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MAYOR Victor Robinson this week launched Newtownabbey’s second Business Advancement Programme.

The aim of the programme is to work, hands on, with local companies, to help them to identify and focus on opportunities to develop their business.

Encouraging local businesses to take advantage of the support initiative, alderman Robinson said: “This short programme will show a simple and effective new way to see ’your world’ and build your business through approaches and opportunities you never thought existed. It will show you how to innovate your business, in your sector, with your products, your services and your resources.

“This investment reflects Newtownabbey Borough Council’s commitment to economic development among SMEs in the area. We anticipate a high level of demand for this highly innovative, interactive, sustainable, growth-focused Business Advancement Programme and encourage businesses to sign up as soon as possible.”

The initiative will deliver real tangible results within a relatively short period of time. Each company will be supported through in-house workshops and mentoring visits. Owners, managers and staff will leave the programme with ideas, tools and a process that will enhance all areas of the business, products (old and new), processes, services and opportunities. Participants will gain an understanding of how to embed this thinking into their business for the longer term, adding value to their business.

Each participating company will receive a dedicated Business Advancement coach, a Readiness for Advancement audit, in-company team workshop sessions, coaching / mentoring sessions, a Business Advancement pack and use of an online Project Management/Execution system.

Edel Pauley, owner of Pauley Business Services, who participated on the previous programme, commented: “The programme got the thought processes going about what we wanted and what could make life easier for our clients and thus ultimately ourselves. It raised our awareness of what does and doesn’t work for us and thus the client and putting ourselves in control of sorting this out.

“The whole scenario has given the staff a chance to realise the potential for us to expand and especially in this current climate to strengthen the backbone of our business in order to survive.

“Personally, at least now, all the initial ideas to grow the business are not all just in my head, but out in the staff domain being steadily worked at so that milestones will be achieved and my dreams for expansion will be fulfilled.”

The programme is being delivered by Focused Partnerships Ltd on behalf of Newtownabbey Borough Council.

For further information telephone Neil Mitchell on 028 9332 2009 or email neil@focusedpartnerships.com by Friday, October 19.