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 & Bombardier.  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 Poly-tunnels 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. 

Clearer Water

Ireland’s first ‘ethical bottled water’. A truly unique project, established in 2015, Clearer Water is a top quality bottled water available in both ‘still’ and ‘sparkling’ or as we like to call it ‘With Bubbles’!

Water is bottled at source in our manufacturing plant based in Magheramorne, Co. Antrim. 80% of the workforce are people with disability/difficulty and for most this is their first paid employment. Set up as an employment project for people with disability/difficulty the USP of Clearer Water is the ability through a ‘trace code’ to track not only the product but also the person responsible for bottling your water. That way the person drinking the water has a direct link to the person they have supported by their decision to purchase ‘Clearer Water’. 


Naggy Burn Garden Centre

AEL's newest business venture, Naggy Burn Garden centre was launched as a consequence of the success of the state of the art poly-tunnels on site.  Naggy Burn Garden Centre provides a range of plants, flowers, shrubs and gardening essentials. It is located behind the AEL's  main building and is truly an urban oasis tucked away in the heart of Larne. 

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.