Alongside the creation of workspace, we have developed a whole range of economic development initiatives from enterprise awareness through to business start-up. Since our formation we have given business advice to some 6,000 clients, provided start-up training for almost 3,000 people and been involved in the creation of 1,500 new businesses leading to 4,200 new jobs. Over the years we have levered grant aid of £2.6m on behalf of new and expanding businesses.
The Exploring Enterprise Programme assists those people who aren’t ready to start up a business, but who wish to explore the enterprise concept. It prepares individuals who are considering the option of self-employment for the major step of starting a new small business.
The Programme helps people by offering a mix of one-to-one mentoring and group training and focuses on identifying transferable life skills, which are useful in business. It is available to people who are currently out of work or economically inactive. Participants can achieve a Level 2 Certificate of Business Enterprise.
The new Go for it Programme is dedicated to helping potential entrepreneurs think about, plan and launch their own businesses. Key benefits include a personalised approach including your own personal Client Manager, a training plan based on your needs, one-to-one advice and expanded initiatives for female entrepreneurs, minority communities and community enterprise.
The new programme gives access to a wide range of advice and support including workshops, seminars, specialist expertise in areas such as finance, technology and marketing and for those businesses with export and innovation potential, mentoring.
Graduate Into Business, Lisburn’s Programme for Graduate Entrepreneurship, is another option for the aspiring entrepreneur. This initiative offers a range of support mechanisms including specialist mentoring, market research services, incubation support, business & financial planning services and networking events. The Graduate Into Business Programme is open to graduates of all disciplines and universities with a HND or higher qualification. Graduates must live in Lisburn City Council area or propose to run a business in the area.
Customer care and the provision of a professional yet bespoke service is a core principle of LEO. The individual client needs are assessed at the outset of the relationship with LEO and a tailored response plan determined, whether it is the provision of property, participation on a structured programme or a specific support service. Regular and sustained engagement with our client base ensures that relevant interventions are offered at every stage of their development.