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The feedback so far; the Ulster Bank business website is a Ford

We asked and your responded. We are now close to 200 responses. We like to thank you and Ulster Bank decided (in the spirit of co-creation) to share some of the feedback so far. It has been very good and very constructive. If you want to add your feedback, you can do it here  What do you like best about the site  The overwhelming response was the homepage makes it […]

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Every week we feature companies that have been successful in accessing funding from Microfinance Ireland. Microfinance Ireland provides loans to small businesses and startups in every sector up to 25,000 Euro. If you are interested in funding, check out the website www.microfinanceireland.ie BK Fuels Brian Kirwan applied for a loan to Microfinance Ireland at the end of 2013. Solid fuels BK Fuels is a wholesaler and retailer in solid fuels, […]

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Vanguard beer collective; The Beer Borg?

Every week we feature companies that have been successful in accessing funding from Microfinance Ireland. Microfinance Ireland provides loans to small businesses and startups in every sector up to 25,000 Euro. If you are interested in funding, check out the website www.microfinanceireland.ie Vanguard Beer Collective Vanguard Beer Collective applied in early 2014 for a loan. We are glad they did, here’s why: One stop shop for craft beer Vanguard Beer […]

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The awesome Rocket Man Food Company

Every week we feature companies that have been successful in accessing funding from Microfinance Ireland. Microfinance Ireland provides loans to small businesses and startups in every sector up to 25,000 Euro. If you are interested in funding, check out the website www.microfinanceireland.ie.  The Rocket Man applied for a loan halfway through 2014. Here’s why they got it: Passion for food, cooking and good ingredients Rocket Man Food Co. began in […]

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Win Tickets to Ireland v France Rugby Match

When we started Smallbusinesscan, we always had a vision of a platform that not only helps entrepreneurs help other entrepreneurs, but also informs some of the thinking of Ulster Bank. In the early days we trained staff, we did it with Business Women Can, we helped with the development of some of the products, etc., but the engagement between Ulster Bank and the Can Clan was always limited. We want […]

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The profiles of the Ulster finalist of the business achievers

Find below the profiles of the the business achievers Ulster finals. They now go for the big prizes at the final on 4 December. Which one is your favourite? Tweet us @smallBC, #businessachievers Business Start Up: Arklu (Donegal) Arklu is a children’s entertainment company, specialising in dolls. Having launched their doll brand Lottie in August 2012 they are now selling in 30 countries via a network of 16 distribution partners. The character […]

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The profiles of the Connacht finalist of the business achievers

Find below the profiles of the the business achievers Connacht finals. They now go for the big prizes at the final on 4 December. Which one is your favourite? Tweet us @smallBC, #businessachievers Woman Led Business Award – PMM PMM Group is a professional merchandising and marketing service company, with a full range of retail services. The company employs and manages over 200 fully trained and supervised merchandisers nationwide. PMM merchandisers […]

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The profiles of the Munster finalist of the business achievers

Find below the profiles of the the business achievers Munster finals. They now go for the big prizes at the final on 4 December. Which one is your favourite? Tweet us @smallBC, #businessachievers 1. Woman Led Business Award – TVM TVM is a leading outside broadcasting facilities provider based in Fermoy, Co. Cork. Using the most advanced technology and highly skilled personnel, TVM enables programme makers to consistently deliver top quality […]

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Ulster’s top firms crowned in 2014 Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards

Nine high achieving Ulster companies have been awarded in this year’s Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards, which saw a record year for entries. The category winners were selected from almost 200 entries from across Ulster and were presented with prizes in the provincial stage of the awards, which are run in association with Invest Northern Ireland, InterTradeIreland, the Belfast Telegraph and SmallBusinessCan.com Seven firms from across Northern Ireland and one […]

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EIGHT MUNSTER COMPANIES CELEBRATE BUSINESS AWARDS

Eight leading Munster based companies celebrated success at the Munster final of the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards, which took place on 22nd October at The Silver Spring Hotel, Cork. The eight winners will now progress to the national final in December to compete with winners from Connacht, Leinster and Ulster. A total of 627 companies entered this year’s business awards – the highest number ever, including 110 Munster businesses. […]

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The profiles of the Leinster finalist of the business achievers

Find below the profiles of the the business achievers Leinster finals. They now go for the big prizes at the final on 4 December. Which one is your favourite? Tweet us @smallBC, #businessachievers Established SME Award Atlas Travel Services Atlas Travel is an independent travel company specializing in corporate travel management. Established in 1967, it has a large client base across a broad spectrum of businesses and offers smarter travel […]

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EIGHT CONNACHT COMPANIES CELEBRATE BUSINESS AWARDS

Eight leading Connacht based companies celebrated success at the Connacht final of the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards, which took place on 21st October at The Clayton Hotel, Galway. The eight winners will now progress to the national final in December to compete with winners from Munster, Leinster and Ulster. A total of 627 companies entered this year’s Awards – the highest number ever, including 62 Connacht businesses. The Ulster […]

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EIGHT LEINSTER COMPANIES CELEBRATE BUSINESS AWARDS

Eight leading Leinster based companies celebrated success at the Leinster final of the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards, which took place on 20th October at Croke Park, Dublin. The eight winners will now progress to the national final in December to compete with winners from Munster, Connacht and Ulster. A total of 627 companies entered this year’s Awards – the highest number ever, including 274 Leinster businesses. The Ulster Bank […]

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110 Events, 26 Premieres, 18 Countries, 17 Days – One World Class Festival

The Big Big Sing – was just one of the 110 events from 18 countries that is filling venues all over the city of Belfast as part of this year’s event. The 2014 Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s has opened the doors for an in total 17 day, city-wide celebration of the arts.  With a total of 26 Premières, the Festival officially commenced on the 16th October with the […]

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Cyber Security: Do You Know Who You Are Dealing With?

Who are you buying from? It’s pretty scary stuff. In 2013 it cost Irish consumers 25.7 million. The tools of the trade Phishing, scamming, identity theft, hacking, spyware, bogus invoices or just goods not being delivered. Where do you go for reassurance – for validation? Where in Ireland do you go to check out that the company you are dealing with is real? Dun and Bradstreet? Company Registration Office? Google? […]

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A 7.1 Trillion Opportunity for Irish Start ups

 Tyndall National Institute and Waterford Institute of Technology’s Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG), have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to exploit the market potential of the Internet of Things (IoT) and seek to draw down €82 million of funding available under EU’s Horizon 2020 programme. The MoU will formalise a partnership between the research institutions, which combines Tyndall and TSSG’s industry leading expertise in hardware and software […]

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Weathering the storm, lessons for SMEs

The President of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland (CPA Ireland), Mr Cormac Fitzgerald has called on the Government to take steps to cut rising costs that are threatening competitiveness and the viability of businesses surviving on the thinnest of margins. Addressing the CPA Annual President’s Dinner in Trinity College , which was attended by the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton TD and the county […]

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Social Entrepreneurs at The Summit

The Summit Dublin is partnering with the US Embassy in Dublin to offer Irish social enterprise organisations and charities the chance to tell their story and speak to the 20,000 tech leaders assembled this year at The Summit Dublin, the biggest event of its kind in Europe, taking place November 4th – 6th, 2014. If your registration is successful, you will be asked to attend a two day workshop and […]

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Recognition, recruitment and morale boost, support and growth

This is what some of the winners got from the Business Achievers. This could be you this year. Mash Direct Mrs Hamilton said that the accolade has helped the firm gain recognition all over Ireland. “The networking opportunities provided by taking part in the competition have been very advantageous,” she said. “We are now a recognised brand and it is a fantastic accolade for the whole team. “We’re experiencing big […]

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Calling All Entrepreneurs – Propel Your Business Idea to Global Success

Invest Northern Ireland is calling on all Northern Ireland based entrepreneurs with an innovative, export-focused business idea to propel themselves forward and sign up for the Propel Programme information seminars taking place in five locations across Northern Ireland next week. The seminar will give guests detailed information and inspirational insight from people that have benefited from this programme, which helps turn local businesses into the global success stories. The Invest […]

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