Belfast business support

How to start your business in Belfast


If you are considering starting a business, you can get free start-up support from Belfast City Council.

Through the Go For It programme the council will match you with an experienced business adviser in your area for one-to-one mentoring and support to develop a focused and comprehensive business plan.

This support is free and available to anyone interested in starting a business.

Complete a short enquiry form or call 0800 027 0639 to register for free Go For It advice and guidance from Belfast City Council.

Start-up and early stage business support programmes

Belfast City Council runs or part-funds business support programmes to help you start a business. Current programmes include:

Belfast Enterprise Academy

Support to help degree level students develop and launch their own business - find out more

Kick Start programme

Mentoring and workshop support to help Belfast based start-up businesses - find out more.

Exploring Enterprise Programme

Support for unemployed or economically inactive individuals, providing an insight into starting a business whilst allowing participants to work towards achieving a CCEA Level I in Understanding Business - find out more.

Social enterprise and co-operative support

Help for setting up a new social enterprise or co-operative including advice, networking opportunities, coaching and workshops - find out more.

Spare Room to Stellar

An initiative to inspire and equip entrepreneurs to start and grow a business, with a free consultation to help access the most relevant sources of support for their idea or early-stage business - find out more.

My New Business

My New Business is a free online service that covers everything you need to start, plan and run a business. It has checklists, videos, tools, tutorials and case studies to help you get your business started - find out more about My New Business.

Get a business licence

You may need a licence to operate certain types of business in Belfast City Council. Find more information on how to apply for business licences on the Belfast City Council website

  • Belfast City Council Economic Development Team
    028 9027 0482
  • Start a business Helpline
    0800 027 0639