Let’s Connect and make it happen!

Bank of Ireland hosts events to support SMEs and startups around the country as part of its fifteenth National Enterprise Week


Andrew Parish, Startup Ireland, Michelle Goodwin, Enterprise Programme Manager, Bank of Ireland, Michael Guerin and Siobhan Ferris, Project Managers, Startup Island.

Bank of Ireland’s 15th National Enterprise Week will run from Friday, 11 to Friday, 18 November 2016 with supporting events taking place throughout the month of November. The overall theme of the week is ‘Let’s Connect’ and activities are focused on supporting SMEs and start-ups across the country to reach their business potential. Events are free and open to all.

As part of National Enterprise Week, Bank of Ireland will host a series of 11 Flash Networking events in branches and unique locations around the country, enabling people to share business information, gain industry insights, access resources and build new leads. Across different regions there are a number of specialised business events which will address the opportunities, challenges and issues facing businesses in specific sectors such as hotels, agriculture, food and motors.

During National Enterprise Week, Bank of Ireland’s Enterprise Town programme will run in 11 towns across the country including Carndonagh, Askeaton, Midleton, Tullow, Claremorris, New Ross, Swords, Smithfield, Headford, Carrigaline and Trim. Local branch managers working with committees of people from the local communities will host events focusing on Business, Sport and Community and Schools.

Bank of Ireland is a key partner of the Global Startup Gathering 2016 which takes place from the 17 to the 20 November in Cork and also takes place during Global Entrepreneurship Week. Led by Connect Ireland and Startup Ireland the event is a four-day series of events aimed at promoting, supporting and showcasing Ireland’s vibrant startup community to an Irish and international audience.

David Merriman, Head of Enterprise Development, Bank of Ireland said; “As Ireland’s largest lender, Bank of Ireland is providing more than 50% of new lending to Ireland’s business sector. Enterprise plays a very important part in the Bank of Ireland story and National Enterprise Week has grown to become one of our flagship business promotion initiatives, helping small and medium enterprises in practical ways by showcasing their products and services, and connecting them with mentors and fellow entrepreneurs. We are very committed to facilitating this programme of activity for businesses across the country, alongside our banking support for our business customers nationwide.”

For further information on Bank of Ireland’s ‘National Enterprise Week’ people can visit Bank of Ireland Events or follow us on Twitter @BOIbusiness. We will be using the #LetsConnect hashtag for all our social media updates over the week.

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