Belfast Telegraph

Bank's enterprising way to help Ulster businesses

By Clare Weir

Business people across Northern Ireland have been been busy taking advantage of Bank of Ireland's Enterprise Week.

The event has seen a number of seminars in the bank's branches in Bangor, Omagh, Lisburn, Coleraine, Belfast, Portadown and Cookstown, where opportunities for business owners, both customers and non customers, are being showcased.

A variety of companies will also be on display as part of Show Your Business, which features SMEs including many agri-related firms such as Ards Allotments, Heavenly Tasty Organics, Mash Direct, and Barley Cove Artisan Bakery.

"Enterprise Week is about Bank of Ireland UK reaching out to entrepreneurs and encouraging them to promote their business in their local communities as well as to meet and connect with other businesses in the area," Michael Kidd, head of business banking, Bank of Ireland UK, said.

"Over 1700 businesses have taken part in the initiative since we launched it in May 2010," he added.

Pat Byrne, regional manager, Northern Ireland said: "For many people, the heart and soul of Enterprise Week is the Show Your Business element, which gives businesses, both customers and non-customers, a platform to promote their products and services in branches and to network with other businesses."

Enterprise Week runs until tomorrow at branches throughout Northern Ireland.