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BT Group plc (BT.L) announce results for the first quarter to 30 June 2016

BT Group plc (BT.L) announce results for the first quarter to 30 June 2016

BT has annonced their results for the first quarter to end of June. Commenting on the resultss Colm O’Neill, MD of Major Business & Public Sector, UK and Ireland told Business First “We’ve had a solid performance in the first quarter of the year in Northern Ireland, driven by the signing of new contracts with […]

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Nitec Solutions named as Microsoft SMB Partner of the Year for Ireland

Nitec Solutions named as Microsoft SMB Partner of the Year for Ireland

Nitec Solutions, one of Northern Ireland’s leading IT solution providers, have been awarded the title of SMB Partner of the Year for Ireland at the Microsoft World Partner Conference 2016, held in Toronto. Having won SMB Cloud Partner of the Year for Ireland last year, this latest award highlights Nitec’s ongoing commitment to working with […]

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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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Memories are made of this with the Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel

Memories are made of this with the Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel

The Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel in Fermanagh, one of Northern Ireland’s leading hotels is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and to mark the occasion, is asking people from all over Northern Ireland to send photos they may have along with details of special memories which are linked to the hotel over the last 40 years. The […]

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Francis Martin appointed President of the British Chambers of Commerce

Francis Martin appointed President of the British Chambers of Commerce

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has announced the appointment of Francis Martin as its new President. Francis, who will be the business group’s first President from Northern Ireland in 156 years, was officially appointed at the BCC’s Annual General Meeting after serving as Vice President since 2013. He succeeds Nora Senior who stands down […]

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Carson McDowell’s Timothy Cockram set for Summer Olympics

Carson McDowell’s Timothy Cockram set for Summer Olympics

Pictured with Timothy Cockram is Michael Johnston, managing partner at Carson McDowell and Hugh McGrattan, partner at Carson McDowell. Carson McDowell is giving its backing to Timothy Cockram one of its solicitors who is part of the Ireland squad selected for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro this summer. Timothy Cockram, an associate in Carson […]

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

5 Ways to Change the Way You House Hunt for a New Build

5 Ways to Change the Way You House Hunt for a New Build

Are you thinking of buying a new build property? Well, skip the traditional route of scouring listings in newspapers or continually driving by a building site, instead opt for these five handy house hunting tips instead… Use a dedicated new build property portal New houses are the only properties listed on portals, specifically designed to […]

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Pinsent Masons announce opening in South Africa

Pinsent Masons announce opening in South Africa

Pinsent Masons, the only global law firm serving Northern Ireland just announced it is to become even more global with plans to launch in Johannesburg, South Africa. Pinsent Masons, whose Belfast office represents around a third of the NI Top 100, has appointed two founding partners to launch the office. Rob Morson joins from Bowman […]

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How To Invest If You Run A Small Business

How To Invest If You Run A Small Business

When it comes to managing income and finances, a lot of small business owners wind up faced with decisions they’re not necessarily prepared for. As one article put it, business owners tend to be fish out of water as investors, no matter how savvy they might be at running their own companies. This is in […]

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Security Practices your Business Must Undertake

Security Practices your Business Must Undertake

There are a number of essential security practices that your business must undertake. Not only will these protect your business from any potential threats, they will also protect your customers and enable you to build a much stronger relationship with customers and other businesses as a result. There are 2 main types of security practice: […]

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The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Successful Online Conversion

The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Successful Online Conversion

If you manage an ecommerce store, you are always trying to drive sales growth. In this post, you will learn how to optimise your website so that it not only generates leads, but converts them successfully. What is a standard conversion rate? You shouldn’t worry about ‘standard’ rates. A good conversion rate to aim for […]

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140 Second Club winner of creative business programme is ‘out of this world’!”

140 Second Club winner of creative business programme is ‘out of this world’!”

A new animated sci-fi action comedy for children, a self-service app for restaurants and a photography training project have been announced as the winners of the 140 Second Club, a sectoral enhancement programme for new start and early stage creative businesses in the Belfast City Council area. Funded by Belfast City Council and Ulster University, creative entrepreneurs taking […]

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

How do we rapidly bring tech and ideas together?

How do we rapidly bring tech and ideas together?

asks Regina Moran – Head of Industry Sectors Business Application Services for Fujitsu EMEIA  “With the internet, mobility, IoT and AI all in full swing, we are now in a position to innovate. All these technologies must co-exist and work together, but how do we make that happen?” I was fortunate enough to introduce Dr […]

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Is digital advertising today’s most strategic choice?

Is digital advertising today’s most strategic choice?

Pauline Moore, Head of Media, ASG & Partners When working in an advertising or marketing role, no matter what size your organisation is, the chances are, at some stage, you have been given a modest budget and asked to work wonders! As a media planner and buyer, quite often in this situation, I’ve been asked […]

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Almost half of Irish and Northern Irish businesses would hide data breach from customers

Almost half of Irish and Northern Irish businesses would hide data breach from customers

Ward Solutions, a leading information security provider, has revealed the results of a new survey that found almost half (46%) of Irish and Northern Irish businesses wouldn’t disclose a data security breach to impacted third parties, including customers and suppliers. This is despite 33% of businesses admitting that they have suffered a data breach in […]

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Communication – its about selling, isn’t it?.

Communication – its about selling, isn’t it?.

Communication is one of those tricky things that individuals and businesses have to do to “get their message across”, and often they are left wondering why is hasn’t worked out the way they had planned. Good communication is a bit like selling – in fact it’s a lot like selling, its about ensuring that the […]

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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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The 10 commandments that every business owner should follow

The 10 commandments that every business owner should follow

That’s according to Garry Smith from Advantage Business Partnerships and the co-author of ‘Creating Business Advantage: Setting Up and Running A Successful Business’.  Garry doesn’t believe in a doctrine of rule-bound obedience – but rather a Ten Commandments of Behaviour. These are intended as a benchmark against which to measure yourself when things haven’t gone […]

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

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 indirect communication leads to misunderstandings in the workplace

How indirect communication leads to misunderstandings in the workplace

Whenever we interact with people we make assumptions based on what we believe is or isn’t true.  We tend to believe that if you and I speak the same language we will both attach the same meaning to the words we use. However according to Carmel Wynne of Toastmasters International – this simply isn’t true. […]

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5 ways technology can enhance HR opportunities

5 ways technology can enhance HR opportunities

When it comes to HR, technology is opening doors to improvement as well as enhancing efficiency and providing further opportunity in the department. Technology frees up HR personnel time so that we can focus on the important things – such as providing a human service. New software allows professionals to enhance the way they work […]

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What are you doing to ensure your organisation is conflict-proof?

What are you doing to ensure your organisation is conflict-proof?

  by Dorcas Crawford, Edwards & Co Companies and their boards spend huge resources on strategic planning, financial decisions and governance but few, if any, have a plan for dealing with conflict and yet disputes, particularly at board level, have the capacity to render the entire organisation dysfunctional. Imagine if the board of a large […]

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

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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Start to Grow:  Changing the Mindset

Start to Grow: Changing the Mindset

This is the second 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  Growing your business and being successful starts with a change of mind-set. During the middle of the recession, […]

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Start to Grow: To grow your business your business must provide a solution to a problem

Start to Grow: To grow your business your business must provide a solution to a problem

This is the first 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  No matter how interesting or innovative your product is, how nice your beautifully decorated retail outlet is, […]

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What do you Need to Start and Run your own Business?

What do you Need to Start and Run your own Business?

If you’re a hopeful entrepreneur ambitious to start up your own business then why not do it today? So many people make the leap and go on to make huge profits from setting up a successful business venture, but for every person that achieves their dream there’s someone who doesn’t ever get started. It’s easier […]

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How to Fund Your New Business Venture

How to Fund Your New Business Venture

Taking the plunge and starting your own business is always a nerve-racking time. No matter how much experience you have in a chosen field, or how many connections and contacts you have, it’s only right that you’ll feel a little scared about whether or not it will work. Although it’s impossible to properly alleviate the […]

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