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Innovation demystified for local businesses

Banbridge District Council Chairman Cllr Marie Hamilton pictured at the IOTA Workshop Roadshow in Banbridge Enterprise Centre with Head of Regeneration Therese Rafferty, Centre Manager Ciaran Cunningham and IOTA Mentor Paul Millar � Edward Byrne Photography INBL1425-231EB-IOTA

Banbridge District Council Chairman Cllr Marie Hamilton pictured at the IOTA Workshop Roadshow in Banbridge Enterprise Centre with Head of Regeneration Therese Rafferty, Centre Manager Ciaran Cunningham and IOTA Mentor Paul Millar � Edward Byrne Photography INBL1425-231EB-IOTA

The newly elected Chair of Banbridge District Council has welcomed businesses to the iOTA Road Show, Banbridge

‘The benefit of innovation to businesses’ was the key message at the event, which took place at Banbridge District Enterprises Ltd on Friday June 20, 2014.

Cllr Marie Hamilton said: “iOTA can help you and your business develop innovative solutions, explore new markets, give you access to work shops, master classes and mentor expertise to support you in the journey of turning great ideas into viable business concepts”.

Businesses were offered advice from a range of organisations including InterTradeIreland, SRC, Federation of Small Businesses and the iOTA Programme.

The iOTA Programme which is part funded through the European Union’s INTERREG IVA Cross Border Programme is seeking to demystify the process of innovation and will help build innovation into local businesses.

The iOTA Programme is an exceptional opportunity for existing businesses in the Banbridge area to learn more about innovation and develop their innovation capability by accessing new skills, expertise and knowledge.

Businesses heard from Paul Miller, Horizon Two Six, speak on innovation and innovation in action in businesses.

There also was a case study by Clare Medland of Rolltack from Dromara. Clare spoke on how she invented a clever portable saddle trolley that doubles as a car saddle rack.

The iOTA Programme is open to individuals, micro enterprises and SMEs in the following council areas – Ards, Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon, Down, Newry and Mourne and North Down as well as Counties Louth and Monaghan and will be delivered by a cross border consortium led by Newry and Mourne Enterprise Agency.

For further information or to participate on the iOTA Programme, please contact Ciaran Cunningham on 028 4066 2260 / 07808 915781 or email ciaran@bdelonline.com or Aveen McVeigh on 028 3025 2684 or email Aveen@eastborderregion.com.

 

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