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Strabane businesses gear up for Enterprise Week 2017

03 March 2017

Strabane businesses are being reminded of number of workshops that will be running in the Strabane and Derry area next week as Derry City and Strabane District Council prepare to kick of its 2017 Enterprise Week.

A week devoted to local business will begin on Monday 6th March and run right through to Friday 10th March that will include a variety of events centred on female and social entrepreneurship, digital technology, innovation and food tourism.

A number of the events will be held in Strabane including a session on the Rural Business Investment Scheme at the Heritage Education Centre in Sion Mills on 8th March. This session will provide information on the potential funding opportunities available to rural businesses through the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, delivered by the Derry and Strabane Rural Partnership.

The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Hilary McClintock said, ‘This annual week for business is very significant to the city and district. It is not only an opportunity for Council and its support agencies to become involved with local businesses but it is also an opportunity for businesses to further up skill, network, develop sales opportunities with contacts and engage.’

Louise Breslin, Business Manager at Derry City and Strabane District Council added, ‘This year’s programme includes workshops and talks by some of the leading experts in business who have direct experience in starting and growing a business. This is a unique opportunity to learn from those who have experienced success and to find out what is needed to be successful in business.

‘A lot of what is planned for the week that will appeal to Strabane businesses and I encourage anyone interested to register as soon as possible as spaces are limited. Strabane businesses have expressed an interest in learning more about the NI Rural Development Programme, therefore we’ve included a session on this next Wednesday in Sion Mills.

‘The Rural Business Investment Scheme provides grants to micro and small businesses with £2.5 million available for the Derry and Strabane area up to 2020. This funding includes marketing grants up to £10,000 and capital grants of between £5,000 and £90,000 depending on the size of business. The Rural Development Programme team will also be available on the day to provide details of marketing grants of up to £10,000 that are available through the Rural Business Investment Schemes

‘Another event we feel is worthwhile to those considering starting a business is the ‘Start a Business’ Drop in Day at the Strabane Enterprise Agency on 8th March. The team will have all the information and support you need to get yourself set up and get your business running.’

All the events organised for the five day Enterprise Week programme are designed to help small businesses in the North West thrive and build closer relationships with customers and partners. Sponsored by Virgin Media Business, events will centre on a number of topics to give support to local businesses and help them learn new skills. These will include events on; female and social entrepreneurship, digital technology, innovation and food tourism.

Highlights and key speakers for Enterprise Week 2017 include talks and workshops by top industry professionals, Steve Wind-Mozley, Director of Digital at Virgin Media Business; Lara Morgan, entrepreneur, founder and former CEO of Pacific Direct and a Google Digital Garage expert who will all be offering essential skills and advice on how to make your business more visible online.

There will be opportunities for start up’s to enter the £10k Business Challenge at the Walled City Brewery on Tuesday 7th March and the opportunity to enter discussions on Brexit at An Grianán Hotel on Tuesday 7th March, amongst others throughout the week.

Enterprise Week will take place from Monday 6th until Friday 10th March 2017. To view the full programme and to register, go to www.derrystrabane.com/enterpriseweek.