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


  • Innovation Vouchers Programme (Northern Ireland) - New Call
    01 October 2014
    The Innovative Vouchers Programme is intended to build links between public Knowledge Providers and small businesses and create a cultural shift in the small business community's approach to innovation.
    Each voucher is worth £4,000 if partnering with a Knowledge Provider in Northern Ireland and €5,000 if partnering with a Knowledge Provider in the Republic of Ireland.

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  • The Honeypot Fund-Support for the Digital Content Sector
    05 August 2014
    The Create Award is aimed at existing ideas/projects that require additional support to take them to Proof of Concept level. The Create Award can provide funding of up to £5,000 to eligible projects.
    Funding is available to freelancers/companies working in at least one of the following categories:
    Film and broadcast: Animation: Computer gaming: Interactive media: Music technologies.

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Innovate NI 2014 Conference Craigavon Civic Centre Read More
YENI Regional Master Class Craigavon Civic Centre Read More
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