Summer Is The Best Time to Invest in Innovation

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July traditionally marks the start of summer holidays but strategic planning in business doesn’t take a holiday. However, time out can be an excellent way to engage focus as to your business purpose. Innovation is no different. Here's why summer is the best time to invest in innovation:

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5 Big-Business Growth Strategies Small Business Can Use

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More than 50% of companies fail during their first five years of doing business. That’s why applying proven and efficient strategies that enable business to grow is one of the most important things during early stages of company development. Here are 5 big-business growth strategies that small business can use.

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Business Achievers: Dave Hogan and Smart Flow

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Our latest Business Achiever is Dave Hogan and Smart Flow. We asked Dave to tell us a little bit about his water-focussed business and about his business journey to date. Read on to find out more in Business Achievers: Dave Hogan and Smart Flow: Join...
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Business Partnerships: 5 Questions You Should Ask Before Taking The Plunge

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Managed well, partnerships can make for dynamic business ventures that stand the test of time. Even if you’ve known someone for years, forming a business together can test your relationship to the limit. It’s been reported that 70% of business partnerships fail – yet if you get the mix right, it’s still a risk worth taking because your combined experience and talent could be a winning formula. The question is: how do choose the right business partner, and how do you boost the chances of that partnership succeeding? Here are 5 questions you should ask before taking the plunge. 

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How to Motivate Under Performers

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Even the greatest company can fail if its employees are under performing. Morale, confidence, skill level and more can all have a drastic effect on an employee's performance. Underperforming does not necessarily mean that the employee is poor at their job. It can have just as much to do with management and the company as a whole as it can with the individual. In order to help motivate under performers excel at their job, here are some tips:

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Here’s Why Your Small Business Should Focus on Mobile Marketing

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Business owners have a wide range of opportunities when it comes to their limited marketing spend, seeking to boost their brand, awareness, and sales. Mobile is a proven success for many types of business, attracting the right customers for your business. Here’s why your small business should focus on mobile marketing.

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Alternative Financing Options For SMEs (Other Than Your Bank)

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As well as your bank, if you are raising finance then there are other avenues out there to help find funds and supports to finance your business. Here are a few alternative financing options for SMEs (other than your bank):

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Improve Customer Service Almost Immediately With These 6 Tips

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Businesses that offer customers the best service are often growing leaps and bounds compared to their competitors. Whether you sell shoes or offer piano tuning, your customers expect a lot from you. Start exceeding expectations by following these six tips that will help to improve customer service almost immediately.

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4 Legal Basics for Your Startup

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Launching a small business is a life-changing move for every businessperson. It brings a certain degree of excitement, together with passion for professional improvement. However, there is also another side of being a small business owner – the legal aspects of business conduct. Even before you make up your mind to start your own business tale, you need to master some legal basics, to work in accordance with the law from the beginning of your career. Here are 4 legal basics for your start up:

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How To Manage Asbestos As A Small Business

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As a small business in a low-risk environment, the safety of your premises may not be at the top of your agenda. Yet while you may not even have enough employees to necessitate a health & safety policy, you are still obliged to keep track of any asbestos on your property. If you don’t deal with it properly, you are putting yourself and your employees at risk - and your business at risk of severe penalties. Here are some tips for how to manage asbestos as a small business:

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Exporting: How Irish Businesses Can Get Started

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Demand for Irish exports has reached record levels. But how do you know whether your business has what it takes to go global? Recent figures from data group Trading Economics revealed that exports from Ireland rose 21.1% year on year to reach an all-time high of €12.21bn in November 2018. Here are some tips for exporting and how your business can started:

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Preparing for Sustainable Dairy Growth - An Interview With Dr Anne Marie Butler

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With Ulster Bank as associate sponsor of the Teagasc Moorepark Dairy Open Day 2019, we caught up with senior agriculture manager Dr Anne-Marie Butler to discuss preparations for the event and dairy industry sentiment.

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Tips For Introducing a Dress Code at Your Workplace

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Employees are representatives of the business and as such are an advertisement of the business. This should be borne in mind by employees when considering appropriate work attire. An employer is entitled to stipulate a dress code or uniform be worn during working hours. A smart professional appearance is often a requirement of many working environments especially where employees come into contact with clients and member of the public. Here are some tips for introducing a dress code at your workplace:

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How To Enhance Your Office Environment For Employees

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A ‘water cooler moment’ is a popular phrase to describe people discussing a shared experience, often on television, around the office water dispenser. The water cooler itself becomes a key meeting point for employees to socialise; a good example of how an office environment can improve staff relationships. Improving your office environment for employees is a great way to increase productivity and retain your best employees. Here are some tips for how to enhance your office environment for employees:

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How To Value Your Business

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The market can be a fickle thing, and whether you’re currently running a thriving business that you want to make some money on, or you’ve been having a few issues, it’s not necessarily always the right time to sell. Getting out quickly is one thing, when you finally make the decision to let your business go, but getting out at the right time is a much more sensible way to go, so it’s important that you regularly ask “how much is my business worth?” in order to ensure you’re ready to make a move when the time is right. Read on for some tips on how to value your business...

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6 Simple Ways To Improve Business Communications

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Communication is everything, whether it's in your business or personal life. We like to think we have control of things but the reality is, we depend on a lot of other people, especially in business, to stay on the right track. Communicating clearly and effectively with your coworkers and employees is essential to a successful business, so you should always be looking for ways to improve. Here are 6 simple ways to improve business communications:

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The Greiner Curve and Five Fundamental Challenges to Growing Your Business

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In business, success is often measured by growth. The more rapid this growth, the more of a runaway success your business can be deemed to be. But rapid growth is not easy. Dealing with it and understanding its consequences on how a business operates, how it is structured and ultimately how it sees itself, represents a significant challenge to the most savvy of business leader. One tool you can use is the Greiner Curve, and how it explains five fundamental challenges to growing your business:

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Business Achievers: Samantha Kelly and Women's Inspire Network

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Our latest Business Achiever is Samantha Kelly and Women's Inspire Network. We asked Samanth to tell us a little bit about her social-focussed business and about her business journey to date. Read on to find out more in Business Achievers: Samantha Kelly and Women's Inspire Network.

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A Guide to Getting Your Corporate Culture Right

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The way in which a business’s employees behave and uphold its values – both internally and with customers – can impact on business success. Over the past decade, businesses of all types and sizes have woken up to the idea that putting the right organisational culture in place is an essential cornerstone of success. But what exactly does this entail? Here's our guide to getting your corporate culture right:

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Why People Leave Cushy Corporate Jobs for the Unknown of a Startup

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Let’s face it, corporate jobs have a lot to offer. There’s job security, the promise of internal promotion and not to mention the robust benefits. And while many find that holding down a corporate job has its advantages, others opt to leave for the land of startup. Here's why people leave cushy corporate jobs for the unknown of a startup:

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