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From left, Mark Crimmins, Ulster Bank’s head of NI; Melissa Campbell, managing director, McGimpsey’s Removal and John Ferris, entrepreneur development manager, Ulster Bank

From left, Mark Crimmins, Ulster Bank’s head of NI; Melissa Campbell, managing director, McGimpsey’s Removal and John Ferris, entrepreneur development manager, Ulster Bank

From left, Mark Crimmins, Ulster Bank’s head of NI; Melissa Campbell, managing director, McGimpsey’s Removal and John Ferris, entrepreneur development manager, Ulster Bank

Ulster Bank is looking for business owners to join its in-house Entrepreneur Accelerator Programme before February 28.

Applications are open now for the fully-funded support programme and scale-ups and high-growth businesses are being encouraged to apply before the Friday, February 28th deadline.

Businesses on the programme are provided with "free to use, modern office facilities in a city centre location as well as one-to-one coaching and mentorship plus significant networking opportunities".

The programme offers "individually tailored" coaching to help business owners overcome barriers to success, including access to funding, breaking into new markets and putting suitable infrastructure in place.

The Belfast Hub has supported 319 entrepreneurs since April 2018 and businesses in the current cohort are reporting an average turnover of £240k with an average team size of five.

John Ferris, entrepreneur development manager with Ulster Bank, said: "We want to give all business owners the tools they need to start, scale and succeed and are excited to welcome the next cohort of Northern Ireland's brightest and most diverse entrepreneurs into our Belfast Hub."

In November 2019 the programme, which operates 12 regional hubs across the UK, was formally endorsed by the Scale Up Institute; a not for profit organisation which aims to make the UK the "best place in the world for SMEs to scale up."

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