23 female entrepreneurs graduated from the SUPPORT programme which was run by the Coolock Development Council and funded by Ulster Bank Community Impact Fund. The certificates were presented by Nicola Byrne, MD, 11890.
The SUPPORT programme provided business skills training, mentoring, guest speaker and networking events to these fledgling entrepreneurs, many of whom were running their business from home.
The women are running a wide variety of businesses which includes– counseling services; Yoga classes; gift baskets/hampers; handbags and accessories; Social Media training and consultancy and a physiotherapy, massage, reflexology service.
The main focus of the programme was developing the women’s Networking skills through a combination of skills training workshops and a series of ‘Lunch & Learn’ guest speaker sessions followed by a facilitated networking session and mentoring. The women will continue to receive mentoring from Ulster Bank under its Business Women Can mentoring initiative.
Coolock Development Council Chairman Padraic White said that ‘the funding awarded by Ulster Bank was a great resource to the Coolock Development Council that enabled it to support the development of local female owned businesses and to contribute to the development of an entrepreneurial culture within the community. At this time in particular any support that can be provided to emerging businesses is a vital contribution towards ensuring that Ireland continues on a path to recovery’.
Speaking at today’s event, Pauline McKiernan, Corporate Sustainability Manager with Ulster Bank said
“We are delighted to support Coolock Development Council in this project through our Community Impact Fund. I’ve been impressed with the energy and professionalism shown by everyone involved in the SUPPORT programme, and it’s clearly a huge factor in the success of this initiative.
The funding we provide for community organisations is an important part of Ulster Bank’s long-term commitment to supporting entrepreneurship. It also builds on the work we have been doing to specifically support and encourage women as entrepreneurs. Only 18% of new enterprises are started by women, and at Ulster Bank we want to help more women put their talent to work in their own businesses. We believe it will pay dividends for women themselves, as we can see here today, as well as being important for the economy generally.