Go for it like Cassbella!

As the effect of the global recession strike, starting a new business might seem the last thing on anyone’s mind, but apparently now is the time for young, enthusiastic and nimble businesses to set up and thrive. Economists have commented that building a dynamic entrepreneurial culture is one of the key characteristics of a healthy […]

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Christmas energy saving tips for businesses

How to reduce your gas and electricity bills during the holidays Christmas is an expensive time for everyone, but energy bills over the festive period can hit the workplace too. The Carbon Trust estimates that UK businesses lose around £9 million over the festive period by failing to turn lights and equipment off. However, there […]

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Eco-Centre Project Gets ‘Green Light’

A rural project that will incorporate a cultural, horticultural, heritage and activity centre and provide a social/educational space to support the community garden project has been granted funding. The NI Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland has announced Neighbourhood Renewal funding of over £100,000 for Mullaghmore and Castleview Community Association (MACCA) in Omagh. Mr McCausland said: […]

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Are All Enterprises Equal?

Most people seem to agree on the need to keep enterprise at the top of the agenda to solve our current economic problems. During recent years the Programme for Government and all political parties have reinforced the need to support enterprise and grow the private sector. We have many government departments and a myriad of […]

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Warning over e-mail fraud

WEST Tyrone MLA Ross Hussey has warned people in the Omagh area to be alert to a sophisticated email being circulated by fraudsters. The e-mail purporting to be sent by HMRC claims to offer would be victims a tax refund following overpayment the previous year. After informing recipients that HMRC have reviewed last year’s accounts, […]

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Omagh Enterprise Company – 25 years ago

Check out the article below about Omagh Enterprise Company that featured in the Ulster Herald 25 years ago. The Company has come along way since then as we currently manage 65,000 square feet of workspace and are developing an additional 14,000 square feet Innovation Growth Centre to begin in 2012.   It’s great to see […]

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Marketing tips for small businesses

Effectively promote your business to create happy customers and encourage sales Running a profitable business requires motivation, organisation, industry knowledge and skills and experience. However, even if you have all of these attributes, without effective marketing, nobody will know your business exists. The following guidance details how you can ensure you are promoting your business […]

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Foster encouraged by fall in unemployment rate

Foster encouraged by fall in unemployment rate Figures released today for the period August – October 2011 show that the Northern Ireland unemployment rate fell over the quarter from 7.4% to 6.9%. Commenting on the figures, Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said: “It was encouraging to note the fall in the Northern Ireland unemployment rate during […]

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How to ask your customers for feedback

Customer feedback is essential so your business can grow and become more profitable Customer feedback about your business can sometimes be difficult to hear but it is essential if your business is to adapt, grow and become more profitable. Honest feedback is exactly what your business needs if you are to listen, learn and adapt […]

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Entrepreneurs Lead The Way!

Scientists, economist, mathematicians and many other ‘experts’ like to think that humans act in a rational way. They generally believe the world works in an orderly fashion, despite centuries of experience that disproves their theory. Nevertheless, we all accept that, at times, we are cautious and calculating in our actions and can be rational and […]

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£1.58m innovation centre takes new step forward

THE construction of a £1.58 million Innovation Growth Centre for Omagh took a step forward with the appointment of a design team for the ambitious project. Belfast based consultants Edmond Shipway Ltd will take charge of designing the new 14,000 square foot state of the art building, which will provide a purpose built, technology focused, […]

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Omagh Enterprise Client Loughtec – Looking to the Clouds

The leap from employee to running your own business doesn’t always herald success. But for Cathal Green and Sean McDermott, who left the relative comfort of employee status at Foyle Foods behind them five years ago to cofound Loughtec Limited, the move has proved worthwhile. After almost 27 years between spent working at Omagh meats, […]

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2012 Awards for Excellence open for entries

Enter the Awards to receive recognition for leadership in responsible business practices The national Awards for Excellence, which have been set up by Business in the Community (BITC) to recognise and celebrate inspirational responsible business programmes, are now open for entries. This year’s categories cover a wide range of issues, including work experience, collaborative community […]

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HMRC: Important Key messages for Businesses

HMRC December 2011 Key messages   Autumn Statement On 29 November 2011, the Chancellor delivered his autumn statement to Parliament, alongside the publication of the Office for Budget Responsibility’s updated forecasts for growth and borrowing. He announced permanent reductions in spending to ensure that the UK meets its fiscal targets, using some of those savings […]

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Are Entrepreneurs Happier People?

Entrepreneurs tend to be more optimistic and positive about their lives and the future than the general population. It is generally understood nowadays that negative thinking and constant worry increases our level of stress and dissatisfaction with life. Too much stress can wear our defences down and reduce the effectiveness of our immune system. Stress […]

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Keep More of What You Earn with AD Pottie tax strategies event

“KEEP MORE OF WHAT YOU EARN” WITH  A.D Pottie & Co Ltd Chartered Accountants Tuesday 13th December 2011 1 Church Street, Fintona, Co Tyrone, BT78 2BR A.D Pottie & Co Ltd are inviting you to an exciting event which they are holding at their office on Tuesday 13th December at 8:00 am This session is […]

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Beat the rush for online tax returns

Avoid a post Christmas rush – prepare ahead to ensure you file your tax return before the 31 January deadline To avoid New Year stresses ensure you prepare now for filing your Self Assessment tax return online ahead of the 31 January 2012 deadline. New to online filing If you are filing your tax return […]

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