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The aim of the Ulster Bank Business Women Can network is to enable, connect and support female entrepreneurs and business leaders. Our event on 3rd December did just that, bringing together a wide range of business women to network with each other and learn from the personal experiences of four very successful NI female business leaders. The evening also had a focus on supporting local businesses, with a range of […]
Sharing experiences and insights can help businesswomen overcome some of the challenges faced when starting, running or managing a business. That was the message to female business leaders and entrepreneurs at an Ulster Bank Business Women Can event held in Belfast. More than 60 local businesswomen gathered at the bank’s Belfast headquarters for the event, which heard from leading local entrepreneurs, and saw local businesses showcase their wares in a […]
EyeSeeGames are a games development business focused on the development and design of innovative educational games that train the visual (stored) memory. The games are primarily designed for fun, encouraging students to engage in creative and lateral thinking. By using the games students and adults will increase their visual acuity, letter recognition, spelling and vocabulary. Currently EyeSeeGames are concentrating on the launch and commercialisation of the Dyce educational spelling solution […]
Overall ‘Ulster Bank Business Achiever 2014’: Almac Judges Special Recognition Award: Janet McCollum, Chief Executive Officer, Moy Park 1. Woman Led Business: TVM 2. Best Business Start Up: Smart Wall Paint 3. Small Business Award: FCS Global 4. Best Established SME: Reagecon Diagnostics Ltd 5. Food and Drink: Avondale Foods 6. Social Enterprise: The Food Hub 7. International Business: Realex Payments 8. Agri-business: Paul Brophy Produce Overall ‘Ulster […]
There are many benefits that outsourcing payroll can bring to a business. The decision whether to outsource or retain the payroll function in-house will be driven by cost considerations and whether it is more productive to outsource. Many companies have chosen to outsource the payroll function while others have pursued internal functional efficiencies. Both routes can have a significant impact on a business allowing management more time to focus on […]
Data has recently been published about Northern Ireland’s business population. Here, Ulster Bank Chief Economist, NI, Richard Ramsey, takes a look at some of the key figures contained with the report.
As we approach the end of 2014, Ulster Bank Chief Economist, Northern Ireland, Richard Ramsey takes a look in this infographic at some of the key indicators and key warning lights flashing on the dashboard of the Northern Ireland economy.
Proper management of payroll is a fundamental aspect of any business. Not only does an employer have a responsibility to their employees to ensure that wages and salaries are paid in compliance with the relevant legislation and expectations of their employees, they also have a responsibility to their business to ensure that this critical function is managed to the best possible outcome and highest standards. Payroll mistakes can be costly. […]
As an employee, it really pays to know how payroll works. After all, your pay is principally what you go to work for. So you want to be informed: You want to be able to understand how your pay is calculated and the effect that entitlements and obligations have on your income. Our free eBook ‘A Guide to Irish Payroll’ will help you to understand the ins and outs of […]
Having bad posture is not just about looks – it also affects our daily lives. The way our body works, combined with poor posture, can lead to numerous health problems. Posture is more important than we think. Through our posture we can express many different feelings like tiredness, stress, fear, happiness and health. That’s why if we can change our posture we can also be happier and healthier. How is […]
Ulster Bank is the only bank in Ireland to have achieved the Business Working Responsibly Mark – the highest level of Corporate Social Responsibility accreditation in the Republic of Ireland. Jim Brown was one of five company CEOs to be presented with the award by Tanaiste Joan Burton at an event in Dublin Castle on 10 November. Receiving the award, Jim commented” “This Mark is a real tribute to our […]
Processing and administration of payroll is a necessary and vital function in any business with employees. In many businesses, it is the single biggest overhead. Employees have an expectation of being paid accurately for the hours they work in a timely manner. The rates of pay, normal hours of work and frequency of payment are usually set out in a contract of employment. Employers also have a statutory responsibility to […]
At the start of November, Nigel Walsh, Ulster Bank’s head of sectors and specialist sales joined 37 Irish companies on a five-day trade mission to China, a market of growing importance to Irish food producers. China represents a major prospect for the food and drink sector in Ireland – not least because of the sheer size of the market of over 1.3bn people. Ireland sees China as a key strategic […]
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Start-up Weekend is coming to Galway, 14th-16th November! Developers, designers and business development folks will come together to pitch an idea and launch a business, all in one weekend. It is a great opportunity to test start-up ideas, meet potential co-founders, build the community in Galway and launch your next start-up! 54 hours of activity will culminate in a round of presentations to the assembled judges, mentors, and other teams, […]
Start-up Weekend is coming to Galway, 14th-16th November! Developers, designers and business development folks will come together to pitch an idea and launch a business, all in one weekend. It is a great opportunity to test start-up ideas, meet potential co-founders, build the community in Galway and launch your next start-up!54 hours of activity will culminate in a round of presentations to the assembled judges, mentors, and other teams, leaving […]
The 3rd IDA/Ulster Bank “Meet Your Neighbours” Networking Event took place in Ulster Bank on George’s Quay on Thursday evening, 16th October 2014. The event was another huge success, driven by the strong attendance of c. 100 people from 50 different companies. The theme for the evening was “A Ghoulish Gathering” which added to the relaxed and somewhat festive atmosphere. There was a real buzz in the room as each […]
Twenty five years from now in 2039, annual reports may still be prepared, but probably in a very different way from they are today. Which businesses in Northern Ireland will still be around and sharing the news of their successes? Only those who are taking their sustainability seriously now and doing ‘good business’. Business in the Community is set to help organisations look further ahead than they may be accustomed […]
Why you should invest in Julie Cobbe and her Dragons’ Den-approved firm Stylefish? From trainee solicitor to Dragons’ Den victor, Julie Cobbe has been able to combine her two loves – fashion and teaching – into one formidable business idea: Stylefish. With a little help from Dragon and publishing maven Norah Casey, Julie’s fashion school, set up in 2009 has evolved into a credible brand and she has worked with […]