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NATURALLY NORTH COAST & GLENS BLOG

Updates, News & Interesting Snippets about our Artisan Markets in Northern Ireland

Thank you 2023

 🎉As 2023 draws to a close we would like to thank everyone for their support this year and wish you all a Happy New Year.


🌍 In 2023 we delivered 40 artisan markets. The locations included Ballycastle, Cushendall, Cushendun, Dungiven, Portstewart, Ballymoney, Limavady, Glenarm Castle, Coleraine, Benone, Bushmills.


🌟 We hosted markets at some fantastic events including:

  • The Ballymoney Spring Fair

  • The Glenarm Castle Tulip Festival and Camp Dal Fest

  • The Big Arts Weekend in Cushendun

  • The Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival

  • The Heart of the Glens Festival

  • The Old Lammas Fair

  • The Salmon & Whiskey Festival

  • The Dungiven Fleadh

  • The Flowerfield Halloween Event and Christmas Market Launch

  • The Ballymoney Lights Switch On

  • Independent markets in Ballycastle, Ballymoney, Benone, Cushendall, and The Roe Valley Speciality Market in Limavady.


🙌 This was all made possible by our fantastic dedicated team of staff; Richard, Eoin, Pete, Linda, Jamie, Nigel, Conor, Oisin, Conleth, and Chris, our voluntary board and advisory group, volunteers, members, our traders, everyone that visits or promotes the markets. Everyone that provided behind the scenes support and advice, with a mention to the various departments and teams within Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council for their continued support throughout the year, including the events team, visitor servicing team, business engagement and development team, estates teams, Environmental Health, and others.


🤝 Also, those organisations that hosted a NNCG Market at their event or businesses that we worked with throughout the year, including Glenarm Castle, Mc Auley Multimedia, Social Enterprise NI, Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council, Heart of the Glens Festival Committee, FuseFM Ballymoney, Cushendun Building Preservation Trust, Dungiven Fleadh Committee, Causeway Coast Foodie Tours, Bushmills Business Association, Explore Causeway Coast & Glens, Ballycastle Chamber of Commerce, Ballycastle Community Development Group, Coleraine Rugby Football, Cricket & Hockey club, Eventco, and all our stockists, suppliers & customers.


🙏 Thanks also to the Rank Foundation, Social Enterprise NI, NICVA, NABMA, Invest NI, and the NMTF for their support throughout the year.


🏆 Our Achievements in 2023 included:

  • Our market was awarded the NABMA Great British Market Awards: UK Best Small Speciality Market 2023

  • Winner in the Social Enterprise NI awards, for the Best Consumer Facing Social Enterprise 2023 (and shortlisted for Emerging Leader Category and Outstanding Team – Staff & Volunteers)

  • Seasons of the Glens was awarded Best Small Producer 2023 in the Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards

  • Devils Churn Caramel Sauce Range was successful in a number of foodie awards: with Gold & Silver at the Blas na hEaireann Irish Food Awards, 5 Stars at the Great Taste Awards, and Bronze in both the Irish Quality food and drink awards, and the UK quality Food and Drink Awards.


🤝 Developments included:

  • Enhanced partnership with the Visitor Servicing team in CCGBC.

  • Guild of Fine Food Membership for Seasons of the Glens.

  • Hosted 7 social enterprises at markets thanks to Social Enterprise NI

  • Supported 80 small businesses through Artisan Market Online and Seasons of the Glens Fine Food Boutique.

  • Hosted 220 small businesses at markets and accommodated 1642 trading pitches in total.

  • Assisted 196 businesses in becoming JAM Card Aware & Friendly Businesses since 2022

  • Upheld our REAL DEAL Charter, ensuring that our markets align with Trading Standards.

Thanks to everyone that supported our markets and traders this year, small businesses need your support now more than ever. Please continue to support small independent businesses and shop local where you can.


📢 A little shout out to all of the makers, producers, farmers, growers, artists, designers and creatives from throughout NI that traded at our markets this year:


  • 6 Elements Nutrition

  • Á Mcg 27 Crafts

  • Aidenville Pottery

  • All Rolled Up

  • Aloha Beads By Alex

  • Alpine Ayita Illustrations

  • Amazin Grazin

  • Annie's Delights

  • Art By Pete

  • Artisan Glass

  • Ausome Growsome

  • Bad Tempered Baker

  • Bake 'N Joy

  • Baketopia

  • Ballycastle Community Hub

  • Ballycastle Rocks

  • Ballylather

  • Ballyriff Buffalo

  • Barnaby’s Fish Skins

  • Barnn Soap Company

  • Bathe Botanicals

  • Be Yourself

  • Beachcomber Cottage

  • Beerhill Woodwork

  • Ben Madigan Honey

  • Bernard Woodwork

  • Bey & Bo

  • Big Ted’s American Cookies

  • Bits And Bobs By Babs

  • B'jewelled Beads

  • Black Arch Distillery

  • Blackfire Food

  • Blue Hut Beads Jewellery

  • Bluebell Handmade Jewellery

  • Bobble Crafts

  • Born & Raised Waffles

  • Bough And Burr Furniture

  • Braemar Farm

  • Brege Stanley Art

  • Bridge Association

  • Broughgammon Farm Ltd

  • Burrow Crafts

  • Buttercup Unlimited

  • Button Home

  • Cafe Elysium

  • Carrick Foods

  • Causeway Coast Air Imagery

  • Causeway Coffee

  • Causeway Cookie Company

  • Cece's Cakes And Bakes

  • Celtic Irish Art

  • Chestnutts Farm

  • Christian Ghio Photography

  • Christopher F Dobbs

  • Cj Creations

  • Claire’s Cuttings

  • Clip & Twist

  • Co Candle

  • Conor Edgell

  • Corndale Farm

  • Cottage Garden Plants Ni

  • Counter Culture Real Bread

  • Crafty Grannies

  • Crann & Caora

  • Crawfords Rock Seaweed Company

  • Creative Crafting Ni

  • Deirdre Kinney Art

  • Devils Churn

  • Dilemma Crafts

  • Doganic Barkery

  • Dolci Delizie Ni

  • Dundarave Estate

  • Embark

  • Emer Dixon Jewellery

  • Eoin Mcconnell Photography

  • Facepainting By The Sea

  • Faerie Freckles

  • Fairy Fantastic

  • Fiona Shannon Ceramics

  • Found By Fiadh

  • Franchine Young Ireland

  • Fresh Minds Education

  • Fros Bows

  • Fruitonic Juicbar

  • Galactic Grotto

  • Galgorm Melts

  • Glass4class

  • Glenarm Wood

  • Gold & Browne's

  • Golden Rickshaw

  • Goloka Catering

  • Grace Scott Art

  • Grainne Dixon Art

  • Grandma’s Spoons

  • Granny Shaw's

  • Hand Printed Irish Linen

  • Happy Out Coffee

  • Head Injury Support

  • Heath View Pottery

  • Hoddmimir's Wood Craft

  • Hugable Bears

  • Iam Self-Care

  • Irish Black Butter

  • Irishanna Crafts

  • Irishmanlost

  • Island Prints Ireland

  • Jackson Roze

  • Jnj Candles & Melts

  • Jo Hart Ceramics

  • John Mcclaughry Artist

  • Kennedy Bacon Ltd

  • Kerrie Illustrates

  • Knitting Burrow

  • Kraken Fish

  • La Tia Juana's

  • Laura Mcilveen Photography

  • Leo & Lyn Candles

  • Lindas Original

  • Little Creative Crochet

  • Little Popcorn Shop

  • Little Red Robin Designs

  • Little Woolly Sheep

  • Louisa Kelly Artist

  • Marshall Beekeeping

  • Meadow Park Beading

  • Mermaids Jewellery Box

  • Moneyvart Ceramics

  • Mooncraft Bows

  • Mr D Peckish Pony

  • Mrs B Designs

  • Mrs Mcferrans Festive Fruit Cordial

  • Mrs R’ganics

  • Mud Ireland Ltd

  • Murlough Mists

  • Mythical Moonstone

  • Naomi Prints

  • New Life Force Kombucha

  • Nitro Coffee Co

  • Nitted Things

  • North Coast Maid

  • North Coast Smokehouse Ltd

  • Northern Wave Art

  • Notorious Pizza Co. Ltd

  • Olga's Handmade Infinity

  • One Clever Llama

  • One Of A Kind

  • Papas Mineral Company Ltd

  • Paul Dalrymple Ceramics

  • Pie In The Sky

  • Plumpy Balms

  • Precious Pebble Art

  • Pyrocrafts By Shauna

  • Red Buckets Resin

  • Reimagined By Maura

  • Renu Design Studio

  • River Pearl

  • Rjp Turning

  • Robins Jewel Company

  • Rosebird Joy

  • Rspb

  • Ruby's Deco

  • Salty Sea Sisters

  • Sam Allen Arts

  • Sandra’s Flowers

  • Scenic Woodcraft®️

  • Scorched Earth

  • Seafork Alpaca Crafts

  • Seashore And Beads

  • Seaside Books

  • Seasons Of The Glens

  • Seaview Farms

  • Sew Sassy

  • Shoreline Studio Ni

  • Simple Home Holism

  • Skyespringer Books

  • So&Sew Crafts

  • Something Sweet

  • Sparkles & Pearls By Emma

  • Stitched Stuff

  • Story Box Ni

  • Studio Mcburney

  • Taisie Turning

  • Tapitas

  • Tartine At Distillers Arms

  • Tenfire

  • The Candle Bottle Bank

  • The Cheesecake Kitchen

  • The Flowershed, Ladysusanschallenges

  • The Food Haven

  • The Lamb Van

  • The Mermaids Jewellery Box

  • The Morelli Pod

  • The Natural Root

  • The Oystercatcher

  • The Snowdrop Workshop

  • The Wee Food Co

  • The Soap Shack Ni

  • Threading The Moon

  • Three Shoes Crafts

  • Tinholt's Tasties

  • Tom And Ollie Ni

  • Tony Dalton Photography

  • Tony's Griddle Goods

  • Tree Tops

  • Tully Farm Shop

  • Two Goats Soap

  • U.Fitz Art

  • Ulster Wildlife

  • Vero's Palette

  • Waymaker Child

  • Weeleaf

  • Wild Shore

  • Willow Leaves Handmade Books

  • Willow Moon Ireland

  • Winnifred Wreaths

  • Wolf Pack Customs

  • Wooden It He Nice

  • Woodlab Distillery Ltd.Symphonia

  • Woolly Adventures

  • You Rock

 

🌐 Check out the map to see the spread of where all of our registered traders come from.


🙏 Thank You - We will see you in 2024!



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