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Some answers to the most frequently asked questions about our services

Where do I register to set up a new business?

We can help turn your business idea into reality.  Contact Maura Bettes, Economic Development Officer on

What funding opportunities are available for businesses in the borough?

There are different ways of financing your business and funding your startup and growth. Depending on your business status we have a number of options listed on our website. Find out more here for startup businesses.  Our Business Researcher can search for potential sources of funding for businesses based in Ards and North Down - please contact to avail of this service.

How can I access market research?

Our business research facility delivers invaluable support to individual businesses throughout the borough, compiling detailed market research, competitor analysis and identifying funding sources about their service area. Find out how business research can help you here and contact our Business Research Officer at

I’ve completed a business plan and need help with the next steps. What can I do?

The Go Succeed NI Programme offers a tailored support programme for post start-up businesses.  Find out more here.

My business is established, however, I could benefit from advice and guidance. Is there any help available?

There are a variety of funded programmes that can help with business growth along with one-to-one advice and mentoring sessions. To better understand your needs contact Maura Bettes, Economic Development Officer on

I could benefit from specialist training in bookkeeping or marketing. Can you recommend a company or course?

We can help with one-to-one advice or arrange bespoke mentoring. Alternatively, our variety of funded support programmes can offer training modules including marketing, business planning, sales, digital success, book keeping, finance and more. Find out what is currently scheduled here or join our mailing list to keep up-to-date on future workshops and training.

I am interested in franchise opportunities. What are the first steps?

Whether you are interested in franchising your own business or purchasing a franchise email Maura Bettes, Economic Development Officer on

What commercial property is available in Ards and North Down Borough Council area?

Contact our Business Research, Rowena Moore, at for assistance in identifying suitable commercial premises for your business in Ards and North Down.

You can also find out about local commercial premises online with Property Pal, Property News and Invest NI

Are there business support networks or chambers of trade in the borough?

In Ards and North Down there are various organisations that can offer sound advice starting a business or developing your business idea including; local enterprise agencies, chambers of trade and training providers. Find out more here.

How can I find out about council and government tender opportunities?

Our Business Opportunities section has a wealth of information on how to apply for council and government tender opportunities.

Why should I locate my business in Ards and North Down?

There are a variety of reasons why Ards and North Down is a great place to invest and grow your business. With a variety of investment opportunities, strong infrastructure and thriving economy, learn more about the borough here.