Derry City & Strabane - Strabane businesses urged to sign up for Enterprise Week




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Strabane businesses urged to sign up for Enterprise Week

25 February 2020

Businesses in Strabane town and surrounding areas seeking inspiration and advice on how to boost performance have the opportunity next week to take part in a series of free events geared towards promoting entrepreneurship and business expertise.

The events are part of the wider Enterprise Week Programme for Derry and Strabane, running from March 2-6, led by Derry City and Strabane District Council with support from Innovate UK, Department for the Economy, Invest NI, Women in Enterprise, Jobs and Benefits Office, Labour Relations, Julie Pollock HR, Ulster University, Catalyst Inc, NWRC, Startacus, Strabane Enterprise Agency, Enterprise NW, Foyle Business Network, Londonderry Chamber of Commerce, and Young Enterprise.

The programme features a series of talks, workshops and drop in clinics geared towards answering a diversity of business questions, touching on a wide range of issues.

Anyone needing information on going digital, creating effective marketing strategies, or even just accessing advice on how to get their business off the starting blocks, can draw on the expertise of leading business consultants with a wealth of information at hand.

Highlights of the programme include an ‘Introduction to the ‘M’ word’, a special session dedicated to demystifying marketing; managing mental health in the workplace; start your own business drop in sessions; and video promotion for social media.

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor Michaela Boyle, said Strabane businesses should take the opportunity to find out what help is at hand. “Enterprise Week always draws a great response from the local business community and it presents a great chance for likeminded entrepreneurs to network and share their experiences.

“The programme in Strabane offers a number of opportunities to access information that can be specially tailored to meet individual business needs, led by experienced and successful industry leaders happy to share their expertise. Council offers a wide variety of business support services and I would really encourage people to check out the programme to see what’s available.”

All the events are free and take place at a variety of venues taking in Strabane and Sion Mills.

Business Support Manager with Council, Louise Breslin, said the programme offered something for businesses of all sizes and sectors. “Our role is to offer the support and guidance for anyone seeking information or inspiration on how they can start a new business or grow and develop an existing business.

“We appreciate that businesses in Strabane face challenges unique to the area, and that there are also a large number of rural businesses with their own specific issues to address. With that in mind we’ve developed a programme of events that seeks to assist local businesses in marketing their products and services, and promoting the unique business offering in the area.”

To find out more about the programme and to register for Enterprise Week go to or via the What’s On Derry Strabane app from Google Play & Apple App stores.