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GDP Growth Unexpectedly Slips

GDP growth unexpectedly slips into negative territory in Q4; GDP fell by 0.3% in 2013 as a whole, though GNP – perhaps a better indicator of underlying conditions at present – rose by 3.4% Today’s fourth quarter GDP figures were softer than expected, with a 2.3% quarterly decline defying expectations […]

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Ulster Bank Backs International Business Womens Conference as Part of Strategy to Support Female Entrepreneurs

Ulster Bank has underlined its commitment to female entrepreneurship by supporting Northern Ireland’s first International Business Womens Conference (IBWC 2014), citing local business women as ‘a hugely valuable, yet largely untapped resource’. The Bank has partnered with Women in Business NI (WIBNI), hosts of IBWC 2014, which will welcome business […]

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Working Time Employment Law Explained

All employers, both small and large, are required to maintain records in relation to their Employees. An Organisation must keep certain records relating to its Employees to demonstrate their compliance with employment legislation. Despite this, it is an area that is sometimes overlooked or neglected. Read on for working time […]

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8 Things You Must Know When You Launch A Start-Up

Many people dream of starting their own business and being their own boss. No attending mind-numbing meetings, no being glued at the desk, no answering bothersome phone calls, no writing boring reports in a thankless corporate job. Instead, creativity, freedom and independence await you at your own start-up. Nowadays, launching […]

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Absenteeism Around St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is imminently approaching and while the festivities are eagerly anticipated by many, the day after can often present a headache for employers. This year St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Monday which for many employers will continue to be a normal working day so it is important […]

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Start-Up Story: Vital Nutrition

Banish the image of the traditional Ulster Fry. Northern Ireland, it seems, is keen on getting healthy and in doing so by improving its diet. That, at least, is the impression given by Jane McClenaghan, whose business Vital Nutrition “is thriving”, she says. Jane is based in Belfast, while her […]

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Enterprise Ireland Invests in ZinMobi

Enterprise Ireland (EI), the government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets, announced today that it will be supporting ZinMobi in its journey to global success in data-driven mobile marketing technology.  ZinMobi will be one of Enterprise Ireland’s high potential start-ups and will receive support […]

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Simon Barry, Ulster Bank’s cheerful economist

Simon is the chief economist of Ulster Bank. Economist are not the most positive bunch of people. Simon Barry is different. We had the pleasure on watching Simon speak at a number of the “A head for business” events, where he spends 10 minutes on 10 reasons why we should […]

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