Amplify Mid and East Antrim

Business Support

Our suite of mentoring programmes can support your business to recover, plan-ahead, innovate and grow.

Your business must be located within the Mid and East Antrim Borough Council area. 

Business Health-check

Let us help you to navigate through the array of business support out there, to find the right fit for you.

Council’s Business Client Managers can meet with you to confidentially carry out a business diagnostic and make recommendations and introductions to wider supports in the marketplace. 

Connect with a Business Client Manager now by signing up via the Amplify portal.

Business Escalator Plus Programme

A bespoke one to one mentoring service to support the growth of your business through the following areas:

  • Strategic Business Growth
  • General Business Planning
  • Leadership & Management
  • HR & Staff Development
  • Financial Management
  • Innovation
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Export
  • Customer Experience Management
  • ICT & Ecommerce

To access support, your business must be trading more than 6 months and employ less than 50 people.

Digital Boost Programme

Digital Boost will support you to transform your business through the application of digital platforms and digital technology in order to enhance customer engagement and increase sales.

Mentoring is tailored to meet you specific needs in the following areas:

  • Selling through established platforms e.g. EBay, Amazon Marketplace etc.
  • Social Media for business
  • Using video to showcase your products and services
  • Monitoring digital marketing success
  • Basic web design and enhancement
  • Developing an e-commerce strategy
  • Selling through your business website
  • Online advertising strategies
  • Maximising customer engagement/interaction with your website/social media
  • Implementing basic CRM tools/strategies
  • Using data analytics to drive sales and inform product and service development

To access support, your business must be trading more than 6 months and employ less than 50 people.

Bid2Win Programme

Help to win more business tenders.

The Programme aims to support the growth of small and micro businesses, by providing you with the knowledge and skills to expand in the area of procurement and tender opportunities, increasing competitiveness and helping to create new employment opportunities. 

Participating companies can avail of:

  • 1 Introductory workshop - this ½ day session will provide an insight into the public procurement process, private sector supply chains, good tender practice and how to avoid common pitfalls.
  • 1-to-1 mentoring - where participants learn practical tendering skills e.g. how to register and navigate tender portals, bid library development, tender road mapping, review of previous submissions, support with a live bid etc.
  • A series of specialist workshops (various topics & dates available)

Participants will also be invited to attend Meet the Buyer events.

To access support, your business must be trading more than 6 months and employ less than 50 people.

Mid and East Antrim Food & Drink Network

Agri-food businesses have enjoyed practical workshops, best practice visits, mentoring support as well as visits and sessions from key industry experts including renowned writer and MasterChef Judge Charles Campion.  Council has supported local producers to exhibit at speciality food and drink shows across the UK and to secure sales with speciality food & drink wholesalers.

We are currently planning a range new supports and growth opportunities - watch this space!

To enquire about support on any of these programmes by signing up via the Amplify portal.

Business Escalator Plus, Digital Boost and the Bid2Win programmes are part funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the Investment for Growth & Jobs Northern Ireland (2014-2020) Programme.

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