GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force on the 25th May 2018, replacing the existing data protection framework under the EU Data Protection Directive. As a regulation, it will not generally require transposition into Irish law (regulations have ‘direct effect’), so organisations involved in data processing of any sort need to be aware the regulation addresses them directly in terms of the obligations it imposes. The GDPR emphasises transparency, security and accountability by data controllers and processors, while at the same time standardising and strengthening the right of European citizens to data privacy. […]

Increase your Productivity in Minutes

Peter Gollwitzer, a New York University psychology professor, conducted  studies in the 1990’s to test implementation intentions. In one study he asked his university students to write a report on how they had spent Christmas Eve no later than 48 hours after that day. But he asked only half the students to write down just when and where they planned to work on the essay. When he finished his study he found that of the students who didn’t write down when and where only 32% successfully delivered their essay. The success rate of students who wrote […]

What Qualifiction does a Company Secretary Need?

Company Secretary Qualifications

The secretary of a private company is not required to have any formal qualifications. However, the directors must take all reasonable steps to ensure that the secretary has the skills necessary to discharge his/her statutory and other legal duties and such other duties as may be delegated to the secretary by the directors. Directors of a public limited company must take all reasonable steps to ensure that the secretary is a person who appears to them to have the requisite knowledge and experience to carry out the functions of secretary and who: for at least three […]

The 5 Biggest Accounting Mistakes Made by SME’s

5 SME mistakes

The following article (slightly edited by me) was recently published in the US by CPA Practice Advisor and is as relevant here as in Trumpland: “Small business owners face numerous everyday challenges, and they usually conquer them with their entrepreneurial strength. Unfortunately, keeping the books on their growing business is not a skill someone can simply persevere through and get it right. And the potential consequences of messing up on the accounting functions can have serious consequences when it comes to the success or failure of a business. The founders of the cloud accounting system Freshbooks […]

Details required to be displayed on a Limited Company’s Website

Every limited liability company which has a website is required to display the following: The name and legal form of the company The place of registration of the company and the number with which it is registered The address of the registered office of the company In the cast of a company exempt from the obligation to use the company type (Companies Limited by Guarantee/Designated Activity Companies) as part of its name, the fact that it is such a company In the case the company is being wound up, the fact that it is being wound […]

Using Guarantees Wins Sales

A concern that most of your prospective buyers will have is: What if this isn’t right for me? What if I change my mind? What if I don’t like it or I don’t want it? If you can eliminate this concern and reassure your buyer you’re more likely to be able to convert the sale. Eliminate those concerns by using a guarantee This reassures the customer that buying the item isn’t the end. Their interests will still be protected post-sale. You could think about having a guarantee along the lines of: “If you’re not completely satisfied […]

Time Management – Three Simple Ways To Make More Time

The stresses of daily modern life and running a business or doing a job effectively mean that most of us struggle to get enough time to do everything. So here are 3 ways to create more time for yourself. Not everything stated will work for everybody, but try them out, customise them and see what works for you. Accept That You Do Not Have Time For Everything For many of us, we take the view that if we can only just clear all our tasks we will be able to relax. We defer pleasure or relaxation […]

Actions that will make you smarter

Want to expand your mind – legally? A little bit of brain exercise every day goes a long way to help you expand your mind and knowledge. Readers to an online thread shared the habits and actions they follow to fuel their brains and become smarter. Please let me know if you have any ideas to add to this list. Come up with 10 ideas every day on any subject. Read the newspaper. Play devil’s advocate. Read a chapter in a book. Instead of watching TV watch educational videos. Subscribe to feeds of interesting information. Check […]

Are you compelling customers to buy from you or your competitors?

Your competition is stiffer than you think. Your ability to win a sale is harder than you think. It’s because you aren’t just competing with your direct competitors. For example these battles happen… Does a consumer buy a new bed or opt for a Caribbean cruise? Does an engineering business hire a new person or invest in new machinery? Your buyers have a limited budget too. They can spend their money with you. Or they can spend their money on a variety of other products or services fighting for their cash. How do you compel customers […]

A coffee drinking educational experience – Pricing Strategy

Bernadette Jiwa, the marketing strategist and author from Dublin but now living in Melbourne, recently blogged her coffee story. “When my family and I were in Venice recently we decided to take a seat in a tiny Cafe in St Marks Square and ordered four hot drinks (anyone who has holidayed in Italy knows what’s coming next!). There was nothing remarkable about the coffee but we walked out half an hour later having paid €37 for 4 drinks.… the most expensive cup of coffee I have ever had.… my husband kept the receipt! The lesson. If […]

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