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Jamie White, winner of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur in Dublin for 2014 and 2015, has announced the return of The Fresh Resolutions conference alongside The Happy Pear. Fresh Resolutions, taking place on the 5th of January in Dublin Castle, is an annual coming together of Ireland’s leading experts in the areas of health, wellness, and personal development –  equipping Irish professionals with all they need to get started on their personal goals for 2019. The Happy Pear twins, David and Stephen Flynn, are renowned chefs, social media stars and authors of international bestselling and award-winning cookbooks. They will be providing complimentary food throughout the day as well as giving a

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by Marcella Clarke Useful tips as to why you should register your brand name as a trade mark? 1. Is your brand name available? Before you launch your business or product it is wise to check no one else is using it or has registered it as a trade mark. As a registered trade mark expert, I can perform an availability search and identify any obstacles your brand might face. 2. Is your brand name strong enough? It is always easier to register a trade mark that is distinctive, memorable, easy to pronounce and emotionally appealing. Stand out from the crowd. A strong name makes it easier to stop other

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We are delighted and excited to announce the launch of our new Startup consultancy service called Quick Start.. Every week we are contacted by people from all over the country with new ideas who don’t know where to start or Entrepreneurs with businesses issues that they need help with.. QuickStart is designed to provide independent professional advice to help Startups get going or get around the current issues that they are facing – Email info@Startups.ie to inquire and find out more on www.Quickstart.ie About Quick Start & The STEP Program ​The Quick Start & STEP programs were created to help Irish Startups evaluate their business ideas quickly – we provide an independent

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A lot of the necessary decisions will have already been made by the time you decide to go self-employed. You will know what sector you’re operating in, who your potential customers are and your business name. Here we provide a couple of tips for business startups that might not be so obvious. WHAT’S IN A NAME? You may have already chosen your business name, and hopefully it’s easy to say, memorable, and tells your customers what you do. Most businesses now have an online presence, which makes your name far more important. Businesses have a far greater reach than they once did. Your name will become a central part of your brand,

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How to Brief a Marketing Agency or Consultant When you reach out to an agency for help on a specific project they will ask you to supply them with a brief that they can analyse. Without this, it will be difficult for them to send you a detailed proposal that matches what you are looking for. Often, most small to medium-sized businesses do not have a briefing document “template” ready and waiting for you to use. So, what do you do? How do you go about drafting one? And where do you start? I have been in this situation in the early years of my career and I remember feeling helpless

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You know what you know – but you don’t know what you don’t know! So, employ a person to do the job and let them get on with it. When you start out it is not easy knowing when to hire someone to work for you when you are used to doing everything yourself. But, this can be an excellent way to expand your business. You know what you know, but you cannot know everything or do it all yourself. There comes a point where you need to hire someone to help and trust them to get on with it. Employing someone can be a tough job. If you hire

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Seo for Startups

Everyone wants the number one spot on the first page of Google. Competition is hot to get to the top of Google search rankings. This is a tough ask for the small business owner. Around 91% of people do not click past the first page of Google results to find what they want. Being on the first page is crucial to capture the interest of more potential customers. Getting your website to the top of the search results can be a complex equation to solve. Search engine optimization (SEO) and keywords are two key components but, to most business owners, this is a mystery. Here are some things you can

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Hi Folks.. It is hard to believe that the Startup Awards are now in their 7th year – how time flies when you are having fun! The Startup life can be a hard one so sometimes it is good to look back and take stock of the successes (as opposed to mulling over the inevitable failures). The Startup Awards like this site (Startups.ie) were born out of a passion for supporting and promoting entrepreneurship in Ireland. I launched Startups.ie 12 years ago (again hard to believe!!) when I first left the security of a well paid job to venture out into the unknown and set up my first Startup. I

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Sudden extreme weather conditions can have you running for cover. But what does this mean for your business? Are you prepared for rain, snow, or hail as this will affect the running of your business? With so much at stake, such as computer assets that hold all your data, you need a disaster recovery plan. Being prepared at all times can mean the difference between surviving adverse weather and failure. While you may not be in immediate danger, it is always wise to prepare for a worst-case scenario. Here are five ways to keep your business going in adverse weather conditions. 1. Backing up and storing critical data Today businesses

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There are less than six months before new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) take effect in the European Union (EU). These aim to strengthen the rights and protection of consumers in the EU. This means that all businesses need to prepare for the impact of more stringent data collection and storage processes. GDPR starts May 25, 2018. This legislation affects all EU member states. Everyone will now have to follow the same laws for collecting, storing and using consumer’s personal data. Benefits of GDPR There are two key benefits to the GDPR: Its goal is to give EU residents control over their personal information. It simplifies the regulatory environment for

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