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Farming and food to continue being big beneficiaries of Ulster Bank support

Farming and food will continue to be major beneficiaries of Ulster Bank's lending to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the bank emphasises as it gets ready for this year's Balmoral Show.

More than 300 farmers have switched to Ulster Bank from other banks since it announced its principal sponsorship of the show in 2009, and the bank says that it will continue its strong support for the farming sector.

Speaking at the launch of the Balmoral Show, Ulster Bank's head of business and commercial banking, Ian Jordan, says that Ulster Bank is determined to be the most helpful bank for farmers and food businesses.

“We are very much looking forward to this year's Balmoral Show and are delighted to get the event underway today for 2011 in partnership with the RUAS. There are some great things planned for this year's show and we are delighted to be at the forefront of this key event for the agri-food sector,” Mr Jordan points out.

“Balmoral Show gives us a great opportunity to meet and build relationships with farmers from across Northern Ireland. We've had a fantastic response from the farming community since we started our principal sponsorship of the show, and we are very confident that we will continue to start new and productive relationships through our involvement.

“As part of our over-arching sponsorship of the show, we will be running a number of special events and initiatives again this year, including our popular lunch for food processors, and our family barbeque.

“Our business banking and retail banking teams will also be on hand to meet with visitors to the show to see how Ulster Bank can be helpful to them.”

Further information about Ulster Bank's agriculture team and its SME fund are available from www.ulsterbank.co.uk or from the bank's local branches.