1600 new businesses have been created during the past year through Invest Northern Ireland’s Regional Start Initiative.
The programme is focused on encouraging potential entrepreneurs to produce a business plan as one of the key early steps to starting a business and moving into self employment.
Colm Crampsie from Enniskillen is one the 1600 entrepreneurs to have turned their business idea into reality. Mr Crampsie set up his company CCB, a refit and refurbishment service for retail, commercial and hospitality premises.
Before launching his venture, Colm took advantage of the business start-up support offered through the initiative, which included advice and expertise on business planning, financial forecasts and marketing. He said: “The programme provided me with all the practical advice I needed – from marketing to accounts – and, thankfully, gave me the confidence to literally go for it.”
Bill Scott, Invest NI’s Executive Director of Regional Business, said: “The Regional Start Initiative is providing very important support for people looking to start their own business.
“Our aim is to raise the overall number and quality of business starts in Northern Ireland by providing innovative advisory and training support to individuals at the start-up stage.
“We hope to have 6500 business plans approved by October 2014. Whilst this is challenging, it is essential if we are to support the rebuilding of our economy and the creation of new jobs. Approving over 3000 business plans to date is an important milestone which will contribute towards achieving this objective.
“We will continue to work to support entrepreneurs to develop business plans and provide sound business planning advice that will ensure the best chance of success.”
The initiative is delivered by Enterprise Northern Ireland and its network of regional delivery partners. People interested in setting up their own business and would like advice and support should call 0800 027 0639.
The Regional Start Initiative is delivered by Enterprise Northern Ireland and its network of regional delivery partners.