Explore your idea
There are a number of routes you can take to explore your business idea
The Exploring Enterprise Programme (EEP) is a free programme that runs throughout Northern Ireland and provides an insight into starting a business or allows participants to take the first steps to gain employment.
You do not need to have a business idea to participate. The programme offers mentoring and training at a pace tailored to your needs and you have the opportunity (optional) to work towards achieving an OCN Qualification in Understanding Business Enterprise.
You will be provided with one-to-one mentoring with an experienced business advisor in areas such as; developing business ideas, marketing, financial planning, introduction to HMRC, job searching/assisting in the writing of job applications, CV design/development, searching for further education courses or other relevant training.
To be eligible for this programme you must be:
Aged 16 or over; legal UK residency and eligibility to work in the UK; unemployed or want to increase your working hours per week, and not participating in any other government-funded programme.
This Enterprise programme helps 18 to 30-year-olds turn their big ideas into a business reality.
There’s a lot to think about before you take steps to start your business. Find out what other people have done, get help to develop a plan of action, research your market and find tools to refine your idea.