Go For It programme funding success

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

It has been a long winter with all these storms of late. So I’ve been Indoors writing Go For It programme funding applications , developing websites, marketing & working on a freelance work. I undertook a contract with Irish Sailing to deliver a team racing programme nationwide. The income from this helped me through the winter months. I also do a lot of coaching & training courses for RYA NI and different Yacht Clubs throughout the country.

Thankfully all has come to fruition and the hard work on evenings and weekends has paid off. Thanks to the Go For It Programme – Ards and North Down Borough Council I’ve managed to secure some start up funding to make it all viable. I started the programme last Summer and with business mentoring advice from Maeve Killingbeck at Ards Business Centre, I quickly put together a 3 year business plan and attended a number of workshops to develop the business. Workshops were tailored to the attendees needs and included marketing and finance modules.

By end March, I will be offering Stand Up Paddle boarding, Laser Tag, Archery, Mobile Climbing Wall and will have new Glamping Equipment. Now I just have to find somewhere to store it all!

The Summer can’t come quick enough for my new business – Strangford Lough Activity Centre. I’ve some exciting new activities & experiential events to offer which will hopefully set me apart from the competition. If you get a chance to browse through the website, please do. It’s homemade, but functional! If you see anything you like, please do let me know!

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