Business Development Programme

Business Development Programme 

Business Development Programme

Empowering Your Entrepreneurial Journey

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Des Regan, Business Development Programme Coordinator


Welcome to Your Future

In the heart of innovation and enterprise, our Business Development Programme, a collaborative effort by Offaly Local Development Company and West Offaly Training, paves the way for aspiring entrepreneurs to bring their business dreams to life. For over two decades, we've been the beacon of support for individuals in Offaly and beyond, turning ideas into successful ventures.

"The best way to predict the future is to create it." – Peter Drucker


Programme Highlights

Who We Are

We are more than just a programme; we are your guide and support system in the exhilarating journey of starting and owning your business. Our mission is to empower you to explore your skills, refine your business ideas, and provide the tools you need to flourish in the world of entrepreneurship.

Who This Course Is For

Unemployed individuals with a spark of an idea and a desire to step into the realm of self-employment. If you're ready to challenge the status quo and bring your vision to life, this course is your launching pad.

Programme Structure and Delivery

Our dynamic, 26-week programme uses a cutting-edge blended educational model, combining online and offline activities, live collaboration, and in-person learning. This approach ensures flexibility and accessibility, allowing you to learn and grow at your pace.

Key Learnings and Qualifications

  • QQI Level 5 Accredited Training: Dive deep into Marketing Practice, Business Administration, and the essentials of Starting Your Own Business.
  • Non-Accredited Training: Expand your skills with modules in AI (Artificial Intelligence) apps and uses, Motivation and Stress Management, Digital Marketing, Branding, and more, all tailored to meet the needs of today's entrepreneurs.


Unparalleled Support

  • One-to-One Mentoring: Personalised guidance throughout your journey, both online and offline.
  • Qualified Tutors: Learn from the best. Our tutors bring in-depth classroom skills and real-world business experience.
  • Comprehensive Support Package: From basic computer skills to advanced cloud computing, from simple income and expenditure figures to comprehensive financial projections, we've got you covered.

"Opportunities don't happen. You create them." – Chris Grosser


Programme Benefits

Transform Your Idea Into Reality

With us, your business idea will not just remain a dream. Our programme is designed to turn your concept into a viable, ready-to-launch business.

Build Lasting Connections

Networking is key to business success. Our programme encourages participants to build supportive and lasting business relationships.

Stay Ahead of the Curve

We ensure you're equipped with the latest tools and technologies and methods, including the latest in AI (Artificial Intelligence) apps and uses.

"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work." – Steve Jobs

Testimonials from past participants

I found the content very interesting and covering all of my expectations and delivered even more. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who is thinking of opening their business for the first time.

I found this course very helpful and informative and it gave me everything I need to succeed in my business. The tutors were excellent, helpful and friendly.

Delighted with the way the course was delivered

I thought the approach to running the course was excellent and the support has been great. I was not expecting such great help and support from all the tutors.


Programme Details

Duration and Schedule

A commitment of 19.5 hours per week over 26 weeks, blending online collaboration with practical assignments and business planning.


Earn QQI Level 5 certification in key business disciplines, alongside industry-standard training, preparing you for the entrepreneurial world.

No Fees, Just Opportunities

There is no fee to participate in this transformative programme.

Next Programme Date

The journey begins week of 1st October 2024. Demand is high, so secure your spot and step into the role of entrepreneur.

Ready to Start?

For more information and to book your place reach out to Des Regan, our dedicated Business Development Programme Coordinator.

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started." – Mark Twain



Contact Us

Des Regan, Business Development Programme Coordinator

  • Phone: 057 9322 850 / 087 969 9998
  • Email:

Turn your business idea into your life's work. Join us and start building your future today.


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