BREAKING NEWS..........

Local Recruitment Drive for Global Law Firm, Baker & McKenzie

Local Recruitment Drive for Global Law Firm, Baker & McKenzie

Baker & McKenzie Belfast recently launched its recruitment campaign. Since opening the doors to their state-of-the-art premises in City Quays One, Clarendon Dock last year, Baker & McKenzie Belfast now employs over 180 legal and business services professionals and is continuing to grow. Baker & McKenzie Belfast provides high quality legal services to the Firm’s […]

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Third annual SSE Airtricity Scholarship launched by Economy Minister Simon Hamilton

Third annual SSE Airtricity Scholarship launched by Economy Minister Simon Hamilton

SSE Airtricity, Northern Ireland’s largest renewable energy provider, has announced the opening of the 2016 SSE Airtricity Scholarship to support students from the West and North-West of the country progressing in third level education. The launch of this year’s SSE Airtricity Scholarship was today officially announced by Minister for the Economy, Simon Hamilton, with SSE […]

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Tina McKenzie Appointed European Ambassador for International Women’s Entrepreneurship Day

Tina McKenzie Appointed European Ambassador for International Women’s Entrepreneurship Day

Leading Northern Ireland businesswoman, Tina McKenzie, Group Managing Director of Staffline Ireland was appointed European Ambassador by the New York based Women’s Entrepreneurship Day organisation and will be leading events at Westminster and Brussels ahead of the International event to be held in the United Nations in New York in celebration of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day […]

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Brexit uncertainty to slow Northern Ireland’s growth in 2016/17

Brexit uncertainty to slow Northern Ireland’s growth in 2016/17

Economic growth forecasts have been revised down significantly for Northern Ireland due to Brexit-related uncertainty, lower investment levels and higher inflation in the medium term, according to new economic forecasts from Danske Bank. While a significant slowdown in the local economy is expected, there is a chance that Northern Ireland could avoid outright recession, the […]

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Titanic Exhibition Centre is Cueing Up for a Sporting Year Two

Titanic Exhibition Centre is Cueing Up for a Sporting Year Two

As the Titanic Exhibition Centre celebrates its first birthday, the venue is cueing up for a sporting year two, with events including World Snooker Home Nations Series – Irish Open and Jamie Conlan’s Super-Flyweight Commonwealth Belt Defence already in the pipeline. The Titanic Exhibition Centre has been announced as home for these latest sporting events, […]

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Online Video Provides Insight on How Changing Your Decision Making Can Change Your Life

Online Video Provides Insight on How Changing Your Decision Making Can Change Your Life

Bernadette Doyle, an entrepreneur who has grown an online business empire from home as a single mum, has developed a 90 minute online video FREEDOM FORMULA to support other aspiring entrepreneurs to change their thinking in order to change their life. Bernadette’s business growth is reflective of a wider trend across the United Kingdom, where […]

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FEATURE ARTICLES..........

Small business funding – The Dos & Don’ts

Small business funding – The Dos & Don’ts

Setting up your own small business is incredibly exciting but you need to fund it and at the start-up stage you don’t know how successful it will be. Obviously you hope that it works out and you will do all you can to ensure it does, otherwise you wouldn’t have started it, would you? But, […]

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How to Finance Your Next Company Car

How to Finance Your Next Company Car

Choosing your next company can leave you with a lot of questions. Not only do you have to find the right make and model, but you also have to decide which is best way to finance the vehicle. The main question you’ll have to ask yourself is whether to purchase the vehicle outright or take […]

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Can a Citroen Cut it as a Business Car?

Can a Citroen Cut it as a Business Car?

When you think “business car”, brands such as Audi, BMW and Mercedes tend to be the first to spring to mind. However, while these cars no doubt conjure up a professional, stylish image, they are notoriously expensive not just to buy, but to run. If you’re looking for something a bit more affordable that still […]

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P&O Ferries welcome Autumn with 20% discount – but book soon!

P&O Ferries welcome Autumn with 20% discount – but book soon!

Autumn is a popular time of year to visit Scotland, and with the landscapes ablaze with autumnal colours it offers a range of unmissable activities from ‘The Wild Autumn Festival’ in Dumfries and Galloway to the ‘International Storytelling Festival’ in Edinburgh. With plenty of places to visit and sights to see, P&O Ferries is helping […]

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Northern Ireland Road Safety Award return in November

Northern Ireland Road Safety Award return in November

The Northern Ireland Road Safety Awards will return in November to honour those organisations and individuals who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to protecting others from the risk of being injured, or killed, on our roads. After a successful inaugural event last year, the NI Road Safety Awards now play an important role in the […]

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Belfast welcomes Europe’s biggest gathering of Zoo professionals

Belfast welcomes Europe’s biggest gathering of Zoo professionals

This week Northern Ireland’s capital city is swarming with zoo professionals attending the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) conference at Belfast Waterfront. Regarded as the biggest annual gathering of the European zoo and aquarium community and arguably the most important event in the industry’s calendar, the 4-day conference kicks off today with a […]

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THOUGHT LEADERS..........

NI well poised to capitalise on international conferences market

NI well poised to capitalise on international conferences market

Northern Ireland is building a serious reputation as a top location on the international conferencing circuit, says Anne Doherty of Happening We’ve just finished working on the International Collaborative Learning Conference in the Clayton Hotel, Belfast. This interdisciplinary conference saw over 200 delegates from 45 different countries flying into Belfast to exchange relevant trends and […]

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Does Corporation Tax make you feel like wearing a tinfoil hat?

Does Corporation Tax make you feel like wearing a tinfoil hat?

Understanding tax and how it affects you can be complicated. One of the many taxes business owners have to consider is Corporation Tax; the tax paid by companies on their profits. To add to the raft of, often confusing, information available a 183 page guidance document is out for review; outlining the technical application of […]

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Top Tips on VAT if you intend to trade in RoI from Magic Beans

Top Tips on VAT if you intend to trade in RoI from Magic Beans

by Clare Galloway, Magic Beans Firstly you don’t necessarily have to set up a new company in the Republic of Ireland but if you anticipate profits in Ireland or you anticipate an element of risk you may wish to consider ring-fencing this within a company structure. The rates of tax in Ireland must also be considered […]

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Five business hacks by using just 10 minutes of practical mindfulness

Five business hacks by using just 10 minutes of practical mindfulness

It is easy to think of meditation as a waste of time or something to be done only if you had spare time on your hands. But according to Tom Evans, author of The Authority Guide to Practical Mindfulness, when you get into the habit of meditating each day, even if just for 10 minutes, […]

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UK Small Companies, Micro Entities and HM Revenue & Customs Reporting

UK Small Companies, Micro Entities and HM Revenue & Customs Reporting

Following pressure from Europe the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) published a new standard, FRS 105 – The Financial Reporting Standard applicable to the Micro-entities Regime for use by those micro-entities choosing to adopt this simpler regime. This new standard is applicable for companies with accounting periods commencing on or after 1 January 2016 with the […]

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Golf Tourism success should be an easy putt for Northern Ireland

Golf Tourism success should be an easy putt for Northern Ireland

by Dr Peter Bolan, Ulster University With 2016’s Golf Majors now behind us and the imminent Ryder Cup upon us it is timely to take stock on the importance of golf as a form of tourism. Indeed we have had golf featuring in the summer Olympics in Rio this year (even if representation from our […]

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HR ADVICE..........

When is the Minimum Wage not the Minimum Wage

When is the Minimum Wage not the Minimum Wage

With much publicity around Sports Direct effectively paying below the minimum wage, and HMRC taking a strong stand against businesses, Magic Beans a new business advisory service in Northern Ireland has been helping clients ensure they too do not fall into the same trap. So when is the minimum wage not the minimum wage? Most […]

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Should Foreign Nationals in Northern Ireland be concerned post-Brexit?

Should Foreign Nationals in Northern Ireland be concerned post-Brexit?

By Max Mackin, Managing Director of Black Fox Solutions  We have now had around six weeks to digest the news that on June 23rd Britain voted for Brexit. Putting aside local opinion concerned with Northern Ireland’s departure from the EU, our country employs a great deal of foreign nationals – people who were shocked and surprised […]

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12 tips to help you overcome your fears and be a better business speaker

12 tips to help you overcome your fears and be a better business speaker

Speaking in public – even about the business you love – is a widely held fear. So how do you turn fear into confidence? Frances Cahill of Toastmasters International has twelve easy DIY tips: 1)   Speak in public whenever you get a chance It doesn’t matter if it’s for 30 seconds or 30 minutes. Even […]

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Brexit Turmoil: 4 tips for business when living with uncertainty

Brexit Turmoil: 4 tips for business when living with uncertainty

When the news of the referendum result broke many business people felt shock. Among them successful entrepreneur and author  John Reynard. John was one of the first Brits to go work in Europe in 1973 without the rigmarole of a work permit. Later he set up a business serving clients in Germany, France, Scandinavia and […]

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Start to Grow (5): Develop a culture of creativity and innovation

Start to Grow (5): Develop a culture of creativity and innovation

This is the fifth in an exclusive series of business growth articles from ‘Start to Grow’ – a start-up business growth book authored by Philip Bain; co-founder of ShredBank and Visiting Professor of the Ulster University Business School  If you ‘think different’ once… you have the potential to start a successful business, if you then keep […]

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Why lower salaries are good for employees

Why lower salaries are good for employees

Recruitment can be a tricky process for any business – and trying to decide what salary bracket should be offered can make the process even more delicate. Shweta Jhajharia, from The London Coaching Group, has helped many small business owners recruit new staff and in her experience, when they have used identical job descriptions but […]

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HOW TO ADVICE..........

From awful to amazing – how to create workshops that work

From awful to amazing – how to create workshops that work

Most staff dread attending workshops. They believe they are going to be a waste of time and will deliver very little value. However, when done properly workshops can leave people feeling inspired and engaged. So what is it that can turn a workshop from awful to amazing? Jean Gamester of Semaphora believes it comes down to […]

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Who’s in control?  You or the Targets?

Who’s in control? You or the Targets?

Targets can be great – they can help you understand where you are going and enable you to focus on getting there. However, during her many years of advising competitive, target-driven organisations, Jean Gamester of Semaphora has observed that targets have the potential to adversely distort behaviour and damage potential – just as much as […]

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Your Guide To Effective Minute Taking

Your Guide To Effective Minute Taking

by Jennifer Monaghan, Pearse Trust The drafting of minutes at board meetings can pose a number of potential challenges for the minute taker. Minute taking is usually undertaken by the company secretary or, where the company does not have a company secretary, by a designated minute taker. The below might assist when preparing your own […]

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UK Company Share Transfers

UK Company Share Transfers

by Jennifer Monaghan, Pearse Trust Belfast Further to last month’s article, Share Capital for Companies Limited By Shares – An Overview, we now focus on the process of transferring shares of a company limited by shares (Share Transfer). Articles of Association A company’s articles of association, which are primarily concerned with matters related to the […]

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Share Capital for Companies Limited By Shares – An Overview

Share Capital for Companies Limited By Shares – An Overview

In the UK, a company limited by shares must adhere to Parts 17 to 22 of the Companies Act 2006 which provides statutory provisions in respect of a company’s share capital. The information relating to the company’s share capital must be stated in its memorandum of association, which will also include the following information: Total […]

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Start to Grow: The 5 Ms of getting ready for growth

Start to Grow: The 5 Ms of getting ready for growth

This is the third in an exclusive series of business growth articles from ‘Start to Grow’ – a start-up business growth book authored by Philip Bain; co-founder of ShredBank and Visiting Professor of the Ulster University Business School  MOTIVATION You can’t become bigger and get double-digit growth unless you have the desire to do it. This […]

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