What is a Social Enterprise?

February 23rd, 2015

Workspace is committed to developing social enterprises in Northern Ireland. Social Enterprises are businesses with a difference. They are businesses in the sense that they are managed and structured like any other commercial enterprise. Yet they are also unique in that they are founded and run not for profit. Social enterprises are there to help […]

Free Business start up training

February 19th, 2015

If you are thinking about starting your own business (maybe this was one of your New Year’s resolutions!) then you can’t miss this opportunity. Calling for entrepreneurs! Free Business start up training during March 2015 Workspace Enterprises in collaboration with Network Personnel are going to hold a Free business start up training programme. This 4 […]

Start Up Loan fund

December 22nd, 2014

Workspace are the delivery partner for Enterprise NI for the Start Up Loan fund in the Magherafelt District Council area. The Fund opened in February 2014 and Workspace provided advice, guidance and mentoring to three loan applicants. Find more information in the Start Up Loan programme

Up For Work

December 22nd, 2014

The Up For Work Programme is aimed at supporting unemployed people make the transition from benefits into self-employment. Through the programme we provided support in the form of advice and mentoring to 8 clients.

Social Entrepreneurship programme

December 22nd, 2014

The Social Entrepreneurship Programme provided through Invest NI is aimed at helping potential social entrepreneurs to start a business and encourage existing social enterprises to grow, create employment, exploit opportunities to export products or services and maximise their positive impact on society. Groups already in the voluntary and  community sector can also be assisted to become social enterprises through this initiative. The programme provided […]

Exploring Enterprise 2 Programme

December 22nd, 2014

Under the Exploring Enterprise 2 Programme, Workspace worked with a local Women’s Group to deliver a four-week pre-enterprise training programme. The programme worked with economically inactive people to look at the concept of entrepreneurship and starting their own business. Through the programme ten participants successfully attained a CCEA qualification in Understanding Business Enterprise.

Tradelinks programme

December 22nd, 2014

The Tradelinks Programme is aimed at supporting local businesses grow and develop to enable them to target export markets. Through the programme six local businesses gained support that assisted them to identify new market opportunities and undertake mentoring with a specialist business consultant. The programme also provided linkage and networking opportunities for businesses.


December 22nd, 2014

Demand for our property across all sites was high with occupancy levels at more than 85% on average. Demand for office space in Magherafelt remains high, while industrial units in Draperstown are also in high demand. Despite much negative press regarding the high levels of empty offices and industrial units in the Mid Ulster area we have continued to remain competitive and have […]

Test Trading Programme

December 22nd, 2014

The Steps to Work Test Trading Programme offers unemployed people the opportunity to ‘test trade’ their business for a period of 26 weeks while continuing to receive their benefits and avail of support from an experienced business advisor. Over the financial year we helped 52 people to start and test trade their business with 86% […]

Regional Start Initiative

December 22nd, 2014

The Regional Start Initiative, provided through Invest N.I. offers a comprehensive package of free advice, training and support to help clients develop a business plan that will allow them to get their business up and running. Over the past 12 months Workspace supported 106 clients through the Regional Start Initiative.  

2014 Annual Report

December 19th, 2014

Our Annual report for 2014 is ready and available for you here. Some of our achievements this year are:  74 existing Business supported We have supported over 200 businesses – from the early stages of exploring the concept of self-employment right through to supporting businesses in their first full year of trading. We have also provided support for new […]

Support Available for High Potential Northern Ireland Businesses!

July 25th, 2014

Invest Northern Ireland are calling for applications for the highly successful Propel Programme. The programme is aimed at businesses and entrepreneurs of high potential, who are seeking ways to grow and develop their business activities internationally. Through Propel, Invest NI can offer: Up to £20,000 financial support. A series of 12 high quality training workshops. […]

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