Free Optimal Support for Local Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council Businesses Launches

FREE Optimal Mentoring Support Programme for Local Businesses Launched

Official launch of the Optimal business growth mentoring programme for small and medium sized businesses in Antrim and Newtownabbey borough pictured Susan O’Kane, Eastern Regional Manager for Invest NI; Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Billy Webb MBE JP; Ken Nelson, LEDCOM; Jennifer McWilliams, Antrim Enterprise Agency and Colleen McAreavey, Mallusk Enterprise Park

Businesses can now get FREE, tailored, one-to-one mentoring support to help them thrive, through Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council’s Optimal Business Growth Programme.

 

Aiming to support 220 businesses across Antrim and Newtownabbey, the Programme will help create a more prosperous economy for the area.

Small and medium sized businesses and social enterprises with fewer than 50 full time employees will be able to take advantage of this support opportunity. The programme will be delivered by local enterprise agency Mallusk Enterprise Park in partnership with Antrim Enterprise Agency and LEDCOM and is designed to offer support through bespoke mentoring, workshops and networking in a range of areas from digital to sales, export to social enterprise.

At the launch, Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Billy Webb  commented:

“I would encourage all small businesses to enquire about this programme. Free mentoring will help businesses recover from the impact of the pandemic and support them to sustain and create jobs.”

“Supporting local businesses to become more competitive and promoting growth and innovation are key priorities for the Council. The OPTIMAL programme has been designed to give local business owners the assistance they need to take them to the next level.”

Susan O’Kane, Eastern Regional Manager, Invest NI, said:

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council to extend the reach of its local economic development, particularly as we work to rebuild Northern Ireland’s economy post-pandemic. The Optimal programme will help businesses diversify and grow at this difficult time, and to remain competitive.”

For more information and to apply for this support visit www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/optimal or text BUSINESS OPTIMAL to 80039.

 

This project is part funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the Investment for Growth & Jobs Northern Ireland (2014-2020) Programme.

 

Official launch of the Optimal business growth mentoring programme for small and medium sized businesses in Antrim and Newtownabbey borough pictured Susan O’Kane, Eastern Regional Manager for Invest NI; Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Billy Webb MBE JP; Ken Nelson, LEDCOM; Jennifer McWilliams, Antrim Enterprise Agency and Colleen McAreavey, Mallusk Enterprise Park
Official launch of the Optimal business growth mentoring programme for small and medium sized businesses in Antrim and Newtownabbey borough pictured Susan O’Kane, Eastern Regional Manager for Invest NI; Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Billy Webb MBE JP; Ken Nelson, LEDCOM; Jennifer McWilliams, Antrim Enterprise Agency and Colleen McAreavey, Mallusk Enterprise Park