Tina Calder

Journalist, commentator, author and content creator specialising in showbiz, entertainment, business, trade, human interest and lifestyle.

Ulster Bank Extends Charity Partnership With Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice

Ulster Bank has announced plans to extend its charity partnership with the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice and has committed to another year of fundraising for this service. The announcement came as a group of Ulster Bank colleagues were invited to visit the Children’s Hospice headquarters and meet team members and medical staff who provide care […]

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Harland & Wolff Hosts Historic Cross-Party Delegation

Last month, in a landmark event symbolising the restoration of devolution in Northern Ireland,  Harland & Wolff was pleased to welcome the largest cross-party delegation of Westminster  politicians in the country’s history.  The delegation, comprising members from all political spectrums, was a testament to the  collaborative spirit supporting the renewed political landscape. The visit underscored

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7 New TV Awards Announced For NI’s Screen Industries As RTS NI Calls For 2024 Entries

The Royal Television Society in Northern Ireland (RTS NI) in partnership with BBC Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Screen and Channel 4 has today (22 April) launched its 2024 Awards for the local creative industries with seven exciting new award categories this year. The new categories for 2024 are: Actor (Female); Actor (Male); Writer; Breakthrough Award

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Northern Ireland Hotels Federation and Food Standards Agency Launch ‘Choice for Children’ Initiative

The Northern Ireland Hotels Federation (NIHF) is partnering with the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to launch a ‘Choice for Children’ initiative that highlights the importance of food choices for children. In March 2024, the FSA along with local councils published research into children’s menu offerings in restaurants, which revealed a concerning lack of variety and

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Titanic Belfast Named A Great Place To Work As It Welcomes 8 Millionth Visitor

TITANIC Belfast has been certified as a Great Place to Work following an independent employee survey as the world-leading visitor attraction announces that it has welcomed its eight millionth visitor. The certification, which is backed by validated and anonymous feedback from staff, measures employee satisfaction from company culture to business practices and is collected through

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New Social Enterprise Launches With Bespoke Business Offering

Centre of Learning, a new social enterprise providing bespoke programmes for professionals and business owners has launched offering tailored, peer learning aimed at empowering participants to excel in their careers and enhance their contribution to the NI economy. Part of The WiB Group, Centre of Learning has today expanded its offering of 15 different programmes delivered through

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Norbev Increases Turnover By Over 50% Following £300,000 Investment In Skills Development

Ballymena based soft drinks manufacturer, Norbev has increased its turnover by over 50 per cent following an investment of almost £300,000 in the upskilling of its staff. Founded in 1919, Norbev manufacturers beverages and soft drinks for customers including Aldi, Suntory (Lucozade), Talking Rain and Capri Sun, and exports 98 per cent of its products

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Moy Park Secures Listings For Four Core Coated Lines In Tesco Stores Across NI

One of Ireland’s best known chicken brands, Moy Park, has secured a contract to list four core fresh coated chicken products into all Tesco stores across Northern Ireland. The Moy Park brand lines will help to strengthen the fresh coated chicken category in Tesco NI. The listings will include Breaded Goujons Mega Pack 700g, Garlic

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Grand Opera House Trust Announces New Chair

The Grand Opera House Trust has announced that Janette Jones has been appointed Chair of the organisation, assuming the role from Colin Loughran who had served for the last seven years. A former PwC tax partner in Belfast who also led the firm’s private business practice in the region, Janette has been a Board member

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A Decade Of Dedication: Asda Dundonald Hosts 24-hour Charity Sit-Out

Asda Dundonald Community Champion, Sharon McBratney hosted the store’s annual 24-hour Charity sit-out on 5th-6th April, to raise funds for local charity Helping Hands. For ten years, Sharon McBratney, has lent a helping hand to the charity by organising the 24-hour sit out with her Asda Dundonald colleagues. The initiative takes place outside the store every year during

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Duff McKagan To Open European Tour In Dublin

Following the successful release of his third solo album Lighthouse in October 2023, Duff McKagan is thrilled to announce a forthcoming headline UK and European tour in October 2024.  Kicking off from Dublin, the series of shows will see the iconic musician play in fifteen cities in eleven countries bringing Lighthouse to life with his legendary live performances. Duff

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Jet2holidays Announces Return Of Popular ‘Bid For A Break’ Campaign

Jet2holidays has relaunched its enormously popular ‘Bid for a Break’ campaign due to popular demand, giving holidaymakers the chance to pay as little as just a few pence for a Summer 24 getaway. The UK’s largest tour operator has a total of four holidays to bid on between 15th April – 9th May for customers with a myJet2 customer account,

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Ulster Museum And EY To Connect More People To The Arts

The Ulster Museum has announced a new exhibition sponsorship with EY, which will bridge the worlds of business and the arts and connect more people across the region to our local museum infrastructure and the benefits rich cultural experiences can deliver. EY Northern Ireland is the exhibition sponsor for a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition opening at the

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Techno Legends Scooter Announce Return With UK & Ireland Tour

Arguably one of Europe’s most successful techno acts, Scooter, announced today that they will be returning to the UK and Ireland later this year as part of their 30th-anniversary tour – the ‘Thirty, Rough and Dirty’ tour. Hitting venues including London’s OVO Arena Wembley, the trio around frontman H.P. Baxxter is set to give fans an unforgettable party

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Armagh Observatory & Planetarium to Screen Digital Film Poem

Armagh Planetarium has launched a screening of a digital film poem by Csilla Toldy, award-winning writer and video artist/experimental film-maker. Ec(h)o is supported by the National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland with a Digital Artist Development Award. Speaking about the film-poem Csilla Toldy, MA said: “Echo in Greek mythology is the nymph whose own

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BPerfect Cosmetics Unveils The Latest Addition To Their Indestructi’brow Collection With The Brand New Brow Fiber Gel Mascara

Get ready for flawless brows with BPerfect Cosmetics’ Indestructi’brow Brow Fiber Gel Mascara. Already making waves following its exclusive release on TikTok, this cutting-edge brow gel mascara is the latest gem in BPerfect’s iconic Indestructi’brow lineup. Featuring advanced nylon fibers that effortlessly grip its groundbreaking formula onto your brows, giving them a boost of fullness and definition like never before – the Indestructi’brow Brow Fiber Gel Mascara allows you to comb and shape your

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RICS Launches Consultation On The Valuation Of Pubs And Other Licensed Leisure Premises

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has launched a consultation on the valuation of licensed premises, including public houses, bars, restaurants, and nightclubs. Property valuation, particularly for properties hosting active businesses, can be complex. RICS is committed to producing accurate professional standards that aid clarity for professionals and non-professionals alike. This consultation, initially delayed

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Invest NI Paves Way For Future Entrepreneurs With Young Enterprise ESG Partnership

Invest Northern Ireland has announced an Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) partnership with Young Enterprise NI which will support the next generation of entrepreneurial talent in Northern Ireland. The newly announced partnership will see Invest NI business mentors share their expertise with Young Enterprise Students to help them learn about best practice and how to

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Cookstown Security Business Reveals Major Growth Plans

RE:SURE, a security intervention specialist based in Cookstown,  is escalating its three-year growth strategy after doubling the size of its business and workforce over the last 14 months. Now employing a team of 60, RE:SURE is supporting its expansion and sales growth  by investing £1.2million in the redevelopment of its head office in the Kilcronagh

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AbbeyAutoline Shortlisted For Two Major Accolades At The British Insurance Awards 2024

AbbeyAutoline has been shortlisted for two major accolades at The British Insurance Awards 2024 – the only Northern Ireland broker to be shortlisted for a prestigious industry award. Northern Ireland’s largest insurance broker is in the running for Personal Lines Broker of the Year and Insurance Broker of the Year at the gala awards ceremony

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Food Standards Agency Report Shows Children’s Menus Need Improvement

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has revealed the results of research undertaken in partnership with local councils, into children’s meals served in restaurants in Northern Ireland.  Key findings of the report, which is titled What’s on the Children’s Menu include:   Choice was limited on children’s menus and few healthy options were available. The most popular

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Review: An Officer and a Gentleman The Musical at the Grand Opera House Belfast

Prepare to be whisked away on a journey of love, courage, and redemption with An Officer and a Gentleman The Musical, captivating audiences at the Grand Opera House in Belfast until Saturday 16th March. This production, bursting with the classic rock and pop anthems of the ’80s, delivers an electrifying experience that promises to have

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Belfast’s RENDR Festival Rolls Out Red Carpet For Oscar, BAFTA And Emmy-Winners

With awards season in full flow, RENDR festival will roll out the red carpet at Portview Trade Centre in East Belfast later this week for an all-star line-up of Oscar, BAFTA and Emmy-winners who will unite for the city’s second annual creativity and technology showcase. A unique nocturnal event, RENDR, which is supported by Northern Ireland Screen,

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Internationally Acclaimed ‘The Walk’ Confirmed For Belfast 2024 Programme

‘The Walk’, a world-renowned creative project featuring Little Amal, a giant puppet of a 10-year-old Syrian refugee, will arrive in Belfast from 16-19 May – the latest event to be confirmed as part of Belfast City Council’s Belfast 2024 programme. The acclaimed production will be a signature event in the city’s biggest ever creative and

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Catalyst And SSE Airtricity Partnership To Drive Greener Energy Innovation For NI’s Innovation Community

Science and technology hub, Catalyst is proud to welcome SSE Airtricity as the latest Platinum Partner within its growing Partnership programme. SSE Airtricity is a leading energy provider across the island of Ireland, supporting communities to make cleaner, greener choices. The partnership will be integral in supporting businesses within Catalyst’s network to drive sustainable practices

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100 NI Pupils To Get Life-Saving Scan During Heart Month

A woman from Northern Ireland who lost her brother to Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS) has raised enough money to get 100 pupils screened for the invisible disease, in the hope of saving lives.   Amy Adair-McCourt, from Jordanstown, lost her brother, Nicky (Nick) Adair in March 2020, and since then she has been passionate about

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Belfast Educational Film Charity Boosted By Amazon Donation

A Belfast charity that educates children and young people has received a £2,000 donation from Amazon thanks to a Northern Ireland-born Amazon employee who now lives in the US. The donation was made to film charity Cinemagic. The charity offers young people the chance to develop real skills and explore opportunities in film and TV.

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Derry Tech Signed By $A3.5billion nib Group To Support Remote Australian Community

Derry-based Access Elemental, and its technology developed in Northern Ireland, will play a key role in supporting the community in one of Australia’s remote townships in a deal signed with nib Group. nib Group, a health, wellness, and global travel insurance company, is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, and has a market capitalisation of

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Translink Awarded ‘Platinum’ Level Accreditation In Business & Diversity Charter

Translink has secured ‘Platinum’ level accreditation in Business in the Community Northern Ireland (BITCNI) and Ulster Wildlife’s Business & Diversity Charter. This is the highest ranking available and only seven organisations in Northern Ireland have achieved it. The Charter recognises organisations that are committed to enhancing and protecting biodiversity and have taken action to address their

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Van Morrison Announces Easter Performances In Belfast’s Culloden Hotel

Blues-rock legend Van Morrison is to perform two exclusive, intimate shows this Easter in Belfast’s Culloden Estate and Spa. The lunch and jazz event will take place on Easter Sunday and Monday, March 31 and April 1 at the five-star hotel, which is part of the Hastings Hotel Group. Tickets are on sale on Ticketmaster,

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Nominations Now Open For NIHF Receptionist Awards 2024

Get ready for the highly anticipated NIHF Receptionist Awards 2024. The Northern Ireland Hotels Federation (NIHF) is delighted to announce the return of this prestigious event, taking place at the stunning Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel and Lodges this May, hosted by Pamela Ballantine. As part of a series of Key Awards, the ceremony is designed to

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Northern Ireland’s Low Business Birth Rate Should Be Cause For Concern Says FSB

Ulster University’s Economic Policy Centre (UUEPC) has updated its Enterprise Dashboard with NISRA’s newly released business births and deaths data.  Commenting on the latest statistics, Alan Lowry, FSB’s NI Policy Chair said: “The fact that the business birth and death rates are almost identical means that this sector of the economy is barely treading water.

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“Flexible Working Practices Have Potential To Power Productivity” Is The Message Ahead Of Labour Relations Conference

Contemporary flexible working practices, and their potential to power productivity and a more inclusive labour market will be the focal point of the Labour Relations Agency’s (LRA) upcoming annual conference. Taking place on the 14 March at Stranmillis College, Flexible Futures 2024 will be delivered in partnership with the Department for the Economy and Timely

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Generation Innovation Launches To Inspire Innovators Of The Future

Focused on fostering the equal opportunity for all within innovation and education, Catalyst has today launched its free work experience programme, Generation Innovation, for 17–18-year-olds across Northern Ireland. First launched in 2018 and funded by the Department of Economy, the one-of-a-kind work experience programme is designed to empower, enable, and upskill young people for the workplace

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£42m Carrickfergus Regeneration Takes Leap Forward With McAdam Design Appointment

Plans to transform the historic town of Carrickfergus have taken a significant step forward with the appointment of leading design, architectural and engineering specialists McAdam Design to help deliver the £42m Belfast Region City Deal project. The initiative will regenerate, reposition, and rebrand Carrickfergus, firmly placing the town on the map as an authentic, heritage-led,

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AIB (NI) Cuts Fixed Mortgage Rates By Up To 0.90%

AIB (NI) is cutting interest rates across its 2 Year and 5 Year Fixed Mortgages, with reductions of up to 0.90%, supporting those aiming to get on the property ladder, investing in energy efficient properties and homeowners looking to move home, or lock in a new rate. On a 2 Year Fixed Rate, customers can benefit from a

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Advice NI Encourages Tax Credit Claimants To Seek Independent Advice Before Making Claim For Universal Credit To Maximise Benefit Entitlement

With the Department for Communities currently issuing thousands of Migration Notice letters each month to people on Tax Credits as part of its ‘Move to UC’ programme, we want to make sure that those affected get the right advice about the timing of their claim in order to maximise their entitlement to the 6.7% benefit

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Translink Advises Passengers Of Essential Works In Belfast On Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd March

The railway line between Lanyon Place and Great Victoria Street stations in Belfast will be closed on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd March 2024. The closure is for essential rail engineering works to enable the move to the new Belfast Grand Central Station later this year. Translink’s Ian Campbell, Director of Service Operations said: “Work on Belfast

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