Ulster Business talks to John MacMahon of John MacMahon & Co Chartered Accountants about cross border opportunities for Northern Ireland businesses and the legal issues affecting cross border workers.
It has been the talk of the town ever since it was announced that the MTV Europe Music Awards were coming to Belfast. Symon Ross looks at the benefits of bringing such an event to the city and the legacy it could leave
Dr Malcolm McKibbin last month took up the key position of Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service (NICS). Ulster Business asked him about his priorities for the new role and the challenges he expects to face as the chief advisor to the Northern Ireland Executive
While some local firms have had notable success winning contracts for the London 2012 Olympics, Philip McDonagh believes more can be done to ensure Northern Ireland does not miss out on the wider sporting and economic benefits of the showpiece event
Titanic Belfast, the £97m showpiece of Northern Ireland’s tourism industry, is on schedule to be delivered on time and on budget – and details of what the attraction will include have raised expectations it will prove to be a huge draw
Northern Ireland's technology industry has once again put in a strong performance in this year's Deloitte Fast 50 Technology Programme with 14 local companies featuring amongst the fifty fastest growing technology companies in Ireland
NISP CONNECT, the entrepreneurship acceleration programme based at the Northern Ireland Science Park has launched its flagship programme, Springboard, designed to deliver bespoke mentoring support to science and technology entrepreneurs at different stages in the business growth cycle
Local finalists in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year competition believe that despite the economic uncertainty Northern Ireland has much to be positive about when it comes to innovative business people
As we move into the last quarter of 2011, recent market activity has proved that there is still an appetite for commercial property amongst local and overseas investors according to Andrew Coggins, Investment Director with Osborne King Commercial Property Consultants
With uncertainty in the air again Northern Bank's Managing Director for Business & Corporate banking Kevin Kingston tells Ulster Business the bank is ready to play its part in economic recovery by backing those local businesses prepared to hold their nerve and invest for the future
Following the property market crash, local construction and fit-out companies have increasingly begun to look outside of the island of Ireland for work. Lucy Gollogly asked some of our best known building firms how they manage to compete for work in other parts of the UK, Europe and beyond from a base in Northern Ireland
The big three supermarket chains in Northern Ireland all claim to be staunch supporters of local food and drink suppliers. Ulster Business asked them what it takes to get a product onto the shelves and what challenges the multiples face when it comes to sourcing goods close to home
After a couple of years of curtailed activity in the M&A market, BDO’s award-winning Corporate Finance team in Belfast told Ulster Business that deal activity and interest in acquisitions is tentatively picking up again
The UK’s employment tribunals system has come in for increasing criticism in recent years for its perceived negative impact on business. Nigel Tilson asked a business organisation, a trades unions body and the Labour Relations Agency for their views on how the system could be improved
Invest NI has made legal services one of its priority sectors for attracting jobs to Northern Ireland. Symon Ross looked into why international law firms want to come here and the benefits they bring to the province
As sure as a wet weekend in August, Northern Ireland’s great exam results make front page headlines. All credit to the hard working teachers and pupils, but when will we start to really look behind the headlines and see the thousands of young people who didn’t make the grade, asks Ian Jeffers, Director of The Prince’s Trust in Northern Ireland?
With less than a year before the Titanic centenary work is progressing on the landmark Titanic Belfast tourist attraction. Ulster Business got an update from the chairman of Titanic Foundation Ltd, the charitable trust charged with delivering the building
Connect Telecom has grown rapidly in the past five years to become a leading player in the Northern Ireland telecoms market. Ulster Business caught up with its management team for an insight into their approach to business...
We are told on a regular basis that exports are the future of Northern Ireland's economy and that all businesses should be looking to sell products or services overseas. Ulster Business asked the CEOs of two companies with vast experience of exporting...
Halo Director Alan Watts casts light on the wide variety of companies seen by Halo and NISP CONNECT at the NI Science Park by highlighting two contrasting ventures backed by Northern Ireland business angels
More than a decade ago, CEOs and business leaders realised that they didn't have a system that put customers at the heart of their enterprise. The resulting CRM deployments enabled businesses to measure customer lifetime value and then transact with them...
Ulster Business caught up with Sean Canning, UK Head of Operations at outsourcing firm Firstsource Solutions to discuss the contribution it has made to the Northern Ireland economy over the past five years
Scottish investor Nelson Gray virtually wrote the book on angel investment syndication. He gave Ulster Business his perspective on how Northern Ireland could follow the lead of Scotland's flourishing business angel community.
We all know these are challenging times for the Northern Ireland economy. We have been hit by a double whammy of public sector cuts in a society over-dependent on the public finances and the knock-on effect of the financial crisis in the Irish Republic.
People are more connected than ever before. Smartphone penetration and the ability to publish anything anywhere thanks to the likes of Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook means we can stay constantly connected to our network of friends and family.
As the Henderson Group celebrates 50 years of the SPAR brand in Northern Ireland, Ulster Business spoke with Chairman John Agnew to get an insight into how the business has changed over the years and its plans for future expansion
The annual survey by the Chartered Accountants Ulster Society highlights ongoing worries over access to finance and emphasises the need for an ecosystem that makes greater use of venture capital and mezzanine funds
Ulster Business talks to Grafton Employment Group's Managing Director Cathy McCorry about the company's move to a centralised Belfast hub, the investments it is making for the future and the outlook for the local jobs market.
The arrival of a production on the scale of HBO's eagerly anticipated drama series Game of Thrones has made Northern Ireland's decision makers sit up and take notice of the contribution that the creative industries make to our local economy.
One of Northern Ireland's most prominent businessmen, Terence Brannigan, has announced plans for a new connected health venture that will provide a range of technology-based home health services for elderly people.
HP has announced that its Belfast operation HP StorageWorks has been designated as a Global Centre of Software Engineering Excellence to develop groundbreaking products based on HP's cloud computing software platform.
With the economic downturn continuing to wreak havoc on the high street, local independent retailers are increasingly having to adapt their business models to compete. Three local retailers told Catherine Lynagh about...
The tourism industry is, by its nature, built up from a diverse number of interest groups. Consequently there is little surprise when the allegation is made that ‘no single voice’ speaks effectively...
The pipeline for foreign direct investment has increased in the last six months, but Budget cuts may limit the number of new projects Invest NI is able to support in future, according to the economic development agency's chief executive.
Marcel Martin became General Manager for Coca-Cola Hellenic Ireland & Northern Ireland in September last year. Symon Ross spoke to him about the challenges and opportunities for the company on the island of Ireland.
Ulster Business talks to Diamond Recruitment Group's Gary Irvine and Rick Butterworth to find out why they believe implementing a new business model now will move the company ahead of its competitors in a changing landscape for recruitment.
We often hear that Northern Ireland has tremendous potential to produce Renewable Energy, but what does that actually mean in terms of numbers? How do we currently use energy and how could we produce more? Action Renewables director Michael Doran looks at the evidence.
Creativity and innovation led the way at BBC Blackstaff Studio in Belfast as five businesses, two individuals and one arts organisation celebrated their success at the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2011.
In the US having an MBA is almost a pre-requisite to holding an executive level position in a large corporation. Symon Ross looks at how the qualification is perceived in Northern Ireland, and whether it is still necessary to gain one to get to the top.
Petrol prices are at record highs and the price of diesel is forecast to hit £1.40 by Easter. Catherine Lynagh reports on the effect that rising fuel prices are having on businesses that depend on transport and asks whether a more flexible way of imposing fuel duty...
Progressive Building Society's new chief executive is intent on carrying on the good work of her predecessor and making sure the society continues to navigate the difficult lending environment in prudent fashion.
Belfast-born Julian Yarr took over as managing partner of A&L Goodbody in May last year. He believes that despite the challenges posed by economic conditions in the Republic and Northern Ireland there will also be opportunities for the firm and its clients in 2011.
Managing director of firmus energy Mark Prentice is leading the company's push into the Greater Belfast gas market and is confident of building on the success it has enjoyed in ten other towns around Northern Ireland
Medical products manufacturer TG Eakin may not be a household name in Northern Ireland, but the company has grown in to one of the region's most successful export businesses under the leadership of Managing Director Jeremy Eakin.
Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has a key role to play as the Northern Ireland economy struggles to lift itself out of the recessionary gloom. Ulster Business talked to the Minister to get her assessment of the challenges and opportunities facing the province in 2011.
There are not many local executives running the Europe, Middle East & Africa division of a global company from Belfast. Cable & Wireless's Sean Mahon told Ulster Business how he has gone about the role from a base in Northern Ireland.
The man behind the Northern Ireland Science Park's CONNECT programme is a firm believer in the capability for invention in Northern Ireland and is aiming to help create a culture that will allow more of our entrepreneurs to build globally competitive companies.
Robin Morton sharpens the focus on Conor Walsh, CEO of Belfast-based digital camera development and manufacturing company Andor Technology, who was named the Institute of Directors' Northern Ireland Global Director of the Year in 2010.
While the opening of the Titanic Signature Project in 2012 is the next big milestone for Titanic Quarter Ltd, there will be a lot of activity in 2011, the majority of it co-ordinated by Chief Executive Mike Smith.
Last year was an award-winning one for Grafton Recruitment Managing Director Cathy McCorry. Despite a challenging jobs market she says the future looks good for the company in Northern Ireland and beyond.
Bombardier Aerospace has announced that the development and production of advanced composite wing skin panels and spar components for its new Learjet 85 business jet will be undertaken by its facility in Belfast.