It is open to individuals over 16 years of age. Individuals aged between 16 and 18 are eligible to participate but will require parental/guardian approval. However if the individual is aged 16-18 and is still in full-time education they will be ineligible to participate in the Go for it programme but we can signpost to other organisations who can provide support such as Young Enterprise and the Prince’s Trust. If a student is in full-time education but beyond their 18th birthday they can participate on the Go for it programme.
The Go for it programme is open to new businesses trading 6 months or less.
The programme is not open to those living or trading outside of NI.
The programme itself is delivered free of charge. It doesn’t provide a grant as part of the programme but once clients are connected with their local business advisor they can advise of any funding options available in the local area. The enterprise agencies can sometimes offer start up loans at attractive rates to suitable clients and once participants have completed the programme and have a business plan, they are be in a great position to approach a bank or lender for funding, showing that their business idea has been well thought through.
- Up to 6 hours of bespoke mentoring support delivered by your business advisor through a series of 1-1 meetings, group workshops and phonecalls to assess and develop your business idea and to develop your bespoke business plan.
- Finance and business planning workshops.
- Tailored mentoring, guidance and support covering everything from sales and marketing to accessing funds and securing premises.
- Best practice tools, videos and more to help you get started.
The Go for it programme is available in every local council area in Northern Ireland. This project is part funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the Investment for Jobs and Growth Northern Ireland (2014-2020) programme.
The Go for it programme is delivered by experienced business advisors who are based in local Enterprise Agencies across Northern Ireland and through funding provided by your local council, can offer you this business advice and mentoring free of charge.
See below for participating Enterprise Agencies in your local area.
Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council
- Mallusk Enterprise Park Ltd (Newtownabbey)
Ards and North Down Borough Council
- Ards Business Centre Ltd (Newtownards)
- North Down Development Org Ltd (Bangor)
Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council
- CIDO (Craigavon Industrial Development Organisation Ltd)
- Armagh Business Centre Ltd
- Banbridge District Enterprises Ltd
Belfast City Council
- East Belfast Enterprise Park
- North City Business Centre Ltd
- Ormeau Business Park
- Ortus ( West Belfast Enterprise Board)
- Work West Enterprise Agency
Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council
- Causeway Enterprise Agency (Coleraine)
- Roe Valley Enterprises Ltd (Limavady)
Derry City and Strabane District Council
- Enterprise North West (Derry)
- Strabane Enterprise Agency
Fermanagh and Omagh District Council
- Fermanagh Enterprise Ltd (Enniskillen)
- Omagh Enterprise Company Ltd
Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council
- Inspire Business Centre Ltd (Dundonald)
- Lisburn Enterprise Organisation Ltd
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council
- Ballymena Business Centre Ltd
- Carrickfergus Enterprise
- LEDCOM (Local Economic Development Company Ltd) (Larne)
Mid Ulster District Council
- Cookstown Enterprise Centre Ltd
- Workspace Ltd (Draperstown)
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council
- Down Business Centre Ltd (Downpatrick)
- Newry & Mourne Enterprise Agency (Newry)