Starting a business when unemployed
Support available for unemployed start-ups
As you develop your plans to start a business you will find it helpful to get as much advice as possible. Advice and support is available to business start-up's in Northern Ireland from:
- Invest NI's regional office network offers training and advisory services to those starting up in business.
- Shell LiveWIRE help 16-30 year olds to start and develop their own businesses and runs an annual national competition for new business start-ups.
- The Prince's Trust provide start-up support including a range of loans and grants to 18-30 year old unemployed entrepreneurs.
- You can access free start-up business support from your local council. Contact them to get one-to-one advice from a business advisor and tailored guidance to develop your business plan.
- Your solicitor can help with forming a new business and review any legal requirements for your new business - see choose and work with a solicitor.
- Your accountant can help with preparing budgets and cashflow statements when seeking finance - see choose and work with an accountant.
- For ongoing skills and business development you can use our Events Finder for business related training, workshops, networking and seminars from a variety of organisations.
The Northern Ireland business support finder is a searchable database that can help you find publicly-funded and not-for-profit sources of business start-up assistance you may be eligible to apply for. Support may be available in a number of forms, including financial assistance and free or subsidised advice services.