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12-Sep-2018 Fashion savvy duo’s eye for style drives business success

 

A fashion savvy mother and daughter duo from Coleraine have turned their dream of owning their own ladies clothing boutique into a reality with the support of the Go For It Programme, in association with Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.

The Go For It Programme is part funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the Investment for Growth & Jobs Northern Ireland (2014-2020) Programme.

Barbara and Jayne Allison launched Stable Lane Boutique in Coleraine town centre in August 2017 with the aim of bringing a fresh approach to ladies’ fashion by offering the latest trends in women’s fashion with an inventory of unique clothes by vibrant fashion designers around the world.

Daughter, Jayne, studied International Fashion Marketing at Glasgow Caledonian University And has worked in the retail fashion industry for over 12 years in a variety of roles including sales, buying, visual merchandising and personal shopper. Jayne’s mum, Barbara, is a keen follower of fashion and an experienced local businessperson, having ran a successful fitness business for over 10 years.

After a mother and daughter shopping trip in Coleraine town centre, Barbara and Jayne agreed there was a real gap in the local market for an independent ladies clothing boutique that offered something different than the typical high street fashion retailer.

They decided to sit down and develop their vision for opening their very own ladies clothing boutique and that’s when they turned to the Go For It Programme through Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council to help them transform their passion for fashion into a business.

Jayne Allison, co-owner of Stable Lane Boutique, said: “Fashion has been an obsession since I was very young, and I always knew I wanted to work in the retail fashion industry. I have had various roles from Saturday part time sales positions at high street fashion outlets, to visual merchandising and management roles with multinational fashion retailers.

“However, my dream has always been to one day open my very own fashion boutique that would allow me to express my own ideas on ladies’ fashion with unique styles and outfits that you wouldn’t typically find on the high street.

“It wasn’t until early 2017 on a family shopping trip in Coleraine that the idea really started to take shape. We realised that there weren’t any independent ladies’ fashion outlets in the area, only the usual big name high street stores that you find in every town and city across Northern Ireland.

“That’s when we decided to contact the Go For It Programme to see if we could turn my dream into a reality. We sat down with Linda Dixon from Causeway Enterprise Agency, who really helped us a lot. She guided us on the market research we needed to do to scope the viability of the business and then helped us to develop a robust business plan. It was this business plan that really propelled us to launch Stable Lane Boutique.

“We are celebrating our one-year anniversary at the end of August and we are going from strength to strength with a loyal customer base that’s growing all the time. The past 12 months has been such a whirlwind, but it has been amazing experience. I can now say that I’m the joint-owner of a ladies’ fashion boutique that delivers stylish, unique and affordable clothing.”

The Go For It programme is delivered free of charge by a team of experienced business mentors through Northern Ireland’s wide network of enterprise agencies. It provides expert advice and help with developing a robust business plan to help turn ideas into a commercial enterprise.

Linda Dixon, Go For It Business Advisor with Causeway Enterprise Agency on behalf of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council said; “Jayne and Barbara contacted the Go For It Programme with a clear idea for a business and the products they wanted to sell.

“They are both extremely passionate and it was up to us to channel this enthusiasm, not forgetting their outstanding knowledge on all things fashion, by helping them to develop a robust business plan that would give them the confidence to go out there and make it happen.

“I am delighted that Stable Lane Boutique is really flourishing. They have done a fantastic job creating a unique customer experience with a range of stunning clothing lines like nothing else in the area. I would recommend that any local women who haven’t popped into the boutique to give it a try – you won’t be disappointed.”

If you have a business idea you’d like to develop or if you are thinking about starting a business call 0800 027 0639 or visit: visit www.goforitni.com


 

29-Aug-2018 Exploring Enterprise Programme Launched in Causeway Region

At Cloonavin for the launch of the Exploring Enterprise Program with the Causeway Coast and Glens Council Mayor Cllr Brenda Chivers are Joanne Millar Business Advisor Roe Valley Enterprises, Anna Logan Centre Manager at Causeway Enterprise Agency, Martin Clark Business Development Manager with the council and Exploring Enterprise Program Manager Shirelle McIvor.

A new programme has launched in the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council area which will boost jobs by working with unemployed and economically inactive people in the region.

The Exploring Enterprise Programme, delivered under the European Social fund (ESF) Programme 2014-2020, will be managed by Enterprise Northern Ireland and rolled out locally by Causeway Enterprise Agency and Roe Valley Enterprises Ltd.

The Exploring Enterprise Programme is a free special support initiative aimed at helping unemployed or economically inactive individuals improve their employment prospects as well as exploring potential self-employment opportunities.

The course provides one-to-one tailored business mentoring support, with the opportunity to work towards achieving an accredited QCF Level 1 Qualification in Understanding Business Enterprise.

Participants will get the opportunity to visit local businesses and work as part of a team to develop business skills and knowledge.

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens, Councillor Brenda Chivers, said: “The Exploring Enterprise Programme aims to increase business awareness and give support to individuals thinking of starting their own business. Small businesses are the backbone of the local economy and we need a constant stream of new people coming forward with business ideas. Exploring Enterprise gives people an opportunity to research and develop their ideas. In many cases people need encouragement and the programme can give them the confidence to go ahead. For many the programme provides a purpose that helps them focus on moving forward.”

Michael McQuillan, Chief Executive of Enterprise Northern Ireland, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for participants who are experiencing challenges or facing barriers to entering or returning to the labour market, to gain an understanding of enterprise and become employment or self-employment ready.

“While being provided with the opportunity to explore self-employment as an option, the participant can work towards a recognised qualification in Understanding Business. This endorsement professionalises their engagement in the programme and is something they will always have to evidence their capability, as they build a career in enterprise.”

This is an Enterprise Northern Ireland initiative which is part funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme 2014 – 2020, the Department for the Economy, Local Enterprise Agencies and Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.

 

Click through for more information on the Exploring Enterprise Programme


 


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24-Sep-2018
In Camera Lunch with Sue Gray, Permanent Secretary for the Department of Finance

Venue:The Merchant Hotel, Belfast
Time: 12:00-14:00
Sponsor: BT
Cost:£40+VAT
Non Member:£100+VAT

Sue Gray, Permanent Secretary for the Department of Finance will host an In Camera event in September.

Limited to 40 guests, this intimate setting allows guests direct interaction and the opportunity to exchange their views during lunch. Be sure to book onto this event as it promises to fill up quickly.

Please read NI Chamber’s booking terms and conditions before registering your place.

Preference for places at this event may be given to NI Chamber Member Companies

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25-Sep-2018
NI Chamber Energy Forum in partnership with SONI

Venue:Ulster Carpets, Castleisland Factory, Garvaghy Road, Portadown, BT62 1EE
Time: 09:30-11:45
Sponsor: SONI
Cost:£+VAT

The Energy Forum provides a bridge between energy providers and large energy users in Northern Ireland. It meets four times per year and will share best practice on energy efficiency and inform businesses of significant changes ahead, including securing critical planning permission for the North/South Interconnector and ISEM (Integrated Single Electricity Market).

The third event of 2018 will take place at Ulster Carpets, Portadown and will include a tour of the premises. This event is for NI Chamber members and places are limited to one per company.

Full details on this event will be released shortly – if you have any queries, please email George.McQuitty@northernirelandchamber.com

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