Growth programme launched

Following on from the recent UK Trade and Investment Export week Bank of Ireland is encouraging Northern Ireland firms to apply for the Trinity International Growth Programme

The programme has been specifically designed at the direction of Bank of Ireland and British Irish Chamber of Commerce by Trinity Business School to support SMEs in Northern Ireland at a key growth stage and looking to expand across borders into new markets or launch a new product or service into a new market.

Applicants should be senior managers of SME businesses with a turnover between £500,000 - £20m; 10 - 150 employees and developing new products and/or planning new market entry.

Successful applicants will participate in two three day intensive interactive sessions on campus at Trinity Business School followed by delivery of a business relevant, practical export and scaling project under 1:1 mentorship from experienced entrepreneurs and experts.

Ian Sheppard, Regional Director, NI Business & Corporate Banking, Bank of Ireland UK said: “With only three per cent of VAT registered Northern Ireland businesses regularly exporting this presents a challenge and an opportunity and the International Growth Programme has been designed to support and encourage SMEs with ambitions to expand into new markets. The participants on the programme will not only reap the benefits of new skills and capability and an implementation ready project for their business but they will establish invaluable trading networks and learning’s from each other, their mentors and the guest lecturers supporting the delivery of the programme.”

The Bank of Ireland has committed to the programme for three years and the programme benefits from the sponsorship of Bank of Ireland UK with the cost at £1,500 for the participating business. The programme is open for applications up to Fri Dec 4.