New Guide to be Unveiled at Start a Business Show

A step-by-step guide to setting up a business is to be freely available at the Start a Business (SABS) show taking place this weekend, and is expected to become an essential reference for entrepreneurs.

The booklet, produced by Invest Northern Ireland, gives clear and practical information on all aspects of getting a business off the ground and running it successfully, together with details on how to access support.

It will be available free to anyone interested in setting up a business and to all those attending the forthcoming SABS shows, the first of which is being held in the Odyssey, Belfast on 15 and 16 November.

The booklet is a key element of the extensive range of support that will be available to potential entrepreneurs who come along to the Belfast SABS show, the first of ten such events to be run across Northern Ireland over the next three years.

The interactive show has five zones that allow people to explore the steps involved in turning an idea into a business. One hundred and fifty experienced business advisors from the Northern Ireland Business Support Network will be on hand to answer questions. They will also ensure that people with a business idea are made aware of, and helped to access, the considerable support offered by Invest NI and the enterprise network.

Eamon Mulvenna, from the Entrepreneurship and Start-Up Team in Invest NI says: “We’re expecting a large turnout for the show over the weekend. SABS is a great opportunity for anyone who’s ever wondered about setting up a business to find out what help is available, and to be able to ask questions and get a feel for what’s involved, all in a relaxed, no-pressure arena.“

People are being encouraged to come along with their family and friends and a crèche facility will be available for children up to 8-years old.

Commenting on the Start a Business Guide, Eamon Mulvenna says: “The Start a Business Guide will provide an important and very practical resource for entrepreneurs. As well as advice it includes case studies of local people who have successfully set up businesses, and their stories give practical experiences, inspiration and real insight into the steps involved.

“The Guide will also be extremely useful to recently started businesses and existing ventures as they move forward in today’s commercial environment.”

The case studies featured in the Guide include: ‘How I researched my business’; ‘How I raised finance’; and ‘How I sold to my first customers’. An extensive list of contacts is also included to help people access support from the enterprise network.