Author: Ally Simpson

The unfair advantage

  Here’s a sign I’ve never seen hanging in a corporate office, a mechanic’s garage or a politician’s headquarters: WE HAVE AN UNFAIR ADVANTAGE: We care more. It’s easy to promise and difficult to do. But if you did it, it would work. More than any other skill or attitude, this is what keeps me (and people like me) coming back. – from Seth’s Blog here. I’m sure you know businesses and organisations that you support often because they care about what they do. They care about the product, customer, service, relationship and outcome. They aren’t only about money...

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AM Vintage Cycles

I wonder if any Ballymena Today readers recognise the sticker in the picture above? I’d be amazed if loads don’t. I recently spoke with Colin who runs AM Vintage Cycles about an old bike that my father in-law had passed on to me. After a quick chat about what we could do to restore the bicycle Colin got to work. AM Vintage Cycles is an independent vintage bicycle workshop based in the north of Ireland. Originally bought in A Moore & Son on Linenhall Street, this bike came from a long-standing Ballymena business where Id guess thousands of bicycles...

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Exciting Middletown Coffee Co Tasting Event

We can’t wait for this exciting Middletown Coffee Co tasting event. Here’s what they have to say about it. This event is showcasing Kiamaina, a coffee from the Kiama Co-Op , in Nyeri County, Kenya. Be among the first people in Ireland to taste this years harvest as you experience its diversity through different brewing methods. As well as tasting the coffee as a filter, an espresso, and with milk, each guest will also take home a 250g bag of the Kiamaina coffee before they go on sale to the general public. During the event, one of the roasters,...

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Ballymena spirit of generosity

The fire It’s been a couple of weeks since the shocking fire on Broughshane Street in Ballymena. ¬†Over fifty firefighters tackled the fire which spread quickly and devastated several buildings. The Ballymena Today team have been really encouraged to see and hear stories of the local business community coming together to support one another. Woodgreen Furniture where the fire began, posted an update on social media this week to say they were operating temporarily on the other side of the street. Some of the other businesses affected have also been able to get back to business really quickly with...

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Brand new Ballymena Media Centre

What is media? Media noun 1. the main means of mass communication regarded collectively. Ballymena Media Centre Everyone is using media in some shape or form. Some effectively, some less so. A lot of our media use may not have much value but, if you are a business and hope to benefit from using some form of media, it can be daunting. Where do you start? What if you have no experience? Should you pay someone to do it for you? What media works best for your business? The questions go on and on. We have tried to answer...

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