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November 2014

Peter Quinn Blog – Main Determinants Of Success In Business (II).

Our previous blog on the main determinants of success in business, considered the importance of Quality and Service to any business.  The following two aspects are just as important – possibly even more so.  Firstly, there is EFFICIENCY. Ultimately that is about producing products and services at the lowest possible cost consistent with not diluting quality or service. It does not mean being the cheapest – in fact it has nothing …Read More

New Twitter Network for Fermanagh Businesses – #FermanaghHour @Fermanagh_hour

The ‘twitter hour’ phenomenon is sweeping the globe and now it is coming to Fermanagh every Tuesday from 9-10pm with the first live hour on Tuesday 9th December. A similar initiative in Belfast (#belfasthour) based on Twitter, is increasing rapidly in terms of popularity with over 3,000 followers and over 400 businesses taking part every week and is causing a stir among SMEs in Belfast. Over four and a half …Read More

Nick’s Blog – Do You Want To Be A Hero?

The idea of running your own business has grown in popularity, as government, the media and others celebrate the benefits. Parents, traditionally, encouraged children to study hard at school and enter the secure worlds of banking, law and medicine. In more recent years, however, the idea of becoming an entrepreneur has become fashionable. Why? The profile of successful entrepreneurs like Richard Branson and TV shows like Dragon’s Den and The …Read More

PA/Office Manager for Northern Ireland 2015 Awards

I hope all is well with you and your day is running smoothly. If it is, then your PA or Office Manager has probably played a hand in making it that way. Which is why the Northern Ireland PA and Office Manager Awards have been launched – as an opportunity for us all to say thank you to the second most important person in our lives! Your nomination could result in …Read More

Peter Quinn Blog – Four Main Determinants of Success in Business (I).

Whatever the text books may say, the core tenets of success in business can be boiled down to doing a relatively small number of things well.  There are no guarantees of success in business, but doing these four better than your competitors is as near as one can get to such a guarantee.  Those four crucial elements are simple in theory, but sometimes a bit more difficult in practice.  They …Read More

Demystifying E-Business and Being Online – An information evening in Enniskillen

First Stop Shop will be hosting a FREE information evening on “Demystifying E-Business and Being Online” on Thursday 27th November at 7pm. It will be held in the Image Centre, South West College, Enniskillen. The event will be targeted at local Fermanagh businesses who are interested in developing their online and e-business potential and will include presentations on digital entrepreneurship and e-business, information on free technology resources and support through …Read More

Nick’s Blog – Health Service Woes

The First Stop Shop team are delighted to be able to bring you Nicholas O’Sheil’s (Omagh Enterprise Manager) popular blogs on todays key business issues. Once again, budget cuts are in the news and, once again, the health service is in the firing line. Increased costs, more expensive treatments, and an ageing population are identified as some of the problems. Budget cuts and reduced services are identified as the solution. …Read More

The All-Island Innovation Awards launched with a top prize worth €150k

The 2015 Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards were  launched recently at two simultaneous events in Belfast and Dublin. Hosted by the University of Ulster and KPMG, the events marked the start of the island-wide search for the best innovations that Northern Ireland and Ireland have to offer. Now in its sixth year, The Irish Times and InterTradeIreland have partnered to showcase and reward excellence in innovation, across a wide range of …Read More

Peter Quinn Blog – Building on our Agricultural Base (III) – The Agri-Business Challenge

Based on our last blog, there has to be scope for a number of niche food businesses in Fermanagh, especially given the recent closure of Fivemiletown Creamery and the loss of the hugely popular Fivemiletown Cheese, which had the potential to be developed into a worldwide brand. But there are other options for specialty dairy products, for new and innovative beef and mutton products, for vegetable products (we have some …Read More

Believe 3D Printing benefit from First Stop Shop support!

We are delighted to bring you news of one of the many First Stop Shop clients who has benefitted from the signposting and advice services we offer. Believe 3D Printing uses a 3D Printing Technology to turn your Design Ideas into real functional parts.  Not too long ago, the notion that products could be manufactured using a fairly simple, compact printer was straight out of a science fiction novel. But …Read More