Lisburn and Castlereagh business support

How to start your business in Lisburn and Castlereagh City


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

Start-up and early stage business support programmes

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

INTERREG North West Europe Programme – Support for Social Entrepreneurs (SuNSE)

Mentoring and workshop support to assist the start-up of new social economy enterprises as well as assist established social enterprises to grow and develop - find out more.

Youth Entrepreneurship Programme

Free training, advice and support to young people to develop their skills and help them become future entrepreneurs - 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 Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council. Find more information on how to apply for business licences with Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council.

  • Start a business Helpline
    0800 027 0639