About Us

Carrickfergus Enterprise has been providing support to the local business community, as well as budding entrepreneurs for nearly 35 years. As a result it has built up an excellent knowledge of the types of businesses operating in the Carrickfergus area and has a comprehensive understanding of their needs.

Carrickfergus Enterprise has developed a reputation for punching above its weight and providing innovative and practical solutions for the development of the small business sector. This has included the Business Improvement Programme (funded by Mid & East Antrim Borough Council) as well as the Coastal Tourism Hub (funded by the Coastal Communities Fund).

This success has been achieved through the alignment of an experienced core team of staff with expertise in the development, implementation and administration of business support programmes and working with a pool of experienced mentors.

 

Meet the Team

Kelli Bagchus

E-mail: kelli@ceal.co.uk

Kelli has over 20 years’ experience in the Enterprise sector and has been instrumental in the development of innovative and flexible business support programmes such as the Business Improvement Programme and Coastal Tourism Hub. She is responsible for the day-to-day management of Carrickfergus Enterprise.

Alan Hamilton

E-mail: alan@ceal.co.uk

Alan has been with Carrickfergus Enterprise since 2012 and is the key contact for property enquiries and start up programmes such as Exploring Enterprise and Go For It. He has experience of assisting a broad range of clients both at start up and growth stage.

Portia Woods

E-mail: portia@ceal.co.uk

Portia Woods joined Carrickfergus Enterprise as Business Development Executive with a range of sector skills in Field Sales, Marketing & Promotion, Sales Information Management and Operations Control where she previously worked in the SME sector, with brands such as Spar, Dale Farm, Stella Artois and Autotrader for over 20 years.

As a Self-Employed Business Adviser for 5 years, her skills are mentoring in sales, marketing, digital marketing, business development, strategy planning, Meet The Buyer preparation, workshop delivery and business plans where she has worked with over 40 start up and early growth companies.

In the last 2 years Portia has extended her experience in the Hospitality sector with corporate, wedding and tourism product sales. In 2019 Portia was awarded Food Entrepreneur of the Year at the Northern Ireland's Women's Awards, recognised as active owner and product designer for a food tourism product which sells B2B (international tour operators & destination management companies) and direct to consumer (domestic and corporate market).

Experienced in workshop delivery in topics such as brand marketing and social media (especially for beginners) she also has lived the gruelling scenario of sales pitch preparation, delivering a 2minute pitch in the Yes You Can Competition reaching the final 6 out of over 250 applications in Northern Ireland.

 

Expert Mentors

Carrickfergus Enterprise has been developing, its pool of specialists for over 12 years and, as such, can match clients with someone who can really make a difference to their business.

Mentors can provide assistance in areas such as:

  • Business Planning
  • Strategy Development
  • Financial Management
  • Taxation
  • Marketing
  • Health & Safety
  • Website Development
  • Social Media