Newry, Mourne and Down District Council has launched its latest business support programme to support SMEs who wish to avail of lucrative funding opportunities to grow and even transform their businesses.

The ‘Access to Funding Programme’ is facilitated by NMD Business Growth, a series of support initiatives which aim to help local SMEs enhance their knowledge and skills, to grow their businesses and create more employment opportunities. The NMD Business Growth programme is part funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the Investment for Growth & Jobs Northern Ireland (2014 -2020) programme.

The new programme will equip participants with the skills and knowledge to create effective, well written and successful funding applications. Experienced mentors will explain the fundamental elements of building a strong funding application and how to maximise the opportunities available.

Councillor Cathy Mason, Chair of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council explained why those eligible for the programme should take part. She said:

“Applying for grants can be a daunting experience, especially if you are not familiar with them or if you have been knocked back in the past. It is easy to get bogged down with confusing terminology or be hesitant to apply for grants that could hugely benefit your business. This programme offers the perfect opportunity to gain confidence in this area and avail of essential tips and advice from some of the most experienced mentors in the business.

“These programmes are designed specifically with the needs of local businesses from a wide range of sectors in mind. By registering for free, you are already taking the first step in transforming the impact you can make on the growth of your business. With so many funding opportunities out there, any business that wishes to access them should sign up to ensure they have the necessary skills and resources to be successful in their applications.”

Participants will receive access to one half-day workshop, covering the fundamentals of application submissions, as well as tailored one-to-one mentoring support to help businesses utilise their new skills and put theory into practice. The Programme is open to businesses based in the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council area, employing less than 50 staff and who have an active interest in applying for funding support.

If you are interested in this or any other business support help please get in touch with Janice McDonald