Business Advice & Training

It is our mission to inspire and nurture entrepreneurs and guide them to success.  Here are some of our business training programmes which will provide individuals with advise in their startups.

Go For It programme

The Go For It programme provides individuals in Northern Ireland who wish to start a business with step by step advice and mentoring to produce their own business plan and to go on to register for self-employment. The programme is delivered free of charge by your Local Council through Northern Ireland’s wide network of Enterprise Agencies’ highly experienced business advisors.

Exploring Enterprise Programme

Exploring Enterprise was established in 2000 to represent the 28 Local Enterprise Agencies, Enterprise Northern Ireland have worked with thousands of entrepreneurs, helping them set up their business in Northern Ireland, and enabling them to grow and develop. Enterprise Northern Ireland helps local business on three levels: Supporting, Networking and Delivering.

Start Up Loans

Enterprise Northern Ireland (ENI) is the membership organisation for the network of Local Enterprise Agencies (LEAs) across Northern Ireland. ENI has 28 member LEAs covering each of the council areas across Northern Ireland. Each LEA offers a range of business support services to both new and existing businesses.

CEO (Creative Entrepreneurs Online)

CEO will assist creative industry entrepreneurs to learn new skills, sell their products and service online and ultimately make increased profits. In addition, CEO will also benefit the vocational and higher education communities by providing up to the minute open education resources and developing an innovative triple helix model of Industry – Education cooperation.

Co-Innovate Programme

In an ever changing and increasingly competitive market place, innovation is integral to business growth and success. The Co-Innovate Programme (supported by the European Union’s INTERREG VA funding), is designed to support SMEs and micro-businesses in Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland, and Western Scotland to deliver success through innovation.

ENTER (Enterprise In Interface)

ENTER – Enterprise in Interface. Interface areas where conflict is a present threat are increasingly common across European cities and urban areas. The conflicts are generally religious, ethnic or politically motivated and result in an increase in economic and social disadvantage for the people living in these interface areas.

Young Community Mediators

Young Community Mediators are a group established with the purpose of equipping young people with the knowledge and skills to become peer mediators, empowering the youth of society to play a greater role in addressing conflict in the community around them thus helping to create a brighter future.

Data Set Business programme

DATA SET is an EU Erasmus+ project bringing together project partners and experts from the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Spain, Denmark and Ireland.

Kick Start programme

We’re offering you an extra boost of business advice and practical support to help kick-start your business.

This programme offers:

  • one-to-one mentoring
  • access to workshops
  • incentives

Feel Good with Food

The Feel Good with Food project commenced in April 2019 to deliver a series of informative events for people from the Ballymacarrett ward within the Eastside Urban Village aimed at helping people make better nutritional choices and learn about how to cook and eat more healthily, whilst on a tight budget. The project aims to improve the health of citizens in this area, which has a high incidence of diet related health problems, such as type 2 Diabetes.

EMINENT Programme


EMINENT will boost the number of female migrant entrepreneurs by transforming their access to quality training & equipping entrepreneurship educators in VET institutions with the necessary resources.


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