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How to kindle the spark of success in business

Global Entrepreneurship Week is a celebration of talent and enterprise. At Ulster Bank, we are proud to support it, bringing together our programmes Boost, Entrepreneurial Spark, our support for Women in Business and Young Enterprise to make a statement about how entrepreneurship is a valid and valuable career choice for anyone, at any stage.

Across the UK, there has been a sharp increase in the number of self-employed people - there are now around five million.

For a significant proportion of that group, there is a need for access to relevant skills and resources so that they can pursue the career path they want. Entrepreneurs are not born, they are made; both by the people and environments in which they operate.

That's why our series of events to support Global Entrepreneurship Week is so important.

The 'play it forward' mentality of our entrepreneurs - passing knowledge because they know how invaluable it is when starting out - is infectious.

I'm proud to see those who would have been in the crowd two years ago now taking the stage and sharing their experience.

The culture of entrepreneurship in Northern Ireland has undergone significant growth and positive development in recent years, and this is evidenced by the level of activity outside Belfast.

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Antrim, Banbridge and Craigavon, Lisburn and Castlereagh, and Mid and East Antrim Council are all hosting events to showcase local and regional opportunities, and we're proud that our Business Growth Enablers are running a series of 'Boost Bites' events in conjunction with many trade bodies to package and present insight and knowledge for those who don't necessarily have the time to seek it out for themselves.

The majority of events are free to register, and I'd encourage anyone who might be interested to search #UlsterBankBoost.

  • Global Entrepreneurship Week runs from November 13 to 17. Lynsey Cunningham is entrepreneur development manager at Ulster Bank