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Council uses technology to support small business resilience during Covid-19

20 Apr 2020

As the Covid-19 lockdown continues, Belfast City Council is taking a digital approach to providing advice, mentoring and signposting for the city’s small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Designed to help businesses navigate the ‘new normal’, council’s existing support programmes are now available online; with virtual mentoring, workshops being delivered as webinars, and videos providing valuable resources – all free of charge.

Chairman of Belfast City Council’s City Growth and Regeneration Committee, Councillor Ryan Murphy said: “It’s evident that there’s a real appetite and need for advice, guidance and support among Belfast’s business community during these highly challenging times. Our SMEs and entrepreneurs are vital to our city’s success, so we’ve been focusing on understanding their current needs to develop tailored new areas of virtual support including building a digital business, winning business from ongoing procurement opportunities – and of course planning for recovery.

“We’re encouraging businesses to register with us so that we can identify what support they need and put in place a range of mentoring and advice that’s going to be of most value to them. Our priority is helping them to survive the current situation and helping them to prepare for growth mode again once we’re out the other side of this pandemic.”

A range of webinars has been scheduled to provide practical guidance and case studies of local businesses – including a session on 30 April with Scrubs NI on how they responded to the COVID-19 situation and videos will cover a range of relevant thematic subjects including building personal resilience, and leading others in crisis situations.

To register for support, go to

Business person taking part in online webinar on laptop.