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A simple guide to cross-border trade from InterTradeIreland

A simple guide to cross-border trade from InterTradeIreland

As a CEO, do you find yourself waking up in the middle of the night with questions swirling round your head about whether the time is right to export into a new market and if so, how you will make that next bold move for your company? Download your free copy of  ‘A Simple Guide […]

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Active Autumn anticipated for commercial property: CBRE bi-monthly report

Active Autumn anticipated for commercial property: CBRE bi-monthly report

Northern Ireland is on track for significantly increased commercial property activity in the latter half of 2015, according to the latest bi-monthly report by CBRE. Download the report from here Whilst there was only 90,000 sq ft of office lettings signed in Belfast in the first half of the year, it is expected that this […]

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Brian Conlon 2015 Innovation Founder

Brian Conlon 2015 Innovation Founder

Northern Ireland Science Park CONNECT  announced that its prestigious 2015 Innovation Founder Award, supported by Bank of Ireland UK, goes to Brian Conlon, a man who retains his humble nature while being one of the country’s most successful businessmen. Brian has grown a grassroots financial technology business into a global powerhouse, while maintaining its base […]

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Will You be Better off on Tax-Free Childcare or Childcare Vouchers?

Will You be Better off on Tax-Free Childcare or Childcare Vouchers?

In March 2014 the Government announced its plans to introduce Tax-Free Childcare, a new scheme which will enable parents to claim 20% of their childcare costs (up to a maximum of £2,000 per child). The new Tax-Free Childcare scheme will be introduced in early 2017. Employers For Childcare Charitable Group has received numerous calls and […]

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

All new SSE Arena, Belfast bringing the wow factor to Belfast

All new SSE Arena, Belfast bringing the wow factor to Belfast

Neil Walker, General Manager of The SSE Arena, Belfast is pictured with Jillian Saunders, Brand Manager at SSE Airtricity at the refurbished SSE Arena, Belfast. SSE Airtricity has signed a 10 year naming rights deal with the Arena. The rebranded SSE Arena, Belfast is a venue that can rival the best in Europe, if not […]

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RSM McClure Watters congratulates Solmatix

RSM McClure Watters congratulates Solmatix

Solmatix has been named National Champion for Northern Ireland in The European Business Awards sponsored by RSM, a prestigious competition supported by businesses leaders, academics, media and political representatives from across Europe. The European Business Awards, now in its ninth year, engaged with over 32,000 business from 33 European countries this year and over 700 […]

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Silverbirch Hotel Business Centre £300K Facelift Bigger & Better!

Silverbirch Hotel Business Centre £300K Facelift Bigger & Better!

Silverbirch Hotel, Omagh has unveiled its bigger and better dedicated Business Centre which has recently undergone a £300K facelift, representing a substantial investment for the family owned hotel, which has established a reputation for conferences and events in Northern Ireland. The refurbishment has increased the hotel’s business centre capacity, bringing the number of conference and […]

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CSR Made Easy: Let Amber Green do it for you.

CSR Made Easy: Let Amber Green do it for you.

Corporate Social Responsibility is the buzz phrase of the moment when it comes to building your business and your brand. Any company worth their salt and that wants to give something back to its people and the community in which it operates is compelled to put in place a clear strategy that demonstrates strong values. […]

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

Neal Lucas comments on closure of UUs language department: AUDIO REPORT

Neal Lucas comments on closure of UUs language department: AUDIO REPORT

It was recently announced that the University of Ulster’s school of modern languages would be closing, as a result of Stormont budget cuts. All modern language and interior design courses will be scrapped and in addition 1,250 student places will go along with 210 jobs. Speaking on BBC Radio Ulster’s Talkback programme, recruitment expert Neal […]

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5 features to look for in a strategic alliance partner

5 features to look for in a strategic alliance partner

84% of people trust recommendations from people they know [Nielsen] and social voice (i.e. online and offline word of mouth) can increase marketing impact by up to 54% [Market Share]. So it is clear that word of mouth is an effective form of marketing. However it’s also very difficult to control and measure. Only 34% […]

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Are we looking after our young people?

Are we looking after our young people?

Nick O’ Shiel, Chief Executive, Omagh Enterprise Company, blogs on issues related to enterprise, technology and the economy. This week Nick asks are we doing enough to look after our young people. In an ideal world, young people should be able to enjoy life while studying, looking for a job and building a career. Since […]

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Welcome to the future

Welcome to the future

Each week Nick O’ Shiel, Chief Executive, Omagh Enterprise Company, blogs on issues related to enterprise, technology and the economy. This week Nick discusses how the workplace is changing The economy is undergoing significant turmoil, which is changing the way we work and how we live. The spread of technology and expansion of flexible working […]

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

A simple guide to cross-border trade from InterTradeIreland

A simple guide to cross-border trade from InterTradeIreland

As a CEO, do you find yourself waking up in the middle of the night with questions swirling round your head about whether the time is right to export into a new market and if so, how you will make that next bold move for your company? Download your free copy of  ‘A Simple Guide […]

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How to Improve Your Productivity at Work: 11 Tips

How to Improve Your Productivity at Work: 11 Tips

You’ve surely heard the phrase, likely a number of times: “work smart, not hard.” This phrase is heard ad nauseam, especially in the business world, because there are only so many hours in a day. To reach your professional goals, you likely will have to either spend more hours working or improve productivity. This article […]

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Eight tips for taming terror – transforming presentation nerves into confident communication

Eight tips for taming terror – transforming presentation nerves into confident communication

Developing your ability and confidence to speak in public is probably one of the most valuable things you can do both for your self-esteem and your career/business. However, overcoming the fear associated with standing up in front of a group of people is the crucial first step towards developing this important skill. Gavin Meikle from […]

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How to grow your business

How to grow your business

by Nick O’Shiel, Omagh Enterprise Many small businesses have managed their way through the recession and are itching to grow again. They are active in all areas of the economy and present in every town and city across the country. The difficulties of recent years, however, have made them more competitive and profitable. The key […]

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

Accrual of annual leave during long-term sickness absence

Accrual of annual leave during long-term sickness absence

by, Jonathan Simpson, solicitor at Cleaver Fulton Rankin It has long been established that workers on long term sick leave may carry forward holidays which have accrued during their absence to the following leave year. This has led to a number of issues for employers when seeking to manage employees’ annual leave entitlement, particularly where […]

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Shared Parental Leave & your business

Shared Parental Leave & your business

Helping Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry launch the new Families Act are Pip Jaffa, ParentingNI and Marie Marin, Employers for Childcare Charitable Group. Employment and Learning Minister, Dr Stephen Farry outlines the new right to shared parental leave and pay and the benefits to businesses. The recent passage into law of the Work […]

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Eight tips for taming terror – transforming presentation nerves into confident communication

Eight tips for taming terror – transforming presentation nerves into confident communication

Developing your ability and confidence to speak in public is probably one of the most valuable things you can do both for your self-esteem and your career/business. However, overcoming the fear associated with standing up in front of a group of people is the crucial first step towards developing this important skill. Gavin Meikle from […]

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Is your business ready for the new holiday pay rules?

Is your business ready for the new holiday pay rules?

Emma-Jane Flannery, Employment Law Associate at law firm Arthur Cox, outlines the facts. Holiday pay is an issue that affects most businesses, and a number of recent rulings by the UK Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) will, potentially, have significant ramifications on how employers in Northern Ireland should calculate holiday pay going forward. Why were the […]

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MOTORING REVIEWS..........

Out of this world savings for Donnelly Group customers

Out of this world savings for Donnelly Group customers

Donnelly Group Mitsubishi recently hosted a series of events for members of the business community promoting the incredible tax benefits of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle), the world’s first plug-in hybrid 4×4 SUV. With the vehicle featuring the same batter technology used in Apollo 11, the seminars were launched at Armagh Planetarium. […]

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Key to a new driving partnership

Key to a new driving partnership

Business in the Community has received the keys to a new Toyota Plug-in Hybrid Prius, courtesy of Fleet Financial and Charles Hurst Toyota. The organisation, which promotes responsible business and promotes good environmental practice is delighted to be using this vehicle, which can run totally on electric power, boosting fuel efficiency, reducing running costs and […]

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Demand for British-made cars increases

Demand for British-made cars increases

A rise in the demand for British-made cars from British consumers was reported in July this year, raising hopes of a revival in the flagging domestic economy. Growth Accordingly, British-based car manufacturers produced an impressive 28,895 vehicles for the home market, constituting a 38 per cent increase on the same month last year and a […]

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Demand for British cars boosts economy recovery hopes

Demand for British cars boosts economy recovery hopes

Hopes of a manufacturing revival for British-made cars have risen sharply thanks to fantastic figures in July. British-based manufacturers made a total of 28,895 cars in the seventh month of 2013, which was a massive increase in demand on the same period in 2012. The Society of Motor manufacturers (SMMT) said that the increase in […]

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