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Start-up Story: Marry Me Ireland

After fifteen years of being together, and a beautiful daughter, I had no intention of getting married. Marriage was to me an institution, archaic, outdated and not relevant to me. So when I was proposed to, on bended knee, in front of all our friends at a Christmas party – I felt myself nodding, but inside felt torn. Weddings represented the frou-frou, the formulaic, and I was anything but. So […]

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Networking Tips – Get Networking Or Miss Out!

Networking…..the word fills you with dread. You imagine walking into a room full of suits and heels. Feel like you are the only one in the room who just drove here with the petrol gauge on ‘E’. Everyone seems to know each other already. Your heart is beating, you’ve fixed a smile on your face. You get a coffee. Smile at the lady who is also getting a coffee. You […]

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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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SEO Optimization Tips – Please the Almighty Google

There is no denying that if you want your website to get noticed, you need to make Google happy. I’m not saying that Google is some pagan god who determines the fate of all websites, but it can defiantly feel like that at times. But, at the end of the day, Google and other search engines are a compilation of sophisticated algorithms with the purpose to provide the best user […]

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From Great Coaches, Come Champions

Sport for Business works with businesses from the biggest to the smallest finding ways to integrate the passion of sport into sales, marketing, business development, taken identification and retention. Sport for Business 20/20 for 2015 allowed sporting organisations to pitch programmes for 2015 to a receptive business audience drawn from the Sport for Business community.  Today we start a short series, in partnership with Small Business Can where we bring […]

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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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FREE Latin America Trade Forum Event in Dublin (22nd Oct 2014)

On Wednesday, 22nd October 2014 the Irish Exporters Association’s Latin America Trade Forum will host a business conference on Latin America and the untapped potential and business opportunities it provides for Irish & Ireland based businesses at the Royal College of Physicians at 6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2, Ireland. This will be a cross sector conference focusing on new opportunities within the Life Science (Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology), Financial, Legal, Hightech/IT, Agri Food, […]

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Ways to Improve Meetings

Become the fly on the wall at the Monday morning management meeting, and you will see the essence of any organisation. Research confirms our suspicions that most meetings are useless. Here are some simple tips to improve meetings and make them productive. In their 2012 survey, Wasting time at Work, revealed 47% of respondents rated “attending too many meetings” as their biggest time thief. Unproductive meetings Many of you […]

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€2 million, 3 Gateways, 6 Companies

Three research groups at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) have been recently awarded almost €2 million by Enterprise Ireland to deliver technology solutions for 6 companies. The funding will enable researchers in all three of the Institute’s Enterprise Ireland supported Technology Gateways to work with the companies in the areas of agri-food, ICT and biomedical devices. James O’Sullivan, Technology Transfer Manager at WIT said, “These are very large scale projects […]

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Best 5 Colors That Increase Productivity

Color is the single most powerful design element for improving aesthetic of a living space. The ideal color of the walls and ceiling can affect the dimensions of the space and its lighting as well as the mood of a person that spends a lot of time in it. Colors significantly affect the mood and the efficiency of your employees. Studies have shown that each color has different effects on […]

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4 Content Marketing Tips

Marketing has changed from being sales driven to focusing on earning the interest of the consumers by providing content that is helpful, relevant and informative. Because of this reason content marketing has been named the present and future of marketing. The millennial era has seen the introduction of a new type of customer, one that wishes to search for the best deal as opposed to being sold directly to. The […]

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Making a Great Ad for PPC Marketing

Businesses involved in PPC marketing and advertising are always looking for ways to increase their click through rates. Nevertheless, many do not realize that the first step to achieving this is to have a good ad. Without a good ad, your website will be performing below par in terms of traffic and conversions. Keywords and PPC Marketing The main aim of putting up ads is to get searchers to click […]

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Responsible Business Conference

Twenty five years from now in 2039, annual reports may still be prepared, but probably in a very different way from they are today. Which businesses in Northern Ireland will still be around and sharing the news of their successes? Only those who are taking their sustainability seriously now and doing ‘good business’. Business in the Community is set to help organisations look further ahead than they may be accustomed […]

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Vishing: Know the Voice of a Fraudster

Vishing or voice phishing is the technique used by the fraudster to gain access to personal and financial information over the telephone. Typically, the fraudster will telephone the victim and impersonate a member of Bank staff. As with all social engineering techniques, the fraudster prays on the human tendency to trust other people. He or she is looking for the vital piece of the jig- saw; those all important security […]

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Startup Story: Stylefish

Why you should invest in Julie Cobbe and her Dragons’ Den-approved firm Stylefish? From trainee solicitor to Dragons’ Den victor, Julie Cobbe has been able to combine her two loves – fashion and teaching – into one formidable business idea: Stylefish. With a little help from Dragon and publishing maven Norah Casey, Julie’s fashion school, set up in 2009 has evolved into a credible brand and she has worked with […]

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Why Your Small Business Needs a Blog

The number of small businesses that don’t blog is often quite astounding. If we had a penny for every time clients and potential clients told us that they ‘don’t have time to blog’, or ‘nobody will read it’, we’d be slightly better off. In this post we outline some of the reasons why your small business needs a blog. Every business can benefit from a blog – small, medium or […]

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5 Tips to Manage Your Workload and Help Ease Stress

Workload management – easier said than done, right? If you’re a small business owner, you probably juggle more tasks than you should and wish there were more hours in the day. While there’s always something you could be doing to improve your business, taking on too much yourself will leave you over-stressed and less productive as a result. Here are 5 ways to better manage your workload and reduce those […]

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Should You Move Out Of Your Home Office?

Many entrepreneurs begin their journey by growing their young business from home. There are numerous reasons why this may be the case: they may have no requirement for a dedicated office or they may be looking to minimise costs in any way possible. However, the vast majority of businesses will reach the inevitable stage when their home office is no longer suitable for their needs. It can be difficult to […]

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How to Get Your Idea to the Store Shelves?

It’s no secret that we live in a world that’s over-crowded. Creating something that will bring you a ton of money isn’t impossible, but it’s getting harder to get there than it used to be. If you’re thinking about starting something on your own for a while now, you’ve probably started noticing unconsciously a couple of repetitive news you hear all around you, like “a brand new millionaire”, “head-spinning success” […]

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What is Big Data, Exactly?

Today, the world is interconnected by Internet based applications and devices. People consume more data than ever. The amount of data generated and consumed by businesses, social networks and machines are multiplying every year. Data is no longer measured in megabytes. It is measured in petabytes these days. The exponential growth of data, its usage and applications has led the industry experts to start using the term big data. It […]

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