There are a variety of business support programmes available. Find out which is right for you and your business.

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Shine Programme

The Shine Programme is Ards and North Down Borough Council’s principal business support and growth programme.  The programme provides one to one specialist business advice to take your company to the next level of growth. 



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Edge is our 2019-20 Event and Business Support Programme. It promises to be our most comprehensive and exciting programme yet.  

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GAP Programme 2019-2020

Are you a young, high growth potential company in the Ards and North Down Borough Council Area?

Do you want to grow your business to the next level?

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Ards and North Down Social Entrepreneurship Programme (ANDSEP II)

This programme is designed to help social entrepreneurs start a business and encourage existing social enterprises to grow.

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Mind Body Business

A joint initiative by the Public Health Agency and Ards and North Down Borough Council that aims to benefit you, your business and your employees.

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Belfast Region City Deal

A vision of inclusive economic growth that will deliver more and better jobs; have a positive impact on our most deprived communities and offer a balanced spread of benefits.

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The Internet of Things

Funding is available to help organisations find solutions to their problems by using the Internet of Things.

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Gigabit Voucher Scheme

Small businesses and local communities can get Gigabit vouchers to contribute to the installation cost of a gigabit capable connection

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Creative Edge

Creative Edge is Ards and North Down Council's business support programme, specific to businesses in the creative and digital sectors.

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The Digital Growth Programme

Supporting the development of existing and new digital skills and digital aspects of business from all sectors to achieve growth

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Yes You Can

Yes You Can is a 3-year female enterprise programme delivered by Women in Business throughout Northern Ireland in collaboration with the 11 Local Councils and Invest NI. 

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