New support programme announced for start-ups

A new programme of support for those wanting to set up their own business has been announced this week

Regional Start Initiative

Entrepreneurs looking to develop a new business and turn their ideas into reality will now be able to avail of a dedicated programme of support from Invest Northern Ireland called the Regional Start Initiative.

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said: “The Regional Start Initiative will provide very important support for people looking to start their own business. It aims to raise the overall number and quality of business starts in Northern Ireland by providing innovative advisory and training support to individuals and business at the start-up stage.

“The programme aims to support up to 5000 businesses to get started in the next two years. This is a demanding target but one that is essential if we are to support the rebuilding of our economy and the creation of new jobs.”

Programme details

The Regional Start Initiative will be run by Enterprise Northern Ireland and managed through Invest Northern Ireland’s regional office network.

Commenting on the new programme, Invest Northern Ireland Chief Executive, Alastair Hamilton said: “It is important that we concentrate on providing the vital support needed to get businesses up and running and people in to employment. We are looking forward to working with Enterprise Northern Ireland and in supporting them to deliver on the ambitious targets set. Now that the contract has been awarded for the five regional programmes we hope to have the service up and running in October 2012.

“Our contractors will work to support people to develop business plans and provide sound business planning advice that will ensure our entrepreneurs have the best chance of success.”

Further information

If you are interested in setting up your own business and would like advice and support you should contact Invest Northern Ireland on Tel 0800 027 0639.