‘We are try­ing to help firms in away that is not tra­di­tional’

Belfast Telegraph - Business Telegraph - - Public Sector Jobs - By Cara Tay­lor Search #ul­ster­bank­boost on Twit­ter or fol­low Cara Tay­lor at @ caratay­lor­bge

WHEN we launched Ul­ster Bank Boost, we wanted to help lo­cal busi­nesses in a way that goes be­yond tra­di­tional busi­ness bank­ing.

We know that run­ning any com­pany comes with its own ev­ery­day chal­lenges and growth plans are some­times pushed down the pri­or­ity list.

So, we wanted to pro­vide small busi­ness own­ers with a plat­form and an op­por­tu­nity to think about their growth plans. This in­cludes pro­vid­ing ac­cess to in­sight, ex­per­tise and net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

I feel priv­i­leged to be one of Ul­ster Bank’s Busi­ness Growth En­ablers tasked with help­ing lo­cal com­pa­nies to boost their knowl­edge and con­nec­tions. To do this, we run events that cover rel­e­vant is­sues such as how to pitch your prod­ucts and ser­vices, ac­count­ing, re­cruit­ment, and even more spe­cial­ist top­ics like how to pro­tect your­self from cyber fraud.

We’ve en­gaged with many hun­dreds of lo­cal busi­ness own­ers since we launched Boost, and we are cur­rently run­ning a se­ries of free-to-at­tend growth-fo­cused events called ‘Boost Bites’ across North­ern Ire­land. These deal with top­ics in­clud­ing ex­port­ing, lead­er­ship and dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing. They all fea­ture talks from lo­cal busi­ness peo­ple who have a great growth story to tell.

The first event in our Boost Bites road­show took place re­cently at the Mil­len­nium Fo­rum, with a packed room full of en­trepreneurs and small busi­ness own­ers. At­ten­dees heard from in­spir­ing speak­ers and talked to each other about their own ex­pe­ri­ences of grow­ing a com­pany.

Fur­ther events are sched­uled to take place in­clud­ing in Ban­gor, En­niskillen, Col­eraine, Lis­burn, Tem­plepatrick and Newry. I would urge you to visit the boost sec­tion of the Ul­ster Bank web­site to find out more. Just choose the events that are most rel­e­vant to you.

As well as learn­ing some­thing new, it’s also a per­fect op­por­tu­nity to meet other lo­cal en­trepreneurs and ex­pand your net­work.

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