Main Content


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

Due to COVID-19, some of the programmes have been adapted for online delivery.

The Digital Transformation Programme

Have you considered adopting Advanced Digital Technologies to key areas of your business?  Would you like to find out more about:

  • Smart technologies / smart environments and the Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Process Automation via robotics/cobotics
  • Big-data and analytics
  • Immersive Technologies (AR/VR/MR/Haptics)
  • Artificial Intelligence and machine learning
  • Distributed ledger systems/blockchain technologies.

If your answer is yes then this could be the programme for you.

Creative Vision

The 2021 - 2022 'Creative Vision' support package for Ards and North Down Borough Council offers local entrepreneurs the opportunity to network, learn, develop and grow as a business. 

SHINE Programme

The SHINE Programme is the Council’s principal business support and growth programme. The programme has continued to deliver and provide mentoring support and specialist business advice to help businesses to recover  through the COVID—19 crisis.  The programme is continuing to support businesses through their recovery as we begin to emerge from the pandemic. 

The Digital Growth Programme

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


Go For It - Create your business plan

Go for It is a free programme providing professional business start-up mentoring and support tailored to you and your business idea. The Go for It programme can help you work towards your goals.

Ards and North Down Social Entrepreneurship Programme 2021-2023

Are you interested in finding out more about setting up a new social enterprise in Ards and North Down or do you require support for your existing social enterprise?

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.

Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme

As part of the Government’s Rural Gigabit Connectivity programme business and residents in some of the hardest-to-reach places in the UK are eligible for additional funding towards the cost of installing gigabit-capable broadband to their premises when part of a group project.

Women in Business: 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. 

Exploring Enterprise

Exploring Enterprise is a FREE programme that helps you identify your needs in getting back into employment or taking your business idea to the next level and beyond.