The Volunteer sales force

The Direct Selling umbrella is a large one. Literally thousands of products are sold in this way, health and nutrition, household, jewellery, cosmetics, cookware, financial services, telecommunications and energy, interior décor, advertising, lottery, holidays, food, fashion, books, childrens toys and educational/ personal development to name just a few.
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Use your website to increase Sales

Fusion Accounts was the first to cross the Rubicon and offer insight and help to Peter Nolan of Rubicon Healthcare with its new website challenge.

For those of you who are not familiar with Fusion Accounts it is an online bookkeeping and accounting system. It's recently been working on improving visits to the website and it monitors this via Google Analytics. 

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Distribution Key To Selling Internationally

When breaking into new markets local knowledge and access to key influencers are vitally important. Comopanies should consider the use of local partners. There are a number of reasons why they are important:

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Export with confidence

This is the first in a series of three articles on developing export markets. The articles will set out a practical step-by-step approach. Irish companies need to develop export markets. You can't afford to rely on the domestic market: it’s too small.  To grow your business, export.

But watch out, you need to think through key issues: How to access foreign markets How to move goods to a foreign market Where you get help to
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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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Take the Tour

          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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Kevin Sheehan, Deloitte

Good platform to bounce ideas and find solutions.
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Liam Mullaney, SAGE

Designed to help, relevant and appropriate.
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Success Stories

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How We Help

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Awards 2010

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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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