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Dose of Reality

We’ve tens of thousands of small businesses on this island. Some grow. Too many don’t. We can blame the government…the banks… the small domestic market…. Europe… We also have to look into our hearts, perhaps, to figure out why. If your business is struggling, here’s some hard questions about business […]

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20 Years of Achievement

Ulster Bank is calling on SMEs across the island of Ireland to enter the 20th Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards. The awards are open to businesses across all sectors and entries are submitted via Ulster Bank’s Business Achievers Awards website – Speaking about the awards, chairperson of the national […]

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Plan to Achieve

The launch of the Business Achievers Awards last week dovetails nicely with our own pumping up of the need for business planning and our promotion of a new Business Planning Tool. The Business Achievers Awards competition is in its 20th year and is probably one of the biggest and most […]

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Strategy equals growth

We’ve said it before: We have a strategy deficit on this island. Indigenous businesses do not grow, because of the lack of strategy. Look at the proof; count the number of truly international household names we have? We can’t blame the recession because they didn’t grow during the boom years […]

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Bert and Ernie do la, la, la

Its been a tough week with even more austerity being planned in both Ireland and the UK. We thought we would post someting innocent from happier times.. to cheer us all up. Here’s an idea; when you read the budget summaries, have Bert and Ernie playing in the background!

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UK faces up to austerity

The UK Coalition government has reached the halfway point in its term of office. When the Chancellor announced his master plan in the summer of 2010, he must have hoped that the worst of the fiscal pain would be behind him by now. Economic growth was supposed to be just […]

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Budget 2013 – Summary

The target of the Irish Budget 2012 was to get at least €3.5 billion in savings in a combination of cuts to spending and in increased taxation. Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, opened his speech by saying the government wanted to give the small to medium enterprise sector a ‘helping […]

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Business achievers online application

The Business achievers awards are one of the premier all island business competitions. If you’re thinking of entering the Ulster Bank Business achievers awards, have a read of this. We also hope that you find the online entry process to be straightforward enough. And if you do enter business achievers, […]

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Setting the stage for women led businesses

Last Thursday we had ‘a bit of a do’ to launch our new initiative with Ulster Bank to support more women entrepreneurs called Business Women Can. Now we’re starting to promote it. Yes, we see the irony of ‘publicising’ during the mid term break when many business women are under even more pressure juggling […]

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Calling on all business achievers

You can Register Your Interest in entering the Ulster Bank Business Achievers NOW: Before everyone else. All embracing competition We’ve been working closely with a team in Ulster Bank on its Business Achievers Awards programme. This follows research we carried out on Small Business Can last year where 97% of […]

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If it’s worth doing, do it right

We’re a website. We have to do a Top Tips! Here’s our take on how you should approach entering business competitions and filling in the forms. Sorry if this appears a bit didatic. But last year some of the smallbusinesscan team were on judging panels; this blog is based on […]

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Getting paid on time

For any business these days, it’s a familiar scenario: You win the business, submit the invoice, wait 30 days and then – nothing. Your staff and creditors expect to get paid on time, so is there anything you can do?  Here’s a methodology that may help you speed up delivery […]

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