Belfast City Council’s Go For It programme has reached a significant milestone. It’s helped 350 Belfast entrepreneurs launch their businesses since last September.
Go For It is part funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the Investment for Growth & Jobs Northern Ireland (2014-2020) Programme.
Belfast Lord Mayor Deirdre Hargey said: “We’re delighted that the Go For It programme has helped 350 Belfast entrepreneurs get up and running so far. We’re committed to supporting 4,000 small business start ups over the next four years through the Belfast Agenda and this is a great step towards achieving our goal.
“Go For It provides practical advice and support to anyone wishing to start their own business by taking them through every step of the process of creating a business plan.
“I’m really encouraged to hear how Daly Recruitment has benefited from completing the programme. They’re currently the only specialised hospitality management recruiter in NI, working with clients and candidates across Ireland and the UK to find that perfect recruitment match for the luxury hotel market, contract catering and conference and events sectors.
“I’d encourage anyone who has a business idea to get in touch with us today to see how we can help make it a reality.”
Nichola Daly, Director, Daly Recruitment, said: “The Go For It programme encouraged me to take the initial leap and helped me to understand and deal with the complexities of starting a business.
“Go For It provided me with a business plan, and through regular mentoring sessions, I’ve developed the confidence I need to drive my business forward.
“It’s also armed me with the financial understanding I need to operate profitably. I’m very grateful to the team at Ormeau Business Park for their invaluable support.”
Patricia McNeill, Manager of Ormeau Business Park, said: “Daly Recruitment is an excellent example of the growing number of entrepreneurs availing of support through the Go For It business ecosystem to start and successfully launch her business in Belfast.
“Ormeau Business Park start up client Nichola Daly has seized the moment in the thriving NI hospitality sector to provide a professional, experienced service that since launching in June of this year, is already growing in stature as the key recruitment specialist with industry professionals.”
Representing the Local Enterprise Agency for South Belfast, Patricia added that Ormeau Business Park’s role is to support start-up businesses as they navigate the path to success: “We believe in making business start-up as easy as possible by helping people tap into the concentration of support networks that exist across Belfast.
“We thrive on working with progressive thinkers like Nichola, whose can do attitude overcomes early obstacles and keeps her focus on success.”
o For more information, go to www.belfastcity.gov.uk/cityforbusiness