At Work West Enterprise Agency we are passionate about contributing to the local economy through our range of services for businesses.
Work West can provide you with the right kind of support and guidance on your entrepreneurial journey. We support individuals who are interested in exploring the idea of setting up a new business and have been delivering government sponsored start-up programmes for three decades, helping over 5000 entrepreneurs set up new ventures.
As well as assisting business start-ups, Work West offer a range of business growth programmes suitable for existing businesses.
Our experienced business advisers are on hand for tailored training, support and mentoring, helping you make the right decisions in your planning processes.
For further information about how our support programmes can benefit you and your business. contact Helen Lunny, firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a market leader, Work West is well known for the quality training and mentoring provided by our team of experts to aspiring and existing social enterprises in Belfast, Ards and North Down and Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council areas.
Over the past 35 years Work West has supported micro and large social enterprises, across a diverse range of sectors - from Accounting to Yoga!
Work West currently helps social enterprise start-ups negotiate that challenging start-up journey through the Go Social Programme with Belfast City Council (Social Enterprise & Cooperatives Programme) and the ANDSEP programme which is the social enterprise start up programme for clients located in Ards and North Down.
View our video case studies of just a small number of social enterprises and cooperatives that have been supported through the Go Social programme.
We can help you when setting up a new social enterprise or co-operative through tailored 1:1 support, workshops, and networking opportunities.
So if you are a social entrepreneur with a new idea or charitable organisation seeking to explore moving to a social enterprise or co-operative model contact us today.
Our new Social Enterprise Bootcamp is delivered as part of the Go Succeed programme. Fully funded bootcamp for exisiting social enterprises with ambitions to grow.
Apply below. When asked, ‘How did you hear about us?’ select ‘Other’ and state - Social Enterprise Bootcamp
Our Belfast City Council Social Enterprise & Cooperatives Progamme #GoSocial had a busy few months of events and visits so we want to thank our wonderful host organisations.
We are now open for 2023 so if you need support for your social enterprise or cooperative call us today.
The brainchild of Social Entrepreneur Rachel McIlgorm Storybox NI CIC seeks to raise awareness of social enterprises and local businesses based in Northern Ireland through sharing stories and bringing together #giftswithpurpose.
This great new cooperative seeks to change the relationship that local people have with their food chain; to promote friendly, sustainable and ethical gardening and provide local employment opportunities
BREMAR is a Community Interest Company led by two counselling and care experienced directors providing high quality Training, Consultancy and Counselling Services across Ireland with a focus on promoting Positive Mental Health
The Belfast Food Co-op is building up a regular pop-up-shop in North Belfast where you will be able to purchase healthy, organic, ethically produced and fairly traded food with low-waste packaging for a reasonable price.
Nestled in the heart of Belfast, lies Ireland’s best kept secret; Sky-trekking or Zip-lining, Alpine-coastering or Laser-tagging, Golfing or Gruffalo Trailing... you’re in for one giant adventure at Colin Glen.
We are delighted to annouce our new 'Go Social' Champion - Joan McGinn -working closely with the Work West team to spearhead the promotion of the Belfast City Council Go Social Programme across the city.
Joan McGinn is the recently retired chief executive of Orchardville, a charity and social enterprise supporting over 600 people with learning disability or autism to live, learn and work.
Joan has spent her career in the community and voluntary sector, joining Orchardville in 2015 and appointed to the role of chief executive in 2018. She has helped grow the organisation, establishing new services and social enterprises in new areas, creating opportunities for people with learning disability or autism to develop their confidence, independence, and employability skills. Joan is passionate about creating an inclusive society where equal opportunities for all citizens.
When not working, Joan enjoys walking, travelling and a glass of well chilled sauvignon blanc!
To find out how we can support your new social enterprise or cooperative venture call Stephen or Helen on 028 90610826.
At Work West Enterprise Agency, we are proud to have been a part of the journey of many local organisations. Social enterprise OutsideIn (Oi) is one example. Starting out as a streetwear brand to meet the immediate short-term needs of those on our streets, OutsideIn (Oi) has the long-term goal of ending homelessness in our lifetime and are constantly evolving and collaborating with other people and organisations to make that happen.
"Thanks for having us at Work West. The Support and help you have given us has no doubt played a big part in the growth and achievements of late. You have an incredible team who evidently look out for each other and for those at the units here. Couldn't be a better place, so thank you."
David and the Oi Team
We pride ourselves on being able to maximise the support available to our clients. We connect with partner organisations and deliver a range of complementary projects ensuring that you can access the right support at the right time.
Social Entrepreneur, Samantha Porciello, started A Place to Wonder providing immersive storytelling and theatre for children and their grownups, to lower anxiety and increase wellbeing and connection.
Our team supported Samantha to develop her idea and make it reality through the Go Social programme then continued to support the growth and development of these wonderful services through additional services.
"Thanks so much for all your support over 2019/2020. It was honestly life changing for myself and the business."
Samantha Porciello, A Place to Wonder
Work West are delighted to be home to not one but two FourSight certified trainers. Working to support third sector, public sector and private businesses to develop their creativity & innovation.
"I just wanted to say a massive thanks from all of our team for such an enthusiastic and insightful day at the ThincLAB. I’ve had brilliant feedback from the entire team.
It really was excellent."
MD of engineering company after FourSight Mindset session for their team