How to Ensure Your Small Shop is Ready for Higher Customer Traffic

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Many small businesses are often in survival mode in the first few months or years that they are a company. As these businesses begin to bring in more customers and start turning a profit, they may find that they aren’t quite ready for all the traffic their new success is creating. For this reason, businesses need to be proactive in the ways they scale up. Business owners should consider the following tips when preparing for higher customer traffic.

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Intellectual Property Protection: A Simple Guide for Startups

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Intellectual Property is one of the most important assets of a startup, particularly if you are doing something disruptive or with new technology or new processes. Here's a simple guide for startups to intellectual property protection:

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7 Tips to Boost Footfall Using Your Website

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How do you use your website to drive your customers into your bricks-and-mortar premises? A recent study found we look at our smartphone 57 times a day on average, and 44% of us check it at least once at night too. If you want to attract new customers, no doubt about it – online is the place to be. Here are 7 tips to boost footfall using your website:

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6 HR Mistakes Not To Make For Small Businesses

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Running a small business means taking on multiple roles. However, having to handle so many jobs, from marketing to managing employees, can lead to costly mistakes. It's not uncommon for a small-business owners to neglect the human-resources side of the business when things are going smoothly, but not staying on top of employee management can lead to high turnover and possible litigation. With human-resource errors being one of the main reasons most small business fail in less than five years, employee management must be one of your top priorities. To up your odds of survival, here are 6 HR mistakes not to make for small businesses:

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5 Reasons To Use Live Chat For Your Business

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By now you must have understood the fact that quality customer service is crucial to the long-term success of your business. To make customers your vocal advocates, you need to provide a worthwhile and memorable experience every single time. So are you owning a business with an online presence and wish to grow? And are you using live chat? Here are 5 reasons to use live chat for your business:

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7 Tips for Better Invoicing for Start Ups

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Invoicing is among the most important aspects of operating a small business. However, it can be such a big hassle at times - particularly if you are a start up company and new to the process. Here are 7 tips for better invoicing for start-ups:

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Latest Economics Commentary from Simon Barry and His Team at Ulster Bank

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Highlights from this week's commentary on the economy and financial markets from Ulster Bank Economics team Simon Barry and Ricardo Amaro.

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6 Strategies for Better Customer Relationship Management

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Customer relationship management (CRM) comprises of all the facets of interaction between a business enterprise and its customers. It is basically a business strategy whose main goal is to build and strengthen mutually beneficial customer relationships. Here are 6 strategies for better customer relationship management:

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10 Things That Could Be Preventing You From Getting More Business

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There are businesses that do well. There are ones that hold the edge. There are businesses that lead the competition. And, there are the ones which struggle with getting more business. Here are 10 things that could be preventing you from getting more business:

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4 Ways Businesses Can Increase Inclusion For Disabled Employees

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While the law requires reasonable accommodations to be met for current and applying employees, it’s best not to wait until an employee asks before you update your facilities. Having a company that is already physically prepared to handle disabilities can attract great talent that otherwise would have been put off by inadequate accommodation of physical needs. Take the time to evaluate what you have right now to help include disabled individuals, and consider these 4 ways to further that inclusion.

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Business Achievers: Eamonn O'Brien and The Reluctant Speakers Club

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Our latest Business Achiever is Eamonn O'Brien and The Reluctant Speakers Club. We asked Eamonn to tell us a little bit about his speaking-focussed business and asked him about his business journey to date. Read on to find out more in Business Achievers: Eamonn O'Brien and The Reluctant Speakers Club.

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Key Tips For Cyber Security For Irish SMEs

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Cyber attacks on SMEs are becoming more common. What are the biggest threats and how can businesses best protect themselves? Here are some key tips for cyber security for Irish SMEs, things you should look at implementing as soon as possible. 

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Tips for Employee Training For Your Small Business

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Whether you're running a small business or a blossoming startup, the best training will meet the mission of your business, offer consistency for the company’s services and products providing new members of staff with the skill they need to be productive and to succeed. Here are some tips for employee training for your small business:

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How to Make Your Online Business Stand Out From The Crowd

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The Internet is so vast that starting an online business can make you feel like a raindrop in the middle of the ocean. How do you make sure that potential customers find you, and how do you get them to stay loyal to your business instead of flipping to a competitor’s site? Here are some tips for how to make your online business stand out from the crowd:

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Surviving the Storm: How to Steer Your Business Out of a Financial Crisis

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When running a small business, finances can often be tight, especially when you’re going through a crisis period. Getting into financial difficulties, for whatever reason, doesn’t have to mean the end of the road for a company. There are many successful businesses that have managed to steer themselves out of a crisis and continue trading. When you’re facing tough times, here are some tips on how you can tackle different financial situations.

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The Co-Innovate Programme and The Power of Partnerships

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Are you wanting to develop a new product, service or process? Have you ever considered a partnership to drive innovation in your business? Have you looked at The Co-Innovate Programme? Find out more about the programme and the power of partnerships:

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How to Create an Acquisition Strategy as a Small Business

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Many start up companies hope to eventually get acquired but don't have a clear acquisition strategy or plan on how to get there. In order to create an effective acquisition strategy as a small business, there are several aspect of their business that must be carefully planned out. While transparency is important, the particulars concerning the companies finance and legal aspects play a vital role in the success of the acquisition. In addition, there are organizational concerns, communication tasks and stakeholder assessments required. Let's take a look at developing a good acquisition strategy:

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Top Tips for Implementing Your Business Plan

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Competition is strong because everyone has their unique business idea, but the ratio of successful businesses is low. According to statistics regarding start-ups, as few as 30% of start-ups survive their 10th year in business, while 50% fail in their first few years. A key factor can be the proper implementation of the business plan. Here are top tips for implementing a successful business plan.

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Business Achievers: Paula Travers and Travers Accounting Services

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Our latest Business Achiever is Paula Travers and Travers Accounting Services. We asked Paula to tell us a little bit about her accounting-focussed business and asked her about her business journey to date. Read on to find out more in Business Achiev...
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5 Tips for Irish Businesses to Boost Creativity in the Workplace

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What’s the best way to generate original and profitable new ideas for your business? We explore how large corporations nurture creativity and how SMEs can approach the same challenge. Here are 5 tips for Irish businesses to boost creativity in the workplace:

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