Fes­tive cheer at Ul­ster Bank’s unique mar­ket

Belfast Telegraph - Business Telegraph - - Front Page - BY STAFF REPORTER

NINE small busi­nesses from across North­ern Ire­land have ex­hib­ited at Ul­ster Bank’s Christ­mas Mar­ket.

The busi­nesses in­cluded those which are sup­ported by the bank’s Ac­cel­er­a­tor pro­gramme and some traders that are linked to The Prince’s Trust char­ity.

Products ranged from savoury snack Noisy Nuts to works of art by Kathryn Cal­laghan.

Tak­ing place in the new home of the Ac­cel­er­a­tor pro­gramme in the bank’s Done­gall Square East head­quar­ters, the Belfast hub was trans­formed into a fes­tive mar­ket­place as Ul­ster Bank staff and cus­tomers toasted 2018 and cel­e­brated the achieve­ments of busi­nesses.

Also on the list of ex­hibitors at the mar­ket were craft beer en­thu­si­asts Night­cap Beer Com­pany, and ex­pert cof­fee roast­ers Cu­bist Cof­fee.

Each of the pro­duc­ers brought along some sam­ples for guests at the mar­ket to taste and en­joy be­fore pur­chas­ing.

Lynsey Cun­ning­ham, who is Ul­ster Bank’s re­gional di­rec­tor of en­trepreneur­ship, said that it was an im­por­tant re­minder to sup­port lo­cal busi­nesses when search­ing for gifts this Christ­mas.

“Vis­it­ing a sea­sonal mar­ket is now a key com­po­nent of Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tions and while con­ti­nen­tal pro­duce may be more syn­ony­mous with the fes­tiv­i­ties, we wanted to show our cus­tomers and stake­hold­ers the fan­tas­tic range of food, drink and other craft products be­ing made here in North­ern Ire­land with sup­port from our teams across the busi­ness,” she said.

“En­cour­ag­ing en­trepreneur­ship has been a key fo­cus for Ul­ster Bank through­out 2018 and with our new Belfast hub open, we hope this will con­tinue into 2019 and be­yond.

“I’d like to thank ev­ery­one who at­tended the Christ­mas mar­ket and wish all of our en­trepreneurs, cus­tomers and friends a very happy Christ­mas.”

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