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On Line / Off Line available from Whitespace…

On Line / Off Line available from Whitespace…

On Line / Off Line is a collection of skinny planks that offers a wide spectrum of possibilities. Off Line features a linear design consisting of two colours that are perfectly matched with the vibrant On Line solid tiles. Combine the two for smooth transitions between neutrals and brights, hard and soft lines. You can […]

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Autoline Insurance Group hits year-long anniversary target before halfway stage

Autoline Insurance Group hits year-long anniversary target before halfway stage

Autoline Insurance Group has smashed its £40K charity fundraising target in less than six months thanks to a Gala dinner in Newry attended by over 390 guests. Over £25,000 was raised from the Gala dinner, a sum which included monies raised from ticket sales and donations as well as an auction and raffle on the […]

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We’re now on holiday

We’re now on holiday

We’re off! Back on July 14th. See you then – and have a brilliant summer. Gavin

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Why pay for energy when you can generate revenue

Why pay for energy when you can generate revenue

You’re a savvy business person – always looking for ways to streamline costs to market and maximise margins. So why is powering your business a cost rather than a revenue stream? If you’ve overlooked the potential that comes with installing commercial solar panels, you’re really missing a very big business boosting trick! Commercial solar PV […]

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RSM McClure Watters becomes ‘RSM’

RSM McClure Watters becomes ‘RSM’

RSM McClure Watters will be rebranding to ‘RSM’ following the global announcement by its international network, RSM International that it is adopting a single global brand. RSM International, the world’s seventh largest audit, tax and consulting network, is adopting ‘RSM’ as its global brand name across all of its member firms worldwide. RSM McClure Watters […]

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eircom Business Solutions NI is the Right Place to Work 2015

eircom Business Solutions NI is the Right Place to Work 2015

eircom Business Solutions NI is named the Right Place to Work (Small Business) in the Irish News Workplace & Employment Awards 2015. The Right Place to Work category recognises socially responsible organisations who have close links to charitable initiatives and who make a positive impact on employees and the community in which they are based. […]

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

Bell attends BDO Annual Agri-Food In-Camera Dinner

Bell attends BDO Annual Agri-Food In-Camera Dinner

Minister of Enterprise, Trade & Investment Jonathan Bell, BDO Partner Francis Martin and Andrew McCormick, DETI Permanent Secretary in attendance at the BDO Annual Agri-Food In-Camera Dinner held on 17th June at Hillsborough Castle. This, the third dinner in its series, brought together 25 food and drink businesses from across Northern Ireland to discuss the […]

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Amateur golfers take on the longest day golf challenge in support of Macmillan Cancer Support

Amateur golfers take on the longest day golf challenge in support of Macmillan Cancer Support

Eight local golfers are taking on a challenge even greater than the one faced by World Number 1 Rory McIlroy at the US Open as they prepare for a round of golf that will last for a mammoth 16 consecutive hours. The golfers, who work for Lisburn-based foodservice company Brakes, will attempt to play for […]

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Ministers put their Best‘Boot Forward in First Wellies to Work Day

Ministers put their Best‘Boot Forward in First Wellies to Work Day

DARD Minister Michelle O’Neill and Environment Minister, Mark Durkan, led the way for Rural Support and Simple Power’s first ‘Wellies to Work Day’ on Friday 5th June. The campaign saw workers across Northern Ireland get suited and welly-booted in support of the charity. The Twitter campaign encouraged supporters to wear welly boots to work and […]

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Deloitte calls on leading Northern Ireland businesses to apply for Best Managed Companies Awards Programme

Deloitte calls on leading Northern Ireland businesses to apply for Best Managed Companies Awards Programme

Deloitte  in association with Barclays, has announced the launch of the 2015/2016 Best Managed Companies Awards Programme. The Best Managed Companies Awards Programme recognises companies operating at the highest levels of business performance, and highlights the power of the best indigenous companies. Northern Ireland firms that are successful in this year’s programme will join the […]

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Ulster Bank supports £2.5m investment in Lisburn Bowl

Ulster Bank supports £2.5m investment in Lisburn Bowl

At Lisburn Bowl are Joe Tumelty of Lisburn Bowl Limited, Aoife Loughran, Operations Manager, and Gordon Davidson, Ulster Bank Thirty-two jobs are set to be created this week with the opening of a new leisure facility in Lisburn. Lisburn Bowl, which has been developed in a £2.5 million investment supported by Ulster Bank, will include […]

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Business editor shares online writing tips at CIM Tea Party

Business editor shares online writing tips at CIM Tea Party

Writing strong online copy is radically different to producing articles for magazines and newspapers – so said Business First editor Gavin Walker at an event for Northern Ireland’s leading marketers this week. Mr Walker, speaking to members of CIM at the ‘Context is King, Content is Queen’ event at Malmaison Hotel, said limited resources meant […]

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

What does the future hold?

What does the future hold?

by Nick O’Shiel, Omagh Enterprises The recession is over and businesses are recruiting staff again. The economy is in recovery and the number of people in work is climbing. But the recovery is not working for everyone, as life gets harder for many. Why? A different world Even though the recession is over life remains […]

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What is the role of education?

What is the role of education?

asks Nick O’Friel, Omagh Enterprises Education used to be concerned with passing knowledge from one generation to the next so students could learn from the achievements and mistakes of the past. Education today, however, is more focussed on preparing students to get good grades, pass exams, find jobs and contribute to the economy. The role […]

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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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CBI responds to Mansion House Speech

CBI responds to Mansion House Speech

The CBI has responded to a speech from the Chancellor of the Exchequer at Mansion House. John Cridland, CBI Director-General said: On Government plans to run budget surpluses each year: “Business wants the Government to aim for an absolute budget balance over the economic cycle, so the Chancellor’s plans will be well-received. This will create […]

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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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Five Considerations when Choosing a Managed Services Provider

Five Considerations when Choosing a 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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HOW TO ADVICE..........

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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Did your data backup successfully last night?

Did your data backup successfully last night?

Stephen McCann from P2V Systems offers some insight into the importance of your data backups. Every business understands how important its data is, but not all businesses act on this understanding and fail to backup their data. Unfortunately for many, data backup is a reactive consideration once data has already been lost. The lesson is […]

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

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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VIDEO: Employers For Childcare Vouchers Explainer Video

VIDEO: Employers For Childcare Vouchers Explainer Video

Whether you’re an employer or a working parent, signing up to the Employers For Childcare Voucher scheme could help you make HUGE savings! The salary sacrifice scheme saves parents money on the cost of childcare and also saves employers money too, as the salary amount sacrificed is free from NICs. For more info on the […]

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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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