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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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Preparing for Your New Website

5 Tips & Tricks to get your website off to a FLYER… So you’ve decided you want to get your business online. Should be fairly straightforward. Find a website designer, tell them what you want, pay them and you’re done. Sadly, it’s just not that simple. If you really want […]

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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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5 Timeless Hiring Tips for Your Small Business

As any business knows, the hiring process can be time consuming and expensive. Small businesses especially have it tough as 48 percent reported that there are few or no qualified applicants for the positions they are trying to fill. What can small businesses do to improve their hiring process and […]

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Why Philanthropy in Business is Beneficial!

If you’re a small business, have you ever considered a philanthropic approach to operating your company? Giving back is becoming increasingly important for companies of all sizes, whether you’re a start-up or a globally recognised super brand! It’s most definitely a growing trend, and considering the success it can bring […]

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Aidan Gough, InterTradeIreland

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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