Derry council toasts brewery as it marks 200 new starts aided
Derry City and Strabane District Council's Go For It programme is celebrating a significant milestone after helping its 200th new enterprise to compile a business plan.
The Brewery at Baronscourt Estate in Co Tyrone is one of the most recent businesses to complete the scheme.
The programme provides advice and support to anyone wishing to start their own business by taking them through every step of the process of creating a plan.
Speaking after he visited the Newtownstewart venue, John Boyle, mayor of Derry City and Strabane, said: "Start-ups such as the Baronscourt Brewery play a key role in our local economy both in stimulating growth and creating jobs so I am pleased that so many of them have been able to avail of the support and guidance they need through this programme.
"I would like to wish John Wauchob and the team at Baronscourt the very best in developing and growing their enterprise in the months and years ahead."
By the end of July, 2,000 business plans are expected to have been completed across Northern Ireland through the Go For It programme since the start of its latest round at the end of 2017.
Michael McQuillan, chief executive of Enterprise NI, which provides business advisors via its network of enterprise agencies to support the project, said he was proud of the role his organisation plays in supporting new entrepreneurs.
"In the short period I have been in the role, I have been encouraged by the strong spirit of entrepreneurship that exists in Northern Ireland, which gives me great optimism for the future growth of our economy," he said.