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Supports for Start Ups, Emerging and Growing Businesses

Over the last 7 years, Smallbusinesscan has tried to provide a grounded, grassroots, community based support for businesspeople in Ireland, North and South. You’ve rallied to the cause of helping each other through those troubling times. But the times are changing. You’re leading us out of recession. You’re talking and doing growth. Smallbusinesscan needs to keep up so we’re growing with you and trying to put in even more supports […]

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50 Day Sales Accelerator Program – Apply Now for SELR8R

Scaling up sales is the stage all small businesses get to after the product is launched and a few early customer are raving about it, but the money is running low, and investing in a sales team, or even a single dedicated sales mastermind is expensive and has to be paid for before the optimistic forecast sales MAYBE come in ! So, SOSventures launches SELR8R. A 50 day sales accelerator […]

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Budget 2014 – Osborne’s Penultimate Budget

Today’s Budget represented George Osborne’s ninth ‘fiscal event’ since he became Chancellor and he has two more to go (Autumn Budget Statement 2014 & Budget 2015) before the next General Election. ‘Security / secure’ were the watch words and appeared 8 times in the speech with ‘delivering security for the people of this country’ the Chancellor’s vision and long-term plan. As expected, the economic growth forecasts were upgraded significantly and […]

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Start-Up Story: Get Invited

Get Invited is the next generation of online ticketing and event registration software, enabling event organisers to: send digital tickets, delivered directly to their customers’ smartphone; easily manage attendees with smartphone ticket scanning; view social conversations, photos and videos from their events in real-time; and perform detailed event performance analysis. How much does it cost? We charge a very small commission on each ticket sale of just 2% + 50p. […]

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Start-Up Story: TeamStory

“I’ve got an idea for an app!”…oh brother… Yes, against our better judgements we have decided to throw our (decidedly burnt) hands into the furnace of app development. Why punish ourselves, you might rightly ask, when there is more than a billion apps in the App Store alone? With more and more crawling out from every hole in the digital woodwork everyday? Apps for this, apps for that, there’s even […]

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And the winner is…

Congratulation to Brendan Walsh! He is the winner of the Small Business Can prize draw for a brand new iPad mini! He’s business tip: “Start small, baby steps, work hard and you’ll get there.” Very good advice indeed! Brand new iPad mini on it’s way to you. Thanks to everybody that entered and better luck next time. We’ll be running another competition in the not so distant future so stay […]

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Event: Get Ahead for Business

Ulster Bank hosted a breakfast business event on Tuesday to help companies in Galway and the surrounding area plan for 2014 and beyond. The event took place in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway and is part of the Bank’s networking series, “Ahead for Business”. The business briefing sessions are taking place in 15 locations across Ireland and are open to new and existing Ulster Bank customers. They include information on […]

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Agri IP

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) like patents, trade marks and designs are registered at a national Patent Office or Intellectual Property Office, and provide a mechanism that enables companies to obtain legal protection for new and advantageous developments in their products or processes. It is the best way to stop others frombenefiting from your creative efforts and output. These rights are national, so for example, a patent application must be filed […]

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Budget at a Glance

This year sees the first mid-October Budget. The process was brought forward from December to coincide with EU norms and to allow the Finance Act to be passed before the new year begins. Certain aspects (e.g. increases in tax on alcohol and cigarettes) need to take effect at midnight so temporary legislation is put in place. The Finance Bill will be published in the coming weeks and debated until passed […]

Continue Reading 0 – Promoting Safer Driving was set up as an online resource to promote safer driving on Ireland’s roads. It draws on the resources of numerous stakeholders including the Road Safety Authority, An Garda Siochana and the Health & Safety Authority to produce a road safety news site, which is updated daily and offers a myriad of information aimed at keeping motorists safe on the road. is currently available on the web and […]

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Women and the Media: Wednesday 11th September [Event]

Ulster Bank are part sponsors of an event in Belfast City Hall being run by The Women’s Fund, Wednesday 11th September… “Women and the Media” – The event being held in Belfast City Hall includes a panel discussion with prominent women from the Northern Ireland Media including Lynda Bryans, Anne Hailes and Una Murphy, facilitated by Claire McCollum. The Women’s Fund has been established by the Community Foundation for Northern […]

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CO3 Media Summit with Jon Snow

Jon Snow, the “face” of Channel 4 News addressed the CO3 Media Summit held at Crumlin Road Gaol on 6th September.  Jon addressed an audience of over 100 Chief Executives of charitable and voluntary associations from right across Northern Ireland on the importance of independent commentary and the role of the third sector in the media.  He said, “The third sector is an asset resource, more of a resource now that […]

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The Ulster Bank Irish Franchise Association Awards 2013

The most prestigious and publicised awards recognising excellence in Irish franchising. The Ulster Bank Irish Franchise Association Awards 2013 are now open to enter. The panel of expert judges come from a range of business sectors, including media, academia, business and enterprise. There is no cost to enter and an accessible online entry system is available. Entry Categories Franchise of the Year (retail) Franchisee of the Year (retail) Best Emerging […]

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Competitive Feasibility Fund for Female Entrepreneurs

Please note Competitive Feasibility Fund for Female Entrepreneurs will Open for application forms tomorrow Tuesday 20th of August 2013 and close at 6pm on September 10th 2013. You may wish to apply yourself or you may know a female entrepreneur who would benefit from accessing this fund. Information regarding eligible criteria and application forms will be available from tomorrow on

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Ulster Bank Not For Profit: Creating shared value

Ulster Bank has just launched their new Not For Profit service. Here is some of the activities Ulster Bank is already involved with and a video explaining where Ulster Bank can help. Ulster Bank believes in supporting strong businesses and helping our communities to thrive. We have a long-standing culture of community investment, supporting enterprise and financial education in our schools and communities, and encouraging our staff to fundraise and […]

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