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Are you thinking of starting a business? Or are you maybe ready to start your business? Self-Employment Programme

The Upper Springfield Development Trust and The Ortus Group are pleased to announce to launch of the West Belfast Works Self-Employment Programme.

The programme sees 12 participants given the chance to develop their business start-up with support from experienced Business Advisors at The Ortus Group. Each participant is provided with in-depth training on areas such as marketing, business skills, legal structure and finance followed by the opportunity to work with the mentors on a one-to-one basis over the following year.

Funded by the Social Investment Fund (SIF), the West Belfast Works Self-Employment scheme is the final part of the current fund available within the West Belfast and Greater Shankill area. To date SIF has assisted over 300 individuals get back into work across West Belfast and Shankill including the provision of bespoke training across multiple fields and continuous support.

Current participants on the programme are planning on launching a wide ranges of businesses from catering to online marketing, holistic therapies to joinery. Plus, three social enterprises are being set up as part of the initiative. The Ortus Group will follow their journey online.