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Signal will keep you up to date on issues that affect your business, new sources of funding and changes in legislation.  

Our news stories are listed below.

Most Recent News

  • LPWAN - Advancing Technology Things Connected Northern Ireland – Challenge Call - Does your business have a problem that could be solved using innovative technology? Maybe the solution already exists and you need to discuss or collaborate with a specialist? Funding is now available.

  • Help shape our 2018-2019 Business Assist Programme - Each year the team at Signal finds out what the current needs and requirements of local businesses are through one-to-one meetings, focus groups and online surveys and plans the programme around this.  We would love you to have your say and welcome you to please take the survey here.  You can also attend a Business Support Focus Group on 28 June 2018 from 12.00noon to 3.00pm.  Please register here.  
  • Welcome to “LoRaWAN” A new way to wirelessly connect - Northern Ireland has just launched a region-wide network with base-stations (similar to mobile phone masts) across the country.
  • Heathrow Business Summit - Heathrow Business Summits touch down in Belfast: Your opportunity to engage with Heathrow’s supply chain
  • Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme - Did you know the UK Government is committed to a vision of a full fibre Britain? Small businesses and local communities can get Gigabit vouchers to contribute to the installation cost of a gigabit capable connection.
  • €100,000 Seedcorn CompetitionEntrepreneurs from the Ards and North Down Council area could get a huge cash boost for their business, thanks to a total prize fund of €280,000 on offer from InterTradeIreland’s 16th Seedcorn Business Competition 2018. Enter by 1 June 2018.
  • £10M Innovation Loans for SMEs - Part of the £50 million pilot Innovation Loans scheme introduced through Innovate UK (IUK). The scheme aims to provide finance to businesses that is affordable, patient and flexible for projects that have a clear route to commercial success.
  • Start-Up Series Open for New Equity Investment Round - Start-Up is a seed funding competition offering equity investment opportunities to UK businesses. The competition aims to identify the country’s brightest entrepreneurs with the smartest ideas to each qualify for one of 24 planned seed investments
  • PORTAFERRY' MARKET ON THE SQUARE Launching on Saturday 7 July 2018, the market will be held in and around the recently refurbished Portaferry Market House on the first Saturday of the month (April to December) from 10:00am to 1:30pm.
  • RATES EVALUATION 2020Land & Property Services (LPS), part of the Department of Finance, is contacting business ratepayers to collect rental data for the non-domestic rates revaluation – Reval2020.
  • Digital Transformation Matchmaking event - Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) is organising a Digital Transformation Matchmaking event in Liverpool on 27 June 2018. Eligible businesses in Northern Ireland can apply for a travel grant to the EEN to cover the costs of flight and accommodation. The event will focus on artificial intelligence (AI), and virtual (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies and the opportunities they present to SMEs.
  • Open to Export Action Plan Competition - The Open to Export Action Plan Competition encompasses an online planning tool for small businesses with ambitions to sell their goods and services overseas. Businesses are being encouraged to enter the competition for the opportunity of securing funding and additional support towards the development of a strategy for international growth after the UK leaves the European Union.

News items will be updated here on a regular basis.

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