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Is your business idea viable?

This is a question that would-be entrepreneurs need to ask themselves. It is not enough to have a good idea – or even a great idea – for a product or service. What you need to find out is whether you can provide that service or product to enough people who will pay enough so that you make ...

Date: 26 October, 2012   By: Paul Bryant

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How to start your own catering business

Catering is one of those businesses that people idly dream of starting because the entry bar appears to be pretty low. If you’re a foodie whose dinner parties are a hit, it seems like an easy way to get into the food business – easier, at least, than becoming a chef and working at a high-e...

Date: 25 October, 2012   By: Scott McCallum

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Starting-up the Irish way

Ireland has always had a pro-business attitude characterised by low taxes, investment in growth through innovation and the hub of tech and life science behemoths such as Dell, Johnson & Johnson, Google, IBM and Cisco reflects that. But now Enterprise Ireland (EI), the Irish government body responsib...

Date: 24 October, 2012   By: Naghmeh Reilly

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Marketing your start up with your tablet

So, you had a great idea, you turned it into a business and now you are well on your way. Brilliant! But wouldn’t you like to make running your new business even easier? Your tablet device could provide the answer.

Date: 24 October, 2012   By: Ella Mason

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Real Time Information: why accuracy matters with PAYE

The introduction of Real Time Information (RTI) for PAYE is being billed as a positive step for all — making it easier for HMRC and employers to operate their PAYE systems. How difficult the transition will be remains to be seen but it is a significant change that every UK business needs to und...

Date: 17 October, 2012   By: Rachel Miller

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The three key ingredients for launching your new business

Let’s be real right from the outset — going into business for yourself isn’t always easy. If it were an easy thing to do then everyone would be doing it. As business owners, we find ourselves, particularly in the early stages of a business, having to be a master juggler in that we are...

Date: 11 October, 2012   By: Kelly Clifford

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The six golden rules of exhibiting

Love or loathe them, if you don’t consider using exhibitions to promote your business, you may be missing a trick. Since I was a young salesman, I’ve dreaded stand duty, with its attendant aching feet and seemingly very little return for the time spent there.  ...

Date: 10 October, 2012   By: John Sollars

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Introducing the government’s new bank scheme - free gift and all!

With the reduction in small business loans offered through high street banks in these times, news of a possible Coalition scheme to offer start-ups the financial break they need, may sound like a bonus to many bank managers.

Date: 08 October, 2012   By: Guest contributor