TEN new businesses were launched last week as part of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s (ABC Council) 2018 Enterprise Week.
The new business ventures cover a range of sectors from leisure to retail, sports to hospitality, engineering and also a microbrewery. They are spread across the Borough from Loughgall to Lurgan and provide goods and services that travel beyond the Council area.
Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Councillor Julie Flaherty, commented, “I am delighted to help launch these companies today - there is no better way to finish Enterprise Week 2018 than to celebrate new business ventures. Each company will help to create jobs in the Borough, not just now but into the future as they grow and develop their markets and customer base.
“The support provided by the Council has helped them to start with all the businesses coming through from Local Enterprise Agencies based in the area that offer start up advice and consultancy including the Start a Business Programme.
“Meeting the ten entrepreneurs today, I have been inspired by their passion and commitment to delivering their business dreams and I wish them every success for the future.
“I only wish that when I had set my own business up as a podiatrist, there was an Enterprise Week to offer guidance and signpost supporting organisations. Starting out can be daunting but the rewards are worth it in the end.
“We have seen a great response to all our events during Enterprise Week and worked with a range of organisations demonstrating ABC Council’s commitment to nurturing and developing the local economy in partnership with others. We know these events help to showcase the great support network there is to do business in the Borough. ”
Country Gent, is a menswear retail store run by Deborah Toner and is based in Tassagh, Co. Armagh. Charlene McKinstry runs Grace Hill Flower Farm offering a postal floral service based in Loughgall.
Luke Bush of PremierGK specialises in goalkeeping gloves, clothing and equipment and is based in Portadown. Dromore based Rob Masters’ passion for sports lead him to set up Ruckus Rugby Ltd to introduce kids to rugby via after schools clubs and camps.
Marita McDade established Natural Touch reflexology offering a range of treatments within the Lurgan area. Made by Marc Candle Co is run by Marc O’Neill who creates homemade soy candles hand poured in Banbridge.
Ryan McCracken produces and sells ales under the brand name McCrackens Real Ale and is based in Portadown. Perfect Desserts, run by John Mulholland and based in Lurgan, sells homemade desserts for the public and catering industry.
Paul Clarke established Craic Foods Ltd supplying a range of freeze dried ingredients that operates out of Bluestone Business Park. Also a resident is Weld & Go run by James Vallely, providing robotically welded fabrications.
ABC Council’s Enterprise Week was sponsored by Bank of Ireland and run in partnership with local enterprise agencies CIDO Ltd, Banbridge District Enterprise Ltd, Mayfair Business Centre, Armagh Business Centre and Brownlow Ltd.
For details on support offered in the ABC Council area and to watch a video of Enterprise Week highlights, visit https://armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk/business/enterprise-week-2018
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