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.
To celebrate International Women’s Day 2015 Causeway Enterprise Agency invites local women on Thursday 05th March to the Royal Portrush Golf Club for their annual Go Women Event sponsored by Invest Northern Ireland and Coleraine Borough Council in association with Causeway Chamber of Commerce and Women in Business. Sarah Travers will compere the event which will feature a key note address from one of NI’s most successful female entrepreneurs – Mary McCall founder and Managing Director of TreatTicket.com - an online promotional platform designed to drive digital and mobile footfall into local businesses.
In the three years since launch, TreatTicket has gained over 450,000 ‘opt in’ subscribers; sells ‘treats’ in 31 cities throughout the UK; and has developed an innovative new mobile self-service Saas platform to connect local businesses to local shoppers. In addition to launching and growing one of NI’s most innovative and successful e-commerce businesses, Mary has secured £1M in private investment since 2011, despite the challenges presented by the current economic climate.
TreatTicket.com has already won a number of prestigious industry accolades, winning a Digital Advertising NI award; a Chartered Institute of Marketing Excellence Award; and Business Eye Awards. It was named as one of the Top 50 Belfast Businesses; has formed a successful marketing partnership with UTV Media plc and was recently invited by the London Stock Exchange to join their ELITE programme.
Go Women, now in its 11th year marks the date by encouraging, motivating, recognising and celebrating female entrepreneurship with an annual supper and networking event that typically attracts over 100 women. In addition to the key note address Sarah Travers will interview a panel of successful local business women including Leonna Kane of Broighter Gold, Sharon Schindler of Shola Coach B&B, Louise McKeag of McKeag Opticians and Sue McClaughlan of Bluebird Care, all award winning local business women.
Jayne Taggart, Chief Executive of Causeway Enterprise Agency, organiser of the Go Women event encourages women of all ages and backgrounds to come along and learn from these inspiring business women saying “All around the world, International Women's Day represents an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women and we have some fantastic success stories right here on our doorstep which we will celebrate on the night. Our Go Women event provides an opportunity for women to learn from these talented female entrepreneurs, to network and to discover tips and techniques on how to start up and grow their own businesses. Whether you are employed and thinking about career progression, are thinking about starting up your own business or want to learn how to grow your business this event offers lots of tips, advice and sign posting. Business advisors and mentors will be on hand throughout the evening from Causeway Enterprise Agency, Invest Northern Ireland and Coleraine Borough Council to discuss funded business support programmes to help women start up and grow their businesses. Women in Business NI and Causeway Chamber are also supporting the event and will be available to discuss the benefits of joining their business networking organisations.”
The ticket only event starts at 6.30pm. Further information and tickets are available at www.causeway-enterprise.co.uk/events
Dara’s baking hobby is now making him dough thanks to support from Causeway Enterprise Agency and Network Personnel. Pictured from right to left are Anna Logan of Causeway Enterprise Agency, Dara OhArtghaile of Ursa Minor Bakery and Geraldine Anslow of Network Personnel
Starting a business can be a challenge and never more so than when the person wanting to start up has limited resources. Access to funding for start-ups can be challenging and particularly if the individual is unemployed. Causeway Enterprise Agency in partnership with Network Personnel is committed to helping the unemployed and removing the barriers they may be experiencing when trying to start up a business. As a result of this support new businesses are starting up in Ballycastle, creating new jobs in the town and resulting in a positive result for the local community.
Through Invest NI’s Regional Start Initiative “Go For It” offered at Causeway Enterprise Agency in Ballycastle, entrepreneurs receive free business training and mentoring to explore their business ideas and develop a business plan. Where further specialist training or specific qualifications are required Network Personnel provide this through their “Source” Programme. As a further incentive to unemployed individuals a NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training) Grant from Invest NI is provided when the business is set up.
Business is mounting up for Joni and Ian
Business is mounting up for Joni McCord (centre left) and Ian White (far right) having received support from Anna Logan of Causeway Enterprise Agency (L) and Geraldine Anslow of Network Personnel (centre right)
Business partners Joni McCord and Ian White set up “In the Mount” framing business in autumn 2014 after completing “Go For It” at Causeway Enterprise Agency and receiving training through “Source” with Network Personnel. Ian attended training in framing and Joni completed a Creative Crafts Level 2 qualification equipping them with the specialist skills required to operate and manage their business. Joni and Ian commented “The support from both Causeway Enterprise Agency and Network Personnel has been so invaluable, we could not have got to where we are today without Anna and Geraldine.”
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Dara’s passion for baking is now making him dough.
Dara OhArtghaile of Ursa Minor Bakery pictured with the team at Lost & Found Coleraine who he supplied with his speciality breads
When Dara OhArtghaile contacted Causeway Enterprise Agency he had a wanted to start a business baking speciality bread, however being unemployed he was being held back because of a lack of funds to pay for a specialist bread making course.
Dara sings the praises of both Go For It and Source and says that “I never could have done this without the support I got from Anna Logan at Causeway Enterprise Agency, that is how it all started, I contacted her to see if I could turn what was essentially a hobby into a business. Anna helped me develop my idea and write my business plan and then put me in touch with Geraldine Anslow at Network Personnel. Through their “Source” Programme I secured a funded place on a speciality Bread making course in Bath with French Bread Maker Richard Bertinet. The course really broadened my experience and helped me understand how I could change things and develop my own new recipes without destroying the essence of the bread. The training and support I received is definitely the reason why I now have a successful business and I am really excited to develop the business further in 2015.”
Upon completion of both courses Dara secured his NEET grant from Invest NI and used it to set up his business. Dara has not looked back and now spends his days making all sorts of dough. His breads are a firm favourite on the menu in cafes and restaurants all over the Causeway Coast including Thyme & Co Ballycastle, Lost & Found in Coleraine and Babushka in Portrush.
Have a business idea? Need a business plan? Contact Anna Logan today by email here or call Anna on 02870 356318 ext 5
More details on the Source programme can be found on the Network Personnel website