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Clinics perfect for entrepreneurs

By Nigel Tilson

Belfast City Council has enlisted the help of a ceramics company to encourage more people to start businesses in the city.

The three women behind Earthform Ceramics, based in Townsend Enterprise Park in north Belfast, are supporting a series of enterprise outreach clinics run by the council.

Zona Crilly and twins Claire and Karen Gibson started Earthform in 2001 and now produce a range of ceramic products for customers across the UK and the Republic.

The outreach programme is aimed at supporting those interested in starting their own companies.

Belfast City Council is running the 12 clinics from this month until March in association with community centres across the city, including Divis, Dee Street, Concorde (on Alliance Road), Hammer (at Agnes Street), Donegall Pass and Finaghy.

Zona Crilly of Earthform said: "Although the road to success hasn't always been easy, the decision to start a business has been the best we have made. That's why we would urge others to make full use of these enterprise outreach clinics."

Councillor Michael Browne, chairman of Belfast City Council's development committee, urged anyone keen to start their own business to sign up and receive expert guidance.

"Confidential advice will be offered with information on grants, loans and help to make that crucial business idea a reality," he explained.

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