A spokesperson for Ballymena Business Centre wished all the new businesses every success for the future.
Helen Wilson, County Slate Gifts transformed her creative flair and hobby into a business in July 2019. Helen manufactures natural slate products which are suitable for both the home and gardens. Helen used the £500 Seed Fund to buy additional equipment to give her further competitive edge in the industry.
Adam and Helen Campbell have a number of years’ experience between them in photography, videography, graphic and website design. With complimentary skills as husband and wife it was the perfect opportunity to launch a new business. The Seed Fund money was used to buy a drone to further support their business. The business, named ‘Brave & Abel’ are continuing to enjoy success and grow their business.
Lesley McCaughan has over sixteen years in the hospitality sector. Lesley’s business inspiration came from a day trip to Donegall, where she spotted a converted horse box being used as a café. Lesley decided this would be amazing and soon began searching for a horsebox and perfect location. Lesley’s husband Mark completely transformed an empty horsebox into the perfect mobile café. Lesley is now up and running at Cullybackey Park and Ride working with Translink. Lesley used the seed fund to pay for first year’s insurance for the business.
After working as a carer for twenty-two years Margaret Stewart decided it was time for a change. Margaret loved baking and noticed there was a gap in the market for a bakery in Ahoghill. Now the bakery is up and running Margaret supplies the locals with fresh homemade bakes, hot food such as pies and sausage rolls and other made to order meals. Margaret used the £500 seed fund for much needed supplies to get up and running.
Emma Wallace is a qualified Primary School and Music teacher who opted out of full-time teaching to raise and flexibly work around her family. Emma’s new business Do-Re-Mi is a sensory music class for toddlers aged 2 to 3 which aims to give young children concrete experiences in listening, playing and creating music using colourful resources which provides a solid foundation for pre-school. Emma used the £500 Seed Fund to pre-book and rent workshop space for her first year in business.
Lorna Shannon is also an ex-teacher who was made redundant a few years ago. Although Lorna continues to do some teaching supply work she is thoroughly enjoying running her own business Crann + Caora. Lorna works with wood and textiles, producing a distinctive range of products for the home. Lorna used her Seed Fund money to buy wood burning tools for workshops she hopes to introduce and publicity material to promote her business.