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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Momentum - Dublin Chamber & Ulster Bank launch new event series

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New Series for Entrepreneurs Launches Today at sold-out launch event Dublin Chamber and Ulster Bank today embarked on a mission to help Irish SMEs to scale-up. Over 100 entrepreneurs and business leaders gathered in Dogpatch Labs start-up hub to hear...
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The Search is on to Find the Best New Start and Early Stage Company on the Island

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€280,000 prize fund Entrepreneurs across the island could get a huge cash boost for their business, thanks to a total prize fund of €280,000, offered by InterTradeIreland’s 16 th Seedcorn Business Competition 2018. Seedcorn The competition is the lar...
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Mortgages for the Self Employed

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A mortgage for someone who is self-employed is not really a real loan. Lenders will merely make a modification change to their assessment application and offer you the same mortgage as someone in a standard salary position. However, to keep things as...
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7 Trends That Will Shape eCommerce in 2018

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In 2017, global eCommerce market was worth about $2.3 trillion but numerous experts expect that this figure could double by the year 2021. Whereas some people are sceptical about its ability to overcome traditional retail, others recognize that eComm...
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Why Training is Central to the Growth of your Small Business

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While it's never been easier to launch a small business in the digital age, it's becoming increasingly difficult to achieve organic and sustainable growth. This is borne out by the figures, as while 91% of SMEs will continue to operate after a single...
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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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Incentivising Investment: The Tax Landscape as a Lever

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How could Ireland’s taxation system work harder to attract investment in ICT post Brexit? The Irish ICT (information and communications technology) sector is one of the fastest growing in the world. There are currently 105,000 people working in the s...
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Incentivising Sales – Universal Rules for Motivating Customers

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Business statistics are always insightful, particularly when dealing with those that relay sales figures and performance. Take conversion rate figures, for example, which offer a telling insight into how forms are struggling to optimise sales and inv...
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How Artificial Intelligence Will Transform Digital Marketing in 2018

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Artificial Intelligence, once the reserve of Sci-fi movies, is now a fully-fledged reality. And an immensely important part of business growth for brands and organisations looking to future-proof themselves. The market for machine-learning applicatio...
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Keep It Simple — 5 Businesses With Straightforward USPs That Work

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If you can’t describe what your business does in a couple of short sentences, your Unique Selling Proposition (USP) might be too complex for customers to understand. If you have a wide range of services, it’s possible to condense these into a short, ...
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How to Get Your Local Business to Rank Well on Google

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Online shopping has become increasingly popular, as it offers convenience and simplicity when it comes to procuring products or services. People simply have to type in what they want in their search engines and they'll have millions of results to dec...
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What to Consider before You Decide to Accept Cryptocurrency at Your Small Business

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According to reports by Google Trends, the interest in cryptocurrency has never been higher. Not only that more and more people decide to invest in cryptocurrency but we’re also starting to see plenty of businesses, big and small, starting to accept ...
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How to Create a Small Business Budget

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It can be easy in the beginning stages of setting up a small business to only look forwards. Change happens at such a progressive pace that taking a moment to sit down and assess what has come before can seem counterintuitive. But by narrowing your f...
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What Organizations Can Learn from Facebook's Recruiting Tactics

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Facebook just topped Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Awards as the best place to work in the United States for the third time. This begs the question, how does an organization with more than 23,000 employees and 48 offices around the world manage to re...
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