Pre Start

Across our 27 Local Enterprise Agencies, there is a range of pre-start advice, guidance and local programmes.

The Exploring Enterprise Programme (EEP) is a free programme that runs throughout Northern Ireland and provides an insight into starting a business or allows participants to take the first steps to gain employment.

You do not need to have a business idea to participate. The programme offers mentoring and training at a pace tailored to your needs and you have the opportunity (optional) to work towards achieving an OCN Qualification in Understanding Business Enterprise.

You will be provided with one-to-one mentoring with an experienced business advisor in areas such as; developing business ideas, marketing, financial planning, introduction to HMRC, job searching/assisting in the writing of job applications, CV design/development, searching for further education courses or other relevant training.

To be eligible for this programme you must be:
Aged 16 or over; legal UK residency and eligibility to work in the UK; unemployed or want to increase your working hours per week, and not participating in any other government-funded programme.

Match funded by: 
Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council, Ards & North Down Borough Council, Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council, Causeway Coast and Glens District Council, Derry City & Strabane Borough Council, Fermanagh & Omagh District Council, Mid & East Antrim Borough Council, Mid Ulster District Council, Newry, Mourne & Down District Council.