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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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 […]
SafeDriving.ie 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. SafeDriving.ie is currently available on the web and […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 www.enterprise-ireland.com/ambitiouswomen.
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 […]
CDE Global has been crowned the ‘Ulster Bank Business Achiever 2012’ at the national final of the awards, which took place at the Mansion House in Dublin. The awards, now in their 19th year, are in association with the Irish Independent, Enterprise Ireland and InterTradeIreland. Based in Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, CDE Global is a leading supplier of washing equipment for quarries and mines on the global market. Through a dynamic […]
The Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank is Ireland’s largest Agricultural and Food Show that entertains the whole family. The 145th Show offers its usual extravaganza of colour, competition and showmanship along with daily displays of pedigree horses, ponies, cattle, sheep, poultry, pigs and goats at the new showgrounds, Balmoral Park. Pics from The bArmoral Show this years show below….
Because we’re frugal (cheap?), we used Survey Monkey’s free service to carry out our survey last week. What we didn’t realize is that the ‘free survey’ only allows analysis of the first 100 answers. So even though we had over 300 responses, the following results are from the first 100 responses. We believe they still give us a very good pulse. Survey Results We asked; If SBC could organise discounts […]
Business Achievers Awards Regional Finalists – The Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards celebrate the spirit of excellence and innovation that are the hallmark of our most successful entrepreneurs. Below we profile all the regional finalists. Just click on the relevant link below. Connacht Regional Finalists Leinster Regional Finalists Munster Regional Finalists Ulster Regional Finalists
Over the coming weeks we’re launching a new website for Small Business Can. It’s a pretty fundamental change with a new platform. We’re also considering offering a range of services through Small Business Can – online accounting, Ecommerce solutions, CRM services, that sort of thing. But we need your help. Take the Survey Below is a quick survey (takes about 2 mins). We’d be much obliged if you could lend […]
Because it’s nearly D Day for entries into the Business Achievers Awards (BAA Closing for Submissions this Thursday!) we felt that we had to send another reason/reminder to enter during this of all weeks. To be honest we were stumped to come up with new reasons. We’ve already covered strategy, publicity, peer review, networking, PR, family and investors, financing. We even threw in ego. Inspired by the public service pay […]
5 Unique Ways To Attract Consumers Are you in small business? Are you facing problem in engaging consumers to your business? – We know how tough it is to engage the customers at your business profile. To make consumers keep coming to your website and drive traffic, you must employ a variety of strategies to stay ahead. These techniques must be unique and should set you ahead of the competitors. […]