Grants and Support to Help New Businesses in Ireland

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You think you have a great business idea – but how do you get it off the ground? Well, for budding entrepreneurs, there’s no end of help available. Here's a round up of grants and supports to help new businesses in Ireland:

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Follow The Leader: Jo Davey, Absolute Nutrition

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Our series of interviews with inspirational business leaders takes on a family flavour this month as we speak to Jo Davey, founder of Absolute Nutrition.

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Great to hear your story Jo and the ingredients of your success - from passion to business !
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Business Leaders Share Key Mistakes To Avoid When Going Global

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Irish CEOs are taking a new approach and looking at ways to help each other grow their businesses internationally. The latest event in the ‘How to’ of Going Global series organised by KPMG and supported by Business Achievers, Ulster Bank and Enterprise Ireland was held in Drogheda on 30th April 2019. Business leaders shared their tips for avoiding key mistakes when going global with your business:

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7 Inexpensive Benefits to Show Your Staff They’re Appreciated

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Health insurance, retirement plans, and paid time off are some of the most common benefits employers provide to their staff – and with good reason. While a competitive salary can attract top candidates to your company, the key to retaining highly qualified staff is showing them how much they’re valued. Offering additional benefits to your employees not only shows them how much you care, but it motivates them to put their best foot forward on the daily basis. If you’re interested in extending a little appreciation to your staff, here are some ideas that won’t break the bank. 7 inexpensive benefits to show your staff they're appreciated:

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Business Leaders Exchange Tips on Going Global in Drogheda

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The latest event in the ‘How to’ of Going Global series organised by KPMG and supported by Business Achievers, Ulster Bank and Enterprise Ireland was held in Drogheda on 30th April 2019, where business leaders exchanged tips on how to grow, scale and export.

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7 Things a VC Looks for in a Startup

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With the number of startups mushrooming all over the world, one would think that investors are just dying to give away money to new business ventures. Take the case of unicorn startups for instance. Once an unheard of phenomenon (hence the name unicorn startups), these are startup firms that are valued at $1 billion or more. Numbers like this would obviously excite a wannabe entrepreneur and spark the hope that their new venture has what it takes to become the next big unicorn. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as it looks. Here are 7 things a VC looks for in a startup:

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PR Metrics You Should be Measuring For Your Business

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The PR metrics that you should consider measuring are based on the objectives of your business. PR is a tool for communication designed to help you meet your business objectives. Within PR, spending a significant amount of time on tracking metrics is necessary in order to communicate the value of this function. Here are the PR metrics you should be measuring for your business:

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Tips For Choosing Your First Office

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Choosing your first office is exciting. Your office is your base of operations. Whether you have been working out of your home or are simply a budding entrepreneur who is ready for a first office, how you choose can make all the difference in the world. The wrong office space can hinder your productive just as the right space can make your productivity soar. Here are tips for choosing your first office to make sure it's the right one:

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How to Get the First Client for Your Business

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Starting a new business is not easy, no matter what people may want you to believe. And the worst part can actually be the first steps, those awkward days of gaining your first client and earning that hallowed first invoice. The thing is, your first customer is your most important customer in a way, because once you have one, you can reference them to other prospective customers you are talking to. Here are tips for how to get the first client for your business:

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Simple Things to Create a Productive Environment For Your Business

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Do you feel maybe that your employees aren't as productive in your business as you'd like them to be? Want to create a more productive environment at your company? Here are some suggestions for simple things that can help to create a more productive environment for your business:

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SME Funding Options in Ireland You Might Not Be Aware Of

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It always surprises me to see how little awareness there is out there concerning some of the funding options available for small businesses. Here are some SME funding options in Ireland that you might not be aware of:

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14 Tips to Build Trust on Your Landing Page

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Building a strong, well-performing landing page is not just a matter of inserting a form on a page and driving traffic to it. The foundation of your landing page should be built on trust. Try these 14 tips to build trust and create a high-performance landing page.

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4 Things That Can Help SMEs Plan Their International Expansion

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Running an SME certainly brings along both the rewards as well as the challenges. When you trade in a relatively small market or in some business sectors however, due to market saturation, it does become difficult for businesses to find new customers and consequently grow their revenue. Therefore, targeting foreign markets and expanding internationally can be a way of growing your business. Here are 4 things that can help SMEs plan their international expansion:

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How Mentoring Could Help Your Business

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From building the leaders of the future to improving staff performance and morale, there are numerous ways that mentoring can boost your business.

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'Work Smarter Not Harder' is More than a Platitude

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We've all heard the expression that we need to work smarter, not harder. But what does that really mean? Most people believe it describes a focus on prioritising tasks, reducing wasted steps, and delegating responsibility. That generally holds true, but the overwhelming task list of today's worker means that new solutions might be needed. "Work Smarter Not Harder" is more than a platitude!

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Five Simple Approaches for Staying Healthy at Your Desk

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If your work is primarily at your desk, then this doesn’t mean your health has to fall by the wayside. In fact, there are several ways to take care of yourself despite the sedentary nature of your work. Here are 5 simple approaches for staying healthy at your desk:

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Small Business Credit Cards – Should You Use Them or Not?

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As an owner of a small business it is quite likely that you would have been at the receiving end of numerous credit card offers for running your business. It is worthwhile to consider the utility of credit cards for obtaining a line of credit and compare it with others available to you. Interestingly, credit cards have already emerged as the single biggest form of finance for small businesses. Small business credit cards - should you use them or not?

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How To Make a Great Impression at a Networking Event

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Live events bring together people with common interests and give everyone an incentive to interact. They are a great way to build both your personal and professional networks. If you're willing to introduce yourself, then you have a good chance of making new friends or meeting potential business contacts. Of course, getting the most from a live event takes more than showing up and saying, "Hello". If you want to make an impression and build lasting connections, then you'll need to put in some work. Here are a few tips to ensure you make a positive impression that lasts beyond the event.

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Mind Mapping for Innovative Entrepreneurs

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Any entrepreneur is faced with the difficult task expanding. Rather than maintaining a flat level of growth, an entrepreneur must propel a company on a new trajectory, reinvent the framework so that it does more. Innovation is one way of growing your business and mind mapping can be very helpful to come up with new ideas:

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Business Achievers: Joe Morris and CATTS

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Our latest Business Achiever is Joe Morris and CATTS. We asked Joe to tell us a little bit about his speech-focussed business and asked him about him business journey to date. Read on to find out more in Business Achievers: Joe Morris and CATTS.

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