Nearshoring: The Advantages of Looking Closer To Home

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Today, a number of UK companies are looking closer to shore for outsourcing services as they aim to bridge the gap between their base and their service partners. Ireland has been widely seen as a global hub for providing BPO services since the 1980’s...
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Four Alternative Ways to Power Your Business

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Every business requires energy to operate, and for most, that means using utility providers for their electricity, oil and gas. But an increasing number of firms across the UK are investing in alternative ways to power their operation. Whether you ar...
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Small But Specialist — 5 Types of Niche Firms That Can Capture UK Government Contracts

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When gargantuan UK government contractor Carillion sank in January 2018, it left several sub-contractors wobbling in its wake. But the long-term aftermath of the collapse might actually benefit SMEs — bodies like the Federation of Small Businesses (F...
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My First Trade Show: A Guide to Success for First-Time Exhibitors

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Exhibiting at a trade show can be a mind-boggling task – especially if you have little or no experience of event marketing. Getting your first trade show wrong can be seriously damaging for your small business: with costs multiplying beyond control, ...
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5 Local SEO Tips for Small Business

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As the online world quickly becomes the new store front for many businesses, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), is a hot topic for small business. Potential customers are researching your business and reading reviews before ever picking up the phone t...
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Should your SME Outsource its Logistics Operations?

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The global logistics market represents a huge growth market, and one that is set to achieve a cumulative value of $15.5 trillion by 2023 . This is an interesting point for SMEs to bear in mind, particularly those that are product-oriented and determi...
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Latest InterTradeIreland Business Monitor Shows That ‘Business is Holding Its Breath’

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Indications of a ‘collective pause’ The majority of firms across the island remain very stable, according to the latest quarterly InterTradeIreland Business Monitor Report (January-March 2018). However, levels of growth are declining sharply in Irela...
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SMEs Name Money Management as a Top Reason Behind Poor Mental Health

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In light of Mental Health Awareness Week 2018, which is focusing on stress, online printer instantprint has collected insider tips SMEs can implement to tackle money management issues and improve their mental health. In a recent survey , instantprint...
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Top Tips For Starting an Online Ecommerce Business

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Here are a few of the less obvious tips when starting an online ecommerce business Sacrifice profit early It's very easy to generate a business concept, setup an ecommerce Webster using quick online tools such as shopify . You may then rush into inve...
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The Supply Chain Conundrum for SMEs

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With Britain's exit from the European Union now less than one year away, you'd be forgiven for thinking that both parties would be engaged in productive negotiations. This is not necessarily the case, however, with complex issues such as the Irish bo...
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Digital Innovation for Irish SMEs

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Become a Digital Skills Academy Industry Partner and accelerate your business growth. Digital Skills Academy have opened up application for new Industry Partners. Whether your organisation is looking to build bespoke digital solutions, enhance existi...
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World Password Day #LayerUp

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Thursday 3rd of May 2018 is World Password Day and we are asking our staff and customers to join us along with the thousands of people and hundreds of global organisations today and take a pledge to improve your password security habits. We have prod...
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The Top 5 Places for Business Travel

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It's widely suggested that travelling broadens the mind, creating a more open perspective and a willingness to explore new opportunities. This can be particularly beneficial for small business owners, who must constantly embrace new technologies and ...
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Green Light: Section 481

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From Star Wars to Vikings, the Irish creative industry is reaping the benefits of the Section 481 tax credit. It’s not every day you walk into a pub and find Luke Skywalker pulling a pint of Guinness. The Bridge Bar in Portmagee, County Kerry, became...
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How to Design a Creativity-Inducing Work Space

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Creative thinking is not only reserved for artists and designers. You can have very little to do with the aesthetics and still need to think creatively. Innovation, for example, is a result of the creative thinking process. You can use it to find new...
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The GDPR: Counting Down to 25 May 2018

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Much has been said about the General Data Protection Regulation ( GDPR ) which is coming into force across the European Union, including the UK, this May. If you’ve had your head stuck in the sand until now, it’s high time to act . The good news is t...
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How the 2018 Changes in Business Rates Will Affect UK Businesses

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The new financial year has seen several changes to UK business rates which will affect British businesses, including the over five million small and medium-sized companies operating in the UK. The changes, which were announced by Chancellor Philip Ha...
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Does Team Building Represent a Sound Investment for your Business?

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For small businesses and startups, one of the biggest challenges revolves around funding. This is particularly true in the current economic climate, where more than half of SMEs in the UK are struggling to secure the funding that they need to achieve...
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How SMEs Could Benefit from Faster Express Shipping Options

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If you own a small business, then you’ll know how demanding it can be. Every day you’re required to split your time among endless and varied tasks, from cash-flow management and financial forecasting, to hiring and admin. Your customers should be you...
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Ulster Bank Hackathon @Dogpatch Labs

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The 3rd annual Ulster Bank Hackathon which took place in Dogpatch labs, again delivered a frenetic and fun-filled weekend of creation, co-opetition, and innovation. Since 2015 Ulster Bank and the Open Banking team in RBS have been hosting hackathons ...
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