MID and East Antrim Borough Council’s commitment to nurturing and developing the local economy has resulted in the decision to extend Global Entrepreneurship Week to a fortnight packed with events at venues across the borough.
Taking place between 12 November and 24 November, the initiative is being led by the council, in partnership with business support organisations throughout Mid and East Antrim.
Drop-in clinics, workshops, information seminars, networking events and specific school-focused opportunities have been organised to provide guidance and inspiration for all.
Industry specialists, local entrepreneurs and support agencies will be available to ensure that the aspirations of our local budding entrepreneurs and businesses are realised.
Launching Enterprise Fortnight, the Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Lindsay Millar, said: “Enterprise Fortnight builds upon the success of last year.
“We have listened to our local businesses and have developed a programme of events that promises to deliver.
“Mid and East Antrim Borough has over 4,700 businesses and with an existing sectoral strength that focuses on manufacturing, engineering and agri-food, we want to continue to grow the success story in these sectors and also encourage new sectors.
“Central to this is Amplify, the Integrated Economic Development Strategy for Mid and East Antrim.
“The elected members of the borough are fully committed to delivering sustainable economic growth.
“We continue to recognise the challenges of the economic climate but fully believe that by providing our budding entrepreneurs and existing businesses with all the information and support available, these individuals and businesses can adapt and indeed thrive in the ever-changing economy.
“The various activities targeted at the local schools will hopefully stimulate and ignite an interest with the young people participating and encourage them to consider careers in business and enterprise.
“We recognise that today’s students are undoubtedly tomorrow’s entrepreneurs and with a wealth of talent in our borough we want to ensure we water the seeds of potential.
“I wish the participants every success. I hope that the events provide information and support that makes a difference.
“Our vision is to continue to ensure this borough is a proud, vibrant and ambitious place, which collaborates with other centres, encourages business and its investment and is recognised for people wanting to live and work here.
“I would encourage the citizens of Mid and East Antrim to embrace the opportunities and learn more about starting and growing business.”
Alderman Greg McKeen, Chair of council’s Economic Growth and Tourism Committee, added: “I would like to thank the partner organisations who have worked successfully with council to develop this exciting programme of events to celebrate Enterprise Fortnight 2018.
“Growing the economy is our number one strategic priority and by continuing to work closely with our partners we are ideally positioned to help develop opportunities to create jobs, support growth of new and existing businesses to develop skills and employment opportunities.
“It continues to be an exciting time and delivery of events such as these tabled through Enterprise Fortnight 2018 clearly evidences that Mid and East Antrim is open for business.”
For more information visit: https://amplifymidandeastantrim.com/enterprise-fortnight/