Entrepreneurs Invited to Register for ANDSEP Info Session

Wednesday 9th October 2019

Social entrepreneurs are being invited to register for a place at an information session about Ards and North Down Borough Council’s Social Entrepreneurship Programme (ANDSEP).

People invited to register attendance at info event

Scheduled to take place at Bangor’s Signal Centre on Friday 18 October from 10.30-11.45am, the session will provide further details about the programme which is designed to help social entrepreneurs start a business as well as encourage existing social enterprises to grow.

The Mayor of Ards and North Down, Alderman Bill Keery, said:

“By taking part in the free ANDSEP programme, social enterprises will be able to maximise their positive impact on society and potentially create additional employment in the borough. It is of real, tangible benefit for social entrepreneurs and provides them with the tools that will allow them to expand their businesses.”

The programme offers assistance for start-up entrepreneurs and provides tailored mentoring as well as business planning support and advice to participating groups, helping them to develop their business. It can also help groups in the voluntary and community sector to become social enterprises.

Emma Drury, Director of Seacourt Print Workshop, said:

“Participating in ANDSEP allowed us to explore areas for diversifying our income streams. We developed the services we offered around health and wellbeing, and the legacy of that work has allowed us to extend our capacity.”

“We have employed a dedicated ‘Print for Wellbeing Development Officer’, funded through The Foyle Foundation, and we are also continuing to deliver corporate wellbeing projects that help to sustain our organisation.”

ANDSEP has a successful track record with a total of 35 participants taking part in the 2016-18 programme. They were able to secure more than £0.5m in funding and 19 jobs were created as a direct result of the guidance received.

To register your place at the information session, visit andbusiness.co.uk/ANDSEP.