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

Derry City and Strabane District Council is working together with Enterprise North West and Strabane Enterprise Agency 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

Local entrepreneur spots gap in the market for ‘Vine Living’ in Derry-Londonderry

DATE: 01/12/22

A former retail manager who spotted a gap in the market has opened his own homeware and deli business thanks to the help of the Go For It programme in association with Derry City and Strabane District Council.
Conor Irvine, from Derry, decided to open Vine Living following the Coronavirus pandemic in Derry City Centre.

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Local teacher launches online ‘Little Learners’ programme during lockdown

DATE: 24/01/22

Ashley Lynch, a primary school teacher, decided to launch ‘Little Learners’ during the Coronavirus pandemic with the help and support of her husband and friends.

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Entrepreneurial social worker launches new business to change attitudes to autism

DATE: 08/04/21

One of the first autistic children to have gone through Northern Ireland’s mainstream school system has gone on to launch his own business that brings a fresh outlook to Autism training, thanks to help from the Go For It programme in association with Derry City & Strabane District Council.

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Further Support

Business Boost

Business Boost is a three-year programme that aims to help local companies to become more competitive in both indigenous and export markets, recruiting at least 600 businesses over the next 3 years.

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Business, Innovation & Growth (BIG) Programme

The Business Innovation & Growth Programme (BIG) programme seeks to drive innovation and productivity of local businesses in the Derry

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