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Fledgling high growth sector businesses given opportunity to Venture for Success

6 Dec 2017
Belfast’s fledgling businesses in high growth areas such as the creative and digital industries, hospitality and tourism and clean technology are being offered an opportunity to increase their sales, profitability and competitiveness through a new business development programme.

Venture for Success, a free Belfast City Council three year programme, part funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the Investment for Growth & Jobs Northern Ireland (2014-2020) Programme is tailored for start-up companies and those which have been trading for under two years.

Chair of Belfast City Council’s City Growth and Regeneration Committee Councillor Mairéad O’Donnell said: “Venture for Success is an unmissable opportunity for new companies to access one to one mentoring from an industry specialist and learn from inspirational and informative workshops. If you sign up, you’ll also benefit from widening your network of support and business contacts.

“Growing our city’s economy is the prime objective in The Belfast Agenda and delivering programmes like this one will help our businesses grow, employ more staff, consider opportunities to export and become more competitive and sustainable. We’re leading the way in terms of innovation and creativity in a number of high growth sectors and we want more businesses to tap into current global opportunities, whether they’re creative and digital, financial and professional, advanced engineering, clean technology, ICT and electronics, hospitality and tourism or life and health sciences.”

To be eligible to participate in the ‘Venture for Success’ programme, applicant companies must have been trading for under two years, have a valid business plan, and must not be an Invest NI client company.

To register, go to, email or call a member of Belfast City Council’s Economic Development team on 028 9027 0482 before Friday, 16 February 2018.
Venture for Success business development programme