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01-Dec-2015

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 gapyear.com, 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!

23-Sep-2015

Pictured L-R: George Robinson MLA, Dr Karise Hutchinson (Director CEA), Gregory Campbell MP, Adrian McQuillan MLA, Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Jonathan Bell, Cllr Trevor Clarke, CEA Chief Executive Jayne Taggar, Dr Mark McKinney (Director CEA) and Norman Lynas (Director CEA)  

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister, Jonathan Bell, has praised local businesses for the positive contribution they are making to the economy.

Speaking during a visit to Coleraine and Portstewart, Jonathan Bell said he had been impressed by the wealth of skills and talent within the local area.

Mr Bell visited Causeway Enterprise Agency, Lynas Food Services, Zing Design and Print and Instagiv in Portstewart.

Paying tribute to Chief Executive Jayne Taggart and her team, Jonathan Bell said: “Over the last 10 years at Causeway Enterprise Agency, Jayne and her staff have supported 1,084 new business start-ups, generating an economic contribution to the Causeway area of £65.04 million and 1,734 jobs.

“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate them for their contribution to the successful delivery of Invest Northern Ireland’s Regional Start Initiative across the North West Region.”

He also met with a number of councillors, MLAs Adrian McQuillan and George Robinson and East Londonderry MP Gregory Campbell.

“It has been a real pleasure to meet with business people from Coleraine and Portstewart today and I would like to thank the MP, Gregory Campbell, and MLA Adrian McQuillan for inviting me to the area.

“From print and design, to food services and mobile technology - today I saw a wide range of the innovation and skill that gives local businesses a vibrancy that will continue to pay dividends for the economy.

“By investing in new product development and external markets, local businesses have shown they can maintain a strong foothold in terms of ongoing sustainability and growth.”

Source: Coleraine Times

 

Minister Jonathan Bell Hails Local Businesses

23-Jan-2015

Dara’s baking hobby is now making him dough thanks to support from Causeway Enterprise Agency and Network Personnel. Pictured from right to left are Anna Logan of Causeway Enterprise Agency, Dara OhArtghaile of Ursa Minor Bakery and Geraldine Anslow of Network Personnel

Starting a business can be a challenge and never more so than when the person wanting to start up has limited resources. Access to funding for start-ups can be challenging and particularly if the individual is unemployed. Causeway Enterprise Agency in partnership with Network Personnel is committed to helping the unemployed and removing the barriers they may be experiencing when trying to start up a business. As a result of this support new businesses are starting up in Ballycastle, creating new jobs in the town and resulting in a positive result for the local community.

Through Invest NI’s Regional Start Initiative “Go For It” offered at Causeway Enterprise Agency in Ballycastle, entrepreneurs receive free business training and mentoring to explore their business ideas and develop a business plan. Where further specialist training or specific qualifications are required Network Personnel provide this through their “Source” Programme. As a further incentive to unemployed individuals a NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training) Grant from Invest NI is provided when the business is set up.

Business is mounting up for Joni and Ian

Business is mounting up for Joni  McCord (centre left)  and Ian White (far right) having received support from Anna Logan of Causeway Enterprise Agency (L) and Geraldine Anslow of Network Personnel (centre right)  

Business partners Joni McCord and Ian White set up “In the Mount” framing business in autumn 2014 after completing “Go For It” at Causeway Enterprise Agency and receiving training through “Source” with Network Personnel. Ian attended training in framing and Joni completed a Creative Crafts Level 2 qualification equipping them with the specialist skills required to operate and manage their business. Joni and Ian commented “The support from both Causeway Enterprise Agency and Network Personnel has been so invaluable, we could not have got to where we are today without Anna and Geraldine.”

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Dara’s passion for baking is now making him dough.

Dara OhArtghaile of Ursa Minor Bakery pictured with the team at Lost & Found Coleraine who he supplied with his speciality breads

When Dara OhArtghaile contacted Causeway Enterprise Agency he had a wanted to start a business baking speciality bread, however being unemployed he was being held back because of a lack of funds to pay for a specialist bread making course. 

Dara sings the praises of both Go For It and Source and says that “I never could have done this without the support I got from Anna Logan at Causeway Enterprise Agency, that is how it all started, I contacted her to see if I could turn what was essentially a hobby into a business. Anna helped me develop my idea and write my business plan and then put me in touch with Geraldine Anslow at Network Personnel. Through their “Source” Programme I secured a funded place on a speciality Bread making course in Bath with French Bread Maker Richard Bertinet.  The course really broadened my experience and helped me understand how I could change things and develop my own new recipes without destroying the essence of the bread. The training and support I received is definitely the reason why I now have a successful business and I am really excited to develop the business further in 2015.

Upon completion of both courses Dara secured his NEET grant from Invest NI and used it to set up his business. Dara has not looked back and now spends his days making all sorts of dough. His breads are a firm favourite on the menu in cafes and restaurants all over the Causeway Coast including Thyme & Co Ballycastle, Lost & Found in Coleraine and Babushka in Portrush.

Find Ursa Minor Bakery on their website, or on Facebook and Twitter

Have a business idea?  Need a business plan?  Contact Anna Logan today by email here or call Anna on 02870 356318 ext 5

More details on the Source programme can be found on the Network Personnel website



Partnership approach removes barriers to Business Start-ups in Ballycastle

14-Jan-2015

Attending the Women in Business event held at the Bellisle Spa are from the left Eimear McDermott of Voya, Sharon Thorpe, Bellisle Spa Manager, guest Jan McCrudden of Cherished China Vintage Hire with Jayne Taggart of  Causeway Enterprise Agency


North Coast Women in Business members enjoyed a morning of Christmas networking in December, courtesy of Bellisle House & Spa in Coleraine, who sponsored and hosted the event

The group were treated to a tour by Bellisle Spa manager, Sharon Thorpe, as well as complementary mini treatments, including hand and arm massages. North Coast’s WIB NI Regional Ambassador, Jayne Taggart, also received a free facial during a demo from organic skincare brand, Voya.

With tasty mince pies and refreshments, plus a gift from Aromatherapy Associates for each member and free entry to a fabulous prize draw, it was another great festive event from WIB NI. Congratulations to the prize-winner, Janet Millar, who will now enjoy a free treatment at Bellisle House & Spa!

If you would like to attend events like this, sign up for our newsletter by clicking here, or to get more information on the Women in Business network visit  their website



Women leading the way

07-Oct-2014

With Northern Ireland having the worst rate of shop vacancies in the UK, local businesswoman Áine McGuckian of The Little Herbalista, is flying the flag for Northern Ireland in the national TestTown competition with the hope of rejuvenating Coleraine’s town centre.
 
It is all part of the Carnegie UK Trust TestTown programme, an enterprise competition to encourage young people aged 16-30 to create innovative new businesses to help bring energy back to flagging town centres.
 
The Little Herbalista will represent Northern Ireland in Cambridge from the 6th to 13th October and aspires to win the grand prize, a whopping £10,000 of start-up funding, a month trading in London on Oxford Street, and continued support from the Carnegie Trust and their partners.
 
Áine McGuckian of The Little Herbalista explains: “High streets are lagging in today’s economy. As shop owners, whilst we do face stiff competition, what some may see as a threat, I see as an opportunity. With premises lying dormant TestTown was the perfect chance for me to develop my dream of operating my own herbal remedies business and opening my own shop in my local town centre, Coleraine.
 
“Coming off the back of the recession, one fifth of shops in Northern Ireland are empty, which is significantly higher than the UK average. Considering Northern Ireland is a small business economy, with 98% of all businesses here classified as small, there is undoubtedly great opportunity for these premises to be occupied.
 
“Winning the Northern Ireland heat in June of this year, the competition gave me the opportunity to launch my own business ahead of the TestTown grand final in October. Finally, I have to say a huge thank you to RiverRidge Recycling, The Diamond Centre, Causeway Enterprise Agency, Limavady Roller Doors, Zing Design and Print, O'Connells’ Garage, Garvagh, Nevin Electrics, and Country Garden Herbs, Garvagh. Without the support from established local businesses, The Little Herbalista may have remained a distant dream!”
 
Jayne Taggart, Chief Executive of Causeway Enterprise Agency adds: “We are delighted to see The Little Herbalista do so well.  CEA was able to support Aine in starting up her business through Invest NI’s Regional Start Programme, helping her to develop a Business Plan and offering business advice and mentoring.  “Aine displays great drive and ambition for her new business venture and is a great  role model and source of inspiration for other young entrepreneurs ”.

The TestTown Grand Final takes place in Cambridge on the 6th to 13th October. The Little Herbalista can be found in The Diamond Centre, Bridge Street Coleraine; to find out more about their products and services call in to the Diamond Centre, contact (028) 7034 2711, or search for The Little Herbalista on Facebook.

Local Businesses support Entrepreneurial Spirit

09-Jun-2014

This spring over 100 students aged 9 - 12 years from 6 Coleraine schools swapped the classroom for the boardroom for a day when they took part in “Business Battleground” a unique business challenge developed by Causeway Enterprise Agency (CEA) and funded by the Department for Social Development (DSD) through the Coleraine Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership (CNRP) and sponsored by Morelli’s and Kelly’s.Portrush..

During the challenge students are tasked with designing and marketing a new ice cream desert for Morelli’s. This fun and stimulating activity provides students with the opportunity to develop entrepreneurial, creative and problem solving skills by understanding how a real life business works. In the exciting day-long workshop students learn about working roles and responsibilities as they grapple with production, marketing and time management.

To facilitate the challenge CEA once again took over the entire entertainment complex at Kellys, Portrush providing each school with a dedicated room in which to set up their business. The Morelli family sponsored the event supplying ice cream, sauces, decorations, inclusions and plates for each school to create a potentially award winning desert. In addition 5 members of the Morelli family from both Portrush and Portstewart acted as judges for the competition. The event reached its climax when Damian Morelli awarded 2 schools the challenge winners.  St Joseph’s Coleraine won the Post Primary category with St Johns Primary School Coleraine receiving the award for the Primary School category as well as the coveted prize for best overall product. To recognise the achievement of the pupils the best overall desert from St Johns is now on sale in Morelli’s Portstewart.

Speaking on behalf of Morellis, Damien Morelli commented:

“We were really thrilled to once again support Causeway Enterprise Agency with their Business Battleground Challenge, it’s great to be part of something so innovative, fun and inspiring and it’s fantastic that our local schools are offered these unique opportunities to experience business challenges first hand and that pupil’s get a chance to learn enterprise skills at an early age. As a family we were all involved in the business from a very young age, you didn’t really have a choice, you could say it’s in our blood and I suppose when you grow up in a family owned business you do naturally inherit business skills. Not every child gets that opportunity though which is why programmes like these are so important and that’s why we are really pleased to be able to support the CEA in inspiring the next generation of business owners in the Triangle.”

Jayne Taggart, Chief Executive of Causeway Enterprise Agency commented:

This challenge reflects our ongoing commitment to supporting and encouraging enterprise skills in Coleraine.  Working with a long established entrepreneurial family from an industry that children can immediately relate to makes the challenge all the more real for the teams, this coupled with the uniqueness of the venue makes the challenge exciting, memorable and highly engaging while teaching the pupils highly valuable enterprise skills to support their ongoing personal development.”

Entrepreneurial Pupils design new desert for Morelli’s Portstewart during Schools Business Battleground Challenge

31-Oct-2013

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