Five Habits of Successful Small Business Leaders


Each year, thousands of people start small businesses. Unfortunately, at the same time, thousands of small businesses fail. What is the secret to staying afloat in an uncertain economy? There are a number of simple habits demonstrated by successful small business leaders. Here are 5 in particular that successful small business leaders tend to have:

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Influencer Marketing: A Guide For SMEs


Are you tapping into the power of influencers? From YouTube stars to Instagram celebrities, there are plenty of people online who could spread the word about your business. We explore how to make the most of them, guide on influencer marketing for SMEs:

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Call For Applicants For Next ACORNS Programme


The call is out for applicants for the next ACORNS programme, we asked Paula Fitzsimmons, Director, ACORNS to tell us all about it: Join our Business Achievers community  and get access to downloads to help your business, free online training co...
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5 Things You Should To Do To Ensure You Get Paid On Time


Some business owners manage cash flow beautifully, and some plod along and seem to get through. If you proactively work on getting your cash flow system working for you, it can reap rewards. Here are a number of ideas you can quickly implement in your business, with 5 things you should do to ensure you get paid on time:

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How to Create an Effective Product Label


Designing a product label can be an intimidating thing. Making a first impression is integral to creating a powerful message that turbo-charges your brand, but it's easy to overdo it and mess up your image. The last thing you want to do is send people the wrong impression. Follow these 5 rules for how to create an effective product label and you could create a label that beats all the competition.

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Latest Economics Commentary from Simon Barry and His Team at Ulster Bank


Highlights from this week's commentary on the economy and financial markets from Ulster Bank Economics team Simon Barry and Ricardo Amaro.

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Is Your Start-Up Ripe For a Pivot? Here's How To Find Out


There will be hurdles for every start-up and every entrepreneur must have one trait, i.e. determination to battle and overcome the inevitable obstacles. But there comes a time when an entrepreneur needs to reverse his business plan, take a third option rather than just hanging in there. It is harder to follow but this is what a business often needs to be successful. Is your start-up ripe for a pivot? Here's how to find out:

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Free Online Training Courses for Business Achievers Members


Good news, we have a number of practical training courses, designed for busy business owners and these are available to Business Achievers members for free. Find out about our free online training courses for Business Achievers members:

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How to Make Your Business Stand Out in a Crowded Market


Does your business stand out in a crowded market? What differentiates your business from your competitors, and how do you make sure it receives the right attention? We speak to business leaders at the top of their game about how you can ensure you and your business make a positive lasting impression. Here are 10 key ways to make sure it gets noticed. 

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4 Simple Tips for a More Sustainable Office Environment


The initiative to reduce office waste can not only be more profitable for a business but can also help to make a happier working environment for your employees. Investing in eco-friendly options can make for a better, more vibrant working space that is both sustainable and profitable. Here are 4 simple tips for a more sustainable office environment:

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Pros And Cons of Using Personal Loans for Business Purchases


Becoming an entrepreneur can be a costly business! There are often numerous expenses to cover like buying a car, renting an office, hiring employees and so on. Funding your startup is one of the biggest challenges. Do you go the personal loan route or not? Here we are going to share a few pros and cons of taking a personal loan to start a small business.

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Some Tips For Reducing Business Costs


Does your business need to look at reducing costs? You need to approach the problem of cost reduction smartly and methodically. This is usually achieved through careful observation of your spending and targeting the things that can be reduced or excluded from your overall budget. Reducing unnecessary cost will also increase your business’ profitability. Here are some tips for reducing business costs.

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Some Things Your Startup Might Need for Branding and Communications


If you’re just starting your business, then it's good to organise some simple things that can help with your marketing as well as how you communicate with the outside world. Here are some things your start up might need for branding and communications:

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Here's Where You Can Get Support For Your Business For Brexit


Irrespective of the final outcome of Brexit, the decision of the UK to leave the EU will result in changes, and while there is still a lot of uncertainty, it’s important for business owners to be aware of what Brexit may mean for your business and your daily life. Here's where you can get support for your business for Brexit:

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Top Tips For Business Planning: Don't Plan to Fail, Don't Fail to Plan


Business planning and implementing a business strategy is more than simply achieving business goals. It inspires people to work hard, makes the team feel part of a purpose; it incites actions and ensures that activities happen. Simply constructed, effectively executed, a business strategy is a template for business success. Here are top tips for business planning: don't plan to fail, don't fail to plan:

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Business Achievers: Eoin Heverin and Tell My Story Book

Our latest Business Achiever is Eoin Heverin. We asked Eoin to tell us a little bit about his book-focussed business and about his business journey to date. Read on to find out more in Business Achievers: Eoin Heverin and Tell My Story Book. Join our...
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Why Approaching Passive Talent Can Be Cost Effective Recruitment For SMEs


Ireland’s soaring employment figures are proving quite a challenge for SMEs that need to recruit. SMEs can make their recruitment more effective by targeting passive talent. The nation’s near-full employment status means that, according to a recent survey from Performance Reward Consulting, 80% of Irish firms are finding it difficult to recruit much-needed talent. If a firm struggles to find their ideal candidate among those actively hunting for new positions, they need to look in a different direction – by targeting talented candidates who aren’t yet dreaming of pastures new. Here is why approaching passive talent can be cost effective recruitment for SMEs:

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11 Tips for Motivating Your Employees


A motivated workforce goes a long way towards the success of your business. As the business owner, you may be super motivated about your own business but how are you motivating your team? Here are 11 tips for motivating your employees:

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4 Virtual Office Services That Could Save Your Business Money


Given the developments in technology and the opportunities that are available, virtual services are becoming more and more popular. With an increase in entrepreneurs and more small businesses starting up each year, the traditional model of a corporate office is changing. This process has been underway since the 1990s, but recent technological progressions and the current economic climate have contributed to a much quicker pace of change in the past few years. Here are 4 virtual office services that could save your business money:

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Rebranding Your SME? Brian O’Reilly of Fusion Events Shares His Experience


Are you considering rebranding your SME? Events company MD Brian O’Reilly explains why he took his established, popular, successful firm – and completely rebranded it.

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