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Exciting new programme will help entrepreneurs Kickstart their business

Thursday 11 October 2018

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is pleased to announce the launch of the new Kickstart Programme for residents of Mid and East Antrim.

Exciting new programme will help entrepreneurs Kickstart their businesses in Mid and East Antrim

Are you about to start in business or have been trading for less than nine months? Do you need a little support to get your business venture to the next level? The Amplify Kickstart programme could be for you.

Kickstart is just one of the business support programmes being rolled out by council since the launch of Amplify, the integrated economic strategy for Mid and East Antrim.

Participants will benefit from a business baseline audit, one-to-one specialist mentoring, interactive workshops and an action plan for future growth. The free programme also opens up the opportunity to network with like-minded entrepreneurs.

The Deputy Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Cheryl Johnston, said: “The pilot Kickstart Programme was really successful with 36 businesses benefiting from tailored mentoring support, so I am delighted that we can extend the support to more of our local businesses.

“Council is fully committed to supporting entrepreneurship, business growth and development. I would encourage entrepreneurs to take advantage of the Kickstart Programme so that you can develop skills and knowledge and help make your vision a reality.”

Delivery partner David Gillespie from LEDCOM said: “LEDCOM is delighted to be partnering with Mid and East Antrim Borough Council in the delivery of the Kickstart Programme.

“As a Local Enterprise Agency, LEDCOM is very aware of the challenges faced by recently started businesses in areas such as marketing, legal issues, human resources, finance, sales and various other operational aspects of running a business.

“An experienced team of mentors has been put together in this programme to guide early-stage businesses and provide them with knowledge and skills in these key areas, helping them to maximise their business potential over the first year of trading. We look forward to supporting businesses in the borough through this Kick start initiative.”

Pilot Kickstart Programme participant Andrew Brennan, Director of Hillmount House said: “The mentoring I received through the Kickstart Programme has been invaluable and has helped us to grow our wedding and events business.

“We had 12 weddings during the summer and look forward to hosting 24 more in 2019. With the business growing at a steady pace, I have now enrolled on the council’s Business Escalator programme and availing of bespoke wrap-around support.”

To register for the Kickstart Programme or to find out more about the free business programmes offered through contact the Amplify Team on

T: 028 2563 3195 or visit the Amplify website.