Enterprise Causeway Wins Three Prestigious Social Enterprise Awards
Enterprise Causeway recently celebrated winning three honors at this year’s prestigious Northern Ireland Social Enterprise Awards.
Now in his 10’se year, the awards were created to recognize, commend and promote individuals and companies who are creating change and making a positive impact in Northern Ireland and beyond.
With a record number of entries and over 600 representatives from the private, public and social enterprise sector in attendance at the ceremony, Enterprise Causeway was thrilled to be featured:
- Leader of the Year 2022 for CEO, Jayne Taggart.
- Best Small Social Enterprise of the Year.
- Best use of digital marketing (highly recommended) for his social enterprise, The Designerie, Bushmills.
Founded in 1984, Enterprise Causeway was created to support, promote and advocate for local businesses.
Having started as a converted barn space on Gateside Road, Coleraine, it now manages properties across six sites – Coleraine, Kilrea, Ballymoney, Ballycastle and Bushmills, totaling over 134,250 square feet of industrial, office and business units. coworking spaces. This collective space hosts and supports nearly 110 tenants and small businesses/entrepreneurs, who contribute over £47 million to the local economy, employing over 300 people.
Enterprise Causeway has also provided a wide range of innovative business support and growth programs to thousands of budding and established local entrepreneurs, including the Go for it, Explore the companyImmersive Pavement, company pavement, Lead2Grow and Co-innovate.
She is also responsible for the design and development of flagship projects such as The Designerie, which began as a pop-up shop in the Diamond, Coleraine, in 2015. Since then, and thanks to a prime location on the main street of Bushmills, it has grown into a thriving social enterprise, supporting and promoting over 80 creative local designers across NI and Ireland.
Upstairs is Makers House, home to eight local makers in residence. Residents and visitors alike have the opportunity to see, first-hand, creative talent at work. Makers House helps to successfully launch promising new talent on their entrepreneurial journeys and to increase the appreciation and awareness of local artists and markers across Ireland and beyond.
Other flagship projects underway include:
- The £7.8 million renovation and extension of the Bushmills Courthouse building, transforming it into a creative hub, housing a cafe, retail and community and event space.
- In partnership with the Langholm Group, the Chronicle Press refurbishment project, which when completed will provide a new digital hub for up to 200 small/micro and start-ups in the Coleraine center in the former Chronicle paper offices , in a vital way to contribute to the regeneration of the city and the revival of the economy.
Expressing her gratitude, Jayne Taggart, CEO of Enterprise Causeway, said“This is a fantastic achievement for our small, yet incredibly hardworking and passionate team, who are going the extra mile to support entrepreneurs and creative small businesses in the Causeway area.
“I would also like to mention our Board of Directors, who take the time to manage their local businesses to provide strategic direction and guidance so that Enterprise Causeway can continue to seek new opportunities for growth, evolution and achievement of its social purpose.
“As we find ourselves in one of the most difficult times of our lives, with the cost of doing business and the fear of a looming recession, we will continue to advocate and seek ways to nurture and grow our local entrepreneurs and businesses.”
“A heartfelt thank you to the panel of expert judges for recognizing our work and of course, to all of the winners and finalists, who have done their part to advocate for businesses and individuals in the social enterprise sector.”
Reflecting on Jayne’s Leader of the Year award, Frances Lundy, President of Enterprise Causeway, commented“Jayne is known to be a very effective ambassador for the social enterprise sector at NI and is passionate about raising awareness of the sector’s transformational impact on the local economy.
“Jayne continues to build relationships with stakeholders and secure funding to deliver innovative projects and initiatives that aim to advance the social enterprise movement. We need more leaders of Jayne’s caliber to inspire others to realize their dreams and aspirations and provide them with a platform to grow.
Speaking of The Designerie’s accolade, Zoe Jones, Store Manager, said: “We are very grateful for this recognition of our creative and dedicated approach to also reaching our target audience and customers through our website, social media channels and newsletter.
“Our customers and visitors get such a unique feeling when they walk into the store, which is why our digital efforts always strive to capture that feeling to keep people coming back and bringing new customers through our doors.”