Northern Ireland’s budding entrepreneurs to access online bitesize business support.

July 28, 2021

Individuals who are exploring the idea of creating their own business in Northern Ireland are to be offered access to a free online business bitesize support service following an agreement by all 11 of its local councils. 

Rebel on Demand, an online support service for people who are exploring the idea of setting up their own business, is now available to everyone who is thinking of starting up.

The service contains scores 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.

Rebel on Demand is the first step in considering a future in Entrepreneurship, by helping you formulate an idea that you are passionate about. Once you have found and developed your creative spark, and have considered it as a viable career path you can develop and explore it in detail with the Council’s Go For It programme with your local Enterprise Agency.

It 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 says 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 says he wants to see brighter days in Northern Ireland: “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.”

Speaking about the launch of Rebel on Demand Alderman Amanda Grehan, Chair of the Development Committee at Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council said:“We are delighted to present the Rebel on Demand Programme as another resource to promising entrepreneurs within Lisburn Castlereagh.

“The business world is constantly changing and this service will enable people thinking of starting a business with the key knowledge they need to consider starting a small business from scratch.

“Due to time constraints and pressures in daily life, the Council appreciates that having access to support as and when you are free can be invaluable. I invite all those thinking about getting into business, to check out the new online platform and make use of this free resource.”

To find access Rebel on Demand programme and other sources of business support available through Lisburn Castlereagh City Council, please visit:

About the Rebel Business School

Rebel Business School was founded in 2010 by Alan Donegan and Simon Paine and helps people from all walks of life to start their own businesses. Its mission is to change the way entrepreneurship is taught across the world. It has educated over 11,000 people in seven different countries through free events and helped launch 805 businesses in 2020 alone. 

In 2021, the company won a Queen’s Award in the Promoting Opportunity category and its work has been backed by organisations including Google, Henley Business School and the Department for Work and Pensions. 

The Rebel Business School is the best business advice that money can't buy - all of its events are free.