We are a local enterprise agency established in 1988 to provide business support to SMEs located in our constituency.  We are a company limited by guarantee and are a registered Charity with NI Charity Commission.  

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 voluntary directors who provide strategic direction to the management and staff.  Our directors come from a

range of professional backgrounds and give freely of their time and expertise to support,

guide and challenge the organisation to fulfil our purpose.

As an ISO 9001 accredited business, a high level of quality of organisation and delivery is consistently guaranteed for all our clients.

We have assisted with the start-up and development of more than 2,750 SMEs from the Newtownards area over the

past 30 years. This has included the provision of business advice, training and seminar facilities, business and

financial planning, and access to unsecured loan funding for the businesses.

Ards Business Hub operates from three business parks on the Jubilee Road: Sketrick House, Strangford Park and Nendrum

Park accommodating 69 tenant businesses providing employment to almost 300 individuals.

Alongside offering more than 80,000 square feet of lettable space, ranging from office suites to larger industrial

units, the Hub offers a range of meeting and training facilities for hire in our Sketrick House building.

Mrs Lydia McClelland Chair

Mrs Nichola Lockhart Chief Executive

Why Ards Business Hub is supporting Boardroom Apprentice

We would welcome the opportunity to host a Boardroom Apprentice in 2023/24. We see this an opportunity to help an apprentice to develop their governance skills. 

Local Enterprise agencies are a key aspect of the enterprise sector and economic development in Northern Ireland and this opportunity will help an Apprentice to further understand this vibrant sector across Northern Ireland. 

Location of Board and Committee Meetings

Sketrick House, Jubilee Road, Newtownards, BT23 4YH.

Frequency and timing of board/committee meetings

Board Meetings are held bi-monthly, commencing at 1800 hours, lasting approximately 1 to 1 ½ hours.

There are currently four Committees: Business Development, Marketing & Comms; Finance, Audit & Risk; Human Resources & Nominations; and Property.

Committee Meetings are held bi-monthly, commencing at 1730 hours and ending at 2000 hours, depending on the number being held.

All meetings are currently held in person at Ards Business Hub in Newtownards. Occasionally Committee meetings are held by Zoom/MS Teams.

Date of Board Meetings (September 2023 – August 2024)

27th September 2023

29th November 2023

28th February 2024

24th April 2024

26th June 2024

Committee of the Boards and meeting dates (September 2023 – August 2024)

25th October 2023

31st January 2024

27th March 2024

29th May 2024

28th August 2024