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Pictured launching the initiative with the Minister is Oonagh Hinds of Invest NI.
Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster today launched a new Invest Northern Ireland initiative that aims to increase the agency’s engagement with local businesses.
The initiative will see a number of ‘pop up’ Invest NI offices opening for short periods across Northern Ireland.
Arlene Foster said: “This is an exciting development as we are constantly looking for ways to effectively engage and reach out to local businesses in order to make them aware of the support and advice available.
“It will give small local businesses the opportunity to avail of the expertise within Invest NI without having to go out of their way to make an appointment, attracting customers that may not have come otherwise.”
The first ‘pop up’ Invest NI office will open in North Queen Street, Belfast, from 11 to 13 February. Aimed at smaller businesses it will offer a series of expert half-hour workshops on topics such as finance, HR advice for employers, information technology and starting a business.
It will also offer one-to-one meetings with Invest NI staff to discuss what support is available to businesses.
The Minister continued: “The Belfast office is part of a pilot initiative and other ‘pop up’ offices are planned for Limavady and Enniskillen in the near future. Each of the offices will be in an easily accessible location within the local community.
“This is a good opportunity for individuals to make an appointment to see an adviser, attend one of the informative workshops or just call in to the office. I would encourage anyone who has an idea or an issue that they want to discuss to take advantage of the opportunity over the three days.”
The office will be based in a former hairdresser’s salon, now owned by North City Business park and it will be open from 9am to 5pm each day. Full details of the programme can be found at www.investni.com/popup