Social Enterprise

Access Employment Limited (AEL) operates a number of thriving social enterprises. Our successful practices are evident as 75% of our income comes from commercial activity rather than grant funding.

100% of the profits  are reinvested  into the community, providing job creation and job retention, as well as,  local jobs and training for disadvantaged adults.

AEL has been commended for the diverse range of work experience and training offered across its business areas, with young people and adults building employable skills from: catering, retail and horticulture.


ISO 9001 AEL

Sub-Contract Work

AEL is an ISO 9001 Accredited Company, this accreditation provides companies reassurance that we have the ability to carry out commercial activity to a high standard. We work with some of NI's largest manufacturing companies including K-Rend, Brett Martin & Spirit. If you would like to discuss our ability to undertake subcontract for your organisation or business on both a temporary or permanent basis do not hesitate to contact us.

Candyrush packaging AEL

Under the registered brand name, Candyrush AEL repackages goods which are imported from around the world and sells them online. Our product range includes Party Bags, Envelopes, Confectionary and Craft Products. This activity provides work experience in various areas such as stock control, warehousing, packaging, online listing and order fulfilment. With tens of thousands of feedback ratings, our online customer satisfaction score is an incredible 99.9% - a score many privately owned or limited company businesses would do well to match! Check out our online Candyrush shops on eBay and Amazon

Packaging and Assembly

Packaging & Assembly

A corner stone of  AEL; the packaging department  undertakes sub-contract work for other companies as well as packaging our Candyrush products.   Employees and trainees work together as a team to get the job done. We have experience in packaging everything from mouse-traps, light bulbs to bottles of beer. This work is completed to a very high standard, on time and at a reasonable price. If you are interested in a quotation for packaging work please contact us.

KRend Sample Making

Sample Making

AEL manufactures and prepares product samples for some of Northern Irelands top Companies including, K-Rend and Brett Martin. These are regulated activities with ISO 9001 processes in place to ensure consistency and quality. Providing samples to customers is a very important part of any manufacturer’s sales process. Here at AEL we pride ourselves with excellence in supply chain delivery offering everything from simple, basic assembly to a full ‘end to end’ service. By out-sourcing, this work manufacturing companies can free up resources to concentrate efforts on the real issues of efficient working practice, quality control and generating sales.

Lunchbox Cafe

Lunchbox Café

Our very popular on-site café has a 5-star rating from Environmental Health and a 5-star rating from Facebook. Produce is supplied direct from our own on-site polytunnels and allotments. The food is  great quality, produced locally, at affordable prices. With both sit in and takeaway options, this busy work environment provides the perfect platform for those wishing to ‘try their hand’ at the catering trade. Offsite, Lunchbox can provide food platters to suit every occasion again all at very reasonable prices.

Deliveries are available.

Please contact directly for further information.


Naggy Burn Garden Centre and  Allotments

Constructed with the assistance of trainees and local volunteers our  horticultural project is ‘state of the art’.  This environmentally friendly project produces fresh vegetables, salad and fruit for our Lunchbox Café.  Using organic principles both allotments and poly-tunnels make use of rainwater harvested from the main building and then gravity fed to the plants. We grow and harvest produce for local restaurants and individuals, please contact us for further information. The poly-tunnels provide a training environment for those interested in horticulture. 

Facility Hire and Rental

Create Gifts

AEL’s newest business venture is our Laser Engraver. We have a huge range of products that we can engrave with a company logo and message that can be ordered in bulk or individually. We have supplied a number of IFA Football clubs with new merchandise and awards for event organisers. If you are a member of a club or business or would like a personalised gift.

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Facility Hire and Rental

Facility Hire

Centrally located in Larne Town Centre the Larne Community Hub, makes the ideal location for group meetings, training courses, special events, displays, fairs, car boot sales etc. With plenty of secure parking, disabled access/lift availability and our on-site Café, Our facilities can provide you with the ideal venue at reasonable prices. Daily and hourly rates are available starting at just £15 per hour. Packages can be tailored to suit your specific requirements.  Please contact us for more information.