Ards and North Down Borough Council Growth Achievement Programme (GAP) 2019/2020
GAP is a tailored one-to-one mentoring and business development workshop programme that will support and encourage new businesses with high growth potential to their next level.
Participants will:
• Receive up to 10 hours mentoring on a 1-to-1 basis covering identified business needs;
• Receive guidance and support to the next level of growth including job creation and sustainability;
• Attend 5 practical based learning workshops;
• Receive support to complete a 3-year strategic action plan;
• Avail of professional photography to promote your product/service on social media and website;
• Be signposted to other business support programmes.

The programme is aimed towards Newly created or Early stage businesses with high growth potential situated in the Ards and North Down Borough Council area.

This programme is only open to applicants within the Ards and North Down Borough Council area and completing this application form does not guarantee a place on the GAP programme.

Application form
Company name *
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Company address *
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Participant name *
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Participant role *
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Telephone number *
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Website *
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Email *
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Year established *
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Have you ever been an Invest NI client? *
Describe the products and services your business offers and key markets served (geographic & market sectors) *
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Current financial performance
What was your turnover for the last 12 months? *
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Current staffing
How many full time staff are currently employed in the business (include yourself if relevant)? *
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How many part time staff are currently employed in the business (include yourself if relevant)? *
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Business Growth Challenges
Please state the THREE main challenges your business currently faces.
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Owner/Manager Commitment
Please describe the owner / manager commitment to this programme (with regards to participant attendance of 5 half day training workshops (in Ards & North Down area), 10 hours mentoring at company premises and production of a business growth action plan). *
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Objective for the programme
Please state 1 key objective for the Growth Achievement Programme (GAP) Programme. Include any actions required to deliver on this objective. *
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I agree that if my/our application is successful and I/we are accepted onto the programme I/we agree to commit by attending workshops and mentoring sessions and completing all necessary paperwork and evaluation forms.
Please tick the box below to agree *
Data Protection
The GAP Growth Achievement Programme 2019-20 is a package of support which will help you to start or grow your business. It is managed by Ards and North Down Borough Council, and delivered by Core Consulting Ltd. These organisations will use your information:
1. To deliver the GAP Programme to you;
2. To monitor the effectiveness of the GAP Programme;
3. To monitor Equality of Opportunity;
4. For audit, compliance and regulatory reporting purposes where there may be disclosure of your information to auditors and, if required, to governmental and non-governmental regulators;
5. And/or in such other circumstances where there is an obligation to do so, or as the law permits.

Photographs will be taken for promotional purposes at the launch and other subsequent events. By signing this application, participants agree to have their photograph published as part of our Economic Development Marketing activities

Do you give your consent to the Council to share your contact information in circumstances which may be beneficial to the development of your business? *
Additional information on the processing of your personal information will be provided if you are successful in being appointed to the programme.

You have a right to see and review the information held on you. If you wish to request your personal information or have a data protection query, please put your request in writing, stating clearly who you are and your query to: Data Protection Officer, Ards and North Down Borough Council, Town Hall, The Castle, Bangor, BT20 4BT, Email:; Tel: 0330 013 3333.

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