Help at hand for small businesses

BUSINESS in the Community’s (BITC) Connections programme, sponsored by ESB Independent Energy, is coming to Banbridge on Tuesday April 5 to boost small businesses and help people discover practical ways in which to source funding and finance to help their business grow and improve their financial planning, management and control.

This free best practice seminar entitled “Beat the Clock on Funding and Finance” will be hosted at the Banbridge Enterprise Centre, Scarva Road Industrial Estate, Banbridge from 12 noon until 2pm.

The event is delivered in partnership with Banbridge District Council, Banbridge Enterprise Centre, Southern Regional College, DARD Rural Enterprise and the Enterprising Women’s Network.

Designed for small business owners and managers, this seminar will tackle important issues which are critical in today’s economic climate such as where to source the funding and finance you need to grow your business, tax and VAT issues, how to keep your credit under control and get the money in on time.

Heather Major from Connections said, “This event is open to any business in the area to come along, network and find out about key sources of financial assistance and to learn tips and skills from other business owners.”

Banbridge District Council Enterprise Development Officer Elaine McAlinden said, “I would urge local business people to attend this seminar and get free, first-hand professional advice from a highly experienced chartered accountant and to meet the advisers of the Halo Business Angel Network NI and E-Synergy who are coming to Banbridge for the first time to provide an overview of their work.”

To book your place at this event, e-mail aggie.calderbank@bitcni.org.uk or call (028) 9046 0606. For more information visit www.bitcni.org.uk.