You can to apply to SECAD under the Rural Development Programme for funding for your business.
The Rural Development Programme 2007-2013 is a follow on from the LEADER+ programme, which is administered by the Department of Community Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. The specific aim of the Rural Development Programme is to encourage and help rural actors to think about the longer‑term potential of their area. It seeks to encourage the implementation of integrated, high-quality, original strategies for sustainable development designed to encourage experimenting with new ways of:
> Diversification into Non-Agricultural Activities
> Business creation and development
> Encouragement of Tourism Activities
> Basic services for the Economy and Rural Population
> Village Renewal and Development
> Conservation and Upgrading of the Rural Heritage
Please note that the RDP funding covers all of SECAD’s areas including urban areas such as Ballincollig, Midleton, Youghal, Cobh, Glanmire, Douglas, Carrigaline.
For Further Information on the RDP programme please contact:
Ellnora Lynch, Development Officer 021-4613432 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ross Curley ,
T: 021- 4613432
SECAD runs five week training courses for people who wish to start their own business. Known as the AIR Programme (“Am I Ready; Am I Right?”) this programme covers all aspects of starting your own business, planning, financial, legal, human resources, sales and marketing and aspects of running a business.
SECAD offers a range of additional Business courses to assist people develop necessary skills in a wide range of business areas. Current Business programmes include Start Your Own Business and Social Media and On-line Marketing.
For further information on Business courses with SECAD contact Edel Smiddy on 021 4613432 or email email@example.com
SECAD delivers a project under EWM through the Entrepreneurship Measure, the overall aim of which is to promote equality for women living in South and East Cork. In particular, SECAD provided support to potential and existing female entrepreneurs, by increasing their access to networking and training opportunities. In recent years there are an increasing number of women looking to self-employment as a means of supporting themselves and their families.
The project, called Catalyst Business Network for Women in South & East Cork, has a particular emphasis on co-ordination and maximization of local resources, bringing real added value and the development of local capacity, to support potential and existing female entrepreneurs in the long-term.
This equality work has been achieved through animation and promotional activities, local events, enterprise training, business mentoring, the establishment of local networking supports for female entrepreneurs and the development of linkages between local networks, enterprise support bodies and regional / national networks.
One of the key aims of the project is to establish a Network for Entrepreneurial Women in a number of geographic hubs, ideally supported by a local business association / Chamber to increase the sustainability of the network.
The Local Enterprise Office offers a range of small business supports to the start-up and existing business community of South and East Cork. They provide enterprise information, advice, training, mentoring, networking and in some cases financial assistance. Their business advisers are available, Monday to Friday by appointment, to discuss on a confidential basis your business proposition.
Telephone 021 4975 281 to arrange an appointment.