Invest NI Targets North West Entrepreneurs in Go For It Week

Oct 19, 2004

A week long programme of information, innovation and inspiration for entrepreneurs and business people in the northwest, kicks off on 8 June.

A week long programme of information, innovation and inspiration for entrepreneurs and business people in the northwest, kicks off on 8 June.

The Go For It Start A Business Week, which coincides with UK Business Week, has been organised by Invest Northern Ireland and its enterprise partners, and will feature a variety of events culminating in a two day Start a Business Show. The show, which will be held at the Millennium Forum in Londonderry, is expected to attract well over 1000 visitors.

The aim of the Go For It Week is to encourage local people to consider starting a business and to highlight the wide range of help available. It will also offer networking opportunities for business people and those interested in starting a business.

During the week new programmes and initiatives to promote entrepreneurship in the northwest will be announced. A series of workshops given by Edward de Bono, the revolutionary thinker and management guru, will inspire audiences ranging from schoolchildren to local media and business people, to think innovatively and creatively.

The Go For It Week supports Invest NI’s North West Action Plan, which aims to strengthen the economy in the region by addressing specific economic development issues. The Plan involves Invest NI working in partnership with businesses, councils and other stakeholders throughout the region.

Kevin Helferty, manager of Invest NI’s northwest local office comments: “Helping local businesses to grow, and increasing the number and quality of business starts in the area, are two of our key priorities. The Go For It Week is an opportunity to focus on the needs of small businesses in particular, and to announce some measures that we are putting in place to support their growth.

“We hope that it will also generate interest among the local community about starting a business. Over 2500 new businesses started last year in Northern Ireland but, to match the entrepreneurial success of countries like America, we still need more people to set up businesses. So we’re urging people to come along to the Start a Business show on 12 and 13 June to find out about the help available to them.”

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