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Export – Should We Fail Fast, Fail Cheap?

When Eric Ries coined the term “Minimum Viable Product” for the first time he described it as: “A Minimum Viable Product is that version of a new product which allows a team to collect the maximum amount of validated learning about customers with the least effort.” In the world of […]

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5 Reasons Why Incubators are so Popular for SMBs

With the popularity of telecommuting and startup businesses, many people are finding that they no longer need a traditional brick and mortar office with all of the expenses that come with it. Instead, these people are turning to business incubators, a place where people can work with other people and […]

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Ulster Bank Fraud Seminar Reaches Omagh

Continuing with the Ahead for Business Programme and trying to help businesses get ahead in Tyrone, Ulster Bank held their latest Fraud Awareness Seminar in Silver Birch Hotel, Omagh. The objective of the seminar is to help businesses keep themselves safe, by understanding the threats from fraud and what measures […]

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Queens University: Dragons Den

Lights, Camera, Action…..Queens University: Dragons Den Head of Mid-Ulster and Fermanagh Business Centre Shauna Burns recounts her recent experience as a judge on Queen’s University’s Dragons Den, where enterprising local students faced a grilling as they pitched for new investment… IT bench marking for the agriculture sector; concierge for the […]

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The Role of the IT Department in a Small Business

Not long ago, the marketing department was the key driver of business growth. But in today’s digital world—a world immersed in information and transformed by technology—traditional marketing is giving way to data driven marketing. The result of this marriage of technology and marketing is that companies looking to boost profits […]

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Build Your Financial Capability in 2014

Business owners understand their business and are usually good at explaining what it is they do and why their product / service is worth choosing over a competitors. Yet many of the same business owners are uncomfortable in describing the financials of their business as they do not feel they […]

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5 Steps to Handle an Angry Customer

At some point as a customer service representative, you will encounter a customer who is, for one reason or another, on a warpath. Maybe their order was late or someone was rude to them last week. No matter the reason, they are angry, and they are now your problem. When […]

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New Year New News for Online Marketing in Galway

  New Year New News for Online Marketing in Galway – lots to talk about Online Marketing in Galway are delighted to announce that alongside some other great guest speakers and sponsors this year including Aró Internet Business Development, My Toys Direct, Tree Light Pictures, The City Bin Co., BlueFace, […]

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Kickstart your business, SmartWallPaint

Thanks for the feedback so far. Much appreciated. They were on Newstalk last Saturday. Here is the podcast: Smart Wall Paint is a coating system that turns walls and other surfaces into whiteboards, making them available to use as creative spaces or projector screens. Yasmine is planning to develop a […]

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Enterprise Ireland launches €500,000 fund for female entrepreneurs

A new €500,000 start-up fund for female entrepreneurs has been launched by Enterprise Ireland. Details of the Competitive Start Fund for Female Entrepreneurs, which is aimed at stimulating high potential female-led business start-ups, were announced today by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mr Richard Bruton TD. The initiative is […]

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Kickstart your business; Knightsbridge Boutique

Every week Newstalk features a company on Kickstart your business with George Hook and Ger Tannam. Knightsbridge is a boutique offering designer jewellery and accessories, with an emphasis on bridal-wear, through both its store on Dublin’s South William Street and its website KnightsbridgeBoutique.com. Knightsbridge Boutique was set up by Edwina […]

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Assessment of the proposition

Writing business plans, persuasion documents, loan submissions, tenders…are a hard slog. Hours of blood, sweat and tears. When you finally get your work of art finished and before you submit, do yourself a favour – ask an outsider, an expert, a potential client to review what you have created. Urge […]

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Why SMEs are important

SMEs are a crucial engine for economic growth in Ireland, said David Thomas, managing director, Corporate Markets at Ulster Bank.  “Successful small companies will be crucial in driving Ireland’s recovery. We are seeing about one hundred start ups every week and alongside exports and agriculture, these will drive recovery here.” […]

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Looking for market data?

Enterprise Ireland Opens New Market Research Centre for Irish Exporters A new Market Research Centre to support Irish companies in developing their export plans has opened at Enterprise Ireland today. The new centre at Enterprise Ireland’s offices in East Point, Dublin 3, has been designed to provide established and potential […]

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