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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Social Media and Search Engine Optimisation: Why They Work Together

By Michael Stelzner Published August 12, 2011 In this video I interview Brian Clark , CEO of Copyblogger Media. Brian talks about how social media and search engine optimization (SEO) go well together. You’ll find out why smart SEO pros participate in social media and how social media can send traffic to your website and improve […]

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Opportunity to Up-skill or Re-skill Staff with DEL assisted funding

          Do you feel the need to Up-skill staff to achieve a higher level qualification in a specific subject area or Re-skill staff in a new/specific subject area? If so, the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) can assist you, small to medium and medium to large sized enterprises, with funding.  […]

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Omagh’s newest fair lady

Sinéad Slane is on a vintage mission. Set to establish, host and hopefully thoroughly enjoy this locality’s first ever pre-loved fashion and handcraft event, Oma Fair Lady at the end of the month, the local fashionista is aiming high when it comes to nostalgic glamour. The fair, which will be the first of it’s kind […]

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Shauna set for baby food boom

“It’s so simple, I can’t believe noone else has done it; it’s mindboggling.” Referring to her new business venture, Heavenly Tasty Organics – a brand new range of fresh baby food set to take the parenting world by storm – Fintona lady, Shauna McCarney knows deep down, that she’s on the verge of completing stage […]

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Taking the reins

Roisin talks about the joy of horses IT was a no brainer for Rosin Donnelly. As soon as the powers-that-be at the Ecclesville Centre asked her to reopen the riding school, the 21-year-old jumped at the chance, broke into a canter and has been galloping ever since. Horses have been Rosin’s entire life and if […]

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Bridal gowns without the frowns

Lofty ambitions for sisters’ second hand enterprise WHEN sisters Orla and Paula Mallaghan decided to open ‘The Ironing Shop’ in Omagh people thought they were crazy and in fairness, there might actually have been a few times when the former Pomeroy ladies questioned their initial brave decision. However (and it’s a big one), four years […]

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Omagh florist proves it’s never too late to bloom in business

JUDITH Kempston, proud owner of ‘Floral Temptations’ in Omagh, is proving that it’s never too late in the year for a new business to blossom. With the support of Invest Northern Ireland’s Go for it programme, Judith, who has more than 14 years of experience as a florist, is out on her own. “It’s something […]

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Weaving a labour of love

LAUNCHING her own business was always on the agenda for Carrickmore textile designer Aisling Donaghy. Even as she developed her skills as a talented needle and thread artist at York Street art college, Aisling always envisaged working for herself. “I had aspirations even when I was at college of having my own place and doing […]

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