Local Council Support News - 12 October 2021

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

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council

Tourism Excellence Programme

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Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council's Tourism Team are once again running their Tourism Excellence Programme.

Delivery will be through a series of webinars as well as one-to-one mentoring, across two key stages:

  • Stage 1: Reviewing Your Business Strategy
  • Stage 2: Generating Your Marketing Content for 2022 and bringing your story to life!

The programme will commence in October 2021 and MUST BE completed by March 2022. Applications are being accepted until 5:00pm on Monday 18th October 2021.

For more information and to apply, visit: Tourism Excellence Programme 2021-2022 - Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council (causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk)

Autumn/Winter Digital Marketing Webinars

Causeway Coast and Glens Tourism Team have launched a series of Autumn/Winter digital marketing webinars to provide essential information in upskilling tourism businesses. For more information visit our events and webinars section.


Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council 

Transform Your Business Digital-Tech Enterprise Support 

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The owners & managers of digi-tech firms are often technical experts who excel in their specialist areas. As the company grows, new skills are required to manage staff, projects and continuously finding customers. The programme will:

  • Assist Digi-Tech firms to grow.
  • Assist with solutions to technically difficult challenges.
  • Support in accessing further technical assistance.

NOTE: 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)

Ards and North Down Borough Council


NI Small Business Loan Fund

The NI Small Business Loan Fund (NISBLF), has lent over £533,000 directly into the Ards and North Down Council area. The facility is playing a key role in offering opportunities to the ongoing viability and sustainability of local businesses across Northern Ireland. Details of how the fund has benefited some of our local businesses and instructions for application can be found here.

For guidance on all available finance and funding opportunities, visit Search | nibusinessinfo.co.uk

Business Support Webinars

Ards and North Down Borough Council have a range of upcoming business support webinars.  For more information visit our events and webinars section.

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council

Free Support Programme

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The Sales Academy is now open for recruitment for businesses within the district. The main aim of the programme is to provide assistance to small business owners-managers to explore, target and convert new sales opportunities and includes a number of skills development workshops.

Learn from experienced professionals to help develop your business through a series of FREE hands-on workshops as part of the Sales Academy Programme – you don’t need to be registered to the Programme to attend!
Workshops are starting next month, so be sure to save the dates – you won’t want to miss out!

For more information and to apply, visit Sales Academy Programme – Fermanagh & Omagh District Council (fermanaghomagh.com)

Derry City and Strabane District Council

Island Voices 2021 | 23rd Sept - 25th Nov

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The Story of Us - ‘We are the stories we tell ourselves’
Derry City and Strabane District Council presents Island Voices 2021 - a series of talks exploring storytelling within the English, Irish and Ulster-Scots traditions.

Storytelling is at the heart of the Irish and Ulster-Scots traditions.

This year’s programme reflects on the theme of storytelling including; the literary legacy of Seamus Heaney; the stories of the Great Irish Famine which endure in folk memory; and a personal account of the Ulster-Scots language and its power to evoke a unique sense of home and place.

For more information about the programme, visit Derry City & Strabane - Island Voices 2021 (derrystrabane.com)