Social Enterprise NOW Group Names Lidl Northern Ireland ‘Academy Partner Of The Year’

Leading social enterprise NOW Group has named Lidl Northern Ireland as its ‘Academy Partner of the Year’ in recognition of its work in supporting people with autism and learning difficulties into retail careers. Just a year after the Belfast-based social enterprise teamed up with Lidl Northern Ireland to launch its pioneering Retail Skills Academy, the […]

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Newtownards, Bangor And Dundonald Stores Unite With Four G As Part Of Big Help Out

Asda colleagues from Newtownards, Bangor, and Dundonald teamed up with local charity Four G, to host litter picks in the community. The litter picks were organised as part of Asda’s official partnership with the ‘Big Help Out’ initiative, which sees thousands of organisations come together to help improve their local areas. Four G is a

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Sales Rep Settles Disability Discrimination Case For £20k

A sales representative has settled his disability discrimination case against Haldane Fisher Ltd for £20,000.  The case was supported by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland. The case was settled through mediation and without any admission of liability by Haldane Fisher Ltd. Mark Graham worked for Haldane Fisher Ltd for 28 years. In 2017, Mark

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Clearhill Makes £750,000 Investment In Banbridge Headquarters

Clearhill, leading provider of leisure vending machines and premier Gift Card partner to shopping centres across Ireland and the UK, has announced a significant investment in its Banbridge-based headquarters. The £750,000 project is set to significantly enhance the pre-existing facilities due to the increasing demand from customers across the UK. The expansion will introduce a

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Northern Ireland Blood Cancer Charity Calls For Public To Take On Mind And Body Challenge In Aid Of Life-Saving Research

Sponsored challenge in aid of Leukaemia & Lymphoma NI includes seaside yoga and stand up paddle boarding  A local charity funding medical research into blood cancer is inviting the public to take on the Warrior Workout Challenge to help raise much-needed funds for its scientists and clinicians. The three hour challenge, in aid of Leukaemia

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Finalists Announced For Entrepreneurial Startup Awards INVENT 2024

Catalyst has today announced the finalists of INVENT 2024, the leading competition for aspiring innovators and entrepreneurs in Northern Ireland. Organised by science and technology hub Catalyst with headline partner Bank of Ireland, the inspirational INVENT showcase is the main event of the year for early-stage startups and aspiring entrepreneurs to showcase their innovations to

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Iconic North Coast Inn Acquired And Transformed With Ulster Bank Support

Black Rock Hotels, the owner of Leighinmohr House in Ballymena, has officially announced the opening of Gray’s at Bushmills, a new 17-bed boutique hotel on the Antrim coast, with the support of Ulster Bank. As preparations get underway for The Open, which returns to Royal Portrush next year, the hospitality group, owned by entrepreneur Adrian

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Translink Enhances Services To Belfast International Airport For Summer 2024

Translink has enhanced services to Belfast International Airport this summer, with Airport Express 300 services operating every 12 minutes during peak times, Monday to Friday to cater for extra holiday demand. Translink has also announced a special family ticket for Airport Express 300 services during the busy summer period. Translink’s Director of Commercial Operations, David

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Young Female Tennis Players Serve Up Court Bosses In Time For Wimbledon

Tennis Ireland, on Tuesday 25 June, launched Court Bosses, a programme for young women between the ages of 16 and 18 that will give them the skills and confidence they need to remain in the sport as players and coaches. Research has shown that young athletes leave the sport they love prematurely when they hit

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Castlewellan’s SOMA FEST 2024 Line-Up Revealed

The full lineup of performances and attractions of this year’s instalment of the ever-popular SOMA Festival has been unveiled for July 19-21. With less than two weeks to go, ticket holders will be thrilled to explore the variety of musical performances, family entertainment, craft stalls and more on offer. The Soma Festival opening celebration will

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Do You Enjoy Hoarding? Here’s How To Successfully Declutter And Regain Space

If you are a hoarder, decluttering your home might seem impossible. You feel fulfilled by owning lots of stuff, so you might question how it would be possible to let go of things and achieve a more spacious home. If you want more space in your home, you need to compromise. Decluttering isn’t impossible. Instead,

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How Digital Business Cards Can Grow Your Business

These days everything is digital. It’s no surprise that traditional business practices are evolving in this direction. One Innovation that you may be aware of is that of digital business cards.  Unlike their paper counterparty digital cards offer some unique benefits. They can help your business grow and thrive in a marketplace that is very

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SuperCupNI “On The Ball” With New Multi-Year Partnership With Uhlsport

SuperCupNI has announced a new five-year partnership with leading German football brand, uhlsport GmbH.  The new deal sees uhlsport continue as the official match ball and apparel partner for one of the world’s most renowned international youth football tournaments, following a hugely successful partnership in 2023. The cutting-edge uhlsport ATTACK ADDGLUE FOR THE PLANET football will be

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AbbeyAutoline Named Personal Lines Broker Of The Year At Prestigious British Insurance Awards 2024

AbbeyAutoline, Northern Ireland’s largest insurance broker, is celebrating a prestigious UK-wide accolade after being named Personal Lines Broker of the Year at the British Insurance Awards 2024. The British Insurance Awards 2024, celebrating its 30th anniversary, is hosted by Insurance Post. The awards are contested by hundreds of underwriters, brokers, and intermediaries to recognise and celebrate

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Goal Getters: Asda Colleagues Unite To Support NI Cancer Charity

Asda colleagues from the Larne, Ballyclare, Downpatrick and Shore Road stores have taken part in a charity football match to help raise money for Cancer Fund for Children. Cancer Fund for Children is a Northern Ireland charity for children and young people diagnosed with cancer or living with a parent with cancer. The charity offers

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Belfast City Council Appoints Ralph Appelbaum Associates To Develop Interpretive Masterplan And Concept Design For The Belfast Stories Visitor Experience

The landmark Belfast Stories project at the Bank of Ireland site on Royal Avenue continues to gather momentum with the appointment of Ralph Appelbaum Associates (RAA), the world’s largest practice dedicated to the planning and design of cultural attractions, to deliver the Interpretive Masterplan and Concept Design for the visitor attraction element of the proposed

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RNLI North Coast Receives Prestigious ‘999 Hero’ Accolade

THE Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) North Coast has been named Northern Ireland’s ‘999 Hero’ at the Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards 2024. Sponsored by Irish-owned pizza chain Four Star Pizza, the prestigious ‘999 Hero’ award recognises members of the emergency services that have gone above and beyond the call of duty in their jobs. With the RNLI celebrating its 200th anniversary this year,

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Around Noon Features Amongst Uk’s Fastest Growing Businesses

Newry-headquartered Around Noon, one of the leading food-to-go manufacturers in the UK and Ireland, has been recognised in two of the most prestigious company listings in the UK. The Newry-headquartered business which also has manufacturing facilities in Slough and in North London, has been listed in the Sunday Times 100 and the FEBE (For Entrepreneurs,

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Passengers Urged To Play It Safe On Public Transport This Summer

Translink is continuing to deliver it’s ‘Play It Safe’ campaign in partnership with the Irish FA and Ulster GAA to promote safe and responsible behaviour on and around public transport over the summer. The ‘Play it Safe’ campaign uses a sporting theme to highlight important issues like treating everyone with respect, staying alert, avoiding risks,

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Antrim’s Artisan Producers Get A ‘kickstart’ Securing A Place On Lidl Northern Ireland’s Supplier Development Programme

Lidl Northern Ireland is set to give a ‘Kickstart’ to four Co. Antrim artisans selected as part of a new batch of 13 local producers from across Northern Ireland who successfully earned a place on the retailer’s coveted Kickstart Supplier Development Programme. Representing the best across the county, Blackfire Food, Green Fingers Family and Sweet

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AbbeyAutoline Completes Acquisition Of Lisnaskea-Based Martin Carey Insurance

AbbeyAutoline has announced the acquisition of Lisnaskea-based Martin Carey Insurance’s customer book of business. This deal is part of AbbeyAutoline’s ambitious growth strategy aimed at strengthening its position as Northern Ireland’s largest insurance broker and enhancing its commercial insurance portfolio. Since its launch in 2020, following the integration of Abbey Insurance and Autoline, AbbeyAutoline has also acquired

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Over 750 Young People Across NI Participate In Catalyst’s Generation Innovation Work Experience Programme

Over 750 young people, with a passion for innovation, took part in Catalyst’s free work experience programme, Generation Innovation, the highest number of participants since the programme was established in 2018. Running across three locations in Northern Ireland, the programme for 17-18-year-olds empowers, enables and upskills young people for the workplace of tomorrow and giving

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Lidl Northern Ireland Launches Its Biggest Ever Japanese Food Range

Lidl Northern Ireland announces the launch of its biggest ever ‘Vitasia’ food range, this time bringing an authentic taste of Japan to Lidl Northern Ireland stores throughout the region available from Thursday 11th July while stocks last. As part of the retailer’s ‘Taste of the World’ offering, which gives customers an opportunity to experience high-quality,

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Remote Job Postings Decreasing As Employers Ramp Up Return To Office Efforts

Fewer employers are actively posting fully remote jobs as they push for employees to return to the office, new data from leading talent solutions provider, WilsonHCG, shows. However, the talent solutions leader has warned that a lack of other incentives, such as wellness programmes, could damage recruitment and attraction when the labour market fully bounces

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Asda Checkout Colleague Brigeen Makes 12-Year-Old George’s Day

12-year-old George Shields, who is autistic, loves shopping at Asda’s Downpatrick store with his mum Georgine and eight-year-old sister Anna, but it can be a little bit overwhelming at times. So, when Asda Downpatrick checkout colleague Brigeen Henderson saw that George was getting a little upset on one visit, she calmly chatted to him and

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The Northern Ireland Regions In Uk’s Top Five Areas For A Peaceful Night’s Sleep

New data has crowned South West England the best UK area for a blissful night’s sleep, with only 2.70 noise complaints per 1,000 people according to the latest CIEH Noise Survey. Bedroom furnishings experts Bed Kingdom gathered data from the latest CIEH Noise Surveys for England and Wales, DAERA Noise Complaint Statistics for Northern Ireland

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Ballymena Business Has Designs On Growth Following Go Succeed Support

A Ballymena-based manufacturing and design company has supercharged its growth plans after receiving support from the government-backed Go Succeed enterprise service. Demanu Manufacturing and Design plans to expand its operations, invest in cutting-edge technology, and enhance its product offerings following the boost which included a Go Succeed grant. An innovator in manufacturing solutions, the company

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West Belfast Community Store Celebrates 25 Successful Years

The team at SPAR Lenadoon in West Belfast is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the community store. The store, which has been owned and operated by Damian and Patricia Morgan since 1999, began with just six employees, and now employs 18 people from the local area. Over the years, Damian and Patricia have made significant investments

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Jet2Holidays Launches Holidays To Costa De La Luz From Belfast International For Summer 25

Jet2holidays has today announced the launch of holidays to the Costa de la Luz from Belfast International Airport for Summer 25, as customers can now access the stunning region via Faro Airport from next year. Today’s exciting expansion, opening up a stunning and authentic slice of Spain, comes on the back of strong demand from Northern Ireland holidaymakers looking to get away

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Beat The Back-To-School Rush With Lidl Northern Ireland’s Unbeatable Value On School Uniforms

 Lidl Northern Ireland is excited to announce the launch of its school uniform range in stores from Monday 1st July, with prices starting at just £1.50. Combining exceptional quality with amazingly low prices, families across the region will bag more than a bargain at Lidl Northern Ireland this July.  The discount supermarket will be rewarding customers when purchasing

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Titanic Belfast Launches New Terry Bradley Exhibition And Immersive Experience

TITANIC Belfast has announced the return of a free summer exhibition in partnership with Terry Bradley Art following the huge success of last year’s inaugural event. Dockers & Dolls – The Art of Terry Bradley runs daily from Monday 1st July until Saturday 31st August from 9am – 7pm in The Andrews Gallery. The new exhibition will showcase

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Jet2Villas Recognised As Which? Recommended Provider Again

Jet2Villas has been named as a Which? Recommended Provider for the second year running, after once again finishing top of Which?’s Self-Catering Accommodation Abroad survey. Jet2Villas, the villa proposition from Jet2holidays, received the highest customer score in Which?’s survey of self-catering accommodation providers and was named as the ‘Best villa holidays provider’. It is the second time that the consumer champion has surveyed self-catering accommodation

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Belfast Celebrates Double Win At Prestigious Micebook Awards

Visit Belfast and ICC Belfast have hit the top spot in two major categories at this year’s micebook awards 2024, recognising their commitment to delivering world-class events with excellence, innovation and impact. Visit Belfast secured the ‘Best Convention Bureau’ title at the annual awards in London for a second consecutive year in an international competition

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NSPCC Launches Voice Of Online Youth To Give Young People In Northern Ireland And Across The Uk A Say In Online Safety Decisions

Two teenagers from Northern Ireland are among a group of 15 young people from across the UK who will make up a new forum of young people to advise the NSPCC, politicians, regulators, parents and professionals about the best way to protect children online. The ‘Voice of Online Youth’ is a group aged 13-16 from across the

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Deadline For Applications Extended For NI Social Enterprise Awards 2024

The deadline for entries to the 2024 Social Enterprise Northern Ireland Awards has been extended until midnight on Wednesday, July 31. This extension gives social enterprises the opportunity to submit their entries for one of the 16 prestigious awards. These awards are not just about recognition but come with significant benefits. They allow organisations to

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Lessons From The Post Office: Shining A Light On Corporate Governance Success And Failures In Major New Event

The award-winning journalist who was at the forefront of reporting on the Post Office Horizon scandal is set to headline a major new event in Belfast this year, it is announced today.  Nick Wallis – who presented, produced, and consulted on three BBC Panorama programmes about the subject and was a consultant on ITV’s drama

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Lidl And WWF Launch Ambitious International Partnership

Lidl, one of the largest retailers, and WWF, one of the world’s largest independent conservation organisations, announced the start of a new five-year international and strategic partnership active in 31 countries. The long-term cooperation with WWF will focus on working along Lidl’s value chain, thereby helping to address the global ecological challenges of our time, ensuring

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The Studio Creator 360 Video Maker Kit: Redefining Digital Content Creation for Young Innovators

The Studio Creator 360 Video Maker Kit is a new addition to Canal Toys’ Studio Creator range, designed to empower young creators to produce high-quality digital content effortlessly.  From dance videos to vlogs, baking tutorials to unboxings, and everything in between, the Studio Creator 360 is set to revolutionise how aspiring influencers and digital content

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