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Why an entrepreneur would seek assistance from a support agency

There are many support agencies that exist in Northern Ireland that can support an entrepreneur seeking assistance. Some of the agencies are run by the government and some are NGOs. Take a look at the different ways support agencies can provide support to an entrepreneur.


The Prince's Trust

The Prince's Trust helps young people aged 19 to 39 who are unemployed to start up a business and become self-employed.

It supports an entrepreneur by:

  • giving advice on a range of areas like employment options that are available, business planning and funding

  • providing downloadable guides on business planning, sales and marketing and taxation

  • having a 24-hour helpline

www.princes-trust.org.uk


Northern Ireland Direct Government Services

Northern Ireland Direct Government Services help people to get new skills and provide guidance to those who want to be self-employed.

It supports an entrepreneur by:

  • providing advice and guidance and tips on becoming self-employed.

  • using links on the website to direct the self-employed person to further information.

  • providing information about the benefits and drawbacks on being self-employed.

www.nidirect.gov.uk/information-and-services/plan-your-career/looking-new-career


Department for the Economy

The Department for the Economy helps to deliver government policy on areas such as tourism, economy and enterprise.

It supports an entrepreneur by:

  • providing advice and information on particular sectors that a self-employed person may be interested in.

  • providing guidance on areas like economic policy and employment rights.

www.economy-ni.gov.uk


Invest NI

Invest NI gives advice and guidance to new and existing businesses on starting up or growing its business. It supports an entrepreneur by:

  • the Go For It programme.

  • giving advice on developing business plans and accessing funds.

  • having training meeting, workshops, online support and personal business advisers.

www.investni.com


NI Business Info

NI Business Info give advice on business, forming a business and running a business. It supports an entrepreneur by:

  • providing comprehensive questions and answers to consider for new business start-ups.

  • using links on the website to direct the self-employed person to further information.

www.nibusinessinfo.co.uk


Enterprise Northern Ireland

Enterprise Northern Ireland represents local enterprise agencies in Northern Ireland. It supports an entrepreneur by:

  • helping local entrepreneurs to grow and develop their businesses.

  • providing a network of assistance to help with start up, research and professional development.

  • offering guidance on grants and initiatives available to small businesses.

www.enterpriseni.com

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