Belfast Telegraph

Launch of Causeway Enterprise Agency brings job hopes

By Clare Weir

A new enterprise agency for the north coast aiming to create scores of jobs has been officially launched.

The Causeway Enterprise Agency (CEA) merged with the North Antrim Business Agency last year.

The organisation has now officially opened its refurbished offices in Ballycastle to serve the Coleraine and Moyle areas.

To date, 90 new businesses have benefited from start-up training and business planning at the CEA.

Through Invest NI's Regional Start Initiative, 59 business plans have already been approved with a further 14 business plans expected to be approved in the coming weeks.

The agency's recent performance results revealed that investment by businesses in Moyle increased 20% on last year and more than five times the level of planned investment was secured in Coleraine than in the previous year, providing 88 new jobs in the area.

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said that the CEA offers a chance to showcase the valuable community and economic development projects that are being undertaken to improve the prospects of local people.

Just last month both The Marine Hotel in Ballycastle and Japanese firm Terumo BCT which makes medical devices in Larne announced expansion plans supported by the Jobs Fund.

These two projects have the potential to create more than 440 jobs over the next five years.

Belfast Telegraph