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Business Initiatives

The Council’s Economic Development team acts as a First Stop Shop - a gateway for local assistance, providing advice to businesses and the community in general as well as supporting the main government economic support agencies.

Current Initiatives

The OPTIMAL Programme

OPTIMAL is Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council’s principal business support and growth programme. It provides free, tailored and specialist business support to companies and social enterprises in the Borough.

View The OPTIMAL Programme

ASK Programme

The ASK programme provides 1-1 mentoring for new start-up or existing businesses, with a registered business address in the Council area.

View ASK Programme

LEAN Business Network

The LEAN business network is an exciting business forum designed to help local business people meet and develop their business contacts.

View LEAN Business Network

Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

The Council is supporting the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in its efforts to roll out a Regional Gigabit Voucher Scheme across the Borough.

View Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

Social Enterprise Programme

Are you considering starting up a social Enterprise business or are already trading and want some assistance? Then the social Enterprise Programme can support you on this journey.

View Social Enterprise Programme

Bid 2 Win – Open Now

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, in partnership with Mid & East Antrim Borough Council and Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, has launched an innovative programme to help local businesses win more business tenders.

View Bid 2 Win – Open Now

Women In Business Programme

The networking events are open to all female entrepreneurs across Northern Ireland including those who haven't started trading, and to those who want to grow their business.

View Women In Business Programme

Linking Entrepreneurs in Antrim & Newtownabbey

The LEAN Business Network is an exciting business forum designed to help local business people meet and develop their business contacts. It also fosters opportunities, facilitates business growth and development through networking and the dissemination of best practice information. 

 Find out about the LEAN Business Network

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