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Willie Walsh is speaker at PKF-FPM/UU Business School leadership talk

Willie Walsh is speaker at PKF-FPM/UU Business School leadership talk

 IAG Chief Executive Willie Walsh (second right) pictured with Professor Feargal McCormack, Professor Marie McHugh and broadcaster Gerry Kelly before the PKF-FPM Annual Leadership Talk. “My leadership style is simple, open, honest and visible.  It’s all about standing up in front of people and telling them things as they are.”  These were just some of […]

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Landmark year for Templeton Robinson

Landmark year for Templeton Robinson

Templeton Robinson’s Rene Kyle, Michael Young and Judith Gilchrist, who’ve all worked at the Holywood office since it opened in 1996, celebrate 20 years in business as the longest established estate agency in the town. It’s new year, new look for Holywood’s longest established estate agency, with Templeton Robinson celebrating two decades of business in […]

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Pinsent Masons ranked top legal firm by Stonewall Workplace Equality Index

Pinsent Masons ranked top legal firm by Stonewall Workplace Equality Index

International law firm Pinsent Masons is celebrating being recognized for its commitment to workplace diversity in the 2016 Stonewall Workplace Equality Index. Pinsent Masons has been ranked one of the top five most inclusive employers in the influential ranking which assesses the inclusivity of workplaces around the UK. Pinsent Masons is the highest ranking law […]

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IoD NI urges good governance practice on Public Boards

IoD NI urges good governance practice on Public Boards

Paul Terrington, Chairman of the IoD NI, Judena Leslie, Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland, and Gordon Milligan, Chairman of the IoD NI Developing Committee The Institute of Directors NI has met with the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland to call for greater transparency in the selection of board members for public […]

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Landlord Buy-To-Let Tax Changes Seminar with RSM

Landlord Buy-To-Let Tax Changes Seminar with RSM

Event: Landlord Buy-To-Let Tax Changes Date: Tuesday 8 March | 9.30am – 10.30am Venue: RSM, Number One, Lanyon Quay, Belfast, BT1 3LG It is important that Landlords understand the changes that will affect anyone buying or owning a buy-to-let property in the UK as they may affect the profitability of many buy-to-let portfolios, however small […]

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£11m funding for startups from Halo

£11m funding for startups from Halo

Halo, the Northern Ireland business angel network, has announced it has now reached a total of £11 million of funding into local companies. The news comes as Halo launches a dynamic new service which will see startups across the province getting the chance to connect to an even wider reach of potential investors. The network […]

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Invest Northern Ireland’s Propel Programme kicks off

Invest Northern Ireland’s Propel Programme kicks off

Pictured at the new Propel Programme start-up workspace in Donegall Street, Belfast with Niall Casey from Invest NI are the successful applicants who have received a place on Invest Northern Ireland’s Propel Programme.  The top 40 Start-up applicants for this year’s Invest Northern Ireland Propel Programme have been selected and are starting work in the […]

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Starting your own business from home In 2016

Starting your own business from home In 2016

For reasons such as the freedom of being your own boss, a greater sense of career achievement, and a better work/life balance, more and more people are starting their own business. Last year alone, a record breaking 581,173 businesses registered with Companies House in the UK. But while working from home might seem like a […]

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Inspiring marketing tips from your favourite brands

Inspiring marketing tips from your favourite brands

If you’re looking for inspiration when it comes to your marketing then there are plenty of brands doing the right things, tapping into their demographics and encouraging people to take an interest in what they have to say through savvy marketing techniques and content. Here are five to take inspiration from:  Consider hiring a brand […]

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Why upcycling is so important to small businesses

Why upcycling is so important to small businesses

Upcycling offers an opportunity for businesses. Unlike recycling, this is a process that can have real practical value for a company. While recycling takes waste products and turns them into a reusable material somewhere along the chain, upcycling has a real and direct benefit to the user. It takes an unused product and breaks it […]

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Aviva Stadium goes green in advance of Six Nations kick-off

Aviva Stadium goes green in advance of Six Nations kick-off

Martin Murphy, Stadium Director, Aviva Stadium and Stephen Gallagher, Head of Business Energy, SSE Airtricity The Aviva Stadium in Dublin – home of Irish rugby – has signed a new contract with SSE Airtricity that kicks fossil fuels to touch and supplies the stadium with all of its energy needs through 100% renewable power. This […]

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Metal Technology Bespoke Cantilever Racking by Whitespace

Metal Technology Bespoke Cantilever Racking by Whitespace

Whitespace’s expertise extends beyond interior design and fitout to full warehouse logistics plus equipment specification, supply, and installation.  We recently completed a bespoke installation of cantilever racking for Antrim based Metal Technology, a leading supplier of high-quality, innovative and sustainable architectural aluminium solutions for windows, doors, curtain walling and solar shading. Their racking system was […]

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

Benefit from ISO 27001 Compliance with Office 365

Benefit from ISO 27001 Compliance with Office 365

P2V Systems MD Stephen McCann looks at some of the security benefits of Office 365.  Microsoft Office 365 manages information security to safeguard your data. It has met the stringent controls to achieve the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) 27001:2013 certification. So what security benefits does this provide to users? ISO 27001 aims to “establish, […]

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Is the Internet changing your life?

Is the Internet changing your life?

Each week , Chief Executive, Omagh Enterprise Company, blogs on issues related to enterprise, technology and the economy. This week Nick asks if the internet is changing your life. It is hard to imagine the internet has only been in widespread use for the last two decades or so. Before that computers operated as single […]

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5 Ways To Grow Your Small Business In 2016

5 Ways To Grow Your Small Business In 2016

The combined annual turnover of small business in the UK last year was a whopping £1.8 trillion. But while several business owners will be proud to hear that their collective efforts are contributing to the country’s economy, they may also have concerns about increased competition over the coming months. So, how can small businesses grow […]

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Six steps to exporting success with InterTradeIreland

Six steps to exporting success with InterTradeIreland

One of the biggest challenges currently facing small business owners is dealing with a decrease in demand in their home market. Exporting is a logical option, which can significantly help increase turnover and enhance business performance. For a first-time exporter, trading cross-border is the perfect place to begin, writes Paddy Savage from InterTradeIreland, who is […]

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“Dinner table” career guidance from  Tina McKenzie

“Dinner table” career guidance from Tina McKenzie

from Tina McKenzie, MD of PeoplePlus NI For years, many families across Northern Ireland (and indeed across Ireland and the UK) have been advising their children that the sure set way of getting into a prosperous and fulfilling career is to gain qualifications in subjects that guaranteed a steady income. Foremost among these was accountancy, […]

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Using Social Media in your Recruitment Strategy

Using Social Media in your Recruitment Strategy

by Emma Murray, Director, Recruitment at ASG It’s a fact – the recruitment media landscape is more fragmented than ever before, which is why you need to include social media in your recruitment strategy. With so many media channels to choose from (offline and online), ever-decreasing recruitment budgets and the fierce ‘war’ for talent as it’s […]

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

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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Northern Ireland Employment Law briefing for start-ups

Northern Ireland Employment Law briefing for start-ups

by Jonathan Simpson, Cleaver Fulton Rankin Although Northern Ireland Employment Law can appear complex and overwhelming for any start-up business which decides to take on employees, by getting a few key areas right from the start you can avoid the pitfalls and prevent problems arising. Businesses operating in Northern Ireland should also be careful to […]

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How to listen your way to a better business, William Buist

How to listen your way to a better business, William Buist

by William Buist, founder of xTEN Club When employees and employers talk to each other, are either of them listening? The owner/manager wants his employees to know what they need to do to be productive and help move the business forward. However, employees often feel like “worker bees” and can become frustrated by the expectation […]

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How to fire staff so they thank you – Sue Ingram

How to fire staff so they thank you – Sue Ingram

One of your staff members is on holiday – and you suddenly feel less burdened and are enjoying work more. When you look at your team you notice they appear energised and are getting more stuff done despite being one man down. If this is the case, it means you are paying a salary to […]

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

How Technology Has Improved Our Chances of Bagging Our Dream Jobs

How Technology Has Improved Our Chances of Bagging Our Dream Jobs

Thanks to the internet we can now read about and apply for jobs around the world at the touch of a button, so you can find your dream position in another country before you even get there. What’s more is that there are so many more options for what to apply to, so anyone can […]

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6 ways to get your small business off the ground

6 ways to get your small business off the ground

Have you been trying to put some momentum behind your small business but found yourself falling short and lagging behind your competitors? Then here are six ways to get your small business off the ground, that make sense and will ensure you have a clear run through to success: 1. Create a great product or […]

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The hidden secrets of powerful sustainable sales

The hidden secrets of powerful sustainable sales

Successful business leaders understand that the sales process is the lifeblood of their company. Without an efficient, productive means of making sales, even brilliant ideas will fail. Each brand has to find the sales process that work bests for it. William Buist is founder of xTEN Club has advice on how to create a successful, […]

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Wishing you healthy IT for 2016 from P2V Systems

Wishing you healthy IT for 2016 from P2V Systems

P2V Systems MD Stephen McCann provides a few tips for healthy IT in 2016. We all know IT can be complex and expensive. It can also result in major issues when systems and infrastructure aren’t managed and maintained properly. However, an IT System that is monitored and proactively managed will have a positive impact on […]

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4Rs of optimising the profit from your customer base

4Rs of optimising the profit from your customer base

Most business owners hear the word marketing and believe it’s all about lead generation; pulling in new enquiries and gaining new customers. However according to Shweta Jhajharia of The London Coaching Group this is not the whole picture. Marketing is actually about getting more business. And that includes getting more value out of your existing […]

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10 proven ways to raise business finance

10 proven ways to raise business finance

Each week Nick O’ Shiel, Chief Executive, Omagh Enterprise Company, blogs on issues related to enterprise, technology and the economy. This week Nick explores 10 ways to raise finance. Each week Nick O’ Shiel, Chief Executive, Omagh Enterprise Company, blogs on issues related to enterprise, technology and the economy. This week Nick explores 10 ways […]

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