Other Sources of Business Support 

  • Trade Accelerator Vouchers (New to Cross Border Exporting)
  • Go-2-Tender (Successful Tendering)
  • Supplier Engagement (Successful Tendering)
  • Acumen (Sales Growth Support)
  • Elevate (Sales Growth Support)
  • Fusion (Innovation)
  • InnovateUs (30-60 hrs mentoring to support and help develop an innovation activity)
  • Innovation Vouchers (65 hrs R&D support)
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) – support to recruit a graduate and receive academic expertise to undertake a new piece of development for the
  • Business (new product or process)
  • Assured Skills academies – funding from DfE to support new job creation and bespoke training where there are skills gaps within the company
  • Skills Focus – 75% funding towards cost of accredited training for staff within the business
  • Higher Level Apprenticeship in Computing Infrastructure – grow your own staff through degree apprenticeships.
  • Develop technology for business growth
  • Upskill existing employees
  • Develop new products, services or markets
  • Innovate existing products, services or processes
  • Employ the right people
  • Invest NI and NIbusinessInfo.com offers a wealth of advice to help your business compete successfully and function efficiently across a variety of areas. Support is tailored to your needs and includes advice, mentoring and finance.
  • nibusinessinfo.co.uk, is a free service offered by Invest Northern Ireland. The portal is the official online channel for business advice and guidance in Northern Ireland.
  • Down Business Centre provides business accommodation at competitive rates for light industrial, commercial and service sector businesses, both new and established.
  • Encourage and support local people on their journey into self-employment and help businesses grow through training, one-to-one mentoring, tailored programmes and masterclasses. 
  • Also a suite of training and meeting rooms for hire. 
  • Support those wanting to start a new business (e.g. Exploring Enterprise; Start a Business Programme) and specialised assistance for existing businesses (e.g. Co-Innovate; InnovateAccelerate).
  • Offer transformational guidance to young people through a range of programmes including the Work4UPlus2 programme and the Education2Employment programme.
  • Comprehensive mentoring and business planning service to social entrepreneurs through the Social Enterprise Innovation Programme.
  • Provide high quality industrial and office space in five locations: Newry, Flurrybridge (A1/N1 Motorway South of Newry), Warrenpoint Port, Kilkeel Harbour and Forkhill.