Startup Series: How to Pitch to Investors


If marketing is the art of understanding customer needs and then creating solutions to meet those needs at a profit; then nowhere is marketing more important for an entrepreneur than at seeking funding from investors at start up and subsequent rounds. Continuing our Start Up series, here are tips on how to pitch to investors:

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Gaining Momentum: Alison Banton


The Momentum Series 2018, in partnership with Dublin Chamber of Commerce and Ulster Bank, brought together inspirational business leaders to shore their views on growth opportunities to fellow entrepreneurs. In our series of interviews with Momentum's speakers, we cast the spotlight on Alison Banton, CEO at beauty business Brooke & Shoals Fragrances.

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Free Online Training: Polishing Your Feedback Skills


Giving feedback is vital in the workplace. But giving feedback is not always easy, especially if you need to give negative feedback. We have a free online training course called Polishing Your Feedback Skills available for Business Achievers members that might help.

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How To Get Your First Customer


Starting a new business is always tough. You have spent hours and hours putting your Business Plan together, sorting out the financing, arranging your office and buying equipment. And the big day arrives you have to get out there and secure your first customer. It all looked so easy when you were planning, but now this is real and doesn't seem as effortless as you thought. Here are some tips on how to get your first customer:

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Follow the Leader: Pat FitzGerald


In the latest of our series of interviews with business leaders about their journey so far and plans for future success, we speak to Pat FitzGerald, founder and MD at Beotanics & FitzGerald Nurseries in Stoneyford, Kilkenny.

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5 Easy Ways to Get Ideas to Innovate for your Business


Innovation is the systematic development of new opportunities. And it's not only the 3Ms, HPs and IBMs of this world that need to innovate. It is becoming essential for business success. Product life cycles are getting shorter, the speed of change is ever increasing. Here are 5 easy ways to get ideas to innovate for your business:

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Seminar - The UK-Ireland Agri-Food Sector: A Shared History, A Shared Future

This event will be the 5th installment of the series following the Infrastructure, ICT, Financial Services and Brexit Seminars that have taken place in the UK and Ireland. Location: Intercontinental Hotel, Dublin Time/Date: 5th September 2018 @ 08.00...
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6 Innovative Ways We See Technology Changing Business


There’s no denying that technology plays a huge part in our lives, both at home and work. This article takes a look into exactly how tech has changed the businesses and the way we operate. Here are 6 innovative ways we see technology changing business:

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Contactless to Drive Payments


In the second instalment of our two-part series on the evolution of payments in Ireland, Ulster Bank’s head of payments, Celine Singleton, explains how businesses have embraced contactless payments.

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How to Have The Best Board In The World


A high quality, dynamic board of directors is critical to a high-growth company because a carefully selected board provides the experience you need to help you set the right course and make quick and accurate decisions. Here's how to have the best board in the world for your business:

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10 Tips to Convince Your Customers Not to Abandon Their Shopping Cart


Picture the scenario: you’ve spent countless hours designing, optimising and testing your e-commerce store. You switch it on, then go online to check your site analytics, only to see that customers are leaving their cart at checkout; heartbreaking when you've spent all that time on store setup! Here are 10 tips to convince your customers not to abandon their shopping cart:

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Startup Series: Guide to Understanding Capital Structure


How is ownership decided in a startup? When should we bring on board investors? I'm being diluted! What does that mean? What's a ratchet? What's pre-money and post money valuation? Help! Here's our startup series guide to understanding capital structure:

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Buying Cars Online – The New Customer Journey



  • Most customers start their car-buying journey online, researching mileage, body types, road tax and safety ratings
  • Customers make, on average, only 1.5 visits to a dealership when purchasing a new car
  • Dealers are therefore changing the way they reach out to potential buyers, making the online service they offer more appealing
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How to Plan a Website for Your Startup


A website allows you to conduct and market your business 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And it's global from day 1. Its ultimate aim as a business tool is to make it easy for customers and partners to do business with you. Here's how to plan a website for your startup:

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Chain Reaction: Pat McCormick


Pat McCormick is incoming president of the Dundalk Chamber of Commerce and head of department at the Department of Electronic and Mechanical Engineering at the Dundalk Institute of Technology in County Louth. We spoke to Pat recently and asked him for his views on upcoming impacts for business:

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Latest InterTradeIreland Business Monitor: Winners and Losers in a Highly Competitive Market

Aidan Gough
The latest InterTradeIreland Business Monitor report shows winners and losers in a highly competitive market. Read on for more insights: Join our Business Achievers community  and get access to downloads to help your business, free online training co...
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7 Tips from a CEO for Managing Hyper Growth


You are in the exciting part of the S-curve and now is time where your future market share will be determined. You need to be able to act quick and dump the (legacy) systems that hamper your ability to respond a hyper speed to new opportunities to expand your market share. Here are 7 tips from a CEO for managing hyper growth:

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Banking on Change in Payments Market

In the first of a two-part series on the future of payments in Ireland, Ulster Bank’s head of payments, Celine Singleton, looks at current trends in a nation where cash remains king. Ireland is a country of contradictions, no more so than when it com...
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Tara De Buitlear
Very interesting Celine - looking forward to part of this interview !
Monday, 20 August 2018 13:43

Channelling the Digital Vision

Highlights Reflecting the growing popularity of digital devices, 58% of Irish citizens used online banking in 2017 Many banks offer a range of online services, with the potential to develop a greater range of options for business customers 80% of Iri...
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Chevy Johnston
It's an exciting (as well as challenging) time for the banks, as they need to figure out how to be as nimble as new digital start ... Read More
Thursday, 16 August 2018 10:38

A Simple Guide to Raising Capital


Once the company begins to raise equity capital from outside investors, the founders begin to suffer dilution. This is the loss of a proportional percentage of the company's shares when shares are purchased by outside investors. However dilution and the capital brought in to the business brings huge potential benefits. Here's a simple guide to raising capital:

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