Services OUR KNOWLEDGE IS YOUR SUCCESS
In the best, and worst, of times, we’re here to help you thrive.
We help Sole Traders, Owners of Micro Businesses (2 to 9 employees), Small (10 to 49 employees) and Medium sized enterprises (50 to 249 employees).
Brexit, Transition, New Relationship
Ideally placed to support importers and exporters across the island of Ireland, we will work out what Brexit means for you and help you plan for future trade.
Close Focus supports business with regulatory compliance – from products to data, customs processes, supply chain, trade flows and logistics.
As an approved provider for InterTrade Irelands Brexit Advisory Service we are able to offer cross border trading SME’s access to 100% costed consultancy service to help plan for Brexit. Find out how to apply for support here
A 100% funded programme to help your business plan and prepare for Brexit and the new trading relationships with Europe, meaning there is no cost to your business.
If you are an existing Invest NI client, Close Focus is also a contract holder on the Get Ready For Brexit Programme on Business Capability Analysis, contact us to discuss the best way to utilise their support packages for your business.
What our clients think
10/10 “Frank understood the needs of my business quickly from our initial meeting and provided tailored and valuable advice over a range of subjects. Combining this with jargon free and succinct solutions to our knowledge gaps Close Focus delivered far beyond my expectations”
10/10 “Helpful, direct, knowledgeable, results”
9/10 “Frank Given has a background in process engineering. as we are in that sector, we found that his knowledge of our business, and subsequently his advice, was first class.”
Clint on the Brexit Advisory Service
Support for Sales and Export
Our Export2 trade development programmes are designed to identify and mitigate the risk of entering a new market.
Delivering on market research, competitor analysis, regulatory and customs compliance, logistics planning and new market entry.
From first steps to winning business, we are here to help you win.
For Micro businesses in Ireland and Northern Ireland we are an authorised provider on InterTrade Irelands Elevate Cross Border Trade Programme. A 100% funded programme to help your niche business enter a new market, meaning there is no cost to your business.
Check out here to see if your business can qualify for funding.
Support for Tender and Bid Management
Winning new business in the public sector takes understanding on how to Bid and win Tenders.
We are good at winning tenders, that’s why we help others do the same.
As a provider on the Newry, Mourne and Down ‘Tender for Growth’ and Derry City and Strabane District Council ‘BIG’ Programme, we are able to help sole traders, Micro Businesses and Small enterprises in these areas compete and win.
These are 100% funded programmes provided by local council.
Contact us to find out how.
Were also and approved mentor on the InterTrade Ireland Go 2 Tender programme. For businesses across Ireland, north and South, we can support first steps in tendering and seasoned businesses alike in giving them an edge.
What our clients think
10/10 “Frank facilitated my colleague and I in learning about the procurement process. He successfully “got us ready” to submit to tender and we felt confident in doing so!” – This client won the Lot they tendered for.
Client on Belfast City Council – Think.Do.Be Programme
Help for business owners
As an active small business mentor, Close Focus currently works with small business owners across many local council business support programmes.
* Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council – Optimal Small Business Accelerator Programme
– Categories; Business Efficiency – Green Management & Energy Efficiency, Process Planning & Change Management
* Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council – ASK Business Growth Programme
* Newry, Mourne & Down District Council – Business Growth Programme for Micro, Small businesses and Social Enterprises
– Categories; Brexit & Efficiency, Operational Improvement and Strategic Planning
* Newry, Mourne & Down District Council – Tender for Growth Programme.
* Belfast City Council – Think.Do.Be Programme
* Derry City and Strabane District Council – Business Innovation and Growth (B.I.G) Programme
– Categories; Brexit, Export Development, Bid Management & Tendering and Strategic Planning
* Mid and East Antrim Borough Council – LED Business Escalator Plus Programme
– Categories; Strategic Business Growth, Business Planning, Innovation, Sales, Export
For eligible businesses these are 100% fully funded, meaning there is no cost to your business.
The results we deliver – through the best and worst of times
10/10 “Frank has helped take the business back from a crash situation- rethink and move forward and I am now looking at £200k value with £100k Investment coming next week. The business will be worth £1 million plus in less than 2 years”
Client on the Newry, Mourne and Down – Business Growth Programme
10/10 “Frank’s support and guidance were invaluable to us during the Covid crisis in helping us figure out the best path forward. He has the relevant expertise and knowledge coupled with enthusiasm for sharing that knowledge. He gives honest and direct feedback enabling us to think through the issues facing our business and come up with solutions.”
Client on the InterTrade Ireland – E-merge Programme
10/10 “We felt the service was excellent. Frank was always there when we needed support and quick to respond. We had an outcome on our sessions and gained knowledge which will greatly support our business moving forward.”
Client on the Belfast City Council – Think.Do.Be Programme