Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Funding Workshops

If you are a rurally based businesses located in the Mid Ulster District area, and would like to apply to the Rural Business Investment Scheme, you must attend a workshop in order to be eligible to make an application.  A full list of workshop locations and dates is available here

Funding ¦ Ardean

Monday, 15 February 2016

The National Living Wage

In April the Government’s new National Living Wage will become law.

If you’re working and aged 25 or over and not in the first year of an apprenticeship, you’ll be legally entitled to at least £7.20 per hour. That’s an extra fifty pence per hour in your pocket. The Government is committed to increasing this every year.

If you’re an employer, you’ll need to make sure you’re paying your staff correctly from 1st April 2016, as the National Living Wage will be enforced as strongly as the current National Minimum Wage.

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Business Planning ¦ Ardean

Monday, 8 February 2016

The New Round Of Innovation Vouchers Are Open Monday 8th February. 

Innovation VoucherWhat can you use an Innovation Voucher for? Innovation is about making your business better by doing things differently or doing different things. An Innovation Voucher can help you take a creative approach to tackling specific business issues or exploring new opportunities by accessing the expertise of a university, college or research body in Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland.

Typical projects are:

  • Ideas for new or improved products, processes and services;
  • Access to information and expertise on new materials;
  • Tapping into research and scientific expertise.

For information on how to apply, click here.

Funding ¦ Ardean

Friday, 5 February 2016


£525m made available to UK SMEsA total of £525m is being made available to UK small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) after Assetz Capital secured a major funding boost from several financial institutions.

The peer-to-peer alternative finance platform has revealed that £325m has been secured from two funds and a further £200m from retail investors. These funds are available now to bidders who successfully complete the application process.

This is in addition to Assetz Capital's retail investor base of 11,000 individuals now lending through the platform.

Assetz Capital offers a range of financial products to smaller businesses including commercial mortgages, secured SME term loans, development finance and bridging finance.

Learn More >>>

Funding ¦ Ardean

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

The Digital Garage from Google, helping small businesses grow online.

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The Digital Garage is part of Google’s commitment to train one million Europeans to learn digital skills, which includes building an online training hub to support businesses anywhere in Europe continue their learning through training online.  

Sign up here

Marketing Communication ¦ Ardean