The Gallaher Trust project is supporting 127 Ballymena start-up companies FindSexyJobs


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First launched in October 2018 with £183,600 of funding from the Trust, the project aimed to connect people, improve skills and transform business and enterprise in the Ballymena area by running roadshows, delivering training workshops, offering seed funding and providing trial business opportunities. list only the main services.

In addition to helping start businesses and reinvesting funds into the local economy, another 24 new jobs were created as part of the project.

“Ballymena Business Center has been associated with supporting business and enterprise in our local community for over 30 years,” said Roy Douglas, board member of The Gallaher Trust.

Roy Douglas, Board Member of The Gallaher Trust and Melanie Christie Boyle MBE, Chief Executive of Ballymena Business Centre.

He said: “The Enabling Enterprise Project at Ballymena Business Center shares the Trust’s ethos of providing opportunities for job creation and skills development and we were delighted to get involved.”

“We are very pleased with the number of start-ups and jobs that have been created over the last three years, not to mention the amount of money that has been reinvested in the Ballymena community through seed funding.

“Communities and businesses alike have gone through very difficult times in recent years, but the creation of new jobs will put Ballymena and its people in a good position for future growth.

“Congratulations Melanie. [Christie Boyle] and the team at Ballymena Business Center for delivering such a worthwhile project, the results of which will no doubt be seen in the months and years to come.”

Melanie Christie Boyle MBE, Chief Executive (CE) of Ballymena Business Center added: “Enterprise, business and innovation are at the heart of our local economy.

“Despite the challenges we’ve faced as a social enterprise, we need to be adaptable and nimble to continue helping entrepreneurs succeed on their entrepreneurial journey.

“Working on the Enabling Enterprise Project with funding from The Gallaher Trust gave us the opportunity to focus resources where it was most needed – improving skills and supporting job creation.

“We are delighted with what we have been able to achieve through the project and would like to thank The Gallaher Trust for all their help and support.”


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