Perfecting Your Elevator Pitch

Posted by Michelle Cowley-Cunningham on Mar 1, 2019 4:36:38 PM

An effective elevator pitch can often be the only difference between you and your competition. If you're up to your eyes in trade shows, conferences, or business lunches, be sure to have a tried and trusted pitch at the ready

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Topics: SME's, Business Tips, Business Loans

How To Receive Exceptional Customer Feedback

Posted by Michelle Cowley-Cunningham on Feb 22, 2019 11:48:27 AM

Customer delight is everyone’s responsibility. Modern SMEs cannot afford to make their customers unhappy. If you don't meet their expectations, they can publicly share their criticism online. It's so easy nowadays for any customer, client, or happenstance bystander to share their instant discontent on the likes of Facebook Reviews, TripAdvisor, Yelp, or Google Reviews...

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Topics: SME's, Business Loans, Customer Feedback

7 Simple Steps to Taming Your Email Inbox

Posted by Michelle Cowley-Cunningham on Feb 8, 2019 2:40:30 PM

The onslaught of emails is constant, particularly when you're running your own business. Figuring out how to manage the never-ending wave of communications is key to squeezing the most out of each day.

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Topics: SME's, Business Tips, Business Loans

Networking for SME Success

Posted by Michelle Cowley-Cunningham on Jan 31, 2019 12:24:00 PM

We’ve all been told at one time or another that "it’s not what you know but who you know" that counts. Now, while there is no substitute for real knowledge and expertise, it certainly helps to have a highly developed network of contacts. 

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Topics: SME's, Business Loans, Networking Strategies

Preparing Your SME for Export

Posted by Michelle Cowley-Cunningham on Jan 28, 2019 5:07:06 PM

Sitting here on Europe’s periphery in a relatively small market, the ability to ship our products and services overseas is vital, both for the economy as a whole and for individual SMEs. If your business has hit a ceiling at home, then export may be the only way to take things to the next level.

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Topics: SME's, Business Loans, Export

Loan Book Report Q4 2018

Posted by Amanda Germaine on Jan 24, 2019 2:17:51 PM
Q4 was a record quarter for the platform with more than €11 million in business loans issued to Irish SMEs. It brought to a close a successful year that saw the platform exceed €80 million in total lending with almost €40 million of that activity happening in the last 12 months. 
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Topics: Lending

P2P Lending: 5 Things You Need To Know

Posted by Alan Fagan on Dec 24, 2018 1:42:00 PM

Crowdfunding, crowdlending, marketplace lending, P2P lending, online lending, AltFi. These are all terms that Irish business owners are hearing more and more. As FinTech (Financial Technology) continues to transform the traditional financial landscape, SME owners need to understand these terms, particularly P2P lending.

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Topics: P2P Lending

Many Happy Returns

Posted by Michelle Cowley-Cunningham on Dec 19, 2018 11:02:06 AM
As Christmas closes in, it's the perfect time to look back on the year that was and give thanks for everything we have received.
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5 Time Management Tips for SMEs

Posted by Michelle Cowley-Cunningham on Dec 10, 2018 12:27:25 PM

Time is money. When you’re driving your own business you will need to wear many hats. You'll be making financial strategy decisions one minute, and unloading a delivery or answering phones the next. When you're trying to keep so many plates spinning, it can be difficult to focus on what's truly important. It can often feel like there are not enough hours in the day.  

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How to Develop Your Digital Dream Team

Posted by Alan Fagan on Nov 30, 2018 12:58:37 PM

It might surprise you but even in this digital age, up to a third of Irish SMEs still don't have a website and about 90% have no e-commerce capabilities. A lack of in-house skills is often cited as a major obstacle among those businesses with no online presence. But in an era of easy access to information there really is no excuse... 

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