Seed Fund Start-Up Grant

Seed Fund Start-Up Grant

Ballymena Business Centre and The Gallaher Trust are delighted the £500 Seed Fund Start-Up Grant is supporting local entrepreneurs on their start-up journey. 

Pictured are Entrepreneurs with volunteer interview panel: Jenine McIlroy, Business Adviser; Fiona McCoy, First Trust; Rhonda Lynn, Mid & East Antrim Council; Greg McKinley, The Gallaher Trust The interview panel would like to wish all the entrepreneurs every success.

David Robinson is preparing to launch Pet Diary Ltd.   Pet Diary will provide a pet food, toys, accessories, vet prescription collection and delivery service direct to the customers door.  The £500 Seed fund has been used to support the renovation and branding for David’s van and Pet Diary Ltd uniform.

 Bernadette Anderson Chiles recently returned home from London after a twenty-five-year teaching career in Art & Design.  Holding a degree in swimming and lingerie, Bernadette’s long-term ambition has been to launch her own range of bodywear.  Anderson/Chiles showcased initial bodywear range during Belfast Fashion Week.  Bernadette aims to use the £500 Seed fund for marketing and promotion of her exclusive bodywear.

 Following redundancy in a cleaning firm where Chris McLarnon was a manager, Chris decided to start a business where he could utilize his experience and skills.  CLS Cleaning and Lawn Services provide interior and exterior house cleaning and lawn maintenance.  Chris is using the £500 Seed fund to acquire essential stock and raw materials to start his business.


David Robinson



Bernadette Anderson



Chris McClarnon