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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 was 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. Most of the activities related to the project closed in May 2018.

One of the legacies of the project is the active website www.mycreativeedge.eu

It contains host of information that can help creative businesses and creative entrepreneurs find potential customers, partners and collaborations and expand across Europe’s Northern Edge


South East Economic development

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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.

Digital Youth Programme Poster


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

We are now recruiting businesses for the new Growth Driver programme. It aims to assist local businesses grow by utilising innovation. We will help you find new customers or suppliers for products, services, technologies or processes. It is for established businesses with less than 50 employees that are not current Invest NI client companies.
To apply please contact and briefly say why innovation would help you grow your business.

Click here to view Growth Driver PDF

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

Armagh City Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s Digital Transformation Programme will assist 100 businesses to transform digitally by delivering two distinct elements of support.

Digital Marketing Support will be delivered to 50 non-digital ‘traditional’ businesses across the Borough and will focus on Facebook, Google advertising, SEO, Analytics and Content Marketing. The aim of this element is to deliver measurable transformation and business growth, using digital platforms and technologies, resulting in enhanced customer engagement, increased sales and ultimately, job creation.

Digital Innovation Support will be delivered to 50 digi-tech businesses across the Borough and will focus on development and implementation of digital technologies including the Internet of Things (IoT), cyber security, Big Data, gamification, virtual reality, augmented reality and 3D modelling. The aim of this element is to accelerate business growth and ultimately, job creation, using digital devices and platforms.

How to Apply: To be eligible for the Digital Tansformation programme, as of December 2017, your business must:

  • Be located in the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough
  • Employ fewer than 50 people
  • Be actively trading and
  • Not currently receive similar support elsewhere

If your business meets the above criteria and you are interested, visit www.digitaltransformationprogramme.com to learn more about the application process.

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.

Are you a small business looking to grow online? The Digital Retail Therapy Programme is a new FREE programme designed to help the growth of local businesses by helping them learn new skills and develop confidence to make the most of the vast digital retail opportunities available.

The Digital Retail Therapy programme will be delivered by a host of industry experts. It will include four events giving digital insights to develop knowledge and skills and a digital mentoring programme for 20 businesses providing an in depth diagnostic audit for businesses of their digital capabilities and 15 hours of free one-to-one mentoring across a range of topics including website and social media marketing, data and analytics, geo-marketing tactics and search engine optimisation.

To find our more visit:  www.digitalretailtherapyprogramme.com

Sell to GB programme aims to assist micro, small and medium sized businesses in the borough of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon to gear up to identify and target new business opportunities in England, Scotland and Wales. 

Target audience
To be considered for this programme applicants should,

  • Own and/or manage a business based in the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council area and committed to growing sales in the GB market
  • Employ less than 25 people.
  • Be involved in manufacturing or tradable services, with a product or service that is considered to be exportable.
  • Have no more than 30% turnover outside Northern Ireland

Contact: Economic Development Officer – Diane Stinson
Telephone: 028 3752 9620
Mobile: 07786 517767