Starting a Business in Coleraine
If you are in the process of planning your business, have just started trading or have been in business for some time, Causeway Enterprise Agency can provide you with the tailored support you need to manage it more efficiently, productively and profitably.
Minister for Justice, MLA Claire Sugden and Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Alderman Maura Hickey will be keynote speakers at an event focusing on Women in Leadership next month in Portstewart.
Jayne Taggart Chief Executive Causeway Enterprise Agency, has organised the event in association with ‘Women in Business’, which media presenter Sarah Travers will be hosting. The discussion will be aimed at providing an insight into the women leading our community through politics along with a panel of other female elected members from Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.
Jayne said, “a series of events have been scheduled focusing at Women in Business in our Borough. The Women in Leadership event is the first of the season, which will be held in Flowerfield Arts Centre Portstewart on 9th September from 9.30am until 11.30am.
Having two of our most influential political women coming from our Borough and at this event is a significant opportunity for everyone to come along. I believe it will support us to understand how politics is part of our everyday lives and how it’s important that we embrace it to improve and influence our local communities, specifically our business community.
“For our female entrepreneurs, this will be a valued opportunity for you to put forward what the issues are for you in business and how our politicians can support you.”
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A new inspirational and innovative space has been created in Bushmills to support the design and commercial exchange of contemporary crafts and artisan giftware. The Designerie, situated on the main street, is open six days per week and some evenings for craft workshops.
The location which also hosts additional space for group bookings, has been established in Bushmills by the Causeway Enterprise Agency Coleraine, which is a non-profit organisation redirecting funds supporting enterprise in the Borough. Funding to develop the project was secured from the Community Coastal fund as well as the former Moyle District Council at the time of development.
The Designerie is a place where people can create, shop and connect as the location provides space to sell exclusive and hand-crafted home & giftware, available for purchase in store and very soon, via an online shop.
As you enter the Designerie, a treasure trove of gifts wait to be explored, the overall atmosphere of the location is warm and inviting with so much to offer. To the rear of the shop is designated studio space where many of the planned workshops will be held as a sanctuary for learning and enjoyment. Future plans have identified a potential 6,000 square feet on the first floor of collective artistic space, where artists and crafters will also be able to work as individuals or collaborate on joint projects.
Jayne Taggart, Chief Executive of the Causeway Enterprise Agency stated, “The Designerie is definitely unique in design and experience. We are trying very hard to make this a unique retail offering, something different to what is being offered in the locality.
“We have attracted over seventy artists from all over the country, to provide their products ranging from handmade jewellery, furniture, glassware, ornaments from hand carved wood, and the list goes on, but we definitely have room for more. Some of our artists have already provided items for presidents and royalty, but we believe that everyone is special when they purchase a gift from The Designerie!
“An example of how diverse our artists are, range from local artist Trevor McLean, who develops bespoke furniture and artwork from locally sourced driftwood; Eleanor Jane McCartney makes interior fused glass with colours of the north coast into spectacular broaches, amazing necklaces and desirable rings as well as picture designs for the home; Helen Perry of ‘Stombolitwo’ makes specialised ladies scarves, handbags and gentlemen’s ties from kimono silk, all in glorious colours and soft to the touch; Lisa Lawlor of ‘Once upon a Dandelion’ creates reclaimed wood art, gifts and handcrafted furniture; the extraordinary Rachel Julca of Rachel Julca Designs produces beautiful original handmade items for you and your home from ceramics pictures, buttons, magnets & broaches, textiles & papercraft; and Rosie Knight of ‘Angels Unaware’ is a ceramist producing a range of personalised and creative giftware which captures the surroundings, influenced by the countryside and coast.
“The location is as unique as the artists. It attracts our local residents to source that ‘something special’ for every occasion, the tourist to purchase ‘something quite spectacular’ as a gift from the Causeway Coast, and for those of us who just like spoiling ourselves, there is something for us too!
“The whole concept of the Designerie is quite distinctive. The Causeway Enterprise Agency has gone through some radical changes to our funding and support. We as a board, knew we needed to make some changes if we were to continue supporting our local entrepreneurs and local businesses, particularly as we now have to find some quite significant funds each year which was previously sourced in grants.
“As well as organising exhibitions in-house, The Designerie also supports and promotes its artists, creating a programme to facilitate showcases of local artists. Outreach is at the core of The Designerie ethos, and we often work in tandem with local community groups and schools to create projects that will engage people in the arts.
“We have even branched out from the regular workshops and courses, to attracting children’s events and hen parties to give the public something different, as not everyone wants to go to the expense of doing what everybody else does!
“So far, we have sixteen workshops scheduled over the summer months with more being added each week to attract visitors of all levels and interests. Details for each workshop are featured on the website giving an overview of the activity and price, date, and time as well as information on the artists holding the workshop. Booking can be made online or through the shop.
“Our goal is to support individuals in our community through connected creativity. We are passionate about supporting local arts and crafts, and so we are now providing an opportunity for local artisans and crafters with a route to market and an opportunity to showcase their products.”
We'd love to hear from artists wanting to sell at the Designerie or wishing to hire the studio to facilitate deliver of their workshops, please get in touch. For more information about The Designerie, call in to our shop on 88 Main Street, Bushmills Monday to Saturday, or give us a ring on 028 2073 2606.