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

Executive needs to offset the short/medium term challenges of Brexit

Executive needs to offset the short/medium term challenges of Brexit

CBI representatives met with the Finance Minister, Mairtin Ó Muilleoir to discuss a full agenda covering Brexit (and in particular EU funding), the new ‘Programme for Government’ (PfG), infrastructure investment, Apprenticeship Levy and business rates. The key message left with the Minister was the need for the NI Executive to be more ambitious and deliver […]

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Unemployment Rate in Northern Ireland Continues to Drop – but Results are a Mixed Bag says Andrew Webb

Unemployment Rate in Northern Ireland Continues to Drop – but Results are a Mixed Bag says Andrew Webb

Commenting on yesterday’s Government Labour Market Survey, Andrew Webb, Managing Director of Webb Advisory Ltd, an economic research advisory practice based in Belfast and one of Northern Ireland’s leading independent economists said: “The latest labour market report presents us with a significant array of data on how the labour market has been performing. “There are some […]

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Portview completes work on Harvey Nichols new design concept store in Birmingham.

Portview completes work on Harvey Nichols new design concept store in Birmingham.

featuredPortview Fit-Out has completed work for luxury retailer Harvey Nichols on its new store in Birmingham. Designed by retail specialist Virgile + Partners, the new concept store is the blueprint for all future Harvey Nichols stores. The Portview team worked with Carlos Virgile’s “controlled disruption” concept to deliver the 45,000 sq ft “all on one […]

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Scott Ritchie, Connect Telecom, backs Minister’s call for tightening broadband advertising rules

Scott Ritchie, Connect Telecom, backs Minister’s call for tightening broadband advertising rules

Scott Richie, Director of Northern Ireland’s largest independent business to business mobile and Unified Communications provider, Connect Telecom, has voiced his support for Economy Minister Simon Hamilton’s call to change advertising rules governing broadband suppliers. Current advertising rules allow broadband providers to promote “up to” download speeds in advertising if they can demonstrate that 10% […]

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Arthur Cox hosts multi-session seminar examining the impacts of Brexit on employment law

Arthur Cox hosts multi-session seminar examining the impacts of Brexit on employment law

Emma-Jane Flannery, Employment Law Partner at Arthur Cox, Scott Alexander, Head of Learning & Development at Legal-Island and Fiona Wills, Learning & Development Services Officer at Legal-Island Arthur Cox has hosted a major, multi-session seminar in conjunction with Legal-Island to provide HR directors from some of Northern Ireland’s largest businesses with advice on the impacts of Brexit […]

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Output declines for first time in 15 months; Ulster Bank Northern Ireland PMI®

Output declines for first time in 15 months; Ulster Bank Northern Ireland PMI®

Today sees the release of July data from the Ulster Bank Northern Ireland PMI®. The latest report – produced for Ulster Bank by Markit – signalled that the month following the UK’s vote to leave the EU saw declines in output and new orders in Northern Ireland. The weakness of sterling following the referendum also […]

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

Arthur Cox advises on award of animal health contract

Arthur Cox advises on award of animal health contract

James Flanagan of Arthur Cox, Conor Toal of AMT-Sybex, William Curry, Partner at Arthur Cox who led the discussion, Morris McCracken of the Central Procurement Directive and Tom Gilgun also of the Central Procurement Directive. Pictured below from left to right are Brian Mitchell of AMT-Sybex, Leonard Hayes of AMT-Sybex, Robert Huey, Deputy Secretary of Veterinary […]

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India Gets A New Central Bank Governor: Winds of Change?

India Gets A New Central Bank Governor: Winds of Change?

by Cameron Branngan The new Governor of the Central Bank of India, Urjit Patel, is most likely going to have his job cut out for him, according to numerous sources including the WMoption. Fortunately, one thing he will not have troubles with, at least initially, is investor confidence, as his credentials are impeccable both on […]

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How improvements in packaging are making our food last longer

How improvements in packaging are making our food last longer

Food packaging today is about much more than simply storing and transporting edible goods. Thanks to some sophisticated science, the containers we use now play a major role in preserving their contents and reducing food wastage by providing effective barriers to potential contaminants. From the ‘Father or Canning’ Nicholas Appert, who devised a method of […]

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Why buying new isn’t always the best option for your business

Why buying new isn’t always the best option for your business

As a business ensuring your books balance and profit targets are reached is important, that is why buying a new vehicle isn’t always the best option – instead, you should be looking to purchase second hand or better yet lease your commercial vans and cars. Buying new comes with a multitude of pros and cons, […]

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Why businesses should consider advanced IT training for employees

Why businesses should consider advanced IT training for employees

The success of any business depends on its employees and as a business owner or manager you have to put adequate training, including IT training, in place to support employee development. With IT playing such a huge part in business there is a strong case to be made for moving beyond basic IT training and […]

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Marriott to open in Belfast

Marriott to open in Belfast

Belfast Harbour has revealed that Marriott International has been selected as the brand for its new City Quays Hotel on Belfast’s waterfront under a franchise operating agreement with Interstate Europe Hotels and Resorts. The hotel will be Marriott International’s first in Northern Ireland, joining the company’s portfolio of nearly 4,500 hotels located in 87 countries […]

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

The 6 elements that make a winning team

The 6 elements that make a winning team

No successful big business owner is an island. You can keep a small business running by yourself, but if you are ready to achieve growth, then you need a team surrounding you. Your team has to be the right for your business. Each individual needs to fit into your culture and they need to have […]

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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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It’s all about the preparation

It’s all about the preparation

By Vicki Caddy, Head of PR, ASG & Partners There’s no denying it: even the most hardened sports-haters will admit they have been captivated by the action at the Olympics.  It’s the hot topic. The TV coverage, while requiring some frustrating channel-hopping to keep up, has allowed us to follow the highs and lows of […]

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Are you an entrepreneur?

Are you an entrepreneur?

Nick O’ Shiel, Chief Executive, Omagh Enterprise Company The entrepreneur’s ability to create opportunity has spread to inhabit mainstream thinking all around the world. Entrepreneurs used to be minor players in business while big companies were revered. But the era of the entrepreneur has arrived, as everyone is urged to think like one. New thinking […]

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When the Going Gets Tough the Tough Get Going: How to succeed through developing Mental Toughness

When the Going Gets Tough the Tough Get Going: How to succeed through developing Mental Toughness

Recent television coverage of the Olympics in Rio, and the documentary on the extraordinary Mo Farah, led me to reflect on the importance of Mental Toughness to success in the sporting world and on the lessons for business. Watching the athletes compete, like me, you may find yourself asking “how can anyone subject themselves to […]

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

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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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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