Creating opportunities for local craft makers

Looking forward to the forthcoming Midtown Makers studio and shop at Ballymena Business Centre, Church St were, from left, Andrea McNeil (The Early Bird), Gemma Lowry (Laird & Gillie)  and Jim Stevenson (Wicked Princess Beads).

Looking forward to the forthcoming Midtown Makers studio and shop at Ballymena Business Centre, Church St were, from left, Andrea McNeil (The Early Bird), Gemma Lowry (Laird & Gillie) and Jim Stevenson (Wicked Princess Beads).

Ballymena Business Centre has revealed plans to support craft makers from the Mid and East Antrim Borough Council area.

Plans include a new look studio and retail space which will be rebranded to become known as Midtown Makers as well as a continued active partnership approach with industry leader Craft NI.

Work on the new look studio and retail space, which will be designed by leading retail consultant Mags McAlpin, will commence in May with the aim of opening to the public in August.Craft Makers aiming to take the next step with their business will benefit from affordable studio and shop space, wrap around business support services as well as a range of opportunities to promote their business.

Alongside this businesses will benefit from the knowledge, expertise and services of Ballymena Business Centre as well as their partnership approach with organisations such as Craft NI, Ballymena Business Improvement District, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council and the retail, tourism and creative sector.

Speaking at the launch of Midtown Makers Melanie Christie Boyle said: “The launch of Midtown Makers forms part of our clear commitment to supporting the forthcoming Mid and East Antrim Borough Council Economic Strategy and Community Plan. We are dedicated to creating opportunities for craft makers in the borough and alongside this we will ensure that we offer a high standard of business services, affordable packages and access to partnerships which will help to build an enterprising community in Ballymena.”

For further information on Ballymena Business Centre Midtown Makers and the packages available visit www.ballymenabusiness.co.uk or follow Ballymena Business Centre on Facebook.