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Law Society sees potential in "Belfast mediation"

Tuesday 13 December 2011 by Ulster Business

Law Society sees potential in Belfast mediation

Northern Ireland has the capability to become an international centre for commercial mediation, according to one of the province’s leading experts in the field.

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Put some Fred Daly in your putting

Tuesday 13 December 2011 by Ulster Business

Put some Fred Daly in your putting

Alan Watts, director of Halo, reports on a product that allowed a couple of angel investors to successfully combine their passions for business and golf.

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Belfast web hosting company are on an upwards Spiral

Tuesday 13 December 2011 by Ulster Business

Belfast web hosting company are on an upwards Spiral

Belfast web hosting company are on an upwards Spiral.

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Boosting business

Tuesday 13 December 2011 by Ulster Business

Boosting business

Ulster Business talks to Invest Northern Ireland’s Chief Executive, Alastair Hamilton, to find out about the key role the agency is expected to play in delivering the Government’s Economic Strategy.

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Executive aiming to rebuild and rebalance

Tuesday 13 December 2011 by Ulster Business

Executive aiming to rebuild and rebalance

“This is not a document that will just sit on a shelf somewhere,” says Northern Ireland’s Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster.

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Getting business to the world on time

Tuesday 13 December 2011 by Ulster Business

Getting Northern Ireland's business to the world on time

The arrival of FedEx in Belfast is timely given the local business community is firmly focused on global trade to secure the future of the Northern Ireland economy, writes Symon Ross.

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Don't ignore the market on your doorstep

Tuesday 13 December 2011 by Ulster Business

Don't ignore the market on your doorstep

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.

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Redrock comes back from a hard place

Tuesday 13 December 2011 by Ulster Business

Redrock comes back from a hard place

Stories of businesses coming back from the brink are few and far between. Here, Ulster Business, reports on one Armagh-based company which is thriving again after a spell in administration.

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Many miles travelled

Tuesday 13 December 2011 by Ulster Business

Many miles travelled

Hugh Morgan spent the best part of 10 months on the road last year.

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In the hotseat

Tuesday 13 December 2011 by Ulster Business

In the hotseat

BT Ireland’s new chief executive is still settling in to the top job, but as Symon Ross discovered, he is clear about the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for the telecoms giant.

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Matching capital resources with economic priorities

Tuesday 13 December 2011 by Ulster Business

Matching capital resources with economic priorities

John Simpson takes a closer look at the Government’s recently released Investment Strategy for evidence that the Executive has clear priorities for capital spending.

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Diageo wants local applications for Arthur Guinness Fund

Wednesday 16 November 2011 by Ulster Business

Diageo wants local applications for Arthur Guinness Fund

Diageo Northern Ireland is calling on local social entrepreneurs to apply to the 2012 Arthur Guinness Fund by the end of this month

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The art of law

Wednesday 16 November 2011 by Ulster Business

The art of law

Ulster Business caught up with Carson McDowell’s new Managing Partner Michael Johnston to find out about his approach to business and his plans for growth in a competitive legal market

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The hottest ticket in town

Wednesday 16 November 2011 by Ulster Business

The hottest ticket in town

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

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Professional unemployment

Wednesday 16 November 2011 by Ulster Business

Professional unemployment

Economist Maureen O’Reilly takes a look at where the increasing number of highly qualified people being forced back into the jobs market fit into Government policy on getting people back to work

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Best interest

Wednesday 16 November 2011 by Ulster Business

Best interest

John Turley, Associate Director at law firm Tughans outlines why it is so important that our budding elite sportspeople get legal advice early in the careers

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Concept to commercialisation: Some stories of success

Wednesday 16 November 2011 by Ulster Business

Concept to commercialisation: Some stories of success

Steve Orr, director of NISP CONNECT, tracks the progress of some of the past competitors in the programme’s 25K Awards and shows how taking part helped kick start their companies

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Tech sector continues to thrive

Wednesday 16 November 2011 by Ulster Business

Tech sector continues to thrive

The 12th annual Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Awards were a true celebration of the diversity, confidence and innovation which underlines the technology industry on the island of Ireland

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Boris takes the wheel of first New Bus for London

Wednesday 16 November 2011 by Ulster Business

Boris takes the wheel of first New Bus for London

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has driven the first new bus for London off the production line at the Wrightbus factory in Ballymena

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Could Northern Ireland become a leading 'knowledge' economy?

Wednesday 16 November 2011 by Ulster Business

Could Northern Ireland become a leading knowledge economy

Northern Ireland could gain an extra 25,500 jobs across 6,000 new technology businesses if it can be transformed into the UK’s leading knowledge economy

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Irish guitars strike a chord with German musicians

Wednesday 16 November 2011 by Ulster Business

Irish guitars strike a chord with German musicians

It might not seem an obvious market for premium custom guitars but Germany is proving to be a growth market for Northern Ireland-based Avalon Guitars

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Ready for the challenge

Wednesday 16 November 2011 by Ulster Business

Ready for the challenge

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

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What have the Olympics ever done for us?

Wednesday 16 November 2011 by Ulster Business

What have the Olympics ever done for us?

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

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BDP to close Belfast office

Monday 31 October 2011 by Ulster Business

BDP to close Belfast office

The architectural practice that designed Belfast’s Victoria Square shopping centre has announced it is closing its office in Northern Ireland

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Plans unveiled for 100 new digital companies

Thursday 20 October 2011 by Ulster Business

Plans unveiled for 100 new digital companies

Digital Derry has announced a range of initiatives designed to help create 100 new digital companies in the North West by 2015.

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No icebergs ahead for Titanic Belfast

Monday 17 October 2011 by Ulster Business

No icebergs ahead for Titanic Belfast

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

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Tech sector goes from strength to strength

Monday 17 October 2011 by Ulster Business

Tech sector goes from strength to strength

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

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Springboard to success

Monday 17 October 2011 by Ulster Business

Springboard to success

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

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Entrepreneurs see the glass as half full in NI

Monday 17 October 2011 by Ulster Business

Entrepreneurs see the glass as half full in NI

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

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Reggae Reggae man

Monday 17 October 2011 by Ulster Business

Reggae Reggae man

Louise Murphy meets Levi Roots, the man who went from cooking with his granny to becoming a multi-million pound businessman after impressing in the Dragons’ Den

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Opportunities still exist in NI for the savvy investor

Monday 17 October 2011 by Ulster Business

Opportunities still exist in NI for the savvy investor

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

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Playing a leading role in economic recovery

Sunday 16 October 2011 by Ulster Business

Playing a leading role in economic recovery

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

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Where in the world?

Sunday 16 October 2011 by Ulster Business

Where in the world?

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

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So why do the supermarkets buy from Northern Ireland?

Sunday 16 October 2011 by Ulster Business

So why do the supermarkets buy from 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

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Executive challenged on economic policy

Sunday 16 October 2011 by Ulster Business

Executive challenged on economic policy

John Simpson analyses the advice recently delivered to the Executive on economic policy and asks where next for the economy if those recommendations are not acted upon

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CBI eyes strong political leadership to deliver economic growth

Sunday 9 October 2011 by Ulster Business

CBI eyes strong political leadership to deliver economic growth

Northern Ireland needs strong political leadership with a clear vision and commitment of resources aligned to that vision in order to grow its economy.

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The real deal

Friday 16 September 2011 by Ulster Business

The real deal

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

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Searching for working capital

Friday 16 September 2011 by Ulster Business

Searching for working capital

Access to finance continues to be a major problem for many local businesses. John Simpson investigates whether alternative approaches to funding adopted elsewhere could be applied here

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Tribunals under the spotlight

Friday 16 September 2011 by Ulster Business

Tribunals under the spotlight

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

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Legal eagles land in Belfast

Friday 16 September 2011 by Ulster Business

Legal eagles land in Belfast

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

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ESBIE to enter domestic electricity market

Friday 16 September 2011 by Ulster Business

ESBIE to enter domestic electricity market

Energy supplier ESB Independent Energy has confirmed it will enter Northern Ireland’s domestic electricity market before the end of the year

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FPM celebrates 20 years in business

Friday 16 September 2011 by Ulster Business

FPM celebrates 20 years in business

Newry-headquartered FPM Chartered Accountants has celebrated 20 years in business by hosting a breakfast for staff, businesses and local dignitaries at its offices

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Belfast tech firm ups the ante in social gaming

Friday 16 September 2011 by Ulster Business

Belfast tech firm ups the ante in social gaming

Ulster Business talks to a Northern Ireland technology start-up which is aiming to win a slice of the multi-billion dollar social gaming market with the launch of its innovative new web platform

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Belfast team get on their bikes for cancer charity

Friday 16 September 2011 by Ulster Business

Belfast team get on their bikes for cancer charity

Ulster Business finds out what has led a group of 13 cyclists from the local business and medical communities to take on a 300 mile bike ride from London to Paris later this month

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Angel Eyes

Friday 16 September 2011 by Ulster Business

Angel Eyes

How does the world of business angel investing look through the eyes of business angels. Alan Watts, Director of Halo offers an insight

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Battling the perfect storm

Friday 16 September 2011 by Ulster Business

Battling the perfect storm

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?

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Deloitte strengthens its pensions team in Belfast

Friday 16 September 2011 by Ulster Business

Deloitte strengthens its pensions team in Belfast

Business advisors Deloitte prepare to welcome new Pensions Partner Mark McClintock from PwC, where he was the Head of Trustee Pension Services in the UK

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Floe hopes the orders will flood in

Friday 16 September 2011 by Ulster Business

Floe hopes the orders will flood in

Solving a problem with his own caravan’s water system has led Belfast businessman Jason Paul to invent a device that is attracting widespread interest in the UK and beyond

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Recession hurts Top 100

Tuesday 23 August 2011 by Ulster Business

Shipping Container Yard

Jonathan Cushley from Dun & Bradstreet analyses the Top 100 listing to find out what it says about the economy.

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Back in the boardroom

Tuesday 23 August 2011 by Ulster Business

The-Apprentice - Jim Eastwood

Northern Ireland's man of the moment Jim Eastwood gives Ulster Business editor Symon Ross the low-down on The Apprentice process, getting advice from Lord Sugar and using Jedi mind-tricks in business.

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Almac’s clinical approach

Tuesday 23 August 2011 by Ulster Business

Almac

Symon Ross talks to Almac CEO Alan Armstrong about the firm's continuing expansion.

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Lyric targets extended run

Tuesday 23 August 2011 by Ulster Business

The new Lyric building

Chairman of the Lyric Theatre's board Mark Carruthers tells Symon Ross the business community has a big role to play in helping it sustain a strong early performance.

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Intelesens ready to set pulses racing

Tuesday 23 August 2011 by Ulster Business

Michael Caulfield demonstrates Aingeal

A Belfast-based wireless health monitoring company is gearing up to have a tilt at the hard-to-crack US healthcare market after receiving regulatory approval for its technology.

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NI firms still in the running for Olympic prize

Tuesday 23 August 2011 by Ulster Business

Lee Hamill

There are still plenty of opportunities for Northern Ireland firms to get involved in next year's Olympic Games, according to the Ballymena man heading BT's London 2012 strategy team.

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New man at the top for leading law firm Carson McDowell

Tuesday 23 August 2011 by Ulster Business

Carson McDowell new Managing Partner, Michael-Johnston

Northern Ireland's largest law firm, Carson McDowell has appointed a new Managing Partner.

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The diagnosis is positive for Randox

Tuesday 23 August 2011 by Ulster Business

160 delegates from 30 countries attended Randox's last sales conference

Crumlin-based medical diagnostics firm Randox Laboratories is going from strength to strength. Symon Ross met Managing Director Dr Peter Fitzgerald to get an insight into the business.

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Chain Reaction Cycles leads the pack

Tuesday 23 August 2011 by Ulster Business

Chain Reaction Cycles MD Chris Watson

Ulster Business talks to Chain Reaction Cycles MD Chris Watson about the company's climb to the top.

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NI Water under the spotlight

Tuesday 23 August 2011 by Ulster Business

Conor Murphy & Trevor Haslett

John Simpson asks NI Water’s new Chairman Sean Hogan how he plans to restore the organistion’s reputation Sean Hogan, the recently appointed Chairman of NI Water has a simple...

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Why Ireland's recovery really matters here

Tuesday 23 August 2011 by Ulster Business

Bridge at night

Economist Maureen O'Reilly finds a wealth of evidence to prove that the speed at which the Republic of Ireland gets back on its feet will have a huge influence on Northern Ireland's economy.

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Businesses compete to 'Make a Million' for The Prince's Trust

Monday 22 August 2011 by Ulster Business

Participants in Million Makers kick off this year's competition.

Ten Northern Ireland businesses are pitching their finest entrepreneurial ideas against each other to help raise funds for The Prince's Trust.

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How low can you go?

Wednesday 6 July 2011 by Ulster Business

Lexus 200h Hybrid Challenge

Test drive the new Lexus CT 200h Lexus Belfast and whoever can coax the best mpg will enter the grand final and get the chance to win a CT 200h for an entire year.

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GB/Ireland to experience the 'wonder of Hughes'

Wednesday 22 June 2011 by Ulster Business

Hughes Insurance

Newtownards-based Hughes Insurance has revealed it intends to move into the Great Britain and Republic of Ireland markets over the next few years as part of ambitious expansion plans.

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Lightstep: the college years

Wednesday 22 June 2011 by Ulster Business

Lightstep-the-college-years

Dunmurry-based Lightstep Technologies has signed a major deal with an innovative US university which it hopes will open the door to further business across the Atlantic.

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Full steam ahead

Wednesday 22 June 2011 by Ulster Business

Titanic Cabins - the Fit Out

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

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Arts & Business launches 2012 awards

Wednesday 22 June 2011 by Ulster Business

Arts & Business launches 2012 awards

Arts & Business has launched this year's Allianz Arts & Business Northern Ireland Awards, which celebrate the best partnerships between the region's arts and business organisations.

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Walking on a little piece of Ulster

Wednesday 22 June 2011 by Ulster Business

Nick Cobur

Ulster Carpets has reiterated its commitment to the Craigavon area and work is under way on its new production facility. Symon Ross caught up with Managing Director Nick Coburn to hear how...

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Aepona finds the silver lining in mobile cloud

Wednesday 22 June 2011 by Ulster Business

Michael Crossey and Michael Black

Every ambitious software company is trying to find a niche in the world of internet-based cloud computing, something Belfast-based Aepona has achieved in the mobile cloud market. Symon Ross went to...

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Testing the Treasury's corporation tax options

Wednesday 22 June 2011 by Ulster Business

Tesco-big-retailers-eligible-lower-CT-rate

If Northern Ireland gains approval for the transfer of authority to set corporation tax for local businesses, what rules or guidelines can be expected or what variations should be adopted?

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Wherever I may roam

Wednesday 22 June 2011 by Ulster Business

Harry-Girvan-and-Robin-Brown-at-Connects-Belfast-offices

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...

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Manufacturing an export future

Wednesday 22 June 2011 by Ulster Business

Wrightbus has made buses that are used in Las Vegas

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...

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Phoenix firms may have their wings clipped

Wednesday 22 June 2011 by Ulster Business

Phoenix-firms

Pre-packaged administrations have become commonplace in recent years, but criticism of them has prompted proposed changes to regulation designed to give creditors more protection.

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How to tackle the Cookie Monster

Wednesday 22 June 2011 by Ulster Business

cookies

Rory Campbell, Partner in Downpatrick-based law firm Forde Campbell LLP, explains what the recent changes to the EU law around the storage of ‘Cookies' mean for consumer-facing businesses

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Bmibaby launches European routes at Belfast City Airport

Thursday 12 May 2011 by Ulster Business

Bmibaby - Belfast City Airport

Low cost airline bmibaby has further expanded its footprint at George Best Belfast City Airport by announcing seven new European routes.

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MITIE chooses Craigavon for hi-tech security hub

Thursday 12 May 2011 by Ulster Business

Ruby McGregor Smith and Bob Forsyth

FTSE 250 company MITIE has created 38 new jobs in Craigavon at a new hi-tech security centre, and plans to double or triple the size of the operation over the next three years if it proves successful.

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From cheeseburgers to clapperboards

Thursday 12 May 2011 by Ulster Business

The-Shore

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

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From social media to social enterprises

Thursday 12 May 2011 by Ulster Business

Tim Barker, VP EMEA Marketing at Salesforce.com

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...

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Firstsource aiming to keep the customer satisified

Thursday 12 May 2011 by Ulster Business

Sean Canning

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

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Finding Northern Ireland's Braveheart

Thursday 12 May 2011 by Ulster Business

Nelson Gray

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.

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How can we rebalance the Northern Ireland economy?

Thursday 12 May 2011 by Ulster Business

padraig-canavan

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.

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Your reputation precedes you

Thursday 12 May 2011 by Ulster Business

Twitter on screen

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.

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SPAR celebrates half a century of convenience

Thursday 12 May 2011 by Ulster Business

Spar-50-years

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

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Finance concerns highlight need to develop funding ecosystem

Thursday 12 May 2011 by Ulster Business

Michael Black

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

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Branding: because you're worth it

Thursday 12 May 2011 by Ulster Business

Apple store logo

How can Northern Ireland businesses use branding and marketing to turn the current economic situation from a crisis into an opportunity to engage with customers and grow sales?

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Building an effective regeneration policy for Derry

Thursday 12 May 2011 by Ulster Business

UK-City-of-Culture-2013--Corporate-Leadership-Team

While there have been some big strides taken to revitalise the economy in the North West, more muscle is needed to build an effective regeneration policy for Derry City, argues John Simpson

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Awards shortlists announced for responsible companies

Monday 9 May 2011 by Ulster Business

Core-Sponsors-and-NI-Responsible-Company-of-the-Year-2011

Business in the Community has revealed the companies shortlisted in all nine categories for its 2011 Regional Recognition Awards for corporate responsibility.

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All in the same boat

Saturday 9 April 2011 by Ulster Business

Cathy-McCorry--Grafton

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.

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Time to get creative!

Saturday 9 April 2011 by Ulster Business

Game-of-Thrones--HBO

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.

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New Executive will face tough challenges ahead

Saturday 9 April 2011 by Ulster Business

Northern-Ireland-Assembly

Gary McKeown from Northern Ireland lobbying and public affairs specialists Stratagem outlines some of the key issues that will face the new Stormont Executive after the Assembly elections.

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Customer is still king in the new digital world

Saturday 9 April 2011 by Ulster Business

Google

Being Communications Managing Director Peter Ellis explains why start-ups and small businesses should be thinking about how to put the customer first in their digital marketing.

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Brannigan unveils plans for new connected health venture

Saturday 9 April 2011 by Ulster Business

Arlene-Foster--Declan-Kelly--Terence-Brannigan--John-McIlwaine

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.

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SOPHIA - finding the needle in the company haystack

Saturday 9 April 2011 by Ulster Business

Alan-Watts-Halo

Halo Director Alan Watts gives the first in a regular series of updates on the companies and initiatives supported by the twin programmes of the Northern Ireland Science Park - Halo and NISP CONNECT.

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Belfast set to become an HP Centre of Excellence

Saturday 9 April 2011 by Ulster Business

Martin-Murphy-HP-Ireland--Greg-Massey-HP-StorageWorks--Alastair-Hamilton-InvestNI

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.

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Taking a giant leap

Saturday 9 April 2011 by Ulster Business

Benny-O-Hanlon

A lot of business owners talk about the passion they have for their business and the buzz they get from it, but often you are not sure if you believe them.

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Businesses urged to get on board for City of Culture 2013

Saturday 9 April 2011 by Ulster Business

Ryan-Williams-Bro-McFerran

Businesses of all sizes are being encouraged to throw their support behind Derry-Londonderry as it prepares to become City of Culture 2013.

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Lifting economic development to a more professional level

Saturday 9 April 2011 by Ulster Business

Secretary of State Owen Paterson, here launching the consultation document on Northern Ireland’s Corporation Tax, has driven the Enterprise Zone idea

Secretary of State Owen Paterson, here launching the consultation document on Northern Ireland’s Corporation Tax...

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Fresh faces in Belfast

Wednesday 23 March 2011 by Ulster Business

Des-Kelly-Sean-Cavanagh-Gerard-Gildernew

Ulster Business talks to the partners of Cavanagh Kelly to find out more about the firm's decision to expand from its Mid-Ulster base by setting up a permanent office in Belfast.

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Sunday trading: far from an open and shut case

Wednesday 23 March 2011 by Ulster Business

food-market

Plans to extend Sunday trading hours have been put to public consultation with a view to bringing Northern Ireland in line with the rest of the UK. Robin Morton takes a closer look at the arguments...

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At the click of a button

Wednesday 23 March 2011 by Ulster Business

amazon-website

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...

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Successful tourism needs more than simple marketing

Wednesday 23 March 2011 by Ulster Business

Giants-Causeway

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...

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FDI pipeline has improved: Hamilton

Wednesday 23 March 2011 by Ulster Business

Alastair-Hamilton

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.

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SME leaders crucial to future of economy

Wednesday 23 March 2011 by Ulster Business

Sir-Christopher-Bland

The future of Northern Ireland's economy will be decided by those leading small and medium sized businesses, according to global business leader Sir Christopher Bland.

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Yes we KANA

Wednesday 23 March 2011 by Ulster Business

Arlene-Foster-Jeff-Wylie-Mark-Duffell-Alastair-Hamilton

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster, Jeff Wylie, KANA Belfast, Mark Duffell, KANA Software Inc and Alastair Hamilton, CEO, Invest NI.

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The Coke side of life

Wednesday 23 March 2011 by Ulster Business

coca-cola-factory-production-line

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.

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Why more of our firms should take AIM at equity funding

Wednesday 23 March 2011 by Ulster Business

Mark-Fahy-Marcus-Stuttard-Neasa-Quigley

More of Northern Ireland’s high growth companies should consider the benefits of flotation as the next step in their evolution, according to the Head of the London Stock...

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Tax incentives for innovation

Wednesday 23 March 2011 by Ulster Business

Caroline-Keenan

It would be difficult to have escaped hearing the ongoing discussion and debate on the lobbying for a cut in the corporation tax rate for Northern Ireland, with some arguing for a rate of 12.5%...

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The evolution of recruitment

Monday 14 February 2011 by Ulster Business

Eunice-Campbell-Mark-McBride-and-Donna-Parker

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.

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Higher education group fails to offer clear strategy

Monday 14 February 2011 by Ulster Business

Is Northern Ireland providing the best possible University facilities to meet the needs of learners, researchers, businesses, community services and public services, and establishing a...

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Utility man

Monday 14 February 2011 by Ulster Business

water drop

The Utility Regulator's new chief executive Shane Lynch talks to Symon Ross about the challenges facing him in the water, electricity and gas sectors.

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A business approach to the Budget is needed, says CBI

Monday 14 February 2011 by Ulster Business

Nigel Smyth & Ian Coulter

A leading business organisation has stressed that commitments to the economy made in the Executive's draft Budget need to be reflected in plans being put forward by Government departments.

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Are DETI's renewables targets achievable?

Monday 14 February 2011 by Ulster Business

solar panels

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.

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Commerce and Culture celebrate at the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards

Monday 14 February 2011 by Ulster Business

Allianz Arts Business Young People Award

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.

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£100m investment fund planned for Northern Ireland

Monday 14 February 2011 by Ulster Business

Man with Macbook - Belfast Media Group

Northern Ireland entrepreneur Danny Moore has set up a new company that plans to invest millions of pounds in local businesses.

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Lawfirm to create 300 jobs in Belfast

Monday 14 February 2011 by Ulster Business

law firm creates 300 jobs

International lawfirm Allen & Overy is set to create over 300 high quality jobs in Northern Ireland after announcing plans to set up an office in Belfast.

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Masters of the universe?

Monday 14 February 2011 by Ulster Business

uni graduates

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.

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Pain at the pump

Monday 14 February 2011 by Ulster Business

asda petrol wall pain at the pump

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...

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Darina Armstrong

Saturday 22 January 2011 by Ulster Business

Darina Armstrong

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.

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Julian Yarr

Saturday 22 January 2011 by Ulster Business

Julian Yarr

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.

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Mark Prentice

Saturday 22 January 2011 by Ulster Business

Mark Prentice

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

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Jeremy Eakin

Saturday 22 January 2011 by Ulster Business

Jeremy Eakin

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.

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Arlene Foster

Saturday 22 January 2011 by Ulster Business

Arlene Foster

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.

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Sean Mahon

Saturday 22 January 2011 by Ulster Business

Sean Mahon

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.

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Steve Orr

Saturday 22 January 2011 by Ulster Business

Steve Orr

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.

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Pensions in 2011: a transforming landscape

Saturday 22 January 2011 by Ulster Business

Stuart Falloon

Stuart Faloon, principal of global company Mercer's life and pensions operation in Belfast, outlines why pensions are set to make the headlines again in the next 12 months.

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Bravely into the electoral tensions of 2011

Saturday 22 January 2011 by Ulster Business

election papers

Northern Ireland now has a Government with very extensive devolved powers. The range of responsibilities is much wider than has been devolved to either Scotland or Wales.

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Conor Walsh

Saturday 22 January 2011 by Ulster Business

Conor Walsh

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.

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Mike Smith

Saturday 22 January 2011 by Ulster Business

Mike Smith

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.

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Cathy McCorry

Saturday 22 January 2011 by Ulster Business

Cathy McCorry

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.

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Titanic Quarter generates contracts worth £175m

Saturday 22 January 2011 by Ulster Business

Mike Smith, Pat Doherty & Conal Harvey with some 60 Titanic sub-contractors

Five years since Titanic Quarter's master plan was published, the developers behind the scheme have revealed that work at the 185-acre Queen's Island site has generated contracts totalling £175m.

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New chairman for the IoD's Young Directors' Forum

Saturday 22 January 2011 by Ulster Business

Neal Lucas & Joanne Stuart

The Institute of Directors has announced that executive recruiter Neal Lucas has been appointed Chairman of the IoD Young Directors' Forum in Northern Ireland.

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Significant Bombardier R&D project wings its way to Belfast

Saturday 22 January 2011 by Ulster Business

Bombardier Aerospace

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.

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