6 Key Business Basics For SMEs

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In this post we look at going back to business basics, there are some key things that you should be focussed on from customers to goal setting to competitive analysis. Read on to find out 6 key business basics for SMEs:

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Call for Applicants for New Cycle of Going for Growth Now Open

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(Pictured L to R Olivia Lynch, KPMG, Mary O'Brien, VideoDoc, Julie Sinnamon, Enterprise Ireland)

The call has just opened for a new cycle of Going for Growth. This will be the 12th cycle of the programme funded by Enterprise Ireland and KPMG. We asked Paula Fitzsimons, National Director of Going for Growth to tell us more:

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5 Ways Small Business Owners Can Save Money

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When you’re a small business owner, it can be hard. You know that it’s a competitive landscape out there, many small businesses end up failing. 9 out of 10 startups fail, and that almost half of all small businesses don’t make it to their 6th year. Keeping an eye on the money is one way to avoid this, here are 5 ways small business owners can save money:

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5 Steps to Handle an Angry Customer

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At some point as a customer service representative, you will encounter a customer who is, for one reason or another, on a warpath. Maybe their order was late or someone was rude to them last week. No matter the reason, they are angry, and they are now your problem. Here are 5 steps to handle an angry customer:

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Tips For Keeping Your Business Out Of Debt

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Many business owners operate under the mistaken belief that they must take on debt. They feel it it is necessary in order to have technology, make big deals, and make payroll. The fact is that debt will dramatically increase your risks, as far too many business owners learned the hard way during the recent economic crisis. It can be very tempting to take out business loans. Businesses that do not carry debt not only survive, but thrive. Let's look at a few tips for keeping your business out of debt

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How to Plan a Successful Business Event

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From time to time a business will have the need to hold some type of corporate event. Business events can serve many purposes. They can be used to inform and motivate employees. They can be used as a reward for a job well done. They can also be used to help teach customers what the business has to offer. Here's how to plan a successful business event:

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Gaining Momentum: Lorraine Heskin, The Gourmet Food Parlour

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The latest in our series of interviews with influential Irish business leaders features Lorraine Heskin, founder of top-end restaurant, takeaway, catering and event business Gourmet Food Parlour.

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4 Things You Need To Have A Successful Business

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Is there such a thing as a successful business from the start? Having a successful business is much more than having good luck or putting in a lot of hard work. A new business requires a lot of things to function in perfect sync. If you plan on everything going smoothly, then be prepared for a few bumps on the way. But there are some things you can put in place to ensure your chances of success: Here are 4 things you need to have a successful business:

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Business Event Focus: Local Government Supplier Engagement Event

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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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4 Quick Tips for Better Management of Your Payroll

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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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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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Call For Applicants For Next ACORNS Programme

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The call is out for applicants for the next ACORNS programme, we asked Paula Fitzsimmons, Director, ACORNS to tell us all about it: Join our Business Achievers community  and get access to downloads to help your business, free online training courses...
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Business Achievers: Eoin Heverin and Tell My Story Book

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Our latest Business Achiever is Eoin Heverin. We asked Eoin to tell us a little bit about his book-focussed business and about his business journey to date. Read on to find out more in Business Achievers: Eoin Heverin and Tell My Story Book. Join our...
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Business Achievers: Loretta Ní Ghabháin and Lorg Media

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Our latest Business Achiever is Loretta Ní Ghabháin and Lorg Media. We asked Loretta to tell us a little bit about her marketing-focussed business and asked her about her business journey to date. Read on to find out more in Business Achievers: Loret...
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Business Achievers: Anne Walsh and Allergy Lifestyle

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Our latest Business Achiever is Anne Walsh and Allergy Lifestyle. We asked Anne to tell us a little bit about her allergy-focussed business and asked her about her business journey to date. Read on to find out more in Business Achievers: Anne Walsh and Allergy Lifestyle:

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8 Simple Steps for Hosting a Successful Business Launch

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There’s no better way to launch a business or a product than by holding a public event to help people become familiar with your brand. Here’s how to get yourself up and running so that people will flock to your location. Just follow these 8 simple steps for hosting a successful business launch:

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Business Achievers: Dave Hogan and Smart Flow

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Our latest Business Achiever is Dave Hogan and Smart Flow. We asked Dave to tell us a little bit about his water-focussed business and about his business journey to date. Read on to find out more in Business Achievers: Dave Hogan and Smart Flow: Join...
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How To Value Your Business

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The market can be a fickle thing, and whether you’re currently running a thriving business that you want to make some money on, or you’ve been having a few issues, it’s not necessarily always the right time to sell. Getting out quickly is one thing, when you finally make the decision to let your business go, but getting out at the right time is a much more sensible way to go, so it’s important that you regularly ask “how much is my business worth?” in order to ensure you’re ready to make a move when the time is right. Read on for some tips on how to value your business...

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Business Achievers: Samantha Kelly and Women's Inspire Network

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Our latest Business Achiever is Samantha Kelly and Women's Inspire Network. We asked Samanth to tell us a little bit about her social-focussed business and about her business journey to date. Read on to find out more in Business Achievers: Samantha Kelly and Women's Inspire Network.

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Business Achievers: Eamonn O'Brien and The Reluctant Speakers Club

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Our latest Business Achiever is Eamonn O'Brien and The Reluctant Speakers Club. We asked Eamonn to tell us a little bit about his speaking-focussed business and asked him about his business journey to date. Read on to find out more in Business Achievers: Eamonn O'Brien and The Reluctant Speakers Club.

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