19/05/2014

Entrepreneurs See Their Business Ideas Flourish

Budding entrepreneurs from across the city are seeing their business ideas flourish after taking part in an enterprise programme, funded by Belfast City Council.

They have completed the Market Start Up Programme which explored market trading as a business model and gave new start businesses within the food and craft industries in Belfast the chance to test trade products at St George's Market and two Pop Up Shops in the city.

The 22 received certificates for completing the programme at a special ceremony in City Hall.

Among them was Aikaterini Paraskaki who traded very successfully at St George's Market with her traditional Greek food and is hoping to open a food outlet in the city soon. Sivanesan Ramamoorthy, who specialises in serving Sri Lankan style dishes, has launched his business as a dining club. Helen Harty is selling her fused glass products at other craft fairs as is Emma Ratcliffe with her illustrations and art products and Leah O'Neill with her handmade felt and jewellery pieces.

All of the participants on the programme took part in workshops introducing them to market trading; had one-to-one mentoring to help develop their business ideas and guidance with developing a business plan.

They also took part in best-practice visits to food and craft businesses in the city; international food and craft trade events and a 'Meet the Buyer' event.

(CD/JP)

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