ASK for Mentoring Support For Your Business
28 June 2015
The Mayor, Councillor Thomas Hogg, is joined by Councillor Roisin Lynch, Vice Chair of Community Planning & Regeneration Committee; Lindsay Hamilton from Corrs Corner Hotel and Majella McAllister, Director of Community Planning & Regeneration for Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council at the launch of the ASK programme.
Small businesses in the Antrim and Netwownabbey area are now able to unlock their business potential through free specialist mentoring support. The Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Thomas Hogg, commented:
“The Council is delighted to once again be able to offer the ASK Programme to small businesses in the Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council area. Businesses are just a simple application form away from accessing free invaluable advice, skills and knowledge from a specialist adviser.”
The initiative was launched in September 2013 and has helped more than 40 businesses to date get over 200 hours one to one help in a variety of specialisms including: Legalities of running a business; Human Resources; IT/Social/Digital; MediaMarketing; Sales and Funding. The programme, which is now open for applications, can provide up to 5 hours free one to one mentoring support. Depending on the business’s specific requirements, an advisor, specialising in that particular area, will be allocated within 7 working days of receipt of application. Should the business require further assistance, they can then apply for a further 5 hours of support by paying a 50% contribution towards the cost.
Speaking about the ASK programme, past participant Lindsay Hamilton, Business Development Manager for Corrs Corner Hotel who received 5 hours free support commented:
“The Ask programme was excellent for our business. I went into the programme having limited experience of Twitter as an individual and am now able to use it for our business purposes. I no longer need to rely on other members of the team to support me with this area of social media. The programme allowed me to have access to 1:1 training and mentoring support to set up an area of social media that I had limited experience. My mentor was able to give tips and advice to progress my skills and gave me the confidence to give things a go with support. The recommendations and advice were excellent. We are in a new digital age and it is very important for businesses to use social media to communicate with customers, this programme has allowed me to do that. I would highly recommend the programme”.
Further information is available by contacting Michelle Pearson, Economic Development Project Officer, email: [email protected] or complete an online application form at www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/business.