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Firms to put wheels of success in motion at Enterprise Week

Bank of Ireland UK has launched its fifth Enterprise Week in Northern Ireland.

The week, open to both customers and non-customers, will feature seminars and showcasing opportunities for business owners.

There will be a flagship seminar at Ravenhill rugby grounds, and the hugely successful Show Your Business events will take place across the bank's branch network.

The bank has also joined up with Microsoft's Work Wherever Wednesday and will host business IT clinics in many branches.

One firm which has benefited from Enterprise Week in the past is Chain Reaction Cycles, the world's largest online bike store, now celebrating its 27th year.

The award-winning company employs over 600 people at its base in Doagh and new headquarters on the outskirts of Belfast.

Chris Watson, managing director of Chain Reaction Cycles, said that the week is a perfect kick-start for small firms.

"Although we're a multi-national business now, Chain Reaction Cycles started as a small shop in Ballynure, County Antrim, with only a £1,500 bank loan," he said.

"With enough drive, determination, innovation and financial assistance from the Bank of Ireland, we have proved that anyone can succeed in business."

Over 2,000 businesses have taken part in Enterprise Week since its launch in May 2010.

This year's events will take place from May 18 to 25.