Do you have a business brainwave?

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Do You Have An enterprising idea?

Ballymena Business Centre is encouraging individuals and groups from the Ballymena South Neighbourhood Renewal Area to submit their commercial brainwaves and be in with a chance of receiving financial support and one to one guidance to take their idea to the next level.

Ballymena Business Centre has been committed to making a difference in the Ballymena Community for 25 years.

With a clear focus on business and enterprise this latest project will encourage individuals and groups to think of ideas that could be further developed into a start-up business or social enterprise.

Minister for Social Development Mervyn Storey MLA said: “I am pleased to announce a funding package of over £7,000 for this Ballymena South Enterprise Competition.

“The main aim of the project, which is to be run in conjunction with the Ballymena Business Centre, is to encourage local people from the Ballymena South Neighbourhood Renewal Area to think about starting their own business, help those individuals and groups prepare a business presentation and provide financial assistance to help develop their enterprising idea. This is seen as a very worthwhile project which gives a great opportunity for local people to get their potential business ideas off the ground.”

Melanie Christie Boyle, Chief Executive, Ballymena Business Centre said: “Business and Enterprise is the back bone of our economy and it is important that opportunities are available to everyone within our community to explore new business ideas.

“Our team at Ballymena Business Centre provide that much need one to one support to offer encouragement, building confidence and ultimately help individuals and groups to start their own business. I am particularly delighted to have received endorsement from Minister Storey MLA and support from the Department for Social Development for this community project.”

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Ballymena South Enterprise Competition is supported by Ballymena Business Centre and Department for Social Development Neighbourhood Renewal.