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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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New Loan Support Welcomed for Ireland’s Small Business Community   

The network of Local Enterprise Offices is teaming up with Microfinance Ireland, to launch a new type of loan support aimed at Ireland’s small business community. The ‘LEO Microfinance’ loan was launched in Cork with small business loans on offer, of between €2,000 and €25,000, at a reduced rate of interest. Benefitting from advice and support during the application stage, start-ups and small businesses can now apply directly to any […]

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Curtain Up For Cultural Tourism

ULSTER BANK BELFAST FESTIVAL AT QUEEN’S HIGHLIGHTS THE ROLE OF ARTS AND CULTURE AS A DRIVING FORCE FOR NORTHERN IRELAND TOURISM Susan McCleary, Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s and Susie McCullough, Northern Ireland Tourist Board have launched the Festival’s 2014 ‘Postcard Campaign’ shining a spotlight on the vital role of the arts for tourism in Northern Ireland. The Festival “Postcards” will target tourists from all over Ireland and GB […]

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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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