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An exciting week of business events and talks is just round the corner for the business community in Down District.

The Beyond Programme run by Down District Council in association with Invest NI and the European Regional Development Fun has  announced the programme for the Beyond Business Week 2013 which aims to help businesses from across the area to work together, enhancing the business skills of local businessowners, managers and increase business productivity.

beyond_screenA week long programme of exciting business events are being held from Monday 22 to Friday 26 April, culminating in the Beyond Business Awards on 26 April 2013 in a prestigious Gala Awards Ceremony at the Burrendale Hotel Country Club and Spa, Newcastle.

At each workshop or event you will have the opportunity to hear from a guest facilitator and network with others from the local business community. Guest facilitators from a range of business backgrounds, experience and expertise will be available to chat to you.

The workshops and events are admission free and interested parties can learn more  by visiting  Check this site out if you want to register your interest for an event. 

Beyond Business Week – Events at a Glance
Monday 22 April 2013
Downshire Civic Centre, Downpatrick
Theme: Business Basics

Event Name: Beyond Business Week Breakfast Launch
Time: 8.30am – 9.30am
Description: Keynote address by Dennis Lynn from Finnebrogue followed by business networking. All local businesses are welcome.

Event Name: Amazing Ideas for Business Growth
Time: 10.00am – 12.00pm
Facilitator: Paul Fieldhouse
Description: A powerful workshop taking participants through the stages of businessgrowth in an interactive and fun session.
Admission free – register online.

Event Name: Effective Marketing for Small Businesses
Time: 10.00am – 12.00pm
Facilitator: Valerie Brown
Description: Discover the most effective way to market your business on a limited budget.
Admission free – register online.

Event Name: Business Start-up – All you need to know.
Time: 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Facilitator: Down Business Centre
Description: Discover the most effective way to market your business on a limited budget.
Admission free – register online.

Event Name: Funding and Financial Management.
Time: 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Facilitator: Gary Warnock
Description: Financial planning and management strategies for your business.
Admission free – register online.

Tuesday 23 April 2013
Millbrook Lodge Hotel, Ballynahinch
Theme: Innovation in Business

Event Name: Innovation for Anyone
Time: 10.00am – 12.00pm
Facilitator: Nick Mack
Description: Innovation is not just for big businesses – new ideas to help you survive and thrive.
Admission free – register online.

Event Name: New Opportunities in Renewable Energy, including Supply Chains
Time: 10.00am – 12.00pm
Facilitator: Dominic McLarnon
Description: Gain an insight into upcoming supply chain opportunities
Admission free – register online.

Event Name: Innovating for Growthbeyond_screen
Time: 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Facilitator: John Arbuckle
Description: Expert advice and support on business strategy, sustainability and developing your product or service.
Admission free – register online.

Event Name: Raving Fans – Customer Loyalty
Time: 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Facilitator: Paul Fieldhouse
Description: An innovative look at strategically moving your customer through your ladder of loyalty.
Admission free – register online.

Wednesday 24 April 2013
Tollymore Mountain Centre, Newcastle
Theme: Building local Business

Event Name: Succession Olanning – keeping it in the family?
Time: 10.00am – 12.00pm
Facilitator: Cathy Booth
Description: Looking at complex succession planning issues in a family run business.
Admission free – register online.

Event Name: Accessing New Markets
Time: 10.00am – 12.00pm
Facilitator: Lara Goodall
Description: Researching and developing new markets
Admission free – register online.

Event Name: Understanding Buyer Behaviour
Time: 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Facilitator: Paul Fieldhouse
Description: Understanding the psychology of the buying process to maximise your sales
Admission free – register online

Event Name: Tendering for Business
Time: 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Facilitator: Darren Richardson
Description: An insight into securing public and private sector contracts
Admission free – register online.

Thursday 25 April 2013
Downpatrick Race Course
Beyond Business Expo

Time: 9.30am  – 1.00pm
Admission free for visitors. (£45 to exhibit which includes one complimentary ticket to the Gala Awards night)

Why Exhibit:
Exhibitor fee includes:
• Pre-event training on business exhibition skills (Mon 22 April 5pm-9pm)
• Modular exhibition stands
• One complimentary ticket to the Beyond Business Awards Gala Dinner on 26 April and an option to purchase additional tickets at a discounted rate (20% off the ticket price)

To find out more about Beyond Business Expo 2013 or to become an exhibitor, please click here:

Event Name: Managing Cash Flow
Time: 10.00am – 12.00pm
Facilitator: Gary Warnock
Description: Tips and advice on managing your cash flow in a recession.
Admission free – register online.

Event Name: Social Media Essentials
Time: 10.00am – 12.00pm
Facilitator: Bill McCartney
Description: All you need to know about using social media for business growth
Admission free – register online.

Event Name: Speed Mentoring Event
Time: 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Description: A fun and stimulating way of meeting a variety of highly qualified mentors who can help support and advise you in developing any aspect of your business.
Admission free – register online.

Friday 26 April 2013
Burrendale Hotel, Country Club and Spa
Beyond Business Awards

The Beyond Business Awards rewards and celebrates the best businesses in Down district. The Gala dinner promises to be a celebration and networking opportunity not to be missed.

Venue: Burrendale Hotel and Spa, Newcastle Co Down
Date: Friday 26 April 2013
Time: Welcome drinks 7pm, followed by dinner and awards ceremony
Dress: Formal
Cost: £25 Per Person or £225 for a table of ten.

Tickets for the Awards Gala dinner are now also available.
More Info: For more information, please visit: