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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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%.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.