Join The Free Exploring Enterprise Programme


Are you interested in joining the Exploring Enterprise Programme (EEP) ?

The EEP introduces you to what it takes to run your own business and be an entrepreneur. It teaches you the first important steps on that exiting journey providing a very valuable insight.

Joan Tummon, Business Adviser with Down Business Centre in Downpatrick, delivers the EEP locally, said: “You can gain a FREE qualification in business enterprise through this programme. You do not even have to have a business, just be keen to explore the first steps through the EEP. It is a gateway to becoming self-employed and running your own business.

“It really is an opportunity to turn your dreams into reality with mentoring and training.

“The course is a mix of one-to-one mentoring and group sessions and basically goes at your pace. It leads to a CCEA Level One Qualification in Understanding Business Enterprise. Everyone receives suppport getting through this stage one programme.

Joan Tummon,Business Adviser, who delivers the EEP at Down Business Centre.

“The course is organised in a number of straight forward modules designed to help you understand enterprise and how to get up and running as a self-employed entrepreneur or into useful, paid employment.

“The qualification covers studies in marketing,

* an introduction to the HMRC (Inland Revenue),

*  job search and help with writing applications.

*  CV design and development.

*  and searching for further educational courses and related relevant training in business enterprise.

“The training will take place over a number of weeks and everyone will be fully supported, explained Joan.”

The eligibility criteria for joing the EEP are:

*  you have to be over 16.

*  you have to be living in the UK.

*  you are unemploye dor inactive in work.

*  you study less than 16 hours a week.

*  you are not in a qualifying funded programme.

The Exploring Enterprise Programme is funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund in its 2014-20 programme.

For more information or to register, please call:

JOAN TUMMON, Business Adviser, Down Business Centre at 028 44 616416.



Down Business Centre located one mile outside Downpatrick provides modern office and workspace.

It runs the Go For It programme, provides start-up and existing business support, and also runs the Co-Innovate Programme for businesses seeking to develop their innovative business ideas.