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Competition to Find the Next Giant Tourism Business Idea!

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council is welcoming applications for the newly launched, Tourism Challenge Fund. The competition is aimed at encouraging new experiences, services and attractions to start-up and/or expand in the tourism and hospitality sector within the Borough. As part of the initiative, entrepreneurs can pitch for up to a 75 per cent grant to help test the feasibility of their new business idea. If the idea has the potential to become a giant success, they will be able to apply for seed funding to make the idea become a reality. 

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Billy Webb commented, “The tourism challenge fund forms part of the Council’s Covid-19 recovery plans and will hopefully give the entrepreneurs of our Borough a helping hand in taking their business idea to the next stages. With a sizeable grant available for their business, this is a fantastic initiative which will positively boost the Borough’s tourism offer.” 

For more information including eligibility criteria or to apply visit here or text BUSINESS TOURISM to 80039. Applications close at 2pm on Friday 20 August 2021. 

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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

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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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