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

Momentum’s Tom Verner finalist in Business Personality of the Year

Momentum’s Tom Verner finalist in Business Personality of the Year

Managing Director of Bangor-based The Momentum Group, Tom Verner, was recently named as a finalist in the Business Personality of the Year category at the prestigious Eye Awards. The gala event, which celebrated local companies’ success, took place on Thursday 7th December at the Waterfront in Belfast. Over 700 people from a wide range of […]

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Northern Ireland FE colleges present “Let’s do Business”

Northern Ireland FE colleges present “Let’s do Business”

Northern Ireland’s six regional Further Education (FE) Colleges have joined together to launch a new marketing campaign, “Let’s do Business” to promote their services to local employers and businesses. The Let’s do Business campaign aims to raise the profile of FE Colleges as a “first port of call’ for businesses who want to re-skill or […]

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New NI developed ‘PickaShift’ App set to revolutionise care home staffing

New NI developed ‘PickaShift’ App set to revolutionise care home staffing

An innovative new App, PickaShift, is expected to save care home providers in Northern Ireland hundreds of thousands of pounds per year while ensuring all staff shifts are covered. The app which connects care workers and their employers in residential and nursing homes, informs staff quickly about shifts that have become available at short notice […]

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InterTradeIreland – helping businesses to uncover funding opportunities

InterTradeIreland – helping businesses to uncover funding opportunities

Euripides’s instruction to ‘leave no stone unturned’ is great advice for established SMEs seeking backing in order to grow their business.  With the upturn in the economy, there is a wealth of funding prospects available to developing companies, many of which are new sources of finance, and all avenues should be explored. To help companies […]

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Tourism NI launches 2018/2019 events fund

Tourism NI launches 2018/2019 events fund

Tourism NI has launched two separate events funding schemes to support the local events industry. The 2018/2019 events funding programme will consist of the international tourism events fund and the national tourism events sponsorship scheme and is designed to drive visitor numbers, increase spend in the local economy and raise the profile of Northern Ireland […]

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Christmas present appeal from Ulster Rugby for Include Youth

Christmas present appeal from Ulster Rugby for Include Youth

Share your festive cheer with a young person in care this Christmas by donating an unwrapped gift to Ulster Rugby’s Christmas Present Appeal for Include Youth. For children and young people living in care or away from their families, Christmas can be quite difficult and they often miss out on receiving gifts. So Ulster Rugby […]

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

What’s a Better Investment: Private Reg Plate or a Car?

What’s a Better Investment: Private Reg Plate or a Car?

What’s your dream car? Without mistake, over 90% of the population on this planet dreams about having a certain car model someday. The most desired are expensive, sports cars, but the luxurious ones are also on top. Next in line come antiques – beautiful cars from the past that still look fabulous and steal our […]

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Anytime Fitness to launch in Northern Ireland

Anytime Fitness to launch in Northern Ireland

Global health and fitness brand Anytime Fitness is set to launch in Northern Ireland with two boutique style gyms opening in Belfast in the New Year. The Belfast-based gyms will be locally owned and operated and represent an investment of £1million, with the creation of 20 full and part-time jobs. The first Anytime Fitness gym […]

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Digital Insights from Loud Mouth Media

Digital Insights from Loud Mouth Media

November was a great month for the Loud Mouth team as we were officially named ‘Best Small PPC Agency’ in the UK at the 2017 UK Search Awards! We were the only Northern Ireland based PPC agency represented at the highly competitive industry awards, so as you can imagine, we are just about recovering from the celebrations! […]

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Dynamic week in business for Armagh City Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council: VIDEO REPORT

Dynamic week in business for Armagh City Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council: VIDEO REPORT

Armagh City Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s recent Enterprise Week provided a dynamic programme of events for businesses across the Borough. Supported by principal sponsor Ulster Bank, Enterprise Week 2017 explored how entrepreneurial thinking, networking, investment and innovation can bring new opportunities for the Borough. Entrepreneurs, start-ups and existing businesses, were encouraged to unlock and […]

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Louise Brogan visits 10 Downing Street

Louise Brogan visits 10 Downing Street

Local business owner, Louise Brogan, has just returned from her visit to 10 Downing Street as part of this year’s Small Business Saturday Top 100, a campaign which shines the spotlight on local businesses to show how vitally important they are to individual communities and the UK as a whole. Louise joined other small business […]

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The protection power of wearables; health and safety in a digital age

The protection power of wearables; health and safety in a digital age

Sinead Dillon, Principal Consultant, Fujitsu Northern Ireland In any organisation or business, its people are its most valuable asset. Your employees and co-workers enhance productivity, add to the creative process, manage goods and services and ultimately contribute to the smooth running and delivery of business. Therefore, keeping you and your employees’ safe and protecting their […]

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

Eugene, Nadine and the Russians

Eugene, Nadine and the Russians

Our personal data and our business data are at risk…from pretty much everyone It has been interesting over the last week to read the rhetoric around Kaspersky and the fact that, it being a company run from Russia, we now seem to believe that the Russian government will be using it to spy on our […]

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Reducing the Risk of Driving for Businesses During Winter Months

Reducing the Risk of Driving for Businesses During Winter Months

Mark Maguire – Northern Ireland Sales Manager – Europcar UK Northern Ireland police figures show that traffic accident fatalities[1] rise during the winter season. Other studies show that the danger of road accidents increases by 30% between 5pm and 8pm in the month following the clocks going back. There is no question that the winter […]

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Employee Contentment: How To Handle The Ever-Invasive Business Email

Employee Contentment: How To Handle The Ever-Invasive Business Email

by Shirley Penney Smartphones. Our best friends and our worst enemies. Can you name even one person who doesn’t have access to at least one smart phone? Flash back 10 years and the only people who had work email on their mobile were high flying executives. The type who spent their days in chauffeur driven […]

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Social Segregation: How to help your employees reclaim the work life divide

Social Segregation: How to help your employees reclaim the work life divide

by Shirley Penney, Bright Blue Sky Technology and people. Opposites coexisting (sometimes precariously) in the modern day work place. Technology has invaded our lives like the grey squirrel’s introduction to Ireland – it spread fast and dominated, with irreversible consequences. With the introduction of technology has come vast opportunity. We can work faster, better, from […]

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In Conversation with Shane Haslem Head of Network Solutions, eir Business NI

In Conversation with Shane Haslem Head of Network Solutions, eir Business NI

As eir Business NI reaches its 10 year anniversary in Northern Ireland, we take some time out to talk to our own Shane Haslem about the key trends and hot topics in enterprise ICT this year. Big Data is a Big Topic.  How are organisations managing the big data explosion? By 2020, our accumulated digital […]

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Health & Safety in a Digital Workplace

Health & Safety in a Digital Workplace

by Mark Maguire, Chief Technology Officer, Fujitsu Northern Ireland Given the pace of digital transformation in the last decade and the generational shift in people’s attitude towards the use of technology, businesses are placing a greater emphasis on the need to futureproof their workplaces. Part of meeting this exciting challenge is understanding how technology can […]

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FAMILY BUSINESS...

Mentality – Going from Performance to High Performance

Mentality – Going from Performance to High Performance

by Peter Stevens, 4c Executive As a recruitment professional at 4c Executive and an amateur (very amateur) sportsperson I have always been interested in what makes the difference in going from good to great, performance to high performance or between winning and losing and I always seem to have the same answer: “mentality”. I have […]

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How to build a trusted brand, by CIM Ireland

How to build a trusted brand, by CIM Ireland

Every successful business trades on its reputation, so building a trusted brand is essential whatever your size or sector, says Carol Magill, Network Manager, Chartered Institute of Marketing The process is always going to cost time, effort and money. But you don’t need a bottomless budget to do the basics well. Here is a simple […]

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Family-owned firms to have their say on business planning in Family Business Survey

Family-owned firms to have their say on business planning in Family Business Survey

Maybeth Shaw, Partner at BDO Northern Ireland; with Eddie and Eugene McKeever, father and son owners of McKeever Hotels launch the  Family Business Survey Business advisory firm, BDO Northern Ireland, today launched the Family Business Survey that will capture the experiences and concerns of family owned businesses and help give them a stronger voice on a […]

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Larchfield Estate – a family affair

Larchfield Estate – a family affair

by Sarah Mackie It is hard to believe that 2017 marks Gavin and my 10 year anniversary at Larchfield Estate. As I gave up my career in media and moved to Northern Ireland to get married I’m not entirely sure that either of us knew of the energy that we would be putting into starting […]

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Keeping it in the family: will outside advice help family businesses survive down the generations?

Keeping it in the family: will outside advice help family businesses survive down the generations?

by Paul Mulholland, Founding Partner, Harbinson Mulholland As hosts of the NI Family Business Forum, Harbinson Mulholland are planning an event on 5th April which will pose that question to a number of panellists, of which I am one. We will be discussing the value of non-executive directors (NEDS) in family businesses, in partnership with the […]

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Take care of your Social Capital values when taking care of your Succession

Take care of your Social Capital values when taking care of your Succession

by Ian Smyth, Ulster University Trust, communication and identity are values that need to be considered when selecting a successor. Research confirms that only about one-third of family businesses survive the transition from founders to second generation of Owner/Managing Director (OMD) and only around a tenth of those survive beyond the second to third generation. […]

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

What is “actually” meant when we talk about HR Data?

What is “actually” meant when we talk about HR Data?

by Jonathan Crawford, Mindmill HR Software Limited HR data, people analytics, human capital insights are just some of the terms used when looking at talent and HR trends. We know that this type of data is an essential strategic resource for organisations. It helps you to predict and learn from past mistakes. It allows organisations to […]

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How to look for soft skills and assess cultural fit?

How to look for soft skills and assess cultural fit?

What is cultural fit? In every workplace talk, we often hear both employers and employees talk about organisational culture – that mysterious term that characterises the qualities of a work environment. When interviewing prospective employees, one of the key determinations for an employer will always be whether the candidate is a good ‘cultural fit’. by […]

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Employees Offered up to £100k to whistleblow on Employers

Employees Offered up to £100k to whistleblow on Employers

by Nathan Campbell, Cleaver Fulton Rankin The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is seeking to crack down on illegal activity such as price-fixing and bid-rigging by offering a reward of up to £100,000 and the promise of anonymity to employees who report any such activity undertaken by their employers. The “carrot” of £100,000 is only […]

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Boosting Employee Performance Without Raising Stress Levels: Is It Possible?

Boosting Employee Performance Without Raising Stress Levels: Is It Possible?

Every company wants to get the most out of their most important assets: employees. Team members who are capable of working effectively and efficiently provide higher levels of contributions to the company, making them more valuable and allowing the business to grow at a much faster rate. Unfortunately, boosting employee productivity is often a complicated […]

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Developing a Strong Employer Brand

Developing a Strong Employer Brand

by Emma Murray, Director, ASG Recruitment Is your organisation struggling to attract, recruit and retain the best talent? If the answer is yes, then, don’t fear, because you are not alone – you need a strong employer brand. In a recent Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) survey, over 3 quarters of UK organisations […]

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Employment Tribunal Cases In Northern Ireland Increasing

Employment Tribunal Cases In Northern Ireland Increasing

A Freedom of Information request has revealed that in the year ending 31 March 2016 a total of 3,030 cases were brought before the Employment Tribunal. These cases resulted in 7,144 complaints against businesses on a variety of different employment grievances. Interestingly this is nearly 30% more than the previous year. In total, judgments in […]

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HOW TO ADVICE.....

How you can utilise trading to start your own business

How you can utilise trading to start your own business

Starting your own business against the backdrop of Brexit might seem like a daunting prospect, but the country’s SME contingent continues to thrive. More than 99 per cent of the 5.5 million businesses in the UK are small or medium sized, while micro-businesses account for 32 per cent of employment and 19 per cent of […]

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Your GDPR Clinic

Your GDPR Clinic

It’s a wonderful life and long may it continue after the 25th of May 2018, which is why we have created our… GDPR Clinic.. Gift wrapped to allow you to understand how GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) will :- Affect You Affect Your Business Allow you to get firmly on the road to compliance Our […]

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Be a data-driven based business

Be a data-driven based business

Just a little research into your business can tell you how to boost revenue and profitability. By gathering the right data, and being data-driven, you can identify opportunities, make strategic decisions, and improve business performance quite quickly. With modern business software, it’s easier than ever to capture and analyse data. It shouldn’t even require you […]

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A simple tip from Genesis Belfast to make your advertising up to 11x more effective

A simple tip from Genesis Belfast to make your advertising up to 11x more effective

As advertising and marketing budgets continue to come under pressure, Darren Lyttle, Head of Creative at leading Belfast marketing agency Genesis Belfast explains how your advertising can be up to 11 times more effective. They say all advertising works. But what if there were a simple way to make your advertising more effective? Up to 11 […]

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How to hire entertainment for your corporate event

How to hire entertainment for your corporate event

You’ve been given the responsibility for organising the corporate entertainment for your company’s big annual event. You want the event to be a storming success (and come out looking good in the process), so you need to hire the best corporate entertainment available. So where do you start? Follow our simple tips and you’ll be […]

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Expert event planning: 10 things to consider before your business event

Expert event planning: 10 things to consider before your business event

It is important for your business to host events because it gives you exposure and puts you at the forefront of the minds that really matter. However, careful planning is important because you need every little detail to come together to guarantee it will be a success. If something goes wrong, the event could result […]

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