Go For It: NI programme marks 5500 business start-ups

  • The ‘Go For It Programme' has helped mentor over 5,500 entrepreneurs from across Northern Ireland launch their own business plans in the last two years.

    Successful applicants were taken through the process of creating a business plan covering financial forecasting , marketing and long-term business growth.

    The programme’s manager, Eugene McGuckin, said that “through its network of enterprise partners, the 'Go For It Programme' offers budding entrepreneurs expert mentoring on the real challenges facing local start-up businesses.

    “This tried and tested business plan provides candidates with a blue-print for building a successful and sustainable business model, and it gives them the final push they need to finally launch their business. I would encourage anyone who has an idea for a business to get in touch and seek the support that the 'Go For It Programme' provides.”

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    Welcoming the 5,500 milestone, Alan McKeown, Invest NI’s Executive Director of Regional Business said: “This is an encouraging result for local councils as they work collaboratively to encourage self-starters across Northern Ireland to fulfil their potential. Entrepreneurs and micro-businesses are the lifeblood of our local economy and 'Go For It' is a valuable first step towards thousands of new businesses in Northern Ireland.”

    This project is part funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the Investment for Growth & Jobs Northern Ireland (2014-2020) Programme.

    If you have a business idea you’d like to develop or if you are thinking about starting a business call 0800 027 0639 or visit: visit www.goforitni.com

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