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Causeway Coast & Glens Gift Card Launches Soon!
Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council will soon be launching a new Causeway Coast & Glens Gift Card.
This will enable local consumers to purchase the Causeway Coast & Glens Gift Card as a present for friends and family. The recipients will be able to spend their gift card at participating businesses located within the Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council area. The programme uses the existing MasterCard infrastructure making it highly efficient for participating businesses.
Important - the gift card will ONLY be able to be spent in registered businesses
As your business is within the Causeway Coast & Glens Borough it will not cost anything to join the programme and there are no additional charges for accepting the gift card as a form of payment. You will be charged the same fee as you are normally charged for accepting MasterCard Debit Cards.
It’s really easy to get involved. All you need to do is register your business by using the following link to arrange a visit from the team;
For more information on the Causeway Coast & Glens Gift Card contact:
Telephone: 028 7034 7299 / 07517988161
Best Foot Forward
‘Best Foot Forward’ walking & Nordic walking groups- Meet weekly every Wednesday from RVLC at 10am. Participants go on a walk around the scenic routes within the Limavady areas and usually walk at various paces with walk leaders for up to 1 hour. Nordic walking poles are provided for participants and everyone is welcomed. Occasional trips away are advertised and the walks at charged at £1 including tea and coffee on return to RVLC.
‘BikeFIT’ programmes run seasonally usually for 12 weeks with an end goal being a 50mile cycle in the annual ‘Tour de Foyle’. Currently Bike FIT is over until spring 2019. Please register interest with Camilla Lowry in RVLC. This is a fully funded programme and is aimed at complete beginner level.
Couch to 5K & RunFIT
‘Couch to 5K’ & ‘RunFIT’- Currently meeting Mondays and Thursdays at 7pm in RVLC. Autumn ‘Couch to 5K began on the 10th Sept and the 5K end event will take place on the 25th November. ‘RunFIT’ sessions are open to everyone to continue their running at £1/session.
Choose to Lose
‘Choose to Lose’- is a nutritional education programme aimed to guide participants into making healthier options in their daily dietary choices. The aim is to lose 1-2lbs/week over the course of the 10week programme to kick start a newer healthier lifestyle. ‘Choose to lose’ runs on a seasonal programme and is currently part of the autumn 20-18 programme. For more information please contact Camilla or Nicola at RVLC.
‘Get Active’- is a lifestyle change programme for participants who are currently inactive with no diagnosed medical conditions. Aimed at individuals who wish to increase their daily activity levels to promote a healthier lifestyle. The goal of this would be to use this as a stepping stone into other ‘Healthy Towns’ activities and programmes.
OCN Level 2 Award in Digital Marketing
North West Regional College
Here is the list of topics covered over the 8 weeks in the eCommerce course:
- Digital Marketing Framework
- Building a Content Strategy
- Generating Content Ideas
- Creative Exercises that are better than Brainstorming
- Website Design exploring Graphic Design Principles and Best Practices
- Wordpress WooCommerce plugin versus Shopify
- Payment Gateways
- Social Media Marketing
- Social Media and Online Risks
- Email Marketing – Using tools like MailChimp and Canva
- Google tools like Google my business and Google Analytics
- KPIs and ROI
This course is £63 for 8 weeks @ 3 hours per week, at Strand Rd Derry campus. beginning on Thursday 21st March (pending lecturer approval) from 6pm-9pm.
For further details please contact Holly Johnstone at NWRC
What is ‘PARS’?
PARS stands for ‘Physical Activity Referral Scheme’ and it is an ‘Exercise Prescription’ for you specifically from your GP or health professional- delivered by an exercise specialist within RVLC. The scheme provides 12 weeks of group exercise for your needs to improve quality of life and overall health and well-being. The idea is that PARPS clients continue after their initial 12 weeks onto ‘Healthy Towns’ programmes/classes and clubs.
Who will qualify for ‘Health Matters’?
When referring a patient to Health Matters, please consider the following:
The patient must be motivated to adopt a course of moderate physical activity
The patient must be considered capable of undertaking physical activity as a course of treatment
The patient must be sedentary and not currently a member of a leisure centre gym.
(a) The patient must suffer from one or more of the following:
Hypertension, mild – moderate greater than 140/90 mm/hg but less than 180/100 mm/hg
Controlled diabetes (refer to section (c) below)
Heart disease (refer to section (c) below)
Anxiety/stress/depression • Obesity (BMI greater than 30)
Asthma, bronchitis or COPD
Other significant long term illness (refer to section (c) below
(b) Patients with high risk of developing the following should be considered:
Coronary heart disease
(c) We do not recommend that the patient be referred to the scheme if they fall into any of the following criteria:
Poorly controlled epilepsy
Cardiomyopathy, unless recommended by a heart specialist
Current severe disease or disability which impedes ability to take part in physical activity
Less than 12 weeks from a cardiac event
Less than 12 weeks from giving birth
Under the age of 16
Why complete the Referral Form?
The Referral Form demonstrates that a healthcare professional considers a course of physical activity to be beneficial to their patient’s needs. It is important to fill in all sections of the form and not to leave any sections blank. It is essential that this information is correct, as it will be used to design a physical activity course specific to the patient’s needs.
All information is treated as confidential.
It is essential to know the following information:
1. Reason for referral:
Patients referred for weight management will only be accepted if they have a BMI greater than 30
If a patient is referred for ‘other’ reasons, please state this condition in the ‘Comment(s)’ section of this form. Please note this should be a condition that a course of physical activity can help. The Health Matters Coordinator can be contacted to clarify whether this ‘other’ condition will be accepted onto the scheme or not.
2. Relevant, current or past health problems:
Please use the ‘Comment(s)’ section of this form to advise of this information
3. Any relevant medication, for example:
Beta-blockers eg Atenolol, Metaprolol
Diuretics eg Frumil, Burinex, Bendrofluazide
ACE Inhibitors eg Captopril, Enalopril
Calcium Chellel Blockers eg Nifedipine, Diltiazon
Nitrates eg Isosorbide Mononitrate, GTN 4. Limitation of physical activity specific to the patient
5. Referrer’s signature
6. Patient’s signature
Once the form is completed and signed, please post to:
Health Matters Coordinator Please refer to the list of participating leisure facilities
What happens next?
Within two to six weeks of receiving the form, the patient/client will be contacted by the Health Matters Coordinator to arrange an appointment. (Referral forms will only be accepted when a practice has signed up to the Service Level Agreement.)
Feedback Form to Referrer
At the end of the 12-week scheme a feedback form will be completed. A copy of this form will be forwarded to the referrer, a copy shall be given to the patient and the leisure centre will retain a copy. Should the patient, for whatever reason, drop out of the scheme, it will be noted on the feedback form.
‘What does ‘Health 4 Life’ look like in Limavady?
‘Health for Life’ is an initiative based in Roe Valley Leisure Centre operated by Causeway Coast and Glens Council. ‘Health for Life’ incorporates a variety of projects and programmes, such as ‘Healthy Towns’, NHIP (Neighbourhood Health Improvement Project), PARS (Physical Activity Referral Scheme), and EBA (Everybody Active).
The aim is to offer as many different programmes, activities and opportunities for everyone in the Roe Valley area to avail of in order to improve overall well-being, fitness and healthier lifestyles. Projects run year round for all abilities and are funded/part-funded by Causeway coast and Glens Council, PHA, DfC and SportNI.
Health Development officer
There are various training providers in the Borough, offering courses to help you run your business more efficiently.
Have a look here. If you are a training provider that wishes to add their courses, please get in touch with us firstname.lastname@example.org
There's no getting away from it, social media is where your business needs to be at! Both the Northern Regional College and the North West Regional College offer courses to help small businesses get to grips with social media for the benefit of their business.
Northern Regional College (NRC) - contact email@example.com
North West Regional College (NWRC) - contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Make It To Market
- Are you interested in bringing your product to local Artisan Markets?
- Would FREE trading pitches, workshops and support help you get your product to market?
- Apply for this FREE ‘Make it to Market’ Programme.
This Programme will help you develop the business skills you need to start/develop your business.
We will help you bring your product to market and provide you with;
- 5 Free Market Trading Pitches throughout the programme to include Naturally North Coast & Glens Markets & Roe Valley Speciality Markets.
- 1 Free Market Trading Pitch at The Causeway Speciality Market (subject to additional T&C)
- One to one mentoring, and support throughout the programme.
- Free workshops to help develop your business, your confidence, skills and ultimately help you increase sales and profitability. The workshop programme will cover marketing, social media (Instagram), visual merchandising, selling skills, branding, mobile video & photography skills, writing content skills, pricing strategies and bookkeeping. The workshops will also give you the opportunity to meet likeminded people, network and pick up tips from friendly experienced traders.
The Make it to Market programme is open to all makers that have an artisan product which is market ready. It is aimed at those who are over 16 years old and are ready to commit to participating in the programme.
We welcome applications from food producers, artists and crafters who are new to trading or have just recently started their business.
Places on the programme are limited and will be offered to those that best fit our trading criteria.
The deadline for applications is Friday 22nd Feb 2019.
Exploring Enterprise Programme
This is a free programme delivered over 6 mornings that helps you take the first steps in exploring your business idea and/or improving your self/employment prospects. You can achieve an accredited qualification in Understanding Business Enterprise from the programme! This will improve your CV and help to break down barriers to self-employment or employment. Learning takes place in an open, non-threatening environment, suited to adults returning to education.
On the programme you will learn about:
- Understanding personal qualities & abilities for business
- Understanding enterprise & enterprising skills
- Products & customers
- Resources & teams
- Understanding opportunities & risks
1-1 Mentoring is available with this course and is supplied by our dedicated start-up business team here at Causeway Enterprise Agency. Mentoring can include bookkeeping, financial planning, marketing, digital marketing, market research and others. The next course is scheduled to begin week beginning 18th February 2019 in Coleraine. Recuitment has also begun for the next course in Limavady, which will begin in April 2019.
Eligibility: You must be either unemployed or working/in education less than 16 hrs a week. You must be 16 or over.
Start, Scale, Succeed.
Social Enterprise Northern Ireland and Work West are partnering with Ulster Bank to launch a Social Pre-Accelerator programme. Designed exclusively for social entrepreneurs in Northern Ireland, the pre-accelerator offers support, tools and techniques to explore and validate your ideas for a sustainable social business or if you are at the start of your social journey or already up and running but keen to validate your business and ideas.
It’s a fully-funded eight-week programme to help Social entrepreneurs start, scale and succeed.
Applications are open now and spaces are limited, so apply today to make sure you don’t miss out.
The Pre-Accelerator includes:
· Digital learning: an action-focused eight week programme via a unique digital portal enabling you to work at your own pace in your own space.
· Environment: a collaborative community meet for an ‘Ignition’ kick off event. There is also a mid and end-of programme, learning and sharing celebration event.
· Network: we’ll connect you to other entrepreneurs across Northern Ireland via our dedicated Facebook page and plug you into the power of your local ecosystem.
Who can apply for the pre-accelerator?
Pre Accelerator is open to anyone starting or growing a social endeavour. It is for anyone who has a great idea for a social business or is an early-stage entrepreneur alongside other commitments. This programme will give you tools and insights on how to start and/or grow your business idea. Spaces are limited and offered on a first come, first served basis, therefore we recommend applying early.
How long is the programme?
Pre-Accelerator is an eight-week programme, starting on the 21th February, for social organisations. There are three events, all held in the Ulster Bank Entrepreneur Accelerator and attendance at all 3 is essential to be part of the programme:
· Ignition – 21st February – 9:00am – 12:00pm
· Customer Discovery – 21st March – 9:00am – 12:00pm
· Celebration Event – 18th April – 4pm – 6pm
All other learning is digital and spread across the 8 weeks.
How much does the programme cost?
The programme is fully funded by Ulster Bank in partnership with Social Enterprise NI and Go Social Northern Ireland, therefore there are no costs to participants.
How do I apply?
You apply here. Applications are taken on a first come, first served basis. Applications are now open and will close when the programme is full.
What types of things will I learn?
Our Ignition, Workshop and Celebration events will be high energy in person events delivered in the Entrepreneur Accelerator Hub. We’ll explore customer validation, entrepreneurial mind-set ,lean, business model canvas and of course, pitching all the tools you need to drive a sustainable social endeavour. At the end of the programme, there will be an opportunity to hear from panellists including Social Enterprise NI, Work West on further support for your ideas and business, as well as a pitching competition with a money can’t buy prize!
Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council and Tourism NI have unveiled plans to train 500 people as destination and golf ambassadors ahead of The 148th Open.
The iconic championship takes place at Royal Portrush from July 14th – 21st and is set to be the biggest sporting event ever held here.
The WorldHost training programme, which will be delivered by accredited trainers at a number of local golf clubs across the Causeway Coast and Glens from January 2019, is aimed at those in the retail, tourism, accommodation and hospitality sectors.
It will cover a range of themes, including communication, making an excellent first impression and the value of the tourism economy, all with the golf visitor in mind.
Building upon the success of Enterprise Week 2018, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, in partnership with a host of business support agencies, are delighted to present a week packed with events to suit all businesses at various stages of their entrepreneurial journey.
Events are at a glance below, with booking links for each event further below.
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At a Glance
Pictured above is LAG Board member Tommy Collins (inside left) along with Pat Hasson (centre) and some of the workforce at M Hasson and Sons LTD. The company were awarded £90,000 through the Rural Development Programme to assist with funding new manufacturing equipment. To find out more click here.
Rural businesses in the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council area will have an opportunity to apply for funding to the Rural Development Programme in February 2019. The Causeway Coast and Glens Local Action Group have now approved over 60 applications from businesses, committing over £1.9 million to projects that will create jobs and support growth in the local economy.
Rasharkin based steel company M. Hasson and Sons is one of those local businesses who have successfully applied for funding from the programme, receiving £90,000 to assist in purchasing of a CNC Band Saw and CNC Drill-line. This has allowed the company to create four new full-time jobs.
Speaking of the company’s successful application, Director Pat Hasson said, “This Investment has enabled us to machine the largest structural steel components available, as can been seen in our workshop today. Our skilled workforce are producing highly critical components for large private & Government projects both here and throughout Europe. It has been a game changer for our company.”
Commenting on the project, LAG Board member Tommy Collins MBE commented “We are fortunate to have a number of quality manufacturing firms around Rasharkin, Kilrea and Garvagh who are creating employment and developing products for use all around the world, and M. Hasson and Sons are certainly one of these companies. I congratulate the Hasson family on their continued business expansion and wish them luck going forward. I’d also like to urge rural businesses in the Council area to give our Admin Unit a call to find out if the Rural Development Programme can help you.”
Funding Workshops take place in January for those interested in making an application in February 2019. For more information visit www.causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk/work/rural-development or call 028 7034 7016.
The next Local Government Elections are scheduled to take place on Thursday 2 May 2019.
In the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council area, the elections will see 40 Councillors elected to serve the people of the 7 District Electoral Areas (DEAs) which make up the Borough.
Prospective candidates or agents, can find information, guidance and forms on nominations on this page.
Over 60 businesses in the Causeway Coast and Glens area have successfully applied for grant funding to the Rural Development Programme and you can too! Funding Workshops will take place from 21st to 24th January 2019, at various venues, for the next call of the Rural Business Investment Scheme.
Please find below information on the various programmes operating under each outlined theme contained in the Causeway Coast and Glens PEACE IV Local Action Plan.
More information on the Special European Union Programmes Body (SEUPB): http://www.seupb.eu
For more information on forthcoming events, please check the Calendar of events regularly for updates or contact the Peace IV team at Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council: peaceIV@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk
You can also subscribe to our bi-annual EZine by sending an email with the subject line ‘Subscribe’ to the above email address.
Please find below a calendar of events for the three programmes within the Causeway Coast and Glens Local Action Plan.
To keep up-to-date with programme activities, please subscribe to our bi-annual Ezine by sending an email to
peaceIV@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk with the subject line 'Subscribe'.
Ballykelly Heathrow Logistics Hub Bid - Supply Chain Partners Sought
A Request from MJM Group
MJM Group owned by the McConville family from Rathfriland, Co. Down has three trading businesses MJM Marine, Mivan and Topglass. Their three businesses deliver high end interior fitout and exterior services to the marine, high end residential, and commercial sectors. With people at the heart of the organisation, their aim is to deliver the highest quality and craftsmanship for our clients. Everything they do is designed and created to deliver an exceptional experience. They also have a property division which incorporates a range of commercial interests including the former Shackleton Barracks in Ballykelly, Limavady. This is a 620-acre site which they have plans in place to develop to create sustainable employment.
One of the opportunities they are pursuing, is the delivery of a Heathrow Logistics Hub, to support the off-site construction of Heathrow Airport’s £14bn expansion programme. http://mediacentre.heathrow.com/pressrelease/details/81/Expansion-News-23/9971 This would be a game changer for the Northern Ireland economy and the construction/manufacturing/logistics sectors.
"We, as a group of businesses have the facilities and the expertise to support this project but we need to demonstrate that we have the supply chain to help deliver this in Northern Ireland. As such, we are asking businesses and stakeholders right across Northern Ireland to express an interest in potentially being part of the supply chain if we are successful in our bid. We do not know exactly what the requirement would be from a Northern Ireland site yet- it could be consolidation, manufacturing, testing, R&D or any element of the process involved in delivering such a significant project.
We want to show that we have a range of capabilities in Northern Ireland from ambitious SMEs through to large entities who are already supplying into Heathrow or similar scale entities. We would be delighted if you willing to add your company to our potential supply chain and if we are successful, that you too may be in with a chance to get involved."
(Please note, signing the declaration below is not binding - it is an expression of interest).
- Business Name
- Address and contact details (Please state proximity to Ballykelly in miles)
- Core Business Competencies
- Number of Employees
- Turnover (£) (not mandatory)
- Do you have any previous experience of supplying into Heathrow or working in major infrastructure projects? (Please provide overview in less than 200 words)
On this page, we shall post a number of current articles and opportunities, that don't have the longevity to appear elsewhere on our website.
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Please find information below on our recent events occurring under the Causeway Coast and Glens PEACE IV Local Action Plan.
To keep up-to-date with programme activities, please subscribe to our bi-annual Ezine by sending an email to
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Demand has outstripped the supply of holiday homes being advertised here for Juniper Hill at the moment. Please check availability at Carrick Dhu, Cushendun or Cushendall parks, and any new caravans at Juniper Hill will be advertised here as soon as they're sent to us.
Demand has outstripped the supply of holiday homes being advertised here for Carrick Dhu at the moment. Please check availability at Juniper Hill, Cushendun or Cushendall parks, and any new caravans at Carrick Dhu will be advertised here as soon as they're sent to us.
Date published: 03 December 2018
The Department for the Economy is asking broadband suppliers and members of the public to help ensure they have correctly identified all those postcodes that contain premises currently unable to access 30 megabits per second (Mbps) broadband services.
[People are asked to check the lists published online at nidirect or visit their local council offices where hard copies are available.
Noel Lavery, Permanent Secretary, said, “I would encourage people to review these lists to ensure that we have identified those postcodes where broadband services of at least 30 Mbps are not available. If you believe the information relating to your postcode is incorrect then please contact us soon as possible. This is an important and necessary step in preparing the ground work that could see an investment of up to £200 million of public money in telecoms infrastructure in Northern Ireland, primarily in rural areas. “There has been significant investment in telecoms infrastructure across Northern Ireland, but there are still areas, particularly rural, where difficulties remain. This exercise aims to identify those areas so that we can ensure funding is targeted appropriately.”
For further information on the public consultation visit the DfE website page Extending Broadband across Northern Ireland – Project Stratum
The Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council are promoting, through their LiveSmart Campaign, a new initiative called LitterSmart. If you are a community group, school, church, organisation or an individual who would like to carry out a litter pick in your local area the council can help by providing litter pickers, bags, high visible vests and also remove all bags of rubbish collected after your litter pick.
As we would all agree carelessley discarded litter is unsightly and there are currently 13 billion plastic bottles sold each year in the UK with a large number of these being littered around our beautiful countryside, towns and villages. There are 7 million disposable coffee cups being thrown away every day across the UK and approximately 8.5 billion plastic straws thrown away each year in the UK having been used only once, so action is urgently needed!
Much of this litter is being eaten by birds, fish and other species which is leading to large numbers of fish being found to have plastic in their gut. At current rates there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050.
Using a refillable bottle and coffee cup and saying no to straws is a great place to start which we can all easily participate in and also disposing of our litter correctly.
Litter picks have already been carried out on many of our beaches, towns and villages in the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council area where hundreds of bags of rubbish have been collected, some of which has been washed ashore, thrown out of car windows or just discarded carelessly by the public.
Each litter pick event carried out will be mapped on our story map along with submitted photographs of the event on council’s website where everyone can see how the community is working together with council to look after our wonderful area.
A big thank you to everyone, especially the volunteers, who work tirelessly to keep our beautiful countryside, towns and villages clean and free of litter.
If you or your group would like to organise a litter pick in your area or to find out more, please contact the Environmental Resource Team Tel: 028 276 60248 or email email@example.com
The Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council are promoting, through their LiveSmart Campaign, a new initiative called CafeSmart. Businesses who support sustainable practices or working towards becoming more sustainable within their business will be promoted by Council throughout the borough. To take part in this initiative, CafeSmart, an Environmental Resource Officer will visit you at your business to carry out a short survey / audit to asertain where your business is in regard to sustainability. The survey comprises nine different questions:
1. Supply chain / Environmental Policy
2. Waste Management
3. Energy Efficiency
4. Water Conservation
5. Food Purchasing
6. Fair Trade
7. Single Use Plastics
8. Engaging Employees
9. Engaging Customers
Once the survey is complete your business will be promoted on the Council's website as a sustainable business and your business details will be plotted on an interactive map for the public to access. We would love to hear from you so please feel free to contact an Environmental Resource Officer to find out more about CafeSmart or arrange a visit with an officer.
Fill out the CafeSmart survey here to register your interest in your business becoming a CafeSmart member and you will be contacted by the team.
You may contact a member of the Environmental Resource Team via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 028 2766 0248
Food Safety and Port Health – Public Health Agency Work
The Public Health Agency is the Data Controller under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for the personal data we are gathering for the purposes of the protection of public health.
You are providing your personal data to the Council whose lawful basis for processing is contained within the Public Health (NI) Act 1967 and the International Health Regulations 2005 and regulations made there under.
Your personal data will be shared with the Public Health Agency and may be shared with the Health & Social Care Trusts who have responsibilities in providing this service and with other statutory bodies, if necessary to protect public health.
Your personal data may be shared internally within the Council with staff for investigation and enforcement purposes including food safety.
Your personal data will not be shared or disclosed to any other organisation without your consent, unless the law permits or places an obligation on the Council to do so.
The personal data is held and stored by the Council in a safe and secure manner and in compliance with Data Protection legislation and in line with the Council’s Records Retention and Disposal Schedule.
If you have any queries regarding the processing of your personal data please contact Sharon Bateson, Food, Health & Safety and Consumer Protection Manager at 028 2766 0257 or email email@example.com
If you wish to contact the Council’s Data Protection Officer, please write to Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, 66 Portstewart Road, Coleraine, B52 1EY or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Support is available for SMEs to take part in Horizon 2020 research and innovation projects.
Horizon 2020 is the EU's new programme for research and innovation. It will run from 2014-2020 and is the successor to the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).
Horizon 2020 brings together all existing European Union research and innovation funding, including the Framework Programme for Research, the innovation related activities of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).
Designed to support the Innovation Union - Europe 2020 Flagship Initiative , the basic principle of Horizon 2020 is to adopt a much more strategic approach to research and innovation.
Objectives of Fund
Horizon 2020 and COSME - Competitiveness of Enterprises and SMEs are the major EU instruments to provide direct support and a favourable environment for the growth of SMEs.
Horizon 2020 focuses on the following three priorities:
- Excellent Science - generating excellent science in order to strengthen the EU's world-class excellence in science.
- Industrial Leadership - fostering industrial leadership to support business, including small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
- Societal Challenges - innovation and tackling societal challenges, in order to respond directly to the challenges identified in the Europe 2020 strategy by supporting activities covering the entire spectrum from research to market.
SME participation is encouraged throughout Horizon 2020 and in particular in the priorities Industrial Leadership and Societal Challenges. However, SME support is targeted with the dedicated SME instrument, which is a novel approach to support SMEs' innovation activities.
The aim of the SME Instrument is to attract more SMEs to Horizon 2020, provide support to a wider range of innovation activities and to help increase the economic impact of project results by its company-focused and market-driven approach.
The SME instrument addresses the financing needs of internationally oriented SMEs, in implementing high-risk and high-potential innovation ideas. It will support projects with a European dimension that lead to radical changes in how business (product, processes, services, marketing etc.) is done and that will launch the company into new markets, promote growth, and create high return on investment.
The SME instrument addresses all types of innovative SMEs so as to be able to promote growth champions in all sectors.
What Support is Available?
The SME instrument supports close-to-market activities, with the aim to give a strong boost to breakthrough innovation with a market-creating potential. Highly innovative SMEs with a clear commercial ambition and a potential for high growth and internationalisation are the prime target.
The SME Instrument offers small and medium-sized businesses the following:
- Business innovation grants for feasibility assessment purposes (optional phase I): EUR 50,000 (lump sum) per project (70% of total cost of the project);
- Business innovation grants for innovation development & demonstration purposes (possible phase II): an amount in the indicative range of EUR 500,000 and 2,5 million (70% of total cost of the project as a general rule);
- Free-of-charge business coaching (optional) in order to support and enhance the firm’s innovation capacity and help align the project to strategic business needs;
- Access to a wide range of other business acceleration services and facilitated access to risk finance, to facilitate the commercial exploitation of the innovation.
Who Can Apply
Internationally oriented SMEs implementing high-risk and high-potential innovation ideas are eligible to apply. Find out more HERE.
In brief, an SME is an enterprise with fewer than 250 employees which has an annual turnover not exceeding €50 million, and/or an annual balance sheet total not exceeding €43 million.
Why a slow cooker?
Using a slow cooker is an easy way of making tasty nutritional meals at affordable prices.
If you are a charity shop located within the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council area and would like to be included on the Council's charity shop web page, please contact the Environmental Resource Team.
Telephone 028 2766 0248 or e-mail email@example.com
Click on the links below to find out some helpful hints and tips on how to look after your clothes and also how to carry out some minor repairs
Listed below are some well know local charity shops within the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council area. They will be delighted to receive any of you unwanted clothes plus other items that are no longer useful to you, but are still in good condtion.
The District Council Good Relations Programme (DCGRP), is delivered as part of the Executive’s wider ‘Together: Building a United Community (T:BUC)’ Strategy.
The key aims of the programme are to improve relations between and within District Council areas and to support local solutions to local good relations issues.
Building a United Community
Each council programme is linked to at least one of the key themes of the T:BUC Strategy.
- Our Children and Young People
- Our Shared Community
- Our Safe Community
- Our Cultural Expression
The Council's Good Relations Programme is jointly funded by The Executive Office and each individual Council.
Councils deliver agreed, outcome focused good relations projects supervised and managed by a team of Good Relations Officers.
The Good Relations Team at Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council would like to invite you to come and join us in a series of educational visits. The informative visits are part of a series of “opening doors” to places participants would not traditionally visit and are organised as part of our “Through the Looking Glass” programme. The visits provide participants with opportunities to explore the range of different cultures and traditions that make up the rich diversity in Northern Ireland.
The first two events took place to coincide with Good Relations Week and started off on Friday 14 September with a visit to the Ulster Museum Belfast to see “The Troubles and Beyond” gallery and participants took part in discussions about the different historical and political perspectives displayed. The exhibition acknowledges that while we have a shared past, we do not have a shared memory and it seeks to ensure a diverse and inclusive approach, with many objects and personal stories to be investigated. This visit and the facilitated discussion provided an opportunity for people to reflect on how the exhibition has affected them and to learn from each other’s perspectives on this turbulent period of history.
On Tuesday 18 September participants had the chance to visit the Limavady Orange Heritage Centre. The visit included a tour of the centre and an introductory presentation by the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland on the history of the Orange movement and why the Order still exists today. The tour of the Centre included exploring interactive panels and artefacts on display throughout the building and provided participants with information on the history of the Orange tradition in the local area.
Thursday 7th March 2019
Come and join us join us on a visit to the Hope Centre, Coleraine.
Vineyard Compassion is a charity based in Coleraine.The aim of the charity is to support people ‘from crisis to full potential’, by providing practical support for the poor in the local community, whilst empowering them to tackle the underlying root causes of poverty.
Participants will get a guided tour of the Hope Centre beginning at 10am and an opportunity to learn about the charity and the work they do in the local area.
If you would like to attend, it is essential to register in order to secure a place. Closing date for registration is Thursday 28th February 2019.
For further information and to register, please contact a member of staff of the Good Relations team on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on Tel: 028 777 60312.
Places for all visits are limited and booking is essential. To book contact the Good Relations department as soon as possible.
You can download a copy of the flyer below.
LAG Board member Anthony McGarvey (right) with Ian Eccles and Claire Eccles , owners of Alpha 1 Dog Hotel. The company received £30,000.00 to assist with the construction of Dog Hotel.
Over 60 businesses in the Causeway Coast and Glens area have already been approved for grant funding through the Rural Business Investment Scheme, with over £1.1million committed to projects that will help rural businesses prosper.
Funding Workshop dates have now been set for the Call 8 of the Rural Business Investment Scheme, which will open for application in February 2019
All applicants who intend to apply must attend a MANDATORY Pre-Application Funding Workshop. Dates are as follows:
|Monday 21st January 2019||10.30am||Council Offices, 7 Connell Street, Limavady|
|Tuesday 22nd January 2019||2.30pm||Council Offices, Sheskburn House, Ballycastle|
|Wednesday 23rd January 2019||6.00pm||Ballymoney Town Hall|
|Thursday 24th January 2019||7.00pm||Council Offices, Cloonavin, Coleraine|
You must attend one of the above dates to be eligible to apply in February 2019.
What will be covered in the Workshop?
Steps in preparing to submit an application to the Rural Business Investment Scheme in February 2019. Full attendance of a session is mandatory if you intend to apply.
Step 1- Call us immediately on 028 7034 7016 or e-mail email@example.com to request an Expression of Interest form.
Step 2- Complete the Expression of Interest and return as soon as possible. If eligible to apply you will be registered to attend a Funding Workshop.
If you do not attend one of the above workshops and submit an application your application will be deemed ineligible.
Workshop participants must be an owner, partner or director of the business applying. Consultants working for an applicant cannot attend on behalf of the applicant but can accompany an applicant.
Only one application per applicant per call is permitted
Attendance at a Pre-Application Workshop does not guarantee an offer of funding.
Application to the scheme is a competitive process and subject to the availability of funding.
Tourism Northern Ireland is pleased to announce the launch of an immersive technology programme.
‘Enhancing Visitor Experiences Through Immersive Technology 2018/2019’
This new programme is a capital funding programme which aims to support the development of new immersive experiences that create a compelling reason for visitors to come to Northern Ireland and to enhance their experience whilst here.
Tourism NI’s ambition is to double the value of Northern Ireland tourism by 2030. This ambitious goal is set in the context of a travel industry which is one of the fastest growing sectors in the world and one which has experienced enormous digital transformation.
The programme focuses on projects which have at their core an immersive technology solution that allows visitors to enjoy our stories and experiences in a new and engaging way.
This will include animation of the visitor experience at existing attractions and improvement of interpretation and storytelling so that attractions can tell their story creatively through innovative technology.
This programme is open to applications from 13th November and will close for applications at 11am on 3rd December 2018.
To find out more, click HERE
Car parking arrangements
There will be some changes to car parking arrangements in Portrush starting from June 2019.
The table below shows when these changes come into effect for specific car parks.
During these times the car parks will be unavailable for general use.
Spectator parking will be available at Park & Ride facilities located within a 15 minute journey to Royal Portrush Golf Club.
Drivers should turn of their satellite navigation systems and follow Variable Messaging Signs (VMS) and AA event specific signs.
The PSNI will direct motorists to use the designated traffic routes, which will be clearly signed by The AA.
Translink will operate a 10 minute shuttle service (maximum) from each site and all buses will be designed to accommodate people with a disability.
The park and ride facilities can be used by all visitors to Portrush.
During the week of The Open public transport users will benefit from:
•Direct trains from Belfast to Portrush.
•All trains will double in size (3 to 6 carriages).
•An increased number of morning and evening trains.
•An increased frequency of trains to and from Portrush.
•Goldline bus services from Belfast to Coleraine will be extended to/from Portrush.
•The 140 Service will operate at a 10 minute frequency and stop at major caravan sites along the route to/from Portrush.
•The 402 service will operate at a 30 minute frequency and be extended to operate earlier in the morning and later in the evening to accommodate spectators travelling to/from The Open.
In accordance with the Road Traffic Regulation (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, access to the following roads will be restricted between the hours of 06:00 – 21:00 from Sunday 14 July – Monday 22 July 2019 (inclusive):
•Bushmills Road - between Crocknamack Road and Dunluce Road
•Dunluce Road - between Bushmills Road and Ballybogey Road
•Portstewart Road - between Glenvale Crescent and Coleraine Road
•Ballybogey Road - from Ballymacrea Road/Ballymagarry Road to Dunluce Road (Royal Court patrons will be facilitated)
“No waiting” restrictions will be in place on roads near the course.
Alternative parking will be provided for those affected by the restrictions who have no off-street parking available.
Residential access will be facilitated and access to Golflinks and Skerries holiday parks will be maintained.
Information about how to apply for permits will be issued to those affected in due course.
Please check back here for further updates
Bookings for our Holiday and Leisure Parks during The Open are now being taken.
There are over 350 spaces available at all six Parks, and most of these are within 3.5km of Royal Portrush Golf Club.
The closest Holiday Park to the event, Carrick Dhu, is now fully booked for caravans, but there are still spaces available at Juniper Hill Holiday Park which is only half a mile further along the Coast Road.
There will be an opportunity to volunteer at The 148th Open which provides a unique experience for anyone wanting to play a part in this great event.
Motivated and enthusiastic volunteers will help to create an unrivalled visitor experience and make this event truly unmissable.
There will be an unprecedented media focus, thousands of spectators, a global TV audience of millions and a terrific atmosphere of celebration. We all want to showcase the Causeway Coast and Glens and give our global visitors a warm welcome.
There are a range of interesting and fulfilling roles so sign up today for the opportunity to be involved in the biggest event to come to our shores in 2019!
Outside the ropes, Portrush and the wider Borough will come alive with a festival of activities and attractions to complement the action on the course. This animation will help to showcase why the Causeway and Glens is a great place to live, work and visit and will ensure it is a truly memorable occasion.
Check back soon for full details about the programme which is set to include live music performances, artisan markets, fireworks and golf-themed attractions.
For current information on where to stay, things to do or places to visit go to www.visitcausewaycoastandglens.com
Before then, explore the beautiful Causeway Coastal Route in this short video
Are you planning on providing accommodation during The 148th Open?
Please ensure you have received certification from Tourism NI before you accept any bookings.
If your friends or family are looking for somewhere to stay please go to www.visitcausewaycoastandglens.com
Here you can browse accommodation options, access our Visitor Information Centres to secure your bookings and get further details about our events and animation programme.
Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council is working with a range of partners including The R&A, organisers of The Open to develop a traffic and transport plan which includes a paid park and ride service operated by Translink.
The ultimate aim of the plan is to create a positive experience for residents, traders, golf spectators and other visitors to the resort and the wider Borough.
Ensure the safety of residents and visitors
Minimise congestion in Portrush and the surrounding area
Promote the Causeway Coast and Glens as an attractive destination and ensure a warm welcome for all
To view the Traffic and Travel presentation from the Business Engagement event on January 21st download the file below.
Image above courtesy of Tourism Ireland
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Destination Bushmills: Drop In Morning
Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council is working with the local community to create an identity which will resonate with residents, businesses, visitors, tourists, and stakeholders. It will capture the unique essence of the village in order to sustain tourism and economic growth and position the village as a must-visit destination within the Causeway Coast and Glens.
As part of this development we'd like to invite you to drop in, enjoy a coffee and share your thoughts on the Bushmills Village identity and its development on
Thursday 18th October from 9.45 AM - 1PM at the Bushmills Visitor Information Centre. Click HERE to let us know you're dropping in.
We look forward to seeing you there. For all queries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Grants and Funding Sources for Business
Grants and Funding within Council
Current Grants and Funding outside of Council
Grants and funding opportunities for businesses are available from a plethora of organisations. Here are just a few of them.
Through the scheme, cultural and creative organisations can obtain £10,000 of grant funding to develop digital ideas. Deadline 14th November
An Innovation Voucher provides funding to small and medium sized businesses to work with an expert Knowledge Provider from a University, College or other Public Sector Research Body bringing new knowledge to help businesses innovate, develop and grow.
Invest NI’s Access to Finance funds were created to help companies struggling to access the necessary finance to grow their businesses.
Enterprise Northern Ireland is involved in the delivery of two loan fund products that can help businesses start-up and grow. Eligible clients can apply for up to £25,000, repayable between 1 and 5 years at an interest rate of 6.2% APR. Following disbursal of the loan, clients can access up to 15 hours of mentoring support to help you in key areas of your business development.
The NI Small Business Loan Fund provides access to finance for small businesses, sole traders and partnerships which are keen to develop their business, but find it difficult to access funding through traditional sources. Start-up businesses trading less than two years can access up to £15k whereas companies trading longer than this can apply for up to £50k.
This privacy notice is to let you know how the Community Planning Team in Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council will look after your personal information.
The processing of personal data is governed by the Data Protection Act (DPA) and other relevant legislation. When we ask you for personal information, we will ensure that:
you know why we need it
we only ask for what we need and don’t collect too much or irrelevant information
we protect your information and make sure nobody has access to it who shouldn’t have
we only share it with other organisations when it is lawful to do so
we don’t keep it any longer than is necessary
it is not made available for commercial use without your permission
Why Are You Processing My Personal Information?
The Community Planning Team is collecting and processing your personal information because the Local Government Act 2014 requires Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council to initiate, maintain, facilitate and participate in Community Planning in this area. This legislation requires the Council to seek the participation of and encourage the local community to express their views on community planning in this area.
We will use your personal information to:
Facilitate the circulation of information to you in relation to community planning in general and to facilitate any specific actions being taken forward in relation to community planning.
To answer any of your questions in relation to community planning.
For statistical and research purposes in relation to community planning.
To ensure compliance with the requirements of the legislation relating to community planning.
What Type of Personal Information Are You Processing?
We will be collecting and processing the following types of personal information where appropriate:
Where Do You Get My Personal Information From?
Personal information will be provided to us by you from activities that are undertaken as part of the community planning process.
Do You Share My Personal Information With Anyone Else?
Your information will be held by the Community Planning Team of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council
We will not share your personal information with any other Council Departments or organisations.
We will not disclose any of your personal information to any other organisation unless required to do so by law.
Do You Transfer My Personal Information To Other Countries?
Your personal information will not be transferred to countries outside the EU.
How Long Do You Keep My Personal Information?
We will only retain your personal information for as long as necessary to facilitate the appropriate community planning activity.
All information stored is subject to and is kept in line with the Council’s Retention and Disposal Schedule
We may also keep it for longer in order to meet other legislative requirements, or to answer requests for information from ongoing or impending statutory inquiries.
What Rights Do I Have?
You have the right to be informed that your information is being processed
You have the right to obtain access to your personal information
You can have your personal information rectified if it is inaccurate or incomplete
You can ask for your personal information to be erased (where there is no compelling reason for its continued processing)
You have the right to restrict processing in certain circumstances
You have the right to object to the processing of personal information.
For further information on your rights, please contact the Council’s Data Protection Officer:
Data Protection Officer
Telephone: 028 7034 7034
What We Ask of You
Please make sure that any information you give us is as accurate and as complete as possible.
Don’t include personal information about another person (including your family members) unless you have told the individual concerned and they agree to it being supplied to us.
Tell us as soon as possible if any of the personal information you have provided changes.
How Do I Complain If I’m Not Happy?
If you are unhappy with any aspect of how your personal information is being processed, please contact the Council’s Data Protection Officer:
Data Protection Officer
Telephone: 028 7034 7034
Your complaint will be dealt with using the Council’s complaints process
If you are still not happy, you have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) – contact details are given below:
Information Commissioner’s Office
Tel: 0303 123 1113
Any information carried over the Internet is not secure; information can be intercepted, lost, redirected, changed and read by other people. Any transmission is at your own risk.
Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to mitigate unauthorised access and protect your personal data against unlawful processing, accidental loss, destruction and damage. We will retain your information in accordance with our Retention and Disposal Schedule.
We have implemented security policies, controls and technical measures to protect the personal data that we have under our control from:
improper use or disclosure
unlawful destruction or accidental loss
All our employees, processors and sub processors who have access to and are associated with the processing of personal information, are obliged to ensure compliance with the Data Protection Act.
For further information on how your personal information is used, how we maintain the security of your information and your rights to access information that we hold on you, please contact us using our secure online contact form
Or you can call us on 028 7034 7034 or e-mail email@example.com
You can find out more about us at www.causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk
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- One-to-one assessment with a business advisor
- Tailored financial and business planning advice
- Advice on how to access grants and funding
- Access to best practice guides, tools and videos
- Support and help to get you started
How to apply:
Call free phone enquiry line 0800 027 0639
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With one in five over 55s having had a fall at home, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is working in partnership with Councils across Northern Ireland during Falls Prevention Awareness Week to raise awareness of the measures we can take at home to prevent falls. See latest News Release
A party can be an enjoyable celebration. However, it can also be a serious nuisance to the whole neighbourhood. This leaflet gives some simple advice to help you enjoy your party without annoying anyone else.
The 148th Open will be held in Portrush from July 14th – 21st 2019.
It is set to be the biggest sporting event ever staged here with an anticipated audience in the region of 190,000 spectators in attendance.
Outside the ropes, Portrush and the wider Borough will come alive with a festival of activities and attractions to complement the action on the course. This animation will help to showcase why the Causeway and Glens is a great place to live, work and visit and will ensure it is a truly memorable occasion.
Portrush is currently undergoing a £17m regeneration programme funded by the Department for Communities. This includes a new train station, enhanced public realm, a Revitalise scheme aimed at business properties and a series of Urban Development Grants which aim to bring derelict and vacant properties back into economic use and act as a catalyst to leverage private sector investment. The programme represents a huge opportunity for Portrush and reflects its status as Northern Ireland’s premier tourist resort.
This multi-million pound regeneration work, alongside Council’s programme of events, will ensure Portrush is looking its very best as we prepare to welcome the golfing world.
Council is working closely with The R&A, Tourism NI and Royal Portrush Club ahead of the event to ensure The 148th Open is a memorable and successful experience for everyone.
Image above courtesy of Imagine Media
There are a range of initiatives and programmes available inside and outside of Council, to help your business become more energy efficient, to help both the environment and your pocket,
Northern Ireland Sustainable Energy Programme
A number of measures are available for commercial premises,factories, warehouses and farms, under the NI Sustainable Energy Programme, including 20-30% grants for commercial properties towards Energy Efficient Lighting, Intelligent Heating Controls and Air Conditioning. The full list of schemes is available at the Utitlity Regulator NISEP Schemes website
CafeSmart is a new initiative celebrating the environmental efforts of local eateries. CaféSmart recognises restaurants and cafés who are committed to waste reduction, energy saving and ethically sourcing goods. Consumers are increasingly looking for businesses who show positive environmental and social practices and Council’s CaféSmart award is a way to formally recognise this.
All CaféSmart recognised establishments will be registered on a ‘story-map’ on Council’s website which will include information about sustainability activities and environmental efforts. This will be easily accessible to the general public and provides a unique platform for eateries to showcase how they are trying to improve their ecological and social performance. It ensures residents and visitors will be well informed about efforts across the Causeway Coast and Glens to protect natural resources for future generations.
To get involved, all you need to do is book a free CaféSmart Survey which will be carried out by Council’s Environmental Resource Team who can also offer advice and guidance on best-practice. You can contact the team by emailing email@example.com or ring 028 2766 0248.
PlasticSmart aims to reduce plastic use and increase recycling in Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council with simple, practical actions. Whilst plastic is a really useful product, the problem is that most of it isn’t biodegradable. It doesn’t rot and it can hang around in the environment for hundreds of years. This is bad enough when it is in a landfill site, but much worse when it is left as litter and ends up in the sea. To find out more about the practical ways you can help reduce your plastic, please visit Plastic Smart
Carbon Trust Cient Services
The Carbon Trust offer a number of services to clients, to help reduce their carbon footprint. For more information please visit Carbon Trust Client Services
Managing Business Energy and Waste
Invest NI provide tailored advice and training on resource efficiency issues and run workshops across Northern Ireland on energy and resource efficiency initiatives. They can also signpost you to online information to help your business implement resource efficiency savings. For more information please visit Managing Business Energy and Waste - Invest NI
START2ACT Knowledge Base
You can tap into the pool of advice, documents, solutions, tools, products on energy efficiency in the office environment as well as at home. Click Knowledge Base to begin your search.
Industrial Symbiosis Service
Industrial symbiosis is a systems approach to a more sustainable and integrated industrial economy that identifies business opportunities to improve resource utilisation (materials, energy, water, capacity, expertise, assets etc). The Industrial Symbiosis Service in Northern Ireland is funded by Invest Northern Ireland and delivered by International Synergies NI Ltd since 2007.
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If you are unable to find what you are looking for, or wish to discuss a particular issue related to this page, including business advice or mentoring in the area of energy, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or phone 028 7776 0311.
Alchemy has been established throughout the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council area as a model to stimulate economic growth by providing business support to all SME’s in the private and social economy sector in the Council area.
The key objective of Alchemy is to provide businesses with a single point of contact for support and advice and to centralise enquiries among other business support partners and local economic development stakeholders.
What could a £5,000 Innovation Voucher do for your business?
An Innovation Voucher provides funding to small and medium sized businesses to work with an expert Knowledge Provider from a University, College or other Public Sector Research Body bringing new knowledge to help businesses innovate, develop and grow.
Typical projects Invest NI support include:
- Ideas for new or improved products, processes and services
- Access to information and expertise on new materials
- Tapping into research and scientific expertise
Find Out More
Please click HERE to view the list of Frequently Asked Questions, as well as the application form and a list of approved Knowledge Provder partners.
Turn your business idea into a world class company
If you are an ambitious entrepreneur the Invest NI Propel Pre-Accelerator programme can help you turn your business idea into a world class company.
Applications for the programme are now being accepted. Propel Pre-Accelerator is delivered by IGNITE, a UK-based start-up support and investment network.
The programme offers you workshops, tutorials, networking opportunities, mentoring, financial support and access to investment.
Who should apply?
Invest NI want to hear from entrepreneurs who are developing an innovative new technology or product, or building a business using existing technology to disrupt traditional industries, with a passion to succeed on an international stage.
Support will include:
6 month programme beginning in January 2019
£15,000 if you are selected onto the programme
Up to 12 months free co-working space at Ormeau Baths, one of Belfast’s bustling start-up hubs
Workshops and mentoring covering customer and product development, sales and marketing, pitching and fundraising
Individual mentoring from experienced international entrepreneurs and investors
Help to understand the market opportunity, challenge assumptions, discover customers and provide tools for development and growth
Invest NI can offer this support to 20 entrepreneurs to build a business that has rapid scaling potential, can achieve significant export growth and secure external investment.
Apply for the programme
You can find the link to apply by clicking here. All applications must be submitted by 15:00 Friday 02 November 2018.
Create a Prodigy with Training for Success
- Are you looking to improve your productivity, competitiveness and profitability?
- Are you interested in developing the skills of your workforce?
- Are you looking for a committed and motivated staff?
Training for Success has the answers you're looking for.
Employing a young trainee can help your business
Designed for young people aged 16-24, Training for Success gives them the skills necessary tp progress in the workplace. It replaces Jobskills and is based on workplace-based 'apprenticeships' offering a range of professional and technical training opportunities. The young people train as they work, gaining industry led qualifications in the skills business seeks today.
By employing a young person through Training for Success, or by helping your current staff to participate, your business can enjoy many benefits. Not least, a more talented, enthusiastic and loyal workforce.
Your staff benefit, you benefit! All training costs covered!
Flexible, and tailored around individual needs, Training for Success has been designed to meet the needs of Employers and Young people alike. With an emphasis on Employment, Quality, Flexibility and Progression, it aims to empower young people to find jobs, access training and ultimately achieve success in their chosen career. At the same time it's a superb opportunity to give your team the skills your business needs to succeed in the future.
Approved training organisations will work alongside you, to ensure high quality training to the latest industry standards. What's more, Training for Success covers the cost of all training.
Where you come in
Workplace experience is a vital part of Training for Success and employers can help young people shape a better future by:
- Providing jobs for young people who are keen to train through our Apprenticeship Strand
- Offering Work Experience or Job Tasters to help young people to choose their career and training paths
Find a Training Contractor Today
Please visit this weblink to search for a contactor by area of work, type of training and Council area.
If you have any queries, please contact
Helpline: 0300 200 7876 (Monday to Friday, from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm)
*Text Freephone: 0800 3280 824
*Textphone - for those with hearing or communication difficulties
Enterprise North West are currently recruiting up to 10 digital businesses to provide support with their growth & export plans across the North West. To qualify as a digital start-up, a business must be less than five years in operation and use a digital technology for competitive advantage.
The Atlantic Digital Startup Academy (ADSA) will help digital start-ups develop and launch their offer into new markets. Through a programme of support, including mentoring, training, networking & events, the Academy companies will research new markets, test their products, develop know-how and form partnerships that will be fundamental to successful selling in overseas markets.
The programme offer will be led by the participating companies. Interested companies are asked to complete an expression of interest (EOI) to guide programme design. The range of supports will include:
• Training in sales and exporting
• Support with pitching (can be 1:1 or group sessions)
• Innovation expert mentoring
• Support with Trade Show visits
• Support with Meet the Buyer events
• Training opportunities will be identified for participating companies by the partners
• Promotional videos for participating companies
After the EOI, a business health check will be performed by a qualified member of staff or an external mentor. At the end of the health check a comprehensive growth action plan will be developed and implementation supported throughout.
Claire Costello from Enterprise North West is the programme lead so for further details please contact Claire at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 028 71352693 for further information or to register an Expression of Interest.
See downloadable flyer below.
Full fibre networks are the future and getting ready for a gigabit speed is a key step for most businesses.
Demand for greater and greater digital connectivity is set to accelerate in future years and full fibre connections will be able to support that demand: Online business applications and internet connected devices; cloud data storage, cyber security systems and back-ups; streamed services such as video and music; voice and video conferencing; and flexible working for employees with access to company systems.
If you are a small or medium sized business, you may be able to get a gigabit voucher worth up to £3,000 to upgrade your business broadband to a fast and reliable connection over gigabit capable infrastructure.
How to get involved in the scheme
The scheme is supplier-led, so if you are interested in receiving a voucher and there are no registered suppliers in your area you can approach a supplier and encourage them to register for the scheme. The scheme is open to registration for both national and regional suppliers.
You can boost your voucher value by joining together with other businesses and residential customers. Once you have a group of other users in your area your supplier may be able to pool your vouchers together to subsidise the cost of installing a connection.
Find out more HERE
The Career Ready programme provides our students with real-life, industry skills and knowledge in preparation for the world of work.
How Can Employers Become Involved?
Partnering with Career Ready and Northern Regional College has positive effects on your employees and business as well as helping to mould the workforce of the future.
- Involvement is low cost and low risk – you can engage as much or as little as you want – from a masterclass to offering a six week paid internship.
- Internship supervisors can gain practical experience in managing and coaching a young person.
- Offering internships can help you harness and develop the key skills that help make young people ready for the world of work. Consider it as a six week interview for a future employee!
- Career ready students can add value by undertaking projects where you do not currently have resources and also provide fresh ideas and perspectives into your business.
- An effective testing ground for potential recruits to higher level apprenticeships.
- Opportunity to network and liaise with other businesses.
- Watch this video to find out more from current employers! Or visit career ready.
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Watch this video to find out more from current Career Ready employers.
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There are a number of business support programmes, that you and your business may be able to apply for.
Please see further below for details of some of the most popular programmes currently.
Over 160 Programmes Available
There are over 160 programmes available, depending on your industrial sector, geography, export potential and employment potential.
Please search HERE to find further details of all these programmes that are held on NIBusinesInfo's dedicated database. The business support finder is a searchable database that can help you find publicly-funded and not-for-profit sources of assistance you may be eligible to apply for. Support may be available in a number of forms, including financial assistance and free or subsidised advice services.
There may also be specific initiatives in the following areas:
- Starting a business
- Training and skills
- Sales and marketing
- Growing your business
- Product development, R&D
- Reducing costs
Need Some Help?
If you are having difficulty finding what a programme that you feel would be suitable for you, please get in touch. We can help you by doing a number of searches for you, and if necessary, we can direct you to our bespoke business support programme, to get you the help you need, in the absence of an existing one. Contact our team on email@example.com
Co-Innovate Innovation Workshops
As part of the Co-Innovate programme, companies will have the chance to learn about the benefits of innovation, identify opportunities for growth and create a vision to make it happen through attendance at one of Co-Innovate's FREE tailored workshops, details below. The workshops will demystify innovation and help you understand how it can drive your business forward.
Workshops are held for half a day and are spread across the regions Co-Innovate functions in. There will also be some sector specific workshops for companies in the renewables, agri-food, and life and health sciences sectors.
What are the benefits?
- Understand innovation, its importance, and approaches for implementing it successfully within your business.
- Learn about the main sectoral research opportunities, clarification of what these are and why they are important
- Engaging in group discussion on individual opportunities
- Confidentially develop project ideas for how your business may take advantage of these opportunities
- Identify potential project partners via the Co-Innovate team's networks of businesses
- Learn more about how advanced stages of Co-Innovate support could help your business
To find out the current workshop dates in the Causeway Coast and Glens area, please click HERE
Connect to Success NI is a free online resource enabling employers to advertise apprenticeships (including Higher Level Apprenticeships) as well as school work experience opportunities. In order to meet the pressing demands that employers face, this can include shorter one or two day ‘experiences of work’ as well as the more traditional week long format. The portal gives employers access to the workforce of tomorrow and enables them to raise awareness of their company.
Connect to Success NI can:
- provide you with a direct, easy to manage online platform on which to advertise your apprenticeship and school work experience opportunities
- advertise your organisation’s apprenticeship and school work experience opportunities to citizens including young people, parents and careers teachers
- enable citizens to find out about apprenticeship and school work experience opportunities in your organisation
- access a wide range of young people and promote your company and the skills you need
- make it easier for citizens, including young people in school, to find apprenticeship and school work experience opportunities
- broaden awareness of the range of occupations that exist across Northern Ireland
Please see link to our Enterprise Week programme for 4th to 12th March 2019, to the left, or download the pdf below.
Team Visit to NWRC Product Design Centre.
At the beginning of July, our Business Support Team had the pleasure of visiting the Product Design Centre at North West Regional College’s Greystone Road Campus in Limavady. We were ably hosted and guided around the centre by Liam O’Connor and Fergal Tuffy who both have impressive engineering backgrounds. Their pride for the new centre was clear, as they showed us around the various pieces of equipment and described the pathway that an entrepreneur might take in partnership with the Product Design Centre.
NWRC are very keen to support local businesses and can help with both product and process development. For example, the entrepreneur may be guided to the CAD (that’s computer aided design) room, where their idea is translated into something digital. This might be a new game, a new robot, or new smart technology. Where appropriate, a 3D printer produces the prototype from the digital imagery produced on CAD earlier (e.g. SolidWorks), without the need for expensive software licences being purchased by the entrepreneur at this developmental phase. This is an important stage, to visualise the functionality of the prototype, prior to an investment in expensive raw materials e.g metals and plastics.
Another avenue that the entrepreneur might need is skills development, either for themselves, or for their staff, without the requirement for lengthy studying. For example, the NWRC offer new and exclusive shorter courses in 3D design and product manufacture, digital prototype manufacture and digital prototype design.
The Team at the Product Design Centre can help advise on potential funding channels, including Skills Focus, Innovation Vouchers and Innovate Us. A combination of in-house capabilities and collaboration with external partners of NWRC, ensures that the best support package is made available to the entrepreneur.
We were thoroughly impressed with what we saw at the Greystone Road Campus, including the Product Design Centre, the welding academy, the car repairs area, the electronics and woodwork areas. Together the various elements of these modern facilities offer both students and employers lots of practical and bespoke solutions to their employment needs.
Reval2020 - Frequently Asked Questions
Land & Property Services (LPS) is working on a Non-Domestic Rates Revaluation exercise with a view to preparing a new Valuation List for use from April 2020.
What is the Non-Domestic Rates Revaluation?
A rates revaluation is the full reassessment of the individual Net Annual Values (NAVs) of all 75,000 business properties in Northern Ireland. Business rate bills are calculated by multiplying the NAV by the non-domestic regional rate in the pound and the non-domestic district rate in the pound for the council area in which the property is located. New values will be used to calculate future individual rate bills for businesses and organisations.
How will this affect me?
LPS is urging business ratepayers to provide their rental information now in 2018. The data collected will be analysed and used to produce new rateable values. These values will then be used to calculate rate bills from April 2020. LPS will write to ratepayers and ask them to complete a Rent and Lease Questionnaire (RALQ). Ratepayers should provide LPS with the information requested now.
Why should I complete the questionnaire?
Legislation requires that business ratepayers must provide the information; fines for non-compliance can be imposed. It is also in your interest to do so, to help ensure that you pay the correct amount of business rates from April 2020.
SPECIALITY FINE FOOD FAIR LONDON 2018
CAUSEWAY COAST AND GLENS BOROUGH COUNCIL ARE OFFERING BUSINESSES SUBSIDISED STAND FEES TO SHOWCASE THEIR BUSINESS AT THE SPECIALITY FINE FOOD FAIR LONDON 2018.
Speciality and fine food fair provides an unrivalled opportunity for independent retailers, delicatessens, chefs, hoteliers, restaurateurs, importers, distributors and wholesalers to meet over 700 producer and suppliers of artisan Food and Drink.
Exhibit with the Causeway Coast and Glens Food Network and Food NI.
Exhibiting at Speciality & Fine Food Fair puts your products directly in front of a high quality audience of food and drink buyers looking to source the latest in speciality, artisan and fine food and drink. Set in Central London to capture a top-end audience, the Fair creates a centre of excellence for the food and drink world by delivery quality decision makers from retail, hospitality and distribution who benefit from unrivalled networking and the chance to stay ahead of their competitors by sourcing the latest trends. There's no better way to do business than face-to-face with buyers from independent retailers, food halls, delis, restaurants, hotels, coffee shops, cafes and farm shops.
Find Out More Here
Cost to You
Businesses selected will be charged a stand fee of £350 to participate on the stand, which is payable to Food NI directly. The remainder of the stand and product transport costs are covered by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council and Food NI. Businesses must make arrangements for their own travel and accommodation and associated costs. Please liaise with Food NI on possible budget accommodation options.
Apply by Wednesday 18th July 2018
The deadline for applications is STRICTLY Wednesday 18th July 2018. Please download the application form below and return all completed applications by Wednesday 18th July 2018 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Explanation of the statistics columns
The number of meetings that the councillor was expected to attend in their capacity as member of that committee.
The number of meetings that the councillor attended in their capacity as member of that committee.
The number of meetings that the councillor attended in a capacity other than committee member, for example as a substituted member to that committee.
Local Development Plan 2030
Preferred Options Paper
Initial Settlement Context Appraisal (including Second Homes Analysis)
Section 1: Initial Settlement Appraisal Content
Settlement Context Appraisal Maps
Survey work was undertaken in late 2016 and early 2017. This Initial Settlement Appraisal is informed by the following accompanying maps:
Map 1: Settlement Context
Map 2: Local Landscape Policy Areas
Map 3: Built and Natural Environment
Map 4: Flooding and Contours
Map 5: Aerial Photograph
In accordance with Regulation 10 of the Planning (Local Development Plan Regulations) (Northern Ireland) 2015, the Council hereby commences consultation on the Preferred Options Paper for its Local Development Plan 2030.
The Council wishes to highlight the following error in the printed version of its Preferred Options Paper issued on 26th June 2018:
Page 116 (paragraph 6.242)
The following text should be omitted: “However, this”.
The POP is the first of three public consultation documents to be published during the Plan preparation, the first Plan to be prepared under new planning powers transferred to the Council in April 2015. The POP is accompanied by the following documents:
- Public Notice
- POP Erratum
- SA Scoping Report
- SA Interim Report
- Equality Statement
- POP Summary Document
- POP Comments Sheet
- Initial Settlement Context Appraisal (incl Second Homes Analysis)
- 14 Topic-based Discussion papers
- Nexus Retail and Commercial Leisure Capacity Study
- Sproule Retail Report
The POP outlines the Vision and Strategic Objectives of the Local Development Plan. It identifies what the Council considers to be the main strategic land use planning issues affecting this Borough, and it outlines a range of possible options to address these, including the Council’s “Preferred Options”.
The range of options seeks to stimulate wide-ranging, yet focussed debate, on how we can best deal with the identified key issues moving forward.
Meaningful early engagement in the Plan process is key to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to help shape the Borough. The Council has worked closely with key government departments and stakeholders in the preparation of the POP. The public consultation process will allow residents, visitors, investors and other interested parties, the opportunity to put forward their views on key issues identified in the Borough, and influence the Plan from the outset.
You are invited to attend the public engagement events planned throughout the Borough (see Table 2 below).
Table 2: Public Engagement Events
|Monday 23rd July 2018||10.00am – 12.00pm||Dungiven Library, 74 Main Street, Dungiven|
|Tuesday 24th July 2018||2.00pm – 4.00pm||Garvagh and District Development Association (GADDA), 85 Main Street, Garvagh|
|Wednesday 25th July 2018||2.00pm – 4.00pm||Board Room, Sheskburn House, 7 Mary Street, Ballycastle|
|Thursday 26th July 2018||10.00am – 12.00pm||Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre, 24 Main Street, Limavady|
|Friday 27th July 2018||
12.30pm – 2.30pm (subject to ferry)
|Branson Centre, Rathlin Island|
|Monday 30th July 2018||5.00pm – 7.00pm||Coleraine Leisure Centre, 23 Railway Road, Coleraine|
|Tuesday 31st July 2018||10.00am – 12.00pm||Crampsie Room, Ballymoney Town Hall|
|Wednesday 1st August 2018||2.00pm – 4.00pm||Girvan Room, Portrush Town Hall|
The POP Consultation and Summary Document are available to view in hard copy at all public libraries throughout the Borough (subject to library opening hours).
We welcome any comments you may have on the documents. These should be submitted by e-mail, preferably using the POP Comments Sheet to: email@example.com . Alternatively you may write to the Council at: Preferred Options Paper, Development Plan Team, Cloonavin, 66 Portstewart Road, Coleraine, BT52 1EY.
All comments received will inform the next stage of Plan preparation: The Draft Plan Strategy.
The 12 week public consultation period closes at 5.00pm on Friday 21st September 2018.
PUBLIC CONSULTATION COMMENTS SHEET
Thank you for taking the time to read the Preferred Options Paper (POP) which sets out a range of strategic issues that the Council has identified as important in preparing its new Local Development Plan, and options for addressing them, including the “Preferred Options”.
We welcome your comments on the questions throughout the POP. Each question is given a number to make the process of analysing the responses easier. Please use the relevant question number in each of your responses.
Please note that only comments relating to the content of the POP will be considered at this stage of the plan’s preparation. Comments of a site specific nature will not be considered at this stage, nor will any such comments be held and carried over by the Council to later stages in the plan making process.
Consultation on the Preferred Options Paper
The Preferred Options Paper (POP) public consultation period will last for 12 weeks from:
26th June 2018 – 21st September 2018
During this time, you are invited to submit your comments via our online questionnaire below.
Closing date for receipt of comments:
The closing date for receipt of all comments is 5.00 pm on Friday 21st September 2018.
You are advised to read the Local Development Plan Privacy Notice prior to completing this form.
You can complete the form below or if you want to open it in a new window to complete you can do so at this link: https://goo.gl/forms/q6eXpNs5eulVUusj2
We launched our Business Toolkit at our initial business briefing in June 2018, giving businesses lots of tips and ideas on how to maximise the commercial potential around The 148th Open. You can download it HERE. Further briefings will take place closer to the time, as more information becomes available.
Weekly Drop In Sessions
Our Golf Engagement Team are offering a weekly drop in session in Portrush Town Hall, to answer any Open related queries from local businesses or residents. Simply drop in between 12 noon and 1pm any Friday. Some exceptions apply, relating to public holidays, exceptional circumstances etc. Please check ahead before making your journey, by phoning 028 7034 7257.
Business Engagement Events
You are warmly invited to attend any or all of our business engagement sessions in the run up to The 148th Open. So far, sessions have taken place in July 2018, October 2018 and most recently on 21st January 2019. An additional date will be secheduled for April 2019. For any more frequent updates, those subscribed to our e-zine will be alerted by email. Presentations from the most recent event are available to download.
Please CLICK HERE to register for either the 2pm or 7pm session in each case.
Sign Up to Keep in Touch
Please subscribe to our Business Support Ezine to ensure you get communications about these briefings.
Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, working with the Royal British Legion, has developed a programme of free events to mark the centenary of World War One. The programme will culminate in a series of co-ordinated beacon lighting ceremonies to mark the events of Armistice Day in November.
Exhibitions, dramatic performances, concerts and military displays will combine to tell the story of the Great War and how it came to an end 100 years ago.
Please find below, our business toolkit, developed in partnership with Tourism NI, to aid local businesses to maximise the commercial potntial around The 148th Open. We will have you ready and beautifully branded for The 148th Open 2019
The traffic and transport plan for The Open 2019 was presented at our Business Engagement sessions on 21st January 2019, by the Director of Leisure and Development, Richard Baker. This is a live document, which is subject to revision as developments happen. The current draft, as at 21st January, is available to download at the link below.
The following information on "Getting There" is also available on The Open website.
In the meantime, you are invited to sign up to receive our business support ezine so you learn about any updates, as soon as they become available.
Here are links to some of the employment opportunities in the lead up to The Open 2019.
Sodexo wish to recruit a variety of front-of-house staff and other roles between July 12th and 21st. This is a great opportunity for those wishing to develop their career in the hospitality sector. Anyone interested in applying should send their CV to TheOpenRecruitment.UK@sodexo.com
Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council is not involved in the recruitment or selection of candidates.
Here are someother useful links in relation to job search in the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Area.
- Search for Apprenticeship Opportunities
- Ballymoney Jobs and Benefits Office
- Coleraine Jobs and Benefits Office
- Getting a Holiday Job
- Seasonal Employment Workshop
Can't find what you are looking for? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try to help you.
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