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.
Jayne Taggart, CEO of CEA with Paula McIntrye Celebrity Chef and Louise McLean, Willow Artist. View more pictures of this event here
To celebrate Northern Ireland’s year of food, the Causeway Enterprise Agency delivered an arts and cultural heritage project to six local schools entitled a ‘Feast for Heritage’
In association with Coleraine Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership, the project was delivered in two phases. The first relating to understanding heritage through arts and crafts provided by willow artist Louise McLean, and the second was the link with our year of food and drink, supported by celebrity chef Paula McIntyre.
The aim was to engage with schools and facilitate a series of arts and heritage skills workshops which included teaching traditional weaving techniques using many locally grown willows. Over 150 children from Ballysally Primary School, Killowen Primary School, Millburn Primary School, St. John’s Primary School, Coleraine College, and North Coast Integrated College, attended the programme to make their specialised willow baskets.
Jayne Taggart, Chief Executive of the CAE stated, “Traditionally, basketry provided an interface between people and domestic, social and economic life. From fishing to farming our hunter gatherer ancestors have always needed baskets for food. This ancient craft skill is becoming very scarce and is at huge risk of dying out completely.
“By bringing the children together and providing them with an opportunity to link their heritage with this year’s celebrations on food, the experience was invaluable to watch how they all worked together to develop their skills.
“Each school was provided with 12 hours of workshop sessions facilitated by Louise, as she helped them to choose willow and learn how to use the techniques available. The children produced a range of baskets to showcase the variety of foods each one related to. For example, each held either potatoes, fish, bread or other types of vegetables.”
One of the themes was to learn where willow comes from and the significance of names locally, such as ‘Ballysally’ Willow names in places, how our ancestors used it and how they may use it in the future. The pupils learned traditional weaving techniques and about their sustainability. They also discovered the heritage of willow and its importance to the local area as the sessions has helped to promote and keep alive traditional heritage skills.
Ms D McHenry, Millburn Primary School was one of the teachers supporting a class attending the programme, stated, “Louise was a terrific facilitator and all the pupils greatly enjoyed the workshops and the sharing of her talents.”
A celebration event was hosted at the Causeway Coast Vineyard Conference Centre where the children got the opportunity to meet our very own local celebrity chef, Paula McIntrye. This celebration event showcased the willow baskets that had been produced by the children as Paula carried out a cookery demonstration, to let the learn all about the heritage foods that would traditionally have been served in the baskets they proudly had on display
Funding for the project was provided by the Department of Culture Arts and Leisure, and Coleraine Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership while being delivered by the Causeway Enterprise Agency.
Lara Morgan, who sold shares in her business for £20million, will be speaking at the Causeway Enterprise Agency's Lead2Grow Sales Masterclass, with two dates set to support local businesses in the borough on 23rd and 24th May. To Book contact 028 70356318.
As part of the Causeway Enterprise Agency's series of business support events for those interested in developing their skills, a discounted opportunity is available for businesses through the 'Lead2Grow' project. A newly designed masterclass is aimed at supporting sales teams perfect their sales technique with two dates planned at the end of this month.
Serial entrepreneur and business commentator Lara Morgan, will be facilitating the training, focusing on those who either specialise as a 'one-man band' business with no dedicated sales team, and for those businesses employing dedicated sales teams.
Lara, has been asked back to speak in Coleraine by popular demand, following on from the success of the original Lead2Grow conference which took place in February. As a unique female in business, she is most widely known for building her own global leading brand before selling a share of the company for £20million!
Speaking about the masterclasses, Lara explained, "I left school and set about teaching myself sales following my father's bankruptcy. At 21 I was managing a sales team and at 23 started my own business supplying toiletries to the hotel industry. I am a firm believer of the 'elevator pitch' which some of you will have heard of, and by perfecting this along with other ideas, it will help any organisation become more effective."
The first event will be held for single sales traders, on Monday 23rd May. Tuesday 24th will focus on those who employ dedicated sales and marketing staff and are looking for team improvement. To book, go to the website or telephone 7035 6318.
Jayne Taggart, Chief Executive of Causeway Enterprise Agency stated, "Lara is exactly the type of inspirational speaker we want our small business to be exposed to. It is important the local businesses and entrepreneurial new starts get access to tailored support that can make a difference in their businesses. Competition for new starts is strong, but so is our local talent pool.
Lara is particularly interested in helping accelerate fast growth by motivating business-owners to set higher leadership goals. We encourage our local businesses to take time out and avail of the opportunity to invest in their sales performance & capacity."
A regular commentator on current affairs and business issues with Sky and BBC News, including BBC2's 'The Apprentice: You're Fired'. Lara has an impressive background as she has also been a finalist in Ernst and Young Entrepreneur 3 times and was a finalist in the Veuve Clicquot Businesswoman of the Year Award.
Lead2Grow is part funded by the Causeway Enterprise Agency and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills. To book any of these, or other forthcoming workshops, visit our EVENT page