£500 Seed Fund Success

£500 Seed Fund Success

£500 Seed Fund success stories supported by Ballymena Busines Centre and The Gallaher Trust.

Ballymena Business Centre is delighted the £500 Seed Fund Start-Up Grant is continuing to support local entrepreneurs on their start-up journey.  They would like to take this opportunity to wish all the new businesses every success for the future.


Kasia Lamont has always been an advocate for natural products for the skin and a personal fan of the TianDe range.  Kasia’s passion soon infected her friends and family and it wasn’t long before they were converted to using the natural skincare range.  Very quickly Kasia’s newfound hobby made her a busy lady and she decided to take the steps to turn her passion into a business.  If you are interested in natural products, it is worth calling into Midtown Makers to see what’s on offer from Nature’s Secrets’ and/or following Kasia’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/KLamontMezynska/


Jill Coulter is a qualified Speech and Language Therapist for children up to twelve years old.  Jill has over ten years-experience in the NHS and knows there is high demand for this service, so has the steps to start her own private practice so that she can offer her services in the Ballymena Area.  Jill can be found on Facebook via the following link: https://www.facebook.com/speechandlanguageNI/


Tomasz Gomala has been a passionate baker for the last twenty years and his wife Marta has thirteen years’ experience in the catering industry.  It has been a dream come true for the couple to open their own business at The Old Mill Bakery, Ballymena.  Tomasz sells a range of traditional products previously offered by Leith Bakery and has added many of his own favourites including sweet treats, Rye bread and crusty rolls, sausage rolls, apple pie and crumble.  In a short space of time The Old Mill Bakery has become increasingly popular with the locals and hotels in the area.  Do have a look at their Facebook page where you can view some of their tasty delights      https://www.facebook.com/The-Old-Mill-Bakery-376542452911615/


After being made redundant in 2019 Nigel Redmond decided to put his joinery and carpentry skills to good use and set up Creative Carpentry.  Creative Carpentry works on first and second fixes on new home builds, can make efficient use of space, produces bespoke furniture, concrete mould making and provides a flat pack assembly service.  You can find Nigel on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Creative-Carpentry-116732119737432/


Daniel Martin from The Larder has a keen interest in caring for the environment, particularly pollution of our oceans.   His background is in Finance and after much research on zero waste businesses, decided to launch his very own store.   The Larder has already become a popular place to shop and Daniel’s products are wide ranging including store cupboard foods, frozen foods, cleaning, bathroom and kitchen products.  Daniel aims to spend his £500 Seed Fund grant on customised printed reusable shopping bags and local marketing.  If you are keen to become more eco-friendly, why not check out Daniel’s Facebook page on https://www.facebook.com/thelarderni/


Rae Kirk enjoyed a successful career working for twenty years at Ballymena Borough Council, six years in WAVE Trauma Centre and thirteen years at the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland .  Rae retired in July 2019 and is excited about embarking on her new adventure with her own business at Rae’s Slemish Tours.  Rae is a farmer’s daughter, born and bred in The Braid Valley area, at the foothill of Slemish mountain, a natural area of beauty.  Rae will be offering a range of tours beginning Spring 2020.  Rae is using her seed fund grant to purchase banners, leaflets and other marketing material to promote the business.  Be sure to watch this space for updates https://www.facebook.com/RaesSlemishTours/



Adrian McWilliams is a well-qualified and experienced multi-instrumentalist and musician who recently launched Taylorstown Musical Services.  Taylorstown Musical Services offers one-to-one tuition, group workshops and online courses.  His associate Stevie (also self-employed) RHS image contributes to 1-1 tuition offerings and they also work together in offering commercial and private GIGS where they can play and sing any type of music! Adrian intends to spend the seed fund money on workshop instruments, rental space and posters. Why not catch up with Adrian on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Tmusicservices/ to find out more.


After being made redundant for the third time in his career, Jonathan Kernohan decided take control of his own future and launch his own business.  Jonathan’s qualifications and twenty-eight years’ experience in working with vehicles and machinery is being put to great use as JKS Car Care.  Jonathan offers car servicing and MOT checks, computer diagnostics, mini valets and general mechanics maintenance.  Jonathan aims to spend his seed fund money on equipment to support the business.  You can support and follow Jonathan at https://www.facebook.com/Jks-Car-Care-113979650150597/



Louise McMaster and Carol Kirkpatrick were both recently made redundant and decided to team up to launch JUST US.  Unlike many of us, Louise and Carol absolutely love to clean! JUST US will provide domestic and commercial cleaning services.  With a background in Quality Assurance and a role as a Lab Technician they aim to make your property sparkle.  Louise and Carol decided to spend their Seed Fund money on uniforms, business mobile phones, a card reader, cleaning stock and marketing materials.  Find JUST US on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/justusballymena/


Maeve Ferguson is a qualified accountant who previously worked as an Assistant Director managing a team of fifty people in a private equity company.  Maeve decided to retrain as an Executive Coach, opting for a slightly slower life that worked better around family and launched her online executive coaching business.  Maeve opted to spend the £500 seed fund grant on a technical purchase as her business will be heavily reliant on technology.  You can find Maeve at https://www.facebook.com/maevefergusonexecutivecoaching/