Business Advice

Have you considered self-employment, but are unsure of your business idea? Or do you have a firm idea, but you need advice and guidance on how to take this idea forward? Do you require a business plan? We are here to help!

North City Business Centre offers a range of business support services to assist entrepreneurs in starting a business.

Go For It

The Go for It Programme provides participants with a comprehensive package of guidance, training, business workshops and ongoing support to help you develop a business plan to set up and grow your business. The programme is focused on encouraging potential entrepreneurs to produce a business plan as one the key early steps to starting a business and moving into self-employment.An experienced Business Adviser will help you develop your business plan. Throughout participation on the Go for It Programme, you can avail of the following services:

– One to one assessment meeting with a Business Adviser
– Fnancial planning sessions with a Business Adviser
– Tailored guidance to help you develop and complete your business plan
– Advice on how to access potential funding
– Access to best practice guides, tools and resources
– Access to Start a Business workshops

The Go for It programme is currently delivered by Enterprise NI via the network of Local Enterprise Agencies in Belfast. The programme is free of charge.

Eligibility Criteria:

– Must be aged 16 or over
– Must be a resident within Belfast City Council
– The intention must be to locate the business in Northern Ireland
– The intention must be to start-up the business within the next 6 months
– An individual moving into self-employment, but taking on an existing business are eligible
– Businesses which have been trading for less than 6 months are eligible
– Must not have previously completed a business plan on the Go for It programme within the last 6 months. 

– Support is only available once to the same client for the same business.

Contact us now to arrange a free meeting with our business adviser to develop your business plan on 

028 90747470. 

Exploring Enterprise

Exploring Enterprise Programme (EEP) is a free programme which provides an insight into starting a business or allows you to take the first steps to gaining employment.

You do not need to have a business idea to join.

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

You will be provided with one to one mentoring with an experienced business advisor in areas such as:

• Marketing
• Financial Planning
• Introduction to HMRC
• Job searching/assisting in writing of job applications
• CV design / development
•  Searching for further education courses or other relevant training

To be eligible for this programme you must be:

• Aged 16 or over
• Legally able to reside and work in the UK
• Unemployed/inactive or working/studying less than 16 hours per week; and
• Not participating in any other government funded programme

If this sounds like this is the course for you, then please contact us.

Start Up Loans, through Enterprise NI, allow you to borrow up to £25,000 with a low interest rate of 6% fixed (6.2%) APR over 1 – 5 years with no arrangement or early settlement fees. Plus you receive up to 15 hours complimentary business mentoring support in your first year after taking the loan plus exclusive offers from a variety of corporate partners.

The Go for It Programme provides participants with a comprehensive package of guidance, training, business workshops and ongoing support to help you develop a business plan to set up and grow your business. The programme is focused on encouraging potential entrepreneurs to produce a business plan as one the key early steps to starting a business and moving into self-employment.An experienced Business Adviser will help you develop your business plan. Throughout participation on the Go for It Programme, you can avail of the following services:

– One to one assessment meeting with a Business Adviser
– Fnancial planning sessions with a Business Adviser
– Tailored guidance to help you develop and complete your business plan
– Advice on how to access potential funding
– Access to best practice guides, tools and resources
– Access to Start a Business workshops

Are you Eligible?
The criteria is pretty straightforward, so check whether you are eligible:

All applicants must:


– Be resident in the UK and over 18 years of age
– Not currently bankrupt or subject to an Individual Voluntary Arrangement
– Not currently on a debt relief order, debt management programme or debt arrangement scheme
– Not have an outstanding county court judgement or trust deed
– Be able to supply evidence that they cannot secure funding through a high street bank
– Be able to demonstrate by means of a business plan and cash flow forecast, a commercially viable business proposal

All businesses must:

– Be based in Northern Ireland
– Be legal, moral, non-discriminatory and must not undertake any activity which may offend public taste

How can North City Business Centre help?

At North City Business Centre we are dedicated to helping you start your business journey on the right path and can assist in the journey to securing finance. We can:
• Write your business plan and provide a two year financial forecast to assist in the justification for finance and show payback ability. This is through our Go For It Programme

• Assist in the completion of the ENI Start Up Loan Fund application form to ensure all areas are adequately covered and all supporting documents are present

• Once approved we can them work with you directly to provide additional business mentoring on key areas of your business to ensure ongoing growth and success

Are you interested in our programme? Fill out your details below.