£500 start Up Seed Fund
a little helping hand to get started in ballymena
Welcome to our blog! We are a small family business in Northern Ireland creating handmade candles and garden ornaments with love and care. Thank you to the team at Ballymena Business Centre and The Gallaher Trust.
Safety 1st Forklift Training
During the initial phase of my enterprise, my advisor’s practical aid in devising a business plan and conducting comprehensive analysis was immensely valuable for budgeting and future strategizing.
Ellice Owens Designs
The Go For It programme at Ballymena Business Centre provided me with all the support and guidance I needed to get my business up and running. They helped me to develop a detailed business plan and provided me with access to valuable resources including The Gallaher Trust Seed Fund. Ballymena Business Centre played an instrumental role in helping me to turn my business idea into a reality. If you're thinking of starting your own business, I highly recommend reaching out to the team at the Ballymena Business Centre. Their expertise and guidance are invaluable, and they will help you every step of the way.
Fathom Counselling NI
Laura Moore, founder of Fathom Counselling NI... I'm very grateful for the support and guidance offered through Ballymena Business Centre, The Gallaher Trust and MEA Borough Council, helping me bring my mental health support service to the people of our borough and beyond. With the financial support I am receiving, I will be able to offer tailored therapeutic support to those in need of it, creating a space for understanding and compassionate exploration. It is my goal to support the people of our community in building the emotional resilience and strength required to meet the challenges of living in the world today.
The Nurtured Mother
Congratulations to Jess Higgins founder of The Nurtured Mother who with the support of Ballymena Business Centre & The Gallagher Trust Start Up Seed Fund has started a new business supporting pregnant women and new Mums. Jess comments that this support, as well as the other programmes offered by Ballymena Business Centre has given her new business a much needed boost in launching the website, revamping her studio space and launching these valuable classes to women and their bumps or babies in the local area.
Zerenity holistic massage & sports therapy
Congratulations to Karen Flanagan who with the support of Ballymena Business Centre and The Gallagher Trust has started a new business, Zerenity Holistic Massage & sports Therapy.
Tenth Glen Heritage Farms
We are Declan & Sabrina Scullion (& family) and are very grateful for the support from Ballymena Business Centre and The Gallaher Trust as we start up Tenth Glen Heritage Farms. We restore derelict farmsteads and with local community support, establish them as traditional working farms. Our first farm, Willow and Lore, is being used to support and promote health and wellbeing, sustainable agriculture practices, local heritage and traditional skills and crafts as well as encourage local tourism.
We're really excited to have the help of Ballymena Business Centre and The Gallaher Trust in the start-up phase of Sportvantage. This takes away some of the stress of getting things off the ground and setting us up for success. We are grateful for the support that allowed us to turn our ideas into reality and look forward to continuing to grow and make an impact in the sports technology world!
Sarah Baked It
It has been great to connect with the advisors at Ballymena Business Centre. They have provided information and support that has helped me to grow my business.
The Pantry @ Bramble Hill
Congratulations to Gail Carson founder of The Pantry @ Bramble Hill who with the help of Ballymena Business Centre and The Gallaher Trust Start Up Seed Fund has started a new baking from home business. Gail Carson founder of The Pantry @ Bramble Hill says 'thank you very much to everyone who has helped to get my business up and running. I really appreciate being awarded this funding which will assist me to buy a new cake mixer. To a small business this is a big help! Thank you very much.
Yellow Oak Tree Art
Congratulations to Robin McKenna founder of 'Yellow Oak Tree Art' who with the support of Ballymena Business Centre and The Gallaher Trust Start Up Seed Fund has started a new art business. Robin McKenna founder of Yellow Oak Tree Art is grateful for this support which will allow him to develop his range of 'Robin's robins' and 'Wordy' churches. With the support received he plans to have more work available in Ballymena and online that local people will be interested in buying. He is delighted to have benefited from support and is looking forward to developing and promoting his business.
Nikkis Beauty within holds a wide range of beauty treatments and has received start up support with Ballymena Business Centre and The Gallaher Trust.
Greenhill Vegan Bakery
Greenhill Vegan Bakery is pleased to acknowledge the support of the Ballymena Business Centre and the Gallagher Trust Start Up Seed Fund. Whitney McIlfatrick, owner of the new bakery, says "I am delighted that this funding will enable me to expand my product range to include prepackaged items, through the purchase of labelling equipment and packaging materials."
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Melanie and her team at Ballymena Business Centre and The Gallaher Trust for their support with my help With my start up business Autosparxni. Not only did they help me to create a business plan and cashflow, but they also helped me to apply for a business loan. Through the Ballymena Business Centre. I was also able to gain a £500 grant which will enable me invest for some equipment to support my grow my business.
I've got a lot help through this course, it's lead my down other routes of help to and pointed me in the right direction. Thank you to Ballymena Business Centre and The Gallaher Trust.
Grow n Happy Counselling Service
Goodluck to the future of Grow n Happy Counselling Service for children and young people from Ballymena Business Centre and The Gallaher Trust Start Up Seed Fund.
Created For Purpose
Congratulations to Allison Crawford who with the support of Ballymena Business Centre and the Gallaher Trust Start Up Seed Fund has started a new business - Created for Purpose merchandise. Allison has expressed her gratitude to those who have helped make this exciting new Vision possible.
Congratulations to Margaret Rainey with the support of Ballymena Business Centre and The Gallaher Trust Start Up Seed Fund has started a new Dog Grooming business. Now open in Antrim Castle Mall.
Coaching With Sandra
Congratulations to Sandra Kuhn founder of Coaching with Sandra who with the support of Ballymena Business Centre and Gallaher Trust Start Up Seed Fund has started a new personal training business in Ballymena.
S Johnston Garden & Property Maintenance
Congratulations to Stephen Johnston founder of S. Johnston Garden & Property Maintenance who with the support of Ballymena Business Centre and The Gallaher Trust Start Up Seed Fund has started a new Garden and Property Maintenance Company. Stephen founder of S. Johnston Garden & Property Maintenance comments I wish to thank Ballymena Business Centre and especially Mark Donald, my business advisor, for their help and encouragement for helping me to set up my new business venture. They were always on hand to help and I couldn’t have got this far without them. Thank you.
Congratulations to Lucinda Graham, founder of Galgorm Melts, who has started a Soy Wax Melt business with the support of Ballymena Business Centre and The Gallaher Trust Start Up Seed. Lucinda’s mission is to create soy wax melts that use premium fragrances and essential oils that are high quality, sustainable and come from nature. Her luxury melts are coloured and enhanced using natural ingredients from her garden as well as botanicals, herbs and spices, meaning they are kinder to the environment, paraben free, cruelty free and vegan friendly. Lucinda’s products are handmade in Ballymena with many ingredients being locally sourced.
Carly Wright Artist
Congratulations to Carly Wright who has made a major contribution to the creative sector in Ballymena and raised awareness and the importance of mental health through her artwork. Carly has been supported through Ballymena Business Centre and The Gallaher Trust Seed Fund.
Skylar and Wild
I had a great experience interacting with the team at Ballymena Business Centre and I am so thankful for their help and support provided through the seed fund programme.
GMG Software Ltd
Congratulations to Gareth Gordon and Gareth McDonald, founders of GMG Software Ltd. With the support of Business Centre Centre and The Gallaher Trust Start Up Seed Fund, they are able to continue their development of mobile applications and data analytics. GMG are currently developing GMG E-Farm, a paperless and logistical applications for multiple farming enterprises across the UK.
Jamie Sloan Racing
Congratulations to Jamie Sloan of Jamie Sloan racing who with the support of Ballymena Business centre and The Gallaher Trust start up seed has started a new business.
Congratulations Timmy Farmer (Farmer Design) who, with the support of Ballymena Business Centre Seed and The Gallaher Trust Start Up Seed has started a new web design and digital marketing business. “I am passionate about helping people get their great ideas off the ground! I provide design and branding, web development including e-commerce, and digital marketing. I love working with both start-ups and established businesses and find it a privilege to play a part in their journey. The grant will enable me to purchase much needed equipment and services to take my business to the next level. Thank-You Ballymena Business Centre!”
Following a successful sales career in the energy sector, Andrew sands has launched Surge Renewables. The business covers the whole of Northern Ireland and aims to help domestic and commercial customers make the right choices when it comes to choosing a heating system for their new build or when upgrading their current home heating system. The business installs solar PV, Air source heat pumps and BioLpg boilers.
When I first got the idea of opening my own studio I didn't know where to start. But Ballymena Business Centre in partnership with Go For It NI and The Gallaher Trust were able to point me in the right direction and take a lot of the complexity out of it from day one. I genuinely couldn't have done it without them.
Congratulations to Tina Green of Essential Haven who with the support of Ballymena Business Centre Seed and The Gallaher Trust Start Up Seed has started a new massage therapy business. Tina Green founder of Essential Haven comments that she is delighted to have been given extra support to enable her to be able to train in Reflexology and she looks forward to bringing this amazing treatment to so many people.
Congratulations to Sara-Jayne McKeown who, with the support of Ballymena Business Centre and the Gallagher Trust Start Up Seed, has started a new business running baby and toddler classes. Sara-Jayne McKeown, founder of Mini Messers comments, “I want to thank the Ballymena Business Centre for their invaluable support and expertise to help me with the start of my new business. As a primary school teacher, I had no business experience prior to this venture so the insight and experience of my advisor Karen was incredible. She created my business plan for me and gave me lots of ideas! Thank you!”
With the support of Ballymena Business Centre and The Gallaher Trust, Joanna Robinson launched her new business Honeybees Playtown.
Sandra Streeter Textiles
Congratulations to Sandra Streeter, who with the support of Ballymena Business Centre and the Gallagher Trust Start up Seed Fund has started Sandra Streeter Textiles, a business committed to upcycling textile fabric.
Quinn Greer Architecture
Congratulations to Nicola Greer, who with the support of Ballymena Business Centre and the Gallagher Trust Start up Seed Fund has started Quinn Greer Architecture, an architectural services and design business.
Hello, we are Ryan and Diane, husband and wife, creators of Ballybaby Ltd business. We have 3 kids under 5 and decided to go into business with the help of Ballymena Business Centre selling our upmarket baby gift boxes. Having a large circle of family & friends, we buy a lot of baby gifts. We in turn came up with the idea of helping take the stress out of gifting for others with the option of something for parents to add on as well. We have loved creating this business together and hopefully watching it grow over time. Having completed the Go For It start up busienss plan, Ballybaby has received further support from Ballymena Business Centre and The Gallaher Trust Start Up Seed Fund and Retail Ready Project.
Good luck to Pamela Woods on her new business adventure Riverdale cafe. Pamela has been able to avail of the seed fund which has helped her on her way to success.
Congratulations to Tony Dowds founder of Fitzone Training Broughshane, who with the support of Ballymena Business Centre Seed and The Gallaher Trust Start Up seed has commenced a new business venture in personal and small group training. Tony Dowds founder of Fitzone Training is grateful for the financial assistant of the above organisations in helping him realise him vision to offer a unique type of physical training in a private and relaxing environment. The support has been invaluable and is received with sincere thanks.
Joshua Courtney Fitness
Joshua Courtney trading as Joshua Courtney Fitness will be providing bespoke fitness, conditioning plans and training solutions to clients based upon their individual goals. The activity takes place in a dedicated gym supported with online plans that are also available as standalone, or to support the training. The gym he will use, covers all facility requirements which will allow Joshua to create holistic plans for all client types. I would like to thank The Gallaher Trust Start Up seed for granting me the fund as this will benefit me gratefully for all business activities!
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the Ballymena Business Centre for their support with my gardening business. Not only did they help me to create a business plan and cashflow but they also helped me to apply for a business loan. Through the Ballymena Business Centre I was also able to access a £500 grant which will enable me to buy much-needed equipment and supplies to support my grow my business. Thanks again!
Congratulations to Cameron Muir, Founder of Crowded Minds Marketing Limited, who, with the support of Ballymena Business Centre Seed and the Gallaher Trust Start-Up Seed has started a new consultancy agency. Cameron expressed his gratitude for the programme and plans to put the capital received towards new equipment. Congratulations to Cameron Muir, Founder of Crowded Minds Marketing Limited, who, with the support of Ballymena Business Centre Seed and the Gallaher Trust Start-Up Seed has started a new consultancy agency. Cameron expressed his gratitude for the program and plans to put the capital received towards new equipment.
Congratulations to Kerri Cunningham who launched her business, Cunningly Creative Design Studio, and successfully secured the Seed Fund Award, supported by Ballymena Business Centre and The Gallaher Trust. Kerri specialises in luxury and modern wedding stationery.
I am looking forward to providing the soon to be married couples and the aspiring actors and actresses in the country with a bespoke and professional photography service, and appreciate, more than could be quantifiable in words, all of the support I have received from Ballymena Business Centre.
LW Cleaning Services
Congratulations to Lesley-Anne Watson founder of LW Cleaning Services, who with the support of Ballymena Business Centre Seed and The Gallaher Trust Start Up Seed, has started a new domestic and commercial cleaning business. Lesley-Anne Watson founder of LW Cleaning Services, would like to thank the Ballymena Business Centre for the support and confidence to progress in my cleaning business. Id also like to thank The Gallaher Trust Start Up Fund towards my business venture as this is greatly appreciated to help my colleagues and myself to move forward more.
Doodles by Darren
As a small child, when asked “what do you want to be when you grow up?” An artist was always my top answer. Now with the help of Ballymena Business Centre and the Gallaher Trust this childhood dream is starting to take shape and I am grateful for their support through this process.
I had been thinking about starting my own handyman business for a while, but there always seemed so much on the business side that I needed to know. When I signed up for the Go For It programme, I was given a mentor who really took the time to work through things like financial projections, business plans and marketing with me. I couldn't recommend the programme enough - it definitely gave me the confidence to take the first steps.
Minella Nails & Beauty
Congratulations to Leanne Hawksford founder of Minella Nails & Beauty who with the support of Ballymena Business Centre Seed and The Gallagher Trust Start Up Seed has been able to buy stock and advertise locally.
Ballymena Business Centre [Galgorm]
62 Fenaghy Road
Ballymena BT42 1FL
Telephone: 028 2565 8616
Midtown Makers and Business Hub
51 - 53 Church Street
Ballymena BT43 6DD
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Ballykeel Business Centre
18 Crebilly Road
Ballymena BT42 4DN
Telephone: 028 2565 1765
Ballee and Harryville Business Centre
20 Antrim Road
Ballymena BT42 2BJ
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