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5 Common Website Design Mistakes to Avoid

Websites. Every business who looks to stay in business has a website. In this day and age, having a business without a website means (quite literally) that your business is a virtual tumbleweed. As with anything, though, there are a few do’s and don’ts when it comes to websites. One […]

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Interest Rate Cut on the Way for Small Businesses

Small business loans are set to become more affordable, thanks to an interest rate cut announced by Microfinance Ireland in Dublin today (June 17th 2016). Microfinance Ireland, the government funded not-for-profit lender to micro-enterprises, will reduce its lending rate by 1% for all new lending from July 1st 2016. Furthermore, […]

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20 Questions to Ask a Franchisor

The Irish Franchise Associations have published 20 questions you should ask a Franchisor before you make the decision to buy into a franchise – reproduced here, with kind permission of the Irish Franchise Association. If you are considering joining a franchise you will need to carry out due diligence before […]

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You Could Grow Your Business Through Franchising

Ulster Bank has many years experience of working with Franchises in the Irish market. This second article on Franchising explores the concept of growing your established business through Franchising. Business Take-Stock You’ve built up a business, its now profitable, generating an income, employing some people – you’ve successfully come through […]

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88% of Companies Across the Island are Stable or Growing

The latest quarterly Business Monitor Report (January to March 2016) has highlighted an overall continuing solid picture of recovery with 88% of businesses on the island reporting growth; however the disparity between domestic market traders and those engaging in export is increasing. North-South trend reversal The research indicates that there […]

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5 Reasons to Bring Your Business into the Cloud

Enterprises are forecast to have 58 percent of their compute and data storage in the cloud in 10 years, compared with 28 percent currently according to a report covered in eweek.com. The adoption of the cloud has exceeded expectations and along with it comes a host of wonderful benefits to any size of business. […]

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7 Common Habits of Great Leaders

A leader is defined as someone who inspires, commands, and guides others. Not everyone is cut out to lead, and a lot of responsibility and work that goes into any type of leadership role. There are many skills and habits you have to possess in order to be effective in […]

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