Economic Development

Ards and North Down Borough Council's Economic Development department provides help and support for businesses based in the Ards and North Down Borough.

Our focus is business success through economic growth.The Economic Development team seeks to help and encourage Small and Medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to achieve sustained growth. The team is also available to discuss specific business queries.

Please visit our dedicated website AND Business | Ards and North Down Borough Council's Economic Development Department to find out more.

Contact 0300 013 3333 ext 40956 or via Contact Us | AND Business

Frequently asked questions

What services does the Economic Development service provide?

To assist business development, the Economic Development Team provides a comprehensive range of services to small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) including:

  • Confidential business advice
  • Dedicated market research/business intelligence
  • Networking opportunities
  • Funded business development programmes
  • Advice sessions
  • Links to other economic development agencies and programmes

Read more about how we can help your business on our dedicated business support website at AND Business | Ards and North Down Borough Council’s Economic Development Department

What Business Support Programmes are available?

There are a variety of business support programmes available.

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Other current programmes available to businesses located in the Borough include:

  • Ards and North Down Social Entrepreneurship Programme ( ANDSEP)
  • Digital Transformation Flexible Fund
  • Mind Body Business
  • Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

Find out which programme is right for you and your business on our website Programmes | AND Business

I'm interested in locating my business in Ards and North Down: what investment opportunities are there?

Thinking about growing and expanding your business? Ards and North Down is a great place to invest and grow.

Visit our dedicated website AND Business | Ards and North Down Borough Council’s Economic Development Department to find out more:

  • About Ards and North Down
  • Investment opportunities
  • Infrastructure
  • Economic Overview
  • Living in Ards and North Down