No ducking of hard work as SilverHill Foods targets export markets

Export markets have been a key focus for Silver Hill Foods since the family firmcame into existence some 50 years ago. A fully integrated firm based in Emyvale, Silver Hills has a unique proposition. It supplies duck products primarily to the food industry, and looks after everything fromduck productiontobreeding, egg production, hatching, processing and cooking.

It then targets and sells to Chinese communities and restaurants in Britain

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Irish firm secures Belgian hospital contract

Lincor Solutions, a software company specialising in healthcare informatics, has secured a major international deal to supply a hospital in Belgium. Richard Cooke, chief executive of Lincor, said the company had beaten off competition from other bidders, including Siemens and Philips, to secure the contract to supply more than 2,000 of its MEDIVista products to UZ hospital in Louven.
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Robinson’s true sole

Robinson's Shoemakers is a family business in Carrickfergus established in 1954 and taken over by Robin Stewart from his father-in-law 15 years ago.

Since then the firm's operations have been transformed into one of the largest and most successful quality shoe retailers in Ireland.

“It was an old-fashioned cobbler's shop,” recalls Mr Stewart. “It sold one or
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College speaks language of its own with earnings

Cynics might be surprised that Northern Ireland can be successful as a centre for teaching English, but the evidence from the North West Academy for English is to the contrary.

Not only have student numbers and turnover increased substantially over recent years, but many students are choosing to study in Londonderry in preference to London.

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Growth Centre

The business is recently founded and the imperative is to specify/make the product (concept), prepare a business plan, get market feedback and peer advice , find and access production capacity and fund this product concept validation stage from own r...
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        The idea for Small Business Can comes from an Ulster Bank initiative when we went and talked to hundreds of businesspeople and asked them about the types of business supports they most valued. The majority said that they valued the insights o...
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          Talk with thousands of other small businesses and entrepreneurs. Promote your business, get advice and feedback and lend your own insights.   Connect with the Small Business Can team, share ideas and get answers to your business questions –...
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'Start-up Live' events

Its Free That's right. Our members openly share their knowledge and experience with other like minded small businesses and entrepreneurs. Networking Connect with peers, collaborators, enablers and new markets! Smallbusinesscan.com is your one-stop-re...
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Paul Barry, Pedigreedogs.ie

An invaluable networking site no matter what growth stage your company is at. Ask and you shall receive
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Good platform to bounce ideas and find solutions.
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New business opportunities!

Research by Innovator and CIES has identified 16 insights / potential new business opportunities in the civic security sector.

One was around the lack of space around the regulatory security activities required in airports.

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Ballymena business people say ‘yes we can’

Business people who have ‘been there and done it’ shared their mistakes, successes and knowledge with entrepreneurs in Ballymena last night.

David Patton of Patton Group, Sam Morrison Jnr of Clockwork Orange clothing chain, David Robinson of the Robinson Cleaning company,

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Our new site coming soon!

That's right. Small Business Can's brand spanking new site shall be unveiled quite soon!

We have enhanced the structure according to feedback with a bigger Blog, a web 2.0 forum, a more user friendly (and relevant) library, the beginnings of a business directory where you can promote your business and a new social learning programme

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On the 22nd of this week (Thursday) a group of experienced entrepreneurs will discuss the business issues of the day at the Tullyglass Hotel in Ballymena, kick off 5.30 for 6pm. David Patton of Patton Group, Sam Morrison Jnr. of Clockwork Orange clothing chain, David Robinson of the Robinson Cleaning company, and Steven Montgomery of Montgomery’s will join founder of
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New marketing plan to put firm in the spotlight

James Thompson Ltd is a lighting retailer based on Larne's Main Street that has been a family business since it was started in 1946 — but, confusingly, it is now run not by the Thompsons, but by the McIlroys.

Although it was James Thompson who founded
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Andy’s healthy dose of ambition

Andy Barr admits to a bout of over-confidence when he started the Marturion company back in 2001.

His firm conducts research and product development for medical devices and nine years ago corporations felt these were core activities that could not be outsourced. Happily for Dr Barr
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