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Jobs Bulletin April

This Bulletin is part of the Government’s Year for Jobs Campaign, aimed at increasing awareness of what is being done in Ireland to create jobs & tackle unemployment. On Twitter, follow @yearforjobs or hashtag any of your announcements with #allaboutjobs Useful statistics 1.91million People now in work, an increase of 61,000 (3.3%) in Q4 2013 compared to Q4 2012 3.3% Increase in employment rate in the last year 11.8% Current […]

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Inside or outside for dairy cows?

Local dairy farmers in Northern Ireland got an insight into the pros and cons of running confined systems for dairy cows at an event at Loughry College last week. Organised by Ulster Bank it brought together research, on farm performance, cow fertility and the finance needed to fund intensive systems. Moving to full or partial housing systems Opening the event, Ulster Bank’s agricultural manager, Cormac McKervey, told the audience that […]

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Ulster Bank continues support for women in business

Ulster Bank has the products, financial and supports ready to support business women. That was the message to female business leaders and entrepreneurs at an Ulster Bank Business Women Can event in Belfast on Friday. The Bank’s hugely successful Business Women Can programme provides online and local support, which aims to offer help and understanding on the specific challenges to women starting, running or managing businesses. Kate Marshall, Chairperson of Women In […]

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Fraud – Know the risks and keep your business secure

The Ulster Bank Fraud Tour is visiting Georges Quay in Dublin Ever changing technology means that fraudsters are always finding new ways to exploit your business. Everyone is a potential target! Protect your interests by understanding the threats and taking measures to counteract them. Ulster Bank is committed to helping you protect your money. We would like to invite you to a free Fraud Prevention information seminar : Wednesday 2nd of […]

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Government Bulletin #allaboutjobs

This Bulletin is part of the Government’s Year for Jobs Campaign, aimed at increasing awareness of what is being done in Ireland to create jobs & tackle unemployment. On Twitter,  follow @yearforjobs or hashtag any of your announcements with #allaboutjobs. Useful Statistics 1.91million People now in work, an increase of 61,000 (3.3%) in Q4 2013 compared to Q4 2012 3.3% Increase in employment rate in the last year 11.9% Current […]

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Ulster Bank and Lily O’Brien’s Inspire Success

Lily O’Brien’s founder Mary Ann O’Brien told an Ulster Bank Business Women Can audience last night (27th March) that a recent investment deal, backed by Ulster Bank, would potentially double the size of the business, based in Newbridge, Co. Kildare. Lily O’Brien’s has been a customer of Ulster Bank for over 20 years. In January 2014 Carlyle Cardinal Ireland, the Irish private equity fund founded by the Carlyle Group and Cardinal […]

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Two awesome events

Being one of the founders does have it perks. You get invited to lots of events. I have been very lucky in the last 24 hours and was at two event that were awesome. Female propelllors The first was the pleasure of watching the pitches of the female propellors at the Ryan academy. Absolutely the best pitches I have seen in a long time. All twelve of them. Gluten free […]

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Young Farmers focus group session

Young farmers from across Ireland gathered in Kilkenny for an Ulster Bank* organised Young Farmer focus group session which explored the opportunities and challenges arising from the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform and Food Harvest 2020.  The event opened with a panel discussion moderated by Pat O’Keeffe from the Irish Farmers Journal, and the panellists included Fintan Phelan, Teagasc; Paul Tully, Pig Farmer; Sean Cummins, Dairy Farmer; John Fagan, Sheep […]

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Simon Barry, Ulster Bank’s cheerful economist

Simon is the chief economist of Ulster Bank. Economist are not the most positive bunch of people. Simon Barry is different. We had the pleasure on watching Simon speak at a number of the “A head for business” events, where he spends 10 minutes on 10 reasons why we should be optimistic about the economy. Here is Simon talking about 2 key reasons why we should be cheerful:  

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The longest business success tips list ever?

As part of the “A head for business” events across the island of Ireland, we asked people to submit their number one business tip for success and growth. It is a very long list. A few tips came back on a regular basis. Work hard. Passion. Do your research. Self belief. Customer focus. Go online. Thanks to all that participated. There are some real gems. Here is the full list. […]

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Support for businesses affected by the weather

Ulster Bank has announced a support package worth €12m for Repubic and £ 10m for Nothern Ireland, for businesses adversely affected by the recent extreme weather. The scheme will assist new and existing Ulster Bank customers to meet short-term cash commitments that have arisen as a result of weather conditions, such as repairs and managing their working capital. The fund is intended to provide some relief for businesses working back […]

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Significant amount of farmland flooded, as rivers are closely monitored

From our friends in Agriland: A significant amount of farmland across Ireland is currently under water, particularly land close to rivers, as all the main river levels are being closely monitored. This is according to Sean Hogan, chairman of the National Emergency Co-ordination Centre, which met today in Agriculture House on Kildare St in Dublin this afternoon. Briefing the media he said: “The group met this morning to access the impact of the […]

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Whoo hoo for women entrepreneurs

From Forbes.com (who have some cracking articles about female entrepreneurship): While women in the upper echelons of corporate America are singing the same old  tune, “Still No Progress After Years of No Progress,” female entrepreneurs have something to rejoice about. The number of $10-million-plus women-owned firms increased by 57% — a growth rate nearly 50% more than $10-million-plus firms overall, according to Growing Under the Radar: An Exploration of the Achievement of Million-Dollar […]

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Potential to “double” Chinese beef imports over next five years

Over the last decade, income per capita in China has risen rapidly, creating a burgeoning middle class.  As disposable income increases, the dietary habits of consumers also tend to shift in turn to incorporate a higher level of protein consumption. In China, pork remains the stable protein, the pricing of which is heavily monitored by Chinese authorities to ensure that the country’s lowest demographics can avail of meat. As a […]

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