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The Irish Recovery: Stronger and More Broadly Based

The Irish recovery is strengthening: following a stronger-than-expected Q1 performance, we have upgraded our growth forecasts and now expect real GDP growth of 3.1% this year vs. 2% previously Just as significantly, the recovery is also becoming more broadly based: 2014 will mark the first year since 2007 that exports, consumer spending and investment will all be growing together – an important sign that the recovery is looking more sustainable [...]

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Belfast Business to Gain from Belfast Hour

Law firm Edwards & Co Solicitors has launched a new initiative to develop links and communication among entrepreneurs and small businesses in Belfast. Based on Twitter, the project is increasing rapidly in terms of popularity with over 1,000 followers and is causing a stir among SMEs in Belfast. With over 350 businesses taking part in this initiative every week, Belfast hour is a Twitter-based forum, on which businesses and individuals [...]

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Ireland’s First Dedicated Hardware Hackathon Weekend

Calling all makers, entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, creators, innovators and developers from across Ireland to join us for a weekend dedicated to developing ideas and hacking hardware. Our goal is to bring the hardware and software community in Ireland and come up with cool ideas around the Internet of Things. We will keep you fed, watered, entertained and will provide an INCREDIBLE list of resources (Intel Galileo boards, Arduino and Rasberry Pi [...]

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Social Media Guide

We have just launched our second guide. You can download our social media guide here. Social marketing There is no escape. Online media and social media should be an integral part of your overall marketing and sales approach. It is not social media, it is social marketing. Target market, sales and positioning To understand how to apply and use online media, you need to understand your target market, your positioning [...]

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Business support; smallbusinessadvice.ie

Smallbusinessadvice was started around the same time as Smallbusinesscan. Based on the same principle. Business people helping business people. A panel of business experts volunteering their time to give practical advice to small businesses. Your business can benefit by applying for a mentoring session, where business experts will give solid, practical advice on how to face new market challenges. smallbusinessadvice.ie is a free, confidential and voluntary programme designed specifically to help [...]

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Jobs Bulletin 4 July (#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  1.89million People now in work, an increase of 42,700 (2.3 %) in the year to Q1 2014 compared to Q1 2013 2.3% Increase in employment in the last year 11.6% [...]

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Meet the neighbours, IDA and Ulster Bank

The 2nd Ulster Bank/IDA “Meet Your Neighbours” Networking Event took place in George’s Quay last week. The event was a huge success, driven by the strong attendance of c. 100 people, fantastic food and gorgeous weather. This is an IDA initiative, which Ulster Bank was delighted to host on one of the warmest days of the year so far. IDA The IDA has successfully supported a large number of companies [...]

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Social entrepreneurs and business achievers, part 2

We had the pleasure of judging the pitches for the Social Enterpreneurs programme. After an open call for applications in March of this year,  217 social entrepreneurs seeked support from the Awards Programme. As a member of our External Review Team, and following the completion of this year’s Social Entrepreneurs Bootcamp, we helped us to whittle that number down to 20. 8 for the Impact programme, 12 for the Elevator [...]

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Jobs Bulletin 27 June (#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 1.89million People now in work, an increase of 42,700 (2.3 %) in the year to Q1 2014 compared to Q1 2013 2.3% Increase in employment in the last [...]

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Business Support; LEOs

It would be remiss of us not to mention the largest business support organisation in Ireland; the LEOs. Local Enterprise Offices. They used to be called Enterprise Boards. Local Enterprise Office provides advice, information and support to you in starting up or growing your business. With 31 dedicated teams across the Local Authority network in Ireland, Local Enterprise Offices offer you a wide range of experience,skills and services. The Local Enterprise [...]

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Social Entrepreneurs and Business Achievers

We had the pleasure of judging the pitches for the Social Enterpreneurs programme. After an open call for applications in March of this year,  217 social entrepreneurs seeked support from the Awards Programme. As a member of our External Review Team, and following the completion of this year’s Social Entrepreneurs Bootcamp, we helped us to whittle that number down to 20. 8 for the Impact programme, 12 for the Elevator [...]

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The Changing Environment of Women in Business

Our Fiona Kingston was in Accountancy Plus this week. Here is her article: Women start ups Every year, more and more women take the step of starting their own business. Women are also taking up senior roles in established small and medium enterprises. Research emphasises that access to training and a supportive structure are key elements in successful enterprise supports for women. The three most commonly cited causes of female [...]

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Strategy, story telling and the art of the long view

I was preparing for a talk for the PLATO network. Titled “Strategy, story telling and the art of the long view” Alternative MBA in a day At the same time we are preparing for an Alternative MBA in a day for Bookbuzz. Imagine a pop up campus, green berets, boot camp and Hogwarts. With the latest business thinking summarised and put into context and contrast.. As a residential in lovely [...]

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Linked Finance; Curious Wines expands

Michael Kane is a friend of Smallbusinesscan. He and his brother are looking to raise 30K through Linked Finance. They are already at 75%. You should have a look. Cork wine company Curious Wines run by brothers Mike Kane and Matt Kane, one of the first wine companies in Ireland to use the web and social media to get business, are innovating again. The brothers are expanding their business by [...]

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First Online Skill Hub Goes Live

Skillexchangeni.org The UK’s first online skills hub, www.skillexchangeni.org, went live following a successful pilot in Ballymena. Skill Exchange NI is the UK’s first ‘joined-up’ regional employer-to-employer network aimed at sharing skill and expertise through a Not for Profit programme. Employers of any size and sector, free of charge, can connect directly with a range of experienced professionals in a variety of local, regional and national industries and organisations. The pilot, [...]

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Social entrepreneurs; THE SAOIRSE FOUNDATION

We had the pleasure and honour to judge the application for the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Awards. Met Tony Heffernan there. This is his story and initiative: The Saoirse Foundation is a registered non-profit children’s charity which, when originally established in March 2010, by Mary & Tony Heffernan, was initially dedicated to just Batten Disease under the Bee for Battens banner. The organisation is named after their daughter, Saoirse, who suffered from this ultra-rare and [...]

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Business support; Microfinance Ireland

Crowd funding I was at the Innovation 2.0 conference and at the entrepreneur’s day as part of the world conference on entrepreneurship. Two great conferences. There was a common theme (Drucker has always said that entepreneurship and innovation are two sides of the same coin) and that was crowd funding. In Ireland we have Linked Finance, Fundit, nTrai, iFund, Moneycrowd and Cofunder. I am sure that I forgetting some and [...]

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Two-Thirds of Charities Have Taken Steps to Increase Transparency & Strengthen Goverance, Conference Hears

“Survey reveals services under threat as donations fall and need soars” 15 May 2014 – Two-thirds of Irish charities have taken steps in the past six months to increase transparency and strengthen their governance, a conference at Croke Park heard today. The Wheel’s National Conference for the Charity Sector also heard that a survey of 295 charities conducted in April shows that the recent negative publicity surrounding the CRC and [...]

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Marketing, Animals, Colours and Break-Even: A Free Guide

MBA in a day I was at an MBA in a day event a few weeks ago. A full update of the thinking by all the guru’s, against 4 key topics: 1. leadership 2. organisation 3. strategy 4. execution. Kotler was mentioned. The father of the 4Ps (for those designing a pub quiz; Kotler did not invent the 4Ps, E. Jerome McCarthy did). Free guide We wrote a guide about marketing, [...]

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Fraud – Know the risks and keep your business secure

The Ulster Bank Fraud Tour is visiting a town near you. 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. Dates and times of the upcoming [...]

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