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Leader Programme


The Invest NI Leader Programme (PDF) is specifically designed to enable SME leaders to grow their business. It offers participating companies an opportunity to assess their performance. It combines one to one and peer learning in addition to the latest leadership thinking from experts and guest speakers.

You will benefit from the advice of an experienced business mentor to assist you in the development of a growth action plan. You will gain an insight into the personal leadership style of your business through engaging with an executive coach. There will be an opportunity to engage in significant learning opportunities with other SME business leaders in group networking.

Case study | Find out how GCD Technologies benefited from the Leader Programme

Leadership Team Programme

The Invest NI Leadership Team Programme (PDF) focuses on developing the skills, strategic focus and relationships of the top team in order to achieve business growth. It combines world class executive education modules, with specialist business coaching for executive teams and shared learning through peer networks. You will have the opportunity to share ideas and experiences with other leadership teams. In addition you will gain a deeper understanding of how to develop and implement strategies that drive sustainability and international growth.

Case study | Take a look at why the Leadership Team Programme was a phenomenal investment for Neueda

Leading within a Group Programme

The Invest NI Leading within a Group Programme (PDF) is open to CEO's and site leads of companies located in Northern Ireland with a parent company based elsewhere. The programme recognises the specific complexities and issues faced by leaders operating within a wider Group/global structure.

You will be inspired to think and act differently and will be equipped with the tools to help you develop a growth plan. Through a tailored executive education programme you will have access to global best practice in leadership and will work with executive coaches to build your leadership competencies and drive the growth of your business.

Case study | Find out how TPICAP Belfast benefitted from the Leading within a Group Programme | Rosie Gormley

Leadership Events

Invest NI provides ongoing opportunities for business leaders to remain connected while continuously developing both their businesses and their leadership skills. A range of events for the alumni of our leadership programmes are organised annually.

Invest NI also hosts best practice events that bring together international and local business speakers to talk about their experience and provide access to a range of assessment tools.

Read our feature: Ben Bryant wows local business leaders at Leadership Masterclass

Accelerating Growth Programme

The Accelerating Growth Programme is designed to support Invest NI SME clients who aspire to grow and develop their business but lack the strategic capability to do so. It enables businesses to adopt a strategic approach to growing their business, determining the future direction of their business and enhancing their knowledge, skills and capabilities to drive growth, including export growth.

The programme is composed of a number of key elements: completion of a growth diagnostic, a workshop program focused on key capability-building areas and mentoring for the duration of the programme resulting in the development and implementation of a growth action plan.

Non-Executive Director Scheme

The Non-Executive Director (NED) Scheme provides support to Invest NI clients to engage an NED to provide constructive advice and challenge at board level to support your company growth ambitions. The scheme includes grant support up to a maximum of £15,000 or 49% of eligible costs for the engagement of an experienced NED for up to 2 years.

The Mentoring Scheme

The aim of this scheme is to improve the capability and growth of ambitious Invest NI companies through the engagement of a business mentor. The scheme includes a grant up to a maximum of £4,000 or 49% of eligible costs for the engagement of an experienced mentor over a 12 month period.

Not sure that this support is right for you? Contact us and we can explore options for your business together.

Our support may be subject to some eligibility criteria.

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