Supporting Our MEA Businesses

Support for Small/Medium sized businesses

Support for Small/Medium sized businesses

Amplify Business Escalator Programme

Council is supporting our existing small and medium-sized businesses to navigate through COVID-19 and prepare for the new economic landscape post lockdown to sustain jobs.

We can help businesses realise their potential, proactively plan for a new way of working, prepare robust financial plans and to ensure an effective and efficient way of working to service their existing customers and new markets.

We can provide you with 1-1 mentoring support in the following areas.

Finance Support

  • Detailed business plan and financials to access finance from lenders
  • Preparing accounts and Financial Projections
  • Financial management planning

HR Support

  • Taking staff off Furlough and reviewing contracts of employees
  • HR policies after COVID-19
  • Capacity Planning

Diversification

  • How to generate new revenue streams for your business
  • New product/service ideas
  • Market Research

Business Continuity

  • Supply chain management
  • Social distancing measures in a return to business post lockdown
  • Maintaining products and services
  • Streamlining systems and processes

Strategic Business

  • Develop your business strategy
  • Monitoring and review pre and post-Covid 19
  • Goal Mapping

Please note the above supports can be tailored to your specific needs.  If you want to access support contact and email

Eligible businesses must be based in the Mid and East Antrim District Council areas and employ less than 50 people.

This project is part-funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the Investment for Growth & Jobs Northern Ireland (2014-2020) Programme.


Digital Boost Programme

The Digital Boost programme is dedicated to providing digital support and can help your business transform through the use of digital technology and E-commerce leading towards enhanced customer engagement and increased sales.

As part of the programme, you will benefit from mentoring in the areas of:

  • • Selling through established platforms e.g. Ebay, Amazon Marketplace.
  • • Social Media for business
  • • Using video to showcase your products and services
  • • Monitoring digital market 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

Please note the above supports can be tailored to your specific needs.  If you want to access support contact and email

Eligible businesses must be based in the Mid and East Antrim District Council areas and employ less than 50 people.

This project is part-funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the Investment for Growth & Jobs Northern Ireland (2014-2020) Programme.


Kickstart

Kickstart continues to provide guidance (currently via virtual mentoring) to support early-stage businesses and social enterprises and help prepare for the future

E: amplify@midandeastantrim.gov.uk

T: 028 2563 5036

Visit Kickstart

Go for it

Are still here to help you start a business. Business advisors can now provide virtual meetings to discuss a business idea.

T: 0800 027 0639

Visit Go For It