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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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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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Ursula Lavery appointed Chair of Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association

The Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association (NIFDA) has appointed Professor Ursula Lavery MBE as the new Chair of its board. Ursula is Technical and R&D Director at Pilgrim’s Europe, including Moy Park, and she takes over from immediate past Chair George Mullan. She will hold the position for two years. Simon Fitzpatrick, Group Commercial

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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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How High Quality Sports Facilities Create a Healthier Local Community

Local leisure centres are supposed to be inspiring, active and supportive spaces for everyone in the community to enjoy in their free time. From swimming clubs to racquet sport facilities, there are endless possibilities to create a sense of togetherness in your local town or city. Investing in appealing amenities and state of the art

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NI Food To Go Association Announces Inaugural Awards To Enhance Local Industry

New awards launched by the Northern Ireland Food to Go Association will celebrate and help grow the local businesses that make up the vibrant take away and food to go sector here. The inaugural NI Food to Go Awards launched this week (Tuesday 30 April) at Belfast’s Malmaison Hotel, with NI Food to Go Association

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Jet2.com Celebrates 15 years Of Operating To Dubrovnik From Belfast International Airport

2nd May 2024: On 2nd May 2009, the first Jet2.com flight landed in Dubrovnik from Belfast International Airport and a decade and a half later, the leading leisure airline is celebrating 15 years of operating award-winning flights to the popular destination. Since that first flight, the company has enjoyed tremendous growth, both through Jet2.com and the UK’s largest tour operator Jet2holidays, with thousands of customers having travelled to Dubrovnik from Belfast

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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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O’Reilly Stewart Appoints Two New Solicitors Within The Firm

O’Reilly Stewart Solicitors has appointed Paige Clements as Solicitor within the Healthcare & Litigation department and Thomas Greenaway has been appointed as Associate Solicitor in the Property Department. Paige Clements Paige Clements has been appointed as Solicitor within the Healthcare & Litigation department at O’Reilly Stewart. Paige graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 2019 and recently

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Translink And North Belfast Community Groups Pack A Punch At The New York Street Train Station

Following the official operational opening of the new Translink York Street Station earlier this week (29 April) it was the turn of local boxing clubs and charities to bring a touch of community spirit to North Belfast’s modern transport hub. Themed ‘We’re in this together’ the evening event, held 1 May, played host to two Amateur

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GM Marketing And Tilda Celebrate 20 Year Partnership

Belfast based company, GM Marketing, is celebrating a landmark 20 years of exclusively distributing Tilda products on the island of Ireland. Distribution partnerships that span two decades are a testament to hard work and collaborative thinking, explained Ruth Jenkinson, Principal Controller, GM Marketing. Ruth said: “Since 2004 we have been bringing Tilda products to stores

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Asda Kilkeel Colleagues Go The Extra Mile!

Asda Kilkeel colleagues Jenna Pugh, Isla Curran, Shauna McCartan, Nicole Hennity and Natalie Wallace are taking on the challenge of the Belfast City Marathon on Sunday 5th May to help raise money for Cancer Fund for Children. The colleagues, who work in the store’s bakery, deli, produce and chilled departments, will tackle the event in a

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BBC Newsreader To Anchor IoD NI’s Annual Dinner

BBC newsreader and presenter Clive Myrie will give key address at the Institute of Directors Northern Ireland (IoD NI) annual dinner. BBC presenter, Clive Myrie, has been announced as the key speaker at the Institute of Director’s Annual Dinner which returns to the Culloden Estate and Spa on Thursday September 26. Around 400 delegates are

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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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McAleer & Rushe Launches Degree Apprenticeship Programme With Ulster University

Leading Design & Build Contractor McAleer & Rushe are partnering with Ulster University to launch their new 2024 Degree Apprenticeship Programme, in time for the new 2024/25 intake year. The new degree apprenticeship programme offers an alternative to the traditional degree route, providing students aged 18 and older the opportunity to gain fully paid employment

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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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Propertynews.com Signs Up 40 New Agents As Platform Continues Strong Growth

Propertynews.com, the locally-owned property portal, has signed up over 40 new estate agents to list their properties on its site since the beginning of this year, it reveals today. This continues very strong growth since its new owners acquired it two-and-a-half years ago. More than 400 agents in total now list their properties on Propertynews,

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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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Occupier And Investor Demand For Commercial Property In NI Continues To Fall, But The Outlook For Industrial Space Continues To Be Strong

The NI commercial property market remained subdued overall through the first quarter of the year according to the latest Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Commercial Property Monitor with challenges in the retail and office sector still apparent. However, the outlook for the industrial sector remains strong despite some easing back in current demand. Taking a look

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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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