Supporting Our MEA Businesses

Business Mentoring/Webinars

Council businesses mentoring to address Covid-19 impacts

Webinars & Support for 2021

We are providing a blend of dedicated webinars (accessible at any time) which follow with provision to book one to one mentoring slots to support your business in key areas of Finance, Human Resources and Digital/Online business.   

MEA’s Business Growth Team are here to help your business during this difficult time by enlisting support from a panel of highly qualified and experienced business mentors. These confidential 1 to 1 sessions will focus on different aspects of the challenges your business faces, and help you navigate your way through the coming weeks and beyond. Please contact the relevant Client manager to register for your business mentoring session.

Business Finance queries: Laura McCourt

Digital/Remote Working queries: Barbara Orr


Human Resources queries: Allastar McGarry



Trader Support Service - Managing Brexit

The Trader Support Service (TSS) was established by the government to assist with the process of moving goods from GB to NI.

This webinar provides practical guidance on requirements.

Please join speakers who will provide the latest information on newly released guidance and updates on:

  • Consignment First for Groupage
  • Processes for Controlled Goods and
  • Supplementary Declarations
View webinar here
MEA Manufacturing Task Force - Procurement Made Easy

Join our MTF Chair, Graham Whitehurst and guests for our third masterclass which will provide information on public procurement processes.

Masterclass outcomes:

  • Learn about MEA’s procurement patterns and spend and how your business can apply for these;
  • Understand the key steps and processes required to bid for public sector contracts and succeed;
  • Find out about the support your company can avail of to respond to public sector tender opportunities from both local and central government; and
  • Learn from businesses that have been successful in winning public sector contracts.

Key Speakers include:

  • John McDonald of Corporate Development, Graham Group;
  • Steven Walls, Head of Procurement, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council; and
  • Craig Stewart, General Manager, Industrial Products Limited
View webinar here
Finance and Cashflow Management

In response to the latest Covid-19 Lockdown measures, The Business Growth Team of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council invites you to join them for a webinar with Mr Tony Haren of Ardmor Business Solutions Ltd.

Tony Haren is a Member in Practice of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. He has 30+ years’ experience in business finance working with business owners and directors.

The webinar will look at identifying funding gaps, helping your business with the 5 pillars of good finance and supporting your financial resilience during the current pandemic.

View webinar here
Trader Support Service Webinar Trader Support Service Webinar: How well are you navigating the new requirements of Brexit?

This webinar provides practical guidance and support from the Trader Support Service in navigating the new requirements of Brexit. From 1 January 2021, businesses have faced new processes and paperwork in relation to the movement of goods.

The Trader Support Service (TSS) was established by the government to assist with this process and this webinar will provide practical guidance and a step by step approach in relation to the new requirements.

The Panel includes: Paul Woodward, TSS Rodney Ferguson, TSS Kim Swan, P&O
View webinar here
Caterpillar Redundancy Clinic Webinar Mid and East Antrim Borough Council along with Department for Communities, NI Careers Service, Make the Call Team, MEACAS and LEDCOM will host an information session for Caterpillar Staff. View webinar here
Trader Support Services Webinar 

As you are aware, if you or your suppliers move goods from GB into NI, there is a requirement to complete and submit declarations from 1 January 2021.  The Trader Support Service (TSS) was established by the government to assist with this process in providing training and free to use digital declaration service

The panel included:

Doreen Crawford, TSS;
Kevin Shakespeare, TSS;
Rodney Ferguson, TSS and
Kim Swan, P&O.

View webinar here
LEAN webinar 

Join the following speakers who will introduce the concepts and advantages of LEAN methodologies for your business:

Graham Whitehurst, Chair of MEABC Manufacturing Task Force;
Irvine Abraham, NRC;
Barney Bryson, NRC; and
Geoff Crawford, Invest NI.

View webinar here

MTF Masterclass – Learning and Development

The first in a series of Manufacturing Task Forces Masterclasses will be focused on “Learning & Development”.

Join Graham Whitehurst, Chair of the MTF, and special guests Nicola Mowbray, HR Manager Moore Concrete and Irvine Abraham, International and Entrepreneurship Manager, Northern Regional College for this interesting session on learning and development in your business.

View webinar  here
Recovering Post Covid-19: Business Finance

Hosted by Graham Whitehurst, Chair of the Manufacturing Task Force, this webinar focuses on business finance post-COVID-19 including financial modelling and budgeting to get your business going again.

The webinar will feature a case study from a local company and advice and guidance from an expert Business Finance Mentor.

View webinar here
How to do a risk assessment for your business

Speaker: Mark Clifford

View webinar here

Cashflow Planning

Focusing on how to plan your cash flow and access finance/grants. 
This webinar is delivered by Eilish Devlin, Finance Mentor on the Amplify Escalator Programme. This video is available to access at any time 
View webinar here

Coronavirus Self-Employed Support Scheme

The NI Tourism Alliance hosted a webinar with Dawson & Company Chartered Accountants on the Self-Employed Support Scheme. View webinar here

Financial Recovery for businesses in the Tourism & Hospitality Sector

This session, facilitated by Mark from Johnston Financial Solutions, will help YOU navigate your way towards the “new normal”. Learn how to use your Financial Information to map potential Cash Flow scenarios, plan and consider the different options that you may face.

This training is suitable for any tourism and hospitality business that is seeking to move forward in these unprecedented times and give themselves the best possible chance of survival. 

View webinar here

The Secret to Creating Tourism Promotional Offers that Drive Business

Tina Calder of Excalibur Press takes you through the process of creating an engaging offer for your business that will resonate with both tourists and locals alike.

She offers top tips on how to create offers that don't always compromise the bottom line and guides you on where to upload, promote and post for maximum exposure and reach.

View webinar here

Dedicated 1:1 mentoring sessions are now available with our experienced Finance mentors. 

To book a 1:1 finance session please contact:

Laura McCourt
T: 07391863554

Digital/Online Business

Working from Home

Get assistance on how to work from home to (set up a remote office/stay connected with staff/ensure the security of your home office) with Q&A session. View webinar here

Delivering Services Online

Deliver your services online Develop new ways of delivering your services online/quick e-Commerce / Facebook shops/accept payments) with Q&A session. View webinar here
Connect with customers

Stay connected with your customers/get your social messaging right/use online tools such as Facebook Live, Zoom, Creating videos, Setting up Facebook community groups with live Q&A session.

View webinar here
Presenting with Impact in an Online World This online session, facilitated by Bespoke Communications Director, Camilla Long, will help YOU become the best communicator in your market. Learn how to take the risk out of your communication and manage your next webinar for real impact with your clients and stakeholders. This training is suitable for any company or individual seeking to enhance their understanding of virtual communication techniques and help them cut through the noise to stand out. Bespoke Communications has worked with thousands of people helping them present to their audiences – hear more from Bespoke Communications View webinar here

1:1 Mentoring Sessions

Dedicated 1:1 mentoring sessions are now available with our experienced Digital mentors.

To book a 1:1 digital session please contact:

T: 078 8126 1640

Human Resources

HR considerations during COVID-19

Downloadable Webinar: Focusing on key HR considerations including staffing, employee rights, employer rights, sick pay etc.  This video is available to access at any time. View webinar here

Dedicated 1:1 mentoring sessions are now available with our experienced HR mentors.  To book a 1:1 HR session please contact:

Allastar McGarry
T: 078 8037 8153

This project is part-funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the Investment for Growth & Jobs Northern Ireland (2014-2020) Programme