploma in Management Practice and Certificate in Teaching from the University of Ulster.
Member (MCMI) of the Chartered Management Institute
Associate (ACIM) of the Chartered Institute of Marketing
Business Advisor, Strabane Enterprise Agency
Orla is an experienced business adviser with over 5 years’ experience working daily with business clients of all growth levels. She has worked across all sectors as a mentor on business development programmes which has given her the opportunity to work with both start-ups and more established businesses providing mentoring support and advice across a range of areas including finance, planning and strategic development. She has a Degree in Accounting and Finance from University of Ulster and a Certificate in Teaching from the University of Ulster.
Business Advisor, Banbridge District Enterprises Ltd
Samuel has over 15 years’ experience of providing business advice and mentoring support to new and existing businesses. This has included working on several economic development programmes and providing advice, mentoring and training in areas including business start up, marketing and sales, business and financial planning, operations and legal issues. Over the course of the past 5 years he has met with over 500 clients and completed over 400 approved business plans. He has worked with a diverse range of clients from initial idea to business implementation and growth.
He has a degree in Business Information Technology from Queens University Belfast and an Advanced Diploma in Management Practice from the University of Ulster.
LCGI Information Technology (QUB)
Business Support Executive, Carrickfergus Enterprise
Alan has been with Carrickfergus Enterprise since 2012 and has experience of assisting a broad range of clients both at start up and growth stage. He is the key contact for start-up programmes such as Exploring Enterprise and the Go For It.
Member of the Institute of Business Consulting
Business Consultant, Enterprise North West
Claire has been a business advisor with Enterprise North West since March 2018. She has been working with local businesses on a number of business start-up, support and mentoring programmes. She also is involved in a number of INTERREG programmes specialising in innovation and internationalisation. Claire has been supporting start up and established businesses grow and develop in all sectors and industries. Claire has a First Class Degree in Business Studies with Accounting from Ulster University, she studied towards ACA with Chartered Accountants Ireland, and is currently studying with the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Business Advisor, Inspire Business Centre
Louise is an experienced business adviser, trainer and mentor in the enterprise network with over 14 years of programme delivery experience. Louise has extensive experience working with pre-start, start-up and growth clients in both a one to one client facing and group workshop environment. She has worked across all sectors as a mentor on many business development programmes which has given her the opportunity to provide mentoring support and advice in the areas of finance, marketing, legal, planning and strategic development. Louise also has a Degree in Business Studies from University of Ulster Jordanstown.