Boost for Borough’s businesses in Bergen

Friday 13 October 2017

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has supported two businesses to attend the second International Économusée Network Conference in Norway.

Boost for Borough’s businesses in Bergen.

They will accompany 4 other artisans from Northern Ireland to demonstrate their crafts and produce at the second conference in Bergen from 15-19 October.

The Causeway Coast & Glens Heritage Trust has been involved with this hugely successful and popular project since 2011 when it launched the first Économusée in the UK.

Tiérna Mullan, Project Officer with the Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust said, “The Économusée concept was developed in Québec in Canada and involves selected quality artisans who open their doors to visitors, offering them the opportunity to take a tour of the premises, discuss the craft and learn about the heritage and the journey of the artisan.

“As part of the project, the artisans are offered various business support packages. The conference is offered as part of the business support element of the Craft Reach Northern Periphery Programme and involves partners from Canada, Iceland, Greenland, Faroe Islands, Norway Sweden, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.”

Through funding by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council Nigel Logan from Hillstown Brewery in Ahoghill and Brona Spencer from Steensons Jewellers in Glenarm will attend this prestigious event and will have the opportunity to visit the Économusée artisans throughout Norway.

Other businesses attending include Dara O’hArtghaile from Ursa Minor Bakehouse and Sandy Cole from Broughgammon Farm in Ballycastle; Michéal Scullion from Scullion Hurls in Loughgiel and Leona Kane from Broighter Gold Rapeseed Oil in Limavady.

Chairman of the Économusée NI artisan committee, Michéal Scullion said, “I have been very fortunate to have attended the first International Économusée conference in Québec in 2012 and I have to say that it was a hugely informative experience. 

“With the addition of three new artisans in this phase across our two local council areas, the Northern Ireland Économusée network has strengthened and visitors are now recognising the brand. All of the artisans involved in this project throughout the eight partner countries are small rural businesses. “Being part of the Économusée network provides us with a support mechanism, which helps us to share our craft and market our products on an international platform.”

For more information about this project, contact the Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust office on 02820 752100 or