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NIHF Member Breakfast with Economy Minister Deirdre Hargey MLA

The Northern Ireland Hotels Federation (NIHF) was honoured to host Department for the Economy Minister, Deirdre Hargey MLA, at a special member breakfast held on the 16th of May 2024 at the Crowne Plaza Belfast. This event brought together prominent figures from the hotel, accommodation, supplier, tourism, and hospitality sectors. Eddie McKeever, President of Northern […]

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DELI LITES Team Scores National Accolade At Sandwich Oscars

Two DELI LITES New Product Development Technologists are celebrating after being named among the UK’s top sandwich and food to go creators by an industry-leading awards body. Kirsty Fitzpatrick and Kirsty Beck from DELI LITES represented the company at the Sammies – the sandwich and food to go awards – in London after triumphing in

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M&S Food Teams Up With Panini To Launch Northern Ireland Football Sticker Collection

 M&S Food has kicked off a summer of football by teaming up with sticker giant Panini to launch an exclusive sticker collection featuring the stars of Northern Ireland’s senior men’s and women’s international football teams. This summer the food retailer is giving local football fans the chance to start collecting limited edition stickers of their

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Gold Standard Convention Centre: ICC Belfast Is The Only Convention Centre Awarded In The Uk And Ireland

ICC Belfast, Northern Ireland’s only purpose-built international convention centre, has been awarded ‘gold’ in the Convention Centre category at this year’s Eventex Awards. The awards are the world’s leading honours for events and experience marketing. This year received 1207 entries from 62 countries and six continents. ICC Belfast was the only convention centre from across

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AIB Announced as Title Sponsor of All-Island Female Entrepreneurs Conference

AIB has been announced as title sponsor of the prestigious 2024 Women in Business All-Island Female Entrepreneurs Conference taking place on 6th June in Belfast’s Europa Hotel. This year’s conference will focus on the theme of ‘Grit and Growth’ with Gráinne Mullins, Head Chocolatier and Founder of Grá Chocolates recently added to the line-up of

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Deputy Lord Mayor Encourages Women Entrepreneurs To Attend First TechFoundHer AI Roadshow In Belfast

Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Áine Groogan said Belfast must “support inclusive growth and opportunities in businesses of the future”. She was speaking at the launch of the TechFoundHer AI Roadshow which will be taking place at The MAC, Cathedral Quarter, later this month. The women in tech organisation, set up by Co Down entrepreneur Mairin

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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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Award-Winning Belfast Tour Operator Expands To Scotland

The creators of Northern Ireland’s leading food and drink experiences, Taste & Tour, have announced their expansion into Scotland, initially offering public tours in Edinburgh and corporate experiences across the central belt. Established in 2016 by Belfast entrepreneurs Phil Ervine and Caroline Wilson, Taste & Tour specialises in award-winning, authentic, local food and drink tours.

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INVENT 2024 Launches With £55k Prize Fund For Entrepreneurs

Catalyst’s 2024 INVENT competition officially opens for applications today, with a top prize of £25,000 up for grabs for the overall winner and six new categories to enter. Organised by science and technology hub Catalyst with headline partner Bank of Ireland, the prestigious INVENT competition is the main event in the calendar year for early-stage

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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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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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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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Janet Devlin Joins Simon Cowell’s New Streaming Platform Lounges.tv

Lounges.tv, the new, disruptive streaming platform backed by global music mogul Simon Cowell, is transforming the way musicians are performing online – helping them make money and get noticed! Thousands of artists have signed up to the platform which, in addition to Simon Cowell, is backed by Prince’s former manager Kiran Sharma and BBC iPlayer founder

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Peter Corry Returns With A Resounding Encore: ‘Thank You For The Musicals’ Tour Hits Northern Ireland With Two Exciting New Stops!

After a sold-out tour last year, Peter Corry Productions is thrilled to announce the return of the acclaimed show, “Thank You for the Musicals”. This year, the musical extravaganza promises even more enchanting performances, hitting new venues across the province and celebrating the very best of musical theatre with an extra special singing workshop thrown

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Young Entrepreneurs Share Youth Knowledge With EY Following Announcement Of 1,000 New NI Roles

Young entrepreneurs who work with the likes of Aviva, Google, and the UK Government to help them connect better with young people are lending their knowledge and expertise to businesses in Northern Ireland, including EY, which recently announced plans to create 1,000 new jobs here. EY Northern Ireland announced plans last September to create 1,000

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Golden Goodie Bag For One Lucky Visitor At 2023 Mallusk Christmas Market Unveiled

Mallusk Enterprise Park will open its doors to support over 20 local entrepreneurs, 3 charities and provide free Santa Grotto visits to 100 local children on the evening of Wednesday 29 November. The local businesses and enterprises showcasing their locally made products and services at the pop up festive Market include local artists Dionne Pollock,

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Mallusk Enterprise Park To Transform Into Festive Market To Support Over 20 Local Businesses This Week

An indoor market with over 20 stalls and a pop up Santa’s Grotto will transform the local enterprise agency at Mallusk on Wednesday November 29. The evening event will offer visitors the chance to pick up handmade presents and enjoy a night out supporting the business community in the countdown to Christmas. Hosted and supported by

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Finnebrogue Jingles All The Way To Asda

Finnebrogue has worked with Asda to produce ten new Christmas products, bringing the total number of listings for the Downpatrick based company to 36, across fresh meat, meat-free, chilled, frozen meat, and party food. The new seasonal products, which are exclusive to Asda and will be available across the retailer’s stores in the UK include Extra

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Tech Consortium Strikes Gold With International Trade Award

An international consortium of tech innovators is celebrating its success at the inaugural International Trade Awards, organised by the Institute of Export and International Trade (IOE&T). The Technology Enabled Trading Alliance (TETA) picked up the ‘Innovation in Trade Award’ in recognition of its blockchain solution for the food industry. Spearheaded by Northern Ireland blockchain innovator

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Catalyst Launches Inclusive Innovation Programme ‘STRYVE’

Catalyst has formally launched its new inclusive innovation project STRYVE, which is aimed at young people aged 16-25 years old seeking to gain skills, qualifications and experience that will provide them with a pathway towards employment. STRYVE, which is being delivered in partnership with the Rio Ferdinand Foundation and funded by the International Fund for

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Gifted Entrepreneurs Raise £500k With Support From Ulster Bank

Two female entrepreneurs are working to reshape the approach to gift-giving through technology and psychology and have successfully raised over £500,000 to grow the platform. Needi, the online gift-matching marketplace, has received a significant boost from lead investor Techstart Ventures, and are now on track to scale to £10m before the end of 2024, thanks

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Belfast Engineer Unleashes Game-Changing 3D-Designed Body Armour Poised to Create up to 30 Jobs in Northern Ireland

A forward-thinking team led by mechanical engineer, Peter Gilleece, is at the forefront of a groundbreaking venture in the world of protective gear. Mr Gilleece has founded Vikela, a business poised to disrupt the body armour industry with innovative human-centred 3D-designed materials that provide superior protection and comfort compared to conventional body armour, as well

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Catalyst Launch Co-Founders Programme To Connect Aspiring Entrepreneurs To Build Innovative New Start-Ups

Catalyst launched its Co-Founders programme today, inviting people with passion, drive and ambition to come together to create start-ups that could change the world. Running for 12 weeks on Monday evenings in 2024, the programme is open to anyone, with no experience or qualifications needed, and is designed for people who want to have a

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From Gifts to Logistics: 10 Ways Antalis Services Can Elevate Packaging

In a world where packaging plays a pivotal role in product presentation, protection, and sustainability, Antalis Packaging Services emerges as a trusted partner offering a wide range of packaging materials, machinery, and expert solutions.  Whether you’re relocating to a new city or sending packages across the globe for your business, there are various ways you

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Business & Mindset Event Momentum Is Back For A Night At The Museum

A Belfast business and mindset event is to return this Autumn with a whole host of new speakers. The event, supported by Gekkoshot,will take place at the Ulster Museum on September 22, is set to reveal an all-star speaker lineup including leading names in hospitality, mindset, marketing, ecommerce, data and much more. According to organisers

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County Down Man Launches A Picture-Perfect Caricature Business Thanks To Help From The Go For It Programme

A County Down man based in Bangor, has launched his very own picture-perfect caricature business, John McClaughry Artist, thanks to the help of the Go For It programme in association with Ards and North Down Borough Council. This project is part funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the Investment

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Raise Ventures & Young Enterprise Northern Ireland Launch The Emerging Entrepreneurs Summer School

Raise Ventures & Young Enterprise Northern Ireland are pleased to launch the Emerging Entrepreneurs Summer School. Spearheaded by Raise Ventures, a private tech accelerator, in partnership with Ulster Bank and the Ormeau Baths, the Summer School aims to carve a clearer path for young people into entrepreneurship and showcase it as a viable career path.

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Downpatrick Business Owner Accelerates His Passion To Launch Motorcycle Repair Business

Downpatrick business owner and motorcycle enthusiast, Chris Howard has turned his passion for motorcycles and motorcycle racing into his very own motorcycle repair business, CHP Motoworks, thanks to the help of the Go For It programme in association with Newry, Mourne and Down District Council. This project is part funded by Invest Northern Ireland and

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Irish Physicists Win European Inventor Award 2023

Munich, 4 July 2023 – The European Patent Office (EPO) announced today that Irish inventors Rhona Togher and Eimear O’Carroll are the winners in the ‘SMEs’ category of the European Inventor Award 2023. Selected from over 600 candidates, these inventors created an advanced acoustic material that reduces noise to address chronic sleep issues. Togher and O’Carroll confirmed they were “honoured

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Enniskillen Business Owner Credits Her Daughter For Push To Take First Steps Into Shoe Business

Enniskillen business owner Lisa McElroy has credited a combination of retail experience, encouragement from her young daughter and a ‘Go For It’ attitude in giving her the push to start up her own business.  Supported by the Go For It programme, in association with Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, MySHoo, an in-store and online footwear

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Local Female Brand Named As Finalist In Prestigious UK Jewellery Awards

Female-led jewellery brand, Lustre & Love has been named as a finalist in one of the industry’s most prestigious awards. The UK Jewellery Awards recognises excellence across all areas in the industry including suppliers, manufacturers and business owners.   Co-founders, Deborah McCann who is Lisburn based and Kirstie Reeve have been shortlisted for ‘Emerging Jewellery/Watch

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Mid Ulster Family Scoops Up Support For Ice Cream Business From Go For It

A Pomeroy family have scooped up a business opportunity and launched their very own artisan ice cream business – Betty’s Ice Cream – thanks to the help of the Go For It programme in association with Mid Ulster District Council. This project is part funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund

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NI’s Most Promising Start-Ups Awarded £10K Proof Of Concept Funding

Ten of the most promising start-ups in Northern Ireland have each been awarded £10,000 proof of concept (POC) grants following their involvement in Catalyst’s early-stage entrepreneurship programme Co-Founders.   Co-Founders is an innovative programme which brings together ambitious people from diverse backgrounds who are interested in creating a start-up with high-growth potential in a safe,

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Finalists Announced For INVENT 2023 Awards

The ten finalists have been announced for INVENT 2023, the premier showcase for aspiring innovators and entrepreneurs. From an inclusive, purpose-driven fashion solution, to a menopause support app and emotional wellbeing solutions for children, the range of innovative ideas is immense. Run by science and technology hub Catalyst, in partnership with Bank of Ireland, the

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Award-winning Belfast tour operator launches corporate entertainment business

The creators of Northern Ireland’s leading food and drink experiences, Taste & Tour, have announced the launch of CoHost. This new venture is aimed at helping businesses with their corporate entertainment. CoHost has been launched by local entrepreneurs Phil Ervine and Caroline Wilson to strengthen their current offering for corporates by providing a personal, unique

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Homepreneurship: How to Make Money from Home with Side Hustles

In today’s fast-paced and ever-evolving world, the concept of traditional employment is undergoing a remarkable transformation. Gone are the days when your income was solely dependent on a 9-to-5 job or a single source of revenue. The rise of the internet and the advent of remote work have opened up a world of possibilities, allowing

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Belfast Artist Farhad O’Neill Displays Exhibition In Belfast Central Library

Libraries NI is delighted to announce that a stunning exhibition of bas relief sculptures in bronze, by local artist Farad O’Neill, will be on display in Belfast Central Library until 27 May. The exhibition, titled ‘A Life in Low Relief’ was launched in the library on Thursday 6 April and  includes 71 works in total,

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Carrickfergus Enterprise Champions Female Entrepreneurs In Mid And East Antrim

Social Enterprise Hosts Spring Lunch Event as Part of Enterprising Women Initiative. Carrickfergus Enterprise recently hosted a Spring Lunch Event as part of the Enterprising Women initiative, which seeks to support new and established female entrepreneurs in the Mid and East Antrim area. Held on March 30th , the event saw delegates network and provide

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Career Spanning Show By Master Watercolourist Launches In Belfast

Barbara Allen is a renowned watercolour artist. She is a six-time winner of the Watercolour Prize at the Royal Ulster Academy. She has exhibited extensively including at the White House and at Bergen in Norway. Her work is held in many important collections, including the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, National Self Portrait Collection of

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