4 Simple Ways to Save Money in Your Business

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The early weeks and months of a startup are a tenuous time. One of the ways businesses can get into hot water fast is when they burn through their available startup funds faster than anticipated—or, at least, so fast that they haven't built up the revenues to keep pace. Most startups and burgeoning small businesses are eager for actionable means of saving money now. Here are 4 simple ways to save money in your business that can help cut your expenses:

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5 Ways to Reduce Your Business Fleet Running Costs

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When you run a business that is reliant on a fleet of vehicles, that fleet can often be one of the most expensive costs your company faces. From petrol to services and MOTs, ensuring your fleet is up to scratch and performing safely is a hugely important consideration if your business is to run smoothly. Here are 5 ways to reduce your business fleet running costs:

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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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Things You Need to Know About Obtaining Venture Capital Funding

Things You Need to Know About Obtaining Venture Capital Funding

Owners and managers of early-stage growing companies often have mixed views toward the institutional venture capital industry. On one hand, they welcome the money and management support they desperately need for growth, but fear the loss of control and various restrictions that are typically placed on the company by the investment documents. Here are the key things you need to know about obtaining venture capital funding:

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It Takes Time But Here's Why Your Business Needs to Invest in Tendering

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Has your business tried their hand in the tender market? The figures speak for themselves - Ireland is a long way behind in the tender market. EU data tells us that fewer than 250 Irish SMEs won European tenders in 2013, with only 2% of Irish companies winning EU tenders since 2003. These figures make it clear that Irish SMEs are reluctant to throw their hats in the ring alongside the brightest and best in the EU. This aversion to the intricacy of applications means that Irish companies are missing out on a new business pool that has over two trillion euro up for grabs. It takes time but here's why your business needs to invest in tendering:

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6 Simple Ways to Reduce Your Business Energy Costs

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Energy bills can end up being a big cost to your business, and costs are only likely to rise in the near future, so becoming energy aware (and energy smart) can not only help businesses boost their bottom line, it can also dramatically reduce their carbon footprint – making for a more profitable, greener company all round. Here's are 6 simple ways to reduce your business energy costs:

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How to Put in Place Financial Management for Your Startup

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Even if you haven't got any, yet, you still need to have a comprehensive plan in place as to how you're going to take in payments, organise credit terms, and manage your accounts. Here's How to Put in Place Financial Management for Your Startup:

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A Quick Guide to SBCI Long Term Funding Options for Businesses

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Is your business looking for long-term funding? Have you considered the SBCI schemes? Here's a quick guide to SBCI long term funding options for businesses:

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How to Know When Your Business Should IPO

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An initial public offering (IPO) allows a company to issue stock to the public and have it traded on a stock exchange. But how do you know when is a good time to IPO? Here's how to know when your business should IPO:

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Startup Series: How To Do a Business Forecast

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Forecasting is part art and part science. Art because it's going to be about the CEO's feel for the business, its market and customers. Science because there are certain predefined financials that have to be taken into account. In our Startup series, here's how to do a business forecast:

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Tips for Getting Paid On Time

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Keeping your business cash flow strong can be a constant battle. Unpaid invoices can really cause problems if left too long. Here are some tips for getting paid on time:

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Free Investment Teaser Sample Pitch

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Are you looking for sample pitches for investors? We've got a free investment teaser sample pitch that you can use as a template:

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What Can Angel Investors Do For Your Business?

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Angel investors are individual investors that look for companies that exhibit high-growth prospects, have a synergy with their own business or compete in an industry in which they have succeeded. So what exactly can angel investors do for your business?

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5 Top Tips for Managing Your Business Finances Better

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Let’s face it. The vast majority of business owners and directors are not accountants. In most cases your real expertise lies at the heart of your business – making stuff, designing things, training people, selling goods, providing services.. After all, isn’t that what you are really good at and why you started your business in the first place? Here are my 5 top tips for managing your business finances better:

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10 Key Steps to Financing Rapid Growth

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Growing a company often requires significant financing. Purchasing new equipment adding product lines, expanding the premises or raising additional working capital to fund growth are just some of the reasons why a company might want to think about putting together a proposal to obtain financing. Here are 10 key steps to financing rapid growth:

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What Do You Need for a Business Loan? Here Are The 6 C's

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This is about the 6 Cs of getting a loan from your bank. It’s about you getting to know your bank manager and the lending criteria of his/her employer. Like all relationships you have to be conscious of the requirements of the other party. Read on to find out what do you need for a business loan: here are the 6 C's:

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Startup Series: How to Pitch to Investors

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If marketing is the art of understanding customer needs and then creating solutions to meet those needs at a profit; then nowhere is marketing more important for an entrepreneur than at seeking funding from investors at start up and subsequent rounds. Continuing our Start Up series, here are tips on how to pitch to investors:

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Contactless to Drive Payments

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In the second instalment of our two-part series on the evolution of payments in Ireland, Ulster Bank’s head of payments, Celine Singleton, explains how businesses have embraced contactless payments.

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A Simple Guide to Raising Capital

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Once the company begins to raise equity capital from outside investors, the founders begin to suffer dilution. This is the loss of a proportional percentage of the company's shares when shares are purchased by outside investors. However dilution and the capital brought in to the business brings huge potential benefits. Here's a simple guide to raising capital:

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A Quick Guide to Understanding Venture Capitalists

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Venture capitalists generally invest other people's money. So they're accountable. Understanding what makes them tick is half the battle. Here's a quick guide to understanding venture capitalists:

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