Local Authority Roll Out
TestTown Carrickfergus was delivered by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council in partnership with Carrickfergus Enterprise Agency. This was run over a 2015 bank holiday weekend from a pop-up show based in the heart of Carrickfergus shared by the six participating businesses. This ethos of sharing and working together was emphasised by the local Mayor: ‘I commend you all on the vision and dedication you are showing in ‘going it alone’, but I very much hope that your experience through the TestTown Carrickfergus initiative and through the relationships you strike up together demonstrates that you are actually not alone – there is support and goodwill out there and that others are also walking the same journey.’
Spurred by the success of TestTown Carrickfergus, Mid and East Antrim Council decided to roll it out across the Borough, investing a further £6,000.
Spurred by the success of TestTown Carrickfergus, Mid and East Antrim Council decided to roll it out across the Borough, investing a further £6,000. ‘The Pop-Up Shop Mid and East Antrim Programme’ went onto support three further TestTown events in Ballymena, Carrickfergus and Lorne in 2016. This allowed a further 15 new businesses to be supported and test their ideas and consider the viability of a long-term future within the selected town centres.
Words of Advice
Life changing/ life affirming experience –finalists really went on a life journey’
TestTown 2013 Host
The time management is definitely one of the harder challenges as you need to set up within the space of two/three days. Whilst doing so you also need to try and make sure that the public know that you’re popping up shortly. Nevertheless, it’s a skill which needs to be developed and I can genuinely say that during the final it was one of the most productive weeks ever.
TestTown 2014 Participant
It would be great if towns had a means of showcasing local talent all year round to show local shoppers and public what there is up and coming in terms of potential business.
TestTown 2015 Participant