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.

ONGOING PROGRAMMES

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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SOURCE and SELL
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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The First Time Exporters Programme
The First Time Exporters Programme aims to assist owner-managers of micro businesses (10 employees or less) in the 6 council areas to explore and exploit business opportunities - in Republic of Ireland, GB or further afield - in order to secure sustained growth.
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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

  • Craigavon Innovate NI 2014 Conference attracts 150
    04 November 2014
    The inaugral Innovate NI 2014 Conference attracted 150 delegates from across the business spectrum to Craigavon Civic Centre on 4th November.

    Professor Alistair Fee from the European Business School gave the keynote address 'Innovating Inch by Inch'. Several other world class organisations were represented including Fujitsu and Queens University Belfast.
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  • 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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