New Social Enterprise Programme Launched

June 1st, 2016

A new programme to encourage social enterprise has been launched in Mid Ulster.

The programme, commissioned by Mid Ulster District Council and being delivered by Workspace Enterprises Ltd, will offer a package of support to charities, community, voluntary and development groups to help them move towards generating their own income by setting up a social enterprise.

Testing the feasibility of a new business idea, assisting with applications for funding for a new business idea, updating the organisation’s business plan to progress a new idea and sourcing additional funding or finance to resource the proposal will all be part of the tailored programme for pre-start and emerging enterprises.

Existing social enterprises can also avail of the opportunity to develop their capacity and sustainability.

Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Cáthal Mallaghan, emphasised the importance of social enterprise to the local economy:

“Social enterprises and the social economy sector play a vital role in re-energising our economy and creating employment and the Council is championing social enterprise at a local level through this programme.

This is about enhancing opportunities to improve capacity and increase sustainability, increase turnover, job creation and retention, innovation and helping groups access additional funding as well as to gain support from other agencies”.

Mr Brian Murray, from The Workspace Group, one of Northern Ireland’s leading social enterprises which is delivering the programme on behalf of the Council, commented:

“Mid Ulster has a growing reputation as a hub for social enterprise, not least because of the success of organisations such as The Workspace Group. Through this programme, we look forward to continuing to build a sustainable social economy sector and would encourage groups from all over Mid Ulster to come along and talk to us about social enterprise as with reduced funding and budgetary cuts, it definitely offers a viable alternative”.

Selection will take place on a competitive basis as places are limited. For more information on developing a social enterprise, please contact Michelle Clarke, Workspace Enterprises, Tel: 028 7962 8113 or email:


Councillor Cáthal Mallaghan, Chair of Mid Ulster District Council with Enda Daly, Mid Ulster Social Enterprise Programme Manager.

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