Sunday 25 August 2019

Bank of Ireland Enterprise Week returns to scale your business

Bank of Ireland in conjunction with Sligo Leader Farmestival event at the Aurivo Mart in Ballymote, Co. Sligo.
Bank of Ireland in conjunction with Sligo Leader Farmestival event at the Aurivo Mart in Ballymote, Co. Sligo.

Eleanor Collier

It’s the question every business leader wants to answer - How do you expand your business and find new and innovative ways to market?

‘Scaling your Business’ is the theme of Bank of Ireland’s 17th National Enterprise Week which takes place from 17th to 24th November. There will be events across the country aimed at helping SMEs to grow their business and connect with and learn from peers.

From trends and forecasts, to new opportunities and ideas, a series of free events has been designed to help business owners promote and drive momentum across all sectors.

The focus is on creating opportunities for businesses to network and facilitate customers to connect with each other and with new markets. The events will span manufacturing, tourism and hospitality, agri, finance, fisheries and export markets.

Speaking about National Enterprise Week, Michelle Goodwin, Head of Enterprise Development at Bank of Ireland said; “These events have been specifically designed to bring together relevant experts who can provide useful insights to help drive growth for important sectors around the country."

“Entrepreneurs will have the chance to network and connect with each other and will also hear about new market opportunities both at home and abroad.”


Since 2009, the Bank of Ireland National Enterprise Week programme, which takes place across the country in May and November, has helped huge numbers of small and medium enterprises all over Ireland in practical ways, allowing them to showcase their products and services and connect with mentors and fellow entrepreneurs.

Bank of Ireland now has the most comprehensive enterprise programme in Ireland. 5,000 exhibitors took part in enterprise events in the first six months of 2017 and the upcoming Enterprise Week aims to help businesses to diversity both their reach and income and to introduce them to valuable contacts and aid expansion.

Bank of Ireland in conjunction with Sligo Leader Farmestival event at the Aurivo Mart in Ballymote, Co. Sligo.

The National Enterprise Town is another Bank of Ireland initiative and the aim is to deliver over 130 Enterprise Towns across the country by the end of 2017. This initiative provides a platform where local communities come together to showcase what’s great about their locality. It aims to stimulate and enable these communities – whether they are businesses, schools, community groups, associations – to flourish.

Here is a small sample of some of the 26 events taking place across the week:

1.  Co. Galway – ‘Supporting Growth and Innovation in the Agri-Community’

Joe Healy, IFA President will be joined by Pat Flanagan, Crime Prevention Officer with An Garda Síochána who will address farm security. The panel will include Sean Farrell, Head of Agriculture, Bank of Ireland; Declan McEvoy, Head of Tax, IFAC Accountants; Maura Channing, IFA and Brendan Gildea, Organic Dairy Farmer.

Tuesday, November 21st 7.30pm to 9.30pm – Bank of Ireland, Ballinasloe.

2.  Dublin – ‘True Blue’ How to Scale and Succeed

How does your business scale and succeed in the current climate? A panel of experts including Maureen Pace, WebPort Globan, communications expert and broadcaster Anton Savage and Paul O’Connor PWC will discuss this.

Tuesday, November 21st, 12.30pm to 2pm – The Mansion House, Dublin

3.  Kilkenny – ‘Women in Business’

‘How culture plays a part in scaling your business’ is one of the topics in this Women in Business evening at Kilkenny which will be hosted by Helen Carroll of RTE’s Ear to the Ground. The panel will include Catherine Roycroft from Cartoon Saloon; Ciara Heslin, Carne Group, Clare Hughes of CF Pharma; Laura Gannon of Cakeface and Marie Martin, MSD Carlow.

Wednesday, November 22nd, to 2.3pm – Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle.


To book any of the free events taking place as part of Bank of Ireland Enterprise Week click here


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