Mid Ulster Tourism Business Portal

Economic Development & Funding Support

24 June 2020

Mid Ulster District Council have a dedicated Covid-19 Business Support Section established on its website providing up to date information to our business community as the situation unfolds.  The webpage is updated on a regular basis to ensure all key support measures are included as they become available.

Further information as below


There are significant modifications to the CJRS Scheme from 1 July 2020 onwards including the new flexibility to bring furloughed staff back to work on a part time basis, whilst allowing employers to claim under the Scheme for hours not worked.

Additionally, the Scheme will taper from 1 August 2020.  This will initially require employers to contribute to the costs of National Insurance and pension contributions of furloughed workers, but from 1 September 2020 onwards, employers will also be required to contribute to furloughed workers wages.

For more information on the changes including key dates click here.


InterTradeIreland have a number of specific Covid-19 programme supports and a business collaboration platform.

Emergency Business Solutions Programme
This programme offers professional advice, to the value of £2,000 to cross border companies in manufacturing and tradable services, to address key business challenges related to Covid-19.

Support is provided for the following:

  • Guidance and direction to relevant Government supports and help to apply
  • Emergency cash flow, people, supply chain
  • Completion of lending applications for loan supports
  • Legal issues (HR, employment and redundancy advice, contracts, advice on leases etc.)
  • Help businesses diversify to offer other products or services
  • Rapidly repositioning your business strategy

To check your eligibility or apply click here.


E-Merge Programme

This programme provides £2,500 fully funded consultancy support to help businesses develop online sales and eCommerce solutions.

Support is provided for the following:

  • How to promote and sell online e.g. E-Marketing, Social Media
  • Website management
  • SEO optimisation
  • Identification of sectoral e-markets
  • E-commerce
  • Online payment systems/billing/security
  • Product listing etc.

To check your eligibility or apply click here.


Social & Community Capital (S&CC), an independent charity launched by Ulster Bank in 1999, are offering grants between £5,000 and £50,000 to organisations across the UK that employ people from vulnerable or disadvantaged groups.  This funding aims to bridge the income gap to enable organisations to survive the crisis and continue to have a positive impact on their communities.

Applications open on Monday 22 June 2020 and will stay open for at least one week.  For more information, to check availability or apply click here.


The Heritage Emergency Fund has been expanded to help heritage organisations safely reopen in line with Government guidelines.  Applications will now be accepted for:

Costs associated with safely re-opening in line with Government guidelines.  
This could include:

  • Additional staff to help manage queues or additional cleaning
  • Personal Protective Equipment for staff and volunteers
  • Implementing contactless payment methods
  • Erecting temporary structures to help manage visitors such as shelter for queues or additional toilets

Costs essential to preparing for recovery

This could include:

  • Strategic reviews of business models, operating plans and business plans
  • Investment to enable digital delivery of services

The deadline to apply has been extended to 12noon on Friday 31 July 2020.


For more information or to check your eligibility to apply click here.


The Adapt4Growth Business Support Programme offers businesses dedicated support to help realign their business models in the face of market disruption.  Queens University are running this free-to-attend 12 week programme which will allow NI companies to be better placed to anchor employment levels, maintain a competitive position in global markets and increase productivity during and following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Benefits for attending include: market-test novel ideas for future growth in a post Covid-19 environment; insights and guidance from industry experts from across the UK; up to £1,000 funding available for tailored customer discovery; opportunity to pitch to funders and investors; chance to apply for follow on funding; free-to-attend training & development opportunity; opportunity to upskill and enhance your knowledge of business planning.

For more information or to register your interest click here.


The Young Innovators Awards for 2020/2021 are now open!  Young people can apply for an award to make their business idea a reality.  The award includes a £5,000 grant, business support and a living allowance. 

Innovate UK is working in partnership with The Princes Trust to find young people across the UK with great business ideas.  They are looking for young people aged between 18 and 30 years old who would benefit most from the financial support, tailored package of expert advice and access to innovation tools and connections on offer.  The financial support and tailored coaching and mentoring will be delivered directly to the successful applicants.

Competition opens on Monday 15 June 2020 and closes Wednesday 2 September 2020 at 11am.

For more information or to apply click here.



Invest NI are running a FREE webinar which will cover the NI Protocol involving new requirements and responsibilities for Northern Ireland businesses who trade goods across borders. Whilst much of the detail is still to be agreed, international trade expert Dr Anna Jerzewska will explore the key questions and issues over how the Protocol will be implemented. Dr Jerzewska will provide advice on what changes businesses can expect to see and how best to prepare for the operating environment which will exist after the end of the transition period.


This 90 min webinar will be chaired by David Roberts from Invest NI’s Brexit team. It will be an interactive session where you can submit your questions to Anna throughout the event, with a Q&A discussion at the end.


Date:  Wednesday 24 June 2020

Time:  10am – 11.30am

Venue:  Online


For more information or to register for the event click here.



Join NI Chamber for a virtual leadership event designed to inspire Northern Ireland's business leaders to lead with confidence through crisis and recovery.  This event is FREE to attend for all business leaders in Northern Ireland

The event will bring together world class local and international speakers tuning in from Belfast, New York, Lebanon and Republic of Ireland.  Tackling some of the most urgent and important issues facing business leaders in 2020, the event will challenge attendees to exercise resilience against the unforeseen, put ideas into action and empower those around them to thrive.  

Hear from world class speakers including Margot Slattery, Global Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Sodexo Group; Kieran Kennedy, Managing Director, O'Neill's Sportswear; Laith Dajani, Executive Director, William J Clinton Leadership Institute; Mark Nevins, Author and renowned advisor to SEO's and senior leaders; and Dermot McArdle, Head of Business Markets, Electric Ireland.  The host for the event will be Mark Simpson, BBC News NI.

Date:  Thursday 25 June 2020
Time:  1.30pm - 3.30pm
Venue:  Online

To register for the event or for more information click here.


Invest NI are running a range of FREE webinars for businesses.   

All webinars commence at 11am and will last approximately 1 hour.  All webinars are delivered online.

Practical Export Skills Series

Tuesday 23 June 2020 - Navigating your business on social media through Covid-19 delivered by Brilliant Red Digital

Thursday 2 July 2020 - How to create a future proof Social Media Strategy in 5 simple steps delivered by Brilliant Red Digital

Tuesday 7 July 2020 - How to build brand awareness for your company on social media delivered by Brilliant Red Digital

Thursday 9 July 2020 - Social Commerce - selling on platforms such as Facebook and Instagram delivered by Brilliant Red Digital

Tuesday 21 July 2020 - How to generate leads on LinkedIn delivered by Brilliant Red Digital

Thursday 23 July 2020 - Social media trends for 2020 and what to do about them delivered by Brilliant Red Digital

To register for any of the events click on the appropriate link.


Reminder to all Dungannon businesses!  Last chance to join this months Bizmerang Local Group meeting.  This months theme is Supply of Protective Equipment (PPE).  Bizmerang are collating a list of businesses that are making and/or supplying personal or premises equipment, so we can use local resources and boost local economy.  If you are such a business please get in touch as soon as possible.  Discussion will also take place on how businesses can adapt their premises and procedures to guard against Covid-19 or other future infections.

Date:  Wednesday 24 June 2020
Time:  9.30am - 11am
Venue:  Online

To register for this FREE event click here or contact: narita@thefoxandbean.com


Cookstown Visitor Information Centre

  • The Burnavon, Burn Road,
  • Cookstown, BT80 8DN
  • Opening Hours:
  • Mon - Sat 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Telephone: 028 8676 9949
  • Email: tourism@midulstercouncil.org

Dungannon Visitor Information Centre

  • Ranfurly House & The Hill of The O'Neill,
  • 26 Market Square, Dungannon, BT70 1AB
  • Opening Hours:
  • Mon - Sat 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Telephone: 028 8772 8600
  • Email: tourism@midulstercouncil.org

Magherafelt Visitor Information Centre

  • The Bridewell, 6 Church Street,
  • Magherafelt, BT45 6AN
  • Opening Hours:
  • Mon - Fri 9:30am - 5:30pm
  • Sat 9:30am - 5:00pm
  • Telephone: 028 7963 1510
  • Email: tourism@midulstercouncil.org