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We've got some excellent (even if we say so ourselves) free business downloads for our members and business owners to access and use. From financial spreadsheets to templates for pitching to checklists for your business, visit our Downloads section any time to access these. 

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The Do's and Don'ts of Attending Trade Shows

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In the early start up stage, finding early adopters and buyers for the ventures new product is the urgent task. No sales, no survival. One of the best ways to make those early sales is at industry exhibitions and tradeshows. Exhibitions attract innovator and early adopter buyers, keen to see what is new. It pays therefore to make a winning impression at the key exhibitions and trade shows that are attended by buyers for the new product. Here are the do's and don'ts of attending trade shows:

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A Tax Break for Christmas: Take Advantage of The Small Gift Exemption

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Don’t forget about a small tax-planning opportunity where an employer can make a non-cash gift to an employee without the gift being taxed in the hands of the employee. Take advantage of this tax break for Christmas with no tax on gift vouchers to employees under the small gift exemption scheme:

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8 Things To Encourage an Innovation Culture

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Innovation does not happen; it must be planned for, organised and managed. Here are 8 things to encourage an innovation culture in your business:

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34 Questions to Answer 'Do You Have A Billion Dollar Company?'

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Most entrepreneurs aspire to exiting and selling their company. But can you maximise your sale opportunity? Here are 34 questions to answer to find out if you have a "billion dollar company":

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Business Achievers: Michael Fitzgerald and OnePageCRM

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This month's Business Achiever is Michael Fitzgerald and OnePageCRM. We asked Michael to tell us a little bit about his sales and customer-focussed business and asked him about his business journey to date. Read on to find out more in Business Achiev...
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Win a Costa Coffee Card and Help Us!

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We want to hear from business owners about what kind of business content they like to read and what they would find useful. Take our short survey and one respondent will win a £50/€50 Costa Coffee card!

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How to Use Your Own Network to Grow Your Business

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"It is not what you know, it is who you know” - there is a lot of truth in that phrase. A network of connections is an especially powerful tool in growing a business. Research among high achievers shows that one of the reasons for their success is the fact that they cultivate (that is, develop and use) a strong network of personal contacts. Here's how to use your own network to grow your business:

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9 Warning Signs A Company Is In Trouble

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You are at a critical stage of your company. You have been through the growth stages and you are unlikely to have the same entrepreneurial culture as when you started. There are some distinct warning signs that your business might be in trouble. If they apply to you, you are in danger. Here are 9 warning signs your business might be in trouble:

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The Benefits of a Virtual Office

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While larger companies usually find it more convenient to have most of their employees housed in one central workspace, smaller ventures can save a lot of money and still function effectively by considering alternative arrangements. One of the more popular solutions for firms that are just getting started and employ a few people who work from home is to pay for a mail and telephone answering package. Here are some of the benefits of a virtual office.

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8 Tips For How to Be More Organised In The Workplace

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Do you feel as if there aren’t enough hours in the day? So do we. Milking every last minute out of our working week is important for successful business productivity. There’s always room to sharpen your organisational skills and leave the office on time for once. Here are 8 tips for how to be more organised in the workplace:

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How To Go About Market Opportunity Analysis

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There are five major elements in the assessment of a market opportunity for a new business venture and/or new product. Here is how to go about Market Opportunity Analysis using the Five C's framework:

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You Should Do This Before You Write Your Business Plan

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When you start a business, you typically have researched your business idea long before you come to write your business plan. A big problem is when you haven't entirely considered all available options and go too narrow. You should do this before you write your business plan:

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Tips to Go Above and Beyond With Customer Service

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The competition in today's retail business environment is so competitive that you have to go above and beyond to provide exceptional customer service if you want to stay ahead of your competitors. This means that you have to do whatever it takes to win the hearts and minds of your customers (remaining within ethical and financial limits of course). Here are tips to go above and beyond with customer service:

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4 Simple Ways to Save Money in Your Business

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The early weeks and months of a startup are a tenuous time. One of the ways businesses can get into hot water fast is when they burn through their available startup funds faster than anticipated—or, at least, so fast that they haven't built up the revenues to keep pace. Most startups and burgeoning small businesses are eager for actionable means of saving money now. Here are 4 simple ways to save money in your business that can help cut your expenses:

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How To Get Customer Feedback That You Can Take Action On

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Savvy entrepreneurs know that customer feedback can directly translate into real competitive advantage and boost bottom line growth in revenues and profits. Well established companies all across the world, too, are inviting customers to help them: create better, more meaningful and motivating advertising & marketing communications and to design and actually develop new products that subsequently sell faster. Here's how to get customer feedback that you can take action on:

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Information is Power, Here's How To Understand It for Your Business

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Information is becoming more and more valuable - and its value is being recognised more and more. In many cases, "soft" assets like information are more valuable than all the "hard" assets of a business and more critical to the growth of the business. Information is power, here's how to understand it for your business:

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Business Achievers: Kate McQuillan and Pet Sitters Ireland

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This month's Business Achiever is Kate McQuillan from Pet Sitters Ireland. We asked Kate to tell us a little bit about her pet related business and asked her about her business journey to date. Read on to find out more in Business Achievers: Kate McQ...
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Applegreen Expands Further Into The UK With Acquisition of Welcome Break

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Applegreen plc has furthered its expansion into the UK with the acquisition of Welcome Break, the UK motorway service and hotel chain in a deal worth €361.8M.

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5 Simple Ways To Ensure Happy Employees

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If you own a business, your goal should be to make money (of course!). However, you should also strive for happy employees. After all happy employees make a happy company. We’ve been inundated with images of quirky offices around the world that find unique ways to boost productivity and encourage creativity. Small business owners might not be able to do things on such a grand scale, but there are smaller and more affordable ways to lift your employees’ mood. Here are 5 simple ways to ensure happy employees:

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