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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 Social Care Council Launches Second Series Of ‘Care To Chat?’ Podcast

The Northern Ireland Social Care Council (the Social Care Council) has launched its second season of its podcast series, ‘Care to chat?’. Started last year and hosted by Dr Wendy Austin MBE the ‘Care to chat’ podcast series returns with each episode supporting important conversations for the social care and social work workforce and the

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£8k Settlement In Disability Discrimination Case Against Chip Shop

A chip shop worker with autism has settled his disability discrimination case for £8000 against Mak’s Plaice, in Magheralin, County Armagh. The case was supported by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland.  Oisín McKerr was a school pupil, when he applied for his first part-time job at the takeaway shop. He says that he declared

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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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Heritage Skills Brought Back To Life Through Belfast 2024 Programme

Boat building, gardening and sewing are among the traditional skills being brought back to life through Belfast’s City Council’s Belfast 2024 programme. The celebration of culture and creativity is now well underway across the city, with projects, events and workshops encouraging people to get creative and try their hand at something new this year. Among

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Utility Regulator Urges Consumers To Avail Of Extra Support From Electricity, Gas And Water Suppliers

The Utility Regulator is urging domestic consumers across Northern Ireland to avail of extra support offered by electricity, gas and water companies, as findings from its recently published Domestic Consumer Insight Tracker 2023* reveal less than five per cent of respondents in vulnerable circumstances have signed up to suppliers’ support services. Published in April 2024,

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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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Hope 4 ME & Fibro NI Demands Urgent Government Action on ME Specialist Services at Stormont Rally

12.05.24 – World ME Day – Belfast, Northern Ireland By Joan McParland, founder, Hope 4 ME & Fibro NI   Today, the Hope 4 ME & Fibro NI community stood at the historic gates of Stormont united by our shared challenges and hope for a better future.  Ten years ago, in 2014, we rallied here

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TechFoundHer Brings AI Roadshow To Belfast

A women in tech organisation set up by Northern Ireland entrepreneur Mairin Murray is set to bring their hugely popular AI Roadshow to Belfast. The roadshow follows on from the success of the recent TechFoundHer Bootcamp in Dublin, a one day innovation summit for female founders. The AI Roadshow taking place at The MAC, Belfast

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Banbridge Woman Melissa Irvine Transforms Personal Care Experience into Social Work Passion

“I think small things can have the biggest impact on people” For Melissa Irvine, social work has always been a goal. Even when she temporarily took a different path, she knew she wasn’t where she wanted to be. The 30-year-old from Banbridge knew social work was something she admired following her personal experiences. It was

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From Retail to Social Work: Tandragee Mum Embarks on Journey to Change Lives

“I just want to make a difference to anyone who is struggling” From a young age Cathy Blevins knew she wanted to become a social worker. In her teenage years she wanted to give back to the community. However, life got in the way, and Cathy missed out on her opportunity to pursue the career

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Corrymeela and Starling Collective Leads the Way in Trauma Informed Support

In a landmark initiative set to redefine the landscape of trauma in Northern Ireland, peace and reconciliation charity Corrymeela, in partnership with the Starling Collective, asylum seeking and refugee led Belfast based charity, has announced a transformative three-day series of events. Starting on April 10, the series of collective transforming trauma events are being run

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Belfast City Council Celebrates Success Of First Inclusive Entrepreneurship Focused Programme

A fully-funded programme designed to support pre and early stage entrepreneurs experiencing additional barriers to enterprise, concluded with a celebratory event at Belfast City Hall recently. 15 Belfast residents benefited from the enhanced mentoring programme, designed and delivered by The Mind Tribe UK on behalf of Belfast City Council. 87% of the programme participants have

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Expert Reveals How Women Can Achieve Hormone Harmony & Unleash Your Full Potential

Nutrition expert Sandra Miskimmin has revealed women should be treating their hormones as a superpower rather than as a taboo subject. For many discussions about hormones become hushed conversations with lots of embarrassing whispers and confusion. But Sandra, owner of SMASH Worldwide, a health and nutrition company which supports women through hormonal changes, believes by

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Essential Skincare & Tanning Tips To Unlock Radiant Skin Before 25

In the ever-evolving world of beauty and skincare, early habits set the stage for lifelong radiance and health.  Navigating through the myriad of skincare advice, however, can feel like an overwhelming task, especially for those under the age of 25, standing on the cusp of change.  This pivotal age marks a transition from the carefree

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Lucie Snowden’s Journey To Making A Difference As A Young Social Worker In Portadown

Lucie Snowden may just be 22-years old, but she’s already making a difference to so many lives in her dream career as a social worker. Qualifying as a social worker seven months ago, Lucie currently works in Portadown Health Centre. She is completing her Assessed Year in Employment – mandatory for all practising social workers

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Full Line Up Revealed For Mums At Work Elevate Your Business Event

Inspiring business women from across Northern Ireland are set to speak at Mums At Work CIC’s Elevate Your Business event, happening later this month. The event aims to uphold the vision of its late founder, Sinead Norton, by providing a supportive and nurturing environment for women in business. Taking place from 10am-4pm on Monday 25th

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Jubilee Farm Launches First Supper Club Featuring Sustainable Local Pork at Hillmount House In Larne

Jubilee Farm is welcoming you to be part of their community and join them at their first Supper Club on Saturday April 27 dedicated to local, sustainable pork.   As Northern Ireland’s first community owned farm, it promotes knowing where your food comes from, high-welfare, free-range and chemical free.  A co-operative model based on community involvement,

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Local Entrepreneurs To Share Their Journey & Expertise At Mums At Work Elevate Your Business Event

A whole host of local entrepreneurs are set to take to the stage at the Mums At Work Elevate Your Business event later this month. Sandra Miskimmin of SMASH Worldwide and Tina Calder of Excalibur Press will be delivering talks throughout the day while Stefany Watson from Digital Ghost NI and Maria McLaughlin and Roisin

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Last Chance To Enter Remarkable Marketing Awards

There’s just one day left to enter Northern Ireland’s inaugural marketing awards aimed at recognising the talent and hard work of individual marketers across the country. Nominations for the The Remarkable Marketing Awards are now open until midnight 14th March. It’s completely free to enter and there are just three questions to answer, which will

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Performance & Fitness Speakers To Take To The Stage At Mums At Work Business Event

Motivational speakers Susan Steel of Performance Breakthrough and Grace Smith of Forge Female Fitness have been added to the speaker lineup of the forthcoming Mums At Work Elevate Your Business event. Mums At Work is a Community interest company dedicated to empowering women in business, their Elevate Your Business events aim to uphold the vision

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From Motherhood to Entrepreneurship: Kerri Thompson’s Journey To Launching Visual Aids Business

By Rebecca Sayers It was once Kerri Thompson began raising her son, Harrison, that she discovered how she could turn the challenges they faced into a way to help others.  Having just completed the Northern Ireland Explore Enterprise Support Service (NIEESS) last year, Kerri is gearing up for her visual aid business to take off. 

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Deadline Extended To Enter Remarkable Marketing Awards

Organisers behind Northern Ireland’s inaugural marketing awards have extended the deadline for nominations. The Remarkable Marketing Awards have been so well received according to organisers they have been inundated with requests to extend the deadline. Nominations are now open until midnight 14th March. It’s completely free to enter and there are just three questions to

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NIHF Honours Outstanding Housekeeping Teams at Annual Awards Ceremony

The Northern Ireland Hotels Federation (NIHF) celebrated the Housekeeping Team of the Year competition at a gala awards evening in the La Mon Hotel and Country Club last week (28th February). Hosted by Cool FM’s Rebecca McKinney, the event has gone from strength to strength since its inception in 2010, a testament to the important

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Women And Equality In Northern Ireland – International Women’s Day.

The First and deputy First Ministers, Northern Ireland’s first Lady Chief Justice and women leaders in the law, employment, public life, and the women’s sector today addressed more than 200 women at an event to mark the upcoming International Women’s Day and 25 years of the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland. “The Equality Commission has

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Retail NI’s Second Annual Supplier Showcase Event Celebrates Success

Retail NI, the driving force behind Northern Ireland’s independent retail and wholesale sector, proudly kicked off its highly anticipated second Annual Supplier Showcase Event. With an even greater lineup of suppliers, this year promised to be an extraordinary celebration of local producers and manufacturers. Paddy Murney, Retail NI Chair, said: “Our Supplier Showcase was bigger

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Mums At Work Elevate Your Business Event to Inspire Businesswomen Across Northern Ireland

Mums At Work CIC will be showcasing a full day of inspiring speakers at their flagship event Elevate Your Business, later this month. Taking place from 10am-4pm on Monday March 25 at the Tullyglass Hotel in Ballymena, the event is designed for business women who want to take their business to the next level.  Speakers

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Belfast XR Festival Opens Tomorrow Bringing Top Extended Reality Experiences To The Black Box

Belfast XR Festival is set to open tomorrow, Wednesday, February 28 at The Black Box merging technology and art to create a unique virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) experience for attendees. The two day festival, Belfast XR, now in its third year, specialises in curating worldclass immersive technology content that takes the art

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Lead Sponsor Announced For Remarkable Marketing Awards 2024

CARD Group Research & Insight is encouraging marketers across Northern Ireland to enter the inaugural Remarkable Marketing Awards (RMAs) 2024.  The awards are Northern Ireland’s first dedicated awards ceremony celebrating individual marketers. Taking place on Friday 31st May at the Europa Hotel in Belfast the RMA’s are the brainchild of marketer Treena Clarke, founder of

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Full Lineup Revealed For Belfast XR Festival With Top Extended Reality Experiences On The Bill

An innovative arts festival is set to once again merge technology and art to create a unique virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) experience for attendees. Belfast XR, now in its third year, specialises in curating worldclass immersive technology content that takes the art of storytelling to a new level. Extended Reality or ‘XR’

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Belfast YMCA Champions Affordable Housing with Strategic Land Sale in Stranmillis

In a strategic move to address the pressing need for affordable housing in Belfast, local charity Belfast YMCA has released a prime piece of land to the market for sale in the Stranmillis Area. Working with commercial estate agents Frazer Kidd the land in the highly coveted BT9 area is on the market for “offers

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Immerse Yourself In A Magical Journey Into The World Of Famous Designer Gaudí At Belfast XR Festival

A magical VR journey through the work of Catalan architect and designer Antoni Gaudí has been confirmed as one of the unique experiences at this year’s Belfast XR festival. Barcelona-based Gaudí was famed for his free-flowing works greatly influenced by nature. As part of the festival attendees will experience 20 minutes of the awe-inspiring wonder

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Armagh Welcomes The World For Home Of St Patrick Festival Next Month

Armagh City’s Home of St Patrick Festival returns for nine spectacular days next month, promising a unique programme of history, heritage and place in his chosen home from 10-18 March. Featuring the best of music, art, theatre, film and dance across multiple venues, the Home of St Patrick Festival promises visitors from across the world

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Arts Care and Cathedral Eye Clinic Announce Groundbreaking Corporate Partnership to Enhance Staff Wellbeing and Community Engagement

As part of its new ambitious and much-needed social enterprise initiative ‘Arts Care For You’, the award-winning arts in health charity Arts Care, is delighted to announce the success of its new partnership with the Cathedral Eye Clinic in Belfast. This unique collaboration, founded on a shared commitment to enriching lives, has already begun making

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Extended Reality Festival Returns To Belfast To Create Unique Tech Driven Art Experiences

An innovative arts festival is set to once again merge technology and art to create a unique virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) experience for attendees. Belfast XR, now in its third year, specialises in curating worldclass immersive technology content that takes the art of storytelling to a new level. Extended Reality or ‘XR’

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Mother Of Inspirational Teen To Tell Heartfelt Story At 4 Corners Festival

The mother of inspirational Irish teenager Donal Walsh is set to join this year’s 4 Corners Festival to remember her brave son. Elma Walsh’s son Donal from Co Kerry was diagnosed with terminal cancer in his teens and during his life spread an anti-suicide message of living life to the full.  Sadly, after raising awareness

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Unveiled Event To Tell Story Of Lesser Known Women In Scripture At 4 Corners Festival

This year’s 4 Corners Festival is set to tell the story of the lesser known women in scripture as Rev Clare Hayns reflects from her latest book. Unveiled: Women of the Old Testament and the choices they made is a powerful book packed with stories of women from the bible that have extraordinary resonance and

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Culture of Hope Exhibition Captures Diverse Stories Through Photography At 4 Corners Festival

A thought provoking exhibition is to be showcased in Belfast city centre as part of this year’s 4 Corners Festival. Opening on Thursday, February 1, A Culture Of Hope, will run until February 10 at ArtCetera Studio in Rosemary Street. The exhibition, by the Westcourt Centre in collaboration with Westcourt Camera Club and a number

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Forging ‘Celtic Connections’ For Northern Ireland

A delegation of tourism businesses from Northern Ireland is in Glasgow last week, taking part in Tourism Ireland’s first promotion of 2024 in Scotland – a B2B workshop and networking event with travel professionals from Scotland and the north of England. Around 30 tourism businesses from the island of Ireland – including hotels, visitor attractions

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