Businesses Tread Water With ‘Wait and See’ Attitude to Brexit

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According to the latest Business Monitor from InterTradeIreland, which surveys over 750 businesses North and South on business sentiment, while the wider economy on the island remains resilient, there are further signs of difficulties generated by the uncertainty around Brexit. Businesses are cautious, and this could potentially impact on growth prospects. Businesses tread water with "wait and see" attitude to Brexit:

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Mind Mapping for Innovative Entrepreneurs

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Any entrepreneur is faced with the difficult task expanding. Rather than maintaining a flat level of growth, an entrepreneur must propel a company on a new trajectory, reinvent the framework so that it does more. Innovation is one way of growing your business and mind mapping can be very helpful to come up with new ideas:

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Business Achievers: Joe Morris and CATTS

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Our latest Business Achiever is Joe Morris and CATTS. We asked Joe to tell us a little bit about his speech-focussed business and asked him about him business journey to date. Read on to find out more in Business Achievers: Joe Morris and CATTS.

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Painting The Story of Your Business

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There will always be debate around the fact - is business a science or an art - well, the answer is both but this article is to get you to embrace your inner artist. David McKechnie explains why successful business owners are able to really drill down into the art. Here are some tips for painting the story of your business:

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6 Effective Business Practices To Implement Today

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Successful businesses are dynamic. They take the best tips of the trade and experiment with them as needed. Getting too comfortable with where your business is at means that the business model will most likely fail over time. Interests change, technologies advance, and clients often move on to the next best thing. The best way to avoid this is to employ some prime business techniques that will ensure that your company stays on top (or makes itself there if it isn’t already). Here are 6 effective business practices to implement today:


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Business Achievers: Michael McElroy and SalesPlus

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Our latest Business Achiever is Michael McElroy and SalesPlus. We asked Michael to tell us a little bit about his sales-focussed business and about his business journey to date. Read on to find out more in Business Achievers: Michael McElroy and SalesPlus.

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Latest InterTradeIreland Business Monitor Shows that Business Uncertainty isn’t Confined to Brexit

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The latest InterTradeIreland Business Monitor shows that business uncertainty isn’t confined to Brexit. Brexit is still the biggest concern on the minds of most SMEs (44%) but it’s worth noting that other issues are rising in significance, for example, rising costs are a concern for over a third of SMEs (36%) while cash flow is an issue for 32% of firms. 

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Leadership In Business: What Makes People Gravitate To Others?

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Being a business owner or manager doesn't always make you a person others want to be around. Certain individuals have traits that make them stronger and more qualified for leadership roles than others. They have qualities that unify that workplace, keep morale high, and increase productivity. Here are some traits that great leaders have that make people gravitate towards them:

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How Using Motivational Speakers Can Help Engage Employees

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Staff can be motivated by an increase in their wages, or by a good incentive program. However, often employee motivation can be increased with the aid of a great motivational speaker. They can motivate and inspire a workforce in a way that no manager can by simply appreciating them from the point of view of an outsider. Motivational speakers do not need to be expensive although the cost of hiring a good one can be more than offset by the increased productivity and motivation of your staff. Here's how using motivational speakers can help engage employees.

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Checklist For Company Valuation

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Are you considering selling your business? If you are in the process of evaluating your company for sale then this checklist might be helpful, it's a list of things you need to consider when looking at your company valuation:

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Business Achievers: Michael Fitzgerald and OnePageCRM

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This month's Business Achiever is Michael Fitzgerald and OnePageCRM. We asked Michael to tell us a little bit about his sales and customer-focussed business and asked him about his business journey to date. Read on to find out more in Business Achiev...
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The Benefits of a Virtual Office

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While larger companies usually find it more convenient to have most of their employees housed in one central workspace, smaller ventures can save a lot of money and still function effectively by considering alternative arrangements. One of the more popular solutions for firms that are just getting started and employ a few people who work from home is to pay for a mail and telephone answering package. Here are some of the benefits of a virtual office.

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3 Things to Look For When Hiring for Your Startup

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You’re trying to get your startup business off the ground. You’ve reviewed your business plan to within an inch of its life, you’ve received input from mentors and advisers, you’ve built up your foundation and you’ve steeled yourself as much as you can for the rough waters ahead. Now, you have to find people who are willing and able to navigate those waters with you. As you go about looking for people to join your business team, here are 3 things to look for when hiring for your startup:

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Trade Remains Resilient In Face of Growing Challenges

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The latest InterTradeIreland Business Monitor shows that trade has remained resilient over the past quarter with 41% of companies continuing to grow. Read on to find out how trade remains resilient in the face of growing challenges:

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Tips on Positioning Your Business for Sale

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Owners of growing companies typically have two paths to liquidity - either offering shares to the public through an IPO (initial public offering) or a sale of the company. Here are some tips on positioning your business for sale:

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4 Interesting Ways That Businesses Can Use Augmented Reality

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Technology has revolutionized the way companies conduct business. Entrepreneurs, it’s a good time to keep your pulse on emerging trends to avoid disappointing customers and falling behind competitors. Augmented reality is the hottest thing right now. Here are 4 interesting ways that businesses can use augmented reality:

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Why Reputation Management Matters for Small Businesses

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Are you tapping into word of mouth for your business? How are you actively managing the reputation of your business? Here's why reputation management matters for small businesses:

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Business Achievers: Aoife O'Driscoll and Inspire Me

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This month's Business Achiever is Aoife O'Driscoll from Inspireme.ie. We asked Aoife to tell us a little bit about her super accessible business and asked her about her business journey to date. Read on to find out more in Business Achievers: Aoife O'Driscoll and Inspire Me.

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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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Latest InterTradeIreland Business Monitor: Winners and Losers in a Highly Competitive Market

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The latest InterTradeIreland Business Monitor report shows winners and losers in a highly competitive market. Read on for more insights: Join our Business Achievers community  and get access to downloads to help your business, free online training co...
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