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Different Ways to Fund your Small Business

Different Ways to Fund your Small Business

Anybody setting up a new small business will appreciate that having funding is an essential part of being a success. Whether it’s the money you use to set up your initial operations, or simply what you need to accommodate running costs and wages; without it, you will fall at the first hurdle. Unfortunately though, raising […]

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P&O Ferries adds local favourites to new menu

P&O Ferries adds local favourites to new menu

P&O Ferries today unveils a new menu for passengers travelling on its ships between Larne and Cairnryan which for the first time has traditional local ingredients and meals at its heart. The new menu, which will change throughout the day to meet the needs of customers at different sailing times, is packed full of mouth-watering […]

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AV Browne launches new campaign for Hughes Insurance

AV Browne launches new campaign for Hughes Insurance

This week has seen the launch of a new advertising campaign for Hughes Insurance, and the first sight of their new consumer brand. Co. Down based Hughes Insurance originally appointed AV Browne’s specialist brand division, AVB Brand, to create a new brand positioning, strategy and visual identity in December 2015. After a competitive tender and […]

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Selling Through Tendering Programme – registration open

Selling Through Tendering Programme – registration open

Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council, in conjunction with InterTradeIreland, are looking to help companies achieve more sales through the use of tendering. If you are a business within the Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council area, the Selling Through Tendering Programme will: offer 2 free (half day) workshops to inform companies on how to tender successfully; and […]

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RSM unveils new alliance with cloud accounting firm Xero

RSM unveils new alliance with cloud accounting firm Xero

Leading NI advisory firm, RSM, has agreed a major new alliance with Xero, a global leader in online, cloud-based accounting software. RSM said it had chosen to partner with Xero as part of its commitment to deliver strategic, innovative solutions for local businesses. RSM made the announcement at a specialist seminar held for SMEs and entrepreneurs […]

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Northern Ireland Family Businesses employ over 52,000 people

Northern Ireland Family Businesses employ over 52,000 people

Northern Ireland’s Top 100 family and locally owned businesses are revealed for the first time in a survey carried out by Ulster University Business School on behalf of Harbinson Mulholland Chartered Accountants. The Top 100 list, revealed today at a launch in Belfast, employs more than 52,000 people across Northern Ireland and is led by […]

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

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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The Advantages of Businesses Using Merchant Services

The Advantages of Businesses Using Merchant Services

Merchant services are essentially the range of payment processing methods offered to businesses. This can vary from a chip and pin card machine in a small shop to over the phone and online payment services for larger businesses that require such options. There are many reasons using merchant services supplied by the likes of Card […]

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Latest offers from Stena Line

Latest offers from Stena Line

Stena Line is offering holiday makers a range of fantastic travel offers that are such good value everyone will have an exciting and affordable break to look forward to this year. Whether it’s a day trip away with friends or a fun packed family break, Stena Line has a great value option to suit everyone […]

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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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Making The Most of Car Rentals: How To Have An Affordable Trip Away

Making The Most of Car Rentals: How To Have An Affordable Trip Away

One of the biggest holiday expenses – and headaches – you might face is car rental. Yet if you plan ahead and are prepared to do a bit of online legwork, you can get the best deal possible… Shop around The Internet makes it easy to check prices. As with car insurance comparison sites, such […]

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Setting up and Marketing a Business Franchise

Setting up and Marketing a Business Franchise

Images courtesy of iStock Setting up a business franchise can be a hugely profitable and worthwhile venture. Although, starting a franchise can be quite daunting initially, it has much less risk associated with it than setting up your own business and can be hugely rewarding. But, how can you set up your own franchise and […]

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

How to create effective systems within your business

How to create effective systems within your business

If you’re trying to get your business to break through to a whole new level of sales and productivity, then a critical component of that is setting up effective systems. According to Shweta Jhajharia of The London Coaching Group, in order to create powerful systems that optimise your output, it is important to have a […]

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The Truth, the Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth!

The Truth, the Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth!

By Seamas McKenna, Deputy CEO, ASG & Partners Truth is an interesting concept, isn’t it? Apart from mathematical and scientific ‘truth’ (which is normally conveyed in numerical or scientific language), the truth, as we know and understand it, is conveyed in narrative. However, as a consequence, try as we might to avoid it – narrative […]

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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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Northern Ireland business bodies highlight benefits of EU membership

Northern Ireland business bodies highlight benefits of EU membership

The CBI, together with representatives of the agri-food sector (NIFDA) and retail sector (NIIRTA) believe that staying in the European Union is in the best interests of the economy, investment, jobs and living standards. There are many factors which will play into the final decisions that voters make in the fast-approaching EU referendum, but the […]

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Business First meets IT Apprentice at Fujitsu Adam Moran

Business First meets IT Apprentice at Fujitsu Adam Moran

With a degree in Business Studies, Adam Moran is now an Infrastructure Apprentice at world-leading Japanese information technology company, Fujitsu.  Here, Adam tells Business First Online about what it’s like to be an apprentice working in the ICT industry. Why did you want to obtain an apprenticeship qualification after university? While I enjoyed my business studies […]

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LearnSpark: How to have a difficult conversation

LearnSpark: How to have a difficult conversation

Budgets are tight and competition is high. To survive and grow, every member of your team must perform and deliver consistently. This is the case whether you are an organisation, business or school/college. Paul Gray from LearnSpark, Northern Ireland’s premier school training and support organisation, has been working with schools, colleges and teachers for over […]

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

Why hiring isn’t a one-way process

Why hiring isn’t a one-way process

In today’s competitive jobs market, employers can receive hundreds of applications for a single position. This means that even getting to the interview stage can often seem like an impossible task. However, when it comes to the recruitment process, employers also need to be pulling out all the stops. If companies want to attract the […]

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Three out of four employees overestimate value of Statutory Sick Pay, Legal & General research finds

Three out of four employees overestimate value of Statutory Sick Pay, Legal & General research finds

The FTSE 100 insurer’s new Working Lives research shows that 76% of employees surveyed thought that SSP was £100 per week or more, with nearly 15% believing it to be £150.01-£200 per week, around double its actual value of £88.45 per week, and another 15% expecting it to be more than £200 per week. When […]

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The Shackleton Sprit – how to lead teams through change

The Shackleton Sprit – how to lead teams through change

One hundred years ago, in early 1916, Ernest Shackleton’s plans lay in tatters.  Having set off two years earlier to be the first to journey across the Antarctic, this Anglo-Irish explorer and his men had lost their ship to crushing ice.  They were stranded on an ice floe in the Weddell Sea facing a bleak […]

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How important is job satisfaction and does this affect performance?

How important is job satisfaction and does this affect performance?

According to recent research by Investors in People, 44 per cent of workers deem job satisfaction as more important than salary. With this in mind, keeping employees engaged and satisfied takes a whole lot more than just good pay and benefits. It requires creating a good working environment, ensuring they feel valued and providing job security, as […]

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CPL Employment Market Monitor Q3

CPL Employment Market Monitor Q3

Dublin and Belfast based company Cpl, the largest recruitment agency on the island of Ireland, has  released its Employment Market Monitor report for the third quarter 2015. The survey highlights that with a shortage of some skills, particularly in the tech sector, nearly all employers today are choosing attitude over experience.  96% of nearly 500 […]

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Why your staff are resisting change and how to encourage them to embrace it

Why your staff are resisting change and how to encourage them to embrace it

Resistance to change is seen as a major challenge to organisational initiatives. According to Sarah Lewis M.Sc. C.Psychol, of Appreciating Change, before we think about how to reduce it, we need to understand why people resist change. 1) Information about the need for change might not get past the brain’s gatekeeper, which, when presented with […]

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

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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How to Start a Business with No Money

How to Start a Business with No Money

Starting a new business is a really big step, and it’s one that requires a lot of faith, dedication and commitment. Although quite a few start-ups get loans from banks or use savings to get the business off the ground, this isn’t always possible. However, although it’s easier to start a business with a loan […]

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Streamlining Your Business and Making it More Productive

Streamlining Your Business and Making it More Productive

Image courtesy of iStock The chances are that if you’re the manager of your own business, you’re already quite a busy person. However, if you find the time to start improving your processes and streamlining your operations, you may well find that you start to become more flexible as your company improves. This isn’t an […]

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How to create a consistent brand

How to create a consistent brand

If you want people to take interest in your company, it’s crucial that you create and maintain a consistent brand. So that your company’s identity remains strong, here are three handy tips. Turn your employees into ambassadors Behind most businesses are hard-working and reliable employees. If you have people working for you, you could fully […]

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The six most common leadership traps

The six most common leadership traps

Effective leadership is one of the most difficult skills to master. However, it is an essential aspect of a positive, effective and profitable working culture. As a business leader, you’re in a position of high visibility and you set the tone for the rest of the organisation. Your employees look to you for guidance and […]

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5 considerations when choosing Managed Services Provider

5 considerations when choosing Managed Services Provider

So, you’ve decided to use a managed services provider to improve and support your IT infrastructure. Great, but what next? How do you go about choosing a provider who will manage your IT systems effectively? Stephen McCann, MD at P2V Systems looks at some points to keep in mind. As with most things, when choosing […]

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