Enterprise, Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

Welcome to The Business Website for Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon.

On 1st April 2015 the new Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council was formed. Growing the economy is a key focus for the new Council and it will proactively work 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.

ONGOING PROGRAMMES

Craigavon Agri-food and Drink Forum
CBC has established the Craigavon Agri-food and Drink Forum in a bid to respond to the growth opportunities within the Agri-food and Drink sector.

The Craigavon Agri-food and Drink Forum will be a food and drink industry cluster and will involve working in partnership with local producers, SME's, business leaders and representatives from key stakeholder organisations, such as Planning Service, Invest NI, NIFDA and FoodNI.  All of whom can drive initiatives forward that will encourage export, innovation and entrepreneurship within the agri-food industry across Craigavon.  

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Craigavon Agri-Food and Drink Programme
The Craigavon Agri-food and Drink programme aims to raise the capability and capacity of 30 local food and drink producers (micro/SME's) to identify export and innovation opportunities that will grow their businesses in a bid to stimulate economic growth.

The provide will provide access to sector specific workshops and bespoke 1-1 mentoring from sector experts.


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CRAIGAVON FACTS

Economic Activity
Craigavon has significant employment
in industries related to food processing,
light engineering, metal fabrication,
textile manufacture and pharmaceuticals

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

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

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

Crime
Recorded crime levels are below the Northern Ireland average

Education
GCSE attainment levels are above the Northern Ireland average

LATEST NEWS

  • Northern Ireland Creative Employment Programme establishes 100 paid internships
    17 June 2015
    The NI Creative Employment Programme has been designed to cultivate talent and provide fair access to job opportunities in the creative and cultural industries.
    The first round of funding for wage incentives will close on 26th June, 5.00pm and further rounds will open later this year. Click to find out the details.
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  • A non-refundable grant up to 100,000 EUR in cash for Mobile Internet businesses
    10 April 2015
    IMPACT, the FIWARE Accelerator focused on MOBILE Internet, will reward 25 best-in-class startups with innovative products and services.

    Each startup will receive a non-refundable grant up to 100,000 EUR in cash (with no equity consideration), a 6-month acceleration programme and support business services.

    Take advantage of this unique opportunity available for EU and FP7 Associated countries. The call will be closed on April 30th 2015.
    You can apply at http://www.fundingbox.com/p/impact-accelerator/

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