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Whistleblowing – the law and the future in NI

January 19, 2015 at 3:09 pm

As part of my role as Web Content Editor of the nibusinessinfo.co.uk website, I manage the Employment and skills theme.

I’m responsible for keeping a broad range of employment-related advice and guidance for employers accurate and up-to-date.

I recently attended a free one-hour briefing on Whistleblowing: the law and the future, held by the Labour Relations Agency in Belfast.

nibusinessinfo.co.uk December performance

January 8, 2015 at 3:05 pm

The Christmas break typically means a quieter month for nibusinessinfo.co.uk and this year was no exception. However almost a quarter of a million customers still accessed business advice in December – an increase of 124% since December 2013.

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November performance

December 4, 2014 at 12:19 pm

nibusinessinfo.co.uk’s performance in November was almost identical to October, for the second year in a row. We’re encouraged to see Grow your business content trending and the Sales and marketing share of customer visits rose to 10%. Over a quarter of a million customers consumed over half a million pages of business advice last month.

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October performance

November 5, 2014 at 11:49 am

October was clearly a busy month for businesses in Northern Ireland. Our customers consumed over half a million pages of business advice in a calendar month for the first time, and in just seven months we’ve surpassed the 1.3 million customer visits achieved in 2013-14.

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September – a month of milestones

October 2, 2014 at 4:49 pm

The transition from summer to autumn, from August to September, always brings a rush of new customers to nibusinessinfo.co.uk. This year a mighty 26% jump in traffic has propelled nibusinessinfo.co.uk above 1 million visits in the first six months of 2014-15, along with a series of firsts for our site.

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Our monthly visits figure rose above 200,000 for the first time. Similar success was achieved in the number of daily visits to the site during September. In January, we welcomed a record 6,000 visits a day, which was surpassed in August by 8,000 daily visits – so charting three new records in a single month was unexpected:

  • 9,000 visits (3 Sep)
  • 10,000 visits (11 Sep)
  • 11,000 visits (30 Sep)

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New content

Two important new guides were launched in September – our Selling fireworks guide, developed with the Department of Justice, aims to help retailers understand the requirements to become registered in order to sell fireworks legally; our guide on Choosing broadband connection for your business helps our customers to navigate the difficult choices when getting connected to the internet.

For more detail and insight you can download the nibusinessinfo.co.uk Performance Report September 2014 (PDF, 378K).

Halfway house

The end of September also brings us to our half-year figures, and our customers have now visited the nibusinessinfo.co.uk over 1 million times this financial year, consuming 2.2 million pages of business guidance in the process. We like to look at the trends month-by-month, but this is a good opportunity to review the biggest-hitting guides on the site so far this year:

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For more detail and insight you can download the nibusinessinfo.co.uk 2014-15 half-year performance report (PDF, 139K).

You can look back at previous nibusinessinfo.co.uk monthly performance reports, as well as the 2013-14 Annual Performance Report on our site performance page.

August performance

September 4, 2014 at 5:19 pm

August complete a summer hattrick of remarkably consistent visitor numbers to the nibusinessinfo.co.uk site. For the third month in a row, 190,000 visitors used the site for practical business advice. Over a third of a million page of content were consumed.

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Trending guides on financing, selling and marketing hint at continued confidence among the wider business base in Northern Ireland.

Our social media activity included a milestone with our Twitter audience hitting 10,000. DEL’s Skills to Succeed promotional push was supported by a revised campaign page on nibusinessinfo.co.uk.

For more detail and insight you can download the nibusinessinfo.co.uk Performance Report August 2014 (PDF, 378K).

You can look back at previous nibusinessinfo.co.uk monthly performance reports, as well as the 2013-14 Annual Performance Report on our site performance page.

Building the recovery?

August 6, 2014 at 12:14 pm

Businesses in Northern Ireland appear to be hard at work this summer creating the economic recovery, certainly looking at the significant growth of business advice dispensed by nibusinessinfo.co.uk.

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Last month our customers set a year-to-date record for visits in June for the first time in the history of the site, and July’s traffic only narrowly missed setting another benchmark.

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While just shy of June’s 190,000 customer visits, July’s 376,034 pageviews is the most content consumed in any month since nibusinessinfo.co.uk launched in 2006.

Positive signs of economic growth have been gathering in the last year, and Northern Ireland is continuing to punch above its weight in attracting foreign direct investment.

What gives the nibusinessinfo.co.uk team pause for thought is how far June and July 2014 sit outside our historic trend. Each year we experience a ‘summer dip‘, best expressed by comparing visits to the site in June and July (our quiet months) against the preceding January to March average. As the graph below shows, 12 out of 14 summer months since the site began have been below this average; this June and July outperformed Jan-Mar 2014 by an unprecedented 22-24 per cent.

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Trending guidance on IT investment and trading online, worries about overtrading and a how to create a successful marketing strategy, all point to a increasingly positive outlook among our customers. For more detail and insight you can download the nibusinessinfo.co.uk Performance Report July 2014 (PDF, 396K).

The nibusinessinfo.co.uk site continues to respond to businesses’ needs with new and relevant content. We’re working with our partners across government, the third sector and local businesses on some exciting video case studies and a series of business support guides to be released as we move into the autumn period.

You can look back at previous nibusinessinfo.co.uk performance reports, including the 2013-14 Annual Performance Report on our site performance page.

Jetting off? Not quite yet..

July 2, 2014 at 11:25 am

We’ve been enjoying some excellent weather in Northern Ireland recently – just typical when many are flying away to ‘the sun’. Despite holidays being on many people’s minds, the nibusinessinfo.co.uk team hasn’t seen much evidence of business activity slowing this June.

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