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Newtownabbey’s Environmental Street Furniture Charges Ahead with New Export Deals

ENVIRONMENTAL Street Furniture (ESF), the Newtownabbey based supplier of street furniture and solar products, has recently secured two contracts to supply its products overseas with Invest Northern Ireland support. ESF designs, sources and exports an innovative selection of exterior street furniture products and integrated solar solution and technology based solutions. The products are promoted through four […]

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The Big Market Of Young Entrepreneurs Coming To Belfast

LOCAL charity Young Enterprise and Belfast City Council are working together to give Northern Ireland’s young entrepreneurs their biggest ever sales platform at St George’s Market on Wednesday 2 December from 10am – 2pm. The Big Market will host more than 50 businesses which have all been started by young people aged between 10 and

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Son Of Telly Star Eamonn Holmes Launches New Craft Beer In Belfast

THE son of Belfast TV legend Eamonn Holmes has launched his own brand of beer. Entrepreneur Declan Holmes, 26, unveiled his Gallopers Craft Beer recently with his showbiz dad by his side. In just a few months Declan has achieved significant listings in the trade throughout Northern Ireland and now has plans to bring the brand

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Model & TV Presenter Katie Larmour Launches New Textiles & Homewares Brand

BELFAST beauty Katie Larmour is well known on the local social scene, for years she’s been the face of corporate and fashion campaigns across the country. As a teenager her petite figure and gorgeous looks made her one of the most sought after models in the city. From Belfast City Council and the Pretty In

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Local Mum’s DIY Pizza Kit Wins Listing With Tesco Northern Ireland

A LOCAL mum of one has secured a listing in Northern Ireland Tesco stores for her innovative pizza product, Pizzado. The do-it-yourself frozen pizza kit will now be available in 24 Tesco Northern Ireland stores in what is a £250k deal for Karen Boyd and her son Josh, who are at the helm of the

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Restaurant Family Give City Location A New Lease Of Life

A BELFAST city centre restaurant has undergone extensive transformation to the tune of £100,000 adding to the thriving hospitality area of the Linen quarter. The Davis family have had a long and successful tenure in the restaurant business having set up the groundbreaking Skandia group of restaurants in 1969. They have now transformed their premises

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UTV’s EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Series Gears Up For Grand Final

EARLIER this week the final episode of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year competition aired on UTV as fans of the show gear up for an exclusive broadcast of the gala awards next week. Over the past five weeks, the series has taken an in-depth look at the 2015 finalists who have displayed exceptional entrepreneurial skills

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Local Firms Who Scooped NI Chamber Award Will Compete Nationally

SEVEN companies from across Northern Ireland and the Co-owner of innovative new frozen yogurt bar have been crowned winners of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) Chamber Awards for 2015. The winners will now compete with fellow regional winners from Chambers of Commerce across the UK in the national finals as

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Leading Belfast Nightclub El Divino Goes Up For Sale

BELFAST’S well known Ibizan nightclub brand, El Divino, located on the banks of the River Lagan has been placed on the commercial property market after four successful years. The Award winning venue, which originated from the Ibiza style night club on the harbour front in Ibiza Old Town, has grown in stature to become one of Belfast’s

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Sharpest Rise In Output For 11 Months Says Ulster Bank

TODAY sees the release of September data from the Ulster Bank Northern Ireland PMI®. The latest report – produced for Ulster Bank by Markit – pointed to output growth amid a further increase in new orders. With workloads rising, companies continued to take on extra staff. Meanwhile, lower commodity prices led to a further easing

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Irish Biz Party Comes North To Fermanagh For Latest Business Conference

FERMANAGH will be the destination for the fifth Irish Biz Party national business conference this week. The event, which takes place in the Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen, on Wednesday October 14 was founded by Bank of Ireland Start up Hero award winner and Tweeting Goddess, Samantha Kelly. Irish Biz Party is an online community of businesses

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UK’s High Street Favourites: Hairdressers Are A Cut Above

SHOPPERS in the UK feel a sense of loyalty to small businesses – with hairdressers, newsagents and butchers topping the list of our high street favourites. Over 60 per cent of shoppers stay with the same suppliers for up to 10 years, but many remain true for decades – with one in seven shoppers going

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Health Firm Says Tackling Work Place Stress MUST Be A Priority

DISCUSSIONS around stress in the workplace were once a taboo. If you couldn’t handle the heat you were told to get out of the fire. That was before it was really understood just how much stress could affect someone’s mental and physical health. Today it is said that 40 million working days per year are

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Banbridge Business Man Embarks On An Epic Adventure

A NORTHERN Ireland businessman is embarking on what he hopes will be an Epic adventure after setting up a new company to help clients source celebrities and well known personalities. Experience Epic Ltd is the brainchild of Banbridge entrepreneur Brian Adair who believes that there is a gap in the Northern Ireland market for a

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Tennent’s Gold Cup Greyhound Races Coming Soon To Drumbo Park

LATER this month, Tennent’s Lager will be making its mark on one of Northern Ireland’s biggest greyhound races of the year at Drumbo Park Greyhound Stadium: The Tennent’s Gold Cup. It’ll all be over in less than 29 seconds…but the anticipation and excitement is already building for the festival’s high profile final on Saturday October

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Maxol Renews Sponsorship For Ulster Mini Rugby Festivals

MAXOL have announced the renewal of its sponsorship of Ulster Mini Rugby for the next two seasons, with the first Mini Rugby Festival kicking off on the October 10 at Clogher Valley in County Tyrone. Ulster Mini Rugby is an opportunity for both boys and girls aged 6-12 to gain their first tastes of the

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New Look Cookshop For IKEA’s Belfast store

IKEA Belfast has invested £160,000 in rejuvenating its cookshop. The refurbishment included a complete overhaul in the layout of the store’s food preparation and serving utensils including kitchen gadgets, baking, storage and dinnerware. The store has seen significant growth in sales in the cookshop department since the revamp, with sales currently trending at 20% over

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The Future of Hospitality Under The Spotlight At Hospitality Exchange

WITH forecasts of double-digit growth for the hospitality sector over the next five years, Northern Ireland’s largest hospitality conference, Hospitality Exchange, set to take place on October 13 and 14 in the Europa Hotel Belfast, will focus on realising the true economic potential of the sector. This year’s event focuses on ‘the future’ with a

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Aer Lingus Announce Alicante As New Destination For Summer 2016

AER Lingus has announced a bumper summer schedule for local holidaymakers with a brand new route from Belfast to Alicante and more frequency on its existing flights to sun routes in 2016. The new schedule will see the airline introduce five services per week to Alicante on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, starting 29th

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Oooh La La…French Export Deal For Tyrone Food & Drink Company

TYRONE based Heavenly Tasty Organics Ltd has secured its first major deal in France with assistance from Invest Northern Ireland. The company supplies baby foods and snack products made from organically-grown fruits and vegetables. The deal will see Heavenly Tasty Organics supplying 49 supermarkets and 15 hypermarkets throughout France with its New Organic Superfood snack

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Record Breaking Tesco Taste Festival Attracts More Than 25,000 People To Belfast’s Custom House Square

THE recent Tesco Taste Festival attracted more than 25,000 people – the largest attendance in the event’s seven-year history. The event – which opened for the first time as part of Belfast’s Culture Night – drew visitors of all ages to Custom House Square over last weekend. As well as more than 60 local exhibitors,

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Do You Want To Be In With A Chance Of Winning £3,000 For Your Local Kids Group?

LITTLE Wing Pizzeria is encouraging local children’s clubs to grab a slice of the action by applying for the Little Wing’s Little Stars bursary scheme, which will see £3,000 up for grabs. Following on from the success of last year’s scheme, this year the bursaries are returning bigger and better and will be open to

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Belfast Shopping Venue The Park Centre Celebrates 30 Years in Business

WEST Belfast’s well-known retail and leisure destination, The Park Centre, is celebrating 30 years in business, having opened its doors to the public in 1985. Located on the Donegall Road just off Broadway roundabout, the 11 acre site is situated on the grounds of the former Belfast Celtic F.C. In between times, it also enjoyed

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Business Leaders To Examine New Way Forward For Northern Ireland

NORTHERN Ireland’s foremost organisations for leadership development are joining forces to help generate a strategy that will help change leadership culture here and contribute to shaping the Assembly’s next Programme for Government. On Tuesday, September 22, the Institute of Directors (Northern Ireland) and the William J Clinton Leadership Institute at Queen’s University are running The

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ICONS Digital Tech Festival Announce BT As Sponsors

THE forthcoming ICONS Festival has announced BT as it’s sponsor for the digital tech festival at the end of the month. Held in the Titanic Exhibition Centre from September 24-27, the event will feature the world’s leading names and brands within the tech, music and film industries. ICONS CEO Aaron Taylor said: “The ICONS Festival

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CONGRATULATIONS: Tourism NI Scoops Major Travel Media Award

TOURISM NI has been voted Best Tourist Board by Irish Media at the annual Blue Insurances Travel Media Awards in Dublin’s Westbury Hotel. This is the fifth year in succession that Tourism NI has beat off stiff competition from around the world to lift the prestigious award which is voted for by Irish media and

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Superstar Startups Set For Tech Scene Competition At ICONS Festival

FROM Italy to Ireland, and from the US to the Ukraine, up to 100 of the most innovative and forward-thinking startup companies that the tech scene has to offer will be on display as part of the ICONS Festival later this month. Finalists are set to pitch live at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast

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£80,000 Charity Donation Saves Lives & The Environment

HAVE you ever wondered where your used printer cartridges end up? A Warrenpoint business that specialises in recycling them is not only helping the environment by rescuing empty cartridges from the bin. It’s using them to help save lives in some of the world’s poorest places. Harvard Manufacturing has given more than £80,000 to international

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9 Reasons To Go To The Forthcoming Tesco Taste Festival

MORE than 60 local food makers and suppliers are set to descend on Belfast’s Custom House Square for the 2015 Tesco Taste Festival later this month. Running from September 18-20, the festival will welcome over 20,000 food and drink enthusiasts to this year’s event. Now in its seventh year the Taste Festival is one of

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Businesses Are Missing Out On Significant Savings

NORTHERN Ireland companies could be losing up to £400,000 if they don’t proactively utilise a government incentive scheme designed to help businesses reduce heating energy bills and their carbon foot print. That’s the warning from leading engineering specialists, BS Holdings, who to date have saved businesses over £1 million. The company, which is based in

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Economic Confidence Cooling But Small Firms Remain Optimistic Says FSB Research

WHILE small business confidence is cooling, levels still remain in positive territory, according to the latest Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Small Business Index (SBI). The overall SBI reading at +20.3 is a significant decrease from +37.9 in the second quarter of 2015 and +41 a year ago. After an initial boost given by the

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Belfast Met Puts Is Calling On “Forward Thinking Employers” In The ICT Industry To “Get In Touch”

BELFAST Met is seeking forward thinking employers in the ICT industry to recruit the College’s new ICT Higher Level Apprentices. The college has put the call out for companies who are passionate about developing the skills of the future of Northern Ireland’s IT industry. Belfast Met commences its pilot ICT Higher Level Apprenticeship programmes for

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NI Can ‘Tech’ Itself Forward By Sharing Technology, Ideas & Innovation

THE global trend towards sharing technology provides a unique opportunity for Belfast and Northern Ireland entrepreneurs – that was the message last week as hundreds gathered for the city’s biggest home-grown technology event, TechXplore. Now in its third year, TechXplore 2015 heard from fifteen expert speakers on a range of subjects including music tech, health

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Engineering Firm Scheme Makes Going Green More Affordable

A NORTHERN Ireland engineering firm is making the option to switch to renewable energy more affordable for businesses and consumers across the country. Grant NI, who have been producing state of the art heating products for over 35 years, are offering customers the chance to claim back up to £21,500 in the first seven years* if

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Sexy Glamour Girl Arriana Sets Up Her Own Photographic Studio In NI

WHEN it comes to the glamour industry they don’t come more photogenic than the sexy seductress Arriana Flo. Relatively new on the local modelling scene at just 21-years-old she’s already taking the business by storm. And the Donegall born model is a beauty with brains. Arriana, who currently lives in Carrickfergus, is doing so well

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Belfast Musicians Use Funding Site To Create The Music Their Fans Want

A GROUP of Belfast musicians have come together to create a music collaboration with a difference. Alt9, consisting of BAM writer J’aime Rachelle (vocals), Nathan Mateer (keys), Rebecca Montgomery (drums), Rod Patterson (double bass) and Alice Elizabeth Fleming (violin), are using artist funding site Patreon (patreon.com/alt9) to record a range of covers and original music for fans on request. And their

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Heading To University? This Entrepreneur Has The Solution To Your Shipping Needs

MORE than 20,000 students travel outside Northern Ireland to attend university and one local shipping company is ramping up its staffing levels to transport their belongings safely to the UK and beyond. Uni Baggage.com was set up by Paul Stewart (26) from East Belfast, after he was spending a fortune transporting his belongings back from

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County Down Man With A Global Dream Became Millionaire During Trip Of A Lifetime

A COUNTY Down man who vowed to visit every country in the world has managed to become a millionaire whilst living his dream. Johnny Ward, 31, left Northern Ireland in 2006 to begin ticking places of his 193 country list. But just a short time into his trip, the entrepreneur realised he could earn money

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Top Music And Publishing Industry Experts Set For Belfast Tech Conference

LEADING music industry figure and previous Senior Vice President of Island Def Jam Music Group Jon Vanhala will be joined by US publisher Amanda Hale and digital music guru Bill Campbell as just a few of the expert speakers preparing for this week’s TechXplore 2015. The event, which is set to be the biggest and

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