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

Open University Open Day, Belfast August 20 2015

Open University Open Day, Belfast August 20 2015

Discover more about Open University at their Open Day in Belfast on Thursday 20th August. No appointment required. Just drop into the Hilton Hotel anytime from 2pm-7pm. Click on the image to visit the Open University website

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August Craft Month launched in style with business focused exhibition

August Craft Month launched in style with business focused exhibition

Suzanne Lyle, Arts Council of Northern Ireland; Alan Kane, Craft NI; textile designer and entrepreneur Jude Cassidy and Grainne McVeigh, Invest NI August Craft Month was in celebratory mood as Craft NI marked its tenth anniversary with a special exhibition at the Millennium Court Arts Centre in Portadown, featuring the work of Northern Ireland’s leading […]

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Jeremy Biggerstaff reaches finals of  IoD UK Director of the Year Awards

Jeremy Biggerstaff reaches finals of IoD UK Director of the Year Awards

The managing director of Belfast-based Flint Studios, Jeremy Biggerstaff, has reached the finals of IoD UK Director of the Year Awards 2015. Jeremy Biggerstaff, who was awarded Northern Ireland SME Director of the Year 2014 at the regional awards, has been shortlisted in the national IoD finals for the UK title. This prestigious awards ceremony […]

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Ulster University launches state-of-the-art lab for businesses

Ulster University launches state-of-the-art lab for businesses

Dr Raymond Bond from the University’s Computer Science Research Institute and Hannah Torney from HeartSine monitoring brain wave activity of Ulster University PhD student, Andrew Cairns.  Ulster University has launched a state-of-the-art user experience lab that will help businesses explore how consumers can better interact with technology to increase the success of their products and […]

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Joanne McKendry appointed Head of Media (NI) at ICAN

Joanne McKendry appointed Head of Media (NI) at ICAN

Joanne McKendry has recently joined ICAN in Belfast as Head of Media for Northern Ireland. The former Media Director for AV Browne began her career in advertising sales for leading NI newspaper group, Belfast Telegraph before moving into an agency role with McCann-Erickson Belfast and joining AV Browne in 1999. Since then Joanne has developed […]

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A Corporate Day out with a Difference at Todds Leap

A Corporate Day out with a Difference at Todds Leap

That’s exactly the brief that Todds Leap were given by the team at Edge Innovate when they decided to book a Corporate Day with us, it had to be a day out with a difference that was suitable for all the staff and their families! Following on from the success and great feedback from the […]

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

Whitespace Kick Off into Sponsorship!

Whitespace Kick Off into Sponsorship!

The team at Whitespace consider themselves a sporting and competitive bunch. Director Fiona Murray is an ex Northern Ireland international athlete, business partner Ronald Hogg an enthusiastic cyclist, and contracts manager Robert Magowan has completed the “toughest footrace on earth” – the gruelling Marathon des Sables!  Succeeding in business and succeeding in sport requires very […]

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Gradon Architecture opens in Derry

Gradon Architecture opens in Derry

Liam Nelis, Sean Furey and Graham McDarby of Gradon Architecture at the opening of RoCo salon Two former colleagues with designs on shaping Derry’s future have set up Gradon Architecture in the city. Architect Sean Furey, 47, and architectural technician Liam Nelis, 35, have teamed up with long-time friend and experienced architect Graham McDarby to […]

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UB Media picks up two Green Apple Awards

UB Media picks up two Green Apple Awards

UB Media, based in Bangor, have become a double winner of a Green Apple Environment Awards for Best Environmental Practice to the Built Environment, in the national campaign to find Britain’s greenest companies, councils and communities. They competed against more than 200 other nominations and were presented with both Gold & Bronze Winners – Green […]

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Ards & North Down Bizcamp

Ards & North Down Bizcamp

Date: Friday 11 September 2015 Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm Venue: Clandeboye Lodge Hotel Cost: FREE Keynote Speaker – David Meade, BBC Mentalist and Corporate Entertainer SIGNAL would like to invite all Ards and North Down businesses to the Creating Connections event to: Create connections to develop and grow your business Celebrate all aspects […]

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ASM Chartered Accountants seminar offers Charity VAT Health Check

ASM Chartered Accountants seminar offers Charity VAT Health Check

Michael Williamson, ASM, Karen Atchison Positive Futures, Edward Gorringe Mindwise and Richard Blakeman, ASM ASM Chartered Accountants, delivered a well-attended breakfast seminar as part of its ongoing commitment to help local charities get to grips with VAT issues. The event was presented by Richard Blakeman, VAT Manager at ASM Chartered Accountants, Belfast.  Speaking after the event, Mr […]

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Developing future leaders at BDO NI

Developing future leaders at BDO NI

BDO NIBDO NI Senior Partner, Nigel Harra (centre) with newly appointed Assitant Managers (L-R) Suzanne McIlwaine, Ruth McNeill, Eimear McManus, Helen McFerran, Geoff Riddell, Cathy Kelly & Lynsey Briggs. The former Graduate Trainees were just a few of the 21 recent promotions made at BDO NI this year. BDO NI is celebrating a number of […]

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

Take time to consider your IT health this Summer

Take time to consider your IT health this Summer

Stephen McCann from P2V Systems explains why an IT health check is a worthwhile exercise. With summer here and the pace likely to reduce slightly over the coming weeks, try and make time to consider if your IT systems are performing at the level they should be. It would be time well spent. Our IT […]

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Should marketers advertise on TV? – Fiona Roberts ASG Ireland

Should marketers advertise on TV? – Fiona Roberts ASG Ireland

Fiona Roberts, Media Executive, ASG Ireland In this line of work I often hear marketing professionals question whether they should advertise on television. Are people still watching live TV? Isn’t everyone on “Catch-Up” these days? Is it really worth it? There have been so many changes in TV advertising in the past few years that it is […]

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Success and the city

Success and the city

by Nick O’Shiel, CEO Omagh Enterprise A city is a hub of economic and entrepreneurial bustle that breeds jobs and sucks in people from the surrounding areas. Business and investment are lured to cities and thrive on ideas, innovation and creativity. But what does such success mean for non-city areas? Today’s city Cities around the […]

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How to use the 3Cs to introduce change into your organisation

How to use the 3Cs to introduce change into your organisation

In today’s fast-moving environment, change is a crucial element of any business. Businesses that fail to change – fail to develop and grow. However introducing change needs to be managed carefully to ensure that it is positive for the organisation, employees and customers. So how do you introduce change effectively? Jhajharia of The London Coaching […]

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Leaders take risks; that’s how they become leaders – William Buist

Leaders take risks; that’s how they become leaders – William Buist

You only lead an industry by doing things that nobody else is doing – says William Buist, founder of the exclusive xTEN Club. For example, Apple starts from a principle of focussing on the beauty of design. Netflix’s original programming is designed to look far more professional and polished than those on Yahoo and Hulu. […]

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Northern Ireland Investment Review shows region attractive for investors

Northern Ireland Investment Review shows region attractive for investors

Northern Irish income returns are among the highest around and along with recovering capital values make the region one of the most attractive markets for investors, according to MSCI’s first publicly released Northern Ireland Investment Review. You can download the Northern Ireland Investment Review from here The MSCI in conjunction with Ulster University has published the […]

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

How to Improve Your Productivity at Work: 11 Tips

How to Improve Your Productivity at Work: 11 Tips

You’ve surely heard the phrase, likely a number of times: “work smart, not hard.” This phrase is heard ad nauseam, especially in the business world, because there are only so many hours in a day. To reach your professional goals, you likely will have to either spend more hours working or improve productivity. This article […]

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Eight tips for taming terror – transforming presentation nerves into confident communication

Eight tips for taming terror – transforming presentation nerves into confident communication

Developing your ability and confidence to speak in public is probably one of the most valuable things you can do both for your self-esteem and your career/business. However, overcoming the fear associated with standing up in front of a group of people is the crucial first step towards developing this important skill. Gavin Meikle from […]

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How to grow your business

How to grow your business

by Nick O’Shiel, Omagh Enterprise Many small businesses have managed their way through the recession and are itching to grow again. They are active in all areas of the economy and present in every town and city across the country. The difficulties of recent years, however, have made them more competitive and profitable. The key […]

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Fabulous Feedback – creating a culture that creates great leaders.

Fabulous Feedback – creating a culture that creates great leaders.

Feedback can be a fabulous thing; it can help us understand our strengths and learn how to build on our experience to do even better in the future. Feedback’s got a bad rap though.  Often when someone says “I have feedback for you” our heart sinks and we brace ourselves for criticism delivered by someone […]

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Here’s How to Know When it’s Time to Consolidate Your Debts

Here’s How to Know When it’s Time to Consolidate Your Debts

Too many people have the completely wrong idea about debt consolidation. It is a technique that is actually quite extensive that keeps individuals from having to go into bankruptcy and protects the long term credit score of most people who use it. You simply need to know when to use it. Here are some indicators […]

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Ards Business Centre – Growing Success

Ards Business Centre – Growing Success

Ards Business Centre Ltd is one of the local enterprise agency for the Ards and North Down Borough Council area. Ards Business Centre has been providing support to businesses for over 25 years since its establishment in 1988 and seeks to play its part in Economic Development through implementing activities of a local enterprise agency. […]

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

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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Shared Parental Leave & your business

Shared Parental Leave & your business

Helping Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry launch the new Families Act are Pip Jaffa, ParentingNI and Marie Marin, Employers for Childcare Charitable Group. Employment and Learning Minister, Dr Stephen Farry outlines the new right to shared parental leave and pay and the benefits to businesses. The recent passage into law of the Work […]

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Eight tips for taming terror – transforming presentation nerves into confident communication

Eight tips for taming terror – transforming presentation nerves into confident communication

Developing your ability and confidence to speak in public is probably one of the most valuable things you can do both for your self-esteem and your career/business. However, overcoming the fear associated with standing up in front of a group of people is the crucial first step towards developing this important skill. Gavin Meikle from […]

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Is your business ready for the new holiday pay rules?

Is your business ready for the new holiday pay rules?

Emma-Jane Flannery, Employment Law Associate at law firm Arthur Cox, outlines the facts. Holiday pay is an issue that affects most businesses, and a number of recent rulings by the UK Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) will, potentially, have significant ramifications on how employers in Northern Ireland should calculate holiday pay going forward. Why were the […]

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Fabulous Feedback – creating a culture that creates great leaders.

Fabulous Feedback – creating a culture that creates great leaders.

Feedback can be a fabulous thing; it can help us understand our strengths and learn how to build on our experience to do even better in the future. Feedback’s got a bad rap though.  Often when someone says “I have feedback for you” our heart sinks and we brace ourselves for criticism delivered by someone […]

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Leadership is issue says Deloitte’s UK Human Capital Trends 2015

Leadership is issue says Deloitte’s UK Human Capital Trends 2015

Leadership is at the forefront of talent issues for the majority of Northern Ireland companies, according to Deloitte’s UK Human Capital Trends 2015 survey, which reveals the top trends shaping the human capital agenda. Almost nine in ten organisations surveyed throughout the UK cite leadership as one of their biggest challenges. Leadership remains the most […]

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MOTORING REVIEWS..........

Out of this world savings for Donnelly Group customers

Out of this world savings for Donnelly Group customers

Donnelly Group Mitsubishi recently hosted a series of events for members of the business community promoting the incredible tax benefits of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle), the world’s first plug-in hybrid 4×4 SUV. With the vehicle featuring the same batter technology used in Apollo 11, the seminars were launched at Armagh Planetarium. […]

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Key to a new driving partnership

Key to a new driving partnership

Business in the Community has received the keys to a new Toyota Plug-in Hybrid Prius, courtesy of Fleet Financial and Charles Hurst Toyota. The organisation, which promotes responsible business and promotes good environmental practice is delighted to be using this vehicle, which can run totally on electric power, boosting fuel efficiency, reducing running costs and […]

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Demand for British-made cars increases

Demand for British-made cars increases

A rise in the demand for British-made cars from British consumers was reported in July this year, raising hopes of a revival in the flagging domestic economy. Growth Accordingly, British-based car manufacturers produced an impressive 28,895 vehicles for the home market, constituting a 38 per cent increase on the same month last year and a […]

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Demand for British cars boosts economy recovery hopes

Demand for British cars boosts economy recovery hopes

Hopes of a manufacturing revival for British-made cars have risen sharply thanks to fantastic figures in July. British-based manufacturers made a total of 28,895 cars in the seventh month of 2013, which was a massive increase in demand on the same period in 2012. The Society of Motor manufacturers (SMMT) said that the increase in […]

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TV Star David Meade takes on his best role yet with Charles Hurst

TV Star David Meade takes on his best role yet with Charles Hurst

Popular entertainer and speaker takes on Lexus as its new brand ambassador for Northern Ireland TV star, illusionist, mentalist and international speaker has landed one of his best roles yet – as a brand ambassador for luxury car brand Lexus. In an exciting new twist to his skyrocketing career, the popular BBC entertainer has agreed […]

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Peugeot 208 GTI – oh yes its back!

Peugeot 208 GTI – oh yes its back!

by Ian Beasant, Business First Motoring Correspondent Since the 1980s, hot hatch-backs or GTI’s have been dominated by Peugeot and Volkswagen. And it’s Peugeot who have upped the ante once again with the new 208 GTI. With this car the company is intent on bringing the same or better driving experience of the super successful […]

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