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

JMK Solicitors earns No. 1 ranking for road traffic personal injury claims

JMK Solicitors earns No. 1 ranking for road traffic personal injury claims

 Pictured at the company’s Newry office are (from L-R) Olivia Meehan, Legal Services Director; Jonathan McKeown, Chairman, and Maurece Hutchinson, Managing Director JMK Solicitors was today confirmed as Northern Ireland’s top road traffic personal injury claims specialist for a second consecutive year, handling more cases locally than any other legal firm. The Belfast and Newry-based […]

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-Newry votes ‘No’ to Brexit –

-Newry votes ‘No’ to Brexit –

Peter Conway, Michael McAllister,  Wendy Austin, Jeff Peel and Dr Conor Patterson He may have been a lone voice, but at last week’s Brexit seminar – hosted by ASM Chartered Accountants – pro-Brexit campaigner Jeffrey Peel made a compelling case for the UK to leave the EU. The seminar, which forms part of ASM’s ongoing […]

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eir Business NI helps Balloo Hire reach new heights

eir Business NI helps Balloo Hire reach new heights

Zenith Networks Managing Director Martin Lyons; eir Business NI Sales and Marketing director Matt McCloskey; and General Manager at Balloo Hire Mark Grundy. One of Northern Ireland’s leading plant, tool & equipment hire providers, Balloo Hire, has turned to eir Business NI to deliver a more robust communications platform for its growing business. Offering a province-wide delivery […]

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SMEs key to lifting Northern Ireland from bottom of employment table, says FSB

SMEs key to lifting Northern Ireland from bottom of employment table, says FSB

FSB has challenged the Executive to use the new Programme for Government to reduce regulation and increase support for local small businesses, so as to redress Northern Ireland’s position in having the lowest employment rate of the 12 UK regions. Figures released this week reveal that the employment rate here stands at only 69%, with […]

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ASM host first in series of Brexit debates

ASM host first in series of Brexit debates

Stay in the EU – was the overwhelming view of some of Northern Ireland’s most prominent businesses at this morning’s Brexit Seminar held by ASM Chartered Accountants, in partnership with Belfast Chamber of Trade and Commerce. The ASM Brexit debate, which forms part of ASM’s ongoing ‘Cross Border Bureau’ series, took place in The Merchant […]

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Flexible and affordable postgraduate study at Ulster University

Flexible and affordable postgraduate study at Ulster University

Invest in your future and shape your career with Ulster University. Learn and pay your way with flexible payment plans over five or ten months. Discounts available for Ulster alumni and upfront payment. Discover more at ulster.ac.uk/learnyourway If you love it, share it

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

Charles Hurst tees off ahead of Northern Ireland Open

Charles Hurst tees off ahead of Northern Ireland Open

Charles Hurst Group has been announced as the official car partner for the 2016 Northern Ireland Open which will be hosted by Galgorm Castle Golf Club in July. As part of the partnership, Charles Hurst will provide cars from key luxury brands, including Jaguar, Land Rover and Lexus to transport the players and their coaches […]

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A&L Goodbody named Ireland’s Law Firm of the Year 2016

A&L Goodbody named Ireland’s Law Firm of the Year 2016

Niamh Ryan, Head of Office, A&L Goodbody London; Catherine Duffy, Chairman, A&L Goodbody and Julian Yarr, Managing Partner, A&L Goodbody. A&L Goodbody has been named “Ireland’s Law Firm of the Year 2016” by the international legal publication Chambers Europe at an awards ceremony in London. The annual Chambers Europe Awards recognises law firms across Europe […]

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IoD Chairman’s Challenge aims for bullseye with Dame Mary Peters

IoD Chairman’s Challenge aims for bullseye with Dame Mary Peters

In his final duty as Chairman of the Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland, Paul Terrington, took on Olympic Gold medalist, Mary Peters, for the annual Chairman’s Challenge. The pair were joined by members of the IoD as they took part in the archery challenge raising funds for the Mary Peters Trust, the IoD’s charity […]

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How Wealth Advisers Can Benefit Small Businesses

How Wealth Advisers Can Benefit Small Businesses

Money makes the world go round and, in business, keeping a close eye on your money is vital. If you manage your cash flow correctly, monitor your investments closely and invest wisely then your business will thrive. It will give you more money to reinvest and help your business grow. Understandably, most business owners are […]

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What to look for in a new business property

What to look for in a new business property

Whether you’re a new business looking for your first office or a company that is expanding and requires a new business property, there are many considerations to take into account when searching for the right place. With it being the most expensive cost for your business it is important you make the best possible choice. There […]

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Creating Crafty opportunities at Ballymena Business Centre

Creating Crafty opportunities at Ballymena Business Centre

Creativity and Enterprise was on the table at Ballymena Business Centre’s Church Street site as the organisation recently revealed their plans to support craft makers from the Mid and East Antrim Borough Council. Plans include a new look studio and retail space which will be rebranded to become known as Midtown Makers as well as […]

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

How to keep your head in business when change threatens to overwhelm you – Jean Gamester

How to keep your head in business when change threatens to overwhelm you – Jean Gamester

How do you keep your head in business when change comes along and wants to mess up the status quo? As business owners and leaders we need to ensure we continue to make effective, informed decisions even if we feel overwhelmed or threatened by change. Jean Gamester of Semaphora is currently helping two organisations that […]

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The Intern’s Eye View

The Intern’s Eye View

by Beth McClements – Media Assistant, ASG & Partners 20 year old Beth McClements, a University Intern at ASG & Partners urges employers to get more involved in education A year ago, I was an excited advertising student intern, setting out with plenty of marketing theory knowledge, but no real life experience of the industry.  […]

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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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You’re their leader – but you’re not there to tell them what to do.

You’re their leader – but you’re not there to tell them what to do.

What’s your concept of being a leader? You can’t just be one of the gang – it all works fine until something goes wrong or you have to enforce a difficult policy. But what’s the alternative? How do you find your own effective leadership style? Kate Mercer, co-founder of Leaders Lab and author of ‘A […]

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The four keys to doing more with less in your business

The four keys to doing more with less in your business

Archimedes said, “Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.” What he was talking about is that with the right tools, you can achieve a lot more with a lot less. ‘Leverage’ is one of the six core systems that Shweta Jhajharia from […]

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Appointing a Director to a UK Company

Appointing a Director to a UK Company

In accordance with Companies Act 2006, a private company must have at least one director, who must be a natural person, at all times. The Companies Act does not state a maximum number of directors a company may have, however a company may choose to state a minimum or maximum number in their articles of […]

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

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

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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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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