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5 Reasons Why Your Team Are Failing to Cooperate

5 Reasons Why Your Team Are Failing to Cooperate

For any business to work successfully, you need to be focussing on and perfecting the internal operations. Your team of employees are essential to this, as without the right employees working together to complete tasks, things will soon start to fall apart. If you’ve been experiencing issues within your team, you need to sit back […]

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George Best Belfast City Airport to support Year of Food and Drink Legacy

George Best Belfast City Airport to support Year of Food and Drink Legacy

Michele Shirlow, CEO of Food NI, and Katy Best, Commercial and Marketing Director at George Best Belfast City Airport George Best Belfast City Airport has partnered with Food NI and all local councils to launch the search for Northern Ireland’s Best local food and drink product – offering a staggering prize of £30,000 free marketing […]

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Cleaver Fulton Rankin has cyber security locked down

Cleaver Fulton Rankin has cyber security locked down

Cleaver Fulton’s Cyber Risk Unit, and their own high standards of cyber security are Directors Michael King and Patrick Fleming.  Cleaver Fulton Rankin has become the first legal practice in the city to set up a specialist cyber risk unit aimed at tackling the growing scourge of online crime. Recent government research showed that seven out […]

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How Pension Reforms Affect the Self-Employed

How Pension Reforms Affect the Self-Employed

In his first Autumn Statement since becoming Chancellor of the Exchequer in 2016, Philip Hammond announced a number of pensions reforms. They included cutting the allowance for people who dip into their savings from £10k to £4K in an attempt to clamp down on double tax relief. These followed on from previous, but still relatively […]

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LEDCOM highlights potential for A8 economic corridor concept

LEDCOM highlights potential for A8 economic corridor concept

The Local Economic Development Company (LEDCOM) has called for central and local government and the private sector to create a business corridor along the upgraded A8 dual carriageway. Speaking after LEDCOM’s AGM, Chair Henry Fletcher called for a partnership approach to develop the A8 corridor from Larne to Belfast into an economic hotspot, attracting new […]

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Soiree Society is an award-winning ‘match-made’ business

Soiree Society is an award-winning ‘match-made’ business

 Soirée Society, Northern Ireland’s leading bespoke match-making company, has won the UK Best Upcoming Matchmaking Agency of the Year award. The Tyrone-based company, which covers all of Northern Ireland, scooped the highly coveted title at last week’s UK Dating Awards – dubbed the ‘Oscars’ of the dating industry. Soiree Society was the only Northern Ireland entrant […]

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Charles Hurst Bentley in pole position for charitable drive

Charles Hurst Bentley in pole position for charitable drive

  Throughout December, Charles Hurst Bentley partnered with The Lord’s Taverners for their 2016 Christmas Campaign “Light Up Someone’s Christmas”, a major charitable initiative in support of Cedar Lodge School in North Belfast. Educating children and young people with learning disabilities, Cedar Lodge was The Lord’s Taverners’ nominated beneficiary school for 2016 and benefitted from […]

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2017 Responsible Business Awards in Northern Ireland open for entries

2017 Responsible Business Awards in Northern Ireland open for entries

Pictured launching the 2017 Responsible Business Awards in Northern Ireland are (from left): Kevin Caldwell, Electric Ireland, Gillian McKee, Business in the Community; and Chris James, Fujitsu. This year’s Responsible Business Awards which showcase the social value and societal impact of best-in-class sustainability practices in Northern Ireland, has been launched by Business in the Community […]

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Learning Disability Nurse named Northern Ireland Nurse of the Year at Randox Health Healthcare Awards

Learning Disability Nurse named Northern Ireland Nurse of the Year at Randox Health Healthcare Awards

A learning disability nurse has been named Northern Ireland Nurse of the Year at The Randox Health Healthcare Awards. Margaret Donnelly from Muckamore Abbey Hospital was one of the delighted winners announced last night by the BBC’s Noel Thompson at the prestigious event in The Stormont Hotel. The awards recognise those in both the private […]

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RADAR and Diageo to help NI youth ‘see clearly’ on alcohol

RADAR and Diageo to help NI youth ‘see clearly’ on alcohol

Risk Avoidance Danger Awareness Resource joins forces with Diageo to promote alcohol awareness amongst young people  RADAR and Diageo Northern Ireland have announced a strategic new partnership aimed at raising awareness of the risks associated with underage drinking. The initial two year deal, which will include a rebrand of RADAR’s conferencing facilities, will focus on […]

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Tughans maintains top advisor ranking & adds Top Value Position for 2016

Tughans maintains top advisor ranking & adds Top Value Position for 2016

Tughans, for the second year in a row, has topped the Experian Deal Review and Advisor League Table for the number of deals completed in Northern Ireland. The report indicates that Tughans was the most active legal advisor in terms of volume for 2016 participating in over 30% of all Northern Ireland deals, and 38% […]

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P2V Systems rolls out ambitious growth plans with opening of Dublin hub

P2V Systems rolls out ambitious growth plans with opening of Dublin hub

Lisburn based IT company P2V Systems has expanded its operations with the opening of a Dublin office, following a period of continued growth. A strategic move for the company, P2V Systems seeks to strengthen its customer base in the RoI market as well as maximise its export potential, in line with its ambitious growth plans […]

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Northern Ireland investment market to see surge in 2017: CBRE

Northern Ireland investment market to see surge in 2017: CBRE

CBRE is predicting a busy year ahead for investment transactions within the commercial property sector in Northern Ireland. There was a notable reduction in 2016 investment volumes mainly due to domestic and international political events – namely Brexit, as well as smaller lot sized opportunities for sale than previous years. In total, there was c£248 […]

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Cyber criminals to change tactics and charge higher ransoms in 2017, says Ward Solutions

Cyber criminals to change tactics and charge higher ransoms in 2017, says Ward Solutions

Ward Solutions, a leading information security provider, has announced its cyber security predictions for 2017. Ward believes that cyber criminals will change their tactics in 2017 to exploit growing fears of brand damage and escalating fines. The provider expects them to change their ransomware attacks to focus increasingly on acquiring customer data held by organisations […]

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Why I Hate New Year’s Resolutions

Why I Hate New Year’s Resolutions

As we open our fresh new 2017 business diaries, Deputy CEO of ASG & Partners, Valerie Ludlow, takes a critical look at New Year’s Resolutions and how we can avoid setting ourselves up for disaster… Each year, January appears to present us all with the opportunity to start fresh, with a clean slate, and the […]

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Long live the Business Plan, says Connor Sweeney from InterTradeIreland

Long live the Business Plan, says Connor Sweeney from InterTradeIreland

Business plans are dead — or are they?  Fans of the Apprentice will be all too aware that the much anticipated penultimate week is where the candidates are put through their paces by industry leaders and quizzed extensively on their business plans. This is a critical device which helps Lord Sugar decide who to invest […]

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6 things we learned about digital transformation at Fujitsu Forum 2016

6 things we learned about digital transformation at Fujitsu Forum 2016

By Fujitsu’s Jim Millen Last month more than 14,000 people descended on the ICM Centre in Munich for Fujitsu Forum 2016. The theme of the event? Driving digital transformation. But another word seemed to pop up in almost every talk I attended– one intrinsically linked with digital transformation: disruption. Digital disruption is a phrase we’ve heard used […]

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Republic of Ireland caught between an EU rock and a Brexit hard place

Republic of Ireland caught between an EU rock and a Brexit hard place

Dr Declan Jordan, UCC School of Economics A report from the German Chambers of Commerce Worldwide and the German-Irish Chamber of Commerce concludes that, of all the EU members, Ireland has most to lose from a hard Brexit. Simply based on the level of trade between Ireland and the UK, it is hard to disagree […]

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

Employing Millennials

Employing Millennials

Max Mackin, Managing Director at Black Fox Solutions Millennials or Generation Y has become a recent buzzword in the Recruitment Industry, categorized as anyone born after 1980 they are usually described as more idealistic, digitally-engaged and ambitious than the previous generation, but also have a reputation for being work-shy, self-entitled, possessing short attention spans and […]

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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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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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