The scheme has been designed to give start-ups and early stage small businesses the necessary training, financial support and mentoring to get their business off the ground.
Matched funding up to £6,000 available for all businesses, with assistance of £15,000 for exporting businesses and child care providers.
The scheme is designed to help businesses engage external consultants to undertake projects such as websites development, marketing and environmental efficiency.
Matched funding available to a maximum of £5,000.
Investors in People (IIP) is a national standard which sets out a level of good practice for training and development of people within a business environment.
The standard provides a national framework for improving business performance and competitiveness by developing employees and encouraging continuous improvement.
The Department funds the consultancy element required to assist the business through the process, with the business funding the accreditation application.