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Free Workshop: How LEAN Can Work for Businesses of All Sizes & Sectors

Would you like to create a culture of problem solving and continuous improvement so that finding ways to make things better, easier, less frustrating and more effective becomes part of everyone’s job? This is what lean thinking and lean business tools are all about.

Lean can deliver benefits to businesses of all sizes and sectors. This includes improvements in cash flow, sales, productivity, waste reduction, lead times, employee engagement, quality and customer service. Unfortunately, the jargon and the sheer variety of tools and approaches available can be a major barrier to adoption of lean by many businesses. Where do you even start? Well, you have to start somewhere. Start here.

Leading Healthcare Providers Skillnet is hosting a FREE lunchtime workshop to help businesses find out more about lean. We will introduce the concept of lean business thinking, explain the lean principles, and discuss how they apply to your business. Our goals are to

  1. explain lean in simple terms; its origins and its focus on delivering value to the customer
  2. discuss the relevance of lean for different business sizes and sectors
  3. give examples of lean in healthcare, manufacturing, services, retail and distribution
  4. identify state supports for implementation of lean, including a programme available through Leading Healthcare Providers Skillnet in association with ManagementWorks


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FREE – Executive and Life Coaching – Open Evening – DUBLIN

You are very welcome to come along to our next Open Evening. This is an opportunity to find out more about the benefits of learning coaching skills with a professional qualification from Positive Success Group.

Find out more about the Accredited Diploma in Executive and Life Coaching, about coaching and about us.


Anyone with an interest in finding out more about coaching.

Some reasons why people want to attend the course :

  • To become a Professional Practitioner Coach – that could be as an Executive and Life Coach, Spiritual Coach, Career Coach or whatever type of coach they choose to be
  • For themselves for the personal development and to learn to Self-Coach
  • To up-skill and enhance their existing roles, e.g counsellors, therapists, HR, team leaders, managers
  • To have an additional or alternative income stream
  • To work in conjunction with an existing service, e.g. physiotherapist.,  nutritionist, mentoring, consulting
  • To accquire a professionally recognised qualification – They may already be informally coaching but need a formal qualification that is nationally and internationally recognised
  • To learn how to help others (and themselves!)


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Procurement for Social Enterprise

Aimed at those working in social enterprise, this workshop will help provide the skills needed to navigate the procurement process and make the most of the opportunities available.

If you would like more information on this session please get in touch

Remember all workshops are FREE to attend!


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Half Day Seminar – Sales Leaders – Customer Retention

There are few facts in business life that are so glaringly obvious as the one that tells us it is 5 times more costly to obtain a new customer than to keep an existing one. Yet, companies repeatedly focus more on acquisition that holding their loyal existing customers. Nearly 70% of customers leave because they feel the company is indifferent to them. Join us of this vital half day workshop and hear how four prominent Irish companies strive to retain their valuable customers. If you feel that you do not have the time to attend this event as you need to be out chasing new business, re-read the text above.

Sponsored by Microsoft, this event is free to attend for current members of the Sales Institute and members can use the panel below to register. The rate for non-members to attend is €150. For more information about becoming a member please click here or alternatively, contact the Sales Institute on 01 662 6904 or email


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Taking Care Of Business, Waterford

Do you own or manage a small business? Are you thinking of starting a new business? Then this event is for you!

Over 30 State bodies will be available to give you information and advice on a range of services for business. By attending one of these events you will:

  • Meet informally with representatives from a variety of State bodies
  • Get practical information and advice
  • Find out ways to save your business money
  • Get supports and tools to assist you in your business

Come along to this FREE event and get help with running and growing a sustainable and compliant business.

Don’t miss out, register for your place today.


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Free Workshop – Growing Your Business: Dundalk

ManagementWorks is hosting a FREE half-day workshop in Monaghan on the topic of “Growing Your Business – How to improve sales, cash-flow and profits.” The workshop is open to SME Owners and Managers in the region. It will be delivered by ActionCOACH Business Coaching Ireland and will focus on the key drivers of growth and profitability in small businesses. It’s an opportunity for you as a manager to take a step back from your business for a few hours and to think about the actions you need to take to generate sales, improve cashflow and increase profits. You will gain an understanding of the key drivers of growth and how to influence them:

  • Your Number of Leads: Learn how to increase the total number of potential buyers
  • Your Conversion Rate: Learn how to calculate the percentage of people who did buy as opposed to those who could have bought
  • Your Number of Transactions: Increase the average number of times one of your customers buys from you
  • Average Euro Sale: Understand the average Euro spent on every sale
  • Margins: Measure the percentage of each and every sale that’s profit

It’s also an opportunity for you to find out more about the ManagementWorks initiative and how it can help you as a manager bring about improvements in business performance. ManagementWorks is accepting applicants for a Business Growth Programme in Dundalk commencing in April 2015, delivered by ActionCOACH Business Coaching Ireland. The free workshop will give you a taste of the programme and a chance to meet the trainers and coaches, ask lots of questions, and take away some useful business insights.

Limited Availability – Advance Booking Essential

To secure your place at this workshop, please click on “Book Now” below. You will be redirected to an online registration page hosted by EventBrite. For further information in advance of the workshop, please contact Brian Colleran on 087 292 8900 or email

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Free Seminar – Lead Your Business to Success, Dublin

If you own or manage a business in County Dublin, or either you would like to develop your business in 2015, please join us at this free business seminar for SME Managers.  The seminar will be delivered by ActionCOACH Business Coaching Ireland and will look at how you can improve your effectiveness and lead your business to sustainable growth and success.

The seminar will highlight the importance of:

  • Reviewing your company’s performance and establishing a plan of action for development of your business
  • Gaining a better understanding of your personal strengths and how you operate as a leader
  • Developing your management capabilities and leadership style
  • Developing your company strategy, aligning your team with the company goals and making sure that everyone in the company contributes to the successful execution of the strategy

This seminar is a must for business owners and senior managers in all sectors who are looking to enhance or develop their business.  Should you wish to bring a colleague, you are welcome to do so.

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National Conference on Cloud Computing and Commerce, Dublin

The Fourth National Conference on Cloud Computing and Commerce (NC4) is a free national conference on cloud computing and commerce taking place on Tuesday, 14th April. The conference comprises two sessions, six tracks and a plenary featuring presentations and panel discussions from over 30 business leaders and experts on cloud computing. Attendees are welcome to register for individual tracks and/or the plenary.

The conference is organised by Techspectations  and the Irish Centre for Cloud Computing and Commerce both located at DCU Business School. The event brings together industry and academic experts to discuss how cloud technologies can address business problems and drive value. NC4 is designed to raise further awareness of the role that cloud computing can play in helping to drive economic growth, support job creation and to deliver savings and efficiencies in the public and private sector in Ireland.

For more information and schedule visit event’s website.

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Business Expo 2015, Drogheda

This premier business to business tradeshow aims to provide the opportunity for a great variety of businesses to show off what they are all about. It is a unique platform for businesses to come together to market their services to new and existing customers and to showcase the fantastic range of local business in the North East.

f you are interested in exhibiting, please note that there will be a limited number of stands available so it is advised to act now to avoid disappointment. All the information you will need is available from the Chamber offices 041-9833544 or


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The Howth Sutton Baldoyle Chamber Open Seminar, Dublin

The Howth Sutton Baldoyle Chamber is hosting an open seminar this coming Thursday at 8:15 AM in the Marine Hotel, Sutton. It is free to attend and open to all.

The Revenue Commissioners will be speaking on audits and common blunders businesses make. Given the risk tax poses and the insights which can be gained, the event is a must for all business owners. It is also an opportunity to meet the new chief of Revenue’s Fingal District, Sean Cosgrove.

Fingal Co Co’s Local Enterprise Office will also be speaking on their suite of services and the financial supports available to businesses.

Presentations will be to the point and focused and the event is to wrap up at 9:30 AM.

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Finance4Growth: via Skype / Phone

If you are the owner of a small business in Ireland and you want to raise finance to grow your business, then this programme is for you.

What does it involve?

Phase 1: A two-hour mentoring session (one-to-one) with a qualified advisor. This two-hour mentoring session with a qualified advisor is completely free.

Phase 2 (optional): A one-day training course and another two hour one-to-one mentoring session. Phase 2 is available at a highly subsidised rate of €200.


What is the scope of the mentoring session? Your experienced mentor can:

  • Guide you on the relevant sources of finance potentially available
  • Help you established the level of cashflow and repayment capacity being generated by your businesses
  • Assess your trading performance using 6 key financial ratios
  • Answer any other finance related issues you may have
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Hackathon: Hack (Make!) the Bank, Belfast

What is Hackathon?

Liam Moran explains what it means:

Serious commercial opportunity

The magic is about 50 seconds into the video. The intent is to commercialise the ideas from the hackathon that are interesting enough. With Ulster Bank as the first customer.  With the winner getting embedded within Ulster Bank, with access to the Ulster Bank ecosystem, expertise, connections and senior staff. That is an opportunity this is not the be sniffed at.

Other prices

You can also win other prices (drones, cameras, headphones, etc.), but the real prize is the business opportunity.

Sign up

If you are interested, sign up here for Dubin and here for Belfast.


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Small Food Business Start-Up Seminar

All food businesses, big or small,whether operating from a business premises, in the home or from a mobile unit or food stall, must be aware of the legislation regarding food hygiene and food safety. Ultimately, you are responsible for ensuring the food you produce is safe.

In order to share information and advice with small food business operators and those of you considering setting up a small food business, we have decided to combine all the relevant topics and more, into a morning event which covers all you need to know about setting up a food business. The Small Food Business Start-up Seminar will be a one-stop shop for anyone who is thinking about starting a small food business and/or who has recently gone into business in the food sector.

At this free, half day event, various experts from the FSAI will outline: the various information resources available from the FSAI, your food safety training requirements, how to set up your food safety management system, labelling regulations and what you need to do in the case of a product recall. A representative from the Environmental Health Service will detail how to register your food business and what to expect from an inspection. A new product development expert from Teagasc will outline what is involved in developing a new food product and a small food business owner will outline their recent experience in setting up a food business.

There will be a number of Q&A sessions throughout the morning if you want to put a question to the experts. The experts will also be available after the event closes for further discussion.

Also, the Health and Safety Authority (HSA), the Health Service Executive (HSE), Teagasc (Agriculture and Food Development Authority) and Microfinace Ireland (MFI) will have information stands at the event to provide you with information and advice on the health and safety, food safety inspection, product development and finance aspects of your food business.

January 28th – 28th

Time: 8:00am – 1:00pm

Location: Crowne Plaza Northwood, Northwood Park, Santry, Dublin 9

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