The Local Enterprise Offices in Roscommon, Galway and Mayo are delighted to announce the roll out of a new programme to help ambitious business owners grow their enterprises. The i-Factory West Programme is an ideal opportunity for eligible micro and small businesses to receive professional analysis, coaching and access to experts that will work with them to deliver their growth plans.
The hands-on programme builds on the success of the original iFactory programme in the border counties and Northern Ireland, where 150 participants were supported to grow their businesses.
Key successes included the development of new products and services, increased turnover and exports and the securing of over €1.2m of additional business-growth finance by participating businesses. Suitable enterprises were referred to Enterprise Ireland and other enterprise agencies to receive additional upscaling support.
In the west region, for a small commitment of just €200 (plus VAT) a tailored support package will be provided to 30 enterprises that have ambitions and potential to grow, with up to 10 days of professional guidance and hands-on expertise, including:
• Business audits and analysis
• Individual action plans for growth
• Innovation and growth coaching, including exploring new markets
• Specialist consulting to meet specific needs
• Signposting of further support services to facilitate further innovation and growth potential.
With a focus on business growth and exports, speaking at the project launch, Head of Roscommon Local Enterprise Office, Louise Ward described the initiative as: “very hands-on with a range of growth opportunities that will be explored with every company to suit their needs. It is an ideal opportunity to support businesses to scale up”.
WestBIC Regional Manager, James Donlon reinforced this message and also pointed out the possible ‘Brexit’ opportunities the programme can offer participants. “With the onset of Brexit, there are opportunities for ambitious companies in the West of Ireland to develop strategic partnerships with Northern Ireland and UK based companies, providing access to products, services and technologies to Irish companies, whilst providing direct access to EU markets for UK partners.”
For further information, eligibility criteria and an expression of interest form please contact James Donlon, WestBIC, firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: (090) 6625196.