10 Productivity Life-Savers for Small Business

Running a small business can be tough, since it demands a seemingly endless amount of time and attention. Even minor tasks like reading and responding to emails, managing employees or reviewing paperwork can eat away at your productivity. The time re...
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FOCUS - The Key to Success

We all know we need to Focus in order to achieve something special. We know it is the magic ingredient that will determine our success or failure. But what is it? How do we get it and most importantly how do we maintain it to get what we want? Becaus...
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Start-Up Story: SOAR by LUMINOSITY

In a minor alteration to the immortal line from the movie Rainman, “We’re counting cars”! Its not just cars, its pretty much any high value asset. In fact it’s not just counting either we’ve created an initial 2 applications from 1 product . The conc...
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Kendlebell Naas awarded ISO 9001 Quality Certification

  Kendlebell Naas, one of Ireland's leading contact management centres, was recently awarded ISO 9001: 2008 accreditat ion. QAS International implemented Kendlebell’s quality management system during the last quarter of 2013. Kendlebell  provide...
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Bitcoin and the Future of Digital Currency

Business and technology commentators have been all abuzz recently with talk about cloud computing and hosted application management systems. What will this mean for business in the future? Is it a secure way to handle your customers’ information? How...
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Responsible Marketing is Green Marketing

Being a sustainable business in your everyday dealings is a gratifying venture. But some entrepreneurs haven’t yet transplanted their philosophies into their marketing. The same ideals that that leads us to use recycled paper and halogen light bulbs ...
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Propel Programme: Calling for Applications

Invest Northern Ireland is calling on local innovative start-ups, who can demonstrate their potential to succeed and scale-up in international markets to apply for its Propel programme. The programme offers a unique opportunity for Northern Ireland b...
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Meet the Propellers: Diarmuid Moloney - Rotor

The Invest NI Propel Programme aims to fast-track new and innovative businesses that can export successfully to markets around the world. With applications for the next intake opening next week, today we are profiling one of the 26 successful candida...
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It is all About the Customer

In a world of increasingly personalised products and services, where customisation is king, the modern successful entrepreneur succeeds because he or she is willing to compromise their vision to suit the market. Ok, with a massive marketing budget yo...
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Adtruism - It all ads up.

  The Adtruism Team at Grand Canal Dock Adtruism is a social-tech startup that allows anyone with a website or blog to effortlessly raise money for a worthy cause – without asking for donations. An Adtruism widget, once placed on your website, d...
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Innovation is just too darn risky isn’t it?

Thatcher I had a story retold to me about the late Margaret Thatcher defending her gaffe prone Trade Secretary, David Young, on ‘Breakfast with Frost’. When Frost pressed the Prime Minister that Young’s position was untenable after his latest slip-up...
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Even Small Office Space Can Promote Innovation

Every business owner seeks that all elusive thing in their employees – innovation. It's not something that can be bought and it is difficult to teach, so we need to find increasingly creative ways of encouraging innovation in the workplace. One of th...
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MBA World Trophy 16th to 18th May 2013

The MBA World Trophy started during an informal chat with a classmate on the Smurfit MBA programme. We would create an international competition for MBA students. We wanted to assemble the brightest and best entrepreneurs from the top colleges around...
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How to Start Your Own Record Label

86 Palatine Road. From there, a small apartment in suburban Manchester, Toby Wilson and Alan Erasmus first ran Factory Records. A British based record label which spawned era defining bands, a legendary nightclub and, much to my Liverpudlian father’s...
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How to grow your business

A company is an organic thing, and business owners want to see it grow. In this post I outline some handy tips on how to grow your business. Every business is different, depending on its aspirations, industry, and target markets. To get a business to...
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Silicon Valley Bank to invest in Irish start-ups

Silicon Valley Bank specialises in finance banking for IT, life sciences and so-called clean technology.  The bank has branches worldwide in Israel, India, China and now in the UK for whom they have been doing business with since 2004 through an affi...
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What AirBnB can teach investors

VCs and Angels are quickly becoming a mainstream way to fund a business. But this route isn't always taken. In fact “mainstream” VCs only fund 20% of successful growth companies in the US, with that figure lower. Banks are almost, if not more relucta...
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Re-Branding: Why It’s Necessary

A brand is not just a company name or a product logo. A brand is the sum of a company's identity. It is an intangible representation or symbol of a product, service or company. A brand has a unique identity and can form an emotional attachment with c...
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Why is marketing such a dark art?

Why is marketing such as dark art? Well there is a part of me, that will certainly say that its not a dark art but that it is an art. I think that marketers believe that what they do is art and I don’t disagree. Marketers are able to demonstrate thei...
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15.2 bln export, 2.14 bln new sales, 93 mln research, 9,076 jobs, 518 vouchers and 93 HPSUs

Enterprise Ireland’s Annual Report and Accounts for 2011 published  show that Enterprise Ireland client companies achieved record levels of exports of €15.2bn in 2011.  This exceeds the pre-recession record levels of 2008 and is the highest ever annu...
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