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Exploring Enterprise Programme

Exploring Enterprise  Programme

Cookstown Enterprise Centre is the local delivery agent for the Exploring Enterprise Programme within the Cookstown area.

EE4P is a Pre Start Enterprise Programme with the objective of increasing awareness and offering training and development to people looking to return to the labour market or potentially become an entrepreneur.

This programme is aimed at disadvantaged communities and underrepresented groups.  These groups include;

  • Disadvantaged Communities
  • Unemployed people on benefits (Job Seekers Allowance, Income Support, Employment Support Allowance, Disability)
  • Lone Parents
  • Women 50+
  • Young People (16-19 Not is Education, Employment or Training)
  • Economically Inactive
  • Working/ Studying <16hrs per week

What is it?  A free programme which:

  • Aims to help you into sustainable employment or self-employment
  • Offers mentoring and training at a pace specifically tailored to suit your needs
  • Helps you achieve a recognised qualification – Level 1 ‘Understanding Business Enterprise’

What’s involved?

  • Pre-assessment meeting
  • 3 business modules  February 2019 (* Dates to be confirmed)
  • 3 workshops  February 2019 (* Dates subject to change)
  • Qualification in ‘Understanding Business Enterprise’
  • Post assessment and advice on moving forward

For more information contact Shauna on 028 8676 3660 or email

This year Cookstown Enterprise made its annual Christmas donation of £250 to The Hub Cookstown and Air Ambulance N.I.

Picture (L-R) Jim Eastwood General Manager Cookstown Enterprise Centre, Trevor Wilson Chairman of Cookstown Enterprise Centre and Carol Doey from The Hub Cookstown.

Picture (L-R) Jim Eastwood General Manager Cookstown Enterprise Centre and  Trevor Wilson Chairman of Cookstown Enterprise Centre with the donation for Air Ambulance N.I.

Are you thinking about starting a business in the Cookstown area?
Here is the perfect opportunity to find out everything you need to know about going self employed, or starting your own business – big or small!

Cookstown Enterprise Centre are hosting a drop in business information clinic on Tuesday 11th December 2018 between 2pm – 7pm.

No appointment necessary, drop in when suits you to meet our friendly and professional business advisors and discover the help that is available to you through the Go for it programme, which is provided in your area with thanks to Mid Ulster District council.

We will have a festive atmosphere with mulled wine and nibbles, as well as showcasing a selection of local businesses who have taken part in the Go for it programme in recent months.

For any questions or queries please contact Shauna : or call 028 8676 3660

We now have a defibrillator fitted in a cabinet outside our building at Cookstown Enterprise Centre. This invaluable resource is now available 24/7 for the people of the Enterprise Centre and surrounding areas to make use of should they ever need it. Thanks to St Johns Ambulance for training our qualified staff on using the new equipment.



Success is where preparation and opportunity meet and here at Cookstown Enterprise we can help you to prepare for your first step into Self-Employment.
For more information contact Shauna on 028 8676 3660 or email

GDPR-Ready Seminar Attracts over 100 Mid Ulster Businesses

Over 100 representatives from micro and small businesses in Mid Ulster attended a free ‘GDPR-Ready’ information workshop.

The information session, which was organised and delivered by Mid Ulster Council in association with Cookstown Enterprise Centre and Workspace Enterprises, took place at the Burnavon Cookstown this week.

The workshop explored the steps that micro and small businesses need to take to prepare for the introduction of the new regulations which come into force on 25 May 2018.

Opening the event, Deputy Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Mark Glasgow, highlighted the importance of the impending GDPR legislation.

“The General Data Protection Regulation, (GDPR) has implications for practically every organisation, whether in the public, private, voluntary and community sector. It brings wide-ranging changes to existing data protection legislation and places a much greater responsibility on all of us to manage how we hold and process personal information.”

Mark Raine, consultant with Prestige HR delivered a presentation which highlighted the changes to GDPR regulations which will come into force for all businesses, regardless of size or turnover, on the 25th May 2018.  Focus was on the six main principles of the new GDPR regulations and the responsibilities of all businesses to ensure that these principles are adhered to.

Enda Daly, Workspace Enterprises, confirmed that there are a number of consultants, including Prestige HR, available to provide assistance to businesses in the future.

Trevor Wilson, Chairman of Cookstown Enterprise Centre added, “Cookstown Enterprise Centre is pleased to have collaborated with Mid Ulster District Council and Workspace Enterprises to deliver this important information event. The primary purpose of the workshop was to provide clarity in respect of the requirements of the new regulations and to reassure business owners that provided steps are being taken to implement the necessary processes and controls, GDPR can be easily integrated into their routine procedures.”

For more information contact: Cookstown Enterprise Centre on 028 8676 3660 or Workspace Enterprises on 028 7962 8113.


Mid Ulster District Council in association with Cookstown Enterprise Centre and Workspace Enterprises has organised a free business information session on the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

The GDPR Ready information session will take place at the Burnavon, Cookstown on Wednesday 16 May and will explore the steps that micro and small businesses across Mid Ulster need to take to prepare for the introduction of the new regulations which come into force on 25 May 2018.

Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Kim Ashton is hoping local businesses avail of the free information session.

“The new General Data Protection Regulations which come into force in only a few weeks, will effect businesses immensely in the way they obtain, handle and record personal data and information. There will be much more stringent rules and regulations to abide by so I would encourage any local businesses still unsure about GDPR and what it means for them, to attend the free practical information session and take on board all that is discussed and advised.”

The session will commence with a light breakfast at 8.00am and last approximately 90 minutes.

To register to attend go to:- Booking is essential and numbers are limited.

For more information contact: Cookstown Enterprise Centre on 028 86763660 or Workspace Enterprises on 028 79628113.

Enterprising West was originally established as an informal partnership of the five local enterprise agencies servicing the Tyrone and Fermanagh regions.

The agencies In Cookstown, Dungannon, Fermanagh, Omagh & Strabane came together initially to deliver the LEDU managed business start-up programme on a regional basis.

At the outset it was agreed that the partnership would meet six times a year with the venue rotating among the members. An agenda for meetings was established and minutes have always been recorded. Jim Eastwood was elected as the first chairman, a position he held until 2007.

During the years since the establishment of the partnership a very high level of trust has been established among the members who have worked closely to deliver regional initiatives when appropriate. The partnership continues to provide an excellent forum for transfer of knowledge and information and to share good practice.

Within 2016 & 2017, Workspace in Draperstown, Roe Valley Enterprises in Limavady and Enterprise North West in Derry all accepted an invitation to join the partnership.

On Good Friday, the 30th March 2018, the Enterprising West Partnership celebrated the twentieth anniversary of its establishment. The celebratory meeting took place in Cookstown Enterprise Centre where Jim Eastwood as Chairman on the day treated the partners to a surprise presentation which reflected on the EW journey since Good Friday 1998. A lunch was served with Champagne and cake to complete the anniversary occasion.


Enterprising West Group

Go-2-Tender, IntertradeIreland’s award winning programme, aims to give your business the confidence, knowledge and practical skills to tender successfully for public sector contracts in their own jurisdiction and on a cross-border basis.

Overview of the Go-2-Tender Programme

  • The Go-2-Tender Programme aims to give SMEs across the island of Ireland the confidence, skills and knowledge to successfully compete for Public Sector tenders in their own jurisdiction and on a cross-border basis.
  • The Programme consists of 2 days’ training by experienced bid specialists and up to 2½ days of tailored, one-to-one mentoring.
  • Eligible companies can also apply for up to a further 2 days of expert mentor support at no additional cost.

The next set of workshops (delivered across 2 days) will be in:

Location: Craigavon

Venue: Seagoe Hotel, Portadown

Dates: 7th & 21st February

Cost: £85 + VAT

*The fee includes: 2 days of training, electronic material, catering and up to 2 ½ day of one-to-one mentoring.

How to Register
For more information and to register, please contact either or or telephone (028) 90452777.


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