District’s Budding Entrepreneurs to Access Free Online Bitesize Business Support

Individuals who are exploring the idea of creating their own business in the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council area can now access ‘Rebel on Demand’ which is a new free online business bitesize support service.  The online service was developed following an agreement by all 11 local authorities in NI to assist people who are exploring the idea of setting up a new business.

The ‘Rebel on Demand’ service offered by Rebel Business School contains a range of videos and articles, offering free and impartial advice on topics such as starting up without debt, making sales and increasing confidence and motivation. The on-demand platform also allows users to tailor their learning journey and record progress, and it also offers ‘next step’ advice through automation.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Cathy Mason said, “The online business support service will help potential entrepreneurs with the information, inspiration and practical help needed to get their business idea up and running. We want to support all of our residents and local businesses to come out of the pandemic resilient and ensure there are opportunities for everyone.”

‘Rebel on Demand’ is the first step in considering a future in entrepreneurship, it will support individuals to formulate a business idea that they are passionate about. Once they have found and developed their creative spark and have considered it as a viable career path they can develop and explore it further via the Council’s ‘Go for It’ programme.

This online service is the latest product from the Rebel Business School which, earlier this year, won a prestigious Queen’s Award for Promoting Opportunity. Rebel Business School co-founder and CEO Simon Paine said, “Rebel on Demand is designed for people with busy lives who want and expect everything to be a click away. People are very busy and everyone expects services to be on demand 24/7. The difference is we don’t have a subscription fee and we never will.”

Mr Paine continued, “We want to see brighter days. We know that Northern Ireland has had a hard 18 months due to the pandemic and there are a lot of big economic issues to work on. So, we want to play a part, encouraging people to start up and contribute to the economic recovery.”

For further information on the ‘Rebel on Demand’ business startup support programme please visit


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