Start a Business

Do you have a business idea or have you ever thought of working for yourself? If the answer is yes why not speak to us as we have helped hundreds of people to start their own business over the past 25 years.

Starting a Business

Start a Business at Omagh EnterpriseMaking the decision to start a business is a major step and requires planning and finance. Our business advisers will meet you on a one-to-one confidential basis to help you prepare a business plan. We will also help you to access finance and business support programmes and arrange follow up meetings once your business has started.

Free confidential advice

Starting a business can be a lonely experience but it needn’t be with the support of a business adviser. If you are thinking about starting a business – don’t go it alone.

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For more information contact Aine on 028 8224 9494 or email

Northern Ireland Business Start Programme

The 11-Council Northern Ireland Business Start Up Programme, “Go For It” which offers free advice to people wishing to set up their own business is just one avenue of support for those wishing to take the first step on the ladder to self employment.

The programme is part funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the Investment for Growth & Jobs Northern Ireland (2014-2020) Programme and is delivered by Enterprise Northern Ireland and the network of Enterprise Agencies throughout Northern Ireland.

The programme will run for the next three-and-a-half years and will be delivered through the network of Local Enterprise Agencies.

Contact Sinead McKenna ( or Aine O’Reilly ( today via email or 028 8224 9494 for more information.

Kick Start Programme

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council has recently launched two business support programmes which will offer free business support to a total of 500 businesses throughout the District Council area over the next four years.

The Kick Start Programme is now open for businesses to apply and will run until the end of July 2021. The Kick Start Programme has been awarded to Enterprise Northern Ireland and will be delivered in partnership with Omagh Enterprise Company Ltd and Fermanagh Enterprise Ltd.

  • The Kick Start Programme will have a two tier approach of support to businesses as follows:
    Tier 1 – a series of workshops covering key business topics such as accessing finance; recruitment of staff; financial management/bookkeeping and marketing to businesses within the first 12 months of completing RSI/NIBSP or setting up business through other means.
  • Tier 2 – up to a maximum of four days one-to-one mentor support to businesses still in operation 12 months and up to a maximum of 36 months after completing RSI/NIBSP or setting up by other means and who can demonstrate the potential to create jobs.

There is a rolling recruitment process for the programme and to request support please click here.

More information on Kick Start Programme, please click here or contact Linda Caldwell or Karan McLernon by telephone on 0300 303 1777 or email or

Client Stories

Five things you need to do to help secure your small business against cyber threats

Cyber security experts from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) have drawn up new guidance to help small businesses protect themselves against online attacks.

Their Small Business Guide outlines five quick steps that you should follow to reduce the chances of your business becoming a victim of cyber crime. These include:

1. backing up your data
2. protecting your organisation from malware
3. keeping your smartphones (and tablets) safe
4. using passwords to protect your data
5. avoiding phishing attacks

Each step suggests five simple, low-cost techniques that can help you improve different areas of cyber security within your business.

The guide follows research by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, which found that almost half (45 per cent) of all micro or small businesses in the UK identified a cyber security breach or attack in the last year.

If you want to improve your cyber security further, plenty of resources are available to help you do so. You can:

  • follow the Cyber Aware campaign, which recommends simple ways businesses can protect themselves online
  • seek certification under the government’s Cyber Essentials scheme, which has the benefit of demonstrating to your clients (or prospective clients) that you take the protection of their data seriously

If you’re a larger business, or face a greater risk from cyber crime, then the 10 Steps to Cyber Security can further help your approach to cyber security.


When I graduated from University there were no jobs, so I completed the Go for It Programme with Omagh Enterprise Company and it gave me the confidence to start my own business.

Charlene Stockdale

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I wanted to start my own business, as I was at a point in life where I wanted a change. We approached Omagh Enterprise Company and they advised us on many issues we hadn’t considered. It was a fantastic place to start a business, as we got all the support and advice we needed to get started.

Sean McDermott