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17-May-2018 Business Breakfast at the Riverside Theatre with Maria Costello

 

What a delightful sunny morning it was at the Business Breakfast with Maria Costello, held on Wednesday morning past, at the Riverside Theatre in Coleraine. Crusoe’s at the Riverside provided more than 100 attendees with a beautiful tasty breakfast alongside a networking venue with a glorious view over the surrounding countryside, the room had a relaxed atmosphere to chat in before the event kicked off in the theatre itself.

Maria talked us through her inspiring and eventful career to date, regaling us with tales of her ups and downs over the years, this determined lady was not going to let broken bones get in her way, 24 over the years to be exact! Maria started her talk off by showing us her first moped which she bought to transport her to and from her first job, this was just the beginning of something wonderful for Maria as she fell in love with bikes and has since become one of the most accoladed women bike racers in the UK, with a career spanning more than 20 years. In fact, Maria is the only woman motorbike racer to get an MBE.

Maria achievements in bike racing are numerous, just a few are, first woman ever to claim a podium finish in a race around the notorious Isle of Man TT course, securing the female lap record at the Vauxhall International Northwest 200 in 2016, she has also set a Guinness World Record, been voted Sports Personality of the Year in her native county, become an animated character in a PlayStation game, a rider double for Reese Witherspoon in a Hollywood movie and a published author.

Attendees were impressed and inspired to learn of Maria’s resilience, getting back up after failures and broken bones to achieve many firsts in her career, becoming fighting fit when others advised her to give up, she didn’t, instead she went on to achieve even more in the sport that she loves.

After the business breakfast, we all agreed that we had witnessed the story of a unique and special person. Maria Costello has managed to challenge gender stereotypes in the male dominated world of motorcycling and it was wonderful to be reminded that it can be possible to pursue the things we love in life, like Maria has.

The Business Breakfast with Maria Costello, was organised by Ulster University in association with The International North West 200 as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the University, in partnership with Causeway Enterprise and Women In Business NI.

 

View the full gallery from the event HERE



29-Mar-2018 Powerful Women encouraging Female Entrepreneurship

 

Guest speaker Karise Hutchinson Provost at the Ulster University Coleraine chatting with attendees at the Power of 4 Program run by the Causeway Enterprise Agency in association with Women in Business.

March has ended on a high for the Power of 4 Programme with Dr Karise Hutchinson delivering a powerful session on action planning at the last of the four training sessions.

Power of 4 is a Business start-up programme delivered by Causeway Enterprise Agency for women of all ages and backgrounds and has 18 participants with a wide range of business ideas, from workshops for children and services for the elderly to bespoke crafts to are all ready to take those ideas into action.

Running every Tuesday over March, the training has been jam packed with input from local successful women in business.

DAY 1,REFINING THE IDEA, was all about the ideas and focused on what motivates the customer to make a purchase. Karen Yates, our first role model, told her story of being involved in Zing Marketing Design and Print, and how she was driven to set up Taylor Yates,her thoughtfully designed and beautifully made range of handbags. Karen’s gorgeous bags definitely instilled ‘desire’ among the group!

DAY 2, MARKETING, the input was all about effective marketing and selling. Camilla Long of Bespoke Communications underlined the importance of communication and networking – especially in a place like Northern Ireland. People buy from people – we sometimes forget this in such a busy online world. The afternoon, the energetic Debbie Rymer of SAND Marketing extolled on the benefits of effective social media and set up the closed Facebook page for the group which has worked a treat, with lively interaction going on between the training session. Thanks Debbie!

DAY 3, THE MONEY, we focused in on finance with input from Vincent Lusby, Invest NI. Client Executive about the sources of funding available for innovative start-ups.

DAY 4, PLANNING, Our second role model, Sue McLoughlin, founder of BlueBird Care Coleraine, spoke to the group about starting up nine years ago and the challenges and achievements she has faced along the way. Sue and Karise both emphasised the importance of making time for planning if you want to make a business succeed and grow.

Po4 helps participants build confidence and take their ideas from concept to launch, along with offering both practical and specialist support.

NEXT STEP

The next element of the programme will be monthly evening networking meetings with input from expert and peer mentors. Expert mentoring will cover such start-up areas as finance, marketing, planning and tendering.

Developed by Women in Business NI more than 60 women have benefited from the support the programme offers to date. With a success rate of 67% of participants making their business idea a reality, Power of 4 is a hugely successful model.

Thanks to Women in Business NI for providing the funding for Power of 4 Causeway programme and enabling the women of the North Coast to avail of this support.

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If you have a business idea or need some help contact Causeway Enterprise Agency on 028 7035 6318 or email info@causeway-enterprise.co.uk or Women In Business NI on 084 5607 6041 or email info@womeninbusinessni.com



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13-Jun-2018
Pay-Per-Click (PPC)

Date/time: 13th June 2018, (arrival 9.15am) 9.30am – 11.00am (breakfast included – please note this workshop is limited to 16 spaces)

Location: Zymplify (Board Room), 28 The Promenade, Portstewart, BT55 7AE

Title: A Beginner’s Guide to Pay-Per-Click (PPC)

Cost: £10.00 (inclusive of VAT)

Workshop overview:

PPC ads are the results that show up at the top and on the right-hand side of some Google searches; they’re the ads that you see on the right-hand side of Facebook; they’re the ads marketers have paid to be shown to you when you search for given keyword phrases, rather than organic search results achieved through SEO. Managed wisely, AdWords and other PPC campaigns can provide a healthy ROI. Done incorrectly, PPC can be an exercise in futility. So where to begin with PPC?

What you will learn:

You will learn what is PPC, how to get started and how to set up goals/budget for your campaigns. We will also cover the many different types of ads that are available, as well as remarketing activity and how to set up audiences.

Why attend:

  • Find out what PPC and how to get started with goals/budget
  • How to determine what keywords you should use
  • How to create the perfect ad copy
  • Landing page optimisation
  • Remarketing

 

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19-Jun-2018
Planning for Success: Why, How, What!?

 

Date    Tuesday 19th June 2018 
Time    9.30am - 11.30am
Location    The Lodge Hotel 
    Coleraine 
    BT52 1NF 
     
Cost    £10 members/non-members
     
Book    HERE

Join Causeway Enterprise Agency and Women in Business NI at this event where Gillian McLean, Owner of Thrive Marketing & Communications, will share detailed knowledge, experience and best practice examples to help you become more confident planning and executing a successful marketing strategy.

About the Speaker

Gillian McLean is a multi-award-winning marketing and communications expert and owner of ‘Thrive Marketing & Communications’(www.thrivebusiness.co.uk). She has extensive national and international experience within the public and private (FMCG and industrial) sectors.

Gillian has helped companies across Northern Ireland deliver outstanding, award-winning marketing communications that drove the customer experience across multiple touch points. An accomplished business professional, she is highly regarded for her expertise in developing and executing successful strategies targeting key business and consumer segments. In her leadership roles within industry, she built teams, structures, and the environment to liberate creative problem solving, whilst developing new innovative business models - helping some of Northern Ireland’s leading companies diversify into new business sectors.


 

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