North City Business Centre Launches Pathway to Enterprise Programme



Melanie Fitzpatrick, PEP Manager and Dave Murphy, CEO, NCBC

North City Business Centre is delighted to announce the launch of the Pathway to Enterprise Programme (PEP).

This new programme is funded by Belfast City Council in partnership with the Department for Communities and North City Business Centre will be delivering PEP on a Belfast wide basis over the next eighteen months in partnership with Work West, Ormeau Business Park, Ortus and East Belfast Enterprise Agency.

PEP is designed to support people into sustainable employment through self-employment, targeting those who are economically inactive, unemployed, or working less than 16 hours a week and who may have additional barriers preventing them from moving into self-employment.

PEP will help individuals develop a Personal Development Plan, whilst providing practical, engaging and inspirational insights to help nurture a business start-up.  Individuals can avail of additional mentoring hours on their journey into self-employment, while gaining an Open College Network Level 1 qualification in ‘Managing Personal Finances.’

Participants will be supported to overcome structural barriers to becoming self-employed/establishing a new business including, childcare, travel and finance as well as personal barriers including mental health, wellbeing and addiction issues.

North City Business Centre CEO, Dave Murphy, said,

‘North City Business Centre is delighted to have secured the contract to deliver this programme in partnership with our four sister local enterprise agencies in Belfast.  PEP provides a new innovative approach to enterprise development by offering additional help and support to people who are unemployed or economically inactive and want to move into self-employment.  It will also act as a stepping stone to other enterprise programmes offered by Belfast City Council as well as providing wraparound support to people participating in these programmes.’