Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards

Thirty-two of Ireland’s leading businesses were selected as winners at the Leinster, Munster, Connacht and Ulster provincial finals of the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards which took place recently.

THE AWARDS, which are now in their 16th year,
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Curious Wines

Wine merchant Curious Wines will open a new warehouse, its second, within the coming months as it moves to create a national brand.

Established in 2008, the company sells 300 wine brands from a warehouse in Bandon, Co. Cork, and nationwide online store, curiouswines.ie.
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Survival Skills (Part 2)

Maintaining profit margins is also key to business survival. Ensure that you are maintaining your profit margins even if you are reducing prices by also reducing the cost of what you are making or providing. Also, don’t be afraid to make hard-headed financial decisions, says Bolger.

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Survival Skills (Part 1)

To survive and grow today, business owners need to align themselves with the right networks, advice and support systems, but ultimately they must have the drive and ambition to succeed and the confidence to promote their business and be seen above the competition.

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Kidspotter

Dublin firm Kidspotter will launch a new child monitoring product for large venues in the Spring.

The Never Lost wristwatch will allow larger venues, such as shopping centres and fairgrounds, to provide visiting parents with an lectronic SMS monitoring service to keep track of children.

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Saving energy is the way to earn money

Changing times need new approaches to markets and products. That is a lesson that has been learnt and applied well by Unicorn Inter Ltd.

Unicorn is an established business, having started in 1991 and with operations both in

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Smallbusinesscan.com continues to go from strength to strength

ULSTER BANK has been instrumental in creating smallbusinesscan.com, an all- Ireland internet resource that allows businesspeople from all sectors and growth stage companies to come together and share insights, networks, and business tips to promote growth in their

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Software R&D in industry

Commercialising the fruit of software research is a notoriously tricky business. Ian Campbell reports on a new initiative from the Irish Software Association, aimed at helping companies and research institutions work together more productively.

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Building a better online presence

Every business should have one, that’s an online presence. Its not just about building a website, there’s more – a lot more - involved. And there seems to be a lot of debate about the best approach to take. Here’s a comprehensive post that appeared recently

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Show me the money

For any business these days, it's a familiar scenario: You win the business submit the invoice, wait 30 days and then - nothing. Your staff and creditors expect to get paid on time, so is there anything you can do?

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A passion for the field

Strong relationships with customers and connecting with other SMEs are two of the main drivers of mobile work-management software firm Forcelink’s success as a start-up

PAUL RYAN, co-founder and director of software start-up Forcelink, says he has never come
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The Better Business Show - 2010 Bootcamps

The Better Business Show returns for the fourth time in 2010, and brings a masterclass in best practice from the SFA, Ulster Bank and partners to 18 locations throughout the country. The Show will make your business more professional, more productive and more profitable.
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Congratulations to the provincial winners

The shortlisted provincial winners will gather on the 10th March 2010 when the national winners in each category will be announced. One To Watch Award Connaught Winner - Caragh Precision Leinster Winner - DecaWave Munster Winner - Acappella Agency &a...
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The Benefits of using a Telephone Answering Service

Many businesses have discovered the major benefits that accrue to their business by using a professional Telephone answering Service and the increase flow of business that can result. Choosing the right service for you can be vital.

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Quick-thinking Darren cleans up with new ideas amid sales slump

In tough times, many companies still operate with a ‘business as usual’ mindset. Market expert Ron Immink warns this is dangerous. We look at firms thinking outside the box

Innovation and flexibility are important principles in running any business, no matter how small.

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The sky’s the limit if you do it for the Craic

A business called Craic Design could only be Irish. It is the idea of John Kennedy, who went to school in Bangor and now spends much of his time commuting between Belfast and Dublin.

But sole trader Kennedy put his commuting time to good use — he used it to write one of the

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A horse riding product racing ahead of its rivals

In tough times, many companies still operate with a ‘business as usual’ mindset. Market expert Ron Immink warns this is dangerous. We look at firms thinking outside the box

Wendy McCaughan came up with a simple yet obviously sensible idea back in 2004 — to use the expertise developed to protect

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Starting small ... but with eyes on big time

LIR-MED has big ambitions. The Craigavon company may only have half a dozen staff now, but it intends to employ 50 workers within three years. By this time, according to its business plan, its initial £1m turnover will have jumped at least five-fold.

These aspirations are backed by the knowledge that the year-old company has launched into one
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Kilrea firm sets sights on export markets

A North West company has engineered funding from Invest Northern Ireland as part of a £100,000 investment to enable it to target export markets.

Hutchinson Engineering in Kilrea, Co Londonderry will be focusing on markets including the Republic in a bid to boost sales.

The engineering company employs
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A toast to O’Toole’s as Armagh pub wins title

A Co Armagh pub has raised the bar after securing the accolade of Northern Ireland Pub of the Year.

O’Toole’s Bar in Armagh beat off competition from hundreds of rivals to win the Federation of the Retail Licensed Trade (FRLT) title.

It also clinched the Co Armagh Pub of the Year award while other regional winners
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