Amplify Mid and East Antrim

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2022

Global Entrepreneurship Week takes place between Monday 14 - Sunday 20 November 2022.

We have brought together diverse programme of events and activities aimed at promoting entrepreneurship, encouraging new start-ups, inspiring our business base and supporting sustainability and innovation of our SMEs.

Pop Up Shops

The Pop Up Shop initiative allows entrepreneurs from across the borough to test-trade for the first time within retail premises.

Pop Up Shops in Carrickfergus, Larne and Ballymena will be open 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.

Pop along and see if you can find that unique gift for someone special.

Unit 5, DeCourcy Centre, Carrickfergus

20 Main Street, Larne

Unit 72, Tower Centre, Ballymena

Boss Baby Sessions

Structured role play sessions at Emily’s Playroom Larne and Honeybees Playtown, Ballymena for nursery school groups focusing on being your own boss and future careers.

Sessions will vary depending on the location.

Booking essential.

For further Information call T: 028 2563 3190 or email

Monday 14 November 2022

What’s Your Flavour Competition Winner Announcement

To celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week 2022 Mid and East Antrim Borough Council asked P4 & P5 pupils to design a new flavour of ice cream and a marketing poster to promote this fantastic new product. 

325 entries were received from Primary 4 and 5 pupils from across the local area – with their entries also including a marketing poster to promote their fantastic new product.

Following the very stiff competition, two lucky winners were selected to have their flavour developed by two local ice cream manufacturers.

Carrickfergus Model Primary 4 pupil, Jonah Keys was selected as one of the winners. Jonah and his classmates were invited to The Milk Parlour in Glenarm Castle where Jonah’s winning entry ‘PBJ Crunch’ was made for all to try.

Jonah’s innovative ice cream - which featured crunchy peanut butter with a strawberry jelly swirl and toasted brioche pieces - was also designed for customers with allergies in mind - as he also wished to create a nut-free version.

Primary 4 pupil Layla Quigley from Buick Memorial Primary School was also a joint winner with her creation of ‘Spooky Pumpkin Spice Delight’. Layla chose her winning flavour based on her favourite time of the year, with a hint of spice warming you up on a colder autumn night. Layla and her classmates were invited to Nugelato in #Ballymena to try the exciting flavour and learn more about running an ice cream parlour.

Tuesday 15 November 2022

Building your Brand Awareness on Social Media

10am – 1pm

Ecos Conference Centre, Ballymena

As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2022, you are invited to take part in this exciting in-person workshop. 

This is the second workshop in the Export Mid and East Antrim Workshop Series and is designed to help businesses in the Mid and East Antrim area that are interested to move into new export markets outside Northern Ireland either as existing exporters or new to exporting.

This workshop will help businesses to:

  • understand what an effective brand awareness strategy looks like
  • delve deep into understanding your target audience so you can create relevant content that is valuable, authentic and engaging for their target audience and gain practical methods for increasing brand awareness on social media to effectively drive sales.
  • tailor content to suit each digital platform

Guest Speaker - Declan Murtagh, Digital Consultant with Brilliant Red

Declan Murtagh is a social media specialist and speaker with over 10 years of experience across a range of industry sectors.

Declan has an extensive social media background having delivered campaigns both client-side in senior marketing roles and agency-side in account management and project-based roles. During the workshop, he will share his social media expertise and focus on how businesses can expand their customer base using the various social media platforms available.

Businesses will also have the opportunity to book a one-to-one confidential meeting with Declan at a mutually convenient time following the webinar

Register via the Eventbrite website

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is facilitating this initiative In partnership with Invest Northern Ireland.

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact

40+ Fresh Start Programme: New Beginnings after 40

Following last year’s successful ‘Fresh Start’ Programme, this event is the inaugural workshop delivered both in person and online for the new ‘40+ Fresh Start’ programme delivered by LEDCOM.

This programme provides support to people aged 40+ who want to explore the opportunities available to them through entrepreneurship/self-employment.

To find out more information and to register contact Anne Taylor on M: 07860 951 733 / T: 028 2826 9973 or E:

Wednesday 16 November 2022

Meet the Labour Relations Agency and Q&A

1pm - 2pm

This session will be delivered via Zoom and will give a brief overview of Labour Relations Agency services and how it can help you as both an employee and an employer. 

The team will then be available to take Questions from the audience and will also facilitate 1-2-1 queries by arranging callbacks from our Workplace Information Service colleagues.

To register contact: Rosemary.O'

Prototyping and Validation Workshop

12noon - 2pm

Carrickfergus Enterprise

Light networking lunch is available from 12 noon, workshop commences at 12.30pm.

This interactive business event series is designed to help you explore new ways of thinking.

These practical workshops will assist with the implementation of new ideas that result in the development of new or improved products, services, technologies and processes in your business.

Attendance of this workshop is FREE and open to all businesses in Mid and East Antrim. 

Don’t worry if you haven’t attended the first two workshops as this series is designed to take businesses on a step-by-step journey using the tried and tested ‘Innovation Framework.

This session will focus on:

  • Creating Engaging Prototypes
  • Storyboard your chosen idea – future state experience – the series of interactions your user experiences
  • ‘Lightning Shareback’ of your storyboards
  • Get Feedback on your Prototype – Validation Research.

Register via the Eventbrite website

Helping the agri and business sector on the journey to net zero 

12noon - 2pm

Coinciding with ‘Biodiversity Day’ as part of COP27, this online event will host a range of key speakers who will deliver talks on local farming, carbon sequestering as well as the added benefits to biodiversity from more sustainable farming practices. 

Book via the Eventbrite website

Go for It - live 'chat show'


The Ecos Innovation Centre, Ballymena

Can also be viewed live online

In this ‘live chat’ show event, host Cate Conway talks to one of Northern Ireland’s leading business mentors, Phil Graham, to help would-be business owners to develop and entrepreneurial mind-set.

Followed by a Q&A session with audience members.

Book via the Eventbrite website

Innovators: Historical Entrepreneurs in the Borough


Dobbs Room, Carrickfergus Town Hall, Carrickfergus

Hosted by Carrickfergus Museum, this live in-person talk by David Hume will explore the enterprises of a number of individuals from Mid and East Antrim who had a major impact in their time and also for the future.

To book a place contact:

T: 028 9335 8241


Thursday 17 November 2022

Enterprising Women Coffee Morning

10.30am – 12noon

The Carrie, 20b Old Green Road, Kells, BT42 3LP,

An opportunity to women to network and meet likeminded entrepreneurs. Enterprising Women is a dedicated female network in Mid and East Antrim that supports new and established female entrepreneurs. 

We want to help you to connect, grow in confidence, develop your networks and collaborate with like-minded women just like you. 

This event is designed to allow you to network over a cuppa in an informal and welcoming environment.

Book online via Eventbrite

For further details contact:  or

Basic Bookkeeping for Small Businesses

10am – 12.30pm

This online and in-person session will help you navigate the basics of business bookkeeping and provide an overview of essential business finances.

To book contact

Choosing the right social media platforms for your business


Join leading social media expert, Rebecca Mackay, for an introduction to key social media platforms in 2022, focusing on which platforms are relevant to tourism businesses; best practice and key features; how to generate content ideas; and the key tools available to drive optimum engagement. Specifically, it will cover;

  • What is social media marketing
  • Overview of key social media platforms
  • Best practice and key features across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn & TikTok
  • Developing a social content strategy
  • Useful tools for social media management
  • Future opportunities 

Rebecca will share her knowledge and experience, and answer your questions throughout the session.

By the end of the session participants will have an understanding of which social media platforms are most relevant to their business and will be equipped to create a structured content strategy to optimise engagement and minimise management time.  

Book via the eventbrite website

For further details contact:

Speed Networking - ‘Build your Network, Grow Your Business'

5.30pm – 7.30pm

Dobbins Inn, 6-8 High St, Antrim St, Carrickfergus, BT38 7AF

The most well-connected people tend to be the most successful; however, many people find the thought of networking intimidating. This event will provide a welcoming and comfortable environment to put you at ease and help you make as many valuable business connections as possible.

Facilitator Kelli McRoberts has provided advice and support to small businesses for the past 26 years, in addition to managing Carrickfergus Enterprise, Kelli is a facilitator for the Coastal Route Tourism Cluster and project lead for Mid and East Antrim Enterprising Women. She will bring her experience and tips for networking to help you to develop and grow your connections and ultimately your business.

Following registration, the facilitator will follow up to gain further information from you to help maximise your networking experience on the evening. Attendees will be issued with a list of registrations (GDPR permission sought) and networking template.

Light Refreshments will be served during the event, please advise any dietary requirements in advance.

Booking is essential

Registration deadline: Thursday, 10 November 2022

Book via the Eventbrite website

Friday 18 November 2022

Young Enterprise Primary Challenge Global Entrepreneurship Week 2022

Following last year’s successful challenge competition, which was promoted to all primary schools in the Borough and received 120 entries, Young Enterprise Northern Ireland (YENI) has brought another exciting competition this autumn with winners to be announced during GEW. 

The competition will target Primary 6 pupils and introduce them to key business concepts such as creative problem-solving, marketing and communications via a fun challenge to design a carton for a new juice brand.

The winner will receive a £50 voucher and four runners-up will each receive £25.

Schools will receive worksheets and gain access to online resources, providing teachers with the flexibility to decide when to deliver the activities.

Winner announcement online on Friday 18 November 2022.

Saturday 19 November 2022

GEW Business Roadshow


Midtown Makers Studio & Shop, 51-53 Church Street, Ballymena

Business Roadshow in Midtown Makers/Business Hub. An opportunity to meet 1:1 with business and financial advisors, and educational establishments and find out about programmes that will encourage entrepreneurship, business growth, and innovation across the Greater Ballymena Area.

Booking is essential

Register your details with the Business Roadshow


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