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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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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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A Big Deal For Your Business

Are you getting fed up hearing about the Business Achievers Awards (BAA)? Well, we’re not apologizing for making a big deal of it. Because it could be a big deal for you and your business. 1. Business competitions help you raise money Winning a category in BAA or other prestigious competitions is a very strong validation for the winners when it comes to grants or finance applications. All the state […]

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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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How to Get the Most Out of Your Business Adviser

Every now and then, an aspect of your business will pop up that you might not be the most qualified person for the job. In these cases, rather than hiring a full time employee to take care of these sporadic to minimally recurring instances, it’s more cost-effective and efficient to speak with a business adviser. A business adviser is simply an expert in a specific industry that can lend a […]

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Successful Business from the Start: Myth or Reality?

Is there such a thing as a successful business from the start? Having a successful business is much more than having good luck, and if you plan on sitting idly while waiting for customers to come by; you’re in big trouble. A business requires a lot of smaller things to function in perfect sync, if you plan on everything going smoothly, and if you plan on expanding as soon as […]

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Quality Design: Manufacturing Collaboration for Impressive Teamwork

If you are a believer in the philosophy that many hands make light work, teamwork should be right up there on your list of priorities. Collaboration is often a successful ingredient in getting results within your business and this will the show itself in producing better results through impressive teamwork. Here is a look at some of the ways that you can boost the quality aspect of your manufacturing process […]

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Small Business Guide to VAT and Payment Problems

As we all have to pay VAT on services and goods, businesses do too. It’s a part of business tax we have to pay to HMRC – if we don’t, we will receive penalties and fines. It’s the business owner’s responsibility to pay VAT payments when they fall due, however sometimes this tax can be left until last if suppliers, contractors, employees etc, haven’t been paid.  If the business is struggling […]

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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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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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Linked Finance; Solaris Tea

Solaris Tea ( was set up in 2003. Based in Unit3 Ballybane Enterprise Centre, Castlepark Road, Galway, Solaris specialises in the blending and preparation of International Award winning Whole-Leaf Organic Teas. They are looking for € 25,000 to finance their expansion plans The idea The idea was conceived whilst Karin, my now wife, and I were studying a degree course in herbal medicine. We then tried some local cafes and herbal shops […]

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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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Business Trip Money-Saving Tips

If you are a sole-trader, new start-up or SME, then a pivotal business trip could be something of a make or break moment in your company’s life. Making the trip could potentially secure a landmark deal for the business, but it could also drain a significant amount of resources that could jeopardise its future. Whilst there is the technology available to correspond via the internet, it may be necessary to […]

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Great Ways For Small Business Owners To Gain Confidence

While there are several things that small business owners can do to increase the likelihood that their companies will be successful, gaining confidence can be particularly effective. If you are a small business owner and are attempting to gain confidence in your own abilities or the importance and efficacy of the goods and services you’re selling, the following strategies can help you gain the sense of certitude you’re looking for: […]

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Business Travellers Guide to Canary Wharf

A thriving commercial centre, Canary Wharf is comprised of over 16 million square feet of commercially leased space. Canary Wharf takes its name from the Canary Wharf Group, a large British property development firm and is a hot spot for business travellers. The Wharf is located within Tower Hamlets, London, in the West India Docks. Apart from the City of London, Canary Wharf is one of the two major financial […]

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5 ways to minimise employee stress and maximise performance

Your employees are your greatest asset. Staff can positively reflect the company and contribute to your company‘s competitive advantage. However, this only applies if your employees perform at their best. Recruiting the best people for your company is not enough. You need to keep staff happy so they can reach their potential, however, this is easier said than done. Excessive stress can take a toll on your team’s productivity and […]

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Money Problems: Six Important Tips to Get Out of Debt the Right Way

When thinking of getting out of debt, many people freeze. This urgently-needed chore threatens as something insurmountable and laborious. However, the truth is that everyone should and anyone can be debt-free by taking a proper debt assessment of their situation. Utah debt collectors is another way to help avoid bankruptcy court. In our article post below, we examine the quickest and best way to get out of debt. Let us […]

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International Business Women Conference

The International Business Women Conference started today with a flourish. Held in an excellent venue, showcasing great speakers and presenting a wonderful opportunity to meet exciting new people, the opening night of the conference drew together many capable women from all business sectors – all motivated to generate and perpetuate change within our economy. #creatinganeweconomy The evening began at The Mac with networking opportunities over canapés and wine. A backdrop […]

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20 Years of Achievement

Ulster Bank is calling on SMEs across the island of Ireland to enter the 20th Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards. The awards are open to businesses across all sectors and entries are submitted via Ulster Bank’s Business Achievers Awards website – Speaking about the awards, chairperson of the national judging panel, founder of Lily O’Brien’s and the Jack and Jill Foundation, Senator MaryAnn O’Brien, said: “I am delighted to […]

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