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.

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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.

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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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Go For It - Create your business plan

The Go For It Programme is open for applications.  All existing applications will be processed and all initial assessment meetings will be delivered remotely via telephone or video conferencing. 


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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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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.

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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. 

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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.