North-East Gets Chance to Go for It

People in the north-east are being urged to step up to the challenge of entrepreneurship and get involved in Go for It week which gets underway in Ballymena on 3 April.

The week-long celebration of entrepreneurship, organised by Invest Northern Ireland and its enterprise partners, will feature events targeting entrepreneurs who are starting new businesses or growing existing businesses, especially those with the potential to export to markets outside of Northern Ireland.

The events will include an ideas generation workshop, a seminar on energy efficiency, and a roadshow featuring IT and telecommunications technologies.

There will also be a technology and innovation open day, to show people the opportunities that exist to start and grow technology based businesses, and advise them on the first steps to take.

Female Entrepreneurs will get the chance to hear Jenny Bristow tell her business story at an event organised by the Women on the Move network. The event will also feature motivational speaker Dr Maria Kee.

Commenting on Go for It week, George McKinney, Invest NI’s Regional Manager of the north-eastern local office says: “In organising this week we are encouraging people to Go for It, take a chance and start or improve a business. Only by doing this will we be able to ensure the future success of our economy.”

The week will culminate in Go for It the Enterprise Show at the Seven Towers Leisure Centre, Ballymena on Friday 7 April from 3pm to 9pm and Saturday 8 April from 10am to 5pm. Open to all and free of charge the show has been specifically designed to give advice and support to potential entrepreneurs planning a new business or growing a business. This will cover a wide range of business issues such as taxation, marketing, rural affairs and IT.