Friday 9 December 2016

Doing Business in the North East

Sasha Kinch

Published 02/09/2016 | 09:57

Michael Carey, Co-Founder, East Coast Bakehouse, Sean O'Hanrahan, Senior Manager at North East Business Centre, Ulster Bank, Eddie Cullen, Managing Director of Commercial Banking, Ulster Bank, Simon Barry, Chief Economist, Ulster Bank, Alison Cowzer, Co-Founder, East Coast Bakehouse, Orla Battersby, Head of High Potential Start Ups, Enterprise Ireland and Dearbhail McDonald, Group Business Editor of Independent News and Media(back to front, left to right) Photo Credit: Graham Kinch
Michael Carey, Co-Founder, East Coast Bakehouse, Sean O'Hanrahan, Senior Manager at North East Business Centre, Ulster Bank, Eddie Cullen, Managing Director of Commercial Banking, Ulster Bank, Simon Barry, Chief Economist, Ulster Bank, Alison Cowzer, Co-Founder, East Coast Bakehouse, Orla Battersby, Head of High Potential Start Ups, Enterprise Ireland and Dearbhail McDonald, Group Business Editor of Independent News and Media(back to front, left to right) Photo Credit: Graham Kinch

The Irish Independent, in partnership with Ulster Bank, ran a regional breakfast seminar in which we spoke to industry leaders who are building businesses in the North East.

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It was a bright and early start for many business owners and entrepreneurs in Drogheda who attended the Ulster Bank breakfast seminar in August. Over 80 business people attended the seminar which was appropriately set in the newly built innovation centre in the impressive new business that is East Coast Bakehouse.

It was an excellent opportunity for regional entrepreneurs and business owners to meet each other and hear about challenges and opportunities facing those in the North East. Guests listened to key economic and regional insights and posed questions to some of Ireland’s industry experts.

Topics included first-hand experience of scaling, financing and branding a business, with insights and honest reflections shared by Alison Crowzer and Michael Carey, Co-Founders at East Coast Bakehouse. They shared their story on how with the help of Investors, Ulster Bank and a lot of hard work, dedication and pure determination they renovated a former production facility to bring the 50,000 square foot Bakehouse to life. Which is not only boosting local employment but that of the Food & Drink and Agri-sectors as a whole by being a sustainable producer using Irish ingredients in their delicious biscuits.

Simon Barry, chief economist at Ulster Bank shared his projections and insights as to the effect of Brexit. Fergal O’Brien, Director of Policy at IBEC discussed policy issues and touched on Brexit.  Orla Battersby, who is the new Head of High Potential Start-Ups, Enterprise Ireland shared what support is available for SMEs.

 

We spoke to some of the speakers ahead of the event to capture their thoughts in the video.

 

 

The Business Series offers you the access to meet and network with other businesses while hearing from Industry and Business leaders at a number of regional locations.

All the events are free. To attend, simply register at the links below.

Be sure to keep an eye on all the upcoming events on this page which are free to attend, just simply register.

 

Sponsored by: Ulster Bank

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