Council supports local businesses seeking to sell to GB!

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Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Councillor Julie Flaherty pictured alongside previous programme participant Andrew Gough from Craigavon based software company 'GCD'. Championing the programme Andrew said, “Through the Sell to GB programme, GCD received invaluable guidance and support from industry experts, which proved essential in bringing our locally built Fundraising CRM platform 'Chariteer' to a wider market. Their assistance provided us with the necessary skills and confidence we needed, to expand and seek out new business opportunities in the GB market."

Targeting new sales in Great Britain (GB) will be the focus of an upcoming business support programme, with expressions of interest now open until Wednesday 31 October 2018.

Sell to GB programme – funded by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council – will help local businesses gain the skills and confidence to identify and target new business opportunities in GB.

The three-month programme will guide and support 15 micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) explore and develop new export links in GB, in order to help ensure their business growth. Over the course of four half day workshops, delegates will benefit from expert guidance on the real practicalities of doing business in GB, while receiving tailored assistance and support in identifying new markets relevant to their industry.

The programme will also involve a group trade mission to GB, which will provide the opportunity to meet new potential customers and broaden professional networks. This unique visit will allow delegates the chance to truly put into practice their newly acquired selling skills and expertise.

Commenting on the programme, Lord Mayor Councillor Julie Flaherty said, “as a council we are committed to providing business-led opportunities to help our local businesses not only survive but thrive in these very challenging economic times, which is why I am delighted to support the Sell to GB programme. This initiative is ideal for small businesses who would like gain a foothold in a new market and tap into the huge potential on offer in GB!”

Businesses that are interested in growth opportunities in GB, are asked to attend an information seminar taking place on Thursday 25 October at Lough Neagh Discovery Centre 10:00am-12.00noon, which will provide prospective applicants with a real sense of what they can expect from participation in the programme. Due to the limited spaces available it is vital for those interested to secure their place by registering before Wednesday 24 October 2018.

Details are also available at www.armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk/business/business-support-programmes/

For more information on this programme or to register your place at the seminar, contact Emma Rice at Full Circle Management Solutions Ltd on 028 9069 1027 or email