Local Council Support News - 21 January 2022

We have updated our website to include details on the latest Council support across Northern Ireland.

Ards & North Down Borough Council


Ards and North Down Job Fair 2022

Date: Tuesday 29 March 2022

The Job Fair will represent an opportunity for both employers and those looking for employment to meet on a virtual platform. The Job Fair is open to all businesses in the Ards and North Down area, and are inviting applications from all business sectors and from support organisations.

If you are an employer and will be recruiting on or around March - April 2022, this Job Fair is a great opportunity to help you find potential candidates to fill your vacancies.

For more information and to register, click here.

Food and Drink | Lead Generation Programme

Date: 23 February - 4 March 2022

This programme has been specifically created for Food and Drink producers within Ards and North Down Borough Council. The objective of the programme is to empower participants to take control of their own Lead Generation Strategy and in doing so expand their points of distribution and deliver sales growth.

There are three free workshops within this series:

Workshop 1 – How to find the right outlets for your products, Wednesday 23 February, 9:30-11:30

Workshop 2 - How to make your approach, Wednesday 2 March, 9:30-11:30

Workshop 3 - How to use social media to increase sales and build loyalty, Friday 4 March, 9:30-11:30

There will also be the opportunity to book a one-to-one bespoke 60 minute mentoring session.

For more information, click here

Hospitality and Leisure | Business Recovery and Support Programme 2022

Date: 4 - 18 February 2022

A Short Programme for Hospitality and Leisure Businesses on Recruiting and Retaining Talent.

One of the most pressing issues currently faced within the Hospitality and Leisure industry is getting the right people working for you, and getting them to stay! If you own or manage a Hospitality and Leisure business within the Borough then these two informative sessions are not to be missed.

Workshop 1 - Recruiting talent to your Hospitality and Leisure business
Date: Friday 4 February | Date: 10:00-12:00
Click here to book onto the Recruiting Talent workshop.

Workshop 2 - Retaining talent within your Hospitality and Leisure business
Date: Friday 18 February | Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Click here to book onto the Retaining Talent workshop


Ards & North Down Borough Council | Newry Mourne and Down District Council


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Digital Growth Programme: Make Your Website Work Harder For You

9 March 2022 | 10:00 - 12:00 | Online

Join this virtual webinar from the Digital Growth Programme on how you can make your website produce better results for your business, such as more leads, content downloads, more enquiries and sales. This webinar will cover the main principles of conversion rate optimisation and provide relevant examples from other businesses as best practice.

Register now: Digital Growth Programme: Make Your Website Work Harder For You | AND Business

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council

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Sales Academy Programme

Does your business have sales growth potential but you're not quite sure how to exploit it?

Access a free experienced business advisor and a series of skills development workshops to help your business explore, target and convert new sales opportunities.

For more information and to apply, visit: Sales Academy Programme – Fermanagh & Omagh District Council

Kick Start 2 Programme

Are you Kick Start 2 Programme trading under 3-years? Access free tailored mentoring and learn new skills to grow your new business.

Support can be in in areas including marketing and social media, developing or improving business processes and efficiencies, product development.

Find out more and apply here

WEBINAR - Making Instagram Work for Your Business

27 Jan 2022 | 12:00 - 14:00 | Online

Free webinar delivered as part of the Council's Digital Support Programme

In this webinar you’ll discover:

  • Getting the most out of Instagram
  • Utilising all Instagram tools including reels, guides, live, video, posts, stories
  • Planning out your grid and your stories for consistency
  • Scheduling using business suite or creator studio
  • Creative new ways you can use Instagram to reach your audience
  • Proven strategies the team at Digital 24 use to help you acquire (and retain) customers with Instagram
  • Examples of the best performing Instagram posts—and what you can learn from some of our clients with over 100k following
  • How to build content that is engaging
  • How to use Instagram analytics to measure success

This workshop will be delivered virtually through Go To Webinar.

Register here

Armagh City Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council

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WEBINAR – Available Grants and How to Win Them

25 Jan 2022 | 10:00 – 11:15 | Online

Spotlight on InterTradeIreland suite of Funding & Supports

InterTradeIreland provides funding and support for small businesses in Ireland and Northern Ireland ranging from exploring new cross-border markets, developing new products, processes and services to becoming investor ready.

Hear from local businesses from the ABC borough how they accessed support and the impact it has had on their business.

This webinar is delivered as part of the Mentoring Support to local businesses applying for grant funding programme, small and micro businesses can avail of up to 7 hours' FREE mentoring support to apply for grants.

To be eligible your business must:

• Be located within the ABC Council area
• Employ fewer than 50 people.

To register for the webinar click here

WEBINAR – Transform Your Business in 2022

27 Jan 2022 | 10:00 | Online

A highly practical session of 'Top Tips & Tools to Transform Your Business in 2022 ' with Susan Hayes-Culleton, 'The Positive Economist' .

Join this webinar with the Positive Economist, Susan Hayes-Culleton for insights, top tips, tools and techniques for confidence boosting and planning for the year ahead. You'll come away with a mixture of financial and operational planning tips & tools to help transform you and your business in 2022.

To register click here

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council

Digital Causeway Programme Overview

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The Digital Causeway Programme will support businesses located within the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council area to embrace digital technology and incorporate digital platforms into their business operations and procedures. Each business selected to participate will receive between 8 and 35 hours of tailored support to help them grow. Potential support areas can be social media, website development, e-commerce, paid advertising, video creation, commercial photography and artificial intelligence.

For more information, visit Digital Causeway Programme Overview