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Each business will receive:

  • Up to 20 hours mentoring on a one to one basis
  • Mentoring covers all business needs and is tailored to suit each SME
  • Signposted to other ED Programmes
  • Effective engagement with local council officer
Target Audience

The programme will support SMEs across the Borough to develop their business through bespoke one to one mentoring in specific interventions relevant to their sector.


Programme Manager – Malachy Gribbin



028 3831 2551


075 9527 8485

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Creative Momentum targets and supports start-ups and SMEs of one or more persons, self-employed freelancers, social enterprises and recent graduates based in one of the SEED group of councils (Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council, Ards & North Down Borough Council and Newry, Mourne & Down District Council). 

Target Audience

Creative momentum supports Designers, Architects, Videographers, Publishers, Producers and Engineers in audio and visual disciplines as well as other creative industries to:

  • Develop their creative and business skills and innovate new product/service ideas by providing mentoring, new online knowledge resources and supporting collaborative product, service and organisational innovation;
  • Connect with other creatives to develop new opportunities locally, regionally and transnationally by supporting shared spaces, events and gatherings; and
  • Get their products and services to market by supporting them to attend Trade Fairs and showcase their work online and to the visitor market.

Creative Momentum is funded through the Northern Ireland SEED group of councils and the EU Northern Periphery and Arctic Regions Programme (NPA) with partners in Iceland, Finland, Sweden and the West of Ireland.


Creative Momentum Project Manager – Niall Drew



028 3831 2485







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Digital Ambassadors

Digital Ambassadors will inspire and champion young people taking part in the Digital Youth Programme, aged 14 to 18 years old, to get involved in the digital industry and allow the job seekers to meet the job makers with the potential for a short internship!

Meet the Digital Ambassadors below.


Managing Partner at Frankly and Co Founder at Ormeau Baths


Managing Director at GCD Technologies


Digital Den Marketing Ltd / Digital Marketing Consultant


Company Director at InterRailingPackages Ltd


Digital Marketing Consultant at Digital By Emma


Creative Industries Innovation Ambassador at the Amma Centre and  Owner/Designer at Katie Brown Designs


Telefonica O2 Guru


 Cat 1 Store Leader at Telefonica O2


CEO & Chief Diversity Officer at QuizFortune

Winners Circle

The Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council launched ‘Digital Youth’ earlier this year as a new innovative programme that will encourage and cultivate a digital enterprise culture in the region and enable over 600 students from 12 secondary schools to develop a stronger foundation in digital skills. ‘Digital Youth’ will improve students’ knowledge and understanding of digital technology and widen their career prospects beyond traditional sectors.

During each session students are tasked with a digital challenge to design an app aimed at tackling issues within the Borough. The groups pitch their app idea to a panel of Digital Ambassadors who decide on an overall winner!

Let us introduce you to the winners…

School Team Name Description
St Catherine’s College Mediwatch A watch that monitors the health of the infirmed and elderly
St Ronan’s College Smart Silverware Cutlery & Crockery measuring calories & nutritional value of food
St John the Baptist Job on the Go Job Search app using GPS
Banbridge Academy Word Glasses Glasses that converts words to subtitles
St Patrick’s Grammar School Turismo Tourism game using GPS
St Patrick’s College Jobs 4 U Job Search app that uses GPS
Tandragee Junior High Hour a Day Wearable band that as you are phyically active then unlocks gaming console
City of Armagh High School Hyperactive Kid’s Fitness and Health
Portadown College Ur Language Smart Pen
The Royal School, Armagh Kazzoom A kid’s health and fitness product
New Bridge Integrated College Wee Froot Kid’s Fitness
Dromore High School WAHWAN Tourism App using GPS to inform tourists
Lismore Comprehensive Job King An app that you can send your CV to local businesses – businesses pay a subscription to app.
Killicomaine Junior High School  TBC  TBC

Find Out More

An important aspect of the Digital Youth Programme is providing students with different pathways, allowing them to develop their interest in the digital sector after taking part in the programme. The Digital Ambassadors have put together the following links for students to explore:


This is an innovative entrepreneurship skills programme which aims to inspire the next generation to explore the potential of the Digital Tech Economy across the Borough of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council.
The programme aims to give young people an understanding of the breadth of roles and explore the vast range of career opportunities available in the Digital industry within the Borough.

The Digital Youth Programme will allow young people, aged 13 – 18 years old, the opportunity to:

  • Be Inspired!  Digital Ambassadors will inspire and champion young people to get involved in the digital industry allowing the job seekers to meet the job makers with the potential for a short internship
  • Get Interactive!  Young people will get hands-on with the latest digital tech enabling them to widen their career prospects beyond the traditional sectors
  • Be Innovative!  Digital Masterclasses will task the participating young people to come up with the next big idea in a competition that will be showcased both locally and internationally

The Programme aims to position the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council area as leaders in cultivating an innovative and entrepreneurial digital economy.

Target Audience

The programme will work across 13 post primary schools in the Borough and engage at least 600 13-18 year old students.   During the digital experiences, students will be up-skilled with the knowledge and understanding of digital technology, including the ‘Internet of Things’, enabling them to widen their career prospects beyond traditional sectors. Students with strong interests and aptitudes in entrepreneurship will be encouraged to explore the idea of setting up a digital business of their own in the future.

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Elaine McAlinden – Enterprise Development Officer



028 4066 0609


The borough of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon is officially acknowledged as the Food Heartland of Northern Ireland, due to the significance of food and drink production and high quality places to eat and drink.

Target Audience

The Food Heartland Forum is targeted at agri-food and drink producers and hospitality providers based in the borough.

The Food Heartland Forum is a unique collaboration between council, local producers, chefs, and stakeholders including Food NI and Southern Regional College who work together to brand the borough and champion local food and drink.

The Forum meets once a quarter and membership is FREE – it’s a great opportunity to network & keep up to speed with what’s happening in the borough and beyond.  The only criteria for a business to join is that you must be based in the borough.


Economic Development Officer – Sarah-Jane Macdonald



02838 312 572

Growth Driver aims to assist local businesses grow by utilising innovation. We will help you find new customers or suppliers for products, services, technologies or processes. More detail to follow after the launch on 30th November 2017

This project is part funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the Investment for Growth & Jobs Northern Ireland (2014-2020) Programme.

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The Life Science Forum challenge is to build the knowledge and capability of owner/managers to understand the innovation process and indeed focus that innovation on a growth sector.

This forum will involve highlighting the Life and Health Sciences sector (including the area of Connected Health) as a growth sector which has the possibility to provide market opportunities to SME’s.

Target Audience

The Life science Forum is a network of key interested individuals, companies and sector support bodies collaborating to drive the sector forward.


Economic Development Officer – Ciaran Tipping



02838 313 602

The Programme will deliver two elements of support to businesses.

  • The Digital Transformation element will be delivered to 50 businesses and focus on Facebook, Google advertising, SEO, Analytics and Content Marketing. The aim of this support package will be to transform and grow businesses using digital platforms and technologies, in order to enhance customer engagement, increase sales and ultimately, create jobs.
  • The Digital Tech business transformation mentoring will be delivered to 50 businesses across the Borough and focus on development and implementation of digital technologies including the Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities of businesses, cyber security, Big Data, gamification, virtual reality, augmented reality and 3D modelling. The aim of this support package is to use digital devices and platforms to accelerate business growth and ultimately, create jobs.