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More Than 700 Opportunities Available At Upcoming Jobs Fair

The Mayor, Councillor Paul Hamill, launches the upcoming job fair with Stephen O’Neill (Translink), Stephen McGlew (DfC), Ryan Forsythe (John Mulholland Motors), Glen Young (Hendersons) and Sgt Stephen Moore (Community Planning, Antrim and Newtownabbey).

Are you looking for a new job opportunity? Or would you like to get into work but don’t know where to start? Then put Wednesday 6 June in your diary and come to the Valley Leisure Centre, for our Jobs Fair.
From 10am – 2pm and 4pm – 7pm the Council, in partnership with Department for Communities (DfC), will help you to develop the right skills and confidence to secure a job. There will be over 55 local employers promoting over 700 job vacancies, to prospective job seekers.

At the jobs fair you will be able to sample some roles first hand and meet lots of employers who will take your application. There will also be the opportunity to get help with job search activities and to receive careers advice from the experts.

Bright and Exciting Future

At the launch of the jobs fair the Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Paul Hamill commented: “I would encourage everyone to attend this event and take the first step to creating a bright and exciting future. Employers attending on the day include Power NI, Translink, Queen’s University, Randox, Galgorm Resort & Spa, Hendersons and the PSNI, so there is sure to be something here that will kick start your new career!”

Stephen McGlew, Head of Employer Services from the Department for Communities said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council in delivering a job fair in this area. With hundreds of jobs being promoted on the day, it really is an excellent opportunity to make connections, get advice, apply and potentially walk away with a new job. I would strongly encourage as many people as possible to visit the job fair and take the next steps on their career path.”

The Mayor, Councillor Paul Hamill and Stephen McGlew (DfC) look forward to the upcoming jobs fair.

The Mayor, Councillor Paul Hamill and Stephen McGlew (DfC) look forward to the upcoming jobs fair.

Get Involved

A free shuttle bus will operate between Antrim Jobs & Benefits Office and the Valley Leisure Centre throughout the day. The bus will leave Antrim Jobs & Benefits office at 9.30am, 11am, 12.30pm, 3.30pm and 5pm. It will leave Valley Leisure Centre at 11.45am, 1.15pm, 2.45pm, 4.15pm. 5.45pm and 7.15pm

We are currently exploring other pick up points and this information will be available on our website. Sign Language assistance will be available from 10am – 12noon.

For up to date transport, employer and vacancy information visit here or T. 028 9034 0052.

Antrim and Newtownabbey

Last Call for Rural Business Development Grant Applications!

Are you a small business in a rural area of the Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough that would benefit from a grant of up to £4,999? Then make sure you apply for the Rural Business Development Grant Scheme!

Applications are currently being accepted by the Council on behalf of the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) through the Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation Programme (TRPSI) with a deadline of 12pm on Friday 30 July.  
The grant of up to £4,999, at a 50% grant rate is applicable to capital items such as equipment, machinery, computers and an e-commerce website. To be eligible to apply, the business must have less than 10 full-time equivalent employees and not have benefitted from the grant previously. 
Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Billy Webb commented: “There isn’t long left before the application process closes, so I would encourage the small rural businesses of the Borough to apply now. With just under £5k available to these businesses, this can be a great helping hand to those that are recovering from the impacts of the pandemic, as well as the opportunity to grow and develop their business. On behalf of the Council, I would like to thank DAERA for the £62k funding made available for these grants as well as absorbing the staff costs.”  
Applications close at 12pm on 30 July 2021. For more information including eligibility criteria or to apply visit or text Business Rural to 80039. 

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Plans Approved to Secure the Future of Steeple House

Works are set to begin at one of Antrim’s most historic sites to refurbish Steeple House to its former glory. A Grade B+ listed building, Steeple House sits within a 17 acre parkland site which also includes the Antrim Round Tower, a scheduled monument which served as a bell-tower and place of refuge from raiders and is one of only two complete towers remaining in Northern Ireland.  

Once the location of a former medieval monastery, Steeple House was built in 1827 by the Fawcett family and later became the headquarters for Antrim Borough Council. A fire in July 2019 caused extensive damage to the listed building including the loss of its roof.   

Vice-Chairman of the Council’s Planning Committee, Alderman Fraser Agnew MBE said: “I am delighted that the plans approved by the Committee this evening will secure this important part of our local heritage. The plans ensure that Steeple House will be restored to its pre-fire condition, respecting the character, architecture and historic interest of the building. The planning proposal also received support and was commended by the Historic Environment Division, the Department responsible for listed buildings in Northern Ireland.”  

In addition to the refurbishment of Steeple House, there are plans by the Council for the wider park including new interpretive signage and pathways to promote greater access to the site, showcasing the Round Tower as a unique feature. Plans are also being developed by a third party to develop a section of the site as a healthcare facility. 

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