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Business Improvement Scheme

The Department for Enterprise's Enterprise Support team has been focusing on prioritising applications for the COVID-19 support schemes.

The Department is still accepting applications for the below scheme, however please be aware there may be some delays in application processing and enquiry response times. If you have any urgent queries, please contact the team at

The Business Improvement Scheme ('BIS') is an initiative of the Department for Enterprise ('DfE') designed to help businesses develop their business skills and management competencies.

The scheme offers a grant of 50% towards the cost of projects in a wide range of business disciplines up to a maximum level of assistance of £5000 per project.

The range of services on offer to businesses include expert consultancy to deliver complete business solutions and strategic business development advice including Business Advisory Services to help businesses become more effective and efficient.

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These are:

  • Brexit
  • Business Advisory Service – 100% funded by the Department
  • Digital Marketing / Social Media
  • Environmental Efficiency
  • Information Communication Technology / Information Systems
  • Intellectual Property Protection Support
  • Legal Advice Concerning External Investment in Businesses
  • Legislation Compliance
  • Marketing
  • Quality Accreditations
  • Transactional web sites

Each BIS project delivers a complete business solution in any of the business disciplines above. The scheme guidelines and application form can also be found on this page.

Skanco recently took advantage of the Department's Business Improvement Scheme to obtain an ISO Quality Accreditation. Hear what Operations Manager Andy Gosnell had to say about the experience.

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