Antrim and Newtownabbey: a hotspot for female entrepreneurs

Antrim and Newtownabbey: a hotspot for female entrepreneurs

Six female entrepreneurs took to the stage recently to pitch their business ideas in front of a packed Antrim Old Courthouse and three dragons for a prize pot of £10,000 cash and business support with Crumlin based Cailin Hardy of It’s Cailin Actually being crowned winner.

Six female entrepreneurs took to the stage recently to pitch their business ideas in front of a packed Antrim Old Courthouse and three dragons for a prize pot of £10,000 cash and business support with Crumlin based Cailin Hardy of It’s Cailin Actually being crowned winner.

It’s Cailin Actually provides life coaching and emotional healing work specifically for women with body image and/or weight issues; offered one to one and group coaching in person or virtually. 

 “I am absolutely delighted and thrilled to have won this competition and the financial and business support is pivotal at this early stage of my business development.  My coaching service offers a holistic, real life adaptable and sustainable way to help clients deal with their body and/or weight issues.  I coach my clients to move from self loathing to self love. I also share my clean, simple and practical way of eating and living to help clients break their battle with food.  Often healthy eating cook books and programmes can intimidate people as they feel they don’t have the cooking skills, the time and or the budget to manage it, or sustain it. I am passionate about offering my clients an alternative that suits their life, their body and their budget.   This supportive environment and coaching tools will help clients deal with the real issues with their bodies/self-image while teaching them how to tune into their nutritional needs and live cleaner” explains Cailin.

Already Cailin has delivered her service in Wisconsin and is currently looking at how technology can play a part in rolling out her service wider and adapting the tools to work with children and young people. 

Winning second place was Angela Wilson from Glengormley of Silver Apples Belfast who is providing a range of quirky vintage children’s clothing with a modern twist using traditional methods and unique printed fabric.

Third placed was Fiona Martyn from Toome with Mamabare  a smart, hands-free monitoring device providing parents with instant peace of mind that their baby is doing well.

The event was supported by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council and Bank of Ireland and is part of Antrim Enterprise Agency’s objectives of increasing the level of entrepreneurship within the borough. 

Freda Waite, Chair of Antrim Enterprise Agency explains: “Our Board are consciously aware that whilst the rate of entrepreneurship in Northern Ireland is low in general; Antrim and Newtownabbey is sadly ranked 10th of the 11 Councils.  As such we at the enterprise centre are determined to continue the challenge of encouraging more entrepreneurs within the borough and hence we are committed to our borough wide business idea competition and pleased that Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council supported our initiative. We have been delighted once again with the response to this, our second year.  It is also testimony to the narrowing entrepreneurial gender gap that six females were in the final.

 

We are also delighted that the Bank of Ireland’s philosophy; as a traditional, relationship-driven bank mirrors that of Antrim Enterprise Agency and made an excellent sponsorship partner for the competition. Like ourselves they are at the forefront of supporting entrepreneurs into business and are at the heart of the local community and we look forward to a continued relationship with them.”

The other finalists were Lucinda Toal from Glengormley with Forest of Ancestry; a natural ancestry burial for cremated remains; Danielle Black from Greenisland of Tipple Infusions; botanical and fruit infusions for gin and vodka and Nuala Muldoon from Glengormley with Leg-It Events; unique sporting events in Northern Ireland for competitive athletes, fun runners and everyone in between.