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Belfast’s James St. Cooks Up Fresh Opportunities For 8 Budding Apprentices

Northern Ireland chef, entrepreneur and hospitality champion Niall McKenna is urging 8 ambitious young people with a taste for fine food and culinary expertise to step up to the plate and join its apprenticeship programme for 2022. With an award-winning reputation for both fine and casual dining, for more than two decades, Niall has been […]

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You Can’t ‘Beet’ Locally Grown Veg

Vegetable Advocate volunteers in Northern Ireland are calling on you to join them this month in a Love NI Veg 7-Day Meal Challenge.  Just ‘have a go’ and pledge to take the challenge to contribute to making a difference in your own life, as part of your local community and to the environment. Portia Woods,

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Tourism NI in Partnership to Drive Online Sales for Local Businesses

Tourism NI has partnered with Tourism Exchange GB (TXGB) to offer tourism businesses better access to online sales channels and a more cost-effective way to promote their offerings and drive direct bookings. TXGB is a UK B2B digital platform that provides tourism suppliers with an opportunity to diversify their distribution, reach new customers and increase

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Tourism NI Welcomes The Return Of Flagship Business Networking Event

Tourism NI is delighted to announce the face-to-face return of its Meet the Buyer trade event after two years of delivering the event virtually due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The annual flagship b2b networking event will host operators from over 16 global markets at ICC Belfast on Tuesday March 29 making it the largest international

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Retailers Terminate Contracts Worth Over £7bn In UK As One Fifth In NI Part Ways With Suppliers Deemed Not Up To Scratch

One in five (21%) retailers in Northern Ireland have cancelled contracts with suppliers across the last 12 months who don’t meet stringent ethical and sustainable standards, new research¹ reveals. The report out today from Barclays Corporate Banking – Reshaping retail: how ethics and sustainability are changing retail’s ecosystem – shows the pandemic and an increasing focus on Environment,

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Lidl Northern Ireland’s Sport for Good Schools Programme to tackle mental health head on in new partnership with Youth Sport Trust

Lidl Northern Ireland has selected 25 secondary schools across the region to each benefit from a dedicated Mental Health Athlete Mentorship programme and receive £1,000 worth of brand-new sports equipment as part of the retailer’s established ‘Sport for Good’ initiative. With 45 per cent of young people in Northern Ireland saying their mental health has

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New Campaign Launches To Attract Staff Into Hospitality & Tourism

A major campaign has launched to boost perceptions of careers in hospitality and tourism, helping to attract new talent and tackle staffing challenges. Recruitment has been a priority concern for employers in hospitality and tourism, which when compounded by the impact of COVID-19, has left many businesses struggling to recruit a full workforce, resulting in

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Belfast Company Excalibur Press Launches Training Webinar Series To Support Businesses With Their Marketing

When it comes to marketing your business, product or service most small businesses will depend on digital channels such as their website, social media and other platforms such as Google My Business. According to Social Media Examiner 96% of small businesses say they use social media in their marketing strategy whilst HubSpot reveals 48% of

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NI Firm To Deliver Government’s Help To Grow Digital Programme

Northern Ireland company, Zymplify, has been appointed as a preferred supplier to deliver Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s digital growth plan for small and medium sized businesses, helping them to learn new skills, reach new customers and boost profits. The Portstewart-based company has been approved to provide three innovative digital solutions to empower users to enhance their

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Remote Working Here To Stay So Employees Need To Learn New Skills

Top recruiter warns businesses they need to invest in the right systems & processes  When it comes to remote working one Northern Ireland recruitment firm says employees need to learn and display new skills to secure work from home roles. A Global Workplace Analytics report said that since 2009, the number of people who work

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Weekly Roundup: Renowned Activist To Speak At Conference, Public Consultation For Armagh Place Plan & £440k Funding Boost For Strathfoyle Greenway Project

World renowned ethologist and activist Dr Jane Goodall DBE has been announced as a keynote speaker for the 2022 Institute of Directors Women’s Leadership Conference. Dr Goodall, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and a United Nations Messenger of Peace, will address the annual summit sponsored by Herbert Smith Freehills. Hundreds of delegates, women and

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CQ BID Pledge A Greener, Cleaner Cathedral Quarter By 2026 With Help From Streetdock Initiative

The Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District (BID) has shown commitment to its cleaner, greener goals by facilitating key conversations between sustainable businesses and the wider community. One such business the BID is facilitating conversations with is streetdock, a newly launched infrastructure system of micro-hubs that supports and scales the use of low impact vehicles like

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Training Webinar To Help Businesses Create A Social Media Strategy & Plan For 2022

As many business owners work on their 2022 marketing and communications strategies and plans many will struggle to figure out what to do with their social media in the year ahead. A new training session by Belfast company Excalibur Press is set to help business owners, social media managers and staff responsible for looking after

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CQ BID Celebrates Sponsorship Of Winter Circus In Writers’ Square

Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District have announced their second year of sponsorship of the award winning circus company Tumble Circus returning to Belfast’s Writers’ Square this Christmas. This year’s sponsorship of the ​​spectacular Winter Circus comes after 2020’s event cancellation due to the Covid-19 pandemic which undoubtedly had a detrimental effect on the Cathedral Quarter.

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Taste Causeway Producers Win Half Of Prestigious Slow Food Northern Ireland Awards

Slow Food Causeway and Taste Causeway Members scooped five out of 10 prestigious Slow Food Northern Ireland Awards last week. The awards were held on Friday December 10 in a night of celebration as local businesses across Northern Ireland were recognised for their dedication to deliver quality and sustainable food products and fulfilling the movement’s

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Local Makeup Artist Celebrates New Studio With Empowering Event

County Armagh professional Makeup Artist Aisling O’Connor hosted an afternoon to remember at the Seagoe Hotel in Portadown to celebrate the launch of her new Dream Beauty Studio. The all-female event, ‘Look Good, Feel Fabulous’, took place on November 14 and showcased empowering motivational speakers, a Fashion show featuring local boutiques, a live makeup demo,

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Electric delivery bikes taking to city centre’s streets soon

Electric delivery bikes will be taking to Belfast city centre streets following the launch of a zero-emissions delivery service by local company, streetdock.  Funding for the new initiative comes from the Department for Infrastructure’s Sustainable and Active Travel elements of the Department for Communities’ Covid-19 Revitalisation Programme Fund, with Belfast City Council supporting project delivery. The

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Causeway Coast & Glens Heritage Trust Announce Free Online Webinars For Local Creatives In Brand Storytelling & Social Media Marketing

Causeway Coast & Glens Heritage Trust, in partnership with Ulster University, are delivering two free marketing and social media training sessions to local creatives, storytellers, and artisans next week as part of the EU funded Northword project. Led by trainer and founder of Excalibur Press, Tina Calder the virtual training begins on Monday December 6

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Portstewart Company Zymplify Launch Intent Data Platform Lead Onion

SAAS company Zymplify Group has launched Lead Onion, a powerful intent-driven sales enablement platform that allows users to identify, prioritise and connect with leads and prospects in real time. Lead Onion allows users to activate buyer-intent data with 17 dynamic intent sources at their fingertips giving them the ability to quickly identify companies who are

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5 Tips For Northern Ireland Businesses To Enjoy A Tax Friendly Christmas

After a quiet ‘Covid Christmas’ last year, companies across Northern Ireland are now making preparations for their long overdue Christmas party. To sprinkle a little extra festive cheer on proceedings, Lisburn-based digital accountancy specialist Exchange Accountants has come up with some ‘cracker’ ideas to help make this year’s staff party that little bit merrier for

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Belfast Mayor Celebrates Launch Of Winter Circus Programme

The award winning circus company Tumble Circus will make its return to Belfast’s Writers’ Square this Christmas. The team at Tumble Circus are back and better than ever with their exciting Winter Circus extravaganza.  Now in its fifth year, the event organisers said fans can expect this year’s show “to return louder and prouder than

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Children’s Author Releases Debut Album To Coincide With Fourth Book Release

The well-loved Weatherbies characters created by Maghera mum Yvonne Fleming are back with an exciting new song book launching on November 12. Sing a song with the Weatherbies, contains 13 songs for each of the characters who live in Skytown such as Sammy Sun, Colin Cloud and Rosie Rainbow as well as colourful illustrations by

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Belfast Community Circus School Launch Strategic Plan

Belfast Community Circus School has launched a brand new strategic plan after receiving funding from both Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council.  Chief Executive of the Belfast Circus School Jenna Hall said: “The funding we have received, initially through the Resilience Programme and currently as an Anchor organisation, has been transformational for

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Belfast’s Entrepreneurs Get Help To Set Out Their Stall

A week of free, tailored online events for Belfast-based entrepreneurs gets underway today and will culminate in a showcase of new start-up businesses at St George’s Market on Friday, November 12. Belfast is joining one of the world’s biggest celebrations of entrepreneurship between 8-12 November and thanks to Belfast City Council, entrepreneurs will be getting

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4 Slow Food Causeway Events Not To Be Missed This November

Hungry for adventure? If you’re looking for something exciting to really sink your teeth into, then look no further. From November 2021 to March 2022, Slow Food Causeway is hosting a series of unmissable events celebrating the unique cuisine of the Causeway Coast.  The Slow Food organisation was initially founded by activists in Italy to

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Research Reveals ‘Life After Lockdown’ – But Not As We Know It

The findings from the third in a series of ‘lockdown’ surveys indicate a ‘muted’ upward mood swing in the NI public, with the majority (81%) remaining concerned about Coronavirus and 75% committed to mask wearing. Commissioned by Bauer Media NI (Cool FM, Downtown and Downtown Country) the surveys have tracked the mood, behaviours, and attitudes

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Christmas at the Cathedral Returns this December

An international line-up of talent will join Ireland’s celebrated singer and producer, Peter Corry, bringing back the gift of music this Christmas at St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast. The sell-out show, which has now released a third event on Friday 17th of December, after the first two sold out in record time, promises to bring back Christmas

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Slow Food Causeway Joins Global Slow Food Movement & Launches 6-Month Event Programme

The Causeway Coast and Glens is Northern Ireland’s first accredited Slow Food destination, Taste Causeway, the collaborative network of local food and drink businesses was awarded the accolade by the global Slow Food Movement following a rigorous assessment process. To launch and celebrate this prestigious award Taste Causeway are running a six month programme of

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Gallery 545 Exhibitions Double Bill: Art Of Northern Ireland

Gallery 545 is thrilled to present an exhibition double bill in Malone Road, Belfast. Two exciting exhibitions will run in two different locations on the Malone Road featuring over twenty accomplished artists based in Northern Ireland, showcasing a curated selection of affordable original artworks. The gallery is delighted to welcome visitors to its premises at

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News in Brief: A New Platform For Businesses In The Property Sector Is Set To Launch At The End Of This Year

A new platform for businesses in the property sector is set to launch at the end of this year. Northern Ireland’s first online resource of its kind, the NI Property Hub, will help bring business together under one roof to showcase the products and services they supply to the property sector. For more information, visit

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Popular Cathedral Quarter Restaurant Reopens Following Pandemic Closure

A familiar face in Belfast’s hospitality scene is set to a return to its Cathedral Quarter home next month. The eclectic restaurant, Made In Belfast, will open its doors once again in the historic Cathedral Quarter on November 4, with owner Emma Bricknell keen to get back serving up fresh, hearty food for the people

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New Property Information Hub Set To Launch In Northern Ireland

A new platform for businesses in the property sector is set to launch at the end of this year.  Northern Ireland’s first online resource of its kind, the NI Property Hub, will help bring business together under one roof to showcase the products and services they supply to the property sector. Founders Heather Macartney and

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News In Brief: Food Manufacturers In GB Reduced Sales To NI Due To Protocol

Food manufacturers across Britain have significantly reduced sales to Northern Ireland according to a new poll. The Food and Drink Federation said half of members who responded to a survey were businesses with more than 250 employees. According to the research, large business sales volumes to Northern Ireland were down by an average of 10%

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News In Brief: Are You In Your Dream Job? Over 3/5 Of Us “Love” Our Current Job

Over three-fifths of us say we “love” our current job, with two-fifths going so far as calling it their “dream job.” However, while 8 in ten guys claim to enjoy what they do for a living, only 6 in ten women do. Women were also less likely to say they are in a dream job

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News In Brief: Public Sector Workers Set To See Wages Rise

At least 1.3m public sector workers are set to see their wages rise next year after the government confirmed their pay freeze is being lifted.  Chancellor Rishi Sunak will use his Budget on Wednesday to say nurses, teachers and members of the armed forces are among those set to benefit.  A “temporary pause” in salary

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CQ BID & DFI Working To Resolve Vehicular Traffic Issue In Cathedral Quarter

In May 2020 Minister for Infrastructure Nichola Mallon announced a pilot scheme which restricted traffic in the historic cobbled streets of the Cathedral Quarter. The temporary road closure of Hill Street and Gordon Street was extended until October 31 with local businesses still permitted access as required. Businesses in the area have been divided on

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Forest Fitness Adds Fun To Outdoor Exercise

Forest Fitness brings outdoor experiences of getting fit and enjoying fresh air to new levels on its 30-acre forest site near Carrickfergus, on the Causeway Coastal Route. From personal training to team activities, there is a full range of activities suitable for all levels of fitness, including assault courses, combat sports, inflatables, mud mayhem obstacle

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Post-Furlough Options Available For Those Who Lose Jobs

Recruitment agency says there are employers hiring right now Tyson Wilson Recruitment has today (Friday October 1) said that the ending of the government-backed furlough scheme will cause stress for many workers, but there are plenty of options available. Michelle Tyson, director of the agency said that while some employers may not be able to

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Don’t Rush Post-Furlough Staff Decisions Urges Recruitment Specialist

Tyson Wilson Recruitment has urged employers to not make hasty staffing decisions as the government-backed furlough scheme comes to an end. Michelle Tyson, chief executive of the agency said it was a worrying time, not helped by the lack of news of any further support for businesses. “It is an incredibly stressful time for those

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