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20-Jan-2017 A New Mindset for Success in 2017!


It’s early January and the New Year’s resolutions are still intact. A group of dynamic ladies joined us at Causeway Enterprise Agency for that unique blend of inspiration and coffee that our Women in Business events always offer. Fiona Bradley facilitated a session with the very apt title ‘New Year – new mindset for success in 2017’. After grabbing a coffee and a luscious raspberry and white scone, we took the opportunity to connect with our fellow female entrepreneurs, particularly seeking out introductions with those ladies we were meeting for the first time. Together, we spent a couple hours focused on a positive mindset and obliterating those barriers that impede progress.

The great theologian and poet Francois Fenelon once said, ‘The more you say, the less people remember’. It can be said that it’s always the mark of an excellent event, when the participants have more to say than the facilitator, yet we all go home having learnt something. In the group, we talked about where we want to be in 2017, and we realised everyone has different priorities. And when it comes to surmounting roadblocks, everyone listened to how other people in the group have overcome something similar. That’s collaborative learning at its best!

Fiona kept the pace moving nicely, and did a great job of bringing ideas out for everyone’s benefit. Hopefully we all learnt the resilience to stick to our resolutions beyond the last week in January for once! There was a sense of a collective goal for 2017 around us adopting a positive mindset and taking small steps each day towards achieving our vision.


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05-Dec-2016 Jayne brings home ‘Women in Business Award’ to the North Coast


Seen here recently receiving ‘Best in Professional Services-Small Business’, is winner Jayne Taggart Chief Executive of the Causeway Enterprise Agency Coleraine, presented by Women in Business with Sponsor Representative from the Progressive Building Society.

Jayne brings home ‘Women in Business Award’ to the North Coast.

In recognition of the exceptional work delivered by Jayne Taggart CEO of the Causeway Enterprise Agency in Coleraine, Women in Business has presented Jayne with the ‘Best in Professional Services – Small Business’ Award.

The annual award ceremony showcases and acknowledges the hard work and achievements of some of the most successful, entrepreneurial and inspiring business women throughout Northern Ireland. Now in their 6th year, all sectors and industries are invited so that the best of home grown female entrepreneurs are recognised. This is particularly for the valuable contribution that women make to the economic life of Northern Ireland.

Jayne Taggart, Chief Executive Causeway Enterprise Agency Coleraine, is an ambassador and coordinator of the Women in Business network for the Causeway Coast & Glens area. Proactively developing opportunities for business networking events, these are held throughout the north coast inviting members and non-members to participate.

Upon receiving her award, Jayne stated “this is a great honour for me and my team at the CEA. I wish to acknowledge their support, as we are all very passionate about making the north coast a great place to do business.

“I genuinely feel privileged to do the work we do, supporting our start-ups and micro businesses within the area. It is a rewarding position, to be able to support others to realise their dreams. Making that leap of faith to start your own business shows great courage, particularly for female entrepreneurs”.

John Armstrong, Chairman of the Causeway Enterprise Agency stated, “We are delighted to hear of Jayne’s success in the Women in Business awards. This reflects accurately her professional efforts in the local community and as CEO of Causeway Enterprise Agency she is delivering on the ambitious strategic goals that have been set by the Board.”

This award was judged on businesswoman who consistently exceed the requirements of internal and external customers. This includes consistently meeting or exceeding challenging objectives, delivering the highest levels of service responsiveness and innovation within a professional practice.

Jayne continued, “We have some amazing ambassadors and role models in this area and it was fantastic to see three of them recognised for their business development. These include winner of the ‘WIB Excellence in IT’ award Sue McLaughlin of Bluebird Care and finalists Geri Martin of Chocolate Manor and Alex McGarry of The Bubbly Bar.

“I strongly encourage any new entrepreneurs, especially women, to come forward with their ideas, and avail of the opportunities to showcase their achievements and support others. These awards put out a strong message that women across the country are making a positive contribution to our local economy. I extend a warm welcome for more to join our local network, and enjoy the benefits of networking with a group of like-minded women, sharing the challenges and journey of running a business, and who knows…become future award nominees and winners themselves!”

For a list of the forthcoming Women in Business networking events and other opportunities provided by the Causeway Enterprise Agency Coleraine, go to with additional information available on Facebook and Twitter, or telephone 028 7035 6318

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Latest Events

Frameworks Workshop – Building the dream startup team

Frameworks Workshop – Building the dream startup team

12-2pm, 23 February, 2017

In this Connect Frameworks Workshop for innovative entrepreneurs and 'wantrepreneurs' in Northern Ireland, Dr Aisling Reid, Lecturer in Business Enterprise at Ulster University in Coleraine, will focus on the importance of building a dream team for business success and growth.

The session is designed to offer practical advice from local business leaders; provide personal insight from successful entrepreneurs; and it will provide the opportunity to build networks.

Aisling will also be joined by a panel.



The Management & Leadership SuMMit – The Pinnacle of Management Month

Event Details

Friday 24th February 2017
8.15am – 1.15pm
Includes Light Breakfast & Lunch
Titanic Belfast

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Book your subsidised seat at £65+vat (RRP £245+vat)
Book a table of 8 for £455+vat (one place free)
Book an exhibition table at £495+vat (limited availability)



Jamil Qureshi

Psychologist to World #1 Performers

Jamil has helped six of his clients get to number one in the world in their chosen field. He has worked successfully with F1 drivers, world #1 golfers, fighter pilots, medical teams and astronauts on the NASA space programme. He has developed and delivered leadership programs at board level for companies such as Coca Cola, HP, Emirates and Orange. Having spent fifteen years working with the world’s elite, he is in a genuinely unique position to define ‘the difference that makes the difference’. He will explore how mind-set and attitude are the key to disrupting existing habits, and creating a lasting and purposeful change in behaviour.


Professor Neil Gibson

Economist & Media Commentator

A frequent media commentator and speaker on the international conference stage, Neil is Director of the Ulster University Economic Policy Centre (UUEPC) at the Ulster University Business School. Prior to that he was a Director in Oxford Economics for 10 years, during which time he led consultancy projects for many of the world’s largest companies and also undertook significant public sector research projects. A truly engaging orator, Neil will reflect on a turbulent 12 months and offer his views on how managers and leaders can, and must, operate effectively within a consistently unpredictable and chaotic environment.


Hannah O’Reilly and Elaine Lavery

Co-Founders of Improper Butter

In 2013 Hannah, from Enniskillen, and Elaine, from Dublin, developed Improper Butter. Their product is now supplied throughout Ireland, as well as the UK and the Middle East, in outlets such as Supervalu, Waitrose, Avoca and Tesco. Along the way, Elaine and Hannah have delivered a successful Dragon’s Den pitch, been named on Ireland’s list of ‘30 under 30’ who could shape the future of business and been shortlisted to the final 16 of Sir Richard Branson’s Foodpreneur competition. They will share some experiences from their entrepreneurial journey as well as how they turned ordinary in to extraordinary to create a successful business.


Pádraig Ó’Céidigh

Irish Business Leader and Senator

Pádraig is Founder of Aer Arann and Aer Lingus Regional. He is currently an Independent Senator (nominated by the Taoiseach). In 2003, he was nominated for World Entrepreneur of the Year and has twice been invited back as a judge. He is Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship and Business in NUI Galway and an alumni of Harvard Business School. He is a former board member of RTÉ. Pádraig is a former recipient of the Ernst and Young Irish Entrepreneur of the Year Award and is also founder of a number of other companies in the following sectors: publishing, music, aircraft maintenance, outsourcing, homecare and internet marketing. He will reflect on these experiences and offer lessons that he has learned along the way.


Michael O’Neill

Northern Ireland Football Manager

Michael O’Neill is a national hero, having guided the Northern Ireland football team to its first major tournament in 30 years. Having masterminded qualification for the Euro 2016 finals in France, Michael and his team went on to inspire and enthral the nation by qualifying for the last 16 of the tournament. This was an incredible transformation for a team that, just three years before, was ranked 89th in the world and was in the midst of a 12 match winless run. Michael will reflect on this journey and share some of the lessons that he learned as well as insights in to how to get the best out of your team.

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