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NITB celebrates CEO’s achievements

Friday 20 December 2013 by Ulster Business

Northern Ireland Tourist Board Celebrates Alan's Achievements

The Northern Ireland Tourist Board is celebrating the achievements of its CEO Alan Clarke who was given one of the first ever Honorary Fellowship Awards by Belfast Metropolitan College.

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Young Adults Urged to ‘Think How You Drink’

Friday 20 December 2013 by Ulster Business

Young Adults Urged to 'Think How You Drink'

A new interactive campaign entitled 'Think How You Drink' has been launched by the PSNI, supported by Diageo Northern Ireland, to highlight the dangers of alcohol misuse among young adults in advance of the busy Christmas period.

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SDC keep on trucking with export sales

Thursday 19 December 2013 by Ulster Business

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Ulster Business talks to Mark Cuskeran from SDC Trailers about the resurgence of the company and its plans to increase sales in Europe in 2014.

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Harnessing the power of the diaspora

Thursday 19 December 2013 by Ulster Business

Interview Anita Sands

New York-based business woman Anita Sands believes there are big opportunities for Irish firms in North America and is passionate about helping them to achieve success, she tells Ulster Business.

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Kilkeel gears up for re-invention

Thursday 19 December 2013 by Ulster Business

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The Co. Down town of Kilkeel believes it can resolve the fishing vs offshore energy conundrum following the publication of a Blueprint for future economic development.

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NI house prices to rise 4% in 2014

Wednesday 18 December 2013 by Ulster Business

John Simpson

House prices in Northern Ireland will see growth of around four percent in 2014, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has predicted.

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Glowing future ahead for Vita Liberata

Wednesday 18 December 2013 by Ulster Business

Glowing future ahead for Vita Liberata

The Vita Liberata Ltd story is one of impressive growth. The company opened for business in 2003, launching a line of 'simple but clever' luxury tanning products in 2007 and has since gone from strength to strength.

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Online Hen or Stag Company Awarded Tourism Marketing Gold

Tuesday 17 December 2013 by Ulster Business

Online Hen or Stag Company Awarded Tourism Marketing Gold

Online Start-up HenorStag.com has good reason to be celebrating having scooped one of Ireland's most prestigious Tourism Marketing Excellence Awards. Notably beating off the £1.5 million 'Backin Belfast' Campaign.

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Black gold buoys Harland & Wolff

Saturday 14 December 2013 by Ulster Business

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One of the most famous brands in Northern Ireland is carving a new niche for itself in the oil and gas industry which will see its once thriving shipyards packed with workers again.

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A Christmas Carol Comedy Treat at Theatre at The Mill

Friday 13 December 2013 by Ulster Business

A Christmas Carol Comedy Treat at Theatre at The Mill

This year's Christmas comedy at Theatre at The Mill will be Eternally Scrooged, an adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic novel, A Christmas Carol.

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HBO lawyers to teach UU law course

Thursday 12 December 2013 by Ulster Business

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The University of Ulster has teamed up with some of the top lawyers representing and advising HBO, Sony, Paramount Pictures and the Discovery Channel for an exciting new international entertainment and media law course.

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SJC Hutchinson launches aerospace division

Thursday 12 December 2013 by Ulster Business

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Specialist laser engineering firm SJC Hutchinson Engineering is investing £3.6m in new technology and R&D in a bid to tap into the global aerospace industry.

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New film studios for Titanic Quarter

Thursday 12 December 2013 by Ulster Business

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The developers of Belfast's Titanic Quarter expect to make a planning application for two new movie studios before the end of the year, providing a massive boost to the Northern Ireland film industry.

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Fujitsu to create 192 jobs in Derry

Tuesday 10 December 2013 by Ulster Business

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Derry has been given a major economic boost with the news that Japanese-owned IT firm Fujitsu is to create close to 200 jobs in the city.

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EMS Recycle secure big order from Nigeria

Tuesday 10 December 2013 by Ulster Business

EMS Recycle secure big order from Nigeria

One of Northern Ireland's largest designers and manufacturers of specialist, large-scale recycling plant equipment, EMS Recycle, has delivered on its first big order to Africa after securing a major contract with a key Nigerian buyer.

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Work starts on £81m biomass plant

Tuesday 10 December 2013 by Ulster Business

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Work has started on an £81m biomass renewable power plant being built on a Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners site at Lisahally.

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Bank report shows economic improvement

Monday 9 December 2013 by Ulster Business

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The economic recovery gathered momentum last month as private sector firms saw an increase in activity and new orders, according to the Purchasing Managers Index report from Ulster Bank.

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Belfast creatives embrace crowdfunding

Thursday 5 December 2013 by Ulster Business

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Belfast based Little Thunder Co is the latest creative company to turn to crowdfunding site Kickstarter to raise finance for a project close to their hearts.

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Friday Night Lights

Thursday 5 December 2013 by Ulster Business

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Belfast's tech scene is bursting with talent and ideas but has lacked an event for its brightest young start-ups and entrepeneurs to meet up and network. With the launch of Friday Night Mashup, that's no longer going to be a problem.

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Down Royal supports Jonjo Bright Trust

Thursday 5 December 2013 by Ulster Business

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Down Royal Racecourse is holding a Boxing Day Fundraiser for the Jonjo Bright Trust and donating all the proceeds from the sale of an entire suite's tickets to the Trust.

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First Trust changes management team

Tuesday 3 December 2013 by Ulster Business

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First Trust Bank has announced changes to its senior management team which includes the appointment of Des Moore to the new role of Director of Personal and Business Banking.

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A Loud and Clear Message

Monday 2 December 2013 by Ulster Business

A Loud and Clear Message to Government

Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Ulster Business School at the University of Ulster recently hosted a breakfast discussion centred on business issues and how, or if, these are being translated into economic policy solutions.

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Fleet Financial sponsors Marie Curie

Monday 2 December 2013 by Ulster Business

Fleet Financial and Charles Hurst were proud sponsors of the Marie Curie Driving Challenge

Fleet Financial and Charles Hurst were proud sponsors of the Marie Curie Driving Challenge on 12 October. 141 participants took part in the first ever Driving Challenge at Balmoral Park, Lisburn.

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Ulster Business School Celebrates Student Success

Thursday 28 November 2013 by Ulster Business

Ulster Business School Celebrates Student Success

Eighteen accounting students from throughout Northern Ireland and China have received top awards from the Ulster Business School.

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The Beauty Business

Wednesday 27 November 2013 by Ulster Business

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Patricia Clarke, owner of Aura Day Spa, Lisburn Road, Belfast at the launch of the newly refurbished Aura Day Spa.

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Increase in number of ‘high growth’ NI firms

Monday 25 November 2013 by Ulster Business

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One in five enterprises in Northern Ireland can be described as "high growth" companies, according to a new report into the pace of business growth across the UK.

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Student debt drives up unsecured borrowing

Sunday 24 November 2013 by Ulster Business

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The average Northern Ireland household owes £8,159 in unsecured consumer debt, according to a new report from business advisers PwC.

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Significant increase in NI house sales

Sunday 24 November 2013 by Ulster Business

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The volume of house sales in Northern Ireland in the third quarter of this year rose by more than 20% from the second quarter, according to the latest University of Ulster Quarterly House Price Index.

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Bank of Ireland show Enterprise at Ravenhill

Thursday 21 November 2013 by Ulster Business

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Bank of Ireland UK hosted their flagship breakfast seminar for Enterprise Week at Ravenhill this week on the theme of 'Funding for Growth'.

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Retailer creates 40 jobs with FLS loan

Thursday 21 November 2013 by Ulster Business

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A County Antrim independent retailer is set to create up to 40 jobs with an investment of almost a quarter of a million pounds through the government-backed Funding for Lending Scheme

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Sophia investor named Business Angel of the year

Wednesday 20 November 2013 by Ulster Business

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Northern Ireland's Halo Business Angel of the Year 2013 was announced last night at a special Halo investment pitch event at Belfast City Hall.

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HeartSine lands Singapore contract

Wednesday 20 November 2013 by Ulster Business

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Northern Ireland defibrillator manufacturer HeartSine Technologies has landed a multi-million pound contract to supply life-saving defibrillators to the Singapore Ministry of Defence.

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Bombardier signs Oman Air repair deal

Monday 18 November 2013 by Ulster Business

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Bombardier has signed a new eight-year contract to undertake repair work for Oman Air, the latest in a series of positive announcements for its Belfast operations.

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Belfast ranks in UK’s top-10 cities

Sunday 17 November 2013 by Ulster Business

John Simpson

Belfast is one of the best UK cities to live in, according to a new report that ranks cities on their economic performance and their quality of life.

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Start-ups set for Friday Night Mashup

Friday 15 November 2013 by Ulster Business

Aaron Taylor

Hi-tech startups from across Northern Ireland are being urged to come forward and pitch their ideas at Northern Ireland's newest entrepreneurial support network.

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NI Chamber calls for Executive commitments

Friday 15 November 2013 by Ulster Business

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The president of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce has called on the Executive to keep campaigning for lower corporation tax, to improve planning and to work together to avoid a repeat of last year's flag protests.

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Lifting the lid on Venture Capital

Thursday 14 November 2013 by Ulster Business

Lifting the lid on Venture Capital

E-Synergy are aiming to demystify the venture capital process and speak to anyone interested in getting involved in the industry at an open evening on December 5.

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Swim Ireland makes the ultimate splash

Thursday 14 November 2013 by Ulster Business

Coca Thank You Fund Winners

Coca-Cola has revealed the winning recipients of this year's Thank You Fund totalling £100,000, three of which will carry out initiatives to promote healthy and active living in Northern Ireland.

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H&W hiring 600 workers for giant project

Thursday 14 November 2013 by Ulster Business

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The Harland and Wolff ship yard is bracing itself for the arrival of 600 additional workers to as it prepares to accommodate one of the tallest ever structures to visit Belfast, the Blackford Dolphin offshore exploration and drill platform.

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Unemployment fell again in October

Wednesday 13 November 2013 by Ulster Business

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Jobs figures have provided another sign the economic recovery is gathering pace, with the number of people claiming unemployment benefits down for the ninth month in a row.

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Business Thinking Rewired

Wednesday 13 November 2013 by Ulster Business

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Arts & Business NI's Business Thinking Rewired series aims to show how looking at business issues through the lens of culture can create amazing, meaningful business transformation.

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At the heart of local business

Wednesday 13 November 2013 by Ulster Business

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Ulster Business meets some of the senior team at BDO NI to hear how the firm has adapted to ensure it can play a central role in the business of its clients that goes way beyond just auditing their annual accounts.

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From Belfast to Trieste

Wednesday 13 November 2013 by Ulster Business

Giro D Italia

Winning the chance to bring cycling race the Giro d'Italia to Northern Ireland has been hailed as a real coup. But what is the likely value of staging part of the event in terms of tourism and what businesses will benefit from the race coming to these shores? Amanda Ferguson reports.

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To Err is... Managerial

Wednesday 13 November 2013 by Ulster Business

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To err is not human, it's managerial. Exploring the psychology of leadership, David Meade explains the top mistake every single manager is making in your organisation today.

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That's Entertainment

Wednesday 13 November 2013 by Ulster Business

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Ulster Business speaks to Belfast Giants general manager Todd Kelman to find out why and how the organisation has gone about packaging its sport as an entertaining night out for all the family.

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Building a future, one layer at a time

Wednesday 13 November 2013 by Ulster Business

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MATRIX panel member and materials technologist at Seagate Technology Rob Hardeman discusses the importance of Advanced Materials to the Northern Ireland economy.

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Belfast comes to Silicon Valley

Wednesday 13 November 2013 by Ulster Business

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Tim Brundle from University of Ulster reports on the recent tech mission which took some of the leading lights in Belfast’s technology sector to the home of hi-tech in California to mix it with the big boys.

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Taking pride in Ireland’s storytelling culture

Wednesday 13 November 2013 by Ulster Business

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Ulster Business catches up with Michael Barry, co-founder of the Toronto Irish Film Festival, in the latest of our NI Connections diaspora profiles.

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Reform: what’s on the agenda?

Wednesday 13 November 2013 by Ulster Business

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The need for Public Sector Reform has become Finance Minister Simon Hamilton's mantra since he took ministerial office, but what does he actually want to see happen? Symon Ross met him at Stormont to find out.

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Arts & Business awards shortlist announced

Wednesday 13 November 2013 by Ulster Business

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Arts & Business Northern Ireland has announced the eagerly awaited shortlist for the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2014.

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Ice cream company ‘scoops’ top prize

Wednesday 13 November 2013 by Ulster Business

Carrickfergus ice-cream company 'scoops' top prize and confirms record breaking summer

Life is 'sweet' for Mauds Ice Cream, which has won a top Irish food prize and revealed it had a record breaking summer thanks to a combination of sizzling sunshine, a re-brand and its reputation for delicious taste.

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Lack of office space costing NI investment

Tuesday 12 November 2013 by Ulster Business

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Northern Ireland is on the verge of losing out on foreign direct investment because of a worrying shortage of available Grade A office space, according to one of province's leading commercial property agents.

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New responsibility standard launched

Tuesday 12 November 2013 by Ulster Business

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Business in the Community has launched its new standard for responsible business in Northern Ireland.

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Connect to expand into Scottish market

Monday 11 November 2013 by Ulster Business

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Belfast-based telecoms firm Connect Telecom is set to create nine new jobs and expand into Scotland after securing financing from the Growth Loan Fund.

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PMI: Fastest employment rise in six years

Sunday 10 November 2013 by Ulster Business

Richard Ramsey

Output from private sector firms rose for the fourth consecutive month in October as companies also recorded a solid rise in employment, according to the latest Ulster Bank Northern Ireland PMI report.

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Building society merger under discussion

Thursday 7 November 2013 by Ulster Business

Darina Armstrong

The boards of Progressive Building Society and the City of Derry Building Society have agreed to merge the societies, subject to approval by their members and the financial regulator.

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Patisserie aiming for Belfast sweet spot

Thursday 7 November 2013 by Ulster Business

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The Northern Ireland bakery scene is set to be revamped this week as the Beannchor Group launches its newest venue, Patisserie Mimi.

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UTV to launch new Irish TV channel

Wednesday 6 November 2013 by Ulster Business

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Broadcaster UTV Media has announced plans to launch a new Irish TV channel which could create more than 100 jobs.

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Sixteen South sets sail for Driftwood Bay

Tuesday 5 November 2013 by Ulster Business

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Children's television company Sixteen South has officially launched its new animated series, Driftwood Bay, which has created 75 jobs in Belfast and is expected to be sold to over 100 countries by the end of next year.

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Ecommerce platform sails into new phase

Monday 4 November 2013 by Ulster Business

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Belfast-based Export Technologies has officially launched the latest version of its International Retail Platform – an e-commerce platform that helps businesses maximise their online sales potential.

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RBS won’t create external bad bank

Friday 1 November 2013 by Ulster Business

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The future of Ulster Bank was clearer this morning after its parent company Royal Bank of Scotland committed to being in the Irish market as it announced it won't be creating an external "bad bank" for its most risky loans.

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Jobs boost for Sainsbury’s in Derry

Thursday 31 October 2013 by Ulster Business

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Supermarket chain Sainsbury's is to recruit 64 new permanent and temporary staff at its Strand Road store in Derry/Londonderry to coincide with a multi-million pound upgrade to the store.

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Danske Bank back in profit for Q1-Q3

Thursday 31 October 2013 by Ulster Business

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Danske Bank in Northern Ireland has announced that it moved back into profit for the first nine months of the year, driven by reduced bad loans on its books and an improvement in its underlying business.

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Fewer NI firms facing financial distress

Wednesday 30 October 2013 by Ulster Business

Joan Houston

The number of Northern Ireland firms facing critical financial distress sharply declined in the third quarter of the year, according to a Red Flag Alert Report published by business rescue and recovery company Begbies Traynor.

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Belfast International celebrates 50th anniversary

Monday 28 October 2013 by Ulster Business

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Belfast International Airport has unveiled a special exhibition in itslandside departures area to mark the airport's 50th anniversary.

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Loan strikes a chord with guitar maker

Monday 28 October 2013 by Ulster Business

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A Co Down company which makes hand-crafted acoustic guitars for export across the world has secured a significant loan from the Growth Loan Fund to finance its expansion plans.

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Caterpillar to make new products in NI

Friday 25 October 2013 by Ulster Business

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Construction giant Caterpillar has confirmed plans to produce additional products in Northern Ireland as part of a £7m capital investment supported by Invest NI.

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Hillmount now blooming in Bangor

Thursday 24 October 2013 by Ulster Business

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Family owned garden centre company Hillmount has invested £1m to open a new site in Bangor which has created 20 new jobs in the area.

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boojum gets a handle on Movember

Wednesday 23 October 2013 by Ulster Business

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Local burrito bar boojum is to support men's health month Movember by donating all the proceeds from a £3.50 burrito day on November 30.

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New orders for Bombardier’s Learjet 85

Wednesday 23 October 2013 by Ulster Business

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Aircraft manufacturer Bombardier has received a firm order for 30 of its new Learjet 85 aircraft, which is partly built in Belfast.

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Most NI firms ever on Deloitte Fast 50

Monday 21 October 2013 by Ulster Business

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A record 18 Northern Ireland companies have been named in this year's Deloitte Fast 50 Technology Award Programme, which ranks Ireland's fastest growing tech companies.

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Firms “shackled” by lack of export finance

Monday 21 October 2013 by Ulster Business

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Too many medium-sized businesses in Northern Ireland are locked out from the essential sources of growth products and support they need to export and invest abroad, the CBI and BDO said today.

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Novosco wins new contracts worth £7m

Monday 21 October 2013 by Ulster Business

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Belfast technology company Novosco has secured three new private sector contracts in the UK and Ireland worth more than £7m.

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Investing in People

Friday 18 October 2013 by Ulster Business

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Coaching is one of the fastest growing industries worldwide and investing in people offers tangible business benefits, says Breege McManus of BMM People Development (Newry)

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Moy Park announces change of CEO

Friday 18 October 2013 by Ulster Business

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Northern Ireland's largest company, Moy Park, has announced that its CEO Nigel Dunlop is to leave the business at the end of this year.

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Bio-tech firm SiSaf secures funding

Friday 18 October 2013 by Ulster Business

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One of Northern Ireland's most innovative start-up bio-tech companies, SiSaf Ltd, has secured new funding in the region of £500,000 to carry out clinical trials of its new drug delivery system.

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100 years of banking on coffee business

Thursday 17 October 2013 by Ulster Business

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Bank of Ireland UK recently hosted a special lunch for Johnson Brothers (Belfast) Limited, Ireland's oldest family owned award-winning coffee roasting company.

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Put your taste buds to the test

Tuesday 15 October 2013 by Ulster Business

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Northern Ireland wine buffs are invited to take part in Fine Wine Challenge, and turn top palates into top prizes, to raise vital funds for the NSPCC

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Hilton Triumphs at World Travel Awards

Tuesday 15 October 2013 by Ulster Business

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Hilton Belfast & Hilton Templepatrick have been recognised as Leading Hotel of the year and Leading Business Hotel of the year respectively at the European final of the renowned World Travel Awards 2013

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Time for the creative sector to THRIVE

Sunday 13 October 2013 by Ulster Business

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Companies in the creative industries must take a 360 degree approach to launching their brands and consider partners in different media in order to succeed in today’s fast moving market.

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Getting back to black

Sunday 13 October 2013 by Ulster Business

Danske Bank

Danske Bank CEO Gerry Mallon is hopeful that when we look back at the summer of 2013 it will be seen as the point when things started to take a turn for the better in the economy.

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The final piece of the VC puzzle?

Sunday 13 October 2013 by Ulster Business

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Ulster Business speaks to the fund managers who will operate Invest NI's long awaited Development Funds and takes stock of the impact that the various funds put in place at all levels are having on access to finance.

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City plans can't ignore market forces

Sunday 13 October 2013 by Ulster Business

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John Simpson finds both laudable ambition and a degree of naivety in Belfast City Council's new Masterplan for the city.

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ProAx-SiS passes the test

Sunday 13 October 2013 by Ulster Business

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A Queen's University Belfast team which is developing a range of novel medical diagnostic tests has been chosen as the overall winner of this year's NISP CONNECT 25k Awards.

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Cookstown brand all set to sizzle

Sunday 13 October 2013 by Ulster Business

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Ulster Business meets Seamus Carr, the CEO of Karro Food Group, which has major plans for expansion of the Cookstown pork business it bought earlier this year.

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Denman showing it can still cut it

Sunday 13 October 2013 by Ulster Business

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Hairbrush brand Denman is known the world over and the Bangor-based firm plans to extend its global reach.

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The solution to a sticky problem

Sunday 13 October 2013 by Ulster Business

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A local company is hoping to clean up after launching a product that allows old chewing gum to be easily removed.

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Bombardier to create 250 new jobs

Friday 11 October 2013 by Ulster Business

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Aerospace manufacturer Bombardier has announced plans to create 250 new jobs in Belfast across its various aircraft programmes.

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Hotel plan for Titanic Drawing Offices

Friday 11 October 2013 by Ulster Business

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The plan to turn the Titanic Drawing Offices into a boutique hotel has moved a step closer after the project received a £5m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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NI punching above its weight, says PwC.

Thursday 10 October 2013 by Ulster Business

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Northern Ireland is already punching well above its weight in terms of attracting foreign direct investment - despite the downturn, says PwC.

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£120m Bombardier R&D project backed

Thursday 10 October 2013 by Ulster Business

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The government has approved support for a new £120m research and development project at Bombardier in Belfast which could create more than 230 jobs, it has been announced.

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Controlling risk in China

Thursday 10 October 2013 by Ulster Business

Interview Diaspora

In the second of our profiles of members of the Northern Irish disaspora, China-based Neal Beatty talks to Ulster Business about his role advising organisations on the risks of operating in Asia.

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The race to zero

Thursday 10 October 2013 by Ulster Business

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MATRIX member John Healy, a Director at Citi, explains how technology being researched in Northern Ireland is driving the financial services industry around the world.

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Terex GB makes £22m investment in NI

Thursday 10 October 2013 by Ulster Business

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US-headquartered construction machinery giant Terex Corporation has become the latest big name to commit to impressive job creation plans in the run up to tomorrow's Investment Conference.

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Omagh firm to create 40 new jobs

Thursday 10 October 2013 by Ulster Business

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Omagh-based engineering firm Telestack Ltd is undertaking a £3.1m expansion which will see it create 40 new skilled jobs over the next three years.

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Software company Etain doubles staff

Wednesday 9 October 2013 by Ulster Business

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Belfast-based software company Etain is creating 34 new jobs as part of a £2.3m investment designed to boost its sales in Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland.

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Belfast’s stock is rising

Wednesday 9 October 2013 by Ulster Business

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Northern Ireland's reputation as a hotbed of innovation for capital markets technology is spreading amongst international companies, according to the CEO of NYSE Technologies.

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Capita wins major contract with Wolseley

Tuesday 8 October 2013 by Ulster Business

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Newtownabbey-based Capita Managed IT Solutions has won a multi-million pound contract by Wolseley UK, the UK's leading distributor of heating, plumbing and construction-related products.

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NI house prices ‘continuing to recover’

Tuesday 8 October 2013 by Ulster Business

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House prices rose for the fourth consecutive month in September, according to the latest RICS and Ulster Bank Housing Market Survey for Northern Ireland.

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Techies raise plight of youth homelessness

Monday 7 October 2013 by Ulster Business

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Local techies swapped their smart apps for sleeping bags at the weekend as they joined in an open-air sleep out at the Belfast Activity Centre in a bid to raise awareness of youth homelessness.

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Job Opportunities- Greer Publications

Monday 7 October 2013 by Ulster Business

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Various job opportunities available within Greer Publications, the home of Ulster Business Magazine

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‘Get your skates on’ for IoD awards

Monday 7 October 2013 by Ulster Business

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Business directors have been urged to "Get your skates on" and enter the Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland Director of the Year Awards celebrating excellence in business leadership.

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Agri-Food loan scheme goes live

Monday 7 October 2013 by Ulster Business

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Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster and Finance Minister Simon Hamilton have announced that a new £10m Agri-Food Loan Scheme will open for business in November.

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City Quays receives planning permission

Monday 7 October 2013 by Ulster Business

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Belfast Harbour has received planning approval to build a new £10m office building, which will be the largest city-centre offices to be granted approval since the start of the recession.

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ProAx-SiS wins 25k Awards top prize

Friday 27 September 2013 by Ulster Business

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A Queen's University Belfast team which is developing a range of novel medical diagnostic tests has been chosen as the overall winner of this year's NISP CONNECT 25k Awards.

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New research centre to create 15 jobs

Thursday 26 September 2013 by Ulster Business

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Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has announced a new £7m research centre that will pioneer advances in sustainable energy technologies, creating 15 new research posts.

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Deadline looming for CIM Awards

Wednesday 25 September 2013 by Ulster Business

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There are only a few days left to get your entries in for the CIM Ireland Marketing Excellence Awards.

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All-island awards open to innovators

Wednesday 25 September 2013 by Ulster Business

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The latest generation of innovative companies from Northern Ireland has been urged to enter the 5th annual IntertradeIreland Irish Times Innovation awards.

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Merchant first AA hotel of the year

Tuesday 24 September 2013 by Ulster Business

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The multi award-winning Merchant Hotel, Belfast is celebrating once again, after being named the first AA Hotel of the Year for Northern Ireland at the prestigious national AA Hospitality Awards

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Recruitment drive for MACtivists

Tuesday 24 September 2013 by Ulster Business

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Arts venue the MAC is recruiting people of all ages and backgrounds to be part of their dynamic team of more than 100 volunteers called MACtivists.

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East is best for Ferguson Flowers

Tuesday 24 September 2013 by Ulster Business

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One of Northern Ireland's leading florists has become is the latest business to move out of Belfast city centre as a result of declining footfall and high rent and rates.

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A growing footprint

Thursday 19 September 2013 by Ulster Business

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Commercial insurance brokers and risk advisors Abbey Bond Lovis are ramping up their coverage of the regions in Northern Ireland while also winning more large corporate customers. Ulster Business found out about the firm's plans for the future from Managing Director Maurice Boyd.

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Are we headed for an energy crisis?

Thursday 19 September 2013 by Ulster Business

Energy Lead

As the recent protests over "fracking" test wells in England have shown, tensions run high when it comes to new sources of energy. But have we reached a point in Northern Ireland where we can't afford not to take the risk of developng them? Stephen McVey reports.

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Budget Energy reveals big ambitions

Thursday 19 September 2013 by Ulster Business

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Budget Energy's founder and Managing Director Eleanor McEvoy describes her company as the Ryanair of the energy sector, minus the bad manners. Symon Ross met her to find out more about the business.

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Intelligent design

Thursday 19 September 2013 by Ulster Business

Profile

Ulster Business talks to Mark Godfrey and Simon Cole, the co-founders of software company Automated Intelligence about its innovative products and their plans for continued expansion.

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Working in frontier markets

Thursday 19 September 2013 by Ulster Business

Interview Diaspora

In the first of a monthly series in which Ulster Business will be meeting members of the Northern Ireland diaspora and finding out about what they are doing to help promote the region, we talk to international investor and consultant Simon Bell.

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Little white lies

Thursday 19 September 2013 by Ulster Business

Training

What does a perfect CV look like and does this change depending on whether you are straight out of university or aiming to become a CEO? Amanda Ferguson spoke to employment experts for their views on what graduates, middle managers and executives should be thinking about when searching for their dream job.

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Cracking the Code

Thursday 19 September 2013 by Ulster Business

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With the CoderDojo movement gaining in popularity, Amanda Ferguson visited Belfast Metropolitan College to find out if an adult with no coding skills could learn the basics of computer programming.

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A new era of responsible business

Thursday 19 September 2013 by Ulster Business

BITC

The new management team at Business in the Community NI plans to return the organisation to its campaigning roots and continue pushing companies to put corporate responsibility at the heart of their business.

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BlackBerry Introduces Z30

Wednesday 18 September 2013 by Ulster Business

Blackberry Z30

BlackBerry hasintroduced the new BlackBerry® Z30 smartphone, the company's biggest, fastest and most advanced smartphone.

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Food industry to test plans for growth

Monday 16 September 2013 by Ulster Business

Appetite for Growth Launch

Northern Ireland's food sector is to explore how it can increase turnover by 60 per cent to hit the industry target of sales worth £7bn by 2020 at a major event next month.

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Ulster Carpets wins UK export award

Thursday 12 September 2013 by Ulster Business

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Craigavon-based Ulster Carpet Mills has been named UK Exporter of the Year at the third annual Private Business awards, held at London's Guildhall.

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Ulster Rugby extends Kukri kit deal

Thursday 12 September 2013 by Ulster Business

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Ulster Rugby has agreed a five year extension to its partnership with international sportswear company Kukri, taking the relationship through to season 2018/19.

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NI jobless total dropped again in August

Wednesday 11 September 2013 by Ulster Business

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The number of people claiming unemployment benefit in Northern Ireland fell again in August while the overall unemployment rate also decreased, according to official government figures.

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Reaching the digital summit

Wednesday 11 September 2013 by Ulster Business

Digital Summit

Ahead of the first Digital Summit organised by ICT federation Momentum, the organisation's chairman Rob McConnell outlines some of the key issues facing the sector.

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Downbeat view of NI job prospects

Tuesday 10 September 2013 by Ulster Business

Manpower Q4 Infographic

The outlook for job prospects in Northern Ireland has worsened despite a more positive forecast for the rest of the year across the UK, according to a new survey by recruitment firm Manpower.

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Eric Huang leads THRIVE event

Monday 9 September 2013 by Ulster Business

Thrive

People employed in the Creative Industries in Northern Ireland are being encouraged to attend the Arts Council's Creative Industries 'Thrive' event taking place on Tuesday 15th October at the Lyric Theatre

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Start-ups: The next generation

Monday 9 September 2013 by Ulster Business

The Hub

The Hub, a new shared space for start-up companies, has been established in Belfast. Symon Ross ventured into the hive of creativity to find out about some of the entrepreneurs hoping to make it big with their new businesses.

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A long slog back to prosperity

Monday 9 September 2013 by Ulster Business

Alan Bridle

Alan Bridle, UK Economist at Bank of Ireland, gives his perspective on how the Northern Ireland economy could develop in the medium term amid a rapidly changing global landscape.

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Fixing Ulster Bank's image

Monday 9 September 2013 by Ulster Business

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Ellvena Graham, the Head of Ulster Bank NI, knows the lender has lost a lot of goodwill in recent years, but believes the bank remains an important part of the fabric of the Northern Ireland economy.

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Global growth moves up a gear

Monday 9 September 2013 by Ulster Business

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The global economy is set to benefit from the US and Europe picking up speed in late 2013 and during 2014, according to a new report published by Danske Bank.

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Signs NI economy is improving

Monday 9 September 2013 by Ulster Business

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There was a further sign of improvement in the local economy today as a survey of businesses found private sector activity grew at its fastest rate in six years last month.

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MCE develops political contact app

Monday 9 September 2013 by Ulster Business

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MCE Public Relations, a specialist in public affairs and social media, has developed Northern Ireland's first political contact web app using open data.

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Office interiors specialists consolidate merger

Friday 6 September 2013 by Ulster Business

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Corporate interiors specialist, 1080, has completed the first phase of a major investment strategy in its extensive showrooms at Dargan Road, Belfast

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Randox founder wins innovation award

Thursday 5 September 2013 by Ulster Business

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Dr Peter Fitzgerald, Managing Director of medical diagnostic company Randox Laboratories Ltd, has been announced as the 2013 winner of the Innovation Founder of the Year Award.

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Almac invests £13m in cancer research

Thursday 5 September 2013 by Ulster Business

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Craigavon-based pharmaceuticals company Almac is to invest a total of £13m in two research and development projects in collaboration with Queen's University Belfast.

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Pinnacle celebrate anniversary

Wednesday 4 September 2013 by Ulster Business

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Pinnacle has recently celebrated its 20th Anniversary.

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Forget the Nostalgia

Wednesday 4 September 2013 by Ulster Business

Eddie O Gorman

Recollecting his experience of putting together the first Ulster Business Top 100 some 25 years ago, the magazine’s original editor, Eddie O’Gorman, says we’re much better off than we were in the 1980s

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Searching for the real Google

Wednesday 4 September 2013 by Ulster Business

Google

One of the prime reasons for wanting lower corporation tax in Northern Ireland is to attract global companies such as Google and Facebook to Belfast. Symon Ross got the inside track on what it's like to work for them on a tour of their Dublin offices

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Halo from Belfast!

Wednesday 4 September 2013 by Ulster Business

Angelic Meade

Ever wished you could tap into a strong psychological tool to sell more or engage with your customers better? David Meade takes some time to reflect on how just one characteristic of our products – or indeed our province – can dramatically colour how it's perceived by our consumers

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Unveiled: the 25k Top Ten innovators

Wednesday 4 September 2013 by Ulster Business

25k Awards

Ten innovative hi-tech teams have successfully pitched their product ideas to go forward to the final round of the prestigious 25k Awards, a key part of the NISP CONNECT programme.

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New offices planned for Titanic Quarter

Wednesday 4 September 2013 by Ulster Business

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Plans have been submitted for a major new office development in Titanic Quarter, a further indication of increased confidence in the economic recovery.

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GoPrezzo joins crowdfunding revolution

Wednesday 21 August 2013 by Ulster Business

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One of Northern Ireland's most exciting new tech companies is giving members of the public a chance to buy into its business through its first crowdfunding round.

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Top 100 break through £20bn mark

Tuesday 20 August 2013 by Ulster Business

Top 100 Launch

The sales performance of Northern Ireland's Top 100 companies has defied the economic gloom over the past year, according to figures published today in leading business magazine Ulster Business

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New Belfast bar announces 50 jobs

Friday 16 August 2013 by Ulster Business

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A popular Belfast bar is being redeveloped to the tune of £700,000 creating 50 new jobs. New owners at the The Albany, formerly TATU & Lily’s, have recruited award winning designers O’Donnell O’Neill Design Associates to give the bar a facelift.

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Ferry best deals for students from P&O

Wednesday 14 August 2013 by Ulster Business

P&O Ferries

With thousands of students across Northern Ireland getting ready for their ‘A’ Level results on the 15th August, P&O Ferries, the UK’s largest ferry operator, has put together a couple of travel offers that are sure to scoop top marks among students and their parents this Autumn

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Foster commends Corick House Hotel

Wednesday 14 August 2013 by Ulster Business

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Tourism Minister Arlene Foster has congratulated Tyrone's Corick House Hotel and Spa on achieving four-star status under the Northern Ireland Tourist Board's Quality Grading Scheme

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Homelessness charity makes move to Central Belfast

Wednesday 14 August 2013 by Ulster Business

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Simon Community NI, the leading homelessness charity in Northern Ireland has recently moved to a new central office

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Property franchise helps investors decide

Wednesday 14 August 2013 by Ulster Business

Drew Beckett

BeckettHanlon, the Belfast based provider of worldwide properties has launched a global property franchise and is aiming to secure 200 franchisees within the first five years.

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Putt for prizes at PANI golf day 2013

Wednesday 14 August 2013 by Ulster Business

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Golfers from the world of advertising, marketing, design, PR and publicity are lining up to take part in the forthcoming Publicity Association Northern Ireland (PANI) Golf Day 2013 sponsored by MD Golf

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WPF Games set to boost business in Portrush

Tuesday 6 August 2013 by Ulster Business

Ulster Stores

On the back of the World Police and Fire Games kicking off in Belfast, Neville Moore, Managing Director of the White House in Portrush is predicting strong sales in the local area as a direct result of the games.

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Further growth for A&L Goodbody

Monday 5 August 2013 by Ulster Business

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Corporate law firm A&L Goodbody has announced seven appointments at its Belfast office following continued growth in Northern Ireland.

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Marketing CPD deadline looms

Tuesday 30 July 2013 by Ulster Business

Christine Watson

CIM Ireland Chair Christine Watson calls upon marketing professionals in Northern Ireland who meet the requirements, to register their CPD activity and apply for Chartered Marketer status

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Local support for Marie Curie Walk Ten Belfast

Friday 26 July 2013 by Ulster Business

Walk Ten Belfast 2013 Local Partners

Marie Curie is focusing upon bigger and better for 2013, having welcomed 1,771 walkers to Walk Ten Belfast 2012, who together raised a staggering £131,425 which helped fund 6,571 hours of Marie Curie Nursing locally

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Get active with Coca-Cola 100k thank you fund

Wednesday 24 July 2013 by Ulster Business

Thank You Fund

Lagan Valley MP Jeffrey Donaldson has teamed up with Coca-Cola to encourage non-profit organisations, sports clubs and community groups throughout Northern Ireland to apply to the Coca-Cola Thank You Fund

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Power NI to supply renewable energy

Wednesday 24 July 2013 by Ulster Business

Power NI secures contract to supply 20 councils across NI with renewable energy

Power NI, Northern Ireland’s leading energy provider has secured a contract to supply twenty local councils across Northern Ireland with renewable energy for the next 12 months

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Comber business selected by national awards shortlist

Thursday 18 July 2013 by Ulster Business

Ivory and Pearl Boutique

Comber-based wedding retailer, Ivory & Pearl, has beaten hundreds of small businesses to be shortlisted in the national Nectar Business Small Business Awards 2013

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Hospitality BBQ brings in cash for charity

Tuesday 16 July 2013 by Ulster Business

BBQ

Northern Ireland’s hospitality industry downed tools earlier this month for a BBQ organised by leading trade publication Hospitality Review raising money for Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke

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Have you had a Digital Hangover?

Tuesday 16 July 2013 by Ulster Business

Think Before you Drink

The days when embarrassing drunken behaviour was only witnessed by those present and the main thing to worry about was a headache in the morning are long gone – it's 'digital hangovers' causing younger drinkers concern today

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Warming up for Polo

Tuesday 9 July 2013 by Ulster Business

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Horse enthusiast Jayne Higgins exercises one of the polo ponies taking part in this year’s Mencap Polo In The City event on August 31st with a little help from Volvo.

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Slims creates 30 new jobs

Tuesday 9 July 2013 by Ulster Business

Slims Kitchen

The arrival of a new dining concept in South Belfast aims to change eating habits with feel good healthy food

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Game on for GoPrezzo in the UK

Tuesday 9 July 2013 by Ulster Business

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Local tech company GoPrezzo has officially launched its mobile gaming tournament platform in the UK, offering gamers the chance to compete for real world prizes.

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Hilton prepares for big charity Golf Day

Monday 8 July 2013 by Ulster Business

Hilton Templepatrick

Hilton Templepatrick golf club will host it's annual charity golf day on Thursday 12th September at their fabulous 18 hole championship golf course

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Jobs boost for Cathedral Quarter

Monday 8 July 2013 by Ulster Business

Merchant

The owners of the Merchant Hotel have unveiled plans to create 40 new jobs at a new restaurant and artisan bakery in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter.

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Diageo NI highly commended

Sunday 7 July 2013 by Ulster Business

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Diageo Northern Ireland (NI) has been Highly Commended in the BUPA Workwell Award category at Business in the Community's national annual Responsible Business Awards Gala Dinner in London

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Healthcare IT firm sets up in Belfast

Friday 5 July 2013 by Ulster Business

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Berkshire-based healthcare IT company Aura Healthcare has become the latest technology company to announce it is setting up a base in Belfast, a move that will see 10 new jobs created.

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Arts & Business NI launches 2014 awards

Wednesday 3 July 2013 by Ulster Business

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Arts & Business Northern Ireland has launched the 2014 Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards.

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Kainos launches summer CodeCamp

Monday 1 July 2013 by Ulster Business

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The latest innovation from the dynamic IT company will equip up to eighty tech savvy 17-19 year-olds with app development skills in a real-world setting.

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Sailing is the business this summer

Friday 28 June 2013 by Ulster Business

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Local sailors have been urged to explore the breathtaking waters between Northern Ireland and Scotland's stunning west coast during 2013, the Year of Natural Scotland.

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Sepha Ltd acquired by US firm

Thursday 27 June 2013 by Ulster Business

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Dundonald-headquartered pharmaceutical engineering company Sepha Ltd has been acquired by the US-based TASI Group.

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BA reveals the foods that really fly

Thursday 27 June 2013 by Ulster Business

British Airways

Analysing its customers' food and drink habits, British Airways made some surprising discoveries about the foods that really fly at 35,000 feet.

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Strong performance by Belfast Harbour

Wednesday 26 June 2013 by Ulster Business

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Belfast Harbour reported record capital investment during 2012 and saw both turnover and pre-tax profits rise during the year.

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‘£42m tourism boost’ from ni2012

Wednesday 26 June 2013 by Ulster Business

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The high profile ni2012 Our Time Our Place tourism campaign generated a benefit of £42.2m for the economy and significantly raised global awareness of the region, according to a review published by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.

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Sparks to fly at Deloitte Technology Fast 50

Tuesday 25 June 2013 by Ulster Business

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This year's search for Northern Ireland's fastest growing tech companies has begun, with entries being invited for the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 awards.

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Debt crippling NI economic prospects

Tuesday 25 June 2013 by Ulster Business

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Northern Ireland is unlikely to enjoy any clear, meaningful and measurable economic recovery in the medium term if it does not get a handle on its debt, according to a new economic report from Davy.

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Shirt label the perfect fit for Bloomingdale’s

Tuesday 25 June 2013 by Ulster Business

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One of Northern Ireland's leading makers of tailored shirts is celebrating after sewing up a contract with renowned US retailer Bloomingdale's.

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Danske Bank launches new banknotes

Monday 24 June 2013 by Ulster Business

Gerry Mallon launches new Danske Bank notes

New Danske Bank branded £10 and £20 banknotes will be circulating in Northern Ireland from this week.

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Laugh with Sunblest

Monday 24 June 2013 by Ulster Business

Sunblest

Local Belfast man, David Armitage has been announced as the lucky winner of Sunblest’s ‘Breadpan’ humour campaign, launched by the brand to find Northern Ireland’s best one-liner joke

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Plans unveiled for £12m Belfast hotel

Sunday 23 June 2013 by Ulster Business

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The owners of the Galgorm Resort and Spa have unveiled plans to invest £12m to create a boutique hotel in the former Scottish Mutual Building opposite Belfast City Hall

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Investors fancy Mike’s cheese

Thursday 20 June 2013 by Ulster Business

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A local cheese-maker has raised £80,000 to help launch his new business in one of the first crowd funding deals to take place in Northern Ireland.

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Major investment conference confirmed

Thursday 20 June 2013 by Ulster Business

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A large scale investment conference to promote jobs and growth in Northern Ireland will be held in Belfast in October, the First and Deputy First Ministers have confirmed.

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Japanese firm creates 400 new jobs

Wednesday 19 June 2013 by Ulster Business

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In a major boost to the local economy, a Japanese-owned medical device manufacturer has announced plans to create over 400 jobs in Larne.

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Aepona now an Intel centre of excellence

Friday 14 June 2013 by Ulster Business

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Belfast-based mobile telecoms software firm Aepona will play an integral role in Intel's Software & Services Group following its acquisition by the global chip giant and is set to expand after securing several large contracts.

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Google and Facebook coming to Belfast

Friday 14 June 2013 by Ulster Business

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The internet giants will be part of Digital DNA, a major summit organised by the MBAAI which will take place in Belfast in September.

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Business as usual for Capita

Thursday 13 June 2013 by Ulster Business

Capita

Ulster Business meets the leadership team at Capita Managed IT Solutions in Newtownabbey to find out about the new owner's plans for the managed service IT business.

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Hip to be Square

Thursday 13 June 2013 by Ulster Business

ICT jobs

If you want a career in IT at the moment, Northern Ireland is the right place to be. But following another recent raft of jobs announcements, Symon Ross spoke with some of the big name employers in the sector to ask whether it has become more difficult to fill those positions with the right people.

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Exports: get on board

Thursday 13 June 2013 by Ulster Business

Export

Statistics show that ten companies account for 50% of NI's exports and that only 2% of registered companies here are actively exporting. So,what is being done to change the situation?

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How do you follow a great leader?

Thursday 13 June 2013 by Ulster Business

Fergie time

The retirement of football manager Sir Alex Ferguson highlighted the tricky situation facing organisations that must replace a great leader, as well as the huge expectations that rest on the shoulders of the person chosen to fill their shoes.

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Going for Goals

Thursday 13 June 2013 by Ulster Business

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What makes a customer 'loyal', and keeps them coming back for more? The secret to retaining customers seems to elude even the most successful organisations. David Meade explores how one simple technique can double the chance of a customer returning to your business.

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Northern Ireland needs to stay in EU

Thursday 13 June 2013 by Ulster Business

John Simpson

As the debate about Europe rages in Westminster, John Simpson argues that leaving the EU could be detrimental for Northern Ireland and its ability to attract investment.

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The age of social innovation

Thursday 13 June 2013 by Ulster Business

Tim Smit

Sir Tim Smit, the visionary behind the Eden Project, spoke to Ulster Business about the future of social enterprise on a recent visit to Northern Ireland.

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Read my Lips

Thursday 13 June 2013 by Ulster Business

Liopa

The next company to spin out from Belfast's Centre for Secure Information Technologies could spell the end for traditional passwords. Symon Ross reports on the opportunities open to Liopa.

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Harbour invests £7m in cruise ship facility

Thursday 13 June 2013 by Ulster Business

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Belfast Harbour has announced it will invest £7m to create the island of Ireland's first purpose-built facility for cruise ships.

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Hospitality trade gather for charity BBQ

Thursday 13 June 2013 by Ulster Business

The Hudson

Northern Ireland's hospitality industry will be downing tools on Monday 24th June for a charity fundraiser organised by leading trade publication Hospitality Review NI in aid of Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke

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Local business leader shows real "Spirit"

Thursday 13 June 2013 by Ulster Business

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Following his successful release last year from the clutches of Belfast Harbour Police after raising £3,000 bail, Newtownards businessman Noel Brady has yet again found himself on the wrong side of the law

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Brookvent reports 50% sales uplift

Thursday 13 June 2013 by Ulster Business

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Investing in increased export capacity helped Dunmurry manufacturer Brookvent increase turnover by more than 50 per cent last year, the company has announced.

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WorldDesk secures $1.25m funding boost

Wednesday 12 June 2013 by Ulster Business

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Tech company WorldDesk has closed a $1.25m follow on seed funding round with its investors in the US and Northern Ireland.

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PwC backs Tridents ice hockey team

Wednesday 12 June 2013 by Ulster Business

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Advisors PwC, will be the major sponsor of the Northern Ireland Tridents Ice Hockey Club at this year’s World Police and Fire Games (WPFG)

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McAvoy awarded CLIC Sargent contract

Wednesday 12 June 2013 by Ulster Business

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Banbridge based building contractor, McAvoy Construction had been awarded a new construction contract worth more than £500,000 by leading children and young person's cancer charity, CLIC Sargent

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Almac to create 229 jobs in £14m project

Tuesday 11 June 2013 by Ulster Business

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Craigavon pharmaceuticals company Almac Pharma Services is to create 229 new jobs in Northern Ireland as part of a £13.7m investment in its business. .

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Niavac secures WELB video contract

Tuesday 11 June 2013 by Ulster Business

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Belfast audio-visual specialists Niavac have won a £250,000 video conferencing contract with the Western Education and Library Board. .

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Part-time professional accounting programmes

Monday 10 June 2013 by Ulster Business

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Part-time Professional Accounting Programmes for Business Managers at Ulster Business School

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Fans flock to Game of Thrones exhibition

Monday 10 June 2013 by Ulster Business

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More than 13,500 fans of Game of Thrones have booked tickets for a hotly-anticipated exhibition featuring props, costumes and sets from the hit fantasy television show.

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Barclay Communications Raise Thousands

Monday 10 June 2013 by Ulster Business

Barclay Communications

On Friday 31st of May Barclay Communications raised over seven thousand pounds for the Jonjo Bright Trust at the tenth annual Barclay Communications' Race Evening

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New CEO for social finance organisation

Friday 7 June 2013 by Ulster Business

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Harry McDaid has been appointed Chief Executive of Ulster Community Investment Trust, the largest provider of finance to the social economy sector in Northern Ireland.

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Plan for Cathedral Quarter launched

Thursday 6 June 2013 by Ulster Business

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A new strategy has been launched for the ongoing development of Belfast's historic Cathedral Quarter and the organisation that will spearhead its delivery, the Cathedral Quarter Trust.

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Progressive CEO joins industry council

Thursday 6 June 2013 by Ulster Business

Darina Armstrong

The CEO of Progressive Building Society, Darina Armstrong, has become the first person from Northern Ireland to be appointed to serve on the Council of The Building Societies Association.

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‘The HUB’ opens for business

Thursday 6 June 2013 by Ulster Business

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A new knowledge sharing space for high potential start-ups has opened in Belfast, providing a creative hub for the companies taking part in Invest NI's Propel Programme.

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Sunblest in the driving seat

Wednesday 5 June 2013 by Ulster Business

Sunblest

Sunblest is offering businesses across Northern Ireland a unique opportunity to support Marie Curie Cancer Care, while promoting their own company

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UK aerospace strategy paves way for success

Wednesday 5 June 2013 by Ulster Business

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Gavin Campbell, Director of Engineering at Bombardier Aerospace and a member of the MATRIX panel, outlines why the new UK aerospace strategy will be good news for Northern Ireland.

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CIPR 20th Media Awards

Tuesday 4 June 2013 by Ulster Business

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The Chartered Institute of Public Relations 2013 Media Awards in The MAC Belfast

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Californian software firm sets up in Belfast

Thursday 30 May 2013 by Ulster Business

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US software company Vello Systems has become the latest tech company to set up in Belfast, with the announcement that it is to create 71 new jobs in Northern Ireland.

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First phase of Newry business park opens

Wednesday 29 May 2013 by Ulster Business

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Invest Northern Ireland has announced the completion of the first phase of its extended business park at Carnbane Industrial Estate in Newry

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BOI announcing doubling of Agri Business fund

Wednesday 29 May 2013 by Ulster Business

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Bank of Ireland UK has announced it is to double its Agri Business Fund to £100millionto meet the financial needs of the growing agri-food sector in Northern Ireland

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Fleet Financial ramps up UK expansion

Monday 27 May 2013 by Ulster Business

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Northern Ireland's largest contract hire and fleet management company, Fleet Financial, is ramping up plans to expand its base in Great Britain

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Flybe sells Gatwick airport slots to easyjet

Thursday 23 May 2013 by Ulster Business

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Airline Flybe has confirmed that it is to stop flying from London Gatwick early next year, after selling its landing slots at the airport to rival easyjet for £20m.

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Fitzwilliam Urban Gent

Wednesday 22 May 2013 by Ulster Business

Fitzwilliam Urban Gent

The Fitzwilliam Hotel played host to some of Northern Ireland's best-known 'gentlemen' last week at its Urban Gent event held on Thursday 16th May.

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Final Countdown to EBN Congress

Monday 20 May 2013 by Ulster Business

Barney Toal

The EBN Congress is now only 10 days away from its debut appearance in Northern Ireland to be held in Derry~Londonderry from 29th-31st May 2013.

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Fewer shoppers for NI retailers in April

Monday 20 May 2013 by Ulster Business

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Footfall on Northern Ireland's high streets saw a steep drop in April, even as the number of shoppers across the UK as a whole edged higher during the month.

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Diageo backs Police & Fire Games

Thursday 16 May 2013 by Ulster Business

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Diageo Northern Ireland has announced a new partnership with the World Police & Fire Games, which are expected to bring thousands of visitors to Belfast this summer.

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Accountants pessimistic about NI outlook

Thursday 16 May 2013 by Ulster Business

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Accountants are overwhelmingly pessimistic about Northern Ireland's economic prospects in the year ahead, with the majority of the 400 polled in a new survey believing the region is still firmly in recession.

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Skills with a purpose

Thursday 16 May 2013 by Ulster Business

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Less than a year after opening Belfast Met’s e3 building has already become a thriving shared space for learners, businesses and community groups. Ulster Business went to find out more.

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Number claiming jobless benefit falls

Wednesday 15 May 2013 by Ulster Business

Job centre

Jobs figures today showed a marginal improvement in the unemployment picture, but also provided a reality check about how far the economy still has to go to return to health.

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Allstate to create 650 new IT jobs

Tuesday 14 May 2013 by Ulster Business

Allstate

Technology company Allstate Northern Ireland is creating up to 650 high quality jobs in Belfast, Londonderry and Strabane over the next three years, it was announced today.

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NI firms not investing in innovation

Monday 13 May 2013 by Ulster Business

Innovation

More than half of Northern Ireland's businesses are investing less than one per cent of revenue in innovation, according to a new survey.

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Linden Foods announces 179 new jobs

Monday 13 May 2013 by Ulster Business

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Dungannon-based meat processor Linden Foods has announced a £5.6m investment, backed by Invest NI, which will see the company create 179 jobs.

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G8 tipped to generate £40m for economy

Monday 13 May 2013 by Ulster Business

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A new survey finds that businesses in Northern Ireland are overwhelmingly supportive of the G8 Summit coming to Fermanagh and believe there is potential for substantial long-term benefits.

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BOI unveils programme for enterprise week

Friday 10 May 2013 by Ulster Business

BOI

Bank of Ireland UK has launched Enterprise Week in Northern Ireland with a continued commitment to actively support and provide finance for viable small to medium sized businesses in every sector across Northern Ireland

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Under the same umbrella

Friday 10 May 2013 by Ulster Business

Fleet Financial

A year on from Fleet Financial's acquisition by Charles Hurst, Ulster Business met with Fleet Financial's Sales & Marketing Director Philip Miley and Colin McNab, the Operations Director of Charles Hurst, to discuss how the alliance has benefited customers.

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Avoiding the post-party culture shock?

Friday 10 May 2013 by Ulster Business

Derry Culture

The UK city of Culture 2013 programme is in full swing but what will the tangible, practical legacy of City of Culture be for Derry-Londonderry at a social, economic and cultural level? Stephen McVey reports.

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Rise of the creative class

Friday 10 May 2013 by Ulster Business

Richard Florida

Richard Florida, author and Senior Editor of The Atlantic, as well as a Professor at the University of Toronto and NYU, speaks to Ulster Business ahead of the EBN Conference in Derry.

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UU planning the campus of the future

Friday 10 May 2013 by Ulster Business

Univ of Ulster

Amanda Poole takes a look at the potential regeneration effect of the University of Ulster's Greater Belfast Development project on the Cathedral Quarter and North Belfast.

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Ask the Audience

Friday 10 May 2013 by Ulster Business

Sensum

Sensum is a new platform which measures audience engagement through tiny physiological changes. Symon Ross spoke with its co-creator, Gawain Morrison, for an insight into how it works and who is going to use it.

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Freerunning takes to the high seas

Friday 10 May 2013 by Ulster Business

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Thomson Cruises use freerunning stunts to showcase new look ship in promotional video

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Wallace spread success with Young Enterprise

Friday 10 May 2013 by Ulster Business

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Students from a Lisburn school were last night crowned winners of the overall Company award at the Young Enterprise Annual Awards, held in Belfast City Hall.

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400 years at the heart of the economy

Friday 10 May 2013 by Ulster Business

Belfast Harbour

As Belfast Harbour marks the 400th anniversary of its formation under Royal Charter, Ulster Business spoke with CEO Roy Adair about the current performance of the port and the investment it has made for future growth.

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New forum aiming to stimulate deal activity

Wednesday 8 May 2013 by Ulster Business

QUINI

A new networking event has been launched to bring together leaders in the financial sector with the aim of helping to stimulate a greater level of deal activity in Northern Ireland.

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Return of the rogue trader

Wednesday 8 May 2013 by Ulster Business

Leeson

GDP Partnership's decision to bring Nick Leeson into its business has raised a few eyebrows and generated a lot of headlines. But, he tells Symon Ross, there are good reasons why debt consultancy is the perfect role for him.

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Beware the cane toad

Wednesday 8 May 2013 by Ulster Business

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Martin McDowell, Managing Director of Osborne King Commercial Property Consultants, believes a number of public sector policies are doing more harm to the economy than good.

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Ulster Bank narrows 1Q loss to £164m

Friday 3 May 2013 by Ulster Business

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Ulster Bank made an operating loss of £164m in the first quarter of 2013, an improvement on its £310m loss for the same period a year ago, parent company Royal Bank of Scotland has announced.

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Apple co-founder to headline Derry conference

Friday 3 May 2013 by Ulster Business

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One of Europe's largest and most prestigious business events will take place in Northern Ireland's second city in May with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak as headline speaker.

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School children get lessons in homelessness

Thursday 2 May 2013 by Ulster Business

Educational app launch

The launch of the Homelessness Prevention education app resource from the Simon Community

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Danske Bank makes smaller 1Q loss

Thursday 2 May 2013 by Ulster Business

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Danske Bank has announced that its Northern Ireland business made a £1m loss in the first quarter of 2013, a marked improvement in the £56m loss it posted in the first three months of last year.

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Cavanagh Kelly 2013 tax seminar

Thursday 2 May 2013 by Ulster Business

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Cavanagh Kelly has hosted two very successful Tax Seminars attended by many local businesses, bankers and other professionals in the SilverBirch Hotel, Omagh and the Westville Hotel, Enniskillen.

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Consilium change name to TotalMobile

Wednesday 1 May 2013 by Ulster Business

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Belfast-based Consilium Technologies has completed a major rebrand and will now be known as TotalMobile Ltd.

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US tech firm to create 70 jobs in Belfast

Monday 29 April 2013 by Ulster Business

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An American payment technology company has become the latest overseas company to establish a software development operation in Northern Ireland.

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2013 Viscount Award winners named

Friday 26 April 2013 by Ulster Business

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Seven of Northern Ireland's most dynamic companies have been honoured at the fifth annual Aer Lingus Viscount Awards in London

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Barclay calls in the summer nights of racing

Thursday 25 April 2013 by Ulster Business

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On Friday 31st May the Barclay Communications' Race Evening will call in Down Royal's summer nights of racing

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Ulster Business Festival

Wednesday 24 April 2013 by Ulster Business

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The Ulster Business School is giving you the chance to attend an audience with Mr Bill McCallion, Consultant Paediatric Surgeon, Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children

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NI landmarks make top lunch spots in the UK

Tuesday 23 April 2013 by Ulster Business

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Kingsmill, the local bread brand has announced that Belfast City Hall and Castle Archdale Country Park have been shortlisted as two of the top 25 places to eat lunch outdoors in the UK - beating off competition from 10,000 entries

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Ulster academic calls for fresh economy ideas

Friday 19 April 2013 by Ulster Business

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Academics, businesses and government need to work together on credible policies to revive the Northern Ireland economy, a senior University of Ulster academic has said.

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Major summit set to lift Belfast City

Thursday 18 April 2013 by Ulster Business

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A major summit is set to take place on 9 and 10 May in Belfast which will shine a spotlight on the economic and investment opportunities in the city

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Ulster means business

Thursday 18 April 2013 by Ulster Business

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The Ulster Business School (UBS) has joined forces with the Irish Rugby Union Players Association (IRUPA) to create a bespoke programme of study which will equip players for professional life post-rugby

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76 new jobs created at Latens Systems

Thursday 18 April 2013 by Ulster Business

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Belfast-based Latens Systems has announced plans to more than double its workforce by creating 76 new jobs.

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Business community rocks for charity

Monday 15 April 2013 by Ulster Business

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Never Mind the Business, a unique music themed fundraising event held in support of Action for Children Northern Ireland, rocked the Ramada last week to raise record funds for the charity

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Maxol help wishes come true

Friday 12 April 2013 by Ulster Business

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The Maxol Group announced that they will partner with the Make-A-Wish Foundation® UK as their new charity of the year. The aim of the partnership is to support the charitable work of Make-A-Wish in granting magical wishes to children between the ages of 3 and 17 years who are living with life-threatening conditions.

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Linden Foods launches sustainability programme

Friday 12 April 2013 by Ulster Business

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Linden Foods, one of the UK’s leading fresh meat processors has launched GreenTrack, a dedicated sustainability programme which for the first time sets out the companies’ commitment to delivering on responsible and sustainable business practices now and for the future.

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Bombardier confirms CSeries order

Thursday 11 April 2013 by Ulster Business

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Bombardier has announced an order for up to 30 of its new CSeries planes.

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Glen Dimplex makes a Quantum leap

Wednesday 10 April 2013 by Ulster Business

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Irish heater manufacturer Glen Dimplex has launched a new type of storage heater which it believes will shape the company's future by catapulting it into the renewable and sustainable energy market.

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Mail Distiller acquired by US firm

Tuesday 9 April 2013 by Ulster Business

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Belfast-based email security solutions developer Mail Distiller has been acquired by a US competitor, a move which will result in the company creating more jobs in Northern Ireland.

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Regulator to focus on the big risks

Tuesday 9 April 2013 by Ulster Business

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Andrew Bailey, chief executive of the Bank of England's new Prudential Regulatory Authority, talked to Symon Ross on a visit to Belfast about the changes to the supervisory regime, Royal Bank of Scotland and why banks are unlikely to show forbearance for much longer.

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Is the UK really open for business?

Tuesday 9 April 2013 by Ulster Business

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PwC tax partner Martin Fleetwood and chief economist Dr Esmond Birnie analyse the Budget, its implications for the local economy and look to Scotland, Wales - and even Germany - for inspiration.

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Making Connected Health a reality

Tuesday 9 April 2013 by Ulster Business

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Ulster Business takes a look at what Connected Health actually means and how far away we are from the model, and the technology, being used in our own health service.

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Herding the Crowd

Tuesday 9 April 2013 by Ulster Business

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David Meade explains how we’re driven to conform to group expectations and why businesses armed with this information can be dramatically more effective at directing how their consumers behave in their organisations.

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Premier Electrics targets Europe

Tuesday 9 April 2013 by Ulster Business

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As his company continues to win contracts around Europe, Ulster Business found out how Premier Electrics founder Mark Scullion has grown his business over the last 20 years.

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Lending performance of banks is challenged

Tuesday 9 April 2013 by Ulster Business

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A detailed new report on access to finance adds more ammunition for those looking for reasons to criticise the performance and behaviour of our local banking sector, writes John Simpson.

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Crowdfunding a credible start-up option

Tuesday 9 April 2013 by Ulster Business

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Crowd funding will be the initial financing mechanism of choice for most start-up companies within five years, according to the investment director of one of the leading names in the fledgling sector.

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A business that's showing real heart

Tuesday 9 April 2013 by Ulster Business

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HeartSine's innovative technology is saving lives from football fields to jet liners. Symon Ross met CEO Declan O'Mahoney to find out about its plans for new products and future growth.

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NI house prices rise for first time since 2007

Tuesday 9 April 2013 by Ulster Business

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House prices in Northern Ireland went up in the first quarter of 2013, the first rise in six years, according to the latest RICS and Ulster Bank Housing Market Survey.

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Nick Leeson joins GDP Partnership

Sunday 7 April 2013 by Ulster Business

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The original rogue trader, Nick Leeson, whose unchecked risk-taking caused the collapse of Barings Bank, has joined a Belfast-based firm which specialises in mediation between struggling borrowers and their banks.

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Danske Bank launches business banking app

Thursday 28 March 2013 by Ulster Business

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Danske Bank has become the first of the big four banks in Northern Ireland to launch a mobile banking app specifically for business customers

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Where is your favourite Lunch Spot?

Tuesday 26 March 2013 by Ulster Business

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Kingsmill, the fresh thinking local bread brand is calling on the Northern Ireland public to nominate their favourite outdoor lunch location as part of its new campaign to find the UK's top Lunch Spots.

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CBI urges action on corporation tax

Monday 25 March 2013 by Ulster Business

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The chairman of CBI Northern Ireland has called on Prime Minister David Cameron to commit to the devolution of corporation tax when he meets the First and Deputy First Ministers in London tomorrow.

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£4m boost for NISPO start-up funds

Monday 25 March 2013 by Ulster Business

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Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has announced an extra £4m for two Invest NI funds designed to help new businesses.

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Success with people, yields success in business

Thursday 21 March 2013 by Ulster Business

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Breege McManus of BMM People Development, Newry, talks to Ulster Business about the growth in demand for corporate coaching in an increasingly results driven business environment

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Diageo scoops top workplace award

Thursday 21 March 2013 by Ulster Business

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Diageo Ireland Demand has been named the ‘Best Large Place to Work’ at the Annual Best Workplace Awards, beating a number of top international companies across the island of Ireland including Microsoft, PepsiCo and McDonalds in the process.

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Sunblest extends its reach into Scotland

Wednesday 20 March 2013 by Ulster Business

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Sunblest Pancakes and Sunblest Potato Farls will be rolled out across all Asda stores in Scotland

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Dame Mary Peters with another winning team

Friday 15 March 2013 by Ulster Business

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Fleet Financial NI Ltd a trading division of Charles Hurst Group have teamed up with Dame Mary Peters and provided her with a car to help fulfill her many sporting and charitable obligations in 2013

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Tesco makes NI meat sourcing pledge

Thursday 14 March 2013 by Ulster Business

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Supermarket giant Tesco is to double the amount it spends on buying fresh beef, pork and chicken from Northern Ireland farmers, according to CEO Philip Clarke.

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Animators create 40 new jobs in Belfast

Thursday 14 March 2013 by Ulster Business

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Dublin-based animation company Jam Media has provided a huge boost for the local creative sector after announcing plans to create 40 high quality jobs in Belfast.

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Yardmaster wins £5m sheds contract

Wednesday 13 March 2013 by Ulster Business

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A Mid Ulster company has secured a £5m contract to supply flat packed garden sheds to catalogue and DIY store giant Home Retail Group, which owns Argos and Homebase.

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Lifetime achievement for Mauds

Wednesday 13 March 2013 by Ulster Business

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At the recent Ice Cream Alliance Awards in Harrogate, founder of Mauds, the late John Wilson was honoured with the organisation’s award for Lifetime Achievement for services to the Ice Cream industry.

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It's a Mauds world

Wednesday 13 March 2013 by Ulster Business

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Carrickfergus based Ice Cream manufacturer Mauds recently unveiled their new brand image and launched six exciting new flavours to over 100 retail and hospitality industry customers at a stunning themed event at their Trooperslane factory.

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Building a Better Future

Tuesday 12 March 2013 by Ulster Business

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The Northern Ireland Science Park has achieved huge success in its first ten years and plans are underway for further expansion that will help it further develop an ecosystem which matures the next generation of science and technology entrepreneurs, according to chairman Frank Hewitt.

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Is less really more?

Tuesday 12 March 2013 by Ulster Business

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Whether buying a new laptop for the company, selecting a conference venue, or picking an appetizer in a restaurant, nothing beats having a wide variety of options. In this article David Meade explores how research is fast proving that the opposite is true, and that by reducing your product offering you could increase sales by 600%.

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Extreme sports offer new tourism angle

Tuesday 12 March 2013 by Ulster Business

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Adventure tourism and extreme sports are increasingly popular and can mean big business for those destinations smart enough to get their product right. Lucy Gollogly asked how Northern Ireland measures up.

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25K winner secures first order in US

Tuesday 12 March 2013 by Ulster Business

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Queen's University-based MOF Technologies, winner of last year's NISP CONNECT 25k Awards, has announced that it has landed its first sale, to a US chemicals company.

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Online retail Vs the high street

Tuesday 12 March 2013 by Ulster Business

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As an increasing number of us opt for the convenience of shopping online and some of our best known retailers go to the wall, Stephen McVey investigates what retailers can do to make sure they survive the biggest shift in consumer behaviour in a generation.

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Networking in the pit lane

Tuesday 12 March 2013 by Ulster Business

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Enda McShane, chief executive of Belfast-based Velocity Worldwide, tells Ulster Business how innovation and diversification have enabled his firm to network with some of the world's leading brands.

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Sophia has its eyes on the stars

Tuesday 12 March 2013 by Ulster Business

Profile

As his company announced the completion of a $3.7m funding round, Sophia Search CEO Dave Patterson told Symon Ross that the business, which has offices in Belfast and Silicon Valley, has big ambitions in the big data market.

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Stay nervous, advises Glen Dimplex founder

Tuesday 12 March 2013 by Ulster Business

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President of Glen Dimplex Dr Martin Naughton gave this year's FPM Annual Leadership Talk at the University of Ulster as part of MLN's Management Month. Symon Ross caught up with him after the event.

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Why science is so important to our economy

Tuesday 12 March 2013 by Ulster Business

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In the first of a series of articles by members of MATRIX, the Northern Ireland Science Industry panel, Dr Bryan Keating outlines the priority areas of the economy where science is already having a big influence.

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Belfast hotels had ‘stellar’ 2012

Monday 11 March 2013 by Ulster Business

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Belfast hotels outperformed their competitors across the UK during 2012, according to the latest PwC Hotels forecast.

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Dublin Airport grows NI business by 15%

Monday 11 March 2013 by Ulster Business

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More than half a million Northern Ireland residents used Dublin Airport last year, a 15 per cent increase on 2011, according to the Dublin Airport Authority.

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Blu Marine wins £500,000 P&O contract

Monday 11 March 2013 by Ulster Business

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P&O Ferries has awarded local ship outfitters and refurbishment specialists Blu Marine, a £500,000 fit-out contract for its P&O Express, the fast craft that operates between Larne and Troon.

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Dragon’s Den firm gets growth funding

Saturday 9 March 2013 by Ulster Business

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Belfast- based manufacturer Takker is to further develop its home DIY product range after securing an investment from the £50m Growth Loan Fund.

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PANI brings outdoor research into industry minds

Friday 8 March 2013 by Ulster Business

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The Publicity Association of Northern Ireland (PANI)'s first business event of the year took place in Belfast recently and took an in depth look at the work of JNOR

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Ulster campus gets the green light

Friday 8 March 2013 by Ulster Business

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Belfast City Council's planning committee has backed the Environment Minister's approval of the University of Ulster's planning application for a new £250m Belfast City Campus.

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Bombardier’s CSeries 'on schedule'

Thursday 7 March 2013 by Ulster Business

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Bombardier says its CSeries programme is on track, with the Belfast facility which makes the wings of the aircraft playing a key part in its delivery.

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TEDxStormont confirms more speakers

Thursday 7 March 2013 by Ulster Business

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Simon Hamilton MLA has been announced as the latest speaker for the TEDxStormont event taking place at the end of the month, joining Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody on the bill.

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Big Shot a big hit in San Francisco

Wednesday 6 March 2013 by Ulster Business

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NORTHERN Ireland produced energy drink Little Big Shot has been named as one of the Top Five Most Interesting Products on display at this year's Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco.

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Dale Farm signs cheese deal in Russia

Wednesday 6 March 2013 by Ulster Business

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Northern Ireland dairy foods producer Dale Farm has won a €1m order to supply cheese in Russia, securing the deal at the Gulfood exhibition in Dubai.

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British Airways to a T

Wednesday 6 March 2013 by Ulster Business

British Airways

British Airways and Twinings are promising to transform tea in the air with an innovative new blend of the nation's favourite drink, specifically designed to work at altitude. The British Airways signature blend tea is now available for customers in all cabins.

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IoD membership for 200 Ulster students

Wednesday 6 March 2013 by Ulster Business

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For the first time in its 100 years of existence the Institute of Directors (IoD) has opened up its membership to young directors of the future.

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If Mum’s did Mother’s Day

Wednesday 6 March 2013 by Ulster Business

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A recent survey by the Fitzwilliam Hotel in Belfast has uncovered some interesting facts that should perhaps be taken into consideration by those heading out to purchase that perfect gift in the run up to Mothering Sunday on 10th March.

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Marie Curie calls for Titanic donations

Wednesday 6 March 2013 by Ulster Business

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Evie Rose Miller, aged 3 helps Marie Curie Cancer Care to launch this year’s Great Daffodil Appeal with the support of Titanic Belfast, encouraging people to don a daffodil pin and make a donation to the charity this March.

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Dalata Hotel Group enters NI market

Tuesday 5 March 2013 by Ulster Business

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Dalata Hotel Group, Ireland’s largest hotel operator has announced its first hotel in Northern Ireland on completion of a new management agreement to operate the Park Plaza Hotel at Belfast International Airport.

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Bosses urged to get Backin' Belfast

Tuesday 5 March 2013 by Ulster Business

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Belfast bosses and their staff are being encouraged to get out of the office and into the city as the latest strand of the Backin’ Belfast campaign is rolled out.

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First Trust launches £250m mortgage fund

Monday 4 March 2013 by Ulster Business

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First Trust Bank has created a £250m mortgage fund which it says shows its commitment to re-energising the Northern Ireland housing market.

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New jobs in store for Co Tyrone

Monday 4 March 2013 by Ulster Business

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A Tyrone based family-owned company has announced the opening of its second supermarket located in the town centre of Coalisland.

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Harlem helps homelessness with Simon

Tuesday 26 February 2013 by Ulster Business

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Faye Rogers of Harlem Cafe, Belfast, today presented a cheque for £3,500 to Noel Brady and Susan Smith from Simon Community NI.

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Looking for marketing excellence

Tuesday 26 February 2013 by Ulster Business

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Friday 1st March is the official deadline to get your entries in for the 25th annual Ulster Grocer magazine Marketing Awards, widely regarded as the highest local marketing accolades that a company can achieve within this sector.

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Tayto to create 58 new jobs in Tandragee

Friday 22 February 2013 by Ulster Business

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Crisp maker the Tayto Group has announced plans to create 58 new jobs at its plant in Tandragee to help it meet growing demand for its products.

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Growth loan fund office open for business

Thursday 21 February 2013 by Ulster Business

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Twenty loans worth a combined £5m have been approved by the manager of the Growth Loan Fund since the fund started investing six months ago.

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Wrightbus receives order for 179 buses

Thursday 14 February 2013 by Ulster Business

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Ballymena based manufacturer Wrightbus has received an order for 179 new single deck buses from UK bus and rail operator First Group.

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Business change in a digital age

Thursday 14 February 2013 by Ulster Business

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The CIM in association with The CIPR will be hosting an event later this month at Titanic Belfast on how digital technologies have changed the way we now do business.

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£50m offshore wind terminal completed

Wednesday 13 February 2013 by Ulster Business

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Belfast Harbour has handed over a new £50m offshore wind terminal to DONG Energy and ScottishPower Renewables which is expected to create 300 jobs.

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NYSE recruits 300th Belfast employee

Wednesday 13 February 2013 by Ulster Business

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Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has congratulated NYSE Euronext on recruiting its 300th employee in Northern Ireland.

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UTV wins Daybreak news contract

Wednesday 13 February 2013 by Ulster Business

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UTV has won a multi-year contract to provide regional news bulletins to the ITV network breakfast programme Daybreak following a competitive tender process.

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Breakfast at the Culloden Estate & Spa?

Wednesday 13 February 2013 by Ulster Business

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Local cereal producer White's has joined forces with Hastings Hotels to offer more than 300 fabulous prizes which can be enjoyed across Hastings' six hotels throughout Northern Ireland.

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The battle for confidence in our food industry

Wednesday 13 February 2013 by Ulster Business

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PR consultant Michele Filippi gives her take on the on-going horsemeat scandal and the image problems it could create for the food industry across the UK and Ireland.

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Caterpillar creates new jobs in Belfast

Tuesday 12 February 2013 by Ulster Business

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Machinery manufacturer Caterpillar has announced plans to create 200 jobs in west Belfast over the next five years, a move the company said demonstrates its commitment to Northern Ireland.

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Jobseekers get chance to seal the deal

Tuesday 12 February 2013 by Ulster Business

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Newry company Dealtronic is offering up to 20 new recruits the chance to get their career back on track by competing for a sales job in an Apprentice-style interview process.

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Tech star joins NISP CONNECT

Tuesday 12 February 2013 by Ulster Business

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The NI Science Park's NISP CONNECT programme has brought in one of Ireland's most successful technology entrepreneurs as its new Chairman. Symon Ross spoke with Chris Horn about what he hopes to achieve.

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Bradfor boss has got it covered

Tuesday 12 February 2013 by Ulster Business

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Named recently as the Outstanding Businesswoman of the Year by networking organisation Women in Business, Patricia Clements says a hands on approach has been key to the growth of her business.

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Flight and the City

Tuesday 12 February 2013 by Ulster Business

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Five years after first setting up in Belfast and following its decision to switch airports last year, Ulster Business spoke to Aer Lingus Commercial Manager Valerie Abbott to find out what's next for the airline.

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Rallying the troops

Tuesday 12 February 2013 by Ulster Business

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In his second article for Ulster Business, David Meade explores how simple and reliable scientific techniques can be used to motivate your entire team to achieve more than you – and they – ever thought possible.

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The best laid plans

Tuesday 12 February 2013 by Ulster Business

Planning

Environment Minister Alex Attwood wants to introduce new, simpler planning regulations. But does the proposed Bill strike the right balance between economic and environmental concerns? Stephen McVey reports.

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Safe and secure

Tuesday 12 February 2013 by Ulster Business

INEQE

Security and risk management consultancy is a competitive field, but you'd have to go some way to find one as credible as Belfast-based Ineqe, writes Symon Ross.

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Harbour chief is new chair of BITC

Tuesday 12 February 2013 by Ulster Business

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Belfast Harbour Chief Executive Roy Adair has been confirmed as the new Chair of responsible business organisation Business in the Community.

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Small business loan fund launched

Monday 11 February 2013 by Ulster Business

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Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has unveiled the new £5m NI Small Business Loan Fund launched as part of Invest NI's Access to Finance Strategy.

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Have you got the answer?

Monday 11 February 2013 by Ulster Business

Never Mind

Give your business brain a rest and test your music expertise at Action for Children's 'Never Mind the Business' music quiz

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Powerteam energised by new contracts

Monday 11 February 2013 by Ulster Business

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High voltage electrical design and build company Powerteam has announced that its turnover increased by £14m or 47% in 2012 after it won a number of contracts with blue chip energy firms.

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Levy is not retailers’ bag

Monday 11 February 2013 by Ulster Business

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Northern Ireland Retail Consortium Director Aodhán Connolly writes about the impact of the new carrier bag tax which will be introduced in April.

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Moy Park invests £20m in UK site

Friday 8 February 2013 by Ulster Business

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Northern Ireland's largest food company Moy Park has announced plans for a major £20m investment in its Grantham food processing site in Lincolnshire.

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IoD calls for £250m business fund

Thursday 7 February 2013 by Ulster Business

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The Chairman of the Institute of Directors in Northern Ireland has urged the Executive to establish a £250m fund to aid business growth.

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Hughes sponsors Ulster Rugby Academy

Thursday 7 February 2013 by Ulster Business

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Northern Ireland's largest independent insurance broker, Hughes Insurance, has agreed a two-year deal to sponsor the Ulster Rugby Academy.

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Mercury and Tavcom to host security conference

Thursday 7 February 2013 by Ulster Business

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Mercury Security and Tavcom Training are jointly running a conference for security professionals at the La Mon Hotel and Country Club near Belfast on March 7.

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Book, Track and Trace Taxi with App

Thursday 7 February 2013 by Ulster Business

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Value Cabs, Belfast’s leading taxi company, has launched a brand new App to make booking and keeping track of your taxi even easier.

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Danske Bank posts £92m loss for 2012

Thursday 7 February 2013 by Ulster Business

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Danske Bank's Northern Ireland business made a £92m loss in 2012 as impaired loans continued to weigh on the bank's balance sheet, but the bank's CEO expects it to be back in profit by 2015.

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Two new VPs for NI Chamber

Wednesday 6 February 2013 by Ulster Business

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The Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce named Danske Bank's Kevin Kingston and Stephen McCully from Power NI as its new vice-presidents.

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E&Y entrepreneur competition launched

Wednesday 6 February 2013 by Ulster Business

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The 2013 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year programme for the island of Ireland has been launched at the Ulster Hall in Belfast.

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Warhol’s the business for the MAC

Tuesday 5 February 2013 by Ulster Business

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With excitement building ahead of the opening of the first major Andy Warhol Exhibition in Northern Ireland at the MAC in Belfast on 8 February, the celebrated artist is proving to be a hit in the business community.

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Business school in Harvard link up

Tuesday 5 February 2013 by Ulster Business

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The Ulster Business School will from April become the first in the UK to deliver a prestigious course developed at Harvard.

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£8.8m funding for tech transfer projects

Tuesday 5 February 2013 by Ulster Business

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InterTradeIreland is to invest £8.8m in 135 cross border technology transfer projects that are expected to lead to the creation of future jobs for graduates.

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New lease of life for Titanic House

Tuesday 29 January 2013 by Ulster Business

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The ongoing transformation of one of Belfast's most historic buildings into a major business hub has gathered pace with a new lease to a leading architectural practice.

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Allen & Overy expands Belfast operation

Thursday 24 January 2013 by Ulster Business

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International law firm Allen & Overy is to create up to 67 new high quality jobs in Belfast, it has been announced.

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Ulster Bank to sponsor Balmoral Show

Thursday 24 January 2013 by Ulster Business

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The Balmoral Show has announced that Ulster Bank will be the principal sponsor of the event when it moves to Balmoral Park, its new site at the Maze.

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New Tyrone company creates 38 jobs

Thursday 24 January 2013 by Ulster Business

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A new company based in Co Tyrone has announced plans to create 38 jobs after receiving support from Invest NI.

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Farmers get to grips with solar technologies

Wednesday 23 January 2013 by Ulster Business

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Over 150 people from the farming community attended renewable energy seminars in Tyrone to hear about the best solar technologies available to help farmers cut their electricity bills which will in turn help Northern Ireland meet its targets in reducing its carbon footprint.

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Jobs figures in NI disappoint again

Wednesday 23 January 2013 by Ulster Business

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The unemployment rate in Northern Ireland has dropped slightly but is higher than the UK average, with the number of people claiming jobless benefits still rising.

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Five NI companies make innovation shortlist

Wednesday 23 January 2013 by Ulster Business

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Five companies from Northern Ireland have made the shortlist of 18 organisations selected for the 2013 InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards.

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NI angel network in Scottish LINC up

Tuesday 22 January 2013 by Ulster Business

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Halo, the Northern Ireland business angel network, has joined its equivalent organisation across the water, LINC Scotland, it has been confirmed.

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A&L Goodbody tops M&A rankings

Monday 21 January 2013 by Ulster Business

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Northern Ireland Corporate law firm A&L Goodbody has been ranked as the most active legal advisor for corporate deals in Northern Ireland last year.

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Molson Coors buys Cork micro brewery

Monday 21 January 2013 by Ulster Business

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Molson Coors UK & Ireland has announced the formation of a new craft beer division and the purchase of the Franciscan Well brand and micro-brewery

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FG Wilson re-branded as Caterpillar NI

Monday 21 January 2013 by Ulster Business

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One of Northern Ireland's best known companies, FG Wilson, is to be renamed to reflect its status as a division of parent Caterpillar.

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Leaders in Business 2013

Monday 21 January 2013 by Ulster Business

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Read our interviews with 10 leaders in their fields who we think will have a big role to play in driving business forward this year

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Weekend hackathon set for Belfast

Friday 18 January 2013 by Ulster Business

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The local tech community is being invited to help break a global world record for games development at Farset Labs.

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Nothing ventured, nothing gained

Thursday 17 January 2013 by Ulster Business

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David Meade explores how simple and reliable scientific techniques can be used to influence investors and stakeholders to think or act in the way that you’d like.

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The access to finance conundrum

Thursday 17 January 2013 by Ulster Business

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The Executive is acutely aware that bank lending remains constrained and businesses urgently need access to finance, writes Finance Minister Sammy Wilson.

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On the map for the right reasons

Thursday 17 January 2013 by Ulster Business

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The UK City of Culture title will be the basis for making Derry a go-to city in the long term, writes Philip Gilliland, President of Londonderry Chamber of Commerce

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The ambitions for wider devolution

Thursday 17 January 2013 by Ulster Business

John Simpson

John Simpson takes a look at proposals put forward in Wales and Scotland concerning the devolution of additional powers and asks whether any would benefit Northern Ireland.

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Simon Hamilton

Thursday 17 January 2013 by Ulster Business

Simon Hamilton MLA

The Strangford MLA will be the man holding the purse strings at Stormont when he takes over the key role of Finance Minister later this year at a time when Westminster is likely to make further cuts.

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Shona McCarthy

Thursday 17 January 2013 by Ulster Business

Shona McCarthy

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Shane Logan

Thursday 17 January 2013 by Ulster Business

Shane Logan

The CEO of Ulster Rugby says that current success for the professional team is just one strand of a long term plan to make Ulster a world class rugby region both on and off the field.

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Paul Millar

Thursday 17 January 2013 by Ulster Business

Paul Millar

The chief investment officer at WhiteRock Capital Partners expects to lend as much as £10m this year as manager of the Invest NI-backed Growth Loan Fund.

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Mark McCusker

Thursday 17 January 2013 by Ulster Business

Mark McCusker

Growing demand for its English language learning software is helping TextHelp Systems expand into an increasing number of new markets, according to its CEO.

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Neil Gibson

Thursday 17 January 2013 by Ulster Business

Neil Gibson

The economist hopes to make a positive contribution to the way government formulates economic policy in his new role as director of the Northern Ireland Centre for Economic Policy at the University of Ulster.

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Paul Terrington

Thursday 17 January 2013 by Ulster Business

Paul Terrington

The Northern Ireland Regional Leader of PwC and IoD deputy chair believes more locally based companies must start exporting if the province is to stop lagging the rest of the UK.

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John McMullan

Thursday 17 January 2013 by Ulster Business

John McMullen

The CEO of Bryson Charitable Group is aiming for continued growth in 2013 and expects social enterprises to play an increasingly important role in the economy across the UK and Ireland.

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Colin Williams

Thursday 17 January 2013 by Ulster Business

Colin Williams

The man largely responsible for reinvigorating the children's television production sector in Northern Ireland will be spending 2013 working on a new animated series called Driftwood Bay.

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Ann McGregor

Thursday 17 January 2013 by Ulster Business

Ann McGregor

The CEO of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce has won many plaudits over the last few years, but feels there's a lot more the business organisation can do to help boost the local economy.

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A pathological entrepreneur

Thursday 17 January 2013 by Ulster Business

Des Speed

Amanda Poole visited the offices of PathXL at the Northern Ireland Science Park to catch up with CEO Des Speed, one of Ulster's most successful entrepreneurs.

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Almac completes £6.5m expansion project

Thursday 17 January 2013 by Ulster Business

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Craigavon-based Almac Group has doubled its pharmaceutical development capacity and announced plans to recruit new staff in 2013.

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Job loss warning over flag protests

Thursday 17 January 2013 by Ulster Business

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Representatives of Northern Ireland’s hospitality sector have warned that jobs within the industry will be lost if flag protests continue to affect the local economy.

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Entrepreneurs ‘need more role models’

Wednesday 16 January 2013 by Ulster Business

SeanG

Ulster Business got entrepreneur Sean Gallagher's views on leadership ahead of an event held by MLN to launch its upcoming Management Month.

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US firm to create 33 new jobs in Belfast

Wednesday 16 January 2013 by Ulster Business

Oxfordconsulting

There was some good news on the jobs front today as American company Oxford Consulting Group announced plans to establish a 33 person development centre in Belfast.

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Giant year of networking ahead for local businesses

Wednesday 16 January 2013 by Ulster Business

Belfast Giants

Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce will launch their 2013 calendar of events on the 16th January by hosting a 'giant' networking event at the Belfast Giants Ice Hockey game at the Odyssey Arena.

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Ireland eyes e-commerce boost

Tuesday 15 January 2013 by Ulster Business

Werner Stengg

What difference could plans by the European Commission to fuel further online shopping via a consultation on cross border parcel delivery have for the island of Ireland?

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Loan to support growth at aerospace firm

Tuesday 15 January 2013 by Ulster Business

Maydown Precision

Maydown Precision engineering has announced that a £500,000 loan from the Growth Loan Fund will help it secure over 100 jobs in 2013 and create additional jobs in future.

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Iron Maiden singer to ‘rock’ IoD Annual Dinner

Wednesday 9 January 2013 by Ulster Business

Bruce Dickinson

Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson has been announced as the guest speaker for this years Institute of Directors Annual Dinner

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2013 Business Tech Predictions

Tuesday 8 January 2013 by Ulster Business

Britt Megahey MD Barclay Communications

Britt Megahey, Managing Director of Barclay Communications looks ahead and reveals where mobile technology could take businesses in 2013 and beyond

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