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Local resources and support

And the good news is….you’re not alone. There’s a lot of expert help you can call on at AND to get your idea up and running.

If you need sound advice on how to start a business or develop your business idea, there are various organisations you can turn to.  It’s time to contact your local enterprise agencies, chambers of trade and training providers.

Local Enterprise Agencies 

These agencies can give you sound advice on a range of subjects including setting up your business, accessing business investment and sources of finance, and business training opportunities. Contact North Down Development Organisation (NDDO) or Ards Business Hub for more support.

Chambers of Trade & Community Associations

Local chambers of trade play significant roles within their respective business communities. With memberships made up of local businesses, each chamber arranges events, provides support across all sectors, facilitates peer networking and encourages regular meet-ups.

Training Providers

South Eastern Regional College (SERC) is a trusted part of the local community. It delivers an industry-focused curriculum and serves as an innovative partner for companies seeking to improve productivity and develop new markets or products.

Other Support Providers and Information Resources


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Business In The Community

Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs

Department for the Economy

Department of Finance

Federation of Small Businesses

Invest Northern Ireland


Local Enterprise Agencies

NI Business Info

Public Health Agency

South Eastern Regional College



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