Amplify Mid and East Antrim

Start up Support

We have various support available for Start Up's such as: 

40+ Fresh Start
Explore Social
Go For It
Exploring Enterprise 
Sprout and

40+ Fresh Start

Are you over 40 and looking for a Fresh Start?

The 40+ Fresh Start Programme aims to provide support to people aged 40 and over who want to explore the opportunities available to them through entrepreneurship or self-employment.

Taking the form of blended workshops, the 40+ Fresh Start Programme aims to provide support to people aged 40+ who want to explore the opportunities available to them through entrepreneurship/self-employment.

This FREE programme does not require you to have any knowledge of self-employment, just an interest in finding out more.

The programme will be delivered by workshops/webinars on a range of introductory business topics and group and one-to-one mentoring.

To find out more information and to register contact Anne Taylor on T: 028 2826 9973 M: 07860 951 733 or E: or

Explore Social

Calling all Social Enterprises!

Have you recently set up a Social Enterprise or Community Interest Company in the Borough?

If so, you may be eligible to apply to the Explore Social Seed Fund to help with the early stage of development.

Applications are now closed.

Who can apply?

To be eligible, the organisation must be based in the Mid and East Antrim Borough and be in the early stage of its development (*less than 18 months).

Participants will also have an opportunity to apply to the Explore Social Seed Fund and access further support via the Go for It Programme, MEA Spark and Business Escalator Programmes.

MEA Explore Social Seed Fund Application

MEA Explore Social Seed Fund TC and Claim Form

For more information about Explore Social and how to register contact:

T: 028 2563 3363

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

View Explore Social Booklet

Go For It

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 on 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.


We are not accepting applications at this time – we expect to run a similar programme next year!

If you are interested in finding out more please contact

SPROUT is a unique opportunity to become a game-changer in the agri-food sector.

SPROUT will give you a team of people to help you find, refine and launch a brilliant business idea.

Each team will be chosen to suit the business - the help provided could be creative, technical, design, legal, financial - whatever you need to make it happen.

1. Eligibility - you must be aged over 18 and resident in the Mid and East Antrim Borough

2. Knowledge of the sector - understanding of the challenges facing the agri-food sector especially sustainability

3. Desire to innovate - a demonstrated ability to see, explore and evaluate opportunities

4. Need to innovate - rationale for wanting to be involved

Exploring Enterprise

The programme offers mentoring and training at a pace tailored to your needs and you will have the opportunity to work towards achieving a CCEA Level 1 Qualification in Understanding Business Enterprise.

Participants will be provided with one-to-one mentoring with an experienced business advisor such as CV design/development, marketing and financial planning.


T: 028 2563 3363

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 .