6th Ulster Bank Meet Your Neighbours Networking Event in Association with the IDA

For the second year running, Ulster Bank Meet Your Neighbours Networking Event in association with the IDA. The most recent event took place on Thursday 16th July at the stunning rooftop bar of Odessa Club and Restaurant on a traditionally wet Irish summer’s evening.

The theme for the night was “Summertime Soiree”, which included informal networking served up with jazz, contemporary music and a delicious BBQ buffet. The event was a huge success, with 80 people from a variety of innovative companies turning out for the event - despite the wet weather! Thankfully Odessa provided sufficient shelter for the lovely open air terrace and we were kept dry for the evening.

International Banking in Ireland

“Meet Your Neighbours” is an IDA initiative that Ulster Bank is delighted to host and be part of.

The IDA continues to do great work, successfully supporting a large number of international companies with their expansion into Ireland. Their work has played an integral role in the recovery of the Irish economy by facilitating the creation of many exciting job opportunities from international companies, creating 9,000 jobs in the first half of 2015.

Ulster Bank’s FDI Team supports international customers by providing a unique and efficient onboarding process which compliments their market-leading online banking service. This is a wonderful example of Ulster Bank’s International Banking Proposition in action (which you can get more information on here)

“Meet Your Neighbours” provides an opportunity for companies that are new to Ireland, to promote their business and share stories of their success so far. For those attending who are considering Ireland as a potential investment location, it gives a great sense of the close-knit business and tech community in Dublin.

The evening

Companies that attended on the night included: Indeed, Facebook, Slack, Adara, Boxfish and Boomerang, amongst many others.

At the outset, Yvonne Kennedy (Ulster Bank FDI Team) introduced the evening and highlighted the fantastic work conducted by the IDA in attracting these innovative businesses to Ireland.

Barry O’ Dowd (IDA Head of Emerging Business) followed with a few words on behalf of the IDA. After the raffle, he finished by encouraging everyone to network, and enjoy the night!

Barry’s Emerging Business Team were also in attendance, including Aimee Williams, Ciaran Arthur, Gillian Lawless, Kathleen Bohan, Kevin Carroll, Jayne Wyatt, Melissa O’ Connor and Emma Mitchell.

The remainder of the evening was spent enjoying the superb food and company on offer. There were plenty of business cards exchanged, demonstrating the great business community we have here in Dublin and the openness to new ideas and new partnerships in the days, months and years ahead.

Ulster Bank was delighted to host the Meet Your Neighbours event with the IDA and we hope we can continue to bring together new and existing international businesses in this forum.

We look forward to the next event in Q3 of 2015.



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