Athlone businesses share war stories at Start Up Live roadshow

Maeve O’Healy-Harte, MOHH Hairdressing Academy and Gary Hughes, Olive Grove restaurant at the Start Up Live event, held by Ulster Bank in association with smallbusinesscan.com, at the Olive Grove in Athlone on Monday. Photo molloyphotography

Maeve O’Healy-Harte, MOHH Hairdressing Academy and Gary Hughes, Olive Grove restaurant at the Start Up Live event, held by Ulster Bank in association with smallbusinesscan.com, at the Olive Grove in Athlone on Monday. Photo molloyphotography

The Start Up Live roadshow came to Athlone this week. Held in the Olive Grove Restaurant, the evening brought together 100 local business people who debated at length the challenges facing their business from selling to hiring great staff to competing for finance. The free event was held by Ulster Bank, in association with smallbusinesscan.com, to help people who have recently set up or are considering starting up their own business.

At the event real business people discussed growth challenges under the four pillars motivation, marketing, money, and management and engaged in a panel discussion to share war stories, bounce ideas, and find solutions for each other. Guest speakers at the event included Maeve O’Healy-Harte, managing director, MOHH; Albert Cooney, managing director, Cooney Manufacturing Ltd; Tony Clarke, managing director, Kendlebell; and Ronan Duffy, director, Royal Financial Services.

Brendan McDermott, regional director, Ulster Bank, said, “I was delighted to see so many members of Athlone’s business community at the roadshow event. Such a strong turnout demonstrates the benefit of this type of initiative, which helps people build a network of trusted contacts and trigger ideas that will improve or inspire their business.”

The Start Up Live roadshow has already stopped in Derry and Belfast and will feature a total of 15 dates across the island during October and November as part of the bank’s commitment to supporting new and emerging companies.

To register to attend the talks, simply visit www.smallbusinesscan.com More information about Start Up Live is available from Ulster Bank branches and business centres.

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