The Designerie, Bushmills has benefitted to the tune of £120,000 from the Coastal Communities Fund managed by DOE.
The Coastal Communities Fund is designed to support the economic development of communities along our coasts. It promotes regeneration and sustains economic growth by funding projects that create new jobs as well as safeguarding existing jobs.
Causeway Enterprise Agency was awarded the funding to create a studio, learning and retail facility for local artists, crafters and designers at Mill House.
Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said: “Causeway Enterprise Agency was awarded a grant of £120,000 to create a studio, learning and retail facility for local artists, crafters and designers at Mill House. The project supports the creation of 10 to 15 craft and creative businesses, which will in turn increase employment in the area, both directly and indirectly through increased trade.
“In the long term the project aims to establish the ‘craft village of Bushmills’ which will draw in tourists from surrounding attractions like the Giants Causeway and stimulate economic growth in the area including the growth of micro businesses in the creative sector, with the hope of creating many more indirect jobs through start-up, trainee and construction jobs during the renovations at Mill House.
“It is very welcome to see that The Designerie in Bushmills which was completed in early autumn, has seen new members of staff appointed to manage and run the facility. They have built up their social media presence and have engaged with over 50 designers to be part of the supply chain for the Designerie. The grant holder also developed a programme of workshops, and has provided training and support to potential business start-ups within the creative industry sector. The Designerie has also made links with Ballycastle Town Market, another project funded by DOE’s Coastal Communities, who are keen to use it as a retail outlet for some of their traders.
“I would urge coastal communities to identify quality projects that would benefit from this fund when it re-opens this summer. What I and DOE are about is building a better environment and a stronger economy. This will help do that.”