Enterprise, Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

Welcome to The Business Website for Craigavon.

Economic Development is a key focus for Craigavon Borough Council and the Development Department proactively works throughout the Borough for the benefit of SME's in all sectors.

On this site we have listed programmes that are longer term initiatives designed to help businesses develop and grow and information on a range of topics relevant to SME's, including contacts for various funding organisations.


Life Sciences Programme
The Life Sciences programme seeks to facilitate the establishment of a cluster of SMEs / micro enterprises which have the capacity, capability and the confidence to service many of the needs of major life sciences companies in the area, thereby replacing products / services which are at present typically imported from other parts of the world.
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Bright Idea Programme
Bright Idea is an innovative business start up programme for young people in Ards, Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon, Down and Newry and Mourne areas.
There will be the opportunity to take part in 5 days of intensive training in an international setting.

Read more for how to apply:
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This SEED Product Transfer and Sales Acceleration Programme will assist local companies ( in Ards, Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon, Down, Newry and Mourne and North Down areas) to expand their businesses by bringing in a new product, service or technology that will significantly grow the business.  Starts in March 2014
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Economic Activity
Craigavon has significant employment
in industries related to food processing,
light engineering, metal fabrication,
textile manufacture and pharmaceuticals

The rich shopping mix in our traditional market towns of Lurgan and Portadown is balanced by the multinational brands in Craigavon Centre

With the highest birth rate in the country, Craigavon’s population of nearly 90,000 is forecast to continue to grow

Oxford Island Nature Reserve is one of the most visited attractions within Northern Ireland

Recorded crime levels are below the Northern Ireland average

GCSE attainment levels are above the Northern Ireland average


  • Invest NI Propel Programme opens for applications on 4th August
    09 July 2014
    Propel is a premier programme for high potential, export orientated startup companies. We fast track successful candidates through to commercialisation with the aim of fuelling export growth and local employment.

    On 4th August the Propel application form will be going live on our website (www.investni.com/propel). Closing date for applications is 26th September.
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  • Foster and Hamilton announce first Northern Ireland open data challenge
    07 July 2014
    Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster and Finance Minister Simon Hamilton today launched a £5,000 app design challenge.

    The 'Open Data Challenge' is all about finding new and innovative ways to use open data including that from the Department of Finance and Personnel's Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA).
    See more details in the body of the announcement.
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Ordinary to Extraordinary CIP Centre, Foundary Street, Portadown Read More
WorldHost Customer Service Programme Craigavon, venue to be arranged Read More
COOL NORTH - NPP PROGRAMME CLOSURE & NPA PROGRAMME LAUNCH CONFERENCE Strathpeffer Pavilion, The Square, IV14 9DL, Strathpeffer, United Kingdom
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