Mid & East Antrim
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council are providing up to date information on all aspects of help via their council or via Government through detailed fact sheets. They are working with Ballymena Business Centre, Carrickfergus Enterprise and LEDCOM, Larne to provide advice services to their stakeholders.
For Covid Business support:
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council are providing up to date information on all aspects of support with regular announcements made via their website and corporate social media channels.
Visit Website: https://www.midandeastantrim.gov.uk
The council has created a COVID-19 checklist and guidance for businesses along with social distancing posters to download. The council continues to offer a variety of webinars, which can be found online here with local businesses encouraged to check out topics including risk assessment, finance and tourism promotion.
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council also runs a focused, four-stage ‘COVID Confidence’ initiative designed to support local, economic recovery whilst at the same time respecting the public health controls needed to minimise community viral transmission and maintain public health. Further information can be found here.
You are now able to source a number of supplies of PPE and social distancing products from the BuySupplyNI portal. Mid & East Antrim Borough Council, with the support of Invest NI, adapted the existing site which services the manufacturing industry, to provide a means to match buyers with local suppliers throughout Northern Ireland to access the products needed to return to work safely.
The site now features a dedicated COVID-19 Supplies section for suppliers and buyers across all industry sectors to register for free and upload the products they can supply or detail the products they require. This is a NI-wide initiative and with participation from Northern Ireland companies it can be developed to fill the current and growing need for PPE and other social distancing supplies during the pandemic. To register for the COVID-19 Supplies section click here.
If you have any queries, please contact the team at:
T: 028 2563 3345 or E: email@example.com
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council are committed to a programme of training to contribute to business improvement and growth and to develop industry skills and knowledge. Their latest marketing support programme, ‘Storify My Business’ aims to provide marketing collateral to avail of future marketing opportunities. (Currently phase 2 is underway with no further recruitment at present. If interested in future participation please email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Glenarm/Carnlough and Whitehead/Islandmagee have been selected to take part in a new pilot ‘Rural Tourism Collaborative Experiences Programme,’ funded by Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) and Mid and East Antrim Borough Council. For more information please contact Zoe Lindsay, Tourism Engagement Officer.
The Tourism Team is currently working remotely but is still here to provide support during these difficult times by co-ordinating online training opportunities and working with trade on a dedicated tourism marketing campaign. #RediscoverMEA #ShapedbySeaandStone. Sign up to their monthly tourism and hospitality industry news e-zine here.
The Council’s dedicated tourism website, Shaped by Sea and Stone, is fed from discovernorthernireland.com.
Tourism Team: email@example.com or
Contact Zoe Lindsay, Tourism Business Engagement Officer
T: 028 2826 2379 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Business Support Programmes available from Economic Development include one to one remote sessions and mentoring with a variety of business support programmes available,
Further information on the following business support programmes can be found here:
Offers business support to those businesses fully established but in need of growth.
Supporting established and new female entrepreneurs.
Offers business support to encourage business growth through digital technology.
Offers knowledge and skills to help businesses expand in the area of procurement and tender opportunities.
Mid and East Antrim Food & Drink Network
Offers support and growth opportunities for agri-food businesses.
MEA Employment Academies*
Opportunities exist on bespoke training programmes including Hospitality Start (for adults), in partnership with the NOW Group and Hospitality Take Over (for schoolchildren), in partnership with Springboard UK. For more details email email@example.com
*Certain eligibility apply for programme participation
For further support information please contact:
Economic Development Team: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dedicated helplines: T: 028 2563 3562 or T: 028 2563 5036
For all Environmental Health related queries please
T: 028 2563 3394 (Ballymena area) or 028 2826 2498 (Carrickfergus / Larne area).
The Council works closely with Ballymena Business Centre, Carrickfergus Enterprise and LEDCOM, Larne to provide advice services to their local stakeholders.
Business Start-up Info and Support
Go For It - NI Business Start Up
The Go For It Programme provides step by step advice, mentoring and guidance to anyone who is thinking of starting a business, helping clients to produce a bespoke business plan. The programme is delivered free of charge by your Local Council and is part-funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund.
Exploring Enterprise Programme
Offers mentoring and training for those interested in starting their own business or seeking employment opportunities. For more information click here.
SPROUT will provide a team of people to help you find, refine and launch a brilliant business idea within this sector.
Women in Business – Yes You Can
Yes You Can is an enterprise programme for early stage female entrepreneurs, funded by Local Councils, Invest NI and Women in Business, it comprises several strands of support including:
A series of 8 female-focused business support webinars providing women with practical takeaway information and 'How To' tips on a range of topics including sales, pitching, resourcing, time management.
For women with an idea they would like to develop or those in the early stages of running a business; provided over 4 months via online training workshops, Buddy support from an experienced entrepreneur and virtual networking meet-ups.
Yes You Can £20k Pitching Competition