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The European Sustainable Competitiveness Programme
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The Programme Monitoring Committee (PMC) held its autumn and final meeting at ‘The Pavilion’ Stormont Estate, Belfast on 13th November 2014.

PMC meetings have taken place every six months since the start of the Programme.

As this was the final meeting of the PMC, Maura Young who chaired the meeting, thanked all those who had sat on the Committee over the last six years.


Pictured at the launch of the Social Enterprise Hub and First Stop Shop are: (L-R) Gerry McKibben, DSD: Eithne McNamee, Invest NI; Minister Foster; Dr. Nick O'Shiel, Omagh Enterprise Co. and Mary McCrory, Omagh Enterprise.

On 1st September 2014 Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster launched two new innovative business support programmes in Enniskillen to assist new and existing businesses and social enterprises.

The First Stop Shop will support business development in the Fermanagh District Council area and is part funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland.

In turn, the Social Enterprise Hub will provide advice and support to individuals and Community and Voluntary groups with a social enterprise idea based across the Western Social Investment Fund (SIF) zone of Fermanagh, Limavady, Omagh and Strabane District Council areas. Both programmes will be based in The Clinton Centre Enniskillen.

The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) is designated as Managing Authority for the Competitiveness Programme. The funding is delivered through three main spending Priorities:  

  • Sustainable Competitiveness and Innovation;
  • Sustainable Enterprise and Entrepreneurship;
  • Improving Accessibility and Protecting and Enhancing the Environment;

In addition, a small percentage of the overall allocation is set aside for programme management, verification, evaluation and publicity activities.