Global en­trepreneur­ship week a re­sound­ing suc­cess

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Ear­lier this month, en­trepreneurs gathered to­gether to cel­e­brate Global En­trepreneur­ship Week. Hun­dreds of events took place across North­ern Ire­land with busi­ness and civic lead­ers alike do­ing their part to cham­pion lo­cal en­trepreneurs and the con­tri­bu­tion they make to our over­all econ­omy.

As the only bank in North­ern Ire­land with a ded­i­cated en­trepreneur­ship team, Global En­trepreneur­ship Week was of par­tic­u­lar im­por­tance for us and we wel­comed the chance to cel­e­brate this thriv­ing sec­tor across all di­vi­sions of the bank.

Our Boost team brought a se­ries of work­shops to three North­ern Ire­land towns where en­trepreneurs were given guid­ance on new tax re­port­ing reg­u­la­tions.

Those in­volved with the cur­rent En­tre­pre­neur Ac­cel­er­a­tor Pro­gramme took part in a work­shop aimed at fo­cus­ing a more en­tre­pre­neur­ial mind­set and we also took the op­por­tu­nity to roll out the first of our Pre-ac­cel­er­a­tor pro­grammes, pro­vid­ing sup­port to en­trepreneurs right at the in­cep­tion stage of their busi­nesses.

So, what lessons did we learn from Global En­trepreneur­ship Week? Aside from be­ing blown away by the dy­namism and vi­tal­ity of all the en­trepreneurs who at­tended and took part in events, for me the big­gest take­away was be­ing re­minded of how much work still needs to be done to sup­port en­trepreneurs.

We have end­less re­search point­ing to­wards the ben­e­fits de­liv­ered by a more en­tre­pre­neur­ial so­ci­ety yet why are there still hur­dles in place pre­vent­ing peo­ple from mak­ing their busi­ness dreams a re­al­ity? As a team ded­i­cated to sup­port­ing en­trepreneurs, Global En­trepreneur­ship Week helped us to reaf­firm our pledge to im­prove the prospects for a start-up and cru­cially, work with them to over­come the chal­lenges of start­ing and grow­ing a busi­ness.

The Ul­ster Bank Ac­cel­er­a­tor Pro­gramme has been op­er­a­tional for just un­der three years and in that time has sup­ported over 350 busi­nesses on their jour­ney to suc­cess.

It’s now time for the next stage in our own de­vel­op­ment and I’m ex­cited to an­nounce that, as of yes­ter­day, the En­tre­pre­neur Ac­cel­er­a­tor hub has moved into Ul­ster Bank’s main head­quar­ters.

De­signed with feed­back from pre­vi­ous par­tic­i­pants of the pro­gramme in mind, we are con­fi­dent that our new base pro­vides a con­tem­po­rary, fit-for-pur­pose workspace with ex­cep­tional fa­cil­i­ties.

More im­por­tant, how­ever, is the op­por­tu­nity this presents for our en­trepreneurs to work col­lab­o­ra­tively with the wider net­work of Ul­ster Bank busi­ness teams who in turn will ben­e­fit from an im­proved and more in­no­va­tive work­ing cul­ture.

Global En­trepreneur­ship Week high­lighted the need to con­tinue to sup­port en­trepreneurs and as our fully-funded pro­gramme en­ters its next phase, I’m proud that as a bank, we have recom­mit­ted our sup­port for grow­ing busi­nesses.

As Gar­rett O’hare and Kathryn Cal­laghan can both at­test, busi­ness ideas will only thrive when they are nur­tured by in­put from ex­pe­ri­enced men­tors and given im­proved ac­cess to fund­ing.

Our pro­gramme con­tin­ues to pro­vide clear path­ways for both these el­e­ments and we’re ex­cited to watch our next co­hort of en­trepreneurs flour­ish in our new Belfast Hub.

John Fer­ris is de­vel­op­ment man­ager at the Ul­ster Bank En­tre­pre­neur Ac­cel­er­a­tor Pro­gramme

Ul­ster Bank busi­ness growth en­ablers, Cara Tay­lor and Lisa Mccaul, who hosted the Ul­ster Bank Boost Time to Grow events as part of Global En­trepreneur­ship Week

By John Fer­ris @food­belfast

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