Newry, Mourne and Down District Council has launched a new support programme beginning in early 2022 for SMEs and entrepreneurs who wish to start the New Year on the right foot and plan for the year ahead.
As part of the NMD Business Growth programme, the specially designed ‘Strategise for Success’ Programme provides assistance to participants on the need to have a clear and simple plan in place when it comes to growing your business successfully. There are many elements surrounding business strategy, but the core fundamentals remain the same regardless of the industry. Understanding these fundamentals is a skill that will aid the development of a successful business plan. Expert mentors will help businesses to focus on helping you understand what a business strategy is, how useful it is and how to plan your business strategy and practices moving forward.
The NMD Business Growth programme is part funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the Investment for Growth & Jobs Northern Ireland (2014 -2020) programme.
Councillor Cathy Mason, Chair of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council outlined the opportunities available to local businesses. She said:
“The Council team works closely with local SMEs on a day-to-day basis. They listen to their concerns and their needs and have designed specific support programmes to address them.
“This new Strategise for Success Programme is an exciting opportunity for businesses from a wide range of sectors and industries to help you work out what a successful year ahead would look like for you. Regardless of whether the business has been trading for a while and never had a plan in place or you simply need to think afresh – the programme aims to support businesses as they look towards 2022.”
The Chair continued:
“These programmes may be crucial in helping to retain jobs in our local economy, while also providing opportunities, by expanding your business, to help create new jobs.
“It has been an incredibly tough time for many of the micro and small businesses based in the District, as they continue to face many difficult decisions in an ever-changing and uncertain environment, I encourage any businesses that think they may be able benefit from such support to register as soon as possible.”
The Strategise for Success Programme involves tailored one-to-one mentoring and targeted online workshops, focusing on our business strategy and planning your strategy for the future.
Support is open to any small business located in the Newry, Down and Down District Council area with less than 50 employees and registration is free.
Businesses can register for support via the programme by Email: email@example.com. Deadline: Friday 14 January 2022 at 1pm.