Minister Enhances Fermanagh's Business Base

Fermanagh's business base will be enhanced by two new economic development programmes, Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster has said.

The Minister was speaking as she launched the 'Grow and Prosper' and 'First Stop Shop' programmes.

Grow and Prosper will provide 30 micro businesses, those with fewer than 10 staff, with a tailored package of mentoring, workshops and networking opportunities. It will also help businesses develop a growth plan that will provide focus and direction.

First Stop Shop will target up to 650 businesses in the wider business community to provide advice, signposting and information to help develop business ideas.

Launching the programmes, Arlene Foster said: "The Grow and Prosper and First Stop Shop programmes are good news for local businesses and for the wider economy. Small businesses are the backbone of the Northern Ireland economy and they will play a vital role in rebuilding and rebalancing it. Nurturing them and ensuring they get all the support and guidance they need is of the utmost importance.

"What is especially valuable about the programmes is that they have been tailored to meet the specific needs of businesses in Fermanagh. I am determined to make sure that everyone involved in economic development works together to create the conditions which will help hundreds of small businesses to grow and succeed.

"The Grow and Prosper and First Stop Shop programmes are examples of this joined-up approach in action and I firmly believe that they will deliver real benefits to Fermanagh."

The programmes are the result of collaboration between Fermanagh District Council and Invest NI to develop locally focussed initiatives that complement the support already available and follow on from the success of other Local Economic Development (LED) initiatives which have proven to be very popular among Fermanagh businesses. The initiatives bring the total investment so far in LED programmes in Fermanagh to almost £500,000.


Related Northern Ireland Business News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

06 November 2015
Council Hosts 'Small Business Saturday Bus Tour'
Belfast City Council hosted the 'Small Business Saturday Bus Tour' at City Hall on Thursday, 05 November, which is touring the UK to highlight small business success and encourage people to 'shop local'.
14 February 2017
NI Chamber Of Commerce Announce Networking Event
NI Chamber of Commerce and Industry have announced a free networking event for local businesses. The networking series is designed to allow delegates to create new business relationships and opportunities with over 100 business delegates.
06 November 2013
Alliance Increases Support For Traders And Small Business Owners
Alliance Belfast Councillors are leading the way in increasing support for traders and small business owners across the city. At the latest meeting of Belfast City Council Councillor Andrew Webb brought a motion seeking support for the first local Small Business Saturday imitative, planned for 7 December.
01 September 2014
Minister Launches Two Business Support Programmes
Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster has launched two new innovative business support programmes in Enniskillen to assist new and existing businesses and social enterprises.
24 October 2017
Enterprise Week Events Programme Launched
Fermanagh and Omagh District Council have announced details of upcoming business events as part of Enterprise Week, running from 6th-10th November, 2017.