How to start a business in Northern Ireland

Get help to develop a business plan through your local council


Your council will assist you with developing a business plan. A business plan is a written document that describes your business. It covers objectives, strategies, sales, marketing and financial forecasts.

Through the Go For It programme your local council will match you with the business adviser in your area for one-to-one mentoring and support to develop your business plan.

A business plan helps you to:

  • clarify your business idea
  • spot potential problems
  • set out your goals
  • measure your progress
  • access finance to start and grow your business

You will need a business plan if you want to secure investment or a loan from a bank. See business financing options - an overview and write a business plan: step-by-step.

Find contact details for your local council to access free support to start your business.

  • Start a business Helpline
    0800 027 0639
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