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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.



Allprint Design & Print is a well-established label printing company established in 2002 and has built up an enviable reputation over the last 10 years. The company owner Norman Malcolmson is proud of his commitment to providing a professional, speedy and high quality service to customers. But, in the 14 years of running his business, Norman had never engaged in business workshops before, never mind a leadership programme. Like many established micro business owners multitasking across the firm, Norman needed make the transition from micro manager to strategic leader and opportunity knocked when Lead2Grow was launched this year.


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Designing a New Future!



Minister for Justice, MLA Claire Sugden and Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Alderman Maura Hickey will be keynote speakers at an event focusing on Women in Leadership next month in Portstewart.

Jayne Taggart Chief Executive Causeway Enterprise Agency, has organised the event in association with ‘Women in Business’, which media presenter Sarah Travers will be hosting. The discussion will be aimed at providing an insight into the women leading our community through politics along with a panel of other female elected members from Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.

Jayne said, “a series of events have been scheduled focusing at Women in Business in our Borough. The Women in Leadership event is the first of the season, which will be held in Flowerfield Arts Centre Portstewart on 9th September from 9.30am until 11.30am.

Having two of our most influential political women coming from our Borough and at this event is a significant opportunity for everyone to come along. I believe it will support us to understand how politics is part of our everyday lives and how it’s important that we embrace it to improve and influence our local communities, specifically our business community.

“For our female entrepreneurs, this will be a valued opportunity for you to put forward what the issues are for you in business and how our politicians can support you.”


For more information and to book your place visit our EVENT PAGE


Women in Leadership


A new inspirational and innovative space has been created in Bushmills to support the design and commercial exchange of contemporary crafts and artisan giftware. The Designerie, situated on the main street, is open six days per week and some evenings for craft workshops.

The location which also hosts additional space for group bookings, has been established in Bushmills by the Causeway Enterprise Agency Coleraine, which is a non-profit organisation redirecting funds supporting enterprise in the Borough. Funding to develop the project was secured from the Community Coastal fund as well as the former Moyle District Council at the time of development.

The Designerie is a place where people can create, shop and connect as the location provides space to sell exclusive and hand-crafted home & giftware, available for purchase in store and very soon, via an online shop.

As you enter the Designerie, a treasure trove of gifts wait to be explored, the overall atmosphere of the location is warm and inviting with so much to offer. To the rear of the shop is designated studio space where many of the planned workshops will be held as a sanctuary for learning and enjoyment. Future plans have identified a potential 6,000 square feet on the first floor of collective artistic space, where artists and crafters will also be able to work as individuals or collaborate on joint projects.

Jayne Taggart, Chief Executive of the Causeway Enterprise Agency stated, “The Designerie is definitely unique in design and experience. We are trying very hard to make this a unique retail offering, something different to what is being offered in the locality.

“We have attracted over seventy artists from all over the country, to provide their products ranging from handmade jewellery, furniture, glassware, ornaments from hand carved wood, and the list goes on, but we definitely have room for more. Some of our artists have already provided items for presidents and royalty, but we believe that everyone is special when they purchase a gift from The Designerie!

“An example of how diverse our artists are, range from local artist Trevor McLean, who develops bespoke furniture and artwork from locally sourced driftwood; Eleanor Jane McCartney makes interior fused glass with colours of the north coast into spectacular broaches, amazing necklaces and desirable rings as well as picture designs for the home; Helen Perry of ‘Stombolitwo’ makes specialised ladies scarves, handbags and gentlemen’s ties from kimono silk, all in glorious colours and soft to the touch; Lisa Lawlor of ‘Once upon a Dandelion’ creates reclaimed wood art, gifts and handcrafted furniture; the extraordinary Rachel Julca of Rachel Julca Designs produces beautiful original handmade items for you and your home from ceramics pictures, buttons, magnets & broaches, textiles & papercraft; and Rosie Knight of ‘Angels Unaware’ is a ceramist producing a range of personalised and creative giftware which captures the surroundings, influenced by the countryside and coast.

“The location is as unique as the artists. It attracts our local residents to source that ‘something special’ for every occasion, the tourist to purchase ‘something quite spectacular’ as a gift from the Causeway Coast, and for those of us who just like spoiling ourselves, there is something for us too!

“The whole concept of the Designerie is quite distinctive. The Causeway Enterprise Agency has gone through some radical changes to our funding and support. We as a board, knew we needed to make some changes if we were to continue supporting our local entrepreneurs and local businesses, particularly as we now have to find some quite significant funds each year which was previously sourced in grants.

“As well as organising exhibitions in-house, The Designerie also supports and promotes its artists, creating a programme to facilitate showcases of local artists. Outreach is at the core of The Designerie ethos, and we often work in tandem with local community groups and schools to create projects that will engage people in the arts.

“We have even branched out from the regular workshops and courses, to attracting children’s events and hen parties to give the public something different, as not everyone wants to go to the expense of doing what everybody else does!

“So far, we have sixteen workshops scheduled over the summer months with more being added each week to attract visitors of all levels and interests. Details for each workshop are featured on the website giving an overview of the activity and price, date, and time as well as information on the artists holding the workshop. Booking can be made online or through the shop.

“Our goal is to support individuals in our community through connected creativity. We are passionate about supporting local arts and crafts, and so we are now providing an opportunity for local artisans and crafters with a route to market and an opportunity to showcase their products.”

We'd love to hear from artists wanting to sell at the Designerie or wishing to hire the studio to facilitate deliver of their workshops, please get in touch. For more information about The Designerie, call in to our shop on 88 Main Street, Bushmills Monday to Saturday, or give us a ring on 028 2073 2606.


Designers at The Designerie – ‘The Artists Behind the Designs’



Wayne Denner, mentor in social media, recently led a masterclass in developing digital networks, with Leanne Ross of a ‘cupoflee’. Leanne is a digital blogger and well known for her bestselling book ‘Talk is Cheap – the digital PR your start up needs, but can’t afford’. The sessions were held in the Causeway Enterprise Agency in Coleraine, stemming from the successful Lead2Grow programme.

‘Content is King, and Content is Queen’ was the first in a series of masterclasses, to be held by Wayne. He went through the stages of engaging the delegates in understanding the importance to designing and creating effective content, to how to access digital PR opportunities, locally and internationally.



While Leanne took the delegates through each stage of blogging, she focused on how to write a blog and how to increase enquiries and sales through a blog. It was a new aspect of social media for many of those attending.



Jayne Taggart, Chief executive Causeway Enterprise Agency stated, “Feedback from these two sessions have been extremely positive. Many of the delegates have recently attended our Lead2Grow programme and are micro-businesses in the borough.

“The series of digital masterclasses planned for the coming months, are aimed at supporting businesses to source and benefit from online PR opportunities.

“Our masterclasses are led by some of the best mentors in the country. This was another example of an interesting and extremely beneficial workshop from the Causeway Enterprise Agency. We look forward to the next one.”

For information on this event and other opportunities being managed or held at the Causeway Enterprise Agency, contact 028 7035 6318



Content is King Masterclass



As part of the Causeway Enterprise Agency’s Lead2Grow programme, Lara Morgan returned to the north coast to deliver two sell out sales masterclasses in the Royal Court Hotel. A popular keynote speaker at the Lead2Grow conference in February, Lara was asked back to cover a subject she feels passionate about – sales, and how companies can do it better! A day packed full of tips and strategies on how to get ahead of the competition, Lara covered everything from qualifying prospects to how to close a sale. Day one covered the fundamentals of selling, with the second day focusing on sales to accelerate growth.

Jayne Taggart, Chief Executive of Causeway Enterprise Agency, supported by the First Minister when the Lead2Grow Programme was launched in February said, “Lara has a reputation of delivering exceptional workshops and she definitely delivered in Portrush. With over a hundred delegates attending across the two days, they were all buzzing and ready to put their new ideas into action when Lara had finished. It is important that new entrepreneurs as well as those who have been in business for a number of years, have an opportunity to be motivated, and learn how to motivate others. This is how we continue to drive our economy and attract new staff and customers."

Lara Morgan, is a unique female entrepreneur in business, as she is most widely known for building her own global leading brand before selling a share of the company for £20 million! At 21 she was managing a sales team and at 23 started her own business supplying toiletries to the hotel industry. She said, “The two days focused on the different levels of delegates attending as some are new to the industry. We discussed how to close a sale and why most people fall at the first hurdle! It’s very simple but many fail at it over and over again. Creating a strategic foundation to accelerate growth is another very important part of development. I took the delegates through each stage of making a sale and how to ensure they secured a repeat! The relationship with a client is equally important, as it goes a long way to building your future sales figures.”

Two of the delegates attending were asked how they both enjoyed the masterclass and how they believe it will help them in the future.

I'm so glad I made the effort to take time to attend Lara Morgan's Sales Masterclass”, said Danielle Tagg, “At first, I didn't think it will be relevant to my business, but Lara was brilliant at engaging with all participants and encouraged us all to think differently than our competitors regardless what sector we are in. Her class on sales was of great benefit to me as I came back to my office full of ideas and tips that I will implement to my work.”

Laurie Davies of Lacada Brewry was the second to comment, stating, “3 words, ‘mind altering mentoring’! My colleague and myself left the class with an invigorated and revised outlook as to how we do sales and do business. Lara is one of those rare teachers who challenges and encourages you both by her example but crucially by honing and improving what you already have and this is done in a robust but humorous and life affirming way. We put what we had learnt from the class into practice first thing the next day. You will find yourself wanting to make a sales call by lunchtime of the class.”

Lead2Grow is part funded by the Causeway Enterprise Agency and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

Causeway Enterprise Agency Delivers Sales Masterclasses for Local Businesses



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. 


A Feast of Heritage


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


Causeway Enterprise Agency provides subsidised training support for businesses of the borough.




As part of the Causeway Enterprise Agency's support to Women in Business, a networking and inspirational evening was recently held at the Flowerfield Arts Centre Portstewart as local female entrepreneurs welcomed Joyce Ferder Rankin as the speaker for the evening.


View more pictures from this event here

Joyce, seen here with Jayne Taggart, Chief Executive Causeway Enterprise Agency, was at one time, the only female camera person at the infamous American news channel CBS. In her talk entitled 'Don't Take No for an Answer', Joyce shared her experiences throughout her career whereby she was always told how she couldn't do something she was committed to achieving. Joyce spoke candidly about how she overcame other people's prejudices and how she opened doors when others closed them.


Joyce also shared information about her experiences in the first gulf war when women were not supported in going into war zones. Her work has taken her into some of the most dangerous environments, including earthquake-ravaged cities, she not only worked in these volatile areas but was the lead camera/picture editor in a predominantly male profession.


More recently Joyce focuses on her photographic career, as she has travelled the world including Antarctica, becoming a passionate advocate on protecting our environment.


Jayne Taggart, Chief Executive Causeway Enterprise Agency welcomed Joyce and those who attended from the Borough. Jayne stated, 'We are all about supporting our local entrepreneurs and supporting them to look at new ways of developing their ideas.


"'Women in Business' is particularly focused on growing, developing and achieving your ambitions. Joyce is an inspirational speaker, originally from America, but now lives in Portballintrae and continues to travel the world taking truly inspirational photographs of places we couldn't even dream of experiencing.


"I wish to thank those who attended and invite other female business leaders in the borough to come along to our Women in Business events, details will be on the Causeway Enterprise Agency's website."


In Business - Don't Take No for an Answer!



We were delighted to welcome First Minister Arlene Foster MLA to The Causeway Coast Vinetyard Conference Centre as she gave the opening addess at the Lead2Grow Conference.


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First Minister opens Lead2Grow Conference


After a sweet year of success, the stars of the local enterprise sector were celebrated at the annual Enterprise Northern Ireland awards, held at the Hilton Hotel in Belfast on Thursday 26th November. Hosted by broadcaster Claire McCollum, the glittering evening showcased the work done by the Northern Ireland small business community and the efforts of the local enterprise agency network in supporting business development.

The event was opened with an address from Patsy McGlone MLA and the audience also enjoyed an engaging and inspiring presentation from Tom Griffiths, founder of, who is widely regarded as the creator of the modern gap year industry.

There were many worthy winners at the ceremony but the Exploring Enterprise Programme Personal Development Award was of particular local interest. Danielle Tagg, Director/Manager of Articlave Day Care Nursery was singled out as the winner, having impressed the judges with her engagement in the programme and her achievement of the various milestones and outcomes along the way. They also felt that she displayed exceptional commitment and dedication in overcoming adversity. Her journey from having no recognised qualifications or experience in her chosen sector to a business owner and employer is an encouragement to everyone. Thanks to Exploring Enterprise and her own hard work Danielle has now opened a Daycare Nursery in Articlave which employs 5 full time and 3 part time staff.

The Exploring Enterprise Programme develops employment opportunities for the long term unemployed, providing one to one advice and training, leading to an award in Understanding Business Enterprise. In the past twelve months over 500 participants have completed the programme.

Jayne Taggart, CEO of Causeway Enterprise Agency said:”Exploring Enterprise is a key programme of support and we in Causeway are delighted that it has helped Danielle to start up and grow such a promising business.”

Chief Executive of Enterprise Northern Ireland, Gordon Gough, said: “Enterprise Northern Ireland is the voice of local entrepreneurship and we’re very pleased to celebrate great examples of local ingenuity and talent. Helping to develop strong companies that create employment and export across the world is an important part of what we do.

“These awards are an excellent chance to recognise the hard work and dedication of businesses and members of the Enterprise Northern Ireland network. Whether it is through offering business support or highlighting access to finance initiatives, our network of enterprise agencies is playing an important role in stimulating Northern Ireland’s economy.”

Keith Liggett from Legacy Wealth, the headline sponsor of the Awards said: “We were proud to support the awards again this year to show our commitment in helping to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurial tenacity and determination is alive and well and the 2015 Northern Ireland Enterprise Awards certainly showcased Northern Ireland’s brightest business talent.”

Continued Success for Danielle!