Ballymena Business Centre Scoops RBS Grant

Ballymena Business Centre has been awarded £20k grant from The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) as part of the Groups Inspiring Enterprise Initiative.

Ellvena Graham, Head of Ulster Bank NI and MD of SME Banking, Terry Robb, Head of Business Centre, Ulster Bank Ballymena and Melanie Christie Boyle, Chief Executive, Ballymena Business Centre.

RBS Inspiring Youth Enterprise has been designed to encourage more young people to explore enterprise, build their skills, start up and succeed in business.

Over 200 organisations submitted applications and 9 winners have been announced across the UK.

It is wonderful to receive RBS Inspiring Enterprise funding. This funding will support a bespoke programme designed to enable young people from Ballymena and surrounding area to start and grow a business within the creative sector.” – Melanie Christie Boyle, Chief Executive, Ballymena Business Centre.

Ballymena Business Centre is an award winning local enterprise agency with a proven track record of supporting entrepreneurship and supporting individuals, organisations and social enterprises thinking of starting a business and those in the early stages of business development.

The Create 100 project will provide 10 young people who have an interest in starting a business within the Creative Industry Sector, the opportunity to start their business in Town Centre Retail Environment and benefit from a bespoke Retail Incubation Programme.

Alongside this, each participant will become an Enterprise Ambassador inspiring a further 90 post primary students from the Ballymena and surrounding area to consider starting their own business within the creative industry sector.

This is the first project of its kind in the Ballymena and surrounding area. The project is designed to enable young people of all social and economic backgrounds to get involved, to help build a better economic future, to be enterprise ambassadors, and actively play their part in the regeneration of our local community and town centre. I have no doubt that this project can inspire others to take up the challenge and will demonstrate how through a partnership approach including private, social and banking support, we can really make a difference and create opportunities for the next generation of entrepreneurs.” Melanie Christie Boyle, Chief Executive, Ballymena Business Centre.

Terry Robb, Head of Ulster Bank North Business Centre, part of RBS welcomed the award: “I am thrilled that the Ballymena Business Centre received this award. The decision of the judges reflected both the originality and practicality of the proposal and we know that Melanie and her team will work hard to make the project a huge success.”

Thom Kenrick, Head of Sustainability Programmes RBS said: “We are delighted to support 9 more organisations with this round of Inspiring Youth Enterprise Funding. Once again we are hugely impressed by the depth and breadth of the enterprise support that’s available for the UK’s young people. RBS is committed to unlocking, supporting and nurturing entrepreneurial talent and we believe these organisations will help us achieve that goal”.

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