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NEWRY AND MOURNE BUSINESSES ENCOURAGED TO GET ON A PROGRAMME FOR GROWTH

17th June 2019

100 businesses in the Newry and Mourne District Council area have signed up to the NMD Business Growth Programme which is driving economic growth through a tailored programme of mentoring, networking and targeted workshop events.

The programme opened for registration just two months ago and already 100 companies have signed up. Any business in the Council area is eligible to take part in the programme, which is free to all businesses. The Programme aims to help businesses expand through increased sales, identifying new markets and research and development and is part funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the Investment for growth & jobs Northern Ireland (2014 -2020) programme.

One company already receiving practical assistance through the programme is RNN Communications. Business owner Rikki Neill outlined her experience to date:

 "The programme has been extremely valuable and has delivered a clear path on how our firm intends to grow in the coming three years.The growth strategy has been tested to ensure its deliverable, the team have fed into the strategy and weve embarked upon training to help improve our selling skills in a bid to focus on new business.

"I am very thankful that we were accepted onto the programme and do believe that its been of huge value to the business already.

Council Chairman Cllr Charlie Casey explained why the Council is hosting the programme for small businesses.

"The Council is delighted to be working with Invest Northern Ireland, our local Enterprise Agencies, the local Colleges and the entire delivery team to bring the NMD Business Growth programme to the District. In our Council area SMEs have the potential to drive economic growth which will bring additional prosperity throughout the district. Where we can help them through targeted intervention of the type provided by the programme, we are very pleased to do so.”

 

The NMD Business Growth Programme is open to any small business (less than 50 employees) in the Newry, Mourne and Down District. Businesses can apply by emailing business@nmanddd.org or calling 028 30313223

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