Derry City & Strabane - Council urges local entrepreneurs to 'Go For It' in 2021




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Council urges local entrepreneurs to 'Go For It' in 2021

01 February 2021
Derry City and Strabane District Council has joined forces with Council areas across Northern Ireland to urge local entrepreneurs to 'Go For It' in 2021 with the support of the Go For It Programme.
The Go For It Programme has supported over 7,200 would-be entrepreneurs across Northern Ireland in the last three years. 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.
The programme is delivered free of charge by a team of experienced business advisors across Northern Ireland. It provides expert advice and help with developing a robust business plan, covering everything from financial forecasting to marketing and long-term sales growth. 
Head of Business with Derry City and Strabane District Council, Kevin O'Connor, said the programme provided local businesses with the tools they need to get their enterprise off the ground. "The Go For It Programme, delivered by Derry City and Strabane District Council, helps candidates create a business plan tailored to their business idea, focusing on important elements such as financial forecasting and accounts, sales and marketing, and how they can potentially access funding," he explained.
"This tried and tested business plan provides candidates with a blueprint for building a successful and sustainable business model, and it gives them the final push they need to finally launch their business.
"I would encourage entrepreneurs who are considering setting up their own business to take action now to avail of a £500 grant for people who complete the Go For It programme."
Dr Eugene McGuckin, Programme Manager, Northern Ireland Business Start Up Programme said: "The Go For It Programme continues to be a fantastic asset in helping entrepreneurs across Northern Ireland access the advice and support they need to develop a business plan.
"Over 7,200 new business plans in three years is a remarkable milestone, and local Councils are really proud that so many entrepreneurs have seized the opportunity to establish the business of their dreams with the support of the Go For It Programme."
If you have a business idea you'd like to develop or if you are thinking about starting a business call 0800 027 0639 or visit: visit