Wednesday, 20 November 2019

The Rural Business Development Grant Pilot Scheme

Image result for rural businessThe Rural Business Development Grant Pilot Scheme aims to sustain and support the development of micro rural businesses across Northern Ireland by providing a small capital grant for the business. 

This Scheme is being administered across all rural areas by local Councils. 

Mid Ulster Council
Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council
Fermanagh & Omagh Council

Ardean ¦ Funding


Monday, 11 November 2019

22 Amazing Websites with Stunning Free Stock Images

Image result for photos galleryWe know your pain. You’re looking for the right images for your online store, website, or for social media. You don't have time for DIY product photography, so you’ve searched far and wide for stunning, free images to use, but keep running into cheesy stock photos of people high-fiving in boardrooms or laughing at their salad.

The good news: there’s a huge variety of excellent free and paid stock photography websites for commercial use available online. You just have to know where to look.

Take a look, and enjoy!

Ardean ¦ Marketing Communication

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

The Ultimate DIY Guide to Beautiful Product Photography

Image result for photographyThe perceived value of your products and the trustworthiness of your brand is often judged based on the quality of your visual presentation. That means having high-quality, beautiful product photography can go a long way.

However, not every store owner can afford to invest in a professional photography studio, especially when they’re just starting out. DIY product photography provides a great alternative, and as long as you know the proper tools and techniques, taking compelling product photos is well within your grasp. Learn More Here>

Ardean ¦ Marketing Communication

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Crowdfunding is an increasingly popular option for any small business looking to raise money

Image result for moneyCrowdfunding is an increasingly popular option for any small business looking to raise money and it's one of the most accessible ways of financing a new idea or product. But launching a successful crowdfunding campaign isn’t as easy as setting up a page on Kickstarter or Indiegogo and waiting for the money to roll in.

This guide, looks at how to plan, prep, and launch a successful crowdfunding campaign, as well as how to transition your idea into an enduring, self-sustaining business once your campaign is over.  Learn More By Clicking Here

Ardean ¦ Funding For Businesses

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

How to Boost Your Facebook Organic Reach: 10 Powerful Ways

Image result for facebook postDue to the ever-changing Facebook News Feed algorithm, many marketers believe the days of organic Facebook reach are over. 

But while it might be more difficult for your content to perform well organically, it's surely not impossible. 

Read on to discover ten effective ways to beat the algorithm and improve your organic reach! 

Ardean ¦ Marketing Communication 

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

New online shopping rules

EU law to prevent online payment fraud to be introduced September 2019

From September 2019, online shoppers will need to take an additional authentication step when making online purchases over €30 online.

Fraud is a major problem in the UK. Criminals stole £1.2 billion through fraud and scams in 2018. Personal and financial data theft allows much of this fraud to happen. The Revised Payment Service Directive (PSD2) aims to prevent this by using extra security steps to online purchases. Learn more about PSD2

Ardean ¦ Marketing

Monday, 9 September 2019

10 Low-Investment Business Ideas You Can Start Online

Image result for 10 Low-Investment Business Ideas You Can Start OnlineStarting a business can seem like a mountain of a task. But the amount of time, money, and risk involved all depends on the business idea you chase.

Contrary to popular belief, there are actually many ways to start a business that let you focus less on the logistics and upfront costs and more on getting started.

These low-investment online business ideas make a great entry point for beginners, bootstrappers, or anyone with a busy schedule, letting you pick up a side business without having to drop everything else.

You still need to come up with a solid idea, build a brand, put effort into marketing, and provide excellent customer service. But you can bypass many traditional startup costs, such as initial inventory, warehousing, and retail space.

Here are 10 of these low-investment business ideas you can start today.  Read More

Ardean ¦ Business Planning