• Expert Advice and Support

  • 34,000 sq ft of Business Accommodation

  • Enhancing Business Skills

  • From business dream to reality

  • Growing success

  • An economic hub

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Down Business Centre was established in 1986 as the local enterprise agency for the Down District Council area which, in 2015, became part of the wider Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.  The company operates under Charitable Status and works for the benefit of the local community by supporting new and existing small business and by playing an active part in business development at local, regional and national levels.

The Company has a formal Memorandum of Understanding with Newry and Mourne Enterprise Agency and the two organisations work closely together, seeking to complement each other’s work across all sectors.

Our role is principally threefold; we provide business accommodation at competitive rates for light industrial, commercial and service sector businesses, both new and established; we encourage and support local people on their journey into self-employment and we help businesses grow through training, one-to-one mentoring, tailored programmes and masterclasses.    In addition, we offer a suite of training and meeting rooms for hire.  Read More >

Questionnaire for Self-Employed Business Owners


The Covid-19 crisis has had a major or severe impact on two-thirds of small businesses in the Newry Mourne and Down Council area and over a third of business owners have experienced major or severe mental health problems as a result.

These are the headline findings of a Down Business Centre survey, which focussed on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the local self-employed sector. 105 local business owners responded to the Local Enterprise Agency’s survey which was conducted on-line during the last week of February.

What our Clients Say

“We successfully applied to join the “Go For It” programme in order to give our fledgling business the boost it needed.  We were allocated Joe McCoubrey as our business mentor.  Joe helped us to develop a much needed business plan to think more clearly about our business strategies and aims, and he assisted us to design a range of marketing materials to increase our client base. 

We have been thoroughly impressed with the assistance we were offered.  I highly recommend both the Go For It programme and the team at DBC who have been knowledgeable, encouraging and supportive throughout.  We have gained a new insight into running our business and we have been given the confidence to push forward with our business aims.”

“The NMD Business Growth Mentoring programme program has undoubtedly been beneficial to my business.  I got so much reassurance from my mentor that there may be a real market for the service I wanted to provide.  At our first meeting, she helped me put everything into perspective and create a plan. Upon reflection, I think clear direction was the aspect that helped me most. Direction from an experienced business person who had been where I was before and knew what worked”. 

“I just wanted to thank you for your help with the Rural Development grant. We now have the machine in place and the grant has been received.  We also have a part funded staff member designing us a bespoke management system on a 12 month contract through InterTradeIreland, which I believe was also thanks to your recommendation.  Thank you again for all your help Joe” 

“Thank you so much for all your help. We have been absolutely blown over by the level of service from you and Joe.  We are incredibly impressed with the quality of report you have produced. Very happy customers!”