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Looking for funding to move your business up a gear?

Looking for funding to move your business up a gear?

According to Benjamin Franklin, an investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.  His observation still holds true today where, in a challenging commercial world, intelligence on business funding can make all the difference. It doesn’t matter if you are an established firm or a start-up, growing your business is all about the right mix.  […]

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UK Export Finance and Bank of Ireland announcepartnership to support Northern Irish exporters

UK Export Finance and Bank of Ireland announcepartnership to support Northern Irish exporters

In a boost to Northern Ireland’s exports, UKEF has added Bank of Ireland to its panel of affiliated lenders for its trade finance support. The agreement was signed on Friday in Belfast, and comes as the UK government looks to enhance its support for exporters through the Exporting is GREAT campaign. Bank of Ireland customers […]

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Tesco contribution to Northern Ireland’s economy totals £5.7bn in 20 years

Tesco contribution to Northern Ireland’s economy totals £5.7bn in 20 years

An Economic Impact Report released today by Tesco Northern Ireland has revealed a contribution totalling £5.7bn to the local economy since arriving here 20 years ago. Directly contributing £3bn in value added, this accounts for 10% of the retail sector’s overall contribution. It also generated at least £1.5bn in wages in that period as well […]

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Pinsent Masons named Law Firm of the Year at the Legal Week British Legal Awards

Pinsent Masons named Law Firm of the Year at the Legal Week British Legal Awards

International law firm Pinsent Masons has been named Law Firm of the Year at the Legal Week British Legal Awards 2016. The firm’s clear strategic focus on sectors, rapid international expansion and market-leading innovation was commended by a panel of distinguished judges. Over the past five years Pinsent Masons has opened six greenfield international offices […]

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Fujitsu’s Sinead Dillon wins prestigious Women in Business Award

Fujitsu’s Sinead Dillon wins prestigious Women in Business Award

Darina Armstrong from Progressive Building Society and Roseann Kelly from Women in Business present Fujitsu’s Sinead Dillon (centre) with the Women in Business Award for Best in Professional Services, Corporate. Sinead Dillon, Principal Consultant at leading global ICT solutions company Fujitsu, has been recognised for outstanding professional services by Women in Business at its annual […]

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Suzanne Wylie, Belfast City Council chief is Business Woman of the Year

Suzanne Wylie, Belfast City Council chief is Business Woman of the Year

The sixth annual Women in Business Awards saw Suzanne Wylie, chief executive of Belfast City Council, scoop the highly coveted Outstanding Business Woman of the Year Award, sponsored by Alexander Mann Solutions. Thirteen other trophies were handed out on a night of glitz, glamour and high entertainment as more than 400 from the local business […]

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The future of work-life balance in Northern Ireland

The future of work-life balance in Northern Ireland

by Cathal Delea, Communications Manager at Black Fox Solutions Developments in technology has brought with it an abundance of societal changes, and pressure is now being put on employers to adapt to these changes to retain a happy workforce and attract the best talent to their company. In the past, there has been a clear […]

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Cyber business seminar reveals 50% of audience has suffered data breach

Cyber business seminar reveals 50% of audience has suffered data breach

Half of the organisations in attendance at an interactive cyber business seminar in Belfast revealed they have suffered a data breach. At the event co-hosted by Grant Thornton, Willis Insurance and Risk Management and Cleaver Fulton Rankin, almost one-fifth of the audience also admitted that they do not know exactly what cyber insurance is. Taking […]

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Here’s Why Your Next Car Should Be Leased Through Your Business

Here’s Why Your Next Car Should Be Leased Through Your Business

Leasing your car through your company (Ltd.) or personally is a question of tax. As a business owner, the main thing to consider when you want to lease a car is the tax conditions. There are a number of tax benefits associated with a business lease. For one, an insured business can claim up to […]

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Human-centric innovation in financial services – the next frontier

Human-centric innovation in financial services – the next frontier

By Ian Bradbury, Fujitsu Digital distribution models have revolutionised many industries and created hugely successful digitally led brands – consumer ‘digital champions’. Amazon, Google, Facebook, Apple and Uber are just a few examples. These organisations have all used digital to put themselves in between traditional suppliers and consumers. From this trusted position they’ve completely disrupted […]

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Northern Ireland parents reach for PayDay Loans to cover childcare

Northern Ireland parents reach for PayDay Loans to cover childcare

A quarter of Northern Ireland parents are turning to family and friends and many are reaching for high interest payday loans just to cover the costs of childcare, a new survey shows. Employers For Childcare’s seventh annual Childcare Cost Survey reveals that almost two thirds of parents struggled to meet their childcare bill either throughout […]

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Mervyn Stewart Skoda comes to Bangor

Mervyn Stewart Skoda comes to Bangor

Pictured are Ellen Matthews, Business Banking Manager at Danske Bank; Stephen Stewart, Managing Director at Mervyn Stewart and Karen Bickerstaff, General Manager at Mervyn Stewart. Car dealership, Mervyn Stewart, is set to open a new Skoda franchise between Bangor and Newtownards along the main dual carriageway. The £2m investment will create an initial 20 jobs […]

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Belfast Met: nurturing inward investment

Belfast Met: nurturing inward investment

by Siobhan Lyons, Head of Business Development at Belfast Metropolitan College Northern Ireland, and in particular Belfast, continues to be an attractive location for inward investment. Belfast is currently ranked the world’s top destination city for financial services and has recently seen a growth in areas including software development and cyber security. Over the past […]

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Artificial Intelligence – What Every CEO Should be Asking

Artificial Intelligence – What Every CEO Should be Asking

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is rapidly becoming the biggest issue on the agenda for many businesses. The current speed of development, the sheer range of possible applications, and the potential impact of AI suggest that it’s time for CEOs to pay attention. So, what are the questions every CEO should be asking? Futurist Rohit Talwar, CEO […]

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How predictive analytics are about to change the face, and profits, of retail

How predictive analytics are about to change the face, and profits, of retail

One of the biggest challenges facing any retail entrepreneur is choosing the right stock. Being able to predict what will sell (and avoid what won’t) is the dream of all buyers.  If you can avoid stocking the poor sellers – then you can also cut down on waste, and that means profits will increase. Over […]

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Don’t use PowerPoint – use Jelly Babies

Don’t use PowerPoint – use Jelly Babies

5 brilliant ways to bring your next presentation to life without the dreaded slides. Let’s bust a myth. You do not NEED slides in order to give a presentation or make a speech. The best speakers and presenters have embraced a world without slides. Speaking without slides means the audience is looking at you and […]

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Five Reasons to Engage a Professional Book Editor

Five Reasons to Engage a Professional Book Editor

Creating an academic book is a unique and complex project. From monographs to edited collections, the expectations of readers and publishers are high, the deadlines often tight and the level of support low. Academic book editors are experts in the requirements of academic books and can offer invaluable guidance to improve any manuscript. 1. Cohesion […]

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Goodbye Marketing Siloes, Hello Collaborative Results!

Goodbye Marketing Siloes, Hello Collaborative Results!

Jill Robb, Digital Marketing Director at  Origin Digital, working in partnership with ASG & Partners. We hear the buzzwords ‘digital transformation’ and ‘digital disruption’ on almost a daily basis, and yet nowhere is this more evident than in marketing, PR and advertising. Origin Digital is traditionally a digital business, built from the foundations of web […]

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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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The 5 features of a qualified sales lead

The 5 features of a qualified sales lead

If your marketing efforts are bringing in 250 leads a day. What do you do with those leads? Do you need to recruit new sales people to handle the load? Shweta Jhajharia, The London Coaching Group believes that will be a waste of time and money. The goal of a sales machine is to be […]

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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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