Business programmes welcomed

TWO business programmes are being promoted on the Ballymoney Borough Council website.

Innovation for Competitive Enterprises (ICE) Programme and ‘Success through Succession’ are both trying to encourage and support local businesses.

The Development Committee report explained: ‘The Innovation for Competitive Enterprises (ICE) Programme, funded via the EU Interreg IVA programme, is being managed in NI by the Ulster Business School at the University of Ulster. The Development Unit has directly targeted Ballymoney businesses that meet the criteria in relation to this programme.

‘A further programme ‘Success through Succession’ also being managed through the Ulster Business School was also obtained at this session. Both programmes are now being promoted through Business section of the Council’s website.’

Addressing the issue Cllr Mervyn Storey asked: “How is this being promoted within the town? Do local businesses know about this?”

In response Council official Liz Johnston said: “It is promoted by the Ulster Business School. Our own data base also emails businesses with information. We target those businesses that would benefit from the schemes. We also have the website, Business Bulletin and [email protected]