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NI Mentor Named as One of the UK’s Top Business Advisers
added on Friday, January 30 2015 added on Friday, January 30 2015
A Northern Ireland startup entrepreneur has been named as one the UK’s top 50 business advisers. Stephen Houston was picked from hundreds of mentors from around the UK for his work with early stage companies at the Northern Ireland Science Park. The awards are run by the small business network Ent ...

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Mad Money # 32: Let me Pay More Tax – I’m From Northern Ireland
added on Tuesday, January 27 2015 added on Tuesday, January 27 2015
You can say many things about the taxman, not all of them nice, but you have to admit he never lies. So his latest release of statistics about the Enterprise Investment Scheme, while perhaps not a page turner, is likely to be very truthful. And the facts are clear – Northern Ireland people like pa ...

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A New Year and Halo Dates
added on Monday, January 19 2015 added on Monday, January 19 2015
Halo wishes you a prosperous 2015   It’s a new year and we hope everyone enjoyed the holidays! Halo has big plans for 2015 so hold these dates in your diary to see some great opportunities! And after last years pilot we are expanding out London angel dinners too. We expect to run the us ...

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Blowing Bubbles?
added on Monday, January 12 2015 added on Monday, January 12 2015
Whatever way you look at it, the growth in crowdfunding is amazing. But is this a bubble and is it going to burst? In the UK alone, crowdfunding has grown from £267m in 2012 to £1.7b in 2014. Last year alone it grew 160%. Of course there is no such thing as ‘crowdfunding’. These days it’s a ...

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MAD MONEY # 30: SHARES WITH THE LID DOWN
added on Tuesday, December 16 2014 added on Tuesday, December 16 2014
What does the word ‘convertible’ mean to you? Despite our incessant rain, to most people in Northern Ireland it’s a desirable car with a top that goes down so you can drive with wind, and torrential rain, in your hair. Or in the case of many convertibles I see, where your hair used to be. But ...

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Mad Money #29: The Look of Love
added on Tuesday, December 02 2014 added on Tuesday, December 02 2014
Do you remember the 80s? When we all had big hair and wore shoulder pads and lots of spandex? Well, you might have done but, unless those incriminating photographs of me turn up to prove otherwise, I’m claiming that was never me. And ABC were topping the charts with ‘The Look of Love’. Well, r ...

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Former Mivan CEO named Business Angel of the Year
added on Monday, November 24 2014 added on Monday, November 24 2014
  One of Northern Ireland’s leading entrepreneurs has been named as the 2014 Halo “Business Angel of the Year.” Mervyn McCall, co-founder of Mivan Ltd, was awarded the accolade by Halo, the NI Business Angel network, at Belfast City Hall on Tuesday evening. [18 November]. Mervyn, who owns ...

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MAD MONEY # 28: DRINKING WITH THE CROWD
added on Tuesday, November 11 2014 added on Tuesday, November 11 2014
We’ve all watched the amazing rise of crowdfunding. And now they are heading into drink. As a phenomenon, crowdfunding has come from nothing to £939m in 4 years. And last year in the UK, equity crowdfunding (crowd money in exchange for shares to you and me) rose by a whacking 600% to £28m. Perha ...

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