10 Apr '17

A wide range of local businesses attended the Annual Celebration of Enterprise event hosted by Carrickfergus Enterprise.Attendees included local craft and service businesses, many of whom had been supported through the Business Improvement Programme funded by Mid & East Antrim Borough Council. The event marked the end of the 2016/2017 Programme.

Participants over the last 12 months have benefited from a range of business support including one to one mentoring in areas such as marketing and social media. Many also benefited from ICT support, including the creation of a new web site.The programme also facilitated 6 Seminars in many areas including Trip Advisor and Video Production.

Kelli Bagchus, Manager at Carrickfergus Enterprise, reported at the event that initially provided as a pilot in 2004, the Business Improvement Programme has provided mentoring to 350 businesses, provided ICT support to 141 businesses and 473 individuals attended seminars.

“After 14 years of delivery, the programme is very much embedded in the local business community. It has provided vital support at a critical stage in a business’s life cycle.The success of the programme has been built on the provision of practical, flexible support and listening to what local businesses want and need. Expert mentors provided businesses with the confidence and support to survive and grow.

The Celebration event celebrated that growth and recognised local business success. Attendees had the opportunity to network and make new contacts. There was also a display of some of the attendees’ products and services”