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.

 Rachel McKee studied yoga and other complementary therapies to work through her own health journey. Rachel has now launched her own classes to support others.  She aims to use the £500 Seed fund towards essential equipment and marketing materials.

 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



Rachel McKee