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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 idea into reality and start your business planning with the Go For It programme. Find out more here . Alternatively 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. For out more here for startup and here for established businesses.

How can I access market research and industry reports?

Our business research facility will delivers invaluable support to individual businesses throughout the borough, compiling detailed market research, competitor analysis, funding sources and legal pro formas about their service area. Find out how business research can help you here.

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

The new Growth Achievement Programme (GAP) Programme offers a tailored support programme for post start-up businesses through mentoring and workshops. The aim is to encourage job creation within businesses with high growth potential. 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 Paula Ault, Business Development Executive 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 Paula Ault, Business Development Executive on

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

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 organisation’s 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.