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Wanted. Coffee is not just for Christmas

Wanted. Coffee is not just for Christmas

This Lisburn based group of coffee experts has spent years searching for, sourcing and roasting some of the world’s most exclusive beans to enable them to offer their subscribers the choice of four roasts every month. “These beans are the finest we can find anywhere. They’re our most desired, most respected, most wanted coffees – […]

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Charles Hurst’s Colin McNab recognised for lifetime achievement by UK motoring industry elite

Charles Hurst’s Colin McNab recognised for lifetime achievement by UK motoring industry elite

With a career spanning more than 40 years, Colin, who is from Belfast, brought home the Lifetime Achievement Award at the prestigious Car Dealer Used Car Awards 2016 after being praised for his services to the industry. Over 600 top motor industry representatives attended the annual gala event which was held at The Brewery, London. […]

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Conor Lambe appointed as Economist at Danske Bank

Conor Lambe appointed as Economist at Danske Bank

Danske Bank has announced the appointment of a new economist. Conor Lambe joins the leading local bank from PwC in London, where he also worked as an economist. The 27-year old, originally from the village of Carrowdore in County Down, is a past pupil of Regent House School in Newtownards. He holds a first-class honours […]

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Recruitment Consultancy Black Fox Solutions plans to double in size

Recruitment Consultancy Black Fox Solutions plans to double in size

Max Mackin, Managing Director of Northern Ireland recruitment consultancy, Black Fox Solutions, has announced that after another successful year for the company he has plans to double the size of the Belfast-based business within two years by creating an additional 10 internal positions to meet the demands of the growing Engineering, Manufacturing, Professional services, and […]

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Christmas movie magic as local firm releases festive film: VIDEO REPORT

Christmas movie magic as local firm releases festive film: VIDEO REPORT

Accountancy firm Harbinson Mulholland has gone a few steps further than the customary client Christmas card this year by releasing their own festive film. The mini movie entitled “It’s an Uncommonly Good Life” was given its debut public screening at a movie premiere event recently in Belfast. Over 200 clients and friends of the firm […]

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Looking for funding to move your business up a gear?

Looking for funding to move your business up a gear?

According to Benjamin Franklin, an investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.  His observation still holds true today where, in a challenging commercial world, intelligence on business funding can make all the difference. It doesn’t matter if you are an established firm or a start-up, growing your business is all about the right mix.  […]

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The Web Bureau and Fathom Lead the Way in eir Spiders Awards

The Web Bureau and Fathom Lead the Way in eir Spiders Awards

Two of Northern Ireland’s leading digital agencies, The Web Bureau and Fathom, have been awarded the top accolades at this week’s eir Spiders, Ireland’s premier digital technology awards. The Web Bureau won Best Large Agency in Ireland, with Fathom receiving the award for Best Small Agency.  This is a landmark achievement, which highlights the strength […]

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Search starts for Directors of the Year

Search starts for Directors of the Year

Brendan McGurgan CDir, Managing Director of CDE Global who won the Overall Director of the Year title at the UK Finals this year is pictured with Ian Sheppard, Chairman of the IoD NI and Des Moore, Managing Director of First Trust Bank. The Institute of Directors has launched its annual search for Northern Ireland’s most successful […]

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The future of work-life balance in Northern Ireland

The future of work-life balance in Northern Ireland

by Cathal Delea, Communications Manager at Black Fox Solutions Developments in technology has brought with it an abundance of societal changes, and pressure is now being put on employers to adapt to these changes to retain a happy workforce and attract the best talent to their company. In the past, there has been a clear […]

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Cyber business seminar reveals 50% of audience has suffered data breach

Cyber business seminar reveals 50% of audience has suffered data breach

Half of the organisations in attendance at an interactive cyber business seminar in Belfast revealed they have suffered a data breach. At the event co-hosted by Grant Thornton, Willis Insurance and Risk Management and Cleaver Fulton Rankin, almost one-fifth of the audience also admitted that they do not know exactly what cyber insurance is. Taking […]

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Here’s Why Your Next Car Should Be Leased Through Your Business

Here’s Why Your Next Car Should Be Leased Through Your Business

Leasing your car through your company (Ltd.) or personally is a question of tax. As a business owner, the main thing to consider when you want to lease a car is the tax conditions. There are a number of tax benefits associated with a business lease. For one, an insured business can claim up to […]

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St. Andrew’s Day Lesson from (higher) Scottish productivity

St. Andrew’s Day Lesson from (higher) Scottish productivity

Comparisons of the Northern Ireland’s economy tend to be either to the UK average or, sometimes, to the Republic of Ireland. With Wednesday being St. Andrew’s Day, a comparison to Scotland may be in order, says Esmond Birnie, Ulster University Earlier this year, as part of its programme of targets for national economic performance, the […]

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THOUGHT LEADERS..........

How Simple Stories can deliver Super Results

How Simple Stories can deliver Super Results

Stories make things happen. We are designed to be storytellers.  Every time we talk about what we did at the weekend, every time we have a little gossip about our family, friends and colleagues, we are sharing stories.   When we share stories, we are influencing others – sometimes those stories change our thinking, sometimes they […]

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Belfast Met: nurturing inward investment

Belfast Met: nurturing inward investment

by Siobhan Lyons, Head of Business Development at Belfast Metropolitan College Northern Ireland, and in particular Belfast, continues to be an attractive location for inward investment. Belfast is currently ranked the world’s top destination city for financial services and has recently seen a growth in areas including software development and cyber security. Over the past […]

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Regional growth worth £200bn over next decade says CBI

Regional growth worth £200bn over next decade says CBI

New CBI report lays out plans to power UK productivity and increase UK economy by more than 10% in a decade Unlocking higher regional productivity could add £208bn to the UK economy over the next decade, according to the latest CBI research. That’s equivalent to an economy that is 10% bigger than it would have […]

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Artificial Intelligence – What Every CEO Should be Asking

Artificial Intelligence – What Every CEO Should be Asking

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is rapidly becoming the biggest issue on the agenda for many businesses. The current speed of development, the sheer range of possible applications, and the potential impact of AI suggest that it’s time for CEOs to pay attention. So, what are the questions every CEO should be asking? Futurist Rohit Talwar, CEO […]

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How predictive analytics are about to change the face, and profits, of retail

How predictive analytics are about to change the face, and profits, of retail

One of the biggest challenges facing any retail entrepreneur is choosing the right stock. Being able to predict what will sell (and avoid what won’t) is the dream of all buyers.  If you can avoid stocking the poor sellers – then you can also cut down on waste, and that means profits will increase. Over […]

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Don’t use PowerPoint – use Jelly Babies

Don’t use PowerPoint – use Jelly Babies

5 brilliant ways to bring your next presentation to life without the dreaded slides. Let’s bust a myth. You do not NEED slides in order to give a presentation or make a speech. The best speakers and presenters have embraced a world without slides. Speaking without slides means the audience is looking at you and […]

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HR ADVICE..........

When is the Minimum Wage not the Minimum Wage

When is the Minimum Wage not the Minimum Wage

With much publicity around Sports Direct effectively paying below the minimum wage, and HMRC taking a strong stand against businesses, Magic Beans a new business advisory service in Northern Ireland has been helping clients ensure they too do not fall into the same trap. So when is the minimum wage not the minimum wage? Most […]

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Should Foreign Nationals in Northern Ireland be concerned post-Brexit?

Should Foreign Nationals in Northern Ireland be concerned post-Brexit?

By Max Mackin, Managing Director of Black Fox Solutions  We have now had around six weeks to digest the news that on June 23rd Britain voted for Brexit. Putting aside local opinion concerned with Northern Ireland’s departure from the EU, our country employs a great deal of foreign nationals – people who were shocked and surprised […]

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12 tips to help you overcome your fears and be a better business speaker

12 tips to help you overcome your fears and be a better business speaker

Speaking in public – even about the business you love – is a widely held fear. So how do you turn fear into confidence? Frances Cahill of Toastmasters International has twelve easy DIY tips: 1)   Speak in public whenever you get a chance It doesn’t matter if it’s for 30 seconds or 30 minutes. Even […]

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Brexit Turmoil: 4 tips for business when living with uncertainty

Brexit Turmoil: 4 tips for business when living with uncertainty

When the news of the referendum result broke many business people felt shock. Among them successful entrepreneur and author  John Reynard. John was one of the first Brits to go work in Europe in 1973 without the rigmarole of a work permit. Later he set up a business serving clients in Germany, France, Scandinavia and […]

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Start to Grow (5): Develop a culture of creativity and innovation

Start to Grow (5): Develop a culture of creativity and innovation

This is the fifth in an exclusive series of business growth articles from ‘Start to Grow’ – a start-up business growth book authored by Philip Bain; co-founder of ShredBank and Visiting Professor of the Ulster University Business School  If you ‘think different’ once… you have the potential to start a successful business, if you then keep […]

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Why lower salaries are good for employees

Why lower salaries are good for employees

Recruitment can be a tricky process for any business – and trying to decide what salary bracket should be offered can make the process even more delicate. Shweta Jhajharia, from The London Coaching Group, has helped many small business owners recruit new staff and in her experience, when they have used identical job descriptions but […]

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How to Develop Business to Business Relationships Whilst Exhibiting

How to Develop Business to Business Relationships Whilst Exhibiting

For people looking to grow a business, marketing is key. Marketing is the only way to educate the audience that the business exists. Without knowledge of the products or services that a business provides, there is no way to increase customer acquisition and ensure a business survives. One of the ways that a business can […]

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The 5 features of a qualified sales lead

The 5 features of a qualified sales lead

If your marketing efforts are bringing in 250 leads a day. What do you do with those leads? Do you need to recruit new sales people to handle the load? Shweta Jhajharia, The London Coaching Group believes that will be a waste of time and money. The goal of a sales machine is to be […]

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From awful to amazing – how to create workshops that work

From awful to amazing – how to create workshops that work

Most staff dread attending workshops. They believe they are going to be a waste of time and will deliver very little value. However, when done properly workshops can leave people feeling inspired and engaged. So what is it that can turn a workshop from awful to amazing? Jean Gamester of Semaphora believes it comes down to […]

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Who’s in control?  You or the Targets?

Who’s in control? You or the Targets?

Targets can be great – they can help you understand where you are going and enable you to focus on getting there. However, during her many years of advising competitive, target-driven organisations, Jean Gamester of Semaphora has observed that targets have the potential to adversely distort behaviour and damage potential – just as much as […]

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Your Guide To Effective Minute Taking

Your Guide To Effective Minute Taking

by Jennifer Monaghan, Pearse Trust The drafting of minutes at board meetings can pose a number of potential challenges for the minute taker. Minute taking is usually undertaken by the company secretary or, where the company does not have a company secretary, by a designated minute taker. The below might assist when preparing your own […]

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UK Company Share Transfers

UK Company Share Transfers

by Jennifer Monaghan, Pearse Trust Belfast Further to last month’s article, Share Capital for Companies Limited By Shares – An Overview, we now focus on the process of transferring shares of a company limited by shares (Share Transfer). Articles of Association A company’s articles of association, which are primarily concerned with matters related to the […]

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