Fermanagh and Omagh District Council (FODC) have now selected the 12 participants for the Entrepreneur Enabler Scheme under the GREBE project. It was interesting and challenging to make the final selection. FODC are keen to support all those applicants but having had to make a decision, will try and support those not selected in perhaps more appropriate ways.
The process of mentoring involves companies engaging with external experts whose role is to support and challenge the business to address issues which may be adversely affecting their capacity to grow and develop. The GREBE pilot will work with a range of companies all engaged in a wide variety of activities around renewable energy. These companies have indicated there is something with which they need specific assistance.
Mentor matching has now complete and we can confirm that first meetings have taken place. Details of the businesses selected will be published in our next GREBE E-zine which will be published and circulated in August. After this, we will focus on one company at a time and write summary case studies to demonstrate how the support measures are working for the businesses, as the project moves forward. These will also be published on our social media platforms.
Over the next number of months, we will be working with these businesses to address some of the challenges that face entrepreneurs working in the renewable energy sector. The inputs and outputs from this engagement will provide an exemplar of how businesses operating in this sector can be best assisted to operate.
The pilot will then be rolled out across the whole GREBE project which covers regions including Finland, Iceland, Norway, Republic of Ireland and Scotland.
The FODC project co-ordinator for GREBE, Una Porteous spoke of how exciting it is to have gotten to this part of the project where mentors are now in position and able to commence work with the businesses.