Business Achievers: Joe Morris and CATTS

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Our latest Business Achiever is Joe Morris and CATTS. We asked Joe to tell us a little bit about his speech-focussed business and asked him about him business journey to date. Read on to find out more in Business Achievers: Joe Morris and CATTS.

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Recruitment Strategies: Talent Spotting For Your Business

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When faced with a range of suitable candidates, how do you go about recruiting the right person for your business? Placing a job ad can bring in hundreds of applicants who apparently have the right qualifications. But having achieved the best exam results doesn’t necessarily make them the best person for the role. So how, in that sea of CVs, can you spot someone who has real potential to shape your business? Here are recruitment strategies that you can use for talent spotting for your business.

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How To Create The Perfect Benefits Package For Your SME

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Attracting and retaining staff is one of the biggest challenges facing businesses and organisations. Recruiting staff is time consuming and expensive and a settled staff line-up means more productivity and continuity as opposed to interruptions and slow-downs caused by gaps in the workforce and the time taken to replace them. Along with a competitive salary, an attractive and flexible benefits package is a major driver in attracting and keeping staff. Here's how to create the perfect benefits package for your SME:

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What is Invoice Finance?

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Invoice Finance is a flexible and revolving facility that provides funding to companies who provide trade credit to their debtors, the funds can be used for a variety of purposes such as working capital, negotiation of better terms with suppliers or as part of a funding package to acquire a business. The facility funds the company in the period from issuance of an invoice until their debtor makes payment – essentially it allows the company to release funds tied up in the working capital cycle.

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Painting The Story of Your Business

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There will always be debate around the fact - is business a science or an art - well, the answer is both but this article is to get you to embrace your inner artist. David McKechnie explains why successful business owners are able to really drill down into the art. Here are some tips for painting the story of your business:

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Developing a Business Growth Strategy from Consumer Research

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Only half of startups survive more than five years, and only a third make it to ten years. To ensure sustainability of business, you must create growth strategies. A tangible plan is a defining factor that determines whether you will create growth or devalue the business. A business growth strategy should integrate consumer research to capitalise on market opportunities and keep a pulse on their market dynamics. Here are tips on developing a business growth strategy from consumer research:

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New Research Shows Millennials Put in More Extra Hours

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Lazy and entitled - just two of the adjectives used to describe the millennial cohort in the workplace. But new research looking into the amount of overtime employees are doing each week suggests otherwise. And lo and behold, it's millennials that make up the greatest segment of that percentage.

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Why Absenteeism Is Driving Flexible Working Uptake

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Do you know that stress levels, chronic health disorders, and high absenteeism rates cost companies nearly $450-$550 billion annually? IFEPB reports that stress, less focus on-the-job, physical health concerns and absenteeism are the top barriers negatively impacting the workplace. But there's another change afoot. Here's why absenteeism is driving flexible working uptake:

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How Prepared Are Firms to Deal With a Post-Brexit Scenario?

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The latest research by InterTrade Ireland has been released with some interesting findings about how prepared firms are to deal with a post-Brexit scenario:

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How to Choose a Freight Forwarder

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International shipping can be integral to business growth in this age of globalisation, and a freight forwarder can make the journey overseas less daunting. Here are some tips for how to choose a freight forwarder for your business:

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4 Ways To Use Training To Get New Employees Up And Running Quickly

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When an employee is first hired, they must usually complete a training period in order to effectively get going with their new job. A fun and interactive training period not only boosts morale and motivation, but also allows employers to be confident their new employees are engaged with their new company. Here are 4 ways to use training to get new employees up and running quickly:

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Seeing Beyond SEO: 4 Digital Marketing Strategies You May Be Overlooking

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If you are a small business owner, search engine optimization is not the only digital marketing strategy that you should implement into your marketing plan. There are other methods of expanding your presence in the digital world. Here are four digital marketing strategies that you should implement in addition to SEO.

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Tips for Start-ups on Choosing the Right Accounting Software

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Being unaware of the financial status of the business can cost startups dearly, at times leading to failed endeavours. But picking the right software takes time and can feel overwhelming. Here are some tips for start ups for choosing the right accounting software:

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6 Simple Presentation Tips for Superb Delivery

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So you have prepared your presentation, your speech, your pitch and are happy with your content. Now, how do you deliver it so that you make the maximum impact? Here are 6 simple presentation tips to help you deliver superbly!

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5 Ways to Manage Growth Of Your Small Business to Avoid Growing Pains

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Small business owners spend a lot of time thinking about how to make their business grow, but they are often not prepared when that growth happens. Scaling a small business to grow will require you to rethink how you operate. If you want to keep growing in a sustainable way, then you need to learn how to manage it. Here are few ways you can manage growth of your small business and keep your company running smoothly (and avoid growing pains!):

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5 Marathon Training Tips That New Entrepreneurs Can Follow

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The long hours, the anticipation, the thrill of the push. Starting a business is a lot like training for a marathon. This summer, I did both simultaneously and learned a ton in the process. At each step, I grew smarter, stronger, and even more prepared for my next set of challenges. Here are my 5 marathon training tips that can help you as a new entrepreneur as you tackle your new business:

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Business Event Focus: The Public Sector Digital Marketing Summit

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The 2nd Public Sector Digital Marketing Summit takes place Wednesday 12th June at The Helix in Dublin. We asked the organiser Joanne Sweeney to tell us a bit about the upcoming event:

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8 Top Tips for Taking Your Business Global

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At a recent How to of Going Global event in Waterford sponsored by KPMG Private Enterprise, supported by Enterprise Ireland, Ulsterbank and Business Achievers, business leaders shared their experiences of scaling and going global. Here are 8 top tips for taking your business global:

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Making a Franchise Work for You

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Franchising enables people to work for themselves without working by themselves, and buy into a brand with a proven business model and good reputation. Here are some tips on making a franchise work for you.

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8 Tips To Help Avoid Costly Hiring Mistakes

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Hiring is hard. I mean, how are you supposed to know after reading somebody’s CV and a talking to them for a few minutes if they’re the right fit for your company? And yet if you don’t, you run the real risk of spending a lot of money on somebody that ends up doing more harm than good. So what can you do enhance your chances for success? Here are 8 tips to help avoid costly hiring mistakes:

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