Published: 20th Oct 2016

Northern Ireland’s economic development is heavily focused on cities and urban industries but much of the country remains rural. The counties of Derry, Antrim and Tyrone have imbibed a culture of self-help and developed local programmes that are sustaining towns and villages, from profit-for-purpose Workspace Group to the Lough Neagh Fisherman’s Cooperative. ————————————————————————————————————————————————— The recreation centre in Draperstown, owned and run by profit-for-purpose organisation the Workspace Group Workspace Group: From derelict shirt factory to leading profit-for-purpose organisation What can a small rural village with few resources do to create jobs and build local services? Pool the financial resources of its population to buy a former factory and set up a business there, expand that into other businesses generating significant profit each year and invest that money back into the community infrastructure. This is the story of Draperstown and the wider Magherafelt area, which in 1985 was … (To read the full article, subscribe below)