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Jobs Bulletin (#allaboutjobs)

This jobs 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 1.9m – People now in work, up 31,600 in Q2 2014 compared to Q2 2013 1.7% – Increase in employment in the last year 11.2% – Current […]

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Business Dress Code In Office

Every business establishment has a certain dress code in the office. The formality of a business’s dress code usually depends on whether or not the employees will face customers. The dress code may also have safety and health logic to it. Many employers make their policies known by providing an official dress code that employees have to sign during their orientation meetings. Some employers relay the information to their employees […]

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Startup Tools for Success

Job designation such as a “Startup Owner” may sound fantastic to many but actually it’s a 24/7 job that comes with  hectic situations and frustrations being caused by various reasons, which multiplies by 2x if you have an application as a product that helps users in some way. In this post we look at some startup tools that can help you on your way to success. One of the main […]

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Fraud Awareness: Cyber Security

Fraud techniques continue to evolve as criminals look for new ways to defraud their victims. Everyone is a potential target. Ulster Bank is committed to helping you safeguard your money and uses a wide range of fraud prevention and detection processes in the fight against financial crime. We also help our customers remain vigilant and to follow best practice in order to help safeguard their business. Cyber security Over the […]

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Start-up Story: QRVO

QRVO, Quick Response Voice Over, is a simple, innovative and effective Information Channel. Customers simple scan a QRVO code, using Smart Phone or Mobile device. There is no URL, no password and no delay. The content is provided nearly immediately. The content is introduced by a short voice introduction that enables a wide choice of information. The content can be a web link, a special offer, token directions, product, service […]

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Survey Finds Female Entrepreneurs Increasingly Refer Other Women-Led Business

Ulster Bank survey finds female entrepreneurs increasingly refer business to other women-led business. 25 September 2014 – A new survey has found that 76% of Irish female entrepreneurs would be more willing to refer business to other female-led businesses. The survey, conducted by Ulster Bank as part of its Business Women Can network, also found that 61% of respondents would be willing to mentor other female business owners. The findings […]

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Can You Really Afford Not To Tender?

With the market worth more than €12 billion on the island of Ireland, it makes good business sense to tender for public contracts. Despite this, only 14% of firms surveyed in the most recent InterTradeIreland Business Monitor had ever bid on a public tender. So what can you as a SME do to try and secure a share of this lucrative market and what changes do you need to know […]

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Start-up Story: TheTaste.ie

TheTaste.ie is a new online magazine dedicated to Ireland’s growing foodie culture. Our mission is find all of Ireland’s top foodie hotspots and share our journey with you. We will bring the latest news, reviews, offers & competitions to you on a daily basis. “If you love good food experiences, then TheTaste.ie is the place for you!” – Keith Mahon, TheTaste CEO. Where do we see it going Our mission […]

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How Your Start-up Should and Can Create a Distinctive Brand

So, you’re a start-up and green around the ears. But, what differentiates you from other start-ups? To the idle observer, it’s probably, very little at this stage. Branding can change that. Start-ups and small businesses often ignore branding, understanding it as something that should be left until later when the money starts rolling in. However, what happens if the money never rolls in? What happens if nobody cares enough about […]

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Essentials Of Small Business Confidence

How confident are you about your business right now? In this post we’ll be looking at the essentials of small business confidence. If you’re feeling optimistic, then you’re not alone. In fact according to a recent survey (1) , a whopping 80 per cent of SMEs in the UK have overall confidence in the way business is going right now. This good news was underlined last week with the equally […]

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How to Prevent Corporate Espionage

For a lot of organizations, intellectual property, trade secrets, and proprietary technology are the factors that provide them with their biggest competitive advantage. Regrettably, these factors are becoming increasingly vulnerable to misuse, which is why it is crucial that companies take adequate and appropriate measures to protect their vital information. In this post we look at how to prevent corporate espionage. What is Corporate Espionage? Corporate or industrial espionage is […]

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Why Learning Outcomes Need More Focus

Now that the focus has shifted from technique to outcome in the learning industry, it is time to put even more focus on the outcomes in order to affect a better result. The shift from technique to outcome was a long time coming and it places more emphasis on the ends rather than the means. If you’re unfamiliar with the functioning of an outcome-based learning program, here are the main […]

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How to Successfully Offer Coupons on Your Website

Whether you’ve been in business for a while and have been offering print-based coupons for some time, are a new business just getting off the ground or are a hybrid of the two interested in learning more about how to offer coupons on your website, there are numerous options. Keep reading to learn more about how to successfully offer coupons on your company’s website. Why Offer Coupons Online? It’s been […]

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Development Programmes & Financial Funding for Women in Business

Ensuring that Irish business women realise their full business potential is critical to Irish Economic prosperity and a major priority for Enterprise Ireland. Research internationally indicates that lack of role models, low self confidence, lack of technical expertise, lower levels of risk taking and limited access to appropriate networking opportunities continue to be the main challenges facing female entrepreneurs in 2014. Addressing the under representation of female-led businesses that start […]

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OPSH.com: Meet The Young Women Who Turned Blogging Into A Business

As most of you already know, we’re about to launch Opsh.com, a product that will revolutionise shopping forever. To mark the occasion, we commissioned an exclusive magazine that celebrates a group of remarkable young women who have used their passion for blogging to create four wildly successful international brands – presenting: the #FearlessFour. We started the #FearlessFour project with one goal: to recognise the unbelievable achievements of some of our […]

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How Can LinkedIn Help You Get A Job?

Founded in 2002, LinkedIn is a social networking platform that allows professionals from various fields and organizations to connect in a manner similar to facebook. Unlike the entertainment based nature of Facebook, LinkedIn is strictly used for professional purpose and is used to share important company information and are used by several organizations to look for potential employees. Several corporate moguls like Microsoft, EBay and Netflix have been known to […]

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7 Tips for Keeping Up with Your Growing Business

Your business is growing at a rapid and escalating rate – what’s wrong with that, you might ask? Well, nothing – provided you can keep up with it. However, like wildfire, if your business grows too fast too soon, it could end up burning out as a result. Growing a successful business is a long-distance race – you’ve got to learn to pace yourself in order to still have some […]

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Getting the Recognition YOU and YOUR Business Deserve

You may have seen several posts on Small Business Can about entering the upcoming Business Achievers Awards, which celebrate the spirit of excellence and innovation of our most successful entrepreneurs and businesses throughout Ireland (closing date 26th September). As a Business Women Can Ambassador, I have been engaging with women led organisations, encouraging them to enter the awards. I contacted 2 personal friends, one male and one female, who both […]

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