How SBCI Offers Financial Supports For Irish SMEs


As we approach a new planning season for the many businesses already looking at 2020, we speak to Nick Ashmore, chief executive of the SBCI, about the financial support it provides to Irish SMEs.

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When Should You Move Out Of Your Home Office?


Many entrepreneurs begin their journey by growing their young business from home. There are numerous reasons why this may be the case: they may have no requirement for a dedicated office or they may be looking to minimise costs in any way possible. However, the vast majority of businesses will reach the inevitable stage when their home office is no longer suitable for their needs. It can be difficult to decide when the right time is for making the leap and moving into an office. So when should you move out of your home office?

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A Quick Guide To Your Balance Sheet: Assets, Liabilities and Equity


When you start your own business, besides the comparative freedom of life outside the cubicle also comes the added responsibility of being a business owner. Part and parcel of this is a responsibility to understand the numbers. Few business owners actively enjoy accounting, but all successful ones recognise its importance. Accounting is a key part of running a functioning business, and bookkeeping creates the records which make accounting possible. Here's a quick guide to your balance sheet: assets, liabilities and equity:

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5 Business Blogging Mistakes You Should Avoid


If you have a business blog but it hasn't quite been delivering the results you were expecting then here are 5 blogging mistakes that are mostly made by small businesses. Avoiding them will help you get better results from your blogging efforts.

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5 Health And Safety Issues Your Business Should Be Aware Of


We like to think that we’re well past the point of having to tell people to take health & safety seriously. Every business is obliged to carry out a health & safety risk assessment, and most do so happily, with both the employer and employees benefitting from a clear set of rules and protections. Here are 5 health and safety issues your business should be aware of:

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How to Keep Talented Employees in Your Company


Employee loyalty might seem difficult to obtain these days. Rather than sticking with a single career until retirement, the modern day workforce often jumps from one job to the next every few years. There are many reasons for this erratic career progression: employees are learning how to keep an eye out for higher paying opportunities, companies with more benefits, and roles that allow them to use their skill sets. It is becoming increasingly difficult to hang onto your talent. Here are a few ways your organisation can set itself apart from competitors and hang on to employees.

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What Local Enterprise Offices Offer In Terms of Business Supports


If you are looking for business supports, then one of the largest business support organisation in Ireland are the the LEOs or Local Enterprise Offices, formerly known as Enterprise Boards. Here's what LEOs can offer in terms of business supports:

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A Quick Guide to A/B Testing for Email Marketing Campaigns


When it comes to email marketing, we all know that it has a higher conversion rate as compared to all other inbound channels but in order to get the maximum benefit out of it, it is important to test your email marketing campaigns from time to time and see which one works the best for you. Here's a quick guide to A/B testing for email marketing campaigns:

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Business Event Focus: Local Government Supplier Engagement Event


Are you an SME business owner looking for new opportunities to become a supplier to the public sector? The upcoming Local Government Supplier Engagement Event takes place 1st October. We asked the organisers to tell us a bit about this event:

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Top Tips For A Smooth Office Relocation


So it’s time to move your company on, but be warned: moving an office is not the same as moving a home. Moving house usually only affects a few people. There are usually only a few rooms to empty and move. You can usually inform everyone who needs to be told, such as banks and councils, within a day or so. Offices are tougher – there will be heavier and probably more expensive equipment, that can only be disconnected by experts. There are many more companies and parties that need to be informed. If the move is not slick, orders and money can be lost. And of course, there are two other sets of people to think of: employees and customers. Here are tips to make the move a smooth one.

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4 Key Things To Consider Before Expanding Your Business Abroad


Expanding your business abroad is a big commitment, but it can be an attractive as new markets offer new opportunities for growth, greater stability and an opportunity to learn and grow on a business (and personal) level. But careful consideration is needed before you take this big step. Here are 4 key things to consider before expanding your business abroad.

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4 Quick Tips for Better Management of Your Payroll


Payroll is typically one of the largest expenses for a small business. It takes a lot of resources to process pay, keep up with tax requirements, and hire competent people for the jobs you need done. Here are 4 quick tips for better management of your payroll:

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3 Golden Rules Of Developing Customer Loyalty On A Tight Budget


Every company clearly benefits from customer loyalty. However, your business may not have the millions of dollars that the leaders in your industry have to put towards endless layers of advertising to attract those customers. Fortunately, there are many ways that you can develop customer loyalty on a tight budget. Here are 3 golden rules of developing customer loyalty on a tight budget:

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6 Smart Tips For International Expansion


The time has come to get serious about international expansion. Maybe your growth has plateaued at home. Perhaps your international customers are demanding it, or you want the insurance of a different market that reacts differently to economic trends. No matter your reasoning, there are a few factors you have to consider before making the big move to ensure success. Here are 6 smart tips for international expansion:

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3 Key Principles of Data Storytelling You Can Apply To Your Business


From user sign-ups and mailing lists, website analytics, proficient CRM systems and a myriad of other data-capture methods, modern businesses have more data than ever at their disposal. While this data comes with numerous security, permission and GDPR considerations, it also affords businesses of all sizes a wealth of information about their business and their customers. But how can you use this data to tell compelling stories? Here are 3 key principles of data storytelling you can apply to your business. 

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Business Event Focus: 24 Stories Conference


The second 24 Stories Conference takes place Friday 13th September at Fota Island Resort in Cork. We asked organiser Stephen Ryan to tell us a bit about the upcoming event:

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5 Essentials Of Small Business Confidence


How confident are you about your business right now? What factors feed into small business confidence? Here are 5 essentials of small business confidence.

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Why It's Crucial to Pay Attention To Your Business Facilities To Delight Customers


It may surprise you to learn that the washroom experience can make or break a company’s image, and that bathrooms have become a key battleground for your branding, reputation and the customer experience. In fact, research suggests that people are increasingly happy to spend a little extra money just to use a nicer bathroom facility - even if it means ordering a coffee in a cafe they weren’t planning on going to. Here is why it's crucial to pay attention to your business facilities to delight customers:

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4 Ways That Expanding Companies Can Reduce Their Costs


In today's economic environment, companies are taking significant steps to strengthen their bottom line. While bolstering income is important, reducing costs is also highly effective. There are numerous steps that some successful companies have taken to keep costs low, and you may want to emulate some of these steps in your own company's efforts for significant improvement to your bottom line. Here are 4 ways that expanding companies can reduce their costs:

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How Brand Building Can Help Your Business


Brand Building in simple words refers to a set of marketing activities that can help identify it as a special and unique business entity. Branding is one of the most important tools of marketing and the best way of promoting an organisation as an elite business entity. Here's how brand building can help your business.

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