The World of Enterprise Programme, delivered by Ballymena Business Centre and supported by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, aims to stimulate entrepreneurship through short interactive seminars. The programme that will be rolled out in post primary schools and throughout voluntary and community clusters will provide a learning tool about enterprise and will provide individuals with sources of support helping individuals to make informed career choices.
The seminars are designed to help participants explore the option of starting a business, supporting them to think about a business idea and provide an opportunity to learn from local people who have started a successful business.
Councillor Stephen Nicholl, said: “Through Amplify, the integrated economic strategy for Mid and East Antrim, the council aims to create a culture of enterprise in the business and education system. I am delighted that the ‘World of Enterprise’ programme will reach out to those in the community who may not have considered self-employment whilst providing a platform of support”.
Melanie Christie Boyle, Chief Executive of Ballymena Business Centre said: “Starting a business has become more desirable because of the opportunities it provides for the individual.
“No longer can we depend upon a job for life, yet by starting your own business you can take charge of your own work patterns, creating your own income, achieve a better work life balance and oversee your own career.”
The interactive tailored workshops will include video presentation, training materials, role model case studies and online material. Opportunities for best practice visits are also available for participants.
Jennifer Davison of Jen Sketches promotes the opportunities of starting a business.
She said: “When you own your own business you get to shape and live out your dreams, there’s a sense of pride when you build something successful, but most importantly, for me it’s about the fulfilment of doing something you love and are passionate about every single day.”
For more information on business support available in Mid and East Antrim, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictured are: Jennifer Davison of Jen Sketches, Cllr Stephen Nicholl of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Melanie Christie Boyle, Chief Executive, Ballymena Business Centre and Gail Kelly, Economic Development Officer, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.