This project is part funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the Investment for Growth & Jobs Northern Ireland (2014-2020) Programme

Starting your Business

Ards and North Down Borough Council is working together with Ards Business Centre and North Down Development Organisation to provide local people with free advice and mentoring to set up in business through the Go for it programme.

Go for it Success Stories

Bangor Entrepreneur launches his own online recruitment advertising platform during the pandemic

DATE: 03/08/21

Owen Fleming launched Hiri, an online recruitment advertising platform, that enables local businesses to harness the power of video and social media to better advertise their vacancies and connect with job seekers in a new way.

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Newtownards duo forge a new and innovative approach to drama by launching Up to High Doh drama theatre

DATE: 23/03/22

Anne-Marie Donaghy and Lucy Bailie teamed up to launch the studio as a way for post-lockdown children to become more used to interacting again.

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Cancer Survivor Chef launches healthy homemade granola business in lockdown

DATE: 10/02/21

A Bangor chef who survived breast cancer has launched her own range of granola breakfast cereals, thanks to help from the Go For It Programme in association with Ards and North Down Borough Council.

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Further Support

The Shine Programme

The Shine Programme is Ards and North Down Borough Council’s principal business support and growth programme.

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1:1 Business Advice

Free one hour, 1-1 business advice service available from Ards and North Down Borough Council.

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ANDSEP – Social Entrepreneurship Programme

This programme is designed to help social entrepreneurs start a business and encourage existing social enterprises to grow.

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Key Contact Information

Signal Centre
2 Innotec Drive
Balloo Road
BT19 7PD
United Kingdom