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Invest NI Ambition to Grow Programme

Invest NI – Ambition to Grow Programme

Ambition to Grow, Invest NI’s exciting regionally focused competition aimed at innovative, ambitious businesses will open for applications at 12noon on Monday 22 May 2023.
Successful applicants will be eligible to apply for funding up to a maximum of £45,000.
The programme is designed specifically to help small, micro, and medium sized local enterprises that are not currently engaged with Invest NI.

Eligible businesses must:

  • have the ambition to grow
  • be ambitious, innovative businesses with the ambition to grow sales.
  • have a product or service with a strong USP to take to markets outside Northern Ireland
  • are a start-up or an established company that has not worked with Invest NI before
  • need government support to create great jobs and to sell innovative products or services outside Northern Ireland
Invest NI’s Regional Offices will be hosting Drop-In Clinics highlighting the Programme and other support available from the organisation.

The application call for Ambition to Grow will close Friday 16 June, 15:00.

Further information can be found at



Please note our office is closed Monday 10th & Tuesday 11th April 2023.


Wednesday 12th April 2023. 

Happy Easter from all at CEC!


From 1 April 2023 the minimum amount you can pay your employees has changed.

See the table below that shows the current minimum wage rates:

Age Minimum Wage Rates from 1 April 2023
23 years old and over £10.42
21-22 years old £10.18
18-20 years old £7.49
16-17 years old £5.28
Apprentices £5.28*

*Apprentices under the age of 19 years old or aged 19 years old or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship are entitled to a minimum hourly rate of £5.28 per hour (this rate does not apply to Higher Level Apprenticeships).

Apprentices are entitled to the minimum wage for their age if they are aged 19 years or over and have completed the first year of their apprenticeship.


The National Minimum Wage and the National Living Wage in the UK apply to workers in Northern Ireland. These minimum wage rates are the hourly rate that workers should be paid by their employers depending on their age or whether they are an apprentice.

National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates change every April. The current minimum wage rates are in effect from 1 April 2023 to 31 March 2024.



This year there will be an additional bank holiday for the King’s Coronation which takes place on Saturday 6th May 2023 with the additional one-off bank holiday on Monday 8 May 2023.

The full list of expected dates and days of Northern Ireland bank and public holidays for 2023 are listed below.

Bank and public holiday dates for Northern Ireland in 2023

Holiday 2023
New Year’s Day 2 January
St Patrick’s Day 17 March
Good Friday 7 April
Easter Monday 10 April
Early May Bank Holiday 1 May
Bank holiday for the coronation of King Charles III 8 May
Spring Bank Holiday 29 May
Battle of the Boyne / Orangemen’s Day 12 July
Summer Bank Holiday 28 August
Christmas Day 25 December
Boxing Day 26 December

Source: NI Direct.

British Summer Time

British Summer Time (BST) starts on the last Sunday in March and ends on the last Sunday in October, at 1.00 am Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

BST 2023
Clocks go forward 26 March
Clocks go back 29 October

Cookstown Enterprise will be closed for the Christmas Holidays from Friday 22nd December 2022, and will reopen on Tuesday 3rd January 2023.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas, and a happy, safe and successful 2023.

Cookstown Enterprise Centre recently made its annual Christmas donation to two locally based charities.

This year Cookstown Enterprise donated £250 to SVP Cookstown and £250 to The Hub Cookstown. This was in lieu of sending Christmas cards.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, Trevor Wilson Chairman and Peter Cassidy Director of Cookstown Enterprise Centre present a £250 cheque donation to  Anne Coney &  Sean Kelly of SVP Cookstown.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, Trevor Wilson Chairman and Liz Kearns Director of Cookstown Enterprise Centre present a £250 cheque donation to Carol Doey of the The Hub Cookstown Cookstown.

                 We are all about SPACE

SPACE for businesses to work better, grow their venture, collaborate and lead the next big thing.



Meeting SPACE – When you require a private and professional environment our meeting space comprises comfortable, air conditioned rooms which can can be set up to your specific requirements.

Conference SPACE – From round table to theatre style our modern, comfortable conference suites which can accommodate up to forty people, are equipped with high specification interactive audio-visual technology and video conferencing equipment. Rooms are available for rent daily, evenings or weekends by businesses, community and voluntary organizations, tenant companies and the public at competitive rates.

Office SPACE – A diverse range of business office accommodation in sizes from 200 to 1500 square feet are available in our Derryloran Industrial Estate headquarters as well as our William Street town centre hub.

Industrial SPACE – Our multiple sites in Derryloran Industrial Estate provide industrial and small factory premises to accommodate start-up and growth businesses in a size range from 750 to 6,000 square feet.

Secure SPACE – “Boxed & Locked” is a Secure Storage Unit Solution suitable for both household self-storage and business self-storage located in Derryloran Industrial Estate.

Retail SPACE – Small to medium sized starter and growth retail units are available to rent in Cookstown town centre. These competitively priced shop units provide start-up and growth retailers with a town centre presence at affordable rents and rates.

Residential SPACE – To contribute to the regeneration of Cookstown town centre, Cookstown Enterprise Centre has invested in centrally located and affordable residential apartment accommodation

Flexi SPACE – The most recent addition to our SPACE options is our Flexi-Space facility comprising co-working desks, individual workstations, and private offices in our stunning new open plan ‘Working Near Home’ facility. Daily, weekly, and monthly rental packages are available at rates as flexible as the space through our user-friendly online booking, payment, and door access system. For more information on flexispace visit


Contact :

Cookstown Enterprise Centre, Derryloran Industrial Estate, Sandholes Road, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone BT80 9LU

Tel: 028 8676 3660





Enterprise Week 2022

Enterprise Week returns for 2022 from 14 – 18 November. 

A series of 13 in person and virtual events under the theme of Adapt, Evolve, Overcome reflect this year’s focus on continuing the journey to economic recovery.


Enterprise Week Webinar

Monday 14 November 
10am – 11am
(Refreshments from 9.30am)
The Glenavon Hotel, Cookstown



Kick Off! Resilience Means Business
The world of sports develops athletes’ ability to recover from setbacks and withstand pressures that are rivalled by no other industry. Who better to hear from to inspire and inform your own resilience than four of Northern Ireland’s brilliant sportspeople?Join Lady Mary Peters, Simone Magill, Darren Cave and Kieran McGeary for a panel discussion like no other, as they touch on the resilience they have had to learn from their experiences and how these skills can be applied to the business industry.

Register online for ‘Kick Off! Resilience Means Business


Monday 14 November
2pm – 3pm





The Power of Video
Facilitated by Aislínn Higgins, Dream Media Ireland.
There is no business like showbusiness! Whether you are in front of or behind the camera, it’s time to embrace the power of video for your business. Video can help you reach a new target market and acquire new customers, as well as engage and inform your current audience.Join Aislínn Higgins, Founder of Dream Media Ireland, to learn how to create engaging and informative short form video content for TikTok and Instagram.

Register online for ‘The Power of Video’

Tuesday 15 November
10am – 1pm
Ranfurly House, Dungannon(If you are unable to attend this event, you can attend the session on Thursday 17 at The Terrace Hotel, Magherafelt)
Instagram & Facebook Reels – Social Media Workshop for Tourism Businesses
This workshop explores the process in creating video content to upload to Instagram Reels and Facebook. We will show attendees how to plan, storyboard and record content using their mobile phones, and how to edit content, to publish online, using editing app InShot.We will also show examples of the benefits of Facebook/Instagram Ads to promote content online.

All attendees must bring their mobile phones for this workshop.

To register for this event:



Tuesday 15 November
12.30pm – 1.30pm
(Refreshments from 12pm)
The Gables Restaurant, Dungannon




Economic Landscapes: Preparing for Economic Volatility
With the world heading into uncertain territory, the cost of living crisis is set to affect individuals and businesses alike.Join Mark Simpson as he discusses how businesses can best prepare for Economic Volatility with Feargal McCormack, PKF-FPM, Gavin Kennedy, G&J Kennedy Project Management and Mark Cunningham, Bank of Ireland, who will provide top tips on accessing finance to maintain your business.

Register online for ‘Economic Landscapes: Preparing for Economic Volatility’

Tuesday 15 November 
7pm – 8pm
(Refreshments from 6.30pm)
The Terrace Hotel, Magherafelt


Leading Ladies – Their Journey to Success
Join our host, Denise Murtagh, in conversation with 3 local female entrepreneurs; Rachel Molloy, Café No. 47, Leona Morrow, LM Transport Consultant and Mona Houston, The Fashion House. Hear how it all started for this inspirational group of women.Learn what motivates and inspires them and how they have used this to overcome the many challenges that have presented themselves along their entrepreneurial journey.

Register online for ‘Leading Ladies – Their Journey to Success

Wednesday 16 November 
10am – 11am




Net Zero: Challenge Accepted
We’ve all heard the term Net Zero. We all know we need to get there. Yet not enough of us know how to do so! Are you interested in hearing about how you can accelerate your business towards achieving Net Zero, or as close as possible?Jamie Delargy will host our panel of experts: Steven Agnew, RenewableNI, Bernadette Convery, Invest NI and Mareanne Bradley, Specialist Joinery Group, who will talk about the benefits of achieving Net Zero, how to get there, the practical supports, as well as how to overcome challenges along the way.

Register online for ‘Net Zero: Challenge Accepted’


Wednesday 16 November 
12pm – 1.30pm
The Ecos Innovation Centre, Ballymena (Also Live Streamed)


Develop an Entrepreneurial Mindset
In this hybrid workshop, Cate Conway will host an interview with Phil Graham, a hugely successful entrepreneur and business mentor, to give an insight into how Phil developed an entrepreneurial mindset critical to building his business as one of the UK and Ireland’s leading fitness experts and business mentors.Register online for ‘Develop an Entrepreneurial Mindset’ 

Wednesday 16 November
1pm – 1.45pm




Support Local – Mid Ulster Gift Card 

Leah Brown will present to you the benefits of the Mid Ulster Gift Card! Join us to hear all about it, have your questions answered directly and hear from those who have already benefited from having the Gift Card as part of their business.

By attending this webinar on the day you will be entered into a prize draw for one of four £50 Mid Ulster Gift Cards!

Register online for ‘Support Local – Mid Ulster Gift Card’ 

Wednesday 16 November 
2.30pm – 3.30pm



Keeping Hospitality At Home 
Join James McGinn, MD of Hastings Hotels, as he brings us his practical advice how to excel in the current hospitality industry! He will discuss how to keep up with new trends, hit targets and bring people to your business in a time when travel is opening up again and people are keen to visit new places.James will be joined by Claire Murray, Deli on the Green, Dungannon and Dermot Friel, Friel’s Bar & Restaurant, Swatragh.

Register online for ‘Keeping Hospitality At Home’

Thursday 17 November 
10am – 11am



Growth Through Innovation
Innovation has become so important to businesses as many adapt to a fast-changing world to ensurethey remain sustainable and have a competitive edge. Join our host Clodagh Rice, BBC Journalist, and three business leaders from different sectors across the MSW Region of Northern Ireland, in conversation, discussing how innovating helped them grow and remain competitive in the current challenging economic conditions.Panel – Colin Edgar, CET Cryospas, Stephen Smyth, TCTS Group Ltd and Terry Mullin, Global Automation

Register online for ‘Growth Through Innovation’

Thursday 17 November
10am – 1pm
The Terrace Hotel, Magherafelt
(If you are unable to attend this event, you can attend the session on Tuesday 15 at Ranfurly House)


Instagram & Facebook Reels – Social Media Workshop for Tourism Business
This workshop explores the process in creating video content to upload to Instagram Reels and Facebook. We will show attendees how to plan, storyboard and record content using their mobile phones, and how to edit content, to publish online, using editing app InShot.We will also show examples of the benefits of Facebook/Instagram Ads to promote content online.

All attendees must bring their mobile phones for this workshop.

To register for this event:

Thursday 17 November 
11am – 4pm
Cookstown Leisure Centre



Mid Ulster Jobs and Careers Fair 
Are you looking for work? Fancy a change in career? Interested in upskilling? Then the MidUlster Jobs & Careers Fair is the place to be.With over 50 local employers and support organisations on site, this is a brilliant opportunity to make connections, get advice, apply, and interview on the day!

For more information or for businesses interested taking a stand at the event contact
Mid Ulster Labour Market Partnership at:


Thursday 17 November
2pm – 3pm




Build Your Business Battleplan
Paul Creighton, CEO of AES Global and business mentor, is bringing you his 5 point battle plan for businesses heading into the impending recession.Join this webinar to hear how to prepare step by step, covering: finding your strategy, bringing your team into your strategic thinking, motivating your team, improving company culture and measuring simple KPIs to bring your business out on top. This is a webinar not to be missed!

Register online for ‘Build Your Business Battleplan’

Friday 18 November 


If you attend any of our events, your name will automatically go forward into a prize draw with the opportunity to win some great prizes.

The more events you attend, the more opportunity you have of winning a prize!

Winners will be announced on Friday 18th November. Prizes from the Support Local – Mid Ulster Gift Card event will also be drawn on Friday.


Find out more about our business-start up programmes.

Storage Units Available

  • Storage Units Available For Immediate Rent
  • 10 & 20 Foot Units Available For Long & Short Term Rents
  • Ideal For Domestic Storage Or Commercial Use
  • 24 Hours a Day Access / 7 Days a Week
  • CCTV with Flood Light Yard

For more information on our Boxed & Locked facilities contact us on 02886763660 or

Cookstown Enterprise Centre

“Your  Business Matters”

Are you a new or existing business?

Want to avail of our monthly “Business Advice” Drop in Clinic?

Free & confidential informal appointments available.

Discuss your general business matters including topics such as finance options, employment, marketing etc.

Everyone Welcome.


For further information please contact us on 028 8676 3660 or email

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