Ulster Bank recently hosted its 9th successful ‘Meet your Neighbours’ Networking Event in Galway, in association with the IDA. This was the first time the event was held outside Dublin and we were happy to support the IDA with its regional strategy.
The purpose of the evening was to facilitate networking amongst IDA client companies, while also affording Ulster Bank the opportunity to highlight its strong capabilities working with corporates establishing a base in Ireland.
The event was held in the historic premises of the world renowned Druid Theatre Company (an Ulster Bank customer), much to the delight of the numerous US investors and entrepreneurs who attended the evening.
Olwyn Long, representing CIB, spoke of the Bank’s ambitions to be number one for customer service, trust and advocacy. In addition to outlining our edge in supporting companies trading internationally, she also spoke of the bank’s focus on innovation and support for our customers.
Barry O’ Dowd (IDA Head of Emerging Business) welcomed guests to the venue and introduced the speakers for the evening which included Garry Hynes, Artistic Director of the Druid Theatre and Brant Cooper, from start-up ‘Moves the Needle’.
Gary spoke of the changing face of the arts including mixed reality experiences in theatres, with shows across the globe embracing the latest digital technology to delight audiences. Brant followed with a discussion on how his company assists both start-ups and established companies work together to act bolder, move faster and become more customer focused. This is achieved by start-ups providing fresh and blue sky thinking to larger experienced companies while they, in turn, provide practical ‘been there, done that’ advice.
Barry’s Emerging Business Team from the IDA were in attendance, including Sallyann Hynes, Emma Mitchell, Ciaran Arthur and Gillian Lawless, amongst others. Attending from Ulster Bank were Nashila Desmond, Moyra McMahon, Donna Hallinan and Brian Jordan & more colleagues from the Galway Business Centre.
A selection of some of the companies in attendance included; Fintrax, Lean Startup, AltoCloud, Superpixel Labs, Romero Games and Shopify, amongst many others. There was also representation from NUIG, GMIT, local enterprise boards and intermediaries and organisers from the upcoming Innovate West Summit.
The event was a huge success, with the large attendance reflecting the vibrant local economy and plenty of business cards exchanged on the evening.
It was a great event for Ulster Bank to be associated with and allowed us to demonstrate how we deliver Help for What Matters.