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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Gaining Momentum: Eamon Moore, Hikari Data Solutions

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In the latest in our series of briefings with influential Irish business leaders, we feature Eamon Moore of Hikari Data Solutions, who believes taking a chance is the route to business gain.

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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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Improve Productivity, Profitability and Customer Satisfaction by Implementing This One Strategy (And It Doesn’t Cost The Earth)

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Three things all business owners dream of having; a productive workforce, happy customers and the profits rolling in. Quite often the way you can improve sales, client happiness and output happens in isolation, either through improving products, hiring better-trained customer service or account management staff or developing new products. All can be costly and take time to perfect. Here's how to improve productivity, profitability and customer satisfaction by implementing this one strategy (and it doesn’t cost the earth):

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How to Put in Place an Exit Strategy To Maximise Value

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Formulating and executing an exit strategy is one of the most difficult challenges the entrepreneur faces in creating and then subsequently realising value in the business venture. Here's an in depth guide to how to put in place an exit strategy to maximise value:

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How to Build an Effective Marketing Strategy: Ten Tips For Achieving Success

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Technology and social media have definitely disrupted marketing and offered new opportunities for startups and small businesses. But many businesses jump onto platforms without a plan. If you don't have a marketing strategy, your time and money could be going to waste. Here are ten tips for making sure you build an effective marketing strategy:

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One Entrepreneur Answers 'Why Do We Do It'?

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We put out the call recently on one of our Business Achievers mailings to ask people "So you want to own your own business? Why?". One business owner took the time to write back. Here's what Mícheál Ó Doibhilín, Kilmainham Tales had to say:

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Why Appointing Key Account Managers is a Smart Move

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It is an immutable business fact that 80 per cent of revenues come from 20 per cent of your customers. It therefore pays to target those key customers. Here's why appointing Key Account Managers is a smart move for your business:

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Ireland Proves Fertile Ground For Fintech Sector

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Regulatory support and growing overseas investment in Ireland’s already buoyant financial services industry is creating an increasingly favourable environment for Ireland’s fintech sector.

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Choosing the Right Growth Strategy

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Given the rapidly moving changes in our marketplace, the challenge for the entrepreneurial company is how and when to grow. And this leads to other major questions that can be difficult to answer. Here are some key questions to ask to help choose the right growth strategy:

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The Most Effective Marketing Strategies For Small Business

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Getting a startup or small business off the ground can be tough. It can take a lot of time and investment to get the whole operation going. On top of that, you also need to build up a loyal customer base. That's why marketing is essential. Here are the most effective marketing strategies for small businesses that I've come across:

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3 Key Insights from Build, Scale & Grow Final Momentum Event 2018

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Over 100 entrepreneurs and business leaders gathered in Dogpatch Labs start-up hub to hear from company founders Tom Gleeson, Founder of Bunsen, Noreen Doyle, Co-Founder of the Irish Biltong Company and Eamon Moore, CEO of Hikari at the final event for the 2018 Momentum Series. Here are 3 key insights from this event:

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5 Mistakes Companies Make When Trying to Go Global

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At a recent How to of Going Global event in Cork sponsored by KPMG Private Enterprise, supported by Enterprise Ireland, Ulsterbank and Business Achievers, companies discussed challenges and opportunities of scaling and going global. Here are 5 mistakes companies make when trying to go global:

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Call for Applicants for New Cycle of Going for Growth Now Open

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The call has just opened for a new cycle of Going for Growth. This will be the 11th cycle of the programme funded by Enterprise Ireland and KPMG. We asked Paula Fitzsimons, National Director of Going for Growth to tell us more:

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3 Things to Look For When Hiring for Your Startup

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You’re trying to get your startup business off the ground. You’ve reviewed your business plan to within an inch of its life, you’ve received input from mentors and advisers, you’ve built up your foundation and you’ve steeled yourself as much as you can for the rough waters ahead. Now, you have to find people who are willing and able to navigate those waters with you. As you go about looking for people to join your business team, here are 3 things to look for when hiring for your startup:

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6 Mistakes Not to Make With Your Business Website

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Your website is a key marketing and lead generation tool. But is it up to scratch and as user friendly as it can be? Here are 6 mistakes not to make with your business website:

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How To Finance Your Startup

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It is one of the most important responsibilities of the CEO to keep the business funded at all times. No funding equals no business. Here's how to keep your business financed:

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Trade Remains Resilient In Face of Growing Challenges

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The latest InterTradeIreland Business Monitor shows that trade has remained resilient over the past quarter with 41% of companies continuing to grow. Read on to find out how trade remains resilient in the face of growing challenges:

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How to Write a Press Release That is More Likely to Get Published

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Are you working on a press release to go to the media? Here are some tips for how to write a press release that is more likely to get published.

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Tips for Fintech Startups

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In the fast-developing fintech sector, a strong grasp of roles and responsibilities will help companies grapple with the finer details of regulation and strategy. From the Companies Act 2014, which places the onus on directors to fully understand their role and responsibilities, to the raft of financial regulation, directors in the fintech industry have a lot to contend with. So where to begin? This guide, aimed at start-ups, gives an outline. Here are tips for fintech startups:

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