THURLES’ Bank of Ireland is the place to go if you’re a business in North Tipperary looking for advice and finance to get off the ground. The Bank of Ireland is supporting the National Enterprise Week from May 18th to the 25th. Local businesses such as Naomi’s Café, Premier Meats, and Health & Harmony were in the Bank this week showcasing their wares and tasty treats to customers as part of the promotional week.
Customer Advisor Ann Marie Doyle told the Tipperary Star that each day of the Enterprise Week had a different theme, from mortgages and healthcare, to food and beauty. The aim is to help businesses get off the ground or expand. Bank of Ireland (Thurles) has a team of staff dedicated to helping entrepreneurs, including Ms Doyle, BoI Finance Representative Adrian Ronan, Sales Director Shane Treanor, Business Advisor Ger O’Toole, and Business Manager Séan Murphy.
Ms Doyle said the Bank helps with financing start-ups, and giving hands-on advice to new businesses. “We’re helping with online busineses. Shane calls out to new businesses to help them get set up online. We have a business advisor Ger O’Toole, and Adrian helps with businesses buying new equipment, machines, or hardware.”
“We’re concentrating on all small businesses at the moment but we can help more established businesses as well.”
The Bank has a dedicated business centre headed by Séan Murphy, assisted by Michael O’Dwyer. “A lot of business people would go to to Séan for Finance. We also call out to businesses letting them know about us as well.”
The bank’s business development team has scored some major successess with award winning Crossogue Preserves - a start up initially financed by Thurles BoI - now known as a household name on shelves and in supermarkets across Ireland for their jams and chutneys. Allied to Crossogues are Kobii restaurant, located down by the river in the heart of Thurles: Kobii is now up and running and open for business, due in large part to Thurles’ finance team.
Owner of Home Instead Senior Care in Tipperary, Mr Michael Wright, whose company provides home care for the elderly, said Bank of Ireland have been very supportive. “I started the business in 2008, and I couldn’t have done it without them,” said Michael.
Other notable businesses helped by BoI include Seamus Doheny IT Solutions, and Margaret Hayes Chiropodist, and Veronica Dunne, formerly of Mockler’s Pharmacists.