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Get Help to Start Your Own Business

(see also Thinking of Starting a Business During a Recession)


The Go For It Programme is the first stop for entrepreneurs in Northern Ireland.  Working with local Enterprise Agencies, the Go For It programme provides you with access to a Business Advisor who can provide step by step advice and mentoring to take the first steps when lauching your business.

The programme benefits include:

  • One-to-one assessment with a business advisor
  • Tailored financial and business planning advice
  • Advice on how to access grants and funding
  • Access to best practice guides, tools and videos
  • Support and help to get you started


How to apply:  

You can contact the freephone enquiry line on 0800 027 0639 or book an appointment with a business advisor  

Alternatively, if you would like to discuss the Go For It programme with a member of our team, please contact: Bridget McCaughan via


Thinking of starting a business during a recession?



Recession, downturn, economic hardship. All words that presumably no business owner or entrepreneur wants to hear as they launch and grow their business. But as history has borne out, it’s true to say that recessions can actually yield opportunity. Opportunity to solve the problems created by hardship, opportunity to grow in markets where competitors have exited, and opportunity to diversify and communicate your business into a place of steady growth and prosperity.


Why and how?

The reality of a recession can impact in a variety of ways. From rising unemployment to sluggish industry growth, a reduction in working hours, lower personal income and a rise in poverty. This perfect storm is certainly not what you’d normally consider encouraging when it comes to starting a business but it’s widely acknowledged that a recession truly can offer the ideal market space to launch a business.


Read more here......





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.