Develop your business idea



Every business develops from an initial idea. Ideas can range from spotting a gap in the market to coming up with a brand new product or service.

Ideas could come from your skills or experience - perhaps from a particular job or your outside interests and hobbies. Perhaps you've spotted a demand that has no supply or know how to solve a particular problem?

This guide includes short tutorial videos on thinking about your business idea, researching your market and why you need to do a business plan.

Free business start-up support

Access free start-up business support from your local council. They will organise one-to-one mentoring sessions with your local business adviser and provide tailored guidance to develop your business plan.

Complete a short enquiry form or call 0800 027 0639 to register for this free advice and guidance.

  • Start a business Helpline
    0800 027 0639
  • Invest NI Business Information Centre
    028 9069 8135