Ongoing Development Programmes

Bright Idea Programme
Bright Idea is an innovative business start up programme for young people in Ards, Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon, Down and Newry and Mourne areas.
There will be the opportunity to take part in 5 days of intensive training in an international setting.

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SOURCE and SELL
This SEED Product Transfer and Sales Acceleration Programme will assist local companies ( in Ards, Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon, Down, Newry and Mourne and North Down areas) to expand their businesses by bringing in a new product, service or technology that will significantly grow the business.  Starts in March 2014
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The First Time Exporters Programme
The First Time Exporters Programme aims to assist owner-managers of micro businesses (10 employees or less) in the 6 council areas to explore and exploit business opportunities - in Republic of Ireland, GB or further afield - in order to secure sustained growth.
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Craigavon

Craigavon - Improving the Investment Offer
This project will develop a strong investment offer for the Borough of Craigavon, and will deliver a promotion plan which communicates Craigavon's advantages and increases the flow of investment leads to Craigavon.
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PLATO EBR, SME Development Programme

The PLATO EBR Programme aims to strategically assist Small & Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) for competitive growth in a cross-border capacity across the East Border Region. PLATO is a tried and tested two-year leadership and business development programme targeted at SMEs and based on the principle of peer-group learning. It has been running successfully since 1988 in Europe and in Ireland since the mid-1990s.


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The STEM Project - offering local businesses the opportunity to boost profits and save money!
Is your business struggling with rising energy, waste and water costs? Would you like some assistance to identify up to £2,850 in savings across these bills? Does your business need an Environmental Management System (i.e. ISO 14001 or BS 8555)? Then the STEM Project can help YOU!
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SMART ECO HUB

SMART ECO HUB
The vision of the Smart ECO Hub is to create a network of innovating companies to foster vibrant low carbon innovation so that it can become a key driver of sustainable business growth in the north east of Ireland both north and south of the border. The Smart ECO Hub is governed by East Border Region Ltd., and managed by Louth Local Authorities under Michael A. Curran, Director of Cross Border Economic Development.
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Family Business Programme
New Family Business Programme launched in the South East Economic Development area
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Craigavon Agri-food and Drink Forum
CBC has established the Craigavon Agri-food and Drink Forum in a bid to respond to the growth opportunities within the Agri-food and Drink sector.

The Craigavon Agri-food and Drink Forum will be a food and drink industry cluster and will involve working in partnership with local producers, SME's, business leaders and representatives from key stakeholder organisations, such as Planning Service, Invest NI, NIFDA and FoodNI.  All of whom can drive initiatives forward that will encourage export, innovation and entrepreneurship within the agri-food industry across Craigavon.  

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Craigavon Agri-Food and Drink Programme
The Craigavon Agri-food and Drink programme aims to raise the capability and capacity of 30 local food and drink producers (micro/SME's) to identify export and innovation opportunities that will grow their businesses in a bid to stimulate economic growth.

The provide will provide access to sector specific workshops and bespoke 1-1 mentoring from sector experts.


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