Northern Ireland’s new investment ambassador Hanif Lalani is impatient to get more Indian companies investing in the province and tells Symon Ross that the opportunities for firms that partner with them are potentially huge
Ulster Business talks to Noel Brady from Consult Nb1 about the art of brokering deals between companies, helping private sector firms tender for public sector contracts and advising clients how to get the best from their sales force
The chairman of software giant Microsoft’s European business believes that Northern Ireland could become a centre of excellence for cloud computing if the public and private sectors embrace it early enough.
Arts & Business has announced the eagerly awaited shortlist for the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2011. Six judges from across the spectrum of commerce and culture had the difficult job of short listing the best examples of excellence in partnerships from a record number of entries.
It was presented as a hammer blow to Northern Ireland, but could the Spending Review actually make our political parties work together to bring in measures that will stabilise the economy, asks Symon Ross
Northern Ireland Science Park (NISP) CONNECT’s search for the ‘next big thing’ to come out of the local publically funded research base ended with a team from the University of Ulster walking away with the top prize of £10,000 as overall winners of the technology entrepreneur awards.
Belfast-born co-founder of the Lonely Planet Maureen Wheeler was in town recently to share her experiences of forming the global publishing company from scratch. Symon Ross went to find out more about the Lonely Planet story
As the outcome of the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) is turned into decisions on spending allocations by the Chancellor and then, subsequently, by the Northern Ireland Executive, there will be concern about the longer-term implications.
With investors looking to improve return on their investments in the current low interest rate environment, Ulster Business talked to wealth management company, Quilter, about the approach taken by its Belfast office.
The construction sector could be among the biggest losers from the impending public sector spending cuts. Symon Ross asked representatives from some of the related professions what actions they believe would best revitalise the industry.
American Wilton Crawford became plant manager for Michelin in Northern Ireland earlier this year. Symon Ross talked to him about swapping Alabama for Ballymena and how the local business environment measures up to the US.
For the fifth consecutive year Ulster Business and Greer Publications are supporting Concern’s Corporate Christmas Gift Appeal. Concern Worldwide, a leading international development agency is asking local businesses to reach out to global communities and give them the Gift of Hope by spending their corporate gifts budget on life changing projects.
With more competition than ever for jobs, employers are becoming increasingly vigilant about screening applicants to keep out the bad apples. Ulster Business looked at the minefield facing both recruiters and jobseekers.
As the country awaits the next comprehensive spending review, Howard Hastings and Alan Clarke from the Northern Ireland Tourist Board told Ulster Business why support for the tourism sector is essential to the wider economy.
As Northern Ireland’s economy enters a period where public finances will be squeezed, Ulster Business talked to BDO about why it has brought together leaders from business and the public sector to investigate the Future of Innovation.
Poultry producer Moy Park has continued to expand with the acquisition of O’Kane Group earlier this year. Symon Ross caught up with chief executive Nigel Dunlop to find out about the company’s outlook...
Northern Ireland’s corporate legal expertise is now amongst the best in the world. Ulster Business spoke to Alan Taylor and Alan Bissett of Arthur Cox to hear how the Belfast firm is giving London’s best a run for their money.
eircom Northern Ireland has been making waves in the local telecommunications market with its fresh, highly-skilled approach and strong service ethic. Ulster Business spoke to General Manager Darren Lemon to find out...
Home-grown business success stories tend to reveal individuals with the ability to adapt to a changing environment as much as those with an eye for the bottom line. Ulster Business found that Ashley McKinley and Jim Hodges, founders of Nichem Group, prove no different
One of the most exciting and vibrant industries in Northern Ireland is undoubtedly the ICT market. Apart from the growing presence of some of the world’s biggest ICT companies on these shores, we’ve also managed to foster an environment where our home-grown creative
Small and medium sized companies are the lifeblood of Northern Ireland industry, so it stands to reason the health of this sector will give an indication of how the rest of the economy is performing. Symon Ross hears how four companies
Small and medium enterprises have experienced a difficult trading period of late but as the dust of recession begins to settle it appears the worst is over. Deloitte Senior Partner Glenn Roberts assess the outlook
The last couple of years have been some of the most challenging for investment managers. We talk to Nigel Crawford, head of Quilter’s Belfast office, to hear more about the company and his views on the best place to invest your money.
“Cautiously optimistic” is the overall view of businesses in Northern Ireland regarding prospects for the jobs market, says the most recent independent jobs survey commissioned by recruitment website NIJobfinder.co.uk.
The last few years have been challenging, to say the least, for investors. It would therefore be fair to assume an investment management company which set up in Northern Ireland in late 2007 may now be rueing its decision
The business world has for years attracted the attention of the film industry and it’s no surprise Michael Douglas is soon to again extol the virtues of greed in his return as Gordon Gekko in the sequel to
Tourism has developed in Northern Ireland at a blistering pace over the last few years but where next? Economist John Simpson addresses Tourism Minister Arlene Foster on Northern Ireland’s tourism strategy.
Waste has become a hugely emotive and important factor not just for individuals but also for the business world. John Quinn, CEO of the umbrella waste management group, arc21, looks at future trends in waste policy and the implications for business.
The all-island hotel sector has been through significant changes over the last 10 years and now boasts an offering for every taste and pocket. We hear from Han Oldenburger, Regional Director for The Rezidor Hotel Group in Ireland
An upward revision in the UK’s gross domestic product for the fourth quarter of 2009 has prompted suggestions the economy is maybe in better shape than we first thought. Angela McGowan, Northern Bank Chief Economist
With Northern Ireland’s small business community attracting the notice of investors, the halo Business Angel network has seen a 300% increase in members over the past 12 months and has now reached the milestone of welcoming in its 100th investor.
Optimism among local privately held businesses on their economic outlook for 2010 has improved considerably over the last year, according to the latest International Business Report survey from advisors Grant Thornton UK LLP.
For those trading south of the border or further afield, movements in the value of sterling can have a huge impact on profit margins. James Beattie, relationship manager with First Trust Bank’s Global Treasury Services
Our dependence on fossil fuels can’t carry on indefinitely. Are we in Northern Ireland building a strong enough renewable energy sector to offer a viable alternative and is government policy doing enough to encourage the sector’s development?
Being able to predict the next move for oil prices would be a very useful skill but one which has proven difficult to learn for even the most long-serving energy professionals. David Elliott takes a look at how the experts expect the oil price to evolve over the next 12 months.
DETI minister Arlene Foster has put together an action plan in response to the recent Independent Review of Economic Policy, or IREP. John Simpson casts a critical eye over the plan and asks whether it will help the local economy.
Heading up one of Donegal Square’s newest additions to the local wealth management community is Mike Irvine, a man who sees big potential in the local investment market. We hear more from the head of Davy Northern Ireland. It’s two and a half years since Davy set up its base in Northern Ireland, a period which
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Leaders in Business – As managing partner of one of Northern Ireland’s largest law firms, Ian Coulter is definitely one of the main leaders in the local legal field. Symon Ross finds out what drives the company’s youngest ever managing partner and how he views the local economy
Brian Ambrose has been at the helm of George Best Belfast City Airport during some of its most successful and controversial times. We hear more about the former Short Brothers apprentice and get a hold on the challenges facing the airport. Brian Ambrose knows the
As chairperson of the Institute of Directors, Joanne Stuart has been lobbying hard for Northern Ireland businesses and stands out as a true leader in the area. She gives UIster Business a rundown of her own background as well as the challenges she sees for the local economy in the coming year.
The real mark of a well-run business is its performance during difficult economic conditions. eircom Northern Ireland has forged ahead during the recessionary months of 2009 and, crucially, bagged a £70 million government contract. Darren Lemon has been at the helm of the company since 2008
The flow of US investment into Northern Ireland over the last few years through the likes of Citigroup and the New York Stock Exchange has been one of the main catalysts helping drive the local economy forward.
Irwin’s Bakery is one of the best-known brands in Northern Ireland and one which has weathered the changing tastes and habits of local consumers. In this volatile environment, executive chairman Brian Irwin has ensured the company has stayed ahead of the curve.