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Go For It with Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council

16 January 2018

The Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Paul Hamill, launches the Go For It programme with Alison Currie, Enterprise Northern Ireland, Emma Garrett, Mallusk Enterprise Park and David Gillespie, LEDCOM. 


Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council is pleased to launch the latest programme of support for would-be entrepreneurs. If you are aged 16 or over and interested in being your own boss, then the ‘Go For It’ programme is for you.   

The ‘Go For It’ programme is a comprehensive package of advice, training and support for anyone thinking of starting their entrepreneurial journey in the Borough. It is part funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund, under the Investment for Growth & Jobs Northern Ireland (2014-2020) Programme.

The programme is being delivered on the Council’s behalf, through the Enterprise Northern Ireland Network, LEDCOM and Mallusk Enterprise Park.  It will provide participants with expert guidance and mentoring from an accredited business advisor, to help with developing a business plan.

Speaking at the launch, the Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Paul Hamill, said: “Our message is clear: don’t be afraid to bring forward your ideas. By talking them through with a business start-up advisor, you will quickly know if it’s going to work.  If it is, they’ll work with you to develop a business plan to allow your business to take off.  I am very pleased that we are delivering this valuable programme for the many budding entrepreneurs across the Borough.”

The programme is open to anyone over the age of 16 living in the Borough and thinking about taking the first step into self-employment.  Everyone who meets the criteria will be met for a one to one appointment where advice on how to access grants and funding, along with one to one finance and business planning, will be provided.  In addition, participants can access best practice guides, tools and videos to help them get started.  They will also receive the necessary support to develop their tailored business plan. 

If you’re not sure whether going out on your own is right for you, get in touch with one of the ‘Go For It’ advisors. It’s free, independent and based on years of local experience. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Visit www.goforitni.com, call 0800 027 0639 or visit your local enterprise agency.