Leading quarry and minerals processor Kilwaughter Minerals has donated £10,000 to Young Enterprise Northern Ireland as it becomes an official ESG (Environment, Social and Governance) Business Backer to the charity.

The contribution will enable 1,000 young people in Larne and the wider Mid and East Antrim area to participate in Young Enterprise’s transformative school programmes, equipping them with essential entrepreneurial, enterprise, and financial skills.

Caroline Rowley, Business Development Director of Kilwaughter Minerals said:

“At Kilwaughter, we consider it a real privilege to be able to give back to our community through various initiatives, including our work with Young Enterprise which we’re proud to support.

“We are pleased to announce this new funding commitment, that will go towards the organisation’s work in Mid and East Antrim and beyond, and we hope will demonstrate the tremendous value of becoming a ‘Business Backer’.

“Through Young Enterprise, we have already engaged with schools including Larne Grammar, Larne High, Ulidia Integrated College and Cullybackey College, and look forward to extending that to Cambridge House and Carrickfergus Academy in the coming months.

“As a result, we’ve seen first hand the positive and practical impact that Young Enterprise makes on the lives of young people as we seek to empower the next generation of workers and entrepreneurs.”

Young Enterprise (YE) school programmes are aimed at making sure young people learn the skills they need to be creative, business-savvy, and ready for commercial and professional challenges that may come their way.

Kilwaughter, which takes on the ESG partner role having initially become a Business Backer last year, supports a number of YE initiatives including You’re Hired, providing careers advice and work experience.

The company will also take part in the judging phase of YE’s Big Market Event at St Georges Market in Belfast this December.

Carol Fitzsimons MBE, Chief Executive, Young Enterprise Northern Ireland said:

“We are delighted that Kilwaughter Minerals has made the decision to become a YE ESG Business Backer. Seeing how committed they have been to volunteering in schools and the passion that they have for young people, I am confident that we will see amazing work be done in the Larne area.”

For more information and to become a Business Backer, please visit www.yeni.co.uk or contact Bradley Crooks, Business Engagement Co-ordinator, at bradley.crooks@yeni.co.uk.