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Supports for Start Ups, Emerging and Growing Businesses

Over the last 7 years, Smallbusinesscan has tried to provide a grounded, grassroots, community based support for businesspeople in Ireland, North and South. You’ve rallied to the cause of helping each other through those troubling times. But the times are changing. You’re leading us out of recession. You’re talking and doing growth. Smallbusinesscan needs to keep up so we’re growing with you and trying to put in even more supports […]

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How Can You Spot an Obstructive Colleague at Work?

In the office, it’s likely that most people will get on with their jobs and with each other. This will make for a great working environment, but there might be an obstructive colleague or two undermining that sense of harmony. Known as the ‘workplace can’t’, they are seen as obstructive, unreasonable and downright rude to their colleagues for so many reasons, fathomable and unfathomable. Although these people are thankfully rare […]

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How to Get Your YouTube Videos Noticed

YouTube is the most successful video sharing site today with staggering 33 million unique viewers in the UK alone (that’s about half the population). It’s not surprising then that YouTube is a hugely competitive market place that many brands are still struggling to exploit. In this post I’ll gove you a few pointers on how to get your YouTube videos noticed. One of the main problems brands face with YouTube […]

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Preparing for Mobile eCommerce: How to Take Advantage of the Coming Boom

Ecommerce has come on in leaps and bounds in recent years. Desktop sites have been at the forefront of this wave, which has seen over 10% of all retail spending take place on the net. However, with the growth in popularity of shopping with both smartphones and tablets, an increasing number of businesses are seeking to develop mobile shops. Mobile ecommerce is already in place for some of the world’s […]

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Start-Up Story: Darlington Consulting

While I admit I am not trying to save the world, I am trying my best to save workers in Ireland from being injured or killed – I am one of those often misunderstood health and safety consultants – (sometimes called insultants). I partner with my customers big and small, commercial and not for profit to achieve one main aim – to allow their staff to work at whatever it […]

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A Rocky Road Lies Ahead For Stg in Q2 2014!

Looking back at my post of January 8th this year – Where will Stg trade in Q1 2014? My first thoughts are I could repost my conclusions and they would be equally valid for Q2 2014. However back then I was talking for the most part about Stg strength, a series of strong data releases over the autumn months had convinced me that Stg would eventually test .8000 against the […]

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Jobs Bulletin April

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 1.91million People now in work, an increase of 61,000 (3.3%) in Q4 2013 compared to Q4 2012 3.3% Increase in employment rate in the last year 11.8% Current […]

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Dropshipping – A Sustainable Approach to E-commerce?

More and more online businesses today are drawn to the dropship model over traditional warehousing. What they do is partner up with other businesses (usually wholesale suppliers), buy the items from them, and have those items shipped directly to their customers. The key difference is that the retailing buys the product AFTER the sale is made. This retail method is currently preferred by a lot of business owners from across […]

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Seedcorn Investor Readiness Competition

The InterTradeIreland Seedcorn Investor Readiness Competition is now open for applications and we are calling new start and early-stage firms from all sectors across the island to enter. As the biggest business competition on the island, Seedcorn offers a substantial total cash prize fund of €280,000 and aims to transform equity raising businesses into first class investor-ready companies. Why enter the Seedcorn competition? As well as the significant cash prize […]

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Is Your Online Image Sending the Wrong Message?

As a small business owner you’ve established the need for a live website that displays your need-to-know business information. However in today’s digital age, consumers are looking for more than just basic insight, they want to connect with a brand and give their business to those companies that take the time to make them feel important, special and heard. Despite your efforts to develop a brand image, some of your […]

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Consumer Psychology and E-Commerce Checkouts

It is increasingly difficult for new brands to forge a successful business venture online with the vast competitive e-commerce landscape to negotiate. There are millions of businesses online vying for consumer’s attention and their valued purchases. For those who do succeed at securing regular healthy traffic levels (usually due to heavy investment within online marketing services) this doesn’t necessarily lead to guaranteed sales. The modern day online consumer is difficult […]

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Use Your Skills To Start a Home Business

Imagine going to sleep with the knowledge that you will never have to wake up hearing your alarm clock again. Think about never battling rush hour traffic. Ponder the good parenting feelings of being home when your children come in the door after school. All that is starting to sound pretty good, isn’t it? More and more people are considering a big change in life, that of leaving the traditional […]

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Fraud – Know the risks and keep your business secure

The Ulster Bank Fraud Tour is visiting Georges Quay in Dublin Ever changing technology means that fraudsters are always finding new ways to exploit your business. Everyone is a potential target! Protect your interests by understanding the threats and taking measures to counteract them. Ulster Bank is committed to helping you protect your money. We would like to invite you to a free Fraud Prevention information seminar : Wednesday 2nd of […]

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Government Bulletin #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 1.91million People now in work, an increase of 61,000 (3.3%) in Q4 2013 compared to Q4 2012 3.3% Increase in employment rate in the last year 11.9% Current […]

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