News/Blog Author: Rob Madigan

Quality control for the age of information overload

posted on 8th Feb 2019

We are consuming a huge amount of information every single day. Social media, online newspapers, blogs from think they know-it-all accountants, news bulletins. It can be a little a little overwhelming at times and can make filtering out bias and falsehoods difficult if not impossible. It is important to work on developing a strong internal... Gimme More »

Is Your Takeaway Coffee Worth It?

posted on 4th Jan 2019

Has a takeaway coffee moved from being a daily treat into an expensive habit? On 1st January 2019, Irish VAT increased from 9% to 13.5% on hospitality services. This increase effects restaurants, hotels and coffee shops and without a corresponding increase in prices, the increase would leave these businesses 4% worse off. Coffee chains such... Gimme More »

Why do consumers choose one brand over the other?

posted on 30th Nov 2018

Quality A successful brand is a good indicator that the product or service delivers customer satisfaction. Consumers are generally risk averse and do not want to waste their money on a disappointing beer or lifeless flat screen. There is also an implicit understanding successful brands will not want to disappoint their customers and destroy their... Gimme More »

5 Ways To Improve The Marketing And Finance Alliance

posted on 18th Oct 2018

The relationship between the marketing and finance department is often stormy. Marketers, it is assumed, are all creative, while the finance people are only concerned with the profits and cash flow. However, the cooperation between these two groups is very important. The two types, while using different skill sets, can work together as a... Gimme More »

Personal Money Saving Tips

posted on 18th Sep 2018

‘Take care of the pence; for the pounds will take care of themselves’, William Lowndes, the British Secretary of the Treasury, 1696–1724. Accountants like to save money. This trait is a consequence of years of studying and working with debits and credits. Here are some of the areas you should look at if you are looking to get your... Gimme More »

5 characteristics of successful businesses

posted on 20th Aug 2018

There are many characteristics that separate a successful business from a business that doesn't quite make it. On average 50% of new businesses fail within the first five years, so it's important to know these characteristics and implement them to set your business up for success. Although there is no 'one size fits all' strategy, our Financial... Gimme More »

Plan your future now – don’t wait until it’s too late

posted on 18th Jul 2018

The topic that nobody wants to talk about One issue that frequently raises my blood pressure is how little thought most people put into planning for their retirement. It is important for everybody to be aware that the maximum state pension is currently €243.30 per week which for most people will only cover the basic living essentials. This is... Gimme More »

13 Tips for Overcoming Procrastination

posted on 18th Jun 2018

1. Start with the biggest and most important task first. Discipline yourself to begin immediately. Persist until the task is complete before you go on to something else. 2. Select the most important task. 3. What task is going to maximise reward and recognition or minimise the biggest future headache? The jobs that need to be completed first... Gimme More »

The value of branding – how to measure the success of a brand

posted on 13th Apr 2018

Every successful business invests a considerable amount of time and money into building and nurturing their brands. As with any cost the management and shareholders need to know whether this expenditure is essential for the success of the business. Branding Cost and Amortisation The costs involved in branding can be easily quantified. They... Gimme More »