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Business Advice – Drop In Clinic

Cookstown Enterprise Centre

“Your  Business Matters”

Are you a new or existing business?

Want to avail of our monthly “Business Advice” Drop in Clinic?

Free & confidential informal appointments available.

Discuss your general business matters including topics such as finance options, employment, marketing etc.

Everyone Welcome.


For further information please contact us on 028 8676 3660 or email

 The NI Enterprise Barometer, in its third year, is a critically important and comprehensive survey, capturing the ‘right now’ position, opinions, needs, and ideas of Northern Ireland’s small, micro, and self-employed businesses. By taking part, you are adding your voice at a critical time for NI.

It is critical that we hear, directly, from small and micro business operators and self-employed, about how your feeling, and how your business is operating and performing. In the challenging times we are experiencing, whilst completing a survey might not be utmost in priorities, raising your voice and providing an honest view at this time is crucial.

Completion should take no more than 15 minutes and we would be grateful if you took this opportunity to have your vital say.  On completion of this survey, you have the opportunity to win £250 voucher to purchase technology for your business or home. Follow this link to go to this year’s survey:

Closing date for responses is:  5pm on Friday 5 November 2021

Cookstown Enterprise Centre continues to offer a safe and secure neutral business venue for all your meeting and conference requirements. With all necessary health & safety protocols in operation, user comfort and safety remains our priority.

Please take a moment to watch our latest video –  we can assure you of a warm, welcoming and professional meeting experience.

For more information contact  028 8676 3660 or email

Are you a cross-border trader in the Agri Food sector?
Join us for a co-host ‘Brexit in Practice – A Food Industry Perspective’ with free advice from the experts in VAT, Customs Trading, SPS Controls and Logistics.
Date: 19th March 2021
Time: 9.30am-11.30am
Register here:
#Enterprising Monaghan #Discover CAFRE #InterTradeIreland
Are you starting a new business or have a business idea?

Apply to the Go For It Programme today to avail of up to £250 payment to help get your new business off the ground.

About the Covid Recovery Start Up Payment Scheme

The Scheme, launched by Mid Ulster District Council, is part of its wider campaign to support Covid recovery across District.  The £250 is designed to assist budding entrepreneurs with the marketing of products, capital costs, rent, set-up costs, or cost of renovating premises.

How to apply

Contact your nearest Enterprise Advisor in Cookstown, Dungannon or Magherafelt to make an appointment.

Cookstown Enterprise Centre 
T: (028) 8676 3660

Marketing NI (Dungannon)
T: 07703 534 626

Workspace Enterprises Ltd 
T: (028) 7962 8113

What happens next

  • Your Business Advisor will support you to complete your Business Plan
  • When your Business Plan is finalised, your Advisor will provide you with a short application form, scheme guidance and eligibility criteria
  • If successful, you will be issued with a Letter of Offer and the payment will be made directly to you
  • 6 months from receiving your payment, you will be required to provide evidence that you have started a business

The scheme will close at 12 noon on 31 March 2021.  Late applications will not be accepted or assessed. 

Enterprise Week 2020

Enterprise Week, from 16th – 20th November, will go virtual this year! 

A series of 12 online, interactive events under the theme of Survival, Recovery, Resilience, reflect the very different economic context in which businesses are operating as a result of coronavirus.

See below the schedule for this year’s Mid Ulster Enterprise Week – places can be booked via the link:

Date/Time Enterprise Week Webinar
Monday 16 November
10am – 11am
Introducing Your Company Quickly and Compellingly
Una McSorley, Marcomm TrainingYou’ve just bumped into a former client in the lift. He asks you what your new company does. You open your mouth, try to organize your thoughts when the lift stops and he’s on his way. Missed opportunity and one where it would have helped to have had an “elevator pitch.”
But how do you craft a pitch that generates interest in your product or service in just 30 seconds or less? This webinar takes you through writing an elevator pitch and what it should include.Register online
Monday 16 November
2pm – 3pm
EU Exit | Chemicals Regimes REACH / CLP / PIC
HSE(GB) and DEFRALearn what your business needs to know about impending changes to labelling, packaging and chemical regulations which will apply from 1st January 2021. This event will focus on the chemical regimes of Registration Evaluation Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals (REACH); Classification Labelling and Packaging (CLP); and Prior Informed Consent (PIC).Find out about the required procedures to be followed in relation to labelling and packaging of chemical products moving between GB and the NI(EU) and the export and import of designated hazardous chemicals and how this will work after the transition period.

Register online 

Monday 16 November
7pm – 8pm
Reinventing Retail in a Covid World
Graham Soult, Canny InsightsJoin Graham Soult, respected UK retail commentator and High Streets Task Force Expert as he focuses on practical hints and tips navigate the Covid-19 situation, and trade as successfully as possible now and into the future. Learn how to effectively respond to trends and challenges affecting the high street during and post Covid-19, gaining expert advice on marketing messages, customer service and futureproofing your store.Register online
Tuesday 17 November
10am – 12pm
A Recipe for Recovery: Tourism and Hospitality
Michael Deane, DEANES RestaurantsThis webinar is especially suited to the hospitality and tourism sector. Michael Deane will share how he adapted his businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic and will outline his plans for moving forward.Michael is one of the most recognisable faces of Ireland’s hospitality industry. As proprietor of seven diverse restaurants in Belfast, he shares the credit for transforming the city’s food culture. Join this webinar for useful insights and suggestions on how to become resilient and get your business on the road to recovery.

Register online

Tuesday 17 November
1pm – 2pm
The MEGA Impact – One Year On
Panel Discussion with Manufacturing and Engineering Leaders from Mid UlsterCome and hear about the significant progress and developments made by the Manufacturing and Engineering Growth Advancement (MEGA) network over the last 12 months. This includes the decisive positive impact made during this challenging period within the local manufacturing and engineering sector. Local celebrity Malachi Cush will compere proceedings with a live Q&A speaking to an expert panel including guest speaker Pat O’Neill – founding member of Powerscreen.Register online
Tuesday 17 November
7.15pm – 8.15pm
Confessions of a Start-Up Business Owner
Hosted by Cate Conway, Local Radio PersonalityThe Go For It Programme will host the first in a series of ‘Confessions of a Start-up Business Owner’ to inspire potential entrepreneurs.  This one hour virtual workshop will provide honest and inspirational insights from experienced entrepreneurs.  Hear them talk candidly about their strategies and mistakes along their journey to success.Register Online
Wednesday 18 November 
10am – 11am
It’s a Zoo Around Here: A Guide to Better Communication in the Workplace
Una McSorley, Marcomm TrainingThis humorous presentation is perfect for leaders at all levels. Una McSorley will share her guide to better communication in the workplace.  She will explain how to become a more effective communicator and ultimately a leader, by recognising the variety of communication styles used by the animals in your zoo and adapting your strategy accordingly.Register Online
Wednesday 18 November
1.30pm – 2.30pm
LinkedIn to Win
Louise Brogan, Social BeeLearn how to maximize LinkedIn to build relationships and win new business. This webinar will provide insight on how to optimise Your LinkedIn profile, understand types of content to share, and grow valuable networks. No more feeling lost, frustrated, or overwhelmed as you leave ready to use LinkedIn to WIN!Register Online
Wednesday 18 November
7pm – 8pm
The 4 “C’s”: Creating Content that Connects through Covid
Gail Sheen and Clara Maybin, So Social MarketingGain an invaluable insight into creating meaningful online content that directly impacts and connects with your customers.  This session will take into account the impact that Covid-19 has had on our customer relationships and how we can appropriately communicate with them during the pandemic.Register Online
Thursday 19 November
10am – 11am
Inspiring Entrepreneurs
Q&A with Cormac Diamond (Bloc Blinds), Mairead Mackle (Tarasis Enterprises) and Shane McCrory (ElectriCast Ltd)Register for ‘Inspiring Entrepreneurs’, a webinar featuring some of the best business leaders from across the Mid South West region of Northern Ireland. Hear how they charted a path for their businesses during lockdown, pivoting to meet new challenges and take advantage of emerging opportunities. This session will offer learnings for companies of all sizes and sectors, with growing relevance as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to impact business.Register Online
Thursday 19 November
12pm – 1pm
Leading Teams through a Pandemic
Julie Allen ConsultingOver the past 8 months everyone has experienced challenges both personally and professionally. As a business leader learn how you can create the conditions in the workplace to foster resilience, innovation, and growth. This 60 minute webinar will focus on what is required to keep teams energetic, enthusiastic and emotionally connected through the pandemic.Register Online
Friday 20 November
11am – 12.15pm
Business Funding and Support Event
Compere: Karen Patterson, TV and Radio PersonalityA fantastic opportunity to hear about the range of business support and funding available in these difficult times.  Hear from Mid Ulster District Council, Invest NI, InterTrade Ireland and Mid Ulster Enterprise Agencies about their current support programmes. Cavanagh Kelly Accountants will also outline a variety of ways you can access funding or support with which to help your business navigate the pandemic.  Not to be missed, this invaluable webinar will be hosted by well known and respected TV and radio personality Karen Patterson. Each participant will receive an e-booklet outlining the various support packages available.Register Online

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