The clock is ticking for local businesses and social enterprises to apply for fully funded expert support

Applications for the fully funded OPTIMAL business support programme which delivers one-to-one mentoring to local businesses and social enterprises must be received by 31 December 2022.

(These applications will be processed in January 2023 and mentoring must be completed on or before March 2023)

If your business or social enterprise is located in Antrim and Newtownabbey borough and employs less than 50 full time employees, apply for expert support today.

To apply:

  • Text BUSINESS OPTIMAL to 80039
  • Telephone Sara Thompson on 07799 533 876 or
  • Apply online – visit Assistance available across a range of areas including:
    ☑️ Digital – Website design & set up, app development, social media, SEO, remote working, cyber security
    ☑️ Try Export – Finding new customers, selling strategies in export markets, trade tariffs and documentation
    ☑️ Social Enterprise – Governance, managing volunteers, applying for grants & loans
    ☑️ General – Recruitment & staff management, financial planning, marketing, costing and pricing
    ☑️ Sales – Selling Strategies, finding new customers, marketing, branding and visual merchandising
    ☑️ Sustaining business – business planning, efficiency, financial management
    ☑️ Other: just ask for what your enterprise needs to sustain or grow & we will see what we can do!

    ? Programme Manager Colleen McAreavey pictured with the Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Alderman Stephen Ross

    Photo Credit: John O’Neill @sperrins_photography

    This @anborough_ project managed by @malluskenterprisepark in partnership with @ledcom_ltd & @antrim.enterprise is part funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the Investment for Growth & Jobs Northern Ireland (2014-2020) Programme