Mid-Ulster businesses

BUSINESS people from Mid-Ulster attended a special breakfast event on Wednesday morning (May 15) at the Royal Hotel in Cookstown.

It was organised by the Department for Employment and Learning in partnership with the Cookstown Chamber of Commerce and Cookstown Enterprise Centre.

Following a light breakfast, the audience was treated to a range of presentations from various business representatives in relation to different programmes and schemes available.

Alan Hogshaw from the Cookstown Chamber of Commerce welcomed everyone and introduced the speakers: Heather McKeown from the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL), John Crossan from TES (NI) Ltd, Stephen McGeagh from David Little and Co Chartered Accountants and Ciaran Higgins from Cookstown Enterprise Centre.

The audience heard about the different schemes open to employers, from the Youth Employment Scheme to the Steps to Work programme and apprenticeships open to workers. Other topics were covered such as the Bridge to Employment scheme, which provides assistance to inward investment companies as well as those who are taking on new staff.

The business leaders heard about customised training which is designed to enhance the skills base within a small to medium enterprise and the Disability Employment Service (DES) which provides support to employers to help them recruit people with health issues or disabilities. The speakers also covered Essential Skills and Skills Solutions which are available for businesses to avail of.

Following the talks, there was an opportunity for the business leaders to network.