This project is part funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the Investment for Growth & Jobs Northern Ireland (2014-2020) Programme

Starting your Business

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council is working together with LEDCOM, Mallusk Enterprise Park and Antrim Enterprise Agency to provide local people with free advice and mentoring to set up in business through the Go for it programme.

Go for it Success Stories

Whiteabbey entrepreneur offers personal touch with boutique baby store

DATE: 08/04/21

A new boutique baby store is all set to cater for pandemic babies this spring, with a wide range of nursery products and a new online store, thanks to help from the Go For It programme in partnership with Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council.

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Local beardsman launches online beard grooming brand

DATE: 25/09/20

John McCourt launched Big Phat Beard in July 2020 after being made redundant from the local automotive industry. Read how he turned his hobby of creating his own beard oils and balms into his own range of premium quality beard care products for passionate beardsmen.

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Further Support

The Optimal Programme

OPTIMAL is Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council’s principal business support and growth programme.

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LEAN Business Network

Our LEAN business networks are currently running through our OPTIMAL programme. 

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Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, in partnership with Mid & East Antrim Borough Council and Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council,

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Digital Surge

The Digital Surge Programme is a Northern Ireland-wide programme, part funded by all 11 local authorities, supporting businesses with digital transformation potential and ambitions.

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Key Contact Information

Antrim Civic Centre
50 Stiles Way
BT41 2UB

Mossley Mill
Carnmoney Road,
BT36 5QA