Join the Achieving Finance Programme and Boost Your Business
A new and stimulating business programme is now available to help you achieve more out of your business. A wide range of businesses can apply and it is almost completely free.
The Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon, Down, Newry & Mourne Achieving Finance Programme Towards Business Growth!
The Achieving Finance Programme is an exciting new initiative designed to assist 100 SME’s (20 in each Council region) to look at the financial position of the businesses and examine what opportunities exist for them.
It will run for 18 months and will involve a series of Masterclasses, one to one mentoring and meet the investor panels that help each SME to identify and address their financial needs.
Who is the Programme for?
The programme is open to all businesses in the Councils of Craigavon Armagh, Banbridge, Newry & Mourne and Down who are prepared to commit the time of the owner or significant manager (as long as they can make strategic decisions within the business) to examine their financial position and make decisions on their finance related to their business objectives.
What is the time commitment?
Each Programme will run for 18 months. Between January 2013 and September 2014 you will then have access to expert Masterclasses, three full days one-to-one mentoring with financial and industry experts and the opportunity to get involved in “Meet the Investor” events where you can pitch your business for investment from private investment, Invest NI and/or the banks. The one to one mentoring will involve face to face meetings as well as follow up report development/ market research etc, remote support through our online private consultancy support, emails etc.
Who is managing the Programme?
The programme will be delivered by Lestas Consulting Ltd. We are a Management Development Company who has worked with Northern Ireland SME’s for over a decade to implement practical new business systems, develop associate relationships, draw down financial support and examine new markets. We bring with us a team of finance and investor experts whose experience ranges from developing procurement systems for new markets to applying for investment through a number of local and EU funding mechanisms.
Collective Master Classes delivered across the Council areasFinance and Business experts assigned to mentor you for three days, on an individual basis, at a time and place convenient to you. Development and implementation of an individual ‘Finance Investment Plan’ to present at bespoke “Meet the Investor” events.
Opportunities to get a better understanding of your financial position and what public and private funds are available through a series of three Masterclasses. Access to Investors including Invest NI, Equity Finance and the Banks, who will advise and assist you during the programme.
Access to other SME’s and relevant case studies to help you develop and implement your plans Receive an Endorsed Award from the Institute of Leadership and Management on successful completion of the programme.
To be considered for a place on the programme, simply complete the brief Expression of Interest Form attached with this email and return to: [email protected]
How much will it cost?
The programme is part-financed by the five Councils, Invest Northern Ireland and part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund under the European Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland!”. Your participant contribution is only £100 + Vat which is less than five per cent of the actual programme cost for each participant.
You have a choice of attending two different venues –
On: Tuesday 18th June
At: 9am – 12 noon
In: Brownlow Community Hub
7 Brownlow Road
On: Tuesday 18th June
At: 5.30pm – 8pm
In: Banbridge Enterprise Centre
Scarva Road Industrial Estate
If you require further details then please contact Darren Irwin on 02870322900. However it is important that you confirm your place by emailing [email protected] on or before Thursday 6th June 2013.