What Facebook’s Latest Changes Mean for Businesses

Facebook recently made a number of product and platform changes that affect companies and brands that market using the world’s most popular social utility. Here are five of the latest changes you need to be aware of: 1. Privacy settings for sharing: Privacy has long headed the list of concerns expressed by users of Facebook. […]

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Companies upbeat over the outlook for business in 2012

Businesses in Northern Ireland have the most positive attitude in the UK about their region’s business potential, according to a survey.Barclays Corporate said 77% of businesses surveyed here thought Northern Ireland would be a better place to do business by 2021.Over two-thirds of firms said they were looking forward to “steady and sustained” growth in […]

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Start up advice for people with disabilities

Event to encourage people with disabilities start their own business Are you a person with a disability who would like to start your own business? Or do you work for a disability organisation and want to know more about self-employment as an option for people with disabilities? If so, then the ‘Working for Me’ event, […]

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Steps for success for small and new employers

Workshops to help employers develop effective employment practices and procedures As part of its programme of promoting good employment practice and preventing disputes arising in the workplace, the Labour Relations Agency (LRA) regularly hosts advisory workshops led by experienced LRA staff. The workshops are aimed at all employers, although they may be particularly useful for […]

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Omagh Enterprise invites all SME owners to ‘Improving Competitiveness’ Seminar

Professor McKeag from the University of Ulster will visit Omagh Enterprise Company on Thursday 8th September at 2pm to present a seminar entitled ‘Improving competitiveness’. Renowned for his inspiration words Professor McKeag has become a favourite speaker with many SME owners throughout Northern Ireland. The Seminar will involve discussion and advice on improving competitiveness through […]

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Your business which market?

Your business which market? Date: Wednesday 14th September 2011 Time: 14:00 – 18:45 Venue: Silverbirch Hotel, 5 Gortin Road, Omagh, Co. Tyrone BT79 7DH Description Do you want to increase sales and improve your bottom line? Have you a product or service that you are already selling? Are you selling outside NI?  Are you prepared […]

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Omagh Business Award Nominees selected

The  wait is over and the nominees for the 2011 Omagh Business Awards has been revealed. After agonizing over all entries during the short-listing process, the judges have selected three local businesses in each of the seven award categories. Hosted by the Ulster Herald and Omagh Chamber of Commerce, the Omagh Business Awards return to celebrate […]

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Facebook Makes Massive Privacy & Tagging Changes

Facebook is launching one of the largest privacy overhauls in its history. The initiative will make it clearer with whom you’re sharing photos, status updates and locations. “We want to make it easier to share with who you want, no matter what it is,” Facebook Product Manager Kate O’Neill told Mashable during a preview of […]

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Business start-ups rise by a quarter

The number of new businesses being created in Northern Ireland has increased by nearly a quarter, it has been revealed. Figures from Companies House show 2,423 new firms were registered in the six months up to July, compared to 1,954 for the same period in 2010. The news was welcomed by Government ministers, who said […]

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Sustainable development support for your business

Support available from Invest NI to help your business save money by maximising environment and energy efficiencies Invest Northern Ireland’s Sustainable Development team provide free advice and support to help Northern Ireland businesses save money by maximising efficiencies in environment and energy. The range of business support available is detailed below. Resource Efficiency Audit A […]

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Tony puts his fashion stamp on business

Tony puts his fashion stamp on business Shopping ranks as one of the most popular pastimes for thousands of people in Northern Ireland. Capitalising on this, Tony Grew is fashioning his own success in the retail trade after opening two new outlets in Cookstown and Omagh. Thanks to the support provided by Invest Northern Ireland’s […]

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How to cope with seasonal fluctuations

Many businesses will experience seasonal fluctuations. These can occur for a number of reasons – for example, most retailers will be at their busiest over Christmas, whereas manufacturers producing specific items may see slowdowns due to the weather, e.g. selling more umbrellas in the autumn. A seasonal fluctuation is a type of business cycle – […]

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Entries are now open for the inaugural Women in Business NI Awards

Entries are now open for the inaugural Women in Business NI Awards, supported by Deloitte.  If there is an inspiring business woman in your workplace, then go online to http://www.womeninbusinessni.com now, to find out how to nominate them for these pioneering Awards. These unique Awards are open to all business women across the province, whether they […]

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Deadline looms for Seedcorn contest

Businesses hoping to share in a €280,000 cash investment in this year’s InterTradeIreland All-Island Seedcorn Business Competition have only one month left to enter. Liam Nellis, chief executive of cross-border agency InterTradeIreland, said Northern Ireland businesses should apply. Mr Nellis said: “Seedcorn is the largest business competition of its kind across the island and provides […]

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Housewife to handbag guru

Marian Starrs is an advertisement for the benefits of someone setting up their own business. A glint in her eye, an ever-present ghost of a smile playing on her lips and with plenty of stock at her disposal, the Omagh lady has gone from housewife to handbag guru in under 12 months, throwing off the […]

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New rights for agency workers

Agency workers are to get equal rights as permanent staff after 12 weeks on assignment Employment and Learning Minister, Dr Stephen Farry, confirmed plans to give Northern Ireland’s temporary agency workers important new rights under the EU Agency Workers Directive. The new rights will be acquired by the temporary worker after completing 12-week qualifying period […]

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Have your say on the move towards compulsory online VAT filing

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) have put forward recommendations that from 1 April 2012 all VAT-registered businesses with a turnover below £100,000 should file their returns online. Under the plans, such businesses will also be required to make their VAT payments electronically and do their VAT registration, deregistration and variations of business details, ie changes of […]

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Grants now available to start your own business

Are you thinking of starting a business? Do you reside in a Neighbourhood Renewal (NHR) area? If so then you may be entitled to a start up grant of £1000 upon successful completion of Invest NI’s “Go For It” Programme.  If you are not sure if you live in a NRA then you can check […]

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Effective low-cost marketing (Omagh)

Effective marketing is the key to surviving the recession and generating the higher levels of sales needed for your business to grow. Date: 20/10/11 Time: 19:00 – 21:30 pm Venue: Silverbirch Hotel 5 Gortin Road Omagh BT79 7DH   This seminar will provide lots of “low-cost/no-cost” practical marketing tools and tips to help build your […]

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New guide provides first time employers with key advice and guidance

Guide for new employers When you are starting out as an employer there are lots of things to think about. For example, how do you go about hiring the right person? And once you’ve set them to work how do you get the best out of them? Guidance for new employers Many small businesses feel […]

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