Ulster Bank is bringing its Boost Bites roadshow of events to Coleraine to help support entrepreneurship in the local area.
‘Boost Bites’ is a series of free-to-attend growth-focused events covering topics including exporting, leadership and digital marketing.
The Coleraine event will take place at the Bushtown Hotel on November 14.
Partnering with Causeway Enterprise and Causeway Chamber of Commerce, the theme for the day is ‘Entrepreneurship – planting the idea and watching your business grow’.
Attendees will be addressed by Karen Yates, founder of Taylor Yates and managing partner at Zing, two successful Coleraine-based businesses. Having spent 15 years in the textile industry as a Senior Commercial Manager, Karen supplied companies such as Marks & Spencer with up to £37million worth of products.
A decorated entrepreneur, Karen has also worked with the Causeway Enterprise Agency, Parity, The Princes Trust, Alchemy and will resume her position of President of Causeway Chamber this year.
Attendees will also hear from local businessman, Michael Gray owner of MEG Cards and Gifts – one of the leading suppliers and distributors of gifts, stationery and greeting cards in Ireland.
Lisa McCaul, Business Growth Enabler for the north of Northern Ireland at Ulster Bank, explains: “Ulster Bank Boost was created to support entrepreneurship across Northern Ireland and to help local businesses realise their growth potential. Beyond providing first-rate business banking services, Ulster Bank Boost helps local businesses looking to trade better and grow by providing insight. We help businesses understand how to better prioritise and streamline their day-to-day operations, simplify procedure and provide access to relevant knowledge and insights so that they can achieve their goals.”
Cara Taylor, Business Growth Enabler for the south of Northern Ireland at Ulster Bank, says: “Taking Ulster Bank Boost on the road with the Boost Bites series will help us reach out to more local businesses and give them tools that can make them more sustainable and profitable.
“The Boost Bites roadshow will cover exporting, leadership, digital growth and alongside Entrepreneurial Spark, will shine a light on standout examples of individuals and businesses who have demonstrated successful growth and entrepreneurship in local areas across Northern Ireland,” she added.
First launched at the end of June at the MAC, Belfast, Ulster Bank’s Boost initiative aims to support small business growth through a series of talks and events, access to insight, expertise and networking opportunities.
Accompanying the launch in June, Ulster Bank’s Boost Index researched the growth performance of local firms with between five and 50 employees across a range of sectors – including food & drink, technology, construction and retail.
Involving over 200 telephone interviews with the owners or directors of companies, it found that just one per cent of NI small firms are currently growing rapidly and only seven per cent are selling outside the UK and Ireland.
For more information or to register your interest in an event happening in your area, visit http://digital.ulsterbank.co.uk/business/boost.html