8th Nov 2019 in Business

As Destination CQ BID enters its 4th year we look back with interest at our commitment to support businesses in Cathedral Quarter & Smithfield over the last twelve months.

Through our series of training and learning initiatives, we have engaged with over 120 businesses and over 500 people.

First Aid at Work

First Aid training is often a ‘I must get round to that’ task on an employers to do list.  So far we have held 6 sold out training days.  By making these sessions affordable and locally based we enable staff in the area to gain a professional certification in (QA Level 3) Emergency First Aid at Work.

Cathedral Quarter Belfast First Aid Training
Cathedral Quarter Belfast First Aid Training

As a business you can send up to two staff for a heavily subsidised fee.  It’s a day long course that can make real difference!

Book yourself in for 2020 here

Lunchtime Learning

This has been a fantastic initiative and we are delighted to have delivered real impact for businesses across Cathedral Quarter and Smithfield.  These engaging sessions have not only been a great learning and upskilling experience but a chance to network in an informal and relaxed environment amongst local employers and staff.

Cathedral Quarter Belfast Lunchtime Learning

“Great to have sessions like this on offer on our doorstep”

Our series of insight sessions around a range of topics in the Digital Marketing environment have supported our vast array of SME’s from hospitality to charity partners and professional services. These 45 min topics have been invaluable and the evaluation feedback has been great.  Notable sessions have included:

  • Marketing Strategy
  • Social Media Platforms – Instagram
  • Google Ads
  • Videography
  • Press & publicity
  • LinkedIn & Business Blogging

“As a new small business owner I found this session insightful and extremely practical”

“I can’t make it!”  We total appreciate that leaving the office, shop or business for these sessions can be difficult and that’s why we have handily put them online for your convenience.


In-Depth Workshops

We took our lead from the positive feedback for our Lunchtime Learning sessions that there was a clear appetite to for a more in depth look at some of these topics. We have curated five bespoke 3hr workshops for businesses to avail of a more detailed 1-2-1 tuition to great reward.

A great takeaway has been the amount of businesses in the area wanting to take part and drive forward the series. E-commerce & award winning marketing industry leaders Groundswell will be rounding off this years in depth sessions with a bespoke Google Ads workshop later in the month.


The year ahead…

We are busy planning the schedule for 2020 Training & Business Support.

We’ll continue our Lunchtime Learning series and be publishing the February sessions imminently.

Jan 2020 will see us ‘taking care of business’ as we launch a range of additional business support opportunities

  • First Aid at Work ( level 3 QA)
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Fire Warden/Fire Marshall Training
  • HR & Employment Strategy
  • Press, Publicity & Blogging for business

Get involved

Do you feel like your business would want to deliver any sessions or is there a bespoke event you’d like to work with businesses in CQ on? Please drop us a line projects@destinationcq.com


It goes without saying we have a range of partners who have helped curate our training and bushiness support through 2019.

Andi Jarvis at Eximo Marketing for his support and network in curating Lunchtime Learning. Our venues in CQ who have given us a warm welcome for all attendees,

Black Box BelfastRaise VenturesUlster UniversityThe MAC  and the fabulous LOAF catering who have fed us well and an excellent Belfast Social Enterprise

Keep In Touch

Get our weekly update on the latest and greatest news and events straight to your inbox.