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Starting your Business

There are many sources of help, advice and funding for you as you start your new business in Fermanagh. For your First Stop call us on +44 (0)7872 424246 or email advice@firststopshop.co.uk
For a short summary on some help that is out there read on.

Invest Northern Ireland
Invest Northern Ireland Start your Business
Invest NI offers a comprehensive package of support for your new business.
Invest Northern Ireland – Start your Business

InterTradeIreland
InterTradeIreland Trade Accelerator Voucher
Provides financial support worth £1000 / €1200 towards professional advice in areas such as taxation, employment law, currency, or regulation. It can also be used for market research to help scope the potential business opportunity in the opposite jurisdiction.
InterTradeIreland – Trade Accelerator Vouchers

InterTradeIreland Business Angel Finance
For companies seeking to raise new equity capital in the seed and early stages of the company’s development, business angel finance may be more suitable than venture capital funding. Business angels are high net worth individuals who invest on their own, or as part of a syndicate, in high growth businesses. In addition to money, they often make their own skills, experience and contacts available to the company.
IntertradeIreland – Business Angel Finance and Networks

InterTradeIreland Go-2-Tender
The InterTradeIreland Go-2-Tender two day workshops give you the confidence, knowledge and practical skills to tender successfully for public sector contracts for your business, particularly on a cross-border basis.
InterTradeIreland – Go-2-Tender

InterTradeIreland All-Island Innovation Programme
All-Island Innovation Programme aims to promote and encourage innovation across the island. A series of free innovation lectures, seminars and masterclasses are held throughout the year to share international best practice in areas of innovation.
The events, which take place in Belfast, Dublin, Galway and Cork each year, are attended by over 1,000 business leaders, policy makers, students and academics from across the island.
InterTradeIreland – All Island Innovation Programme

Fermanagh Enterprise
Fermanagh Local Enterprise Agency provides workspace and support services for small and medium sized businesses.  They can offer advice and information on the local business sector.

Fermanagh Enterprise – Regional Start Initiative Management                
The Regional Start Initiative provides support to those wanting to start their own business. It provides advice, mentoring, business planning workshops and support to develop a business plan with financial projections. The Programme is open to anyone wanting to start up a full or part-time business. The initiative provides access to an experienced advisor who will offer guidance and advice of the viability of the business idea.

Fermanagh Enterprise – Steps to Work Programme
Steps to Work Self-Employed Option is a government Programme aimed at assisting and encouraging people in receipt of benefits to start their own business.  Under the Steps to Work Programme, participants can establish and run their own business for 6 months while continuing to remain in receipt of their benefits.  As well as this financial help, participants will also be appointed a business advisor who will mentor them during this period.

Fermanagh Enterprise – Exploring Enterprise Programme
Exploring Enterprise Programme is a pre-start enterprise Programme with the objective of increasing awareness and offering training and development to potential entrepreneurs from disadvantaged communities and under-represented groups. The Programme provides an insight into starting a business whilst allowing participants to work towards achieving a Level II for Understanding Business Enterprise.

Fermanagh Enterprise –  Incubator Workspace Management
A fundamental aspect of the role of Fermanagh Enterprise Ltd in promoting economic development in the County is the provision of Incubator Workspace suited to start-up and growing small businesses. The Company owns and manages over 53,000 sq ft of workspace at its headquarters at Enniskillen Business Centre, Lackaghboy which currently accommodates 37 small businesses. The Organisation has recently acquired a further 23,000 sq ft at Killyhevlin Industrial Estate. The property is a former Northern Ireland Water site, constructed in 1993 to a very high specification. The site comprises of 3.5 acres with extensive parking space and is secured by a 10ft high fence and gates. There are both office and industrial units available to suit all requirements starting from as little as £27 per week + VAT inclusive of light and heat.

Fermanagh Hour

The Fermanagh Business Twitter network #FermanaghHour (@Fermanagh_Hour) has been active since 3rd December 2014.  #FermanaghHour was created to give local businesses an opportunity to grow their social media presence. Not only does it businesses an opportunity to increase website traffic and generate new sales leads, but it will also give them exposure to new connections further afield, and a fantastic support network to help them with growing their business.
#FermanaghHour take place weekly on Twitter every Tuesday night from 9-10pm. All Fermanagh businesses are encouraged to join in and network with others from across the county and far beyond.If you need assistance getting started on Twitter or further information on #FermanaghHour, contact Fermanagh First Stop Shop on 028 6634 7735 or email advice@firststopshop.co.uk


NI Science Park
Northern Ireland Science Park (NISP)
Access to Venture Capital Investors in the areas of Hitech, Biotech, CleanTech and Digital Media & Software. NISP Connect focuses on business creation & development, entrepreneurial learning and access to capital.

Advantage IGNITE
Advantage’s IGNITE
Advantage’s IGNITE programme provides you with comprehensive support through a series of unique, specifically tailored services. Whether you’re just exploring the idea or you’re already up and running and it is a FREE service.

Prince's Trust
Prince’s Trust
Offers support to business start-ups for those who are unemployed, aged 18-30.

 UCIT
Ulster Community Investment Trust Ltd (UCIT)
UCIT lend to community organisations, charities and social enterprises, both large and small, located in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. In addition to providing finance, UCIT aim to help social enterprises access appropriate business development support.

NISPO Funds
E Synergy Ltd/ Spin Out Funds

The Northern Ireland Spin Out (NISPO) initiatives support start-up and early stage businesses in Northern Ireland. The support includes a £7 million venture capital fund, the Invest Growth Fund, which is provided by Invest Northern Ireland and focuses on seed and early stage businesses with high growth potential. NISPO also includes a £5 million proof of concept fund, the Invest Growth Proof of Concept Fund, which is funded by Invest Northern Ireland to provide funding to very early, non-university projects.

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Shell LiveWIRE
Offers free online business advice and support, funding and networking opportunities to new start ups.

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