Journey to Market programme showcase

No Fee for Reproduction''Calling on Coleraine Entrepreneurs to join the Journey to Market are from left, Invest Northern Ireland Client Executive, Tara Herron; Programme Manager, Lara Goodall; Coleraine Borough Council Economic Development Officer, Martin Clark and Coleraine Borough Council Economic Development Officer, Town Management Julienne Elliott. The programme is due to commence in January 2015. To apply to take part in the innovative scheme details are available from lara@laragoodallconsulting.com
No Fee for Reproduction''Calling on Coleraine Entrepreneurs to join the Journey to Market are from left, Invest Northern Ireland Client Executive, Tara Herron; Programme Manager, Lara Goodall; Coleraine Borough Council Economic Development Officer, Martin Clark and Coleraine Borough Council Economic Development Officer, Town Management Julienne Elliott. The programme is due to commence in January 2015. To apply to take part in the innovative scheme details are available from lara@laragoodallconsulting.com

Thirty new craft and food businesses have been established in the Causeway and Glens area thanks to the enterprising ‘Journey to Market Programme’.

The ground-breaking business development scheme was run by the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, and part funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland.

Now a special showcase event in the Diamond in Coleraine Town Centre on Saturday June 27 will give local people the chance to sample a range of beautiful products created by these budding entrepreneurs.

Among the participants are Dara and Ciara O’Hartghaile from Ursa Minor organic bakery, who are opening their first café in Ballycastle on June 6.

Dara said the Journey to Market programme was invaluable in improving their business skills. “I am more of a hands-on baker than a businessman so Journey to Market has helped me focus on what I need to do to run a viable business.”