Young Entrepreneurs Urged To Shine Light On Their Bright Ideas At Business Workshop


Young entrepreneurs across the Ards area being encouraged to shine a light on their bright business ideas at a special workshop this month (20 August).

The ‘Bright Ideation’ workshop is part of the Bright Idea programme, which aims to help young people aged between 18 and 29 to turn their business ideas into realities, offering a free support package worth up to £3,000 which includes expert mentoring, marketing and sales assistance, accounts advice, a free website, trade mission and investors’ bootcamp.

[caption id="attachment_41429" align="alignleft" width="390"]xxx Jemma Young of Slice of Heaven with Ards Councillor Trevor Cummings, Chairman of the Ards Borough Council development Committee, help launch the business ideation workshop. [/caption]

Among the speakers at the workshop set to give the benefit of their experience of building a successful businesses, will be Heather Boyle, MD of Slice of Heaven Ltd, an Ards-based company specialising in the supply of fresh hand-made desserts and salads to stores, restaurants and cafes.

She said:  “I am delighted and privileged to be involved with the Bright Ideas Workshop. Hopefully my experience will give our Young Entrepreneurs an insight into the business environment in Northern Ireland.  Evidence shows we need to engage with young people early on to give them hands-on business experiences to encourage them to see starting their own business as a career option.”

The Bright Idea Programme is being delivered by the SEED Council group and is part financed by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the European Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland and the local authorities of Ards, Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon, Down and Newry & Mourne

Encouraging young people to bring their bright ideas to the workshop, Councillor Trevor Cummings, Chairman of Ards Borough Council’s Development Committee said: “Building a diverse and sustainable local economy is dependent on developing and nurturing home-grown talent. The Bright Idea programme is dedicated to doing just that and I would encourage any young person, even with just the idea of a business idea, to take advantage of what this programme, and particularly this workshop, has to offer”.

The Bright Ideation Workshop takes place on Tuesday 20 August from 6pm to 9pm in Sketrick House, Newtownards.

To register, contact call 028 3831 3621, E: 

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