Business Event Focus: 24 Stories Conference

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Here's How To Get Ready For Brexit

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Brexit is already here and hurting our manufacturers and service sectors, as seen by the decrease in imports and exports YoY; warehouses have limited capacity available. If Brexiters have their way, the UK will leave the EU on October 31st without a deal; and the country most impacted by this change will be the UK itself. The latest leaked reports from the UK government suggests that there will be shortages in food, medicine, fuel and long delays at ports and airports. We need to manage the impact of this on the Irish economy so here are some helpful tips for how to get ready for Brexit:

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5 Lessons From Henry Ford You Can Apply To Your Business

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Back in the 1900s, Henry Ford was presented with many of the same business challenges as the ones that are present today. The historic founder of Ford Motors was 40 when he created the company. His goal was to create a car that would be so affordable, everybody would be able to own one. What he did obviously worked as Ford cars are now considered to be one of the most popular vehicle brands on the market. So what can be learned from Ford’s success? Here are 5 lessons from Henry Ford you can apply to your business:

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5 Simple Things To Tackle Gender Imbalance in the Workplace

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More and more businesses and companies are making it their priority to restore the gender balance in the workplace - and you should be too. Working to hire a fair balance of men, women and non-binary staff will not only create a more diverse atmosphere in the office, but it will also ensure you’re searching in a bigger pool of candidates, meaning you can find exceptional people with varied world views to form a powerful, productive team. But how to do it? Here are 5 simple things your business can do towards tackling gender imbalance in the workplace.

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Five Habits of Successful Small Business Leaders

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Each year, thousands of people start small businesses. Unfortunately, at the same time, thousands of small businesses fail. What is the secret to staying afloat in an uncertain economy? There are a number of simple habits demonstrated by successful small business leaders. Here are 5 in particular that successful small business leaders tend to have:

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Influencer Marketing: A Guide For SMEs

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Are you tapping into the power of influencers? From YouTube stars to Instagram celebrities, there are plenty of people online who could spread the word about your business. We explore how to make the most of them, guide on influencer marketing for SMEs:

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5 Things You Should To Do To Ensure You Get Paid On Time

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Some business owners manage cash flow beautifully, and some plod along and seem to get through. If you proactively work on getting your cash flow system working for you, it can reap rewards. Here are a number of ideas you can quickly implement in your business, with 5 things you should do to ensure you get paid on time:

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How to Create an Effective Product Label

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Designing a product label can be an intimidating thing. Making a first impression is integral to creating a powerful message that turbo-charges your brand, but it's easy to overdo it and mess up your image. The last thing you want to do is send people the wrong impression. Follow these 5 rules for how to create an effective product label and you could create a label that beats all the competition.

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Is Your Start-Up Ripe For a Pivot? Here's How To Find Out

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There will be hurdles for every start-up and every entrepreneur must have one trait, i.e. determination to battle and overcome the inevitable obstacles. But there comes a time when an entrepreneur needs to reverse his business plan, take a third option rather than just hanging in there. It is harder to follow but this is what a business often needs to be successful. Is your start-up ripe for a pivot? Here's how to find out:

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Free Online Training Courses for Business Achievers Members

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Good news, we have a number of practical training courses, designed for busy business owners and these are available to Business Achievers members for free. Find out about our free online training courses for Business Achievers members:

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How to Make Your Business Stand Out in a Crowded Market

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Does your business stand out in a crowded market? What differentiates your business from your competitors, and how do you make sure it receives the right attention? We speak to business leaders at the top of their game about how you can ensure you and your business make a positive lasting impression. Here are 10 key ways to make sure it gets noticed. 

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4 Simple Tips for a More Sustainable Office Environment

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The initiative to reduce office waste can not only be more profitable for a business but can also help to make a happier working environment for your employees. Investing in eco-friendly options can make for a better, more vibrant working space that is both sustainable and profitable. Here are 4 simple tips for a more sustainable office environment:

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Pros And Cons of Using Personal Loans for Business Purchases

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Becoming an entrepreneur can be a costly business! There are often numerous expenses to cover like buying a car, renting an office, hiring employees and so on. Funding your startup is one of the biggest challenges. Do you go the personal loan route or not? Here we are going to share a few pros and cons of taking a personal loan to start a small business.

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Some Tips For Reducing Business Costs

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Does your business need to look at reducing costs? You need to approach the problem of cost reduction smartly and methodically. This is usually achieved through careful observation of your spending and targeting the things that can be reduced or excluded from your overall budget. Reducing unnecessary cost will also increase your business’ profitability. Here are some tips for reducing business costs.

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Some Things Your Startup Might Need for Branding and Communications

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If you’re just starting your business, then it's good to organise some simple things that can help with your marketing as well as how you communicate with the outside world. Here are some things your start up might need for branding and communications:

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Here's Where You Can Get Support For Your Business For Brexit

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Irrespective of the final outcome of Brexit, the decision of the UK to leave the EU will result in changes, and while there is still a lot of uncertainty, it’s important for business owners to be aware of what Brexit may mean for your business and your daily life. Here's where you can get support for your business for Brexit:

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