Create your marketing strategy

Developing a marketing strategy is vital for any business. Without one, your business won’t be able to reach the ideal customers for its goods or services.

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Think tank calls for investment in green economy

The north’s economy may be stagnating but businesses with green credentials can still enjoy unprecedented levels of growth, according to an environmental campaigner.

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Business Success In the 21st Century

Starbucks opened its first coffee house in 1971 and now has 15,000 stores in 50 countries. Its vision is to provide ‘a place for conversation and a sense of community, a third place between work and home’.

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The challenges of growing a business – and how to meet them

Growing businesses face a range of challenges. As a business grows, different problems and opportunities demand different solutions – what worked a year ago might not be the best approach now.

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£50k lottery grants offered across north

Three village communities in Northern Ireland are celebrating after being offered Lottery grants of up to £50,000 to run social enterprises.

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What You Need to Know About Hiring a Contractor

The contract workforce is fast becoming the new normal. Independent workers now make up 30% of the nation’s workforce, according to the Freelancers Union. Online employment middleman Elance is also experiencing record growth, hitting more than $500 million in total freelancer earnings since 2007.

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US firms put social values before big profits

In the next few weeks, half a dozen US states are expected to pass legislation that will for the first time protect companies which value their social impact as much as the bottom line.

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Grants: the basics

A grant is a sum of money given to an individual or business for a specific project or purpose.

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A challenge to CEOs – what is your legacy?

Dr. Alan Knight, sustainability director at Business in the Community, will be speaking at the Future for Good Business conference taking place at Belfast’s Waterfront Hall on Wednesday October 17.

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Concrete deal sees Tyrone firm send plant to Africa

A Co Tyrone company has tapped into one of West Africa’s most under-developed nations with a contract worth more than £200,000.

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Facebook: How to Make It Work For Your Business

Facebook can be a useful way to promote your business or an expensive and time-consuming waste of resources. The result depends on your approach, level of commitment and ability to engage your audience.

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Equity finance

Read our fact-sheet on other sources of equity finance – business angels, venture capital, stock market etc

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Lead and motivate your staff

Strong leadership and a sense of direction are hallmarks of almost all successful businesses.

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No Mobile Website? You’re Probably Turning Customers Away

With more people accessing information about businesses using their mobile devices, business owners need to think about how their website displays on smartphones and tablets.

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Foster launches multi-million pound programme to increase business competitiveness

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has launched a new £12million programme aimed at increasing the overall competitiveness of local businesses.

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Write a health and safety policy for your business

Describing how you will manage health and safety in your business will let your staff and others know about your commitment to health and safety. This will be your health and safety policy. It should clearly say who does what, when and how.

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IBM Global Entrepreneur

Looking for global entrepreneurs who want to build a smarter planet.

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Awards entry worth the effort

We all do it. We put the deadline date in the diary. It’s weeks away so we promise ourselves we’ll spend an hour or two considering that awards entry a week before the deadline.

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Search engine optimisation

Increasingly customers are searching online to find products and services they require. It is now more commonplace for users to access websites via search engines rather than the web address.

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Search for top local businesses

This award is open to all businesses that have started within the last 2 years. The winner will have displayed a strategic approach to business, successful implementation of a business strategy and will have good prospects for the future.

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