Business centre support is now available

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Companies with 50 employees or less can benefit from 100% funded support through the i3 business centres.

Announced at a business breakfast series held in Banbridge, Portadown and Newry, already more than 30 companies have signed up.

The support is available only until March and as project space is limited, applications will be dealt with on a first-come, first-served basis.

The service involves 30 hours of bespoke mentoring. Among the items covered are: Food and drink: menu engineering; food labelling (Traffic Light Labelling); nutrition; allergens; recipe development; and fat and salt reduction. Engineering: resource efficiency; waste reduction; bespoke Solidworks support; robotics; CAD; CE marking; and prototyping skills.

Tourism: Near Field Communication (NFC); digital marketing for tourism businesses including social media; and green tourism.

Construction and renewable energies: Building Information Modeling (BIM); MCS certification; energy management; and waste reduction.

Mobile computing and ICT systems: use and application of social media and photoshop; an introduction to cloud technology and other IT solutions.

Speaking at the launch, Claire Byrne, Head of i3 said: “At no added cost, local business owners can tap into a huge knowledge base at SRC (Southern Regional College).