Ards Business Centre was established as a social enterprise in 1988, with a core mission to create wealth, entrepreneurship and employment in the Ards area by assisting the formation of new businesses and the development and support of existing Small Medium Enterprises.

Ards Business Centre staff provide a quality, professional service tailored to our clients’ requirements and we aim to provide education, motivation and inspiration to clients either starting a business or growing a business. Over the past 25 years, Ards Business Centre has assisted in the start-up and development of over 2,500 businesses throughout the area.

“I can only say, what took me so long to ask for help? I witnessed my business move forward in leaps and bounds.” As one customer said, “Now you are the premiership.” Ards Business Centre’s help and advice proved invaluable to me. “It could be you.”

Terry Williams, Peninsula Pen

Come and meet us. Together we can make it work.

Our Mission

Our mission statement is simple and clear.

‘We want Ards Business Centre to be a key driver, working in partnership with others, in economic generation and regeneration throughout our constituency’.

As a social enterprise, the company uses effective business principles to deliver real social results and impact. Constituted as a company limited by guarantee, the business is governed by a board of volunteer directors who meet monthly to provide strategic direction to the management and staff. As an ISO 9001 accredited business, a high level of quality of organisation and delivery is consistently guaranteed for all our clients.


In all aspects of our work we seek to demonstrate the following corporate values:

  • Integrity
  • Fairness
  • Openness
  • Professionalism
  • Accountability
  • Co-operation


Nichola Lockhart
Nichola LockhartChief Executive
Tel: 028 9181 9787
Glynis Thompson
Glynis ThompsonReceptionist/Telephonist
Tel: 028 9181 9787
Lorraine Valentine
Lorraine ValentineReceptionist/Telephonist
Tel: 028 9181 9787
Sandra ParryOffice Manager/Executive Assistant to Chief Executive
Tel: 028 9181 9787
George ClarkeFacilities Administrator (Meeting Rooms)
Tel: 028 9181 9787
Conall McCannProperty Co-ordinator
Tel: 028 9181 9787


David Blevings
David BlevingsChairman
Mr Alan McDowell
Mr Alan McDowellDirector
Mr Colin Stutt
Mr Colin StuttDirector
Mr Alan Burnside
Mr Alan BurnsideDirector
Mr Geoff Ingham
Mr Geoff InghamDirector
Mr Huw Worthington
Mr Huw WorthingtonDirector
Mr Colin Adair
Mr Colin AdairDirector
Mr John Ritchie
Mr John RitchieDirector
Miss Michelle McIlveen
Miss Michelle McIlveenDirector

Training & Programmes

We can offer you a range of advice, training and support services to get you started.

Let us help you develop your business plan to drive your business forward.

We are constantly developing programmes and initiatives to help your business grow and expand.