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The intelligent partnership that is bucking the recession

Monday 17 December 2012 by Ulster Business

NISP

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.

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Adapting puts McAvoy top of the class

Monday 17 December 2012 by Ulster Business

McAvoy Group

As her company marks 40 years in business, Ulster Business caught up with the McAvoy Group’s Orla Corr to find out how the firm is thriving while other construction companies flounder.

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No “low-hanging fruit” in China

Monday 17 December 2012 by Ulster Business

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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.

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Staying ahead of the curve

Monday 17 December 2012 by Ulster Business

Connect Telecom

The dynamic team from Connect Telecom tell Ulster Business how the company is expanding into the Republic of Ireland and Wales as part of their ambitious business growth strategy.

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Recovery will be slow in NI

Monday 17 December 2012 by Ulster Business

John Simpson

The strain of recession is being felt in most world economies but, says John Simpson, Northern Ireland is likely to see a much slower recovery than even its closest neighbours.

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The new face of Newry

Monday 17 December 2012 by Ulster Business

Newry

Catherine McGinn explores the various initiatives underway in Newry designed to make the most of the area’s border links and to show it is open for business tourism.

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It’s a long way to the top

Monday 17 December 2012 by Ulster Business

McVey Cross Border

Stephen McVey asks some of the island’s leading economists how fast they expect the Irish economy to recover and what the implications of low growth are north of the border.

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Imagining a digital future

Monday 17 December 2012 by Ulster Business

Digital Stockman

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.

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Bryson launches annual ‘£1 a Tonne’ appeal

Monday 10 December 2012 by Ulster Business

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Bryson Recycling has unveiled its annual '£1 a Tonne' campaign in a bid to encourage local households to recycle more this winter.

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Northern Ireland IT star revealed

Monday 10 December 2012 by Ulster Business

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Lucas Love Recruitment has announced the winner of the inaugural ‘Lucas Love IT Award for outstanding contribution to the IT sector’

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Bubba’s here!

Tuesday 4 December 2012 by Ulster Business

Bubbacue chef

Authentic BBQ hideaway pop up in Belfast’s city centre

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Engineering firm to create 33 new jobs

Tuesday 4 December 2012 by Ulster Business

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Belfast-based manufacturer Marlborough Engineering is to invest over £3.6m in an expansion which will see it create 33 new jobs.

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University launches new SME centre

Tuesday 4 December 2012 by Ulster Business

Smecentre

The role played by SMEs in the growth of the economy has been recognised by the University of Ulster's Business School, which has launched a Centre for SME Development.

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NI Chamber of Commerce wins UK prize

Monday 3 December 2012 by Ulster Business

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The Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce has beaten competition from 53 UK chambers of commerce to be named UK Chamber of the Year.

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Propel programme open for applications

Monday 3 December 2012 by Ulster Business

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Invest Northern Ireland's Propel programme, targeting local entrepreneurs is now inviting applications for its 2013 intake.

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Women dominate IoD Director awards

Monday 3 December 2012 by Ulster Business

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Four of the seven categories in the IoD NI Director of the Year Awards for 2012-13 have been won by women.

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Raise a toast to Scotland's winter festivals

Thursday 29 November 2012 by Ulster Business

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St. Andrew’s Day marks the start of Scotland’s Winter Festivals

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NI needs better language skills

Thursday 29 November 2012 by Ulster Business

David Barr

A new report has suggested that Northern Ireland needs to give higher priority to learning foreign languages.

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NYSE Euronext in the market for graduates

Friday 23 November 2012 by Ulster Business

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Financial technology business NYSE Euronext has announced it is creating 20 graduate jobs at its IT Centre of Excellence in Belfast.

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Fifteen local firms in Deloitte Fast 50

Monday 19 November 2012 by Ulster Business

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Fifteen Northern Ireland based companies have been ranked in the Deloitte Technology Fast 50, with Belfast based Rehabstudios Ltd leading the charge.

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Fred Daly Golf takes aim at US market

Friday 16 November 2012 by Ulster Business

Fred Daly

At a time when the reputation of Northern Ireland golf has never been higher, one local company is aiming to capitalise by launching its range of putters in the US market.

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Students of the Sweet Science

Friday 16 November 2012 by Ulster Business

White Collar Boxing

In the lead up to the latest White Collar Boxing fight night in Belfast, Symon Ross found out what motivates solicitors, bankers and estate agents to get in the ring.

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Denroy still breaking the mould

Friday 16 November 2012 by Ulster Business

Denroy

After 40 years in business the team at Denroy Plastics remain focused on innovation and is collaborating with some of the biggest names in the aerospace and defence sectors.

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Fresh start for an ambitious initiative

Friday 16 November 2012 by Ulster Business

John Simpson

Government-backed programmes have a key role to play in nurturing new business start-ups. But how well is that role carried out by Invest NI? John Simpson gives his view.

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Enabling essential industries

Thursday 15 November 2012 by Ulster Business

AMT Sybex

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.

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Time for an end to austerity?

Thursday 15 November 2012 by Ulster Business

Austerity Unions

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.

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Learning from the All Blacks

Thursday 15 November 2012 by Ulster Business

All Blacks in Business

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

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Get fired up

Thursday 15 November 2012 by Ulster Business

World Police Games

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.

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The times they are a-changin’

Thursday 15 November 2012 by Ulster Business

Felix Baumgartner

Red Bull’s role in Felix Baumgartner’s “jump from the edge of space” tells us much about the evolution of marketing, writes Dr Geoff Simmons from Queen’s University Management School

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Danske Bank debuts in Northern Ireland

Thursday 15 November 2012 by Ulster Business

Head of Danske Bank UK and Ireland Gerry Mallon welcomes Danske Bank to Northern Ireland with Karis Maclean  aged 3

Customers across Northern Ireland will bid a final farewell to Northern Bank today as it officially starts trading as Danske Bank.

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Management lessons shared

Wednesday 14 November 2012 by Ulster Business

Dr Nicola Mallard

BT Customer Experience Futureologist shares management lessons on the Future of Work to Ulster Business School Students

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Career prospects in Food and Drinks sector

Wednesday 14 November 2012 by Ulster Business

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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.

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Ravenhill revamp ready for kick-off

Wednesday 14 November 2012 by Ulster Business

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Construction work will start on the £14.7m redevelopment of the Ravenhill Rugby Grounds in just over a week, Ulster Rugby confirmed today.

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British Airways gets in the Xmas spirit

Monday 12 November 2012 by Ulster Business

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To celebrate the re-launch of services from Belfast City Airport to London Heathrow, British Airways has teamed up with Cool FM and Downtown Radio to reunite loved ones over the festive period

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Allen & Overy ahead of recruitment target

Monday 12 November 2012 by Ulster Business

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Law firm Allen & Overy is close to reaching the number of jobs it committed to creating in Northern Ireland just one year after opening its new Belfast office.

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Catagen and ShiftDock win Seedcorn prizes

Monday 12 November 2012 by Ulster Business

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Companies from Newtownabbey and Belfast have each scooped a €20,000 cash prize as regional winners of their categories in the InterTradeIreland Seedcorn competition.

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Asidua celebrates 10 successful years

Friday 9 November 2012 by Ulster Business

Asidua

Leading Northern Ireland IT software services company Asidua, is celebrating a significant anniversary; their tenth successful year of operations.

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Invest NI offices put up for sale

Friday 9 November 2012 by Ulster Business

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The headquarters of Invest Northern Ireland has been put up for sale by the property's owners, who expect it to sell for more than £40m

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Ulster Business School plans economy centre

Friday 9 November 2012 by Ulster Business

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The University of Ulster is to establish a new research centre which will review the performance of the Northern Ireland economy.

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Executive launches £200m jobs plan

Thursday 8 November 2012 by Ulster Business

Stormont

A new Stormont initiative designed to boost the economy and create jobs has drawn a generally positive reaction from the business community.

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Enterprise Week programme unveiled

Wednesday 7 November 2012 by Ulster Business

Enterprise Week

Bank Of Ireland UK unveils programme for Enterprise Week which will take place from Friday 16th November- Friday 23rd November and will focus on the agri-business sector.

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Belfast Giants partner with Harp

Wednesday 7 November 2012 by Ulster Business

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The reigning Elite League Champions Belfast Giants today secured a first class sponsorship with Harp Lager which will see the two organisations team up throughout the 2012/2013 ice hockey season.

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CIM prepares for marketing week

Tuesday 6 November 2012 by Ulster Business

CIM

The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) is gearing up for Marketing Week in November offering a range of events and seminars across Northern Ireland.

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Social Media is only getting going...

Tuesday 6 November 2012 by Ulster Business

Tim Kane

Tim McKane from Navajo Talk responds to last month’s article by Professor Mark Durkin on social media.

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Rainbow sponsors Armagh GAA

Monday 5 November 2012 by Ulster Business

Rainbow Communications sponsors Orchard County

Rainbow Communications has announced a three year sponsorship deal with the Armagh County Senior Football team.

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First Minister praises solar hub

Friday 2 November 2012 by Ulster Business

Solar

First Minister Peter Robinson has called the dedicated solar hub established by Amber Green Solar first class operation.

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That time of year again

Wednesday 31 October 2012 by Ulster Business

Belfast Christmas Market

Come and join the celebration with the return of the Belfast Christmas Market

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Ulster Bank launches new mortgage push

Monday 29 October 2012 by Ulster Business

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Ulster Bank has announced a new campaign to increase mortgage lending in Northern under which it will waive arrangement fees until the end of the year

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Diageo makes commitment to City of Culture

Thursday 25 October 2012 by Ulster Business

Culture

Diageo Northern Ireland has announced a new commercial partnership with City of Culture 2013 acquiring exclusive pouring rights

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Connect Telecom ready for all-island showdown

Friday 19 October 2012 by Ulster Business

Matt Brown

Local business Connect Telecom is set to battle it out for all-island Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year title.

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BA chief welcomes competition in NI market

Friday 19 October 2012 by Ulster Business

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BA chief Willie Walsh has said competition on the Belfast to Heathrow route is no threat to the airline's presence in Northern Ireland.

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LOCFOOD Workshop

Thursday 18 October 2012 by Ulster Business

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Ulster Business School and Down District Council host LOCFOOD Workshop

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Northern Ireland jobless total rises

Wednesday 17 October 2012 by Ulster Business

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Unemployment in Northern Ireland is continuing to rise despite an overall drop in the number of people out of work across the UK.

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Banking the Danske way

Wednesday 17 October 2012 by Ulster Business

Danske Bank

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.

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FG Wilson a wake-up call for manufacturing

Wednesday 17 October 2012 by Ulster Business

John Simpson

Are the job losses at FG Wilson a sign of what is to come or can similar manufacturing cutbacks be avoided in future, asks John Simpson?

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Let’s do this again

Wednesday 17 October 2012 by Ulster Business

Diageo

Baileys is one of the most recognisable brands in Ireland, but as Northern Ireland’s food and drink sector continues to gain recognition, Diageo’s plant at Mallusk has largely flown under the radar.

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Tesco's £1bn local sourcing pledge

Wednesday 17 October 2012 by Ulster Business

Tesco

Retail giant Tesco has committed to sourcing £1bn worth of local Northern Ireland produce over the next two years.

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BubbleBum on target to conquer US market

Wednesday 17 October 2012 by Ulster Business

BubbleBum

An entrepreneurial Northern Ireland-based company is on target to conquer the US market by rolling out its product in one of America's largest retail chains.

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Titanic Quarter gets creative

Wednesday 17 October 2012 by Ulster Business

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Titanic Quarter Limited’s chief executive David Gavaghan speaks to Symon Ross about his ambitions to make the area a hub for creative businesses and a driver of economic growth in Northern Ireland.

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Capitalism in the innovation economy

Wednesday 17 October 2012 by Ulster Business

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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.

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Corporate market is still lacking in confidence

Wednesday 17 October 2012 by Ulster Business

Adrian Doran

Adrian Doran, Head of Corporate Banking at Barclays in Northern Ireland, tells Ulster Business the corporate banking market is in need of a confidence boost.

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Run on for a long time

Friday 12 October 2012 by Ulster Business

Running Man

Ulster Business editor Symon Ross writes about why he has taken on the challenge of running the 2013 London Marathon in aid of the Alzheimer's Society.

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Shred-it: Making recycling secure

Thursday 11 October 2012 by Ulster Business

Shred it

Shred-it assess how compliance with international recycling standards could leave businesses at risk

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CME Group opens Belfast technology centre

Wednesday 10 October 2012 by Ulster Business

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The First and Deputy First Ministers have officially opened CME Group's new state-of-the-art offices in Millennium House on Belfast's Great Victoria Street.

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Established firms must be entrepreneurial too

Wednesday 10 October 2012 by Ulster Business

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Entrepreneurship is essential to help established companies stay ahead of the competition, according to a global business expert who will speak at Queen's University.

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Major milestone for offshore renewable projects

Wednesday 10 October 2012 by Ulster Business

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Agreements have been signed for a 600MW offshore wind project and a 200MW tidal development as part of Northern Ireland's first offshore renewable energy leasing round.

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Vision to get your growth potential

Tuesday 9 October 2012 by Ulster Business

Grainne Convery

Local companies given chance for funding application support in a series of one-to-one sessions

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Northern Bank first to market with ipad app

Tuesday 9 October 2012 by Ulster Business

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Northern Bank has launched the first dedicated tablet banking app in the Northern Ireland market

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Randox holds International distributor conference

Tuesday 9 October 2012 by Ulster Business

Randox Titanic

Randox Laboratories, a global market leader within the in vitro diagnostics market, this week hosts more than 100 distributors from over 50 countries around the world.

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From Belfast to Biberach

Tuesday 9 October 2012 by Ulster Business

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Local construction workers given opportunity to train in Germany

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Robinson Services clean up

Tuesday 9 October 2012 by Ulster Business

Robinson Services

Robinson Services takes number one spot in BICS Cleaner of the Year Awards 2012

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Irish News teams up with NIJobs.com

Monday 8 October 2012 by Ulster Business

Irish New NIJobs.com deal

The Irish News has teamed up with recruitment website NIJobs.com in a new deal that will showcase thousands of opportunities to jobseekers across Northern Ireland.

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Wine buffs called to take up the ChildLine Fine Wine Challenge

Monday 1 October 2012 by Ulster Business

Fine Wine Challenge

Susy Atkins, wine expert on BBC One's 'Saturday Kitchen', is calling on Northern Ireland wine buffs to turn top palates into top prizes at the second ChildLine Fine Wine Challenge.

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Get a website that does the business

Monday 1 October 2012 by Ulster Business

Unit Online

Ulster Business recently had its website revamped by Belfast-based company Unit Online. We caught up with its director Chris Black to find out more about his approach to web development.

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Odyssey Pavilion on the market for £10m

Wednesday 26 September 2012 by Ulster Business

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The administrators of entertainment complex the Odyssey Pavilion are inviting bids of over £10m for the site.

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Freedom!!

Wednesday 26 September 2012 by Ulster Business

Boss in the Brig

Business leaders celebrate freedom after successfully raising £12,700 bail for the Prince's Trust

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Keeping their feet on the ground

Wednesday 26 September 2012 by Ulster Business

Maurice Boyd

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.

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Where is my mind?

Wednesday 26 September 2012 by Ulster Business

David Meade

Mentalist David Meade has made his name dazzling audiences with his apparent ability to read minds. But, he tells Symon Ross, the same psychological techniques can also be applied to business.

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firmus plans network growth

Wednesday 26 September 2012 by Ulster Business

Firmus

Ulster Business meets Michael Scott, the new General Manager of firmus energy, to discuss the company's goals for acquiring new customers and extending its network.

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The Big Data Revolution

Wednesday 26 September 2012 by Ulster Business

Big Data

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.

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Lost in translation

Wednesday 26 September 2012 by Ulster Business

Language

With Northern Ireland selling itself on the back of its strong skills base, is enough importance being placed on equipping our workforce with the right language skills? Stephen McVey reports.

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BA is in for the long haul

Wednesday 26 September 2012 by Ulster Business

British Airways

Ulster Business asks Simon Daly, sales manager for Ireland at British Airways, about the airline's plans for its Belfast operations.

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Regulating regulation and the Regulator

Wednesday 26 September 2012 by Ulster Business

John Simpson

As a number of high profile disagreements continue to bubble under in the energy sector, John Simpson asks who is regulating the Utility Regulator.

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Get smart

Wednesday 26 September 2012 by Ulster Business

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Amanda Poole looks at what smart grid technology can do for the Northern Ireland economy and how it can help consumers and businesses lower their energy consumption.

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Lobsters, Shellfish and Guinness a great catch for Seafood Gourmet

Tuesday 25 September 2012 by Ulster Business

Seafood Gourmet

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.

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One in four Belfast shops now empty

Tuesday 25 September 2012 by Ulster Business

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A quarter of shops in Belfast and one in five across Northern Ireland are vacant, according to a report by commercial property agency Lisney.

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Businesses call for action on corporation tax

Monday 24 September 2012 by Ulster Business

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Northern Ireland business groups are pressing for a decision to be made on corporation tax sooner, rather than later, because of the poor state of the local economy.

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Women in Business launch masterclass series

Friday 21 September 2012 by Ulster Business

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A series of masterclasses has been launched by Women in Business NI for autumn/winter 2012.

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Belfast Met opens £18m e3 building

Friday 21 September 2012 by Ulster Business

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Belfast Metropolitan College has opened an £18m state-of-the-art building in West Belfast which aims to promote enterprise, employability and economic development.

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HP invests in Belfast office expansion

Friday 21 September 2012 by Ulster Business

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HP has announced an investment in new office premises in Belfast, which it says will strengthen its business in Northern Ireland and see it create an extra 40 jobs.

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PwC’s Terrington takes up IoD role

Friday 21 September 2012 by Ulster Business

New Vice Chairman of IoD NI announced at Directors  Day

The Northern Ireland Regional Chairman of PwC, Paul Terrington, has been named as the new Vice-Chairman of the Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland.

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WYG agrees deal to save 90 jobs in Belfast

Wednesday 19 September 2012 by Ulster Business

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Around 90 jobs have been secured at the Northern Ireland operations of design and engineering consultancy WYG.

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Lough Erne Resort on sale for £10m

Wednesday 19 September 2012 by Ulster Business

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A five-star golf resort in Fermanagh which cost a reported £35m to build has been put on the market for less than a third that amount.

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All island Innovation Awards launched

Tuesday 18 September 2012 by Ulster Business

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The search for the most innovative organisations across the island of Ireland has begun with the launch of the fourth annual Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards.

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SMEs urged to look at procurement market

Tuesday 18 September 2012 by Ulster Business

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More than 350 small businesses are expected to converge on the Glenavon Hotel in Cookstown for the first InterTradeIreland ‘Meet the Buyer’ event in Northern Ireland.

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Ulster Rugby lands Aer Lingus deal

Friday 14 September 2012 by Ulster Business

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Ulster Rugby’s flying start to the season has been given a boost with the signing of a new sponsorship deal with Aer Lingus.

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Pinsent Mason's road racers ride 1000km for charity

Thursday 13 September 2012 by Ulster Business

Charity Cycle

Cyclists at international law firm Pinsent Masons have lined up for an epic 1,000km charity bike ride spanning three jurisdictions and all of the firms' 8 UK offices.

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Major blow as FG Wilson axes 760 jobs

Thursday 13 September 2012 by Ulster Business

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The Northern Ireland economy was dealt a hammer blow today as diesel generator manufacturer FG Wilson revealed it is to cut 760 jobs by the end of the year

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Business leader 'locked in the docks'

Thursday 13 September 2012 by Ulster Business

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A brand new initiative Boss in the Brigg sees business leaders apprehended by the Harbour Police and charged to collectively raise £10,000 in support of The Prince’s Trust.

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Putting facilities management in the frame for successful organisations

Tuesday 11 September 2012 by Ulster Business

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The event will take place in Belfast’s Waterfront on Friday 16th November 2012 and will demonstrate the important role which facilities management plays in the successful performance of organisations.

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International author to appear at Eason's

Friday 7 September 2012 by Ulster Business

Book

International award-winning author Lee Child will be at Eason’s new flagship store on Friday 7th September from 12:30pm to sign copies of his latest book ‘A Wanted Man’.

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UEFA comes to town

Thursday 6 September 2012 by Ulster Business

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UEFA’s Head of Marketing Activities is coming to Northern Ireland next month giving to give an insight into one of the world’s biggest sporting organisations.

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Robinson Services scores with Antrim Hockey Club

Wednesday 5 September 2012 by Ulster Business

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Robinson Services scores again with Antrim Hockey Club Sponsorship for the 2012/ 2013 Season.

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Changing of the guard

Tuesday 4 September 2012 by Ulster Business

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Symon Ross asks what the business community should read into the appointment of a new Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

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TG Eakin founder receives NISP award

Tuesday 4 September 2012 by Ulster Business

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Entrepreneur Tom Eakin, founder of medical device manufacturer TG Eakin, has been named 2012 NISP CONNECT ‘Innovation Founder’ of the year.

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Digital lunch

Friday 31 August 2012 by Ulster Business

Eat-Smart

Online Ordering – a new system to revolutionise sandwich bars, cafés, delis and restaurants and add value to the bottom line.

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NI finalists for Coke’s Thank You fund

Thursday 30 August 2012 by Ulster Business

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13 organisations from Northern Ireland shortlisted in Coca-Cola Thank You Fund

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Chefs prep for Belfast Restaurant Week

Wednesday 29 August 2012 by Ulster Business

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Restaurants which want to take part in the first ever Belfast Restaurant Week only have a few days left to register their interest.

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Derry event celebrates all things digital

Wednesday 29 August 2012 by Ulster Business

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The leading lights of the digital technology sector are meeting in Derry today for the start of an innovative new four day event known as CultureTECH.

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Site manager wins 10th NHBC industry award

Tuesday 28 August 2012 by Ulster Business

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Peter Davey, Site Manager with Fraser Houses, has scooped a top industry award for the 10th time.

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Global recovery ‘stuck in the mud’

Tuesday 28 August 2012 by Ulster Business

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The outlook for the global economy has become more downbeat with global activity expected to be sluggish for some time, according to Northern Bank

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Social enterprise means business

Friday 24 August 2012 by Ulster Business

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The fourth event in the 'Social Enterprise Means Business' Masterclass Series took place at the BEAM Social Enterprise Centre in Derry~Londonderry in June.

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Diageo announces strong results

Thursday 23 August 2012 by Ulster Business

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Diageo have announced strong results with 2% organic volume growth, 6% organic net sales growth and 9% organic operating profit growth

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IoD opens doors for Directors’ Day

Thursday 23 August 2012 by Ulster Business

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The Institute of Directors NI is inviting members and non-members to its inaugural IoD Directors’ Day

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Premier Inn starts North West recruitment

Thursday 23 August 2012 by Ulster Business

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Premier Inn has started the recruitment process for 60 jobs at its newest hotel in Londonderry.

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Top 100 firms report higher sales

Thursday 23 August 2012 by Ulster Business

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The sales performance of Northern Ireland’s Top 100 companies has defied the recession over the past year

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Put your foot on the accelerator

Wednesday 22 August 2012 by Ulster Business

Dragons Den

E-Synergy is to run a Dragon’s Den style Accelerator event where wannabe entrepreneurs will get the opportunity to pitch for seed funding.

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Time running out for Seedcorn entries

Tuesday 21 August 2012 by Ulster Business

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Businesses have only a few weeks left to submit their entries for this year’s InterTradeIreland All-Island Seedcorn competition.

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Bullish about Belfast

Tuesday 21 August 2012 by Ulster Business

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Ulster Business caught up with the CFO of NYSE Technologies, Ben Chrnelich, at the firm’s hi-tech office in Adelaide Exchange to find out what it does here in Northern Ireland.

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Putt for phenomenal prizes with PANI

Tuesday 21 August 2012 by Ulster Business

PANI Golf day

The upcoming Publicity Association Northern Ireland Golf Day 2012 sponsored by Charles Hurst is one event not to be missed.

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Leading from the front

Tuesday 21 August 2012 by Ulster Business

Peter Robinson

Symon Ross speaks with Northern Ireland’s First Minister, Peter Robinson, about the economy, corporation tax, and changing the perception of Northern Ireland

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Building up transatlantic business

Tuesday 21 August 2012 by Ulster Business

US Consul

US Consul General in Belfast, Gregory Burton, outlines why the close relationship between Northern Ireland and the US will continue to benefit both economies

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Rivalry intensifies between NI airports

Tuesday 21 August 2012 by Ulster Business

John Simpson

John Simpson assesses the latest arrivals and departures in the local aviation sector and asks whether competition between our airports really is bad for the economy.

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A little knowledge

Tuesday 21 August 2012 by Ulster Business

Employer Analysis

Economist Graham Brownlow from Queen’s University analyses what the list of the 50 biggest employers in Northern Ireland says about our economy

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Moy Park on course for £1bn in sales

Tuesday 21 August 2012 by Ulster Business

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Moy Park managing director Nigel Dunlop talks about the continued expansion of its business, which has made the company number one on our Top 100 list.

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Schrader pumped up for future growth

Tuesday 21 August 2012 by Ulster Business

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Antrim manufacturer Schrader Electronics continues to go from strength to strength. Ulster Business got an update from the company’s Managing Director Stephen McClelland.

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Paint the town black

Monday 20 August 2012 by Ulster Business

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Guinness launches new global advert for the 2012 Arthur's day celebrations

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Minister calls for women to enter awards

Thursday 16 August 2012 by Ulster Business

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Arlene Foster encourages women to enter the second Women in Business NI Awards held in association with Invest Northern Ireland

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Barclay communications supports ride for A European medal

Wednesday 15 August 2012 by Ulster Business

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Local teen has been selected for the Junior Irish Eventing Team and their medal-winning campaign in Europe.

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Executive to redouble efforts on unemployment

Wednesday 15 August 2012 by Ulster Business

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Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has said it is time for “a renewed and robust strategy” to tackle unemployment after more disappointing jobs figures.

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The signature works forms a charity partnership

Wednesday 15 August 2012 by Ulster Business

The Signature Works and New Life Conselling

Bangor based embroidery company The Signature Works has named charity New Life Counselling as their charity of the year.

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Property downturn ‘has lasted five years’

Tuesday 14 August 2012 by Ulster Business

Property signs

Northern Ireland’s housing market downturn is five years old, according to the latest survey by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

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McAvoy Group lands £5m of schools business

Monday 13 August 2012 by Ulster Business

Mcavoy

Co Tyrone modular construction specialists the McAvoy Group have landed a lucrative series of school contracts in the City of London.

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CRASH Services inks major deal with UK ‘telematics’ provider FMG

Monday 13 August 2012 by Ulster Business

Crash Services

CRASH, has signed an exclusive licensing rights agreement with the UK provider of revolutionary new ‘telematics’ technology which could help reduce the number of accidents on Northern Ireland’s roads.

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Wrightbus wins £41m Singapore contract

Monday 13 August 2012 by Ulster Business

WrightbusforSBSTofSingapore

Ballymena manufacturer Wrightbus has won a three year contract to supply 550 Double Deck bus kits to SBS Transit in Singapore.

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TreatTicket secures £1m of funding

Thursday 9 August 2012 by Ulster Business

Treatticket

Northern Ireland-based start-up TreatTicket.com has attracted significant funding and a heavyweight board as it bids to take on the big boys in the daily deals sector.

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A&L strengthens leadership team

Tuesday 7 August 2012 by Ulster Business

A&L

A&L Goodbody has announced five senior appointments at its Belfast office as part of ongoing plans for significant expansion in Northern Ireland in the coming years.

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Fund seeks startups for global stardom

Monday 6 August 2012 by Ulster Business

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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.

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Fitzwilliam Hotel appoints new Chef

Wednesday 1 August 2012 by Ulster Business

Fitzwilliam Michael

Michael Dargan has been appointed Head Chef at contemporary boutique hotel The Fitzwilliam Belfast – one of Condé Nast Traveller ' Hot List' of 66 hotels worldwide.

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Giant wave of events for 20th Oyster Festival

Tuesday 31 July 2012 by Ulster Business

World Oyster Eating Chamption   Colin Shirlow

The Hillsborough International Oyster Festival is celebrating its 20th year with a giant wave of events during the four-day Festival, taking place from 6-9th September 2012.

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Asidua to supports NICHS Belfast respiratory support groups

Tuesday 24 July 2012 by Ulster Business

AISUDA TO SUPPORT BELFAST RESPIRATORY SUPPORT GROUPS

Asidua has adopted NI Chest Heart and Stroke as their charity of the year pledging to raise £10,000 to support the local health charities Respiratory Support Groups in Belfast.

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McConkey to head Ulster Commercial Property Lawyers’ Association

Monday 23 July 2012 by Ulster Business

Dawson McConkey

Belfast-based Property Partner Dawson McConkey at international law firm Pinsent Masons has been appointed chair of the Northern Ireland Commercial Property Lawyers’ Association

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Thank Fitz it's friday set to kick the weekend off in style

Thursday 19 July 2012 by Ulster Business

Fitzwilliam

The Fitzwilliam Belfast, is launching a series of new music evenings to rival those of other capital cities around the world.

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Aged oak barrel cocktails brewing at the merchant hotel

Thursday 19 July 2012 by Ulster Business

Merchant

UK’s best hotel using innovative barrels to create signature cocktails, gin & whiskey

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Aer Lingus switches to City Airport

Thursday 19 July 2012 by Ulster Business

Lingus general pic

Aer Lingus has confirmed it is to move its Northern Ireland operation to George Best Belfast City Airport from Belfast International Airport later this year.

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Deadline approaches for chartered marketer status

Wednesday 18 July 2012 by Ulster Business

CIM Chartered Marketer 1

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.

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How an MBA can advance your career and your business

Tuesday 17 July 2012 by Ulster Business

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Are you considering an MBA? Or the value in supporting an employee to attain one? If so this breakfast seminar is for you

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Are you a 'Best Managed' company?

Tuesday 17 July 2012 by Ulster Business

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Business advisory firm Deloitte is encouraging local companies to submit their applications for the 2013 Best Managed Companies Awards Programme.

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ShredBank aims for sweet win to benefit Prince's Trust

Wednesday 11 July 2012 by Ulster Business

ShredBank

Local company ShredBank aiming for a sweet win after being nominated for the 2012 Nectar Business Contribution to the Community award.

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NI companies in joint solar venture

Monday 9 July 2012 by Ulster Business

Solar panels 2

Amber Green Energy, a dynamic renewable energy company in Co Armagh, has joined forces with a Co. Down solar installation specialist.

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Allianz Arts & Business Northern Ireland Awards 2013 Launched

Friday 6 July 2012 by Ulster Business

Allianz A B NI Awards 2013 launch

Arts & Business Northern Ireland have launched the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2013

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Bond wins Recruitment Team of the Year

Friday 6 July 2012 by Ulster Business

Bond

Bond Search & Selection were named ‘Recruitment Team of the Year 2012’ at the recent Irish News Workplace & Employment Awards

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Spanwall appointed by ALUCOBOND

Thursday 5 July 2012 by Ulster Business

Alucobond 1

Belfast based architectural specialist Spanwall, has been appointed as approved fabricator in Ireland for the global market leading composite brand ALUCOBOND

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Not “hanging about”

Thursday 5 July 2012 by Ulster Business

Resource Zipline Challenge

Resource Employees help raise money for Make-A-Wish Foundation UK

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Connect Telecom supports Marie Curie

Wednesday 4 July 2012 by Ulster Business

Marie Curie   Alex Attwood

Connect Telecom announced Marie Curie Cancer Care as their charity partner of choice this month

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British Airways are back

Wednesday 4 July 2012 by Ulster Business

British Airways Belfast

British Airways begins scheduled services between Belfast City and London Heathrow

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UK first for University of Ulster Business School

Tuesday 3 July 2012 by Ulster Business

UU Business School

University of Ulster’s Business School becomes the first university in the UK to gain UK recognition of its BSc (Hons) Finance and Investment Analysis degree

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Assembly’s ETI Committee visit NIACE

Friday 29 June 2012 by Ulster Business

ETI

The Northern Ireland Assembly’s Enterprise, Trade and Investment Committee recently visited NIACE, the Northern Ireland Advanced Composites and Engineering Research facility

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Co Armagh firm pitch perfect in Ukraine

Thursday 28 June 2012 by Ulster Business

Olympic Stadium Kiev 2

A Portadown company has played a key role in making this weekend’s Euro 2012 final in Ukraine possible after completing work on Kiev's Olympic Stadium.

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Frustration over corporation tax delay

Wednesday 27 June 2012 by Ulster Business

Nodder

Business groups have expressed frustration that a decision on the devolution of corporation tax has been put off until September.

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CME Group to create up to 100 jobs

Tuesday 26 June 2012 by Ulster Business

Cme new

US financial services firm CME Group has confirmed plans to create between 80 and 100 jobs in the next year at its new technology development and support centre in Belfast.

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First Trust partners with Legal & General

Monday 25 June 2012 by Ulster Business

FTB   Legal and General

First Trust is partnering with Legal & General to make a range of Legal & General’s protection, investment and pension products available from its financial consultants.

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All systems go for social gaming business

Friday 22 June 2012 by Ulster Business

Webgogamingo

A Northern Ireland-based technology company has secured investment to fund the launch of an innovative web platform that it believes could shake up the social gaming market.

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Finance gap hindering growth and investment

Thursday 21 June 2012 by Ulster Business

Ian Coultersmall

The Executive should consider making an extra £25m-£30m a year available to support venture capital funds as a supplement to bank lending, according to a leading business group.

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You’ve won the export sale – now how do you execute it?

Thursday 21 June 2012 by Ulster Business

Alison Young

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

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Wasteland ‘blocking 350 airport jobs’

Thursday 21 June 2012 by Ulster Business

Airport katy

A planning clause relating to wasteland within the grounds of George Best Belfast City Airport is standing in the way of up to 350 jobs, the airport has claimed.

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Do we have the skills to pay the bills?

Thursday 21 June 2012 by Ulster Business

Farry

Skills shortages in key areas will have to be addressed to meet the needs of businesses that could be attracted to Northern Ireland by a lower rate of corporation tax, according to a new report.

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Green win for Co Down firm over GB competitors

Wednesday 20 June 2012 by Ulster Business

Castelwellan

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.

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Barclay Communications and O2 announce the All Ireland tariff

Wednesday 20 June 2012 by Ulster Business

Britt Megahey

O2 Centre of Excellence, Barclay Communications and O2 announce a pioneering new collaboration between the two companies by announcing the All Ireland tariff.

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At the top of their game

Wednesday 20 June 2012 by Ulster Business

A L Goodbody

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

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Belfast Harbour to be renewables hub

Wednesday 20 June 2012 by Ulster Business

Belfast Harbour

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.

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More directors to choose bankruptcy

Wednesday 20 June 2012 by Ulster Business

Law Insolvency

Statistics show that the numbers of personal insolvencies remain high, and the pace is showing no sign of slowing, according to one leading solicitor in the field

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Belfast can be on the legal A-list

Wednesday 20 June 2012 by Ulster Business

Paul Tweed

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

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Innovation in the Knowledge Economy

Wednesday 20 June 2012 by Ulster Business

NISP

The Northern Ireland Science Park presents a real story from the frontline of innovation

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IoD launches 2012 Director of the Year Awards

Wednesday 20 June 2012 by Ulster Business

IoD

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster was on hand to launch the 2012-13 Institute of Directors (IoD) NI Director of the Year Awards.

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Young innovators highlight popularity of STEM

Wednesday 20 June 2012 by Ulster Business

Sentinus

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)

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What's the secret to social media success?

Tuesday 19 June 2012 by Ulster Business

Simply Zesty

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

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International law firm Pinsent Masons now open in Belfast

Tuesday 19 June 2012 by Ulster Business

Profile

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

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Putting Export First

Tuesday 19 June 2012 by Ulster Business

Interview

Mark Nodder, the new President of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce, talks to Ulster Business about the Chamber’s ongoing focus on helping local firms to export successfully around the world

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Leading in changing times

Tuesday 19 June 2012 by Ulster Business

Analysis

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

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easyJet adds extra Belfast flights

Monday 18 June 2012 by Ulster Business

Pagoda easyjet plane

Low cost airline easyJet has announced plans to introduce extra flights from Belfast on routes including Edinburgh, London and Manchester.

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Celebrating Northern Ireland's online success

Friday 15 June 2012 by Ulster Business

DANI Awards Launch Pic 2012

The best of Northern Ireland’s digital talent will be competing for awards success at the second annual DANI Awards this autumn.

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Entrepreneurs creating jobs and growth

Friday 15 June 2012 by Ulster Business

Irish team arrive

While other businesses struggle to create jobs, entrepreneur led companies expanded their workforce by 16% in 2011, according to the findings of a survey by Ernst & Young.

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Todd Architects opens London office

Wednesday 13 June 2012 by Ulster Business

London office 1

Todd Architects has marked the opening of a new London office by securing two significant commissions in the city.

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Fridays at the fitz

Wednesday 13 June 2012 by Ulster Business

Fitzwilliam

The Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast, held its first Fridays at the Fitz event of 2012 event on 8th June.

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Crossgar Foodservice bought by Sysco Corp

Wednesday 13 June 2012 by Ulster Business

Crossgar

US food distribution company Sysco Corporation has signed an agreement to buy Co Down-based Crossgar Foodservice for an undisclosed sum.

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Business jet order for Bombardier

Tuesday 12 June 2012 by Ulster Business

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Aerospace manufacturer Bombardier has received an order for up to 275 of its Challenger business jets, which are partly made in Belfast.

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Charles Hurst acquires Fleet Financial

Tuesday 12 June 2012 by Ulster Business

Fleet pic

Car retailer Charles Hurst has announced the acquisition of Northern Ireland's leading contact hire and fleet management company Fleet Financial.

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Hughes Insurance still recruiting

Tuesday 12 June 2012 by Ulster Business

Hughes Insurance

Hughes Insurance has announced it is in the process of recruiting 20 staff to support its ongoing expansion.

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Water brand signs Irish Open deal

Tuesday 12 June 2012 by Ulster Business

Ballygowan Sponsor

Ballygowan Natural Mineral Water has announced a new and exclusive three year agreement with The European Tour as the official water and soft drinks partner to the Irish Open.

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Golf tourism can revitalise retail economy

Tuesday 12 June 2012 by Ulster Business

Bramble   star of NITB ad campaign

Dr Peter Bolan and Dr Karise Hutchinson from the Ulster Business School believe golf tourism creates a big opportunity for retailers.

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First Trust launches new business support fund

Tuesday 12 June 2012 by Ulster Business

First Trust

First Trust Bank has launched a new £50m Business Support Fund, specifically designed to support Northern Ireland’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

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From rat race to race track

Monday 11 June 2012 by Ulster Business

Deloitte spinathon

Office workers and city centre shoppers are being urged to ‘wheelie’ make a difference by signing up for the Deloitte Disability Sport NI Spinathon on Friday 22nd June at Belfast City Hall

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Ulster Bank takes centre stage at the MAC

Thursday 7 June 2012 by Ulster Business

MAC annouce partnership with Ulster Bank

The MAC has announced a two year partnership deal with Ulster Bank which will see them become a key sponsor of the new arts venue in Belfast.

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£2M refurbishment for Ballymena hotel

Tuesday 29 May 2012 by Ulster Business

Adair Arms

The Adair Arms Hotel in Ballymena officially re-opens after a £2M refurbishment, which sees new jobs created.

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2012 Aer Lingus Viscount Awards

Monday 28 May 2012 by Ulster Business

Viscount 1

Photos from the 2012 Viscount Awards in the Corinthian Hotel, London

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Professional Accounting Qualifications

Monday 28 May 2012 by Ulster Business

Uuj bs

The Department of Accounting are hosting A Breakfast Insight Event - for ACCA & CIMA Professional Accounting Qualifications.

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Bushmills joins Irish Open sponsors

Thursday 24 May 2012 by Ulster Business

Bushmills Irish Open 001

Bushmills Irish Whiskey has become the latest brand to add its name to the list of sponsors for this year’s Irish Open golf tournament.

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Tech in focus at Enterprise Week event

Thursday 24 May 2012 by Ulster Business

Boi tech

Using technology to help SMEs expand their business was the theme of a Bank of Ireland seminar attended by 150 people during the bank's Enterprise Week

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Best businesses in NI rewarded for promoting East-West economic ties

Thursday 24 May 2012 by Ulster Business

Viscount

This week saw eight Northern Irish companies rewarded for helping sustain the economic ties that have been developed between NI and Great Britain

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Jubilee Hour

Wednesday 23 May 2012 by Ulster Business

BEACH TIDY

This week sees the launch of the Jubilee Hour Project where people will be asked to volunteer 60 minutes of their time

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Local social entrepreneurs awarded Arthur Guinness Fund

Wednesday 23 May 2012 by Ulster Business

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County Armagh social entrepreneurs awarded €50,000 by the 2012 Arthur Guinness Fund

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Spain: A 21 Billion Euro export opportunity

Tuesday 22 May 2012 by Ulster Business

Mcniece

Presentation on opportunities in the Spanish food and drinks sector on the 11th June

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Saddle Up! Belfast poised for the return of Polo in the City

Monday 21 May 2012 by Ulster Business

Polo In The City

Following the sell-out success of last year's inaugural Polo In The City, this exciting sporting and social event will return in 2012

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British Airways launches Las Vegas route from Gatwick

Monday 21 May 2012 by Ulster Business

BA LOGO

British Airways has launched another new high rolling route for Northern Ireland passengers from Gatwick with the start of services to Las Vegas from 29th October this year.

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Line up announced for Guinness International Blues on the Bay festival

Monday 21 May 2012 by Ulster Business

Blues on the Bay

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.

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Leading businesses join forces to look at the future for good business

Thursday 17 May 2012 by Ulster Business

BITC

Leading, responsible businesses in Northern Ireland come together with Business in the Community

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Thompson's puts the 'T' in Titanic

Thursday 17 May 2012 by Ulster Business

thompsons tea

Thompson’s Family Teas Secure Exclusive Deal with Titanic Belfast

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Two more sponsors for Irish Open

Thursday 17 May 2012 by Ulster Business

MOY PARK GOLF

Two of Northern Ireland’s largest food companies have signed up as official sponsors of next month’s Irish Open golf tournament.

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Financial firm sets up Belfast office

Wednesday 16 May 2012 by Ulster Business

Financial services jobs

Outsourced fund administration business Augentius is to establish a centre in Belfast, which will employ up to 164 professional staff by the end of 2014.

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Airtricity to acquire Phoenix Supply

Wednesday 16 May 2012 by Ulster Business

Airtricity acquires Phoenix Supply PhotoFinal

Airtricity has moved into the Northern Ireland gas market after agreeing to purchase the supply business of Phoenix Gas.

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The outlook is good for Down Royal

Wednesday 16 May 2012 by Ulster Business

Down Royal

Down Royal Racecourse is set to unveil its latest £40k investment this summer at the Magners Derby Race Day

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It’s ‘now or never’ for corporation tax

Wednesday 16 May 2012 by Ulster Business

NI Corporation Tax announcement 6

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.

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'Growth champions' key to NI economy

Tuesday 15 May 2012 by Ulster Business

Peter Torrens3

A small fraction of Northern Irish SME businesses play a huge role in the health of the economy, according to new research from Santander Corporate Banking.

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Alternative Transport Fuels Conference

Tuesday 15 May 2012 by Ulster Business

Alternative Transport

On June 22nd 2012 Action Renewables hosts the 'Alternative Transport Fuels' Conference

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Northern Bank rebranded as Danske

Thursday 10 May 2012 by Ulster Business

Northern Bank

Northern Bank is to change its name as part of a re-organisation by its parent company, Denmark-based Danske Bank.

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Council to reveal social media success stories

Thursday 10 May 2012 by Ulster Business

Social

Belfast City Council is giving an insight into their social media activity at a seminar later this month organised by The Chartered Institute of Marketing.

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Charities don’t need to go it alone

Thursday 10 May 2012 by Ulster Business

Charity

Sarah Quinlan, Executive Officer at the Children’s Heartbeat Trust outlines the importance of building solid partnerships between charities and private sector organisations that benefit both parties.

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Not just mobile

Thursday 10 May 2012 by Ulster Business

Barclay Comms

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

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Rebirth of a city

Thursday 10 May 2012 by Ulster Business

City of Culture

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

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The problem with progress

Thursday 10 May 2012 by Ulster Business

Social Media

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

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Belfast’s Cultural Hub

Thursday 10 May 2012 by Ulster Business

Cathedral Quarter

The Cathedral Quarter has been a huge success story for Belfast, and with further development in the works could become even more important for the city, writes Amanda Poole

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If the economy is the priority... could someone please tell DRD

Thursday 10 May 2012 by Ulster Business

If the economy is the priority....

John Simpson casts a critical eye over the Department of Regional Development’s recently released Development Strategy and finds more than a little cause for concern

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Financial advice that makes sense

Thursday 10 May 2012 by Ulster Business

KWM

Ulster Business speaks to Jonathan Finlay of KWM and David Lamb from St. James’s Place Wealth Management about why KWM has become a Partner Practice in St. James’s Place

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Brewin Dolphin are Irish Open sponsors

Wednesday 9 May 2012 by Ulster Business

Irish open

Investment management firm Brewin Dolphin have been confirmed as an official sponsor of this year’s Irish Open at Royal Portrush.

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Independent thinking

Wednesday 9 May 2012 by Ulster Business

GerryProfile

Most local design agencies can’t count London-based national newspaper groups as clients, but Belfast-based Patterson Design Associates aspires to be a bit different, says MD Gerry Patterson

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Causeway countdown

Wednesday 9 May 2012 by Ulster Business

Causeway interview

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.

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Bank of Ireland launches Enterprise Week

Wednesday 9 May 2012 by Ulster Business

Enterprise week

Bank of Ireland has launched its fifth Enterprise Week in Northern Ireland as part of its commitment to actively support business growth.

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Local Artisans offered sales opportunity in Tesco stores as part of Balmoral Show initiative

Wednesday 9 May 2012 by Ulster Business

Clandeboye

Local artisan food producers are being offered a unique chance to get their products in front of thousands of consumers with a new initiative being launched by Tesco at this year’s Balmoral Show.

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House prices to fall further

Wednesday 9 May 2012 by Ulster Business

Property signs

House prices in Northern Ireland continued to slip last month, and while there were some encouraging signs, most surveyors expect prices to fall further in coming months.

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Wallace team are top Young Entrepreneurs

Friday 4 May 2012 by Ulster Business

Company of the Year

Young Enterprise Northern Ireland has celebrated the successes of almost 1,500 student entrepreneurs at its annual ‘Company of the Year’ awards ceremony.

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bmibaby pulls out of Belfast

Friday 4 May 2012 by Ulster Business

Bmibaby   Belfast

It has been confirmed that low cost airline bmibaby will cease flying from George Best Belfast City Airport next month.

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Aer Lingus narrows 1Q loss

Thursday 3 May 2012 by Ulster Business

Mueller

Aer Lingus has reported a loss for the first quarter of 2012, but the result was a significant improvement on the same period last year.

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BT contact centre creates 120 jobs

Thursday 3 May 2012 by Ulster Business

Btjobs

BT has chosen Northern Ireland as the location for a new contact centre which will bring around 120 jobs to Belfast.

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Calling all Young Leaders

Thursday 3 May 2012 by Ulster Business

Young leaders launch

The search is on for Northern Ireland’s Young Leader of the Year 2012, with the award to be made at the first Young Leaders Conference on May 25th at Riddel Hall in Belfast.

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British Airways marks 85 years of inflight service

Wednesday 2 May 2012 by Ulster Business

Steward

On May 1, 2012, it will be 85 years since the first inflight meal service on a commercial aircraft and food in the air has come a long way since then.

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Digital Award is music to NITB's ears

Wednesday 2 May 2012 by Ulster Business

NITB MTV EMA

NITB celebrate being awarded the Best in Soical Media at the Digital Media Awards 2012

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Plenty of options 'on the table' for charities

Tuesday 1 May 2012 by Ulster Business

On the table

Over 70 representatives from charities across Northern Ireland were recently hosted by Edwards & Co. Solicitors at the first business event in the newly-opened MAC.

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Bank of Ireland branches out

Tuesday 1 May 2012 by Ulster Business

Bank of Ireland Opens Doors

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.

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Mount Charles expands into GB

Tuesday 1 May 2012 by Ulster Business

Moye Mount Charles  Exeter Airport 1

Northern Ireland company The Mount Charles Group has confirmed the expansion of its retail brand into Great Britain in an investment worth more than £250,000.

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Going for broke

Tuesday 1 May 2012 by Ulster Business

Game

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.

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Volunteer now and prepare employees for retirement

Monday 30 April 2012 by Ulster Business

Volunteer Now

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.

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US firm makes £2.5m R&D investment

Monday 30 April 2012 by Ulster Business

Macom3

An American-owned high tech firm is investing £2.5m in a major research and development project at its Belfast site.

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The highs and lows of the Chancellor’s budget

Thursday 26 April 2012 by Ulster Business

Richard Ramsey and Lesley Austin

A series of tax seminars delivered by Cavanagh Kelly on the highs and lows of the Chancellor’s budget

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DJ Frodo in the mix

Wednesday 25 April 2012 by Ulster Business

Elijah Wood

Actor Elijah Wood of DJ Wooden Wisdom to perform at ‘Bushmills Live’ this summer

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Bright news for Decora Blinds

Wednesday 25 April 2012 by Ulster Business

DECORA BLINDS MCOOPER2

Lisburn company Decora Blind Systems has announced it is creating 79 new jobs with support from Invest NI’s Jobs Fund.

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Collect for Special Olympics Ulster

Friday 20 April 2012 by Ulster Business

Allstate SOU Collection Day 2

There is just one week left to register your company to take part in the Special Olympics Ulster Annual Collection Day, which will take place on April 27.

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Consumer confidence edges up

Friday 20 April 2012 by Ulster Business

Angela McGowan  Chief Economist at Northern Bank

Confidence among local consumers increased slightly in the first quarter of 2012, according to the latest report from Northern Bank.

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No improvement in jobs figures

Wednesday 18 April 2012 by Ulster Business

Job centre

The number of people joining dole queues in Northern Ireland edged up again in March, although the province’s overall unemployment rate held steady.

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Tamboran welcomes UK fracking report

Wednesday 18 April 2012 by Ulster Business

Ireland Leases

An Australian firm hoping to drill for shale gas in Fermanagh has welcomed a UK report approving “fracking” - but opposition to its proposals remains strong.

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Saddle up for a 15 year celebration

Tuesday 17 April 2012 by Ulster Business

15th Year Race Evening Photo

On Friday 1st June Barclay Communications will officially celebrate their 15th year in business at their annual Down Royal Race Evening.

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Dubai deal for Ulster Carpets

Tuesday 17 April 2012 by Ulster Business

Nicky Head Shot Final

Ulster Carpets has secured a prestigious international contract to supply more than 11,000 sq metres of carpet to the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai.

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Games contract won by JPR

Tuesday 17 April 2012 by Ulster Business

Firegameslogo

The world’s biggest multi-sport event after the Summer Olympics and the World Masters Games has appointed Belfast-based PR provider JPR.

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CIM Ireland Data Protection Event

Monday 16 April 2012 by Ulster Business

data protection

Doing it Right – protecting your customer’s data on Tuesday 24th April.

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Get ready to SpringUp

Monday 16 April 2012 by Ulster Business

Springup

Designers, engineers and marketers are being invited to take part in a unique event this weekend which will challenge them to develop a product and pitch to investors.

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NI economic activity slips again

Monday 16 April 2012 by Ulster Business

Ramsey

Private sector business activity in Northern Ireland saw its fastest decline in nearly three years in the month of March, according to figures released today.

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Saint Anne’s Square welcomes new tenants

Friday 13 April 2012 by Ulster Business

St. Annes Square

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.

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Northern Bank wins award for second year running

Friday 13 April 2012 by Ulster Business

Northern Bank Dealmaker 2

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.

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Clean sweep for Robinson Services

Thursday 12 April 2012 by Ulster Business

Robinson Services pic

A Northern Ireland firm that provides business services to companies across the UK has announced the acquisition of over 180 cleaning contracts from another local provider.

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David Healy thanks Asidua for their ‘Big Impression’ with TinyLife!

Thursday 12 April 2012 by Ulster Business

Tinylife

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.

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Tourism spend in NI on the up

Thursday 12 April 2012 by Ulster Business

Tourism spend in NI on the up

Overseas visitors spent an estimated £368m in Northern Ireland during 2011, an increase of 20% compared with the previous year, according to official statistics.

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Ulster Business School Master Class

Thursday 12 April 2012 by Ulster Business

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Engaging with Business Collaborative Networks - Learning from Contemporary Practice in Northern Ireland and Denmark

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Volunteers needed to help seniors surf the web

Thursday 12 April 2012 by Ulster Business

Guess who’s signed up first for Silver Surfers’ Day?

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.

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A Sound Vision

Wednesday 11 April 2012 by Ulster Business

Cover Story- James Conlon

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

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Why cash is still king in property

Wednesday 11 April 2012 by Mark Carron, Associate Director, Osborne King Commercial Property Consultants

Osborne King

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.

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Good at food

Wednesday 11 April 2012 by Ulster Business

Tony O Neill

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

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Are local businesses ready to grow?

Wednesday 11 April 2012 by Ulster Business

John Simpson

Export targets in the Executive’s Economic Strategy are certainly ambitious, but are they merely aspirational or can they be met, asks John Simpson

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Re-inventing Northern Ireland's economy: lessons from abroad

Wednesday 11 April 2012 by Ulster Business

Other Countries

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?

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Opportunity knocks for aspiring entrepreneurs

Wednesday 11 April 2012 by Ulster Business

Spinelli

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

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Time for our close-up?

Wednesday 11 April 2012 by Ulster Business

Creative Industries

Stephen McVey looks behind the recent success of Northern Ireland’s screen and television industry and finds there’s much more to the industry than the HBO series Game of Thrones

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JamPot go large in Texas

Wednesday 11 April 2012 by Ulster Business

JamPot

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.

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Scotland the key to CT decision

Wednesday 11 April 2012 by Ulster Business

Budget

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.

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Chain Reaction plans 30 new jobs

Friday 6 April 2012 by Ulster Business

Chain Reaction plans 30 new jobs

Online retailer Chain Reaction Cycles is planning to create another 30 jobs at its Doagh headquarters to deal with continued growth in sales.

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'RMS Merchant' docks in Belfast for Titanic month

Friday 6 April 2012 by Stuart Hackney

RMS Merchant

UK’s best hotel celebrates Titanic makeover with month of special events

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Raising The Titanic in Victoria Square

Friday 6 April 2012 by Ulster Business

Raising the Titanic in Victoria Square

Spectacular sculpture of the Titanic made from over 14,000 balloons unveiled in Victoria Square

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Nomadic central to Titanic story

Thursday 5 April 2012 by Ulster Business

Titanic Tender

Tourism Minister Arlene Foster, Nelson McCausland and Dr Denis Rooney view the progress of reconstruction work currently being carried out on SS Nomadic.

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Chain Reaction Cycles announce support of Action Cancer

Thursday 5 April 2012 by Ulster Business

Chain Reaction

Chain Reaction Cycles have announced Action Cancer as their Northern Ireland charity partner for the next three years.

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Microsoft ‘could fill Belfast office space’

Thursday 5 April 2012 by Ulster Business

Microsoft

All of Belfast’s available grade A office space combined would be needed to meet a single requirement issued in Dublin this week, according to one local property agent.

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Double award win for Tughans

Wednesday 4 April 2012 by Ulster Business

Tughans

Belfast law firm Tughans landed a significant double at this year's Northern Ireland Dealmaker of the Year Awards.

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Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and WIB NI joint networking event

Wednesday 4 April 2012 by Ulster Business

Women in Business/ Chamber of Commerce

Women in Business and Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce hold joint annual networking event

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Sophia Search finds business in US

Wednesday 4 April 2012 by Ulster Business

Sophia Search

Sophia Search has marked the launch of its new ‘Digital Librarian’ product with the announcement of four new contracts in the US publishing and government sectors.

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Blistering first half for Sepha

Tuesday 3 April 2012 by Ulster Business

Blistering first half for sepha

Belfast-based pharmaceutical engineering company, Sepha Ltd, has announced a strong half-year sales performance for the six months ended March 2012.

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Sunny Spain baby

Tuesday 3 April 2012 by Ulster Business

bmibaby

The first passengers travel on bmibaby's inaugural flight from Belfast City Airport to Palma.

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Local to global brands come together

Monday 2 April 2012 by Ulster Business

Local to global brands come together

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.

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CP Hire wins top UK award

Monday 2 April 2012 by Ulster Business

CP Hire Award

Local company reveals passion and pride with top UK Award and launch of first GB base

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Diageo creates 39 new jobs in Belfast

Monday 2 April 2012 by Ulster Business

Diageo creates 39 new jobs in Belfast

Diageo Northern Ireland has announced that it is creating 39 jobs at its Boucher Road site in South Belfast which will house Diageo’s entire customer service support team.

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Ulster establishes learning partnership with resource

Friday 30 March 2012 by Ulster Business

Prof J McCoy and Resource

The University of Ulster’s Business School has established an innovative partnership with leading support services company, resource, that will help develop employees management and leadership skills.

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6000 ‘Tasty Careers’ in NI food and drink manufacturing

Friday 30 March 2012 by Ulster Business

Tasty Careers

Year 11 pupils from Sullivan Upper School in Holywood help Geoff Lamb, NI Operations Manager, Improve to launch this year’s Tasty Careers campaign.

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Get a sneak preview of Titanic Belfast

Tuesday 27 March 2012 by Ulster Business

Get a sneak peak at titanic belfast

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.

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INCredibles take the title

Monday 26 March 2012 by Ulster Business

PANI QUIZ Bryan Gallagher and Orla Ross Q Radio  Tony Axon PANI Chair Navigator Blue

Some of the best known names from the world of Advertising, Media and PR pitted themselves against each other at the 5th annual P.A.N.I. Quiz, held in the Penthouse at the Europa Hotel.

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Sizzling HOT speakers confirmed for IFEX 2012

Monday 26 March 2012 by Ulster Business

Sizzling HOT speakers confirmed for IFEX 2012

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.

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We can be business All Blacks, says CBI chairman

Friday 23 March 2012 by Ulster Business

We could be business All Blacks

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.

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Smooth Move to Build Business

Friday 23 March 2012 by Ulster Business

Tennents Caledonia Smooth

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.

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Five Stars for Merchant’s Renewable Energy Switch

Thursday 22 March 2012 by Ulster Business

Five Stars for Merchant’s Renewable Energy Switch

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.

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Music Fundraiser Voted a Big Hit

Thursday 22 March 2012 by Stuart Hackney

NMTB 2012 Gold Winner

‘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.

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New round of BITES programme open for recruitment

Thursday 22 March 2012 by Stuart Hackney

New round of BITES programme open for recruitment

Businesses across Belfast can once again benefit from making environmental cost savings in their workplace while boosting profits at the same time.

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Sainsbury's Chief starts Sport Relief Mile Challenge in NI

Thursday 22 March 2012 by Ulster Business

Sainsbury’s Chief in Belfast for Sport Relief

Colleagues from Sainsbury’s Northern Ireland have literally ‘Gone the Extra Mile’ in fundraising efforts for Sport Relief this year

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Local Companies Rewarded for Contribution to Renewable Energy Industry

Thursday 22 March 2012 by Ulster Business

The Action Renewables Green Goddess

Local Companies Rewarded for Contribution to Renewable Energy Industry

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Mixed NI business reaction to the Budget

Wednesday 21 March 2012 by Ulster Business

NI business gives mixed reaction to Budget

Chancellor George Osborne’s Budget has drawn a mixed reaction from the Northern Ireland business community.

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CAUS chairman calls for bold new vision

Friday 16 March 2012 by Ulster Business

CAUS chairman calls for bold new vision

The key to success for Northern Ireland’s economy is having the confidence to aim high and be different, believes the Chairman of the Chartered Accountants Ulster Society.

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Join the Titanic Yardmen Cycle on the 1st April

Friday 16 March 2012 by Ulster Business

Join the Titanic Yardmen Cycle on April 1

Cyclists and walkers in Belfast are being urged to ‘step back in time’ to the days of the Titanic and raise funds for a worthy cause.

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Exporting Excellence

Friday 16 March 2012 by Ulster Business

Exporting Excellence

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.

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Victoria Square sets sail with RNLI charity partnership

Thursday 15 March 2012 by Ulster Business

Victoria Square RNLI Partnership

Victoria Square has launched an exciting partnership with the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution), setting a target to raise £30,000 to support the charity’s work saving lives at sea.

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Council takes strategic initiatives

Thursday 15 March 2012 by Ulster Business

Belfast City Council takes strategic initiatives

John Simpson finds there is much to praise in Belfast City Council’s recently announced investment package and plans for economic regeneration of the city

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Becoming a global digital player

Thursday 15 March 2012 by Ulster Business

Why we can become a global digital player

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

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We have built it, will they come?

Thursday 15 March 2012 by Ulster Business

We have built it will they come

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

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Has Mary got a prayer?

Thursday 15 March 2012 by Ulster Business

Has mary got a prayer

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.

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Not just for show

Thursday 15 March 2012 by Ulster Business

Not just for show

Ahead of its opening next month, chief executive of the new Metropolitan Arts Centre Anne McReynolds spoke to Symon Ross about the economic benefits it will bring to Belfast.

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Is 2012 really the time for ‘our place’?

Thursday 15 March 2012 by Ulster Business

Is 2012 really the time for our place

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

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Ten years in the air for bmibaby

Thursday 15 March 2012 by Ulster Business

Ten Years in the Air for BMI

Leading low cost airline, bmibaby, is this month celebrating its 10th birthday

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Multi-Platinum selling band Snow Patrol to Headline “Bushmills Live”

Thursday 15 March 2012 by Ulster Business

Snow Patrol- Bushmills Whiskey

Irish Whiskey has announced Snow Patrol as the first of a number of artists who will perform at BUSHMILLS Live - the handcrafted whiskey and music festival taking place at the Old BUSHMILLS Distillery

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ShredBank go by the book

Wednesday 14 March 2012 by Ulster Business

ShredBank announce Textbook Case Study

ShredBank are delighted to announce their inclusion as a case study in UK text book "Foundations in Marketing"

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Carnage on the High Street

Wednesday 14 March 2012 by Ulster Business

Carnage on the high street

The retail sector is going through unprecedented times with weekly if not daily news commentary about how difficult things are.

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Fitzwilliam Belfast – 3 years in business!

Wednesday 14 March 2012 by Ulster Business

Pictured at the third birthday celebrations are Siobhan O’Sullivan, Director of Sales and Marketing and Kris Smith, Head Concierge from the Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast.

On Friday 9th March, the Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast celebrated its third birthday in the luxurious surroundings of the hotel’s Penthouse.

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High time for Cake Break

Wednesday 14 March 2012 by Ulster Business

High Time for Cake Break

Celebrating the launch of the MS Society NI’s annual Cake Break fundraiser

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‘Supplier’s Day’ at NI Water

Wednesday 14 March 2012 by Stuart Hackney

Suppliers Day at NI Water

NI Water is inviting business suppliers to a ‘Supplier’s Day’ on Thursday 29 March 2012 from 9.30 to 14.30.

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Musgrave ‘Store of the Year’ announced

Wednesday 14 March 2012 by Stuart Hackney

Hegarty’s SuperValu Fintona also received a ‘Special Recognition’ Award at the Musgrave Retail Partners NI Store of the Year Awards, as well as winning SuperValu 'Store of the Year'

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Boots helps Northgate Quit in time for No Smoking Day

Wednesday 14 March 2012 by Ulster Business

Boots helps Northgate Quit in time for No Smoking Day

18 Northgate Managed Services employees have benefited from a workplace quit smoking clinic, delivered through a partnership between Boots, Abbeycentre and Workplace Smoking Cessation Service (WSCS)

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Spinning out

Monday 12 March 2012 by Ulster Business

Spinning out - and in

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

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Business Growth Fund wants to hear from Northern Irish firms

Monday 12 March 2012 by Symon Ross

Business Growth Fund wants to hear from Northern Irish firms

More fast growing Northern Irish companies should apply for investment from the UK-wide Business Growth Fund, according to one of the fund’s senior managers.

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Ulster's Year in Spotlight Welcomed By Event Tourism Expert

Saturday 10 March 2012 by Ulster Business

Una McMahon Beattie

The University of Ulster is bringing one of the world’s leading experts on event tourism to speak at a major conference during Northern Ireland’s year in the spotlight.

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Adelaide’s ambitions still on the rise

Wednesday 8 February 2012 by Ulster Business

Adelaides ambitions are still on the rise

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.

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O’Brien urges entrepreneurs to take businesses global

Wednesday 8 February 2012 by Ulster Business

O'Brien urges entrepreneurs to take businesses global

Northern Ireland’s entrepreneurs should resist selling their businesses too early and instead try to grow them into global businesses, according to one of Ireland’s most successful businessmen.

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Crescent aiming to launch third fund by end of Q2

Wednesday 8 February 2012 by Ulster Business

Crescent aiming to launch third fund by end of Q2

Crescent Capital is hoping its third fund will go live by the end of the second quarter this year.

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Living in a box

Wednesday 8 February 2012 by Ulster Business

Living in a box

Symon Ross reports on a new business planning to add a quirky variation to the increasingly diverse architecture on display around Northern Ireland.

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An honest wage?

Wednesday 8 February 2012 by Ulster Business

An honest wage

Mark Magill, senior economist at Oxford Economics, takes a closer look at the scale of wage imbalances that exist in Northern Ireland and the impact this could have on the wider economy in future.

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Into the danger zone, or just out of the comfort zone?

Wednesday 8 February 2012 by Ulster Business

Into the danger zone  or just out of the comfort zone?

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.

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