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    The help you need to succeed

    Welcome to Ards and North Down Borough Council's Economic Development department.

    So you’re thinking of starting a business or developing an existing one? Whatever you’re doing it’s vital to be well prepared and informed. This web site is your primary online business resource, with a comprehensive range of support, information and tailored tools to help you to navigate the steps to starting, managing and growing your own business.

    • Helping you to start: find out what it takes to make your business dream a reality with advice on key elements such as your business plan, location and funding.
    • Helping you to manage: advice on how to keep legally compliant, finance your business and develop your market
    • Helping you to grow: discover the help available to assist you in staff recruitment, managing your marketing, growing through acquisition and more.

    Latest News

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      Sea Flag Funding Opportunity

      Do you live in Ardglass, Kilkeel, Portavogie or surrounding areas?

      South East Area Fisheries Local Action Group (SEA FLAG) can provide funding to support a wide range of projects.

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      Great British High Street Awards 2019

      Congratulations to Newtownards High Street who were Champion Award Winner for Northern Ireland.

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      SJL National Start Up Business Awards

      The SJL National Start Up Business awards have opened for 2020, offering start-up owners the chance to win £2,000. The deadline to apply is 2 March 2020.

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    Be the first to know about business events happening around the Ards and North Down area and funding opportunities currently available.