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New business support organisation launches in NI

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Rebecca Kincade on October 14, 2014 - 12:32 pm in News

Small and medium sized businesses across Northern Ireland are set to benefit from an incredible support network, which is taking the UK by storm.

Business First Network aims to help the SME-dominated Northern Ireland economy by providing its members with free advice and assistance in all areas of business law, compliance and health and safety regulations. In addition to this, they offer protection to businesses when facing tax enquiries, employment disputes and much more.

Formed by local businessman, Michael Osborne, who has over 30 years’ experience working with SMEs, and Co-Director Carol Townsend, the new membership based organisation is keen to support companies here in Northern Ireland.

Michael Osborne, Director of Business First Network, explains; “I’ve worked in this sector for many years and saw a gap in the market both here in Northern Ireland and across GB where small to medium businesses need advice, assistance and support across a wide range of issues.

“Having access to essential business services ensures that the owner/director of the company has peace of mind and allows them to get on with the day-to-day running of their business.”

The new business will create up to 10 jobs across Northern Ireland and has seen an investment of over six figures to date. With the aspiration of 5,000 members in NI in twoyears, and 50,000 in the UK over five years, Michael has set his goals high but maintains that the organisation is an affordable solution to the many issues facing SMEs today.

“Businesses across NI and the GB need a one stop shop solution to all their needs from networking to business law, compliance and regulation. We offer much more with the opportunity to meet other like-minded people at various exciting events throughout the year and an excellent loyalty scheme.

“Via the loyalty scheme members have access to hundreds of offers and discounts up to 50% across the country, including: hotel stays, eating out, shopping, and leisure activities, which ensures that they can reward themselves as well as their family and friends. Many members have been able to cover the cost of their yearly membership, just by using their loyalty card.”

“We’ve designed asupport organisation to ensure that business owners can grow, save, protect and reward their businesses. No other organisation offers this range of support in this all-encompassing service.”

Business First Network also offers competitive pricing on essential business services, including: commercial insurance, card payment processing, telecommunications and IT services, finance of business, private medical health care and independent financial advice. This gives SMEs the tools to be in the driving seat of their own businesses.

At the hub ofthis network are numerous local NI companies, providing their expertise, advice and services. Michael explains, “It was important to me as a local businessman that I worked with local companies.” In doing so, Business First Network plays an instrumental part not only in supporting SMEs but also, the local economy.

For more information contact Business First Network on 2 or email or visit www.thebfn.co.uk.

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