Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s role within the GREBE project is to deliver an ‘Entrepreneur Enabler Scheme’ pilot in the Fermanagh and Omagh area. The aim of the pilot scheme is to equip businesses in the renewable energy industry with the skills and confidence to overcome the challenges they face because of their peripheral location in the Northern Periphery & Arctic (NPA) region.
The pilot scheme will engage with 12 SMEs in the sector (both existing businesses and new start-up enterprises) and offer them 6 days free mentoring support tailored specifically to their business needs. Examples of support available include:
- Business financing
- Business planning
- HR issues
- Sales & marketing
- Technical support
- Research & development support
Through a publically advertised open call, SMEs interested in participating in the pilot scheme have been asked to complete an expression of interest form and return it to the Council by the deadline of mid-April. The GREBE Co-ordinator for the Council, Una Porteous, will then arrange visits with applicants to complete a diagnostic assessment of their business and determine whether they will be selected to participate on the pilot programme.
Successful SMEs will be matched with suitably qualified mentors in the areas of support required and will participate in one-to-one half day mentoring sessions over a period of 9-12 months. The pilot scheme will then be reviewed, refined and rolled out by other GREBE partners across their own regions for the remaining duration of the project.