Local Council Support News - 1st September 2023

We have updated our website to include details on the latest Council support across Northern Ireland.

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council

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New Causeway Coast and Glens Apprenticeship Website Launched

Causewayapprenticeships.com is a new website to help local businesses, employers and people to understand apprenticeships and how they can be a great help to grow businesses in the Causeway Coast and Glens.

causewayapprenticeships.com has information for employers about how apprenticeships work, including answers to frequently asked questions, such as:

Apprenticeships can be at Level 2 and Level 3, and the Department for the Economy are funding Higher Level Apprenticeships which start at Foundation Degree level.   All Age apprenticeships (aged 25 and over) are also being introduced by the Department for the Economy in September, so there has never been a better opportunity for you to become an apprentice or to employ an apprentice. Causeway Coast and Glens Labour Market Partnership, who have developed the causewayapprenticeships.com platform, are funded by the Department for Communities.

Visit our causewayapprenticeships.com website or our Facebook page


Belfast City Council

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Support for female business owners 

Connect with other women led business owners at the Women in Business | Entrepreneurs Connect event on Tuesday 12 September at 2 Royal Avenue, Belfast - supported by Belfast City Council.

The aim of this event is to get talking - solving your business issues and support to bring your ideas to life in a room full of likeminded women. With business group discussions, pitching opportunities and guest speaker, Grainne Kelly, CEO and founder of BubbleBum, we will be creating a vision of support for your business.

This event is open to all Women in Business members and non-members who are business owners or are considering turning their side hustle into a full-time reality!

Register - Entrepreneurs Connect | Women in Business NI

Free Jobs Fair at St George’s Market

We're inviting Belfast employers to get involved in a brilliant opportunity to recruit - for FREE!

We're hosting the event at St George's Market on 10 October 2023 in partnership with the Belfast Labour Market Partnership and Department for Communities. It's a fantastic way for your company to showcase what your business offers, to reach a wide talent pool and potentially identify future recruits, at no cost. 

If you’d like to exhibit at this event, please email LMP@belfastcity.gov.uk before Friday 8 September. We look forward to hearing from you!

Ards & North Down Borough Council

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EDGE Business Support Programme - The Growth Imperative

The Growth Imperative is a series of four ½ day Masterclasses delivered by Shirley Palmer in Newtownards and Bangor to provide leaders and those with leadership potential focused learning and development to strengthen conscious leadership, embrace change, ignite collaboration and harness the relentless pursuit of innovation. Each Masterclass will commence at 09:30 and conclude at 12:00 after which participants will have the opportunity to network.     

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Sustainability for Social Enterprise - ANDSEP

(27 September 2023 | 10:00 - 12:30 | The Court House)

Social enterprises play a pivotal role in addressing social and environmental challenges while also driving economic growth. In this workshop, we will delve into sustainable practices and strategies that will empower social enterprises to create a positive and lasting impact on society and the environment.

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Social Enterprise Best Practice Event

Join Social Enterprise NI on Thursday 21 September at Lislagan Farm for an informal networking event as they bring together social enterprise leaders and corporate organisations. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals to meet face to face and learn more about what social enterprises have to offer.

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Your Opinion Matters - Draft Performance Improvement Objectives 2023/2024

The Council is committed to listening to its residents and taking on board their views. Consultation on the Draft Performance Improvement Objectives for 2023/2024 will be open until 21 September and can be found here and we would welcome your feedback. 

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