Sharing experiences and insights can help businesswomen overcome some of the challenges faced when starting, running or managing a business. That was the message to female business leaders and entrepreneurs at an Ulster Bank Business Women Can event held in Navan on Friday 19th September .
The Bank’s 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.
Inspiring Your Success
Mairead McGuinness, MEP, was the keynote speaker at the ‘Inspiring Your Success’ networking event held by Ulster Bank at the Navan Racecourse. Mairead has served as MEP for Ireland East since 2004. Other speakers were Lisa Keenan from Kingscourt Mart who shared her experience on how to succeed in business; and Celene Sheehy from Tax Assist in Navan who spoke about her experience of setting up a franchise business.
Speaking at the event Angela Meegan, Relationship Manager, SME Business Banking, Ulster Bank said: “We are delighted to support events like this where successful and dynamic business women can share our experiences and insights. Ulster Bank is a proud supporter of female entrepreneurship and we are always ready to support businesses right across Ireland. Earlier this year we announced that we have €1.2billion available to new and existing business customers to support their growth plans in 2014.”
Ulster Bank’s Business Women Can ambassadors are trained and focused on understanding the products, services and practical support tools needed when starting or running a business and committed to supporting businesswomen across Ireland.
Mairead McGuinness, MEP, said: “These events where peers can share their experiences, good and bad, and insights into how they have been successful in their own businesses are incredibly important for small businesses. Practical advice on how to overcome some of the challenges business can face is invaluable. We all need to work together and business must support each other to achieve success and ultimately, economic growth, job creation and prosperity for all. The European Union relies on the SME sector as the backbone for our economies, small and medium enterprises are vital to the Irish economy too.”