Storey praise for crafty move

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Ballymena Business Centre’s heart of town regeneration initiative has been given the thumbs-up by Social Devlopment Minister Mervyn Storey MLA.

Minister Storey had the opportunity to meet with some of the local arts and craft entrepreneurs who are located at the new premises in Church Street which was opened to support the regeneration of Ballymena Town Centre. 

Melanie Christie Boyle, Chief Executive, said that the Church Street premises currently hosts 30 arts and craft entrepreneurs from Ballymena and neighbouring council areas; supporting community and social enterprise in turn key office accommodation, providing exhibition space to the education, voluntary and community sector and supporting the local business base with meeting room and hot desk facilities.

Minoister Storey said:: “This can only add more diversity and vitality to the very distinctive qualities of the town.

“I am also delighted that work will soon start on a major Public Realm upgrade, with an investment of £4m by my Department and Ballymena Borough Council.

“This work will be of great benefit to both businesses in the town and the local people who shop and work there.”

For more information on this project and support provided through Ballymena Business Centre visit