Amplify Mid and East Antrim

Business Support

Business Escalator Plus, Digital Boost, Go For It 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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Spark – fire up your business potential

Spark offers specialist mentoring support to this business in the start-up phase of trading.

To access support from the programme your business must be:

  • Based within the area of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council
  • Intending to start trading within three months
  • Trading up to one year

As part of the programme, you will benefit from:

  • Business diagnostic
  • Specialist one-to-one business mentoring and advice
  • Future planning and goal setting

To find out further details contact:


T 028 2563 3363

You can also register your interest for the programme via the Amplify portal .

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 your 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 for more than 6 months and employ less than 50 people.

You can register your interest in the programme via the Amplify portal.

Go for it

This is the time to grow your idea. This is the time to Go For it. The Go For It programme can help you get a Business Plan together and get started.

The Go For It programme provides step by step advice and one to one mentoring to anyone who is thinking of starting a business. 

Focusing on guidance to help you produce your own business plan, the programme is delivered free of charge through a network of local enterprise delivery agents.

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.

You will be connected with an experienced business advisor in your area who will provide you with one-to-one support and mentoring focused on developing your business plan.

Schedule an appointment with your local Business Advisor and get started today.

A business plan describes your business proposal; it covers objectives, strategies, sales, marketing and financial forecasts.

A business plan helps you to:

  • Clarify and focus your business idea.
  • Spot potential problems.
  • Complete your research.
  • Set out your goals.
  • Understand and prepare financial forecasts.
  • Measure your progress.
  • Access finance to start and grow your business.

The programme provides advice and guidance but does not provide grants or financial support; your advisor will be able to make you aware of financial supports in your area.

For more information visit the Go For It website or phone 0800 027 0639.

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.