Design support for your business

Design support in Northern Ireland


Invest Northern Ireland (NI) can offer design support to certain businesses in Northern Ireland. Support is available for a range of different areas including:

  • new business
  • new product development
  • digital and new media
  • service design
  • packaging design
  • rebranding
  • entering new markets

Businesses who meet the qualifying criteria can apply for support to Invest NI's Design for Business programmes: DesignAdvice, DesignActive and DesignForward.


DesignAdvice offers up to one half day's free design advice, usually at your own premises. It gives you an opportunity to:

  • receive expert advice from experienced design professionals
  • understand your specific design needs
  • plan your next step

DesignAdvice provides the ideal platform to discuss your design needs prior to applying for DesignActive.


DesignActive offers support through a range of workshops, mentoring and up to seven days consultancy from an experienced design agency. The support is based around your design needs and includes a final exhibition of work and a follow-up evaluation workshop.

Participation in this programme is through a competitive application process. You will have to contribute £1250 plus VAT towards the cost of the programme.


DesignForward allows you to build on the work created on DesignActive and offers up to ten additional consultancy days and one additional mentoring day. Through DesignForward, you will continue to work with your dedicated mentor and access expert design consultancy to test your prototypes or concepts, refine them further and implement the project.

Participation is through a competitive application process, and you will have to contribute £1800 plus VAT toward the cost of the programme.

Find out more about the Design for Business programmes or call the Invest NI Helpline on Tel 0800 181 4422 to see if you are eligible to apply.