Mayes Hall, Craigavon Civic Centre


One to one Learning for business modelled on the speed dating format: The Mayes Hall will play host to this exciting business support event – a one-stop advice shop for businesses and entrepreneurs. A wide group of business leaders and support providers will be on hand to provide advice and learning on a range of business topics including exporting, energy costs, funding and cross-border issues. The format is modelled on speed dating, so when you hear the bell ring, simply move from one adviser to the next and take advantage of the comprehensive and expert business advice available to you under one roof.

One to one ten minutes sessions will be available with:

Ulster Bank

Ulster Bank’s local Business Development Managers Derick Wilson, James Fox and Paul Reid will be on hand to answer questions regarding financial queries such as funding a start-up, how to grow your business, finance equipment or plant and how to manage your finances online.


Tracy Rice, Manager of the SRC Portadown Campus will offer practical support and access to funding to help businesses to innovate and grow. Support can take the form of bespoke mentoring and R&D to develop a new product/service/process within your business (from idea right through to reality). You will also be advised on tailored training to meet the needs of your business – to upskill business owners and staff to help them become more efficient, more competitive and grow.

The NI Family Business Forum (from Harbinson Mulholland Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers)

Harbinson Mulholland Chartered Accountants set up the NI Family Business Forum just over a year ago as a hub for family firms to connect with each other. The forum was born from a recognition that whilst all businesses share common pressures around cash flow, processes and staffing; family businesses have the added dynamic of living these pressures alongside their family members! Darren McDowell, partner at Harbinson Mulholland and Chair of the Forum will be available to help with advice on financing and growing your business and balancing commercial aspects with family dynamics.

Invest NI

David Bradshaw, Invest NI, will be advising customers on how Invest NI can support and develop their businesses. In the event that they cannot, he will point customers in the direction of other providers of support.

The Prince’s Trust

The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme is for young people aged 18 to 30 who are unemployed or working less than 16 hours a week. What does the Enterprise programme offer?

Free 4 day Enterprise Course covering business start-up, marketing, selling, finance and business planning support. Test marketing grants of up to £250. Potential start-up loan funding up to £5,000* Small start-up business grants in special circumstances. Up to 2 years support from a volunteer business mentor

*conditions apply

The Carbon Trust

A 0% APR Energy Efficiency Loan from the Carbon Trust can support your investment in more energy efficient equipment to enable you to reduce your energy use and cut costs. Access up to £400,000 today.


Tughans, one of the largest commercial law firms in Northern Ireland, regularly advises entrepreneurs and early stage companies. Solicitors from the Corporate and Contracts & Technology teams within Tughans will be available to answer questions relating to issues commonly faced in the early stages of launching and growing a business, including business structuring, sources of funding, intellectual property and managing liability (through incorporation, contracts and insurance) etc. For guidance in relation to starting a new business, please see

The Consumer Council

The Consumer Council provide free help and advice to businesses who want to make savings on their water, energy or postal bills.

Bring along your water bill for immediate savings, you could save £500 a year and receive a £3000 rebate. Learn how to save on your postage costs and get advice on getting the best energy deal for your business. You can ask us about Consumer Rights legislation and how to comply.


InterTradeIrelandcan help them identify new sales opportunities in the opposite jurisdiction, how to get better at winning public sector tenders, how to plan for Brexit, how to explore different sources of funding and how we help you improve your systems and processes

First Trust Bank

Kevin Fitzpatrick, Sheena McFlynn & Denise Glackin, Business Acquisitions Managers covering the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon areas look forward to providing guidance and support to new and established businesses on all aspects of banking and finance options including working capital requirements, cross-border trade and medium to long term finance to aid business expansion.

In addition, our product specialists will be on hand to offer expert advice. Graham Holt from Invoice Finance will explain how businesses can maintain a healthy cashflow and stay competitive utilising Invoice Finance and Nikki Duff from Customer Treasury Services will outline how the Bank can assist businesses in all areas of Foreign Exchange, Trade Finance and Interest Rate Risk Management.

To book your slot visit or  contact Nicole at MCE Public Relations

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