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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, […]

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Peer to Peer Funding

Even if we say so ourselves, the first page of the SBC blog this week is a pretty interesting place. Our bloggers ie you lot, are a fairly discerning bunch and what you write seems to be constantly on the money in terms of what’s interesting and topical for SMEs. […]

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Opportunity For Small Businesses With fully-funded Elevate programme

InterTradeIreland is helping local companies, such as Yummy Bakes NI, to ‘taste’ success and we have just launched the next phase of our sales development programme, Elevate, specifically aimed at micro-businesses. This programme, which is fully-funded, helps smaller companies to develop sales opportunities through first time cross-border exports and in […]

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Start-up Story:

4 years ago, as an IT Manager within an SME, I spent hours and days identifying, sourcing and negotiating with suppliers whereas now with, we ‘shop around’ for our clients, to source the best prices and suppliers. We have over 12,000 Irish suppliers, so, instead of going to Google […]

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The SEO That Google Recommends

With all the negative news about search optimisation you would think that Google is completely against SEO – however that is not the case. Google recommends quite a lot of optimisation for all websites; they publish a PDF on the topic.  The following is the basics for all websites. Responsive […]

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How to be More Productive in a Short Time Limit

If you’re in a high stress-working environment, short time limits may make it feel like it’s impossible to get things done. For example, you may feel like it’s pointless to try to accomplish anything during quick breaks in between meeting with clients. However, one of best ways to lower your workday stress level and […]

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Start-up Story: PAX AD

“Make something people want” – Paul Graham’s best piece of advice to any start-up …and not at all where we started out ourselves. A few years ago I had set up and was running an advertising agency. Press ads were still flavour of the day so I had a simple […]

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First Online Skill Hub Goes Live The UK’s first online skills hub,, went live following a successful pilot in Ballymena. Skill Exchange NI is the UK’s first ‘joined-up’ regional employer-to-employer network aimed at sharing skill and expertise through a Not for Profit programme. Employers of any size and sector, free of charge, can connect […]

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Are Coffee Breaks Productive?

Are coffee breaks good for morale? Do they help to encourage employee engagement? Do they make employees more or less productive? These are all questions that have been debated for years in the HR press. We thought we would have a look at the ins and outs of the argument. […]

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Bumbleance Children's Ambulance Service with Patron Nuala Carey

Social entrepreneurs; THE SAOIRSE FOUNDATION

We had the pleasure and honour to judge the application for the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Awards. Met Tony Heffernan there. This is his story and initiative: The Saoirse Foundation is a registered non-profit children’s charity which, when originally established in March 2010, by Mary & Tony Heffernan, was initially dedicated to just […]

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What is Lean Startup?

There have been many methodologies and approaches to unravel the truths of becoming a successful entrepreneur and building a startup. The Lean Methodology is proving to be the front-runner for entrepreneurs to follow at the moment – here’s why. “Using the Lean Startup approach, companies can create order not chaos […]

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