6th April 2020

Webinars updated 8 July

We are pleased to inform you the following webinars and online training will be hosted by Belfast Met, Belfast City Council, Tourism NI, Queens University, HMRC and Google Digital Garage.

Fully Funded Courses at Belfast Metropolitan College – Centre for Economic Development and Social Inclusion

Belfast Met is running free tech courses which are fully funded by the Department for the Economy (DfE). The 25% cost to businesses has been removed until 31 March 2021, to support companies throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.  Courses will commence in June 2020 and include;

  • Microsoft Office Specialist – Excel 2016 Core
  • Microsoft Office Specialist – Excel 2016 Core (Fast track)
  • Microsoft Office Specialist – Word 2016 Core
  • Cisco Cyber Security Essentials
  • Microsoft MTA Security Fundamentals
  • Level 2 Award in Food Safety for Catering

For more information and to enroll for the fully funded courses contact David Phelan, Dphelan@belfastmet.ac.uk 

The further education college is also carrying out free ‘Webinar Wednesdays’ which are based around how businesses can use emerging technology and innovate during the current lockdown.

Register here to attend any of these webinars


Belfast City Council offers free online support for businesses

Belfast City Council’s Economic Development unit are still providing free advice, mentoring and signposting for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Register with www.belfastcity.gov.uk/businessadvice so that they can identify what support you need and put in place a range of mentoring and advice.

Visit their business information page to find out more by clicking here.

Belfast City Council have developed a series of videos to help support you including embracing coping strategies, cultivating leadership networks, considering realistic business options and making firm decisions about the way forward. These videos can be found on www.belfastcity.gov.uk/businesswebinars

Upcoming webinars and information sessions include;

  • Introduction to tendering webinar, 5 August

To view more details on these upcoming webinars please visit their business events page by clicking here.


Queens University COVID 19 Business Support Events

The William J Clinton Leadership Institute is to hold a series of free COVID-19 business support events. The virtual series offers an opportunity to meet and hear from programme directors, academics from the faculty and university and industry experts.

Dynamic Capabilities: Making Businesses More Agile In An Uncertain World
Date: Tuesday 4 August 2020

All events take place from 11:30 to 12:30 each day. To find out more and to register click here.


HMRC Job Retention Scheme webinars

If you cannot maintain your current workforce because your operations have been severely affected by coronavirus (COVID-19), the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme allows you to furlough employees and apply for a grant that covers 80 per cent of their usual monthly wage costs, up to £2,500 a month.

From 1 July 2020, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is changing – see Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – what is changing and key dates.

In response to these changes HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) are hosting a webinar entitled;

Extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and flexible furloughing.

This webinar will cover:

  • changes to the Job Retention Scheme
  • flexible furloughing
  • claim periods
  • key dates

To register please click here


Google Digital Garage – Online training webinars

Google Digital Garage are offering free training delivered by expert trainers. The free 60 minute webinars will run everyday, Monday-Friday covering a selection of courses aimed at helping individuals and small businesses. The current course list on offer is below and more courses will be available soon:

  • Build a CV & Write a Cover Letter
  • Digital Marketing Strategy
  • Build your Personal Brand Online
  • Started with Digital Advertising
  • Get your Business Visible on Google
  • Social Media Strategy
  • Writing for Social Media

For more information and to register attendance click here.


Ulster Bank Boost – Your Business Matters Webinar Series

Ulster Bank Boost works closely with the local business marketplace to support, develop and add value to SMEs by providing business advice, bringing together local businesses and hosting regular events.

Upcoming webinar:

  • Workforce planning, 27 August

To view more details on this webinar please visit their EventBrite page by clicking here