SHINE Programme

The Shine Programme is the Council’s principal business support and growth programme. The programme is continuing to deliver and provide  mentoring support and specialist business advice to help businesses to navigate through the current COVID—19 crisis.

The Shine Programme is the Council’s principal business support and growth programme. The programme is continuing to deliver and provide  mentoring support and specialist business advice to help businesses to navigate through the current COVID—19 crisis. The programme is open to companies with less than 50 employees located in the Ards and North Down Council area.

The Shine Programme provides tailored and specialist business support to micro and small enterprises to support the development of a more prosperous economy within the council area. This project is part funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the Investment for Growth and Jobs Northern Ireland (2014-2020) Programme.

The Shine programme:

  • Supports the creation of new sustainable jobs in the Ards and North Down area
  • Strengthens the local business base by helping businesses to become more competitive in indigenous and export markets
  • Promotes business growth and innovation
  • Provides accessible business support that meets local needs and is tailored to business requirements

The programme also provides a range of topical business development workshops that are currently being delivered as online webinars.  

Click here for the full webinar series.  

Contact Maura Bettes on maura.bettes@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk.

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Participant Tesimonials

“Participating on the shine programme has been fantastic for my business. I have received great support from my mentor John Hughes. 

John has helped me gain a better understanding of my target market and has helped me achieve SMART goals through business development and looking at different business  strategies. I would recommend this programme to any small business who is stuck in a rut or new to the market looking for support, guidance  and advice”

- Michelle Tyson, Tyson Wilson Recruitment Ltd

 Shine information sheet

To apply for the Shine Programme, please download the file below.

Find out more

To find out more about the SHINE programme and how it can help your business, contact Maura Bettes.