Business Workshops/Events

Past Economic Events and Programmes

Mid and East Antrim Business Breakfast

In recognition of the importance of developing export opportunities both regionally and globally, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council hosted a Business Breakfast with a twist. 

The networking event took place at The Tullyglass Hotel, Ballymena in November and allowed businesses from across the Borough to learn more about export opportunities and the support available from InterTradeIreland, particularly in relation to cross-border exporting.

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council encourage local businesses to explore new export markets to develop the products and services that can give them the competitive edge to deliver sustained growth and increased levels of quality employment in Mid and East Antrim.

Council continues to work with its economic partners in Invest NI, InterTradeIreland, Overseas Results, Catalyst Inc, Local Enterprise Centres and the Northern Regional College to create a larger pool of indigenous companies that can grow, export and create new employment opportunities in the Borough.

Mid and East Antrim Business Breakfast

Business Export Breakfast flyer


Overseas Results Export Programme

A pilot initiative delivered by Overseas Results Ltd. to enable 18 companies to take their first steps in exploring and developing new export markets.  This is achieved through the provision of a bespoke export market opportunity report for each company.

This competition will enable Council to demonstrate once again that Local Government is ready to take the lead and provide output focused interventions for its local business.  Businesses that have responded to promotions within the Mid and East Antrim Borough are re-directed to Invest Northern Ireland.  Invest Northern Ireland in turn redirects businesses back to UK Trade & Investment to first research an export market and then obtain ‘introductions’.  If SME’s are to be encouraged to export they require access to a service which has been constructed based on their needs.

Overseas Results Export Programme launch


Job Fair

Mid and East Antrim held a successful Job Fair in February 2017 as a collaborative event with Department of Communities and the local Jobs and Benefits Office, and all Unions along with he Irish Congress of Trade Unions.

This event was closely aligned to the Employment and Skills Strategic priority as part of the Integrated Economic Development Strategy for Mid and East Antrim.  35 employers attended the event along with 10 support agencies.

The Jobs and Benefits Office provided assistance with CV preparation and active job searches on the day of the event.  382 active job seekers attended, 91% of attendees were very satisfied or satisfied with the event and 48% applied for at least one job at the event.

Photograph from the Job Fair at The Braid


Sentinus Programme

Sentinus is one of the largest providers of business/education activity in the United Kingdom and works with schools and colleges throughout Northern Ireland to promote engagement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and to support the development of young people by enhancing life skills.

Through the very successful “Innovation & R&D in Schools” programme, supported by the Council, Sentinus has been helping schools provide research and development solutions to real problems for local companies such as Wrightbus.  This programme will continue through to June 2017.

Children and Young people engage in Team R&D, STEM R&D Challenge (Go4Set), F1 in Schools Challenge, STEM challenge roadshow and the Big Bang near Me @ The Braid.

Example of some of the STEM work as part of the Sentinus Programme