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Remarkable Marketing Award Winners To Be Recognised This Week At Industry Event

The inaugural Remarkable Marketing Awards is set to recognise 20 experts across the industry this Friday night at a glittering awards ceremony at the Europa Hotel. The awards, sponsored by Card Group Research have been created by the team behind the hugely popular annual Big Marketing Meet Up conference, and will be held on Friday […]

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Northern Ireland Manufacturers And Experts Set To Gather In Dublin For Premier Industry Event

Hundreds of manufacturing companies and supply chain experts from Northern Ireland are set to travel to Dublin this week for the 2024 National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition at RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin. Following this major event, the same organisation will bring the Northern Ireland Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition to the

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Translink Increases Frequency To Encourage More People Onboard

Translink is enhancing frequency at Sprucefield and Cairnshill Park and Ride sites to encourage more people to choose the convenient and easy way to get to Belfast. From Monday 13th May, passengers using the dedicated 651 bus service from Sprucefield Park and Ride and the 652 service from Cairnshill Park and Ride will enjoy a

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Northern Ireland Automotive Industry Supports Its Own As Part Of Upcoming Awards

Iconic City Car Fiat 500 worth over £5k to be auctioned in aid of automotive charity Ben thanks to support from City Auction Group The local automotive industry will rally round to support professionals across the sector at the 2024 Northern Ireland Motor Industry Awards. The awards ceremony, being held on Thursday 7 November 2024

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Volunteer Now Gets A Boost From Soft Drinks Company Boost

As part of its new brand campaign, There’s a BOOST for That, Boost Drinks has joined forces with Volunteer Now to help encourage people to volunteer for community projects, sporting and music events, taking place across Northern Ireland this year. Volunteer Now is the voice of volunteering in Northern Ireland and helps make it easy,

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Annual Awards Launched To Recognise Social Enterprise Excellence In Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Social Enterprise Awards, in partnership with Go Succeed are back for 2024. The annual awards led by Social Enterprise Northern Ireland recognise and celebrate the remarkable achievements and positive contributions of social enterprises across the region. Applications are now open, and organisations are encouraged to enter before the deadline of midnight, Sunday

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M&S Belfast Launches Iconic Heritage Brand Jaeger In-Store

From the 15th May, customers will be able to browse and shop JAEGER across the 600 sq ft space on the ground floor of M&S Belfast located on Donegall Place. The store is the second M&S in Northern Ireland to offer the brand – currently only available in M&S Lisburn. One of 12 new stores

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Denny Launches New Premium Sliced Cooked Meats With Taste Masters

Iconic brand Denny is inviting Northern Ireland consumers to ‘elevate your lunch’ as it launches across the island of Ireland, Denny Taste Masters, a new range of premium sliced cooked meats.   The new range from Denny – Northern Ireland’s second most chosen food brand* – has five delicious flavours including Oven Baked, Hand Crumbed,

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Bank of Ireland, EY and AVEVA named as headline partners for Catalyst’s Generation Innovation

Northern Ireland’s independent, non-profit science and technology hub, Catalyst has announced Bank of Ireland, EY and AVEVA as the three headline partners for its Generation Innovation Work Experience Programme 2024. Focused on fostering innovation and entrepreneurship, Catalyst’s Generation Innovation is a free work experience programme for 17-18-year-olds who have an interest in becoming innovators. The

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Discover the Benefits of Active Travel in Belfast

Translink has partnered with Belfast City Council and Sustrans to promote cycling and walking alongside the use of public transport as work intensifies on the new world class Grand Central Station opening this autumn.  With the recent closure of Great Victoria Street rail station and work on the new public realm area around the station

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Stena Line Reinforces Its Irish Sea Management To Drive Growth In The Region

Swedish ferry operator Stena Line has announced strategic changes to its management team aimed at further enhancing its position as a market leader and driving continued growth in the region. Over recent years, Stena Line’s Irish Sea operation has experienced significant expansion solidifying its status as a cornerstone of the company’s network. With 13 ships

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Local Hospitality Leader Makes Renewed Call For Government Support As Stix & Stones Celebrates 10th Anniversary

A Prominent local hospitality leader, John Trainor, has made a renewed call for local government support to secure the future of Northern Ireland’s hospitality sector as the renowned Stix & Stones restaurant in Belfast celebrates its 10th Anniversary.  Mr Trainor, the visionary behind the hugely successful Stix & Stones restaurants and the Balmoral Hotel in

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Bertie’s Bakery Rolls Out Innovative New Product Line In Over 80 Henderson Group Stores

Bertie’s Bakery, the award-winning family firm with 50 years of baking heritage, is expanding its relationship with Henderson Group through the rollout of an innovative new product line in over 80 Henderson Group stores across Northern Ireland. The Magherafelt-headquartered bakery has experienced strong growth in sales since it began listing with Henderson Group, just over

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Supervalu And Centra On Track To Plant 50,000 Trees By 2032

SuperValu and Centra, part of Musgrave NI, have been laying down roots in 19 communities across Northern Ireland in the next stage of their native tree planting initiative, bringing them a step closer to their pledge of planting 50,000 native trees by 2032. In partnership with Trees on the Land, a charity and not-for-profit project

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Bar Acquisition Is Central To Oakleaf Plans In Mid-Ulster

The Magherafelt-based Oakleaf Group has acquired The Central Inn in Cookstown as part of an overall investment of £3 MILLION in the Mid-Ulster region over a two-year period. Established in 1969, the three-storey Central has been a mainstay in the heart of Cookstown for more than half a century and work is already under way

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Jet2holidays kicks off biggest ever summer programme with prices slashed across ALL Summer 24 holidays

Jet2holidays is celebrating the start of its biggest ever summer with customers, by slashing prices across ALL Summer 24 holidays.  In addition to this red-hot price drop, the UK’s largest tour operator is giving customers an additional £50 off PER PERSON on all holidays departing between May 8th and June 30th 2024, with customers who

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Lidl Northern Ireland Raises £1m For NSPCC

Lidl Northern Ireland and NSPCC Northern Ireland have celebrated a successful seven-year partnership in which the region’s fastest-growing retailer has helped to raise a record £1M, to help keep children safe across Northern Ireland. NSPCC was chosen by Lidl NI as its preferred charity partner in 2017 for an initial three-year period but this was

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In The Spirit Of Sustainability The Salthouse Partners With Basalt Distillery To Launch Its Own Drinks Range

The Salthouse Hotel in Ballycastle, one of Europe’s most sustainable accommodation providers, has launched its latest venture in collaboration with Basalt Distillery, The Salthouse Spirits Range.  This bespoke collection of spirits, including Gin, Rum, Vodka, Coffee Liqueur, and Mezcal, embodies the venue’s commitment to sustainability, craftsmanship, and innovation in what is another investment at the

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Social Care Council Secures Prestigious Platinum Recognition

The Northern Ireland Social Care Council (the Social Care Council) has been recognised by Investors in People (IIP) as a Platinum employer for excellence in values-driven leadership, workplace culture and learning and organisation-wide commitment to its staff. Platinum is the highest-level award in the IIP We invest in people accreditation. It means policies and practices that support

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Ulster Bank Helps School Children Make Sense Of Money

Education Minister, Paul Givan MLA, recently attended a financial literacy lesson at a local primary school. The Lagan Valley MLA met pupils and staff at Pond Park Primary School in Lisburn before observing a MoneySense workshop delivered to the primary seven class by Ulster Bank volunteers. Ulster Bank MoneySense provides free financial education programmes for

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Belfast Giants And Stena Line Commit To 13th Season in Partnership

The Stena Line Belfast Giants are proud to announce the return of Stena Line as the club’s title sponsor for the 2024/25 season. Stena Line is the largest ferry operator on the Irish Sea, with the biggest fleet providing up to 248 weekly sailings, offering the widest choice of routes, including combined passenger and freight

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Radley Opens Northern Ireland Designer Outlet Store at The Boulevard

Bolstering its high-end offering, luxury accessories brand, Radley opened its doors at Northern Ireland’s only premier designer outlet, The Boulevard recently. Creating 7 new jobs, the 1,800sq ft store is the latest brand to join the Lotus Property owned scheme where it will feature Radley’s collection of luxe leather bags and accessories. From maxi to

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Belfast’s Night-Time Economy Boosted With Search For Night Czar

Belfast’s night-time economy is set to receive a significant boost as the city’s three Business Improvement Districts (BID) begin the search for Belfast’s Night Czar. The appointed Czar – funded by Linen Quarter BID, Belfast One and Destination CQ – will further enhance, co-ordinate, and advocate for the city’s night-time strategy in terms of safety,

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Musgrave NI Announces £14 Million Investment in Local Food

Leading convenience retail group Musgrave Northern Ireland has today announced a £14 million investment in local produce with the launch of a new own-label range, which has been developed especially for SuperValu, Centra and Mace. Good Food Locally Sourced comprises a range of almost 150 products, offering a variety of everyday wholesome tasty food, including

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Revolutionary £37.6m UK Digital Twin Centre Announced For Belfast

Belfast Region City Deal and Innovate UK have announced a £37.6m investment in the UK Digital Twin Centre, a centre of excellence that will revolutionise how industries develop products, services and systems across the UK. Led by Digital Catapult, the Centre has been endorsed by UK industry, launching with co-investment from three major industry partners:

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East Belfast Enterprise Welcomes New Board Members

East Belfast Enterprise has welcomed two new board members, Beverley Brown and Gareth Robinson. Beverley and Gareth bring a wealth of local East Belfast knowledge to the board and a passion for the growth and development of the social enterprise which provides entrepreneurs with the facilities and support to develop their business idea into a

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Fifteen Hotel Heroes Celebrated at Ceremony in Grand Central Hotel

The Northern Ireland Hotels Federation (NIHF) is proud to celebrate its 25th anniversary. As part of these celebrations, the NIHF is recognising outstanding individuals who serve as ambassadors in the hotel profession. This year’s Hotel Hero Awards showcase the diverse roles and opportunities available within the sector. People are the lifeblood of the hotel industry

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Open College Network Strengthens Collaboration With The Open University

Open College Network (OCN NI) has announced details of the signing of a Memorandum of Understand (MoU) with The Open University in Ireland (OU in Ireland). The MoU aims to establish a partnership between OCN NI and OU in Ireland to promote widening access for learners and create suitable progression pathways between OCN qualifications and OU

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Hastings Hotels and SD Bell & Co Brew Up New Coffee Deal

Hastings Hotels has partnered with SD Bell & Co in East Belfast to create a specially roasted 100% Arabica blend for the group’s six luxurious properties. The launch of the brew comes as Hastings Hotels confirmed a new supply agreement with Henderson Foodservice to continue its long standing coffee relationship which spans eight years. As part of this, the

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Ulster Bank-Backed Investment in Antrim Farm Secures Future for Third Generation

The owners of an upland farm in County Antrim have purchased additional land and invested significantly in diversification and automation with the support of Ulster Bank to help secure the future of the family’s third generation of farmer. Timmy and Karen Rea, who farm 260 acres of land between Larne and Slemish Mountain, have diversified

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Martyn’s Law: Response to Manchester Arena Bomb Takes Shape in Belfast

The Protect UK Conference was held recently at ICC Belfast. Presented by TINYg, the world’s largest, free to use Counter Terrorism Information network, and the Department for Business and Trade, the Conference brought together security experts, policymakers, and members of the events industry to discuss The Terrorism (Protection of Premises) Bill, also known as Martyn’s

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AC Hotel by Marriott Celebrates 6th Birthday With Tapas On The Terrace & Visit From Celebrity Chef Jean-Christophe Novelli

AC Hotel by Marriott Belfast celebrated its sixth birthday by reopening its stunning outdoor dining area, The Terrace, allowing guests to experience its beautiful waterfront location while enjoying a new tapas-inspired menu. Among the rejuvenated menu of dishes are Padrón peppers, succulent calamari, Antipasti sharing boards and delicious pizzas, all evoking a sense of sunshine

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Agnew Group Renews Commitment To Mental Health Charity MindWise

Prominent car dealership Agnew has announced the extension of its partnership with mental health charity MindWise for an additional two years, solidifying its commitment to supporting the Beyond Bricks programme — an initiative that reaches out to the younger generation. Beyond Bricks uses Lego-based play to enhance the mental health and well-being of children in

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Northern Ireland’s First Ever Clintons Outlet Store Opens at The Boulevard

Northern Ireland’s only premier designer outlet, The Boulevard is now officially home to the Northern Ireland’s first ever Clintons outlet store as it opened its doors to customers on Saturday 20 April 2024. The 1,054sq ft store, which was originally Card Centre, has rebranded to Clintons and opened at the Lotus Property owned scheme in

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Jet2.com Named Best Airline At Major European Aviation Awards Ceremony

Leading leisure Jet2.com has been named Best Airline at the prestigious Routes Europe 2024 Awards. The awards, regarded as one of the key accolades in European aviation, took place on April 23rd at Routes Europe 2024 at Aarhus in Denmark. The awards bring together key figures from the industry to celebrate excellence in aviation, as well as outstanding achievements in the

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Conference Hears Why Partnership Is Key To ‘Prosperous, Productive And Inclusive economy’

More than 300 businesspeople have joined policymakers including Economy Minister Conor Murphy and the new Chief Executive of Invest NI, Kieran Donoghue for a collaborative conference designed to facilitate deeper co-operation between industry and policymakers. Hosted by Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) with the support of headline sponsor Ulster Bank and

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Optimism Rises In NI Construction Sector As Housebuilding Activity Picks Up

Construction activity in Northern Ireland increased for the first time in two years, albeit at a modest rate, according to the latest Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) construction monitor for Q1 2024. A net balance of 4% of Northern Ireland respondents to the survey reported that overall construction workloads rose through the first quarter

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VYTA Wins King’s Award For Enterprise For Sustainable Development

Leading IT asset disposition and lifecycle management (ITAD and ITALM) company Vyta has earned the highest business honour in the United Kingdom as one of four companies from Northern Ireland to win a King’s Award for Enterprise this year.  Vyta has been recognised for its excellence in sustainability as one of only two Northern Ireland

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