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Breaking Barriers – InBusiness Interview with Business Women Can Programme Director Fiona Kingston

The Ulster Bank’s Businesswomen Can programme aims to help female entrepreneurs in Ireland overcome the barriers they may encounter in the business world. We spoke with Fiona Kingston, programme Director, to discover more. Business Women Can was originally launched in October 2012 – Ulster Bank’s parent company, Royal Bank of Scotland, had been running a similar programme for five or six years previous, having seen the merit in supporting women […]

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UK Spotlight – RBS Inspiring Women in Enterprise – Grant Funding Now Open

RBS has this morning announced the Inspiring Women in Enterprise grant funding is now open for applications. Grants are available to help build the capacity of organisations that encourage and support women, who are not yet in business, to explore enterprise. If you are a UK based not-for-profit organisation that helps women to explore their enterprise potential, you could be eligible to apply for Inspiring Women in Enterprise grant funding. […]

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3 Ways to Build Profitability Through Customer Service

How come companies are happy to spend considerable cash investing in their technology or operations but often skimp on the final and most important link between the organisation and the customer? Well, here’s the thing: customer service is as much about finance as, well, finance! Depending on your business, the cost of chasing new clients is at least five times more expensive than keeping your current customers. Here are 3 […]

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Are Female Leaders Born or Made?

One of the arguments against gender quotas is that it is more important to have the person with the right skills and attributes rather than a person of a certain gender. Research  completed by myself has found that there is a need for support mechanisms to be put in place by employers in order to assist females in their quest for leadership positions within an organisation. Ireland has a long […]

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Ulster Bank continues support for women in business

Ulster Bank has the products, financial and supports ready to support business women. That was the message to female business leaders and entrepreneurs at an Ulster Bank Business Women Can event in Belfast on Friday. The Bank’s hugely successful Business Women Can programme provides online and local support, which aims to offer help and understanding on the specific challenges to women starting, running or managing businesses. Kate Marshall, Chairperson of Women In […]

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Start-Up Story: Sweet Spot Sourcing

Differentiating themselves from a promotional company that offers more than just your regular branded pen is what prompted Fiona and Sue to set up their own company that specialises in the production of large volumes of own branded products. These products can be used in various different channels such as retail, on pack promotion or a gift with purchase. Fiona and Sue established Sweet Spot Sourcing in February 2012, they […]

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Ulster Bank and Lily O’Brien’s Inspire Success

Lily O’Brien’s founder Mary Ann O’Brien told an Ulster Bank Business Women Can audience last night (27th March) that a recent investment deal, backed by Ulster Bank, would potentially double the size of the business, based in Newbridge, Co. Kildare. Lily O’Brien’s has been a customer of Ulster Bank for over 20 years. In January 2014 Carlyle Cardinal Ireland, the Irish private equity fund founded by the Carlyle Group and Cardinal […]

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Two awesome events

Being one of the founders does have it perks. You get invited to lots of events. I have been very lucky in the last 24 hours and was at two event that were awesome. Female propelllors The first was the pleasure of watching the pitches of the female propellors at the Ryan academy. Absolutely the best pitches I have seen in a long time. All twelve of them. Gluten free […]

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Where Are All The Women?

Ulster Bank and RBS Group employees from across the globe tuned into a live teleconference on Monday evening for an audience with Ross McEwan, CEO, RBS and Susan Allen, Chief Executive, Customer Solutions Group, RBS. The audience was hosted by Chris Sullivan, Deputy CEO, RBS and opened by Heather Melville, Founder and Global Chair of ‘The Focused Women’s Network’. The Focused Women’s Network was launched in March 2007 to support […]

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Ulster Bank Backs International Business Womens Conference as Part of Strategy to Support Female Entrepreneurs

Ulster Bank has underlined its commitment to female entrepreneurship by supporting Northern Ireland’s first International Business Womens Conference (IBWC 2014), citing local business women as ‘a hugely valuable, yet largely untapped resource’. The Bank has partnered with Women in Business NI (WIBNI), hosts of IBWC 2014, which will welcome business representatives from across the globe to Belfast for a three day conference programme (12th – 15th May). Under the theme […]

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Start-Up Story: Vital Nutrition

Banish the image of the traditional Ulster Fry. Northern Ireland, it seems, is keen on getting healthy and in doing so by improving its diet. That, at least, is the impression given by Jane McClenaghan, whose business Vital Nutrition “is thriving”, she says. Jane is based in Belfast, while her Vital Nutrition colleague Morna Nelson covers the north coast from Coleraine. Both have full diaries providing a range of services  […]

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Women Celebrating Women for International Women’s Day

The Dublin Chamber of Commerce and the Women In Business networks from Dublin City and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Enterprise Boards joined forces for the fifth consecutive year to celebrate International Women’s Day on Thursday the 6th of March at the Alexander hotel in Dublin city centre. Having attended last year and been so impressed with the event, my expectations were high this year. I was not disappointed. MC Barbara Moynihan, On […]

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Start-Up Story: SMART Education

Mary O’Dowd of SMART Education has been teaching in both the private and public sectors in Ireland for nearly 30 Years. During this time she found that many students were being felt behind and leaving school with poor grades and literacy levels, perhaps as a result of undiagnosed specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia or dyspraxia. Leaving a permanent job with Co. Dublin V.E.C. she set up SMART Education, initially […]

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Happy International Women’s Day

Tomorrow is International Women’s Day. An opportunity to celebrate the great progress made by women in Irish society but also a chance to reflect on what needs to change and how each of us, as individuals and collectively can make a difference in our communities. The Women’s Fund, at The Community Foundation for Ireland, was set up in 2010 and is a long term philanthropic fund, connecting women who care […]

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Start-Up Story: Sam’s Pantry

Sam’s Pantry was born out of a mothers frustration and inspired by one little boy who loves cake. Take a moment and close your eyes Imagine it is your 3rd birthday, everyone is singing Happy Birthday, and you make a wish and blow out your candles. Imagine if that wish was a simple as – please let me be able to eat my birthday cake! Having been diagnosed with a […]

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