Local Council Support News - 16th July 2021

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

Armagh City Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council

Rural Business Development Grant Scheme

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Funded by DAERA, this Scheme is administered through local councils.  It can provide funding of up to 50% of costs for capital items up to a maximum of £4,999. The minimum grant awarded will be £500. The total cost of the capital project must be a minimum of £1,000 and must not exceed £20,000. Applicants must provide the remaining match funding towards the project.
 
The closing date for receipt of applications is 12 Noon on Friday 30 July 2021. Application form and supporting documentation should be emailed to edproject@armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk
 
Application Form and Guidance notes can be found on the Council’s website here.

PLEASE NOTE: Previous applicants who have received financial assistance from the Rural Business Development Grant Scheme in 2019-20 or 2020-21 are not eligible to apply.

Transform Your Business | Digital Transformation Actions Plans

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The present is full of digital challenges for many small firms and owner/managers do not have the time or expertise to address them. Implementing smarter and more effective digital work methods can enhanced efficiency and profitability.

This programme will include the following;

  • Assist non-digital firms to complete a practical and effective plan to transform from purely digital traditional methods to implement appropriate digital work practices.
  • Analysis of existing business processes.
  • Advice on effective digital tools and products.
  • Confidence to change how you operate and deliver value to customers more effieciently.

**Eligible businesses must be based in the Borough, employ less than 50 people and should not be an Invest NI client company.

To apply for the programme, visit TRANSFORM Your Business Application Form (google.com)

For more information, visit Business Programmes - Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council (armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk)

Ards and North Down Borough Council

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Fundamentals of Digital Marketing Webinar

5 Aug | 09:30-12:30 | Online

This interactive, virtual workshop will show a lens on the digital marketing and social media areas you may need to focus on. This workshop will provide you with the knowledge of how to raise the profile of your organisation and help to promote your products and services using best practice digital marketing and social media techniques.

For more information and to book, please visit Fundamentals of Digital Marketing and Social Media | AND Business

A Beginner's Guide to Facebook for Business

13 Aug | 09:30 – 12:30 | Online

In this online workshop you will learn how to effectively use your Facebook Business page to raise brand awareness, generate engagement, and ultimately increase sales.

For more information and to book, please visit A Beginner's Guide to Facebook for Business | AND Business

A Beginner's Guide to Instagram for Business

20 Aug | 09:30 – 12:30 | Online

In this online workshop you will learn how to set up and utilise an Instagram Business account to help you raise brand awareness and grow your business.

For more information and to book, please visit A Beginner's Guide to Instagram for Business | AND Business

The Ards and North Down Social Entrepreneurship Programme (ANDSEP) is designed to help social entrepreneurs start a business and encourage existing social enterprises to grow. Its aim is to help social enterprises create additional employment and maximise their positive impact on society.  This initiative helps groups currently in the voluntary and community sector to become social enterprises. 

Find out more: Ards and North Down Social Entrepreneurship Programme 2021-2023 | AND Business

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council 

Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel & Lodges

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Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel & Lodges has just unveiled a £1.5 million investment, which will see the addition of six new luxury Woodland Lodges, complete with private hot tubs where guests can relax while taking in the breath-taking views. This is a significant investment for the award-winning hotel who have worked with a number of local businesses to launch this new self-catering option.

With the increased demand for self-catering accommodation, considerable planning and meticulous design work have gone into the creation of these state-of-the-art Woodland Lodges, which will provide a major boost to the local tourism sector and present a fantastic option for a relaxing staycation.

For more information, visit www.killyhevlin.com or email marketing@killyhevlin.com

The Rural Business Development Grant Scheme

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The Rural Business Development grant scheme aims to support the sustainability, recovery and development of existing micro businesses located in rural areas by providing a small capital grant for the business.  Funding up to 50% of costs is available for projects to purchase capital items such as equipment, machinery or set up an e-commerce website.

Grant aid will range from a minimum of £500 to a maximum of £4,999  and the total cost of the project must be between £1,000 and £20,000.

If you are considering making an application and would like further information, or discuss a potential project, contact a member of the Rural Development Team at Fermanagh & Omagh District Council on 0300 303 1777 or email businesssuport@fermanaghomagh.com

The scheme is open to applications until 12 Noon on Friday 30 July 2021.

Fully completed application forms with supporting documents must be submitted via the online portal. Check eligibility and apply here