Free financial mentoring sessions are available for SMEs, from training network ManagementWorks
The Finance4Growth initiative provides access to an SME finance expert who will explain the different sources of finance available. These free mentoring sessions are available between 9am and 6pm on the following dates (each session lasts two hours):
SMEs should take advantage of this free mentoring. Mentoring sessions are via Skype, so there is no cost or inconvenience on:
Guidance on the relevant sources of finance potentially available.
Help to establish the level of cashflow and repayment capacity being generated by their business.
Assessment of their trading performance using six key financial ratios.
And answers to any other finance-related queries.
Ever wanted to retrain your brain? One of the startups which took part in the Bank of Ireland Accelerator programme, Cortechs, has developed healthy gaming platforms to help kids with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) become more focused and relaxed using sensors and brainwave technology.
Cortechs is one of the startups that was selected to take part in the Bank of Ireland Accelerator programme which kicked off in Cork in September 2014. Co-founder and CEO, Aine Behan (pictured), has a PhD in Neuroscience and 10 years’ experience in research and lecturing in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ire [...]
Programmes like The Bank of Ireland National Accelerator Programme speed up the startup process within a short amount of time in a hothouse environment.
Pictured: Mike O'Connor, Cork BIC, Gerry Prizeman, Bank of Ireland, Sean O’Sullivan, SOSventures, Bob Savage, Bank of Ireland,David Merriman, Bank of Ireland
Taking an idea and turning it into a concrete business with growth potential involves progressing through a number of key stages.
So, what are the key 5 stages of a startup?
1. Idea-Is there a market for it?
You have an idea for a business but don’t know if there is a demand for it. This [...]
Nigel Gahan of Gahan Meats speaks about his business and how Bank of Ireland has helped him grow over the last 3 years and how National Enterprise Week has helped him reach customers in their local branch.
Ed Hyland of Contract Flooring Supplies speaking on Newstalk about how Bank of Ireland sponsored him to take part in the digital marketing programme in the Michael Smurfit Business School in UCD.
Peaches Kemp of ITSA speaks to Newstalk about how Bank of Ireland has supported her company throughout expansion and her participation in National Enterprise Week.
Niamh Sherwin Barry of The Irish Fairy Door Company speaks about her business, support by Bank of Ireland and her participation in National Enterprise Week.
Dairy Farmer, Seamus Roche talks about his business on Newstalk FM
Gerard Forde of Bizimply on Newstalk [...]
As part of National Enterprise Week, we would like to invite you to our women in business networking event-‘’Supporting Business – Supporting Change ” Women in Business & Public Life sharing their experiences.
10th June 2014
Dublin House of Lords
2 College Green
6.00pm: Registration with Cheese & Wine Reception
6.30pm: Peaches Kemp ITSA Bagel-“My journey as an Entrepreneur”
7.00pm - 7.30pm: Marina Bleahen Action Coach- “Increasing your sales & profits”
7.30pm -8.00pm: Derry McDermott Psychotherapist-“Good Mood”
Please RSVP by 3rd June 2014 to Eithne Connolly
Email: email@example.com [...]
As part of Bank of Ireland’s National Enterprise Week, we would like to invite you to our Breakfast Seminar: Why Waste Water-''don’t see your profits disappear down the drain”When On Wednesday 28th May 2014 7:30am – 9:00am Where At Bank of Ireland Douglas Branch Speakers: - Ken O’Shea, Managing Director, Accuflow Ireland- ‘Why Waste Water’ Gearoid O’Flynn, Bank of Ireland Global Markets-‘Foreign Exchange & Currency Risk Management To Confirm attendance please contact David Sheehan on 076 624 1272 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are hosting five Social Media Clinics across Ireland as part of our National Enterprise Week . As official partner of Twitter in Ireland we want to help businesses navigate the social media landscape, interact with customers, create relationships and take full advantage of these platforms.
Key experts from Twitter, Google, and Facebook will give an insight into the inner workings of these platforms and answer any questions you may have on getting the most from social media. You will also get the chance to network with like-minded entrepreneurs and experienced businesses people with a keen interest in sharing knowledge in the digital age.
Details of Clinics are as follows:
1. Social Media [...]
Described by travel writers as an ‘Oasis of Peace’, Wineport Lodge is an award-winning guesthouse nestled on the banks of Lough Ree, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, and offers guests an idyllic destination to unwind, surrounded by native woodland.
Jane English and Ray Byrne initially opened up the business as a restaurant on the site near Glasson, in Co. Westmeath, which ran successfully for 10 years until 2002, when they added 10 rooms offering overnight lodgings. They gradually added more accommodation throughout the years, and the lodge now has 29 rooms, each named after a wine region, for guests to escape the stresses of daily life.
Wineport Lodge has received many awards since first opening, including, most recently, two Travellers’ Choice Awards in 2013 from online travel giant Trip A [...]
A lot has changed since Nigel Gahan’s Grandad started the Gahan family business in the 1950s; then a “cornershop butcher” in Raheny in Dublin. Today, Gahan Meats is a wholesale butcher, based in a state-of-the art facility in Finglas that was built to keep up with demand.
In supplying a customer base that includes hotels, restaurants and catering firms, Gahan Meats has a large number of people to keep in touch with. Traditionally, the company would have favoured a very direct, in-person approach to marketing and customer engagement. With the advent of new technology and the increasing size of the business, particularly this year, that has changed.
“Social media is used more on the retail side of things,” Nigel explains. “We use Facebook to market ourselves online and support that with offers sent by text to customers. Maybe we haven’t embraced social media as much fo [...]
Bank of Ireland are running a short seminar in association with KFVC for companies looking to expand their business into emerging markets.
The seminar is a combination of a presentation and Q&A session on the opportunities and challenges faced by businesses in new and emerging markets including Asia, Latin America, and Africa. KFVC are a multinational team with experience in business on a global scale. Their team can provide you with the tools and skillset to kickstart your expansion or add value to an existing export drive. They can also help you overcome issues such as cross cultural sensitivity, international business interactions, and differences in global markets. Places on the programme are open to Owners, Managing Directors and Managers in Small to Medium businesses.
Bank of Ireland En [...]