The Ahead for Business sessions, designed to help companies plan for 2014 and beyond, are taking place at 15 locations across Ireland and are open to new and existing Ulster Bank customers. They provide information on accessing finance, business planning and cash flow management, and an opportunity to network.


Supporting growth plans

Ulster Bank recently announced that it has a dedicated £1bn available for business in 2014.  Building on the bank’s existing supports for businesses of all sizes, this is  available to all businesses who are seeking finance to support their growth plans in 2014.

Shauna Burns, Head of Ulster Bank’s Mid-Ulster & Fermanagh Business Centre, said: “We are delighted to have had the opportunity to host the ‘Ahead for Business’ event in Mid-Ulster and to have RBS CEO, Ross McEwan here meeting and listening to our customers.

“Not only is there an abundance of talent in the area, but also some extremely innovative business ideas. The session gave us the opportunity to hear from local businesses so that we can help them develop their ideas and hopefully turn them into reality.”

There is evidence of business confidence growing: demand is increasing and more businesses are coming to branches to discuss their 2014 plans.


Drivers of growth, employment and confidence

Speaking about the £1billion, Ken Murnaghan, Head of Business Banking, Ulster Bank said: 

“In 2014 we are delighted to have £1billion available to help business as the real drivers of growth, employment and confidence in our economy. We know that many of our business customers view 2014 as a key year in terms of implementing growth plans, from introducing new products and services to expansion overseas and hiring additional employees. Access to funding is essential to ensuring they are able to fulfil these ambitions.”

Further information on the 'Ahead for Business' series.


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