Belfast Telegraph

Enterprise agency still 'resourced' to serve community

By Heather McGarrigle

A Belfast enterprise agency has announced it is still "adequately resourced" to provide business support in the city.

North City Business Centre said it was responding to "the many inquiries we have had in recent days". Last week, Enterprise NI, which represents Northern Ireland's local enterprise agencies, discovered it was to lose the contract to provide Invest NI's popular business start-up programme.

Formerly known as the Go For It programme, Invest NI announced its intention to award the new Business Start programme to a consortium including the Glasgow-based GO Group and the Ulster offices of accountancy firm KPMG.

But David Williamson, North City Business Centre board chairman, said: "We are adequately resourced to serve the local community and remain focused on the needs of these clients."

Invest NI's decision sparked concern that the new provider would not have the local knowledge needed to support new entrepreneurs.

Mr Williamson said: "North Belfast is a unique area with specific needs and we have effectively delivered enterprise support here over the past 20 years."