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Chris Wales, Beverlee Moag-Walker, Roy Bonar, Jackie Logan

Chris Wales, Beverlee Moag-Walker, Roy Bonar, Jackie Logan

James Perry, Sarah Perry, Patricia Perry, Raymond Rock, Christopher Perry

James Perry, Sarah Perry, Patricia Perry, Raymond Rock, Christopher Perry

Phyllis Clyde, Thomas McKillen, Richard Hunter

Phyllis Clyde, Thomas McKillen, Richard Hunter

Paul Cryan, Trevor Kane, Beverlee Moag-Walker

Paul Cryan, Trevor Kane, Beverlee Moag-Walker

The panel

The panel

The panel

The panel

Gerard O'Boyle, Leona McNicholl, Rhonda Close, Maire McCann, Michael O'Boyle

Gerard O'Boyle, Leona McNicholl, Rhonda Close, Maire McCann, Michael O'Boyle

Eugene Clarke, Anne Steele, Noel Graham, Greg McCann

Eugene Clarke, Anne Steele, Noel Graham, Greg McCann

Karl Wilson, Davina Kerr, Ryan Wilson

Karl Wilson, Davina Kerr, Ryan Wilson

Michael Henderson, Steven Montgomery

Michael Henderson, Steven Montgomery

Henry Elvin, with members of the panel

Henry Elvin, with members of the panel

Henry Elvin, Sam McIlveen and Sam Morrison

Henry Elvin, Sam McIlveen and Sam Morrison

Henry Elvin, Sam McIlveen and Sam Morrison

Henry Elvin, Sam McIlveen and Sam Morrison

The panel

The panel

Moira Crawford , Ed Crawford , Paula Dickson, Conor McNeill

Moira Crawford , Ed Crawford , Paula Dickson, Conor McNeill

Andrew Cowan, Peter Beattie, James Harkness

Andrew Cowan, Peter Beattie, James Harkness

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Chris Wales, Beverlee Moag-Walker, Roy Bonar, Jackie Logan

Business people who have ‘been there and done it’ shared their mistakes, successes and knowledge with entrepreneurs in Ballymena last night.





David Patton of Patton Group, Sam Morrison Jnr of Clockwork Orange clothing chain, David Robinson of the Robinson Cleaning company, and Steven Montgomery of Montgomery’s department store, were joined by entrepreneur Fionan Murray and Sam McIlveen of the Belfast Telegraph to speak at the event in the Tullyglass Hotel on Thursday evening.



More than 130 people attended the event, organised by smallbusinesscan.com and supported by Ulster Bank, Ballymena Chamber of Commerce and The Belfast Telegraph,



It involved discussion led by the six speakers and involving business people attending about starting, managing and growing a business.



Fionan Murray, who is one of the founders of smallbusinesscan.com , says: “To create a new beginning for the economy on this island, the thousands of entrepreneurs and innovative small businesses out there need support and advice to make the most of their ideas and talents. They also need to develop productive networks.”

>>Video: Gary Grattan reports from the Tullyglass Hotel>>

“Smallbusinesscan and this event are intended to get entrepreneurs and business owners talking to each other so that they can share knowledge, ideas and insights. I am excited by the engagement that is happening on smallbusinesscan between business people across the island and the highly positive engagement that took place at the Ballymena event. Ballymena clearly has an impressive group of entrepreneurial people, which should give much cause for much optimism,” Mr Murray adds.



Smallbusinesscan is a portal site for discussions, articles and advice on all kinds of financial, legal, HR and tech issues that face start-ups and other small companies.


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