It’s a rare thing, during an economic recession, for a company – and a young one at that – to announce 500% growth in revenue inside a year, but that’s the story from Automated Intelligence, new tenants at Northern Ireland Science Park, who deliver a wide range of information lifecycle management software solutions.
Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh, Dean of the Confucius Institute at the University of Ulster, says that while the opportunities in China are potentially huge, there are no easy pickings for those firms entering the market.
Northern Ireland boasts some of the best digital infrastructure not just in the UK, but across Europe. But as countries across the globe work hard to create knowledge-based economies, Northern Ireland businesses, says Dr Sinclair Stockman, must make full use of the digital platform to ensure that they don’t get left behind.
AMT-SYBEX is one of the best-kept secrets of Northern Ireland’s IT sector. But, as Ulster Business found out, the company plays a crucial role supporting some of the biggest utility, energy and transport companies in the UK.
The recession may technically have ended, but Paul MacFlynn, economist with the Nevin Economic Research Institute, argues that this should not be taken as proof that the austerity policies adopted by the UK government, and in turn the Northern Ireland Executive, are working.
thinkTASC Director Paul MacKinnon – former High Performance Player Development Manager for New Zealand Rugby – tells Ulster Business why business in Northern Ireland should take a good look at high performance sport and how they improve team and individual performance, in order to grow successfully in the future
The World Police and Fire Games are coming to Northern Ireland in 2013. With preparations well under way, Symon Ross met with some of the team involved in delivering the games to find out what we can expect.
Improve, the Food and Drink Sector Skills Council has launched the third year of 'Tasty Careers,' a campaign designed to educate young people about the wide variety of excellent careers opportunities available within the food and drink manufacturing sector.
As the company prepares to rebrand its operations in Northern Ireland and the Republic, the chairman of Danske Bank’s Board of Directors, the head of its Corporates & Institutions unit and the CEO of Northern Bank, talk exclusively to Ulster Business about the future.
Ahead of his appearance at the Belfast Festival at Queen’s, venture capitalist, academic and multi-millionaire Dr William Janeway told to Symon Ross why the role of Government in stimulating innovation should not be underestimated.
Ulster Business speaks with Maurice Boyd, Managing Director of commercial insurance brokers Abbey Bond Lovis, to hear how the company has reached the scale where it is working with some of Northern Ireland’s largest businesses, with plans for further growth in the future.
If ‘the cloud’ was the big thing in 2011, the hot topic in the tech world this year is undoubtedly Big Data. Far from being just an industry buzz word, there are big implications for businesses of all sizes, writes data expert Jason Bell.
Hillsborough, home to the world renowned Oyster Festival, will host an exciting new dining experience with The Plough Inn opening a new seafood restaurant ‘Seafood Gourmet’ at its premises in the heart of the village.
Colman Equity a private investment fund is offering 10 outstanding start-up companies an opportunity to pitch their business ideas and compete on an international stage for the attention of a global network of investors.
The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) is calling upon marketing professionals in Northern Ireland to register for its continuous professional development programme as it approaches the deadline for this year’s submissions.
With an increasing number of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) now looking to global markets to maximise sales and minimise purchase costs, Alison Young from AG Young Supply Chain Services examines the importance of equipping SMEs to translate export sales into successfully executed shipments
Alternative Heat, a family run firm based in Castlewellan, has turned up the heat on its UK and Irish competitors by scooping a prestigious two year contract with the Scottish Highlands Council as part of a long term Biomass ‘green energy’ project.
Five years after establishing A&L Goodbody’s Belfast office, two of the law firm’s senior partners tell Ulster Business how it has expanded through the recession and why further growth is on the horizon
All signs point to Belfast Harbour being the focal point around which Northern Ireland’s export future will be built. Symon Ross spoke to Commercial Director Joe O’Neill to get an update on the latest developments at the port, not least its plans to become a market leader in the renewable energy sector.
Best known as the libel lawyer of choice for A-List celebrities, Paul Tweed believes more local law firms could be using the lower cost base in Belfast to win work in other jurisdictions. Symon Ross caught up with him to find out more
Hundreds of school children across Northern Ireland gathered yesterday at the Sentinus Young Innovators Exhibition at the Odyssey Arena to showcase their innovative projects in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM)
Simply Zesty co-founder Niall Harbison didn’t envisage himself as a social media entrepreneur when he was training as a chef. Stephen McVey found out how he ended up in the tech sector and got his views on the future of social media
Ulster Business talks to a few of the partners of Pinsent Masons in Belfast to find out what the recent merger with McGrigors means for its clients and where they see the future growth of the firm coming from
Marie-Thérèse McGivern, Principal and Chief Executive of Belfast Metropolitan College, shares some of her insights into what makes a good leader. However, she is quick to point out that leadership is always a work in progress and there is no single blueprint for success
Some of the world’s greatest blues and jazz artists will be performing at the 14th Guinness® International Blues on the Bay Festival, as the line up for the five day event was launched at Narrow Water Castle.
This week marks a final push for Northern Ireland to be given the powers to set its own rate of corporation tax, with those involved stressing that the stakes are high for the local economy, writes Symon Ross.
They’ve been a dominant player in the Northern Ireland mobile market for years, but Barclay Communications has many other strings to its bow. Ulster Business spoke to Managing Director Britt Megahey to find out more
While 2012 is the year of Titanic and the Olympics, 2013 will be Derry-Londonderry’s chance to shine. Ulster Business got an update on the progress of City of Culture 2013 from Culture Company chairman Martin Bradley
Social media has become part of daily life. But with many people uneasy about the way it helps brands target individuals so specifically with advertising, some experts believe internet privacy is a ticking time bomb. Stephen McVey reports
Ulster Business gets a progress report on the soon to open Giant’s Causeway Visitors Centre from project director Graham Thompson, who is confident the finished building will be delivered on time, and possibly under budget.
Bank of Ireland UK has opened the doors of a new branch in the heart of Belfast city centre in an investment the bank said underlines its commitment to developing personal and business banking in Northern Ireland.
With a steady stream of high profile trading businesses and property developers still running into trouble and ending up in administration, Symon Ross asked some experts in the field for their views on how much more pain is still to work its way through the system.
As part of the European Year of Active Ageing, Volunteer Now is calling on all employers across Northern Ireland to attend a breakfast briefing to find out how signing up their employees aged 50+ to volunteer can have a positive impact on the lives of their staff after they retire.
Turnus Ltd has made a significant move towards “house full” at Saint Anne’s Square with the announcement of two new restaurants and major expansion of two existing businesses. The four ventures together represent 11,000 square feet of new letting and will create 33 full and part-time jobs.
For the second year in a row Northern Ireland’s business community has voted Northern Bank ‘Corporate Banking Team of the Year’. The bank picked up the award at the recent Insider Dealmakers Awards 2012 at the Europa Hotel in Belfast.
Northern Ireland football star and TinyLife Patron David Healy MBE, thanked Asidua employees for their ‘Big Impression’ with TinyLife as their efforts helped the IT services company raise £10,140.49 for their current Charity of the Year.
Getting online for the over 50s is not always smooth sailing and a helping hand can make all the difference. If you think you could spare a few hours to help seniors like May get online, then get in touch and register for Silver Surfers’ Day.
Audio visual specialists Niavac have secured a series of high profile contracts in recent years. Ulster Business spoke with Managing Director James Conlon to find out more about his vision for the business
Wednesday 11 April 2012 by Mark Carron, Associate Director, Osborne King Commercial Property Consultants
The knock of the gavel against a rostrum following the words, “Going once, going twice, sold‚” is music indeed to an auctioneer but it was especially gratifying last September when we held our first large-scale property auction in Belfast following a four-year hiatus.
Tony O’Neill, recently appointed chair of the newly created Agri Food Strategy Board, speaks to Ulster Business about the potential for Northern Ireland to be a leading food producer over the next decade
The NI Science Park’s CONNECT programme is based on a model that helped turn the ailing economy of San Diego into a high tech centre to rival Silicon Valley. But are there other policies, strategies and programmes from around the world that Northern Ireland could replicate or emulate to inject some life into the local economy, and how could the lessons from these places be applied at a local level?
Recession should not be a barrier to aspiring business owners in Northern Ireland, according to US entrepreneurship expert Dr Stephen Spinelli. Symon Ross caught up with him on a recent visit organised by the Ulster Business School
A healthy contingent of Northern Irish tech companies hit this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive conference in Austin, Texas, with Belfast-based JamPot gaining particular recognition for its product TheAppBuilder.
Chancellor George Osborne’s decision to lower UK corporation tax in the recent Budget could play an important role in whether the power to set the rate of corporation tax is devolved to Northern Ireland.
Titanic Belfast has announced a new commercial partnership with the world’s premium drinks business Diageo. Diageo Northern Ireland will exclusively supply the Titanic Belfast’s new bars and restaurants, including its home grown global brands Guinness, Harp, Bushmills and Baileys.
An innovative, live blogging event from inside the new Titanic Belfast will allow hundreds of thousands of potential GB and European visitors a chance to experience the iconic new attraction – online – before members of the public actually get to step through the doors.
THE MERCHANT Hotel’s Adrian McLaughlin; Michael McQuillan, the streat; Andy Rea, Mourne Seafood Bar and Nutritional Therapist, Jane McClenaghan, have just been announced as keynote speakers for NI’s biggest trade event for the food, drink, retail and hospitality sectors – IFEX 2012 – taking place at the King’s Hall, Belfast.
Northern Ireland should take the same single minded approach to developing its economy as New Zealand takes to its rugby team, according to the chairman of one of the province’s top business organisations.
One of the toughest business sectors was given a boost this week with the launch of an innovative new product … and some cunning advice from television’s favourite mentalist, academic and internationally acclaimed business motivator, David Meade.
The Merchant Hotel, situated in one of Northern Ireland’s most recognised and oldest established buildings dating back to 1857, has announced that it is making the switch to renewable energy as part of its commitment to put long term sustainability practices at the core of its business.
‘Never Mind the Business’ the unique audio-visual music themed fundraising event, run in support of Action for Children Northern Ireland, the children’s charity, was voted a big hit when it raised £19,000 on Friday 16th March 2012.
PwC’s decision to locate its national Centre of Excellence in Belfast will see 80 per cent of the work done by the firm’s Northern Ireland consultants delivered in export markets. Ulster Business caught up with Paul Atkinson, the firm’s Belfast-based UK Technology Leader, and Regional Chairman, Paul Terrington, to find out more.
Sinclair Stockman, Executive Director of the Digital NI 2020 initiative, explains why he believes that local businesses are well placed to grasp the opportunities afforded by our strong digital communications infrastructure and why Northern Ireland could become a hub for global digital trade
Brian Ambrose took up the post of chairman of Tourism Ireland at the start of what is expected to be a landmark year for tourism in Northern Ireland. Symon Ross got his assessment on whether stretching targets for visitor numbers can be met
DSD minister Nelson McCausland has plans to bring Mary Portas to Northern Ireland to advise him on the regeneration our town centres. But can the Queen of Shops’ recommendations really revitalise our high streets as exciting social hubs for shopping, learning and socialising? Lucy Gollogly reports.
Confidence is high that 2012 will be a defining year for tourism in Northern Ireland. Ulster Business asked some travel writers from outside the province for an independent assessment of what is on offer and how it stands up to competition from other markets
The new head of QUBIS, the company responsible for helping commercialise research from Queen’s University, is confident more firms can replicate the success of early pioneers like Kainos and Andor Technology
As Belfast-based Adelaide Insurance Services celebrated 20 years in business, Ulster Business caught up with founder and director Sam Geddis to hear what makes the company tick and how he plans to drive further growth in the future.
Northern Ireland companies are winning contracts and undertaking projects in high-risk countries with ever-greater frequency. Ulster Business asked three different sorts of businesses about their experiences of working in political hotspots.