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Mayor Shows Support for New Local Business – ZITI by Knags

Mayor, Councillor Billy Webb is pictured with Kevin McCourt, Owner of ZITI by Knags, a new Italian restaurant in Glengormley.

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Billy Webb visited ZITI by Knags, which recently opened in Glengormley, to show his support for this new business. Offering delicious Italian cuisine in a contemporary and stylish setting, the new family-run restaurant has created 23 jobs for the local area following an investment of £250k from owners, Kevin and Gina McCourt.  

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Billy Webb commented: ‘I am delighted to be here today to show my support for the opening of ZITI by Knags. It is fantastic to see local businesses expand in our Borough and contribute positively to our local economy, especially in the current climate. I’d like to congratulate Kevin on restructuring his business during the pandemic, and bringing something new and different to our Borough. I wish Kevin and his family well in their venture, which I am sure will be a great success.’ 

Mayor, Cllr Billy Webb is joined by Gina, Kevin and Ashlin McCourt during a visit to their newly opened restaurant, ZITI by Knags.

Kevin McCourt, Owner of ZITI by Knags commented: ‘Owing to the pandemic and the restriction on functions, it was important that I adapted our business and offering to make sure we were on the front foot.  The new 90-seater restaurant boasts a state-of-the-art woodstone pizza oven, offering delicious stonebaked pizzas, while our extensive Italian menu features fresh pastas, seafood, designer burgers and steaks, catering for all tastes. 

We have carefully thought out the layout of the restaurant, which features private booths, family booths and back-to-back seating, giving an overall spacious feel. I’d like to thank my family for their support and hard work, especially my daughter, Ashlin who has been at the forefront of the planning and development of this new addition to the Knag’s offering.’ 

The new restaurant replaces Knag’s Function Suite, complementing the other strands to the family-run chain of restaurants: Knag’s Bar & Grill, Knag’s Deli Sandwich Bar and Prestige Catering.  

For more information including menus or to book visit www.zitibyknags.com  

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Council Supporting Safer Business

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council is encouraging businesses to register their interest in a new CCTV Grant Programme as part of a programme to support economic recovery while maintaining safety across the Boroughs public spaces.

Businesses in the Borough can receive a grant for new CCTV cameras to be installed on the exterior of their premises.  A condition of the support is that the Police Service of NI (PSNI) will have access to the recorded footage, if and when required. 

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Billy Webb commented, “We work closely with our local businesses and are always exploring innovative ways in which we can support their operations while contributing to improvements across our wider society. A key priority of the Council’s Community Plan is making our public spaces feel safer. The PSNI is a statutory partner of our community planning process and initiatives such as this help use our joint resources efficiently while meeting the needs of all interested partners.  Businesses have had a tough time over the past 18 months and we want to make sure that their livelihood is protected.”

PSNI Superintendent Kirkpatrick said “Crime within our community can have a detrimental effect on local businesses and local communities. We know that better CCTV can help contribute to a healthy and safe high street.  We want to continue to work in partnership with local businesses to achieve this.  We therefore welcome the Council’s new CCTV funding initiative which will deliver benefits across the Borough”.

Details on how to express an interest in Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council’s CCTV Grant Programme is available at or www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/CCTVGrantProgramme

E: investment@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk .

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Mayor Welcomes Local Balmoral Show Exhibitiors to Mossley Mill

Back row (L-R): Lawri Dowie (Ten Watch Chocolates), John Laverty (TIDAL), Gary McStocker (Lough Neagh Tours) Front rown (L-R): Robert Carlisle, Jonjo Bright (Lylehill Farm), Una Johnston (The Lock Keeper’s Cottage), Anne-Marie McStocker (Lough Neagh Tours), Jenni Newell (Tasty Grub Club), Pearl Mitchell (Mann Café Bar).

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Billy Webb, was delighted to meet with and thank a number of local businesses who represented the Borough at the recent Balmoral Show, during a reception at Mossley Mill this week.

The Mayor commented, “The Council is keen to support local businesses at one of the premier public events in Northern Ireland, by hosting a stand in the Food NI Pavilion.  This has given these businesses, some for the first time, a chance to display their goods on a stage that would not normally be accessible to them.  We are delighted to see that each has seized the chance and enjoyed a hugely positive experience.  We are very pleased to support this initiative for a second year following positive feedback from the event organisers, and the standard demonstrated by our local businesses continues to impress”. 

Each of the participating businesses secured a place on Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council’s stand at the Balmoral Show 2021, and were able to demonstrate the extremely high quality of local producers and businesses.  

If you are a micro or small business in the food sector and based in the Borough, keep an eye on the Council’s website for opportunities to participate in Balmoral Show (subject to event criteria) which will take place in May 2022.

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