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9 tips to make your SME more innovative

In a world where markets are becoming increasingly more competitive, studies have shown that innovation is vital for the success and long-term sustainability of any business. Every business is different (size, sector, goals, location, how long they have traded for, etc) and there is no one size fits all approach to implementing innovation due to this uniqueness.

Posted by Neil Ryan – Co-Innovate Programme Director on June 12, 2018

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North South Collaborative Research Opportunities in Horizon 2020

Since the Horizon 2020 programme commenced in 2014 the track record of North South collaborative applications has been impressive. Some 52 separate projects have secured over €63m in Horizon 2020 funding. North South collaborations enjoy a success rate almost 3% higher than the EU average!

Posted by Chris Shiels, Horizon 2020 Programme Manager, InterTradeIreland on May 10, 2018

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2018 05 10
AprilBusiness Funding

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Looking for Investment for your business? - 5 things to consider…

Every business needs a road map of some sort – usually written down in a business plan. Does your plan attract an investor’s attention? Is it balanced between all the areas that an investor will expect to see covered? In this month's blog, Grainne Lennon, Manager of our Funding Advisory Service team, talks through the 5 key things you need to consider if you are looking for investment for your business.

Posted by Grainne Lennon on April 10, 2018

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2018 04 10
MarchBusiness Funding

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Equity CrowdFunding - a real source of Equity capital for High Growth Start-Ups

As part of its “Succeed in Raising Finance” initiative InterTradeIreland guides and supports several hundred High Growth Potential Start-Up and Early Stage businesses each year on the island of Ireland who are planning to raise seed or growth equity capital.

Posted by Drew O Sullivan on March 12, 2018

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2018 03 12
FebruaryBrexitBrexit Blog Small IMage

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Brexit - are we nearly there yet?

The short answer to the question of whether we are close to arriving at destination Brexit is no. If Brexit was a race, it’d be a marathon. Getting to the end of Brexit is not for the faint hearted and is going to take a degree of commitment and endurance that any marathon runner would be proud of.

Posted by ITI on February 19, 2018

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2018 02 19

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Could you retain your reputation in a crisis?

One of the most notable corporate crises of 2017 was when airport police forcibly removed a passenger from a United Airlines plane after the traveller refused to leave at management’s request, causing injury and distress to the gentleman as well as a major social media backlash.

Posted by dcp PR Agency, Belfast on January 8, 2018

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2018 01 08

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Collaborative research:Advancing science & boosting competitiveness

In this blog, Karen McCallion in her role as Science Technology and innovation Manager outlines InterTradeIreland’s participation in and support of a number of international collaborative research programmes.

Posted by Karen McCallion on November 15, 2017

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2017 11 15
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Barbara Collins’ journey with InterTradeIreland.

My route into InterTradeIreland consultancy started with storytelling. My background is broadcast journalism in BBC. I spent 16 years in newsrooms where the goal was always getting the story across to the listener in clean, tight, accessible, accurate copy.

Posted by Barbara Collins on November 3, 2017

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2017 11 03
Septemberbusiness recruitment SME

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The Talent Pipeline

David McComb, one of InterTradeIreland’s Trade consultants, takes us through the importance of people in our business, the value of a talent pipeline and considers the benefits of graduates being part of this talent pipeline.

Posted by David McComb on September 12, 2017

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2017 09 12
JulybusinessSME PR marketing

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Cost-effective PR for SMEs

PR isn’t just for big, global firms; it’s for everyone, from micro-companies to international organisations: though, of course, budgets won’t be quite the same.

Posted by Eimear Fitzpatrick on July 4, 2017

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2017 07 04
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Plan, Act and Engage for a Better Brexit

In this month's blog, Aidan Gough Director of Strategy & Policy outlines the importance of helping SMEs to be Brexit ready.

Posted by Aidan Gough on June 13, 2017

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2017 06 13
Maybusiness innovation sme

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5 Tips for Driving Innovation in SMEs

Businesses that are innovating and doing things differently are three times more likely to grow, says Alan Morrow, Innovation Manager at InterTradeIreland.

Posted by Alan Morrow on May 9, 2017

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2017 05 09
AprilSME business apps

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10 apps to streamline your business in 2017

Every business has repetitive tasks and while some are just facts of life, be assured that others can definitely be fully or at least semi-automated.

Posted by Adrian Wilson on April 11, 2017

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2017 04 11
MarchSME Business Pitching

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Perfecting your Pitch

Connor Sweeney takes us through the essential tips to perfect your pitch - from preparing well, researching your audience and remembering that in every presentation that you give, you are selling something, hence each presentation will be different.

Posted by Connor Sweeney on March 14, 2017

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2017 03 14
FebruarySME tender business

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Can tenders help small businesses weather the uncertainty of Brexit?

Indeed, could public procurement act as a vehicle for cross-border trade post-Brexit?

Posted by Donnacha Phelan on February 14, 2017

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2017 02 14
JanuarySME innovation business advice

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Developing a Culture of Innovation

When you start a new job your colleagues and boss quickly set you right on “how things are done around here” and the “boundaries” within which you need to work.

Posted by Iain Bruce on January 17, 2017

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2017 01 17
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My New Year Resolution - To be good to myself!

As we all know, Christmas can be a time of unlimited patience, generosity, and kindness from those around us, however, if you’re in business you've probably already realised that you don’t always get this - and certainly not all year around.

Posted by Laurence Lord on December 6, 2016

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Novemberbusiness women innovation leadership

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Why Women Do Mean Business

Last month I hosted our 10th Annual WMB Conference & Awards in the salubrious surrounds of the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin’s leafy Stephen’s Green. It was a great success and the passion in the room was palpable.

Posted by Rosemary Delaney on November 8, 2016

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2016 11 08
Octoberbusiness brexitbrexit-blog

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Brexit – Focus on the things YOU can control

The UK’s decision to leave the EU caught a large majority of businesses offside. Whilst uncertainty abounds, there are ways for businesses to navigate the current landscape by focussing on the things they can control.

Posted by Aidan Gough on October 11, 2016

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2016 10 11
Septemberbusiness SME marketingSeptember blog marketing

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Marketing on a Shoestring Budget: 10 Top Tips for Small Businesses

Dwayne Stewart discusses why marketing can be done on a shoestring budget and why SMEs don’t have to spend a fortune on Communications activity to get their message heard.

Posted by Dwayne Stewart on September 13, 2016

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2016 09 13
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There is no such thing as an ‘average’ Business Angel – or is there?

InterTradeIreland has just published a unique all island report into the Business Angel investor market- “Funding for growth: The Business Angels Market on the Island of Ireland”.

Posted by Grainne Lennon on August 17, 2016

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2016 08 17
JulyBusiness SMEs Finance

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Looking to raise finance for your business?

Small businesses across the island were adversely affected by the financial crisis of 2008 as the availability of finance contracted and domestic demand shrank.

Posted by Grainne Lennon on July 5, 2016

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2016 07 05
JuneBusiness SMEs InnovationKey to innovation blog

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Knowledge Transfer - the key to innovation?

Alan Morrow, Operations Manager at InterTradeIreland discusses why technology or knowledge transfer between academia and industry has never been more relevant.

Posted by Alan Morrow on June 7, 2016

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2016 06 07
MayBusiness Tender SMEstender blog

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To Tender or not to Tender – that is the question!

The all-island public procurement market worth £10million/€12.5million represents a huge opportunity for SMEs to win steady business and is a market worth considering.

Posted by Grant Gilmore on May 10, 2016

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2016 05 10
AprilBusiness SMEs business planbusiness plan tips for SMEs

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5 tips to help you prepare and get your business plan right

Business plans are dead — or are they? For many entrepreneurs, the business plan is an outmoded document and Start Ups rarely think they need one to get by.

Posted by Connor Sweeney on April 11, 2016

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2016 04 11
MarchBusiness Brexit SMEs

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A British Exit from European Union - more barriers to overcome?

'A British exit from Europe could mean rowing back on a lot of the positive work and progress that has been achieved over the past number of years on all-island trade.'

Posted by Thomas Hunter McGowan on March 7, 2016

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2016 03 07
FebruaryExporting Business SMEsCross Border blog -exporting

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6 steps to help you get on the exporting ladder

One of the biggest challenges currently facing small business owners is dealing with the decrease in demand in their home market.

Posted by InterTradeIreland on February 1, 2016

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2016 02 01
JanuaryBusiness Tender SMEsPublic tendering blog image

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10 top tips to help you tender successfully for public sector contracts

The all-island public procurement market represents a huge opportunity for SMEs to win steady business and is a market worth considering.

Posted by Margaret Hearty on January 28, 2016

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