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

Cool K9s and celebrating 100 Business Plans

DATE: 30/07/18

AUTHOR: Go for it

Cool K9s

Charlene Marshall recently took part in the ‘Go for It’ programme to create a business plan for her new business Cool K9s, a dog grooming business in Lisburn.  Cool K9s is the 100th business to have received support from the Lisburn Enterprise Organisation (LEO), which is delivering Go for It on behalf of the Council.  Alderman William Leathem, Chairman of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Development Committee, visiting Cool K9s, said: “I was pleased to meet Charlene and hear all about her experience and ambitions as a local entrepreneur.  As the 100th business within Lisburn to avail of the current phase of the Go for It programme, Cool K9s’ opening is a milestone that the Council will remember.”“Dogs are treated as family members by many of us, and as part of this many family pooches are pampered regularly at a grooming salon.  Charlene has been working as a groomer for several years and recently decided to branch out to fulfill her long-held dream of being her own boss.   I wish her every success in the years ahead as she takes care of our four-legged residents.”

Working together

The well-known Go for It programme is the collective responsibility of all eleven councils with the contract being managed by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.

Charlene added: “I was very pleased with the Go for It programme and found the advice given to be very beneficial in compiling my detailed business plan.  As a professional dog groomer, who previously worked for a salary, it was very daunting to take the step to self-employment and I valued the support provided by LEO.  At Cool K9s I will aim to provide a friendly, affordable, professional and reliable service.  I look forward to meeting new clients and their owners.”

Alderman Leathem concluded: “Go for It is an important business start-up programme, and the Council is delighted to hear that by the end of July 2,000 new businesses will have taken part in this programme since September 2017.  If you live in the Lisburn Castlereagh area and wish to start your own business then be part of the Go for It programme.  Locally based advisors will provide you with advice and support to start the wheels moving for any business idea, large or small.

Budding entrepreneurs

“I would like to congratulate all our budding entrepreneurs as they get their businesses up and growing.  We look forward to seeing thousands more new businesses start-up with Go for It support over the remainder of this year.”

The Go For It 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.

Please contact the Go for It programme on 0800 027 0639 or log on to to get support to test an idea, set goals and objectives, clarify your financial position and map out markets and customers to clearly see where your new business idea can go.