Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is supporting 36 local entrepreneurs in their first year of business trading.
Kickstart is an innovative programme designed to provide practical guidance and advice to individuals about to launch their business, and individuals who are at the early stages of business trading.
Participants will benefit from a business baseline audit, one-to-one specialist mentoring, interactive workshops focusing on marketing, money and management, and an opportunity to network with likeminded entrepreneurs.
Delivery partner Kelli Bagchus from Carrickfergus Enterprise said, “Support at the early stage of a start-up business is critical to ensure its long term survival. Carrickfergus Enterprise in conjunction with Ballymena Business Centre and LEDCOM are delighted to have secured the Kickstart Programme. This initiative will equip local businesses with the ‘know how’ and the ‘know who’ to ensure they have all the specialist skills and knowledge to grow and develop their business.”
Kickstart is part of a suite of business programmes being delivered through Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s support programme ‘Amplify’.
Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Cllr Paul Reid said, “We are delighted to announce details of this new business initiative. Kickstart aims to further inspire and support budding entrepreneurs and innovators, providing them with the skills and knowledge to help make their visions reality. Growing our economy is Council’s top priority in Mid and East Antrim, as set out in our Corporate Plan. Kickstart champions our new businesses and aims to draw on their experience and expertise to help educate and lay out pathways for our next generation of entrepreneurs. We are blessed with an abundance of talent throughout our Borough and Kickstart will be crucial to harnessing those skills and potential, providing practical advice and guidance for start-ups and established businesses.”
Kickstart is supported by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council and will be delivered free of charge by Ballymena Business Centre, Carrickfergus Enterprise and LEDCOM.
For more information contact your local Kickstart Coordinator:
- Ballymena Kickstart Coordinator
Stephen Scullion, Ballymena Business Centre, 62 Fenaghy Road, Ballymena, BT42 1FL
firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone 028 2565 8616
- Carrickfergus Kickstart Coordinator
Kelli Bagchus, Carrickfergus Enterprise, 8 Meadowbank Road, Carrickfergus, BT38 8YF
email@example.com Telephone 028 9336 9528
- Larne Kickstart Coordinator
David Gillespie, LEDCOM, Willowbank Business Park, Millbrook, Larne, BT40 2SF
firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone 028 2826 9973