Ballymena Company Provides Employment for 75

Chamber member Provides Employment for 75 Healthcare Professionals.

Ballymena based Knockdene Healthcare Ltd was established in 2017 specialising in the supply of Nursing and Care Assistants within the Healthcare Sector.  Having completed the Mid and East Antrim Borough Council funded Go For It Programme and Micro Business Programme with Ballymena Business Centre and locating their offices in Ballymena Business Centre Town Hub this company has gone from strength to strength.  In less than 2 years trading Knockdene Healthcare Ltd is employing 75 Healthcare Professionals and has expanded their Ballymena Office to town centre premises on Castle Street, with a second office planned for Belfast soon.

Speaking at the Employee Celebration Event hosted by Knockdene Healthcare Ltd, Melanie Christie Boyle MBE, Chief Executive, Ballymena Business Centre highlighted the outstanding success of this home-grown company and their commitment to grow the local economy.  “Knockdene Healthcare Ltd was founded by local entrepreneurs Eileen McCann and Ciara Osborne.  Ballymena born and bred Eileen and Ciara have a true passion and drive for professionalism within the Healthcare Sector.  With a wealth of experience and careers spanning over 30 years Eileen and Ciara decided to leave employment and take the brave step to start their own company.  The outstanding success of Knockdene Healthcare Ltd is testimony to the entrepreneurial vision held by these two local ladies, both of whom are exemplary role models for others thinking about starting their own business.  Knockdene Healthcare Ltd has not only made a positive impact within the Healthcare Sector but has also made a tremendous impact within our local economy through the creation of 75 jobs and office expansion within vacant Ballymena Town Centre premises”

Tom Wiggins, Business Development Manager, Ballymena Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry said ‘ I remember sitting in Ballymena Business Centre in 2017 and listening to the plans that Eileen and Ciara had for Knockdene Healthcare Ltd. I am delighted that those plans have come to fruition. As a Chamber we are proud to support both established and new businesses. Knockdene Healthcare Ltd is a fantastic example of entrepreneurs who know their business, are confident in their product or service and are willing to invest the hard work necessary to make that business a success. The success of Knockdene Healthcare Ltd shows that the economy in the Ballymena Area is vibrant and as a Chamber we look forward to working with Eileen and Ciara to ensure the continued success of their business’.

Eileen and Ciara of Knockdene Healthcare Ltd thanked Ballymena Business Centre and Ballymena Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the invaluable support and advice they gave through Melanie and Tom in setting up the business. “Although we were well experienced in our different fields, in Recruitment and in Healthcare, it was a big undertaking to set up our own business, but after visiting Ballymena Business Centre and talking to Melanie we realised that with the help available we could do it. We are delighted that the business has gone from strength to strength thanks to a great team working in Knockdene Healthcare Ltd and our success is as much due to their commitment, and to the help we received from Ballymena Business Centre and Ballymena Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as it is to us”

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