Are you looking for a new business space or want to relocate?
We currently have one vacant 2000 sqft industrial unit available to rent at our Nendrum Park.
Nendrum Park is best suited for larger industrial businesses giving you the space to work and grow. With free car parking, 24 hour security and a well maintained courtyard, what are you waiting for?
Arrange your viewing today. Contact us on 028 9181 9787 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We love nothing more than hearing success stories from past participants of our Workshops. Thomas Wishart attended our first ‘6 Steps To Business Success’ course and his business, TW Flooring, has gone from strength to strength – read his story here.
What is the story of your journey into business?
I was fed up working for other people and always wanted to be my own boss. After my brother went self employed I got him to show me how to fit flooring so I could do the same.
Tell us more about your business.
I supply, deliver and fit all types of hard flooring from laminate/ to real wood.
Who would you say has offered you the greatest support in your business journey?
Ards Business Hub – their 6 steps program was a excellent source of information and support.
What goals do you have for the business 3 years from now?
I would like to open a shop in the Comber area.
How did your experience on the 6 steps programme help you on your business journey?
It was a very useful source of information. Having the knowledge there to point us in the right direction and able to ensure we are on the right path with our goals set out and business plan explained. Having that knowledge at those early stages took off a lot of the stress and pressure of starting out.
If you could offer advice to anyone thinking of starting a business, what would it be?
Get in touch with Ards Business Hub or their local Go For It teams. It is definitely worth attending one of these courses, even if you’re just thinking about starting a business – attending this course will help you decide.
How did you find your experience with Ards Business Hub?
Excellent from start to finish. Very helpful, friendly and supportive.
Ards Business Hub thank Thomas for his participation and wish him the best for the future.
We realise in the last 2 years there has been a lot of change for many due to the Coronavirus pandemic and we also understand that not everything has come to a halt.
With this in mind have you considered a virtual office address? You may be a recent start up business working from home and need a professional business address. What ever your circumstances are, we can help.
For only £30 a month we offer a professional and credible business address when you take a virtual office address with Ards Business Hub.
Contact us on 02891 819787 for further details.
So, it’s time to ask yourself – Have you ever considered self-employment but didn’t know where to start? We can help!!
We are delighted to announce that Ards Business Hub, in partnership with Rosemary Morrison from Directus, are launching the next “6 Steps To Business Success” Programme in March 2022.
Through the “6 steps” Programme Rosemary will provide you with the tools that you need to become your own boss. You will have the opportunity to look at what it takes to be self-employed and together you will cover everything from securing your first customer to managing your finances.
The “6 Steps” Programme is now available FREE OF CHARGE, so if you reside within the Ards & North Down Borough Council area, why not get in touch to find out more?
Take that important 1st step to business success! Contact email@example.com today for further information.
Did you know at Ards Business Hub we have over 75 tenants located between our 3 sites?
Located together on the Jubilee Road are Sketrick House, Strangford Park & Nendrum – each site with its own character. We offer both office & commercial units ranging from 150 sq ft to over 2000 sq ft so we have the property space for your business to start, scale up & succeed.
To find out more contact us today on 02891 819787.
Meet our tenant – Terry Gorman from Talking Therapy NI
Please introduce yourself: –
What is your business and when was it established?
Talking Therapy NI which was established in 2014
Why did you start your own business?
I had been working in the community and voluntary sector as a therapist since 2008 and one of the issues for me was that my job was always “funding dependent”. At the end of each financial year I was on tenterhooks waiting to find out if my post had been funded for another year. Whilst employed in the community and voluntary sector a colleague and I set up Talking Therapy NI as a “back up” in case our contracts were not renewed. Talking Therapy NI took off with queries from private clients willing to pay for therapy rather than go on to a waiting list. In 2017 I left the community and voluntary sector to be fully self employed as a counsellor/psychotherapist and group facilitator. I feel much more in control of my work and my financial stability and enjoy having the freedom to work in the way that benefits my client base rather than suits the funder.
Who would be your clientele?
My work is solely with adults from 18 years old looking to access one to one support for a range of issues that impact them. I support my clients with issues around low self esteem, relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression, work related stress and conflict. I also do a lot of work around bereavement, risk of suicide and self harm. In recent years I have been promoting the group work programmes that I deliver to a wide range of agencies and organisations. I have delivered training to NI Hospice, to a number of Housing Associations and hope to be facilitating a number of workshops in Queens University Belfast in the next few months to support students with a range of issues.
What have been your hardest challenges and/or greatest achievements?
To date my hardest challenge has been getting the time in my diary to promote the business. I spend most of my time delivering the service and am very aware that I need to ensure the business grows and develops as I do and to keep looking for opportunities. A further challenge is in saying “no”. As a self employed therapist the emphasis is quite often on making sure I am financially stable and this sometimes comes at a cost to my family when I decide to work instead of finding the strength to say no to clients and to say yes to living and staying mentally well. A daily challenge that I think I am winning!
What’s next for your business?
I would like to concentrate on building the group facilitation and training side of my business. In my experience many of us wait until we become mentally unwell before we reach out for help. My hope would be that individuals and businesses become more aware of the importance of protecting our mental health rather than react when we become unwell. I would love to get out and about more delivering mental health awareness training to businesses so that they in turn can support their own staff. A healthy workforce is a productive workforce.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself
A fun fact? I am a big child at heart and have never grown up. I love to hide behind doors and in cupboards and jump out on people. I laugh like a child when I scare the living daylights of someone when I see the shock and fear on their face. And yes, I might need therapy for this at some stage!
Are you one of our 75 tenants? Or have you recently participated in a programme with us? Perhaps you’ve just started your business after completing Go For It with us?
Then get in touch and let’s celebrate your success… Email our team today!
How many times have you told yourself that this was the year that you would become your own boss? If this is the case, then our 6 Steps to Success In Business Programme could be the perfect first step.
Here is what one of last year’s participants, Gary Patterson, had to say about the course and trainer Rosemary Morrison: –
“I recently attended a ‘6 steps into business course with Ards Business Hub. A very informative course for a novice business beginner like myself. Loads of questions, fears and indecision on my first night but thankfully at the head of the class was Rosemary. Excellent communicator who brought her vast knowledge and experiences to the class. I am certainly a lot more confident to move forward on my business journey and without question, Rosemary played an integral role in raising my ability to move forward with knowledge and drive to succeed. I would fully recommend anyone thinking of starting into business to contact Rosemary for a wealth of business knowledge.”
The first workshop starts next Tuesday 18th January at Sketrick House. The remaining dates and times of the workshop can be found in the attached flyer. There is limited places left on this year’s course so if you are interested then please complete this form and a member of our team will be in touch!