Entrepreneurs can ‘Go For It’!

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Council has joined forces with Council areas across Northern Ireland to urge local entrepreneurs to ‘Go For It’ in 2021 with the support of the Go For It Programme.

The Go For It programme is delivered free of charge by a team of experienced business advisors across Northern Ireland. It provides expert advice and help with developing a robust business plan, covering everything from financial forecasting to marketing and long-term sales growth.

Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Councillor Kevin Savage said: “The Go For It Programme, delivered by Council, helps candidates create a business plan tailored to their business idea, focusing on important elements such as financial forecasting and accounts, sales and marketing, and how they can potentially access funding.

“This tried and tested business plan provides candidates with a blueprint for building a successful and sustainable business model and it gives them the final push they need to finally launch their business.

Lord Mayor Councillor Kevin Savage with Cara Dallat (CIDO), Samuel Marshall (Banbridge Enterprise Centre), Fiona Quinn and Dermot Hicks (Armagh Enterprise Agency) pictured at Banbridge Civic Building at the launch of "Go For It" programme, ©Edward Byrne Photography

“At a time of unprecedented economic uncertainty, the initiative proved to be a real asset to many innovative and entrepreneurial individuals based in our borough, helping support over 200 business plans and creating over 130 new jobs for the local economy.

“So if you’re thinking about starting a business in 2021, I would encourage you to get in touch and seek the support that the Go For It Programme provides,” said Cllr. Savage.

Dr Eugene McGuckin, Programme Manager, Northern Ireland Business Start Up Programme said: “The Go For It Programme continues to be a fantastic asset in helping entrepreneurs across Northern Ireland access the advice and support they need to develop a business plan.

“Over 7,200 new business plans in three years is a remarkable milestone, and local Councils are really proud that so many entrepreneurs have seized the opportunity to establish the business of their dreams with the support of the Go For It Programme.

If you have a business idea you’d like to develop or if you are thinking about starting a business just call 0800 027 0639 or visit the website at www.goforitni.com