Tina Calder

Northern Ireland’s Popular Hackathon Event Sells Out

With just less than a week to go to the annual #HackTheHub 2022 Hackathon, all tickets to the UK and Ireland’s number one leading series have now sold out. Taking place on Saturday May 28 from 9:00am to 22:00, the tech event hosted in McAuley House Belfast marks the return of the in-person innovative tech […]

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Boardroom Apprentice Programme Set To Return Next Month

The Boardroom Apprentice programme is set to return this year as applications for this year’s apprentices are set to open on May 3. A UK first, the Boardroom Apprentice is a 12-month unique board learning, development and placement programme which enables those who would like to serve on a public or third sector board to

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Paddleboarding Sensation In Carrickfergus

The world’s fastest growing water sport can be enjoyed all-year round in Carrickfergus with WaveRides Paddleboarding now offering a range of classes in the coastal town’s sheltered harbour. A mixture of punting, surfing and canoeing, paddleboarding is taught by Robbie Richardson, a qualified instructor with over 35 years maritime experience. “I’m delighted to bring the

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Derry City & Strabane District Council To Host Careers Inspiration Event For Year 9 Pupils

Derry City & Strabane District Council has announced it is hosting a pilot careers inspiration event for over 700 Year 9 pupils called 4C UR Future LIVE in June 2022.  Designed and delivered by local social enterprise, 4C UR Future, the industry-led Community Interest Company – founded by business leader Rose Mary Stalker – works

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Ponies, Fun, Learning And Therapy On Offer At Glenview Farm

Glenview Farm Equine Learning Centre provides a unique blend of pony parties, play dates and riding lessons for adults and children, complemented by specialist therapeutic horse riding, in the picturesque countryside between Slemish mountain and the coastal village of Glenarm. Developed and run by Jane Magee, a well-known show rider who has competed at National

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Slow Food Philosophies Positively Embraced By The People Of Northern Ireland

The demand for Slow Food in Northern Ireland has soared over the last decade, thanks to a change in consumer preference and attitude towards their food choices and following the launch of Slow Food Causeway by Taste Causeway in November 2021, there is no better time to get involved in the grassroots movement that seeks

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Mums At Work Founder Encourages Female Entrepreneurs To Join The Growing Movement

Founder of the Northern Ireland based female only networking group, Sinead Norton, is encouraging women in business across the UK and beyond to join the movement and reap the benefits of being a part of a like minded community dedicated to supporting and encouraging one another. The inspirational networking platform Mums At Work launched in

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Training Webinar To Help Businesses Boost Their Blogging & Content Marketing For 2022

According to Google 59% of shoppers say they’ll research a product before making an in-store or online purchase. One of the ways they will conduct research is to check out a company’s website and, in particular, the blog section. A DemandMetric study revealed 68% of consumers spend time reading about the brands that interest them

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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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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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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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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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Cathedral Quarter Bid Gets Backing For A Further Five Years

Members vote overwhelmingly for business improvement district to continue Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District, Destination CQ, has received an impressive vote of confidence with members voting for it to continue operating for a further five years and implementing its new business plan. All business improvement districts across the UK are required to poll their members

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Meet The Artist: Producer and Choreographer, Fleur Mellor

Fleur Mellor is a Freelance Choreographer and Producer originally from Liverpool and currently living in Northern Ireland. Fleur works for Peter Corry Productions, specialising in live theatre and events as well as developing briefs for the corporate industry. How did you get started in the industry?  Local dance classes. I started what could be considered

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Father And Son Team Behind Massive Culture Night Installation

Monumental Ogham Grove interactive structure will dominate Writer’s Square Father and son team Gawain Morrison and Dylan McCaughtry will bring an ancient Celtic language to life with a massive construction across Belfast’s Writer’s Square for this weekend’s Culture Night Belfast. Having worked on music videos, short films and art projects they are now preparing for

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Meet The Artist: CNB21 Creative Artist Dylan McCaughtry

Belfast based Dylan McCaughtry, 31, is the creative mastermind behind this year’s CNB21 presents The Ogham Grove.  The son of Gawain Morrison, Creative Lead for the Culture Night concept, Dylan’s artistic upbringing has led him to develop a successful career in Sculpture and Prop Design for Film & TV where he has worked on the

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Cathedral Quarter Trail To Lead Culture Night Visitors To The Ogham Grove

Over the coming weekend, Cathedral Quarter’s Writers’ Square will be the location for The Ogham Grove, a spectacular installation created by this year’s ambitious creative team for CNB21 Presents: The Ogham Grove. The brains behind the concept include creative lead Gawain Morrison, artist and prop designer Dylan McCaughtry, designer Neil Beattie, lighting designer Tomás FitzGerald

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Meet The Artist: CNB21 Creative Artist Zipporah Reynolds

Zipporah (Zippy) Reynolds is a 28-year-old Freelance Artist from Banbridge, specialising in street art/illustration. For the past 9 years, she has been working as a Textile Artist for film and TV after studying Fashion Design at the University of Creative Arts.  For CNB21 Presents The Ogham Grove, Zipporah has laser-etched Ogham symbols on wooden plaques

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Cathedral Quarter BID Celebrates Success Of Street Beat Police Presence In Area

An initiative that saw additional dedicated police officers patrolling Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter has been welcomed as a proven success story by Destination CQ’s manager Damien Corr. The Ballot for the continuation of the Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District (BID) is currently open until September 22. In an independent survey carried out in advance of the

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Meet the Artist: CNB21 Drum Loop Producer Damian Mills

Damian Mills from Lisburn is a PhD Candidate in Music for the Performance Without Barriers research team in Queen’s University Belfast and is also a bandleader for Beatndrum Samba in Belfast.  He is this year’s Culture Night Belfast’s Drum Loop Producer for the Ogham Grove at Writer’s Square from September 17 – 19 2021.  How

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CQ BID Celebrates Five Years Of Being Voice For All In Cathedral Quarter

Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District, Destination CQ, has for five years been the collective voice for every business in the area, lobbying and consulting with local and regional government and government agencies. Destination CQ Manager, Damien Corr said the ability to go to these organisations and speak for everyone in the Cathedral Quarter, Smithfield and

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Cathedral Quarter Business Plan Building On Five Years Of Success

The Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District (BID), Destination CQ, has formally launched its Business Plan for the next five years as it enters balloting on re-establishing the improvement district for a further five years. Damien Corr, Destination CQ manager, said the plan had been produced after extensive research amongst the BID’s levy payers and receiving

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Culture Night Belfast 2021 Commits To Ambitious Sustainability Goals

As the conversation around climate change heats up ahead of COP26 in November,  the team behind Culture Night Belfast 2021 have stated their ambitions for an “almost 100% sustainable event” this year. Partnering with artist and creative lead Gawain Morrison and his team to present the spectacular, experiential installation The Ogham Grove in Writer’s Square,

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Experience Fairy Trail Magic at Galgorm Castle Estate This Summer

With more than 15,000 visitors a year the Galgorm Castle Fairy Trail is going from strength to strength. Since opening in 2017, the Fairy Trail has been enchanting visitors of all ages, and families can now book to take their children around the magical experience from its base, the magical Toadstool Cottage. Special events are

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Slemish Market Supper Club Hosts Exclusive Summer Fine Dining Experience

The popular Slemish Market Supper Club is set to offer food fans a new experience next month as their exclusive dining experience returns for another six-course event featuring well known chef Rob Curley. Based in the beautiful surroundings of the greater Ballymena area, the unique pop up dining experience, Slemish Market Supper Club, creates an

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Digitally Enabled Change, Data and Storytelling: the Way Forward for Tourism in Northern Ireland

Tourism NI’s head of digital explains plans for recovery Digital development, increasing use of data and a vision of transformation for how the tourism industry gears up for the post-pandemic recovery are some of the priorities for Tourism NI as it prepares to revive Northern Ireland’s world-leading tourism status. The recent Tourism Recovery Action Plan,

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The Designerie In Bushmills Joins Forces With Ulster University

Graduates to exhibit as part of exiting creative team in Makers House  Ulster University graduates from Belfast School of Art are set to showcase their work in Makers House at The Designerie in Bushmills.  This partnership feels like a natural evolution for The Designerie.  A social enterprise, which is operated by Enterprise Causeway, it’s committed

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Contribution Of OG Cancer Team Invaluable In Patient Journey

As the incidence of oesophageal-gastric cancers continues to rise, the contribution of the healthcare professionals, who take charge of patients’ care has never been more vital. Louise Collins is one of three oesophageal-gastric (OG) Clinical Nurse Specialists based at the City Hospital in Belfast. Louise and her colleagues, Karen Graham and Maureen Toner, look after

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7 Beer Gardens To Visit This Summer In Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter

With the weather in Northern Ireland heating up, what better time to get out in the city and enjoy the many beer gardens that Belfast has to offer. From burgers and pints to cocktails and charcuterie there is really something to suit all tastes available in the Cathedral Quarter. Here are 7 Beer Gardens in

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Tourism NI Chief Executive Outlines Main Themes of the Tourism Recovery Plan

Tourism NI recently held its first ever virtual Tourism Conference at Belfast’s ICC. Chief Executive John McGrillen outlines the main themes of the Tourism Recovery Action Plan, launched with the Department for the Economy, which was a key topic of the conference.    By John McGrillen, Chief Executive Tourism NI We are now half way

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Learn Jewellery Making On The Inspirational Causeway Coastal Route

With more than 30 years-experience making jewellery and teaching others, Heather McFadden’s Gobbins Crafts offers the perfect opportunity to learn a new skill. Gobbins Crafts gives visitors the chance to learn to make their own bespoke pieces with Heather, in an intimate setting on the Causeway Coastal Route. Heather, 62, has developed a unique experience

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10 Arts & Culture Events Happening In The Cathedral Quarter This Month

Home to Belfast’s most innovative and cultural spaces, the Cathedral Quarter is host to a whole host of festivals, art exhibitions and cultural events. With restrictions beginning to ease, now is the perfect time to explore this historic part of the city again. Here are 10 arts and culture events happening in CQ this July::

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July Webinar Series Dates Released Focusing On Online Presence

July’s free webinars from Excalibur Press kicks off with a session this Thursday (July 2) with founder Tina Calder telling attendees just what she does in order to organise, promote and deliver her webinars each week. Running A Webinar? Here’s What I Do Each Week is the latest session publicity management, content creation and copywriting

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As Lockdown Lifts Are You Utilising LinkedIn To Find New Customers?

Across the country businesses are being given the green light to re-open following a lengthy period of closure. Whilst there may be a range of practical considerations they need to be thinking about it’s vital business owners aren’t forgetting the importance of creating engaging and relevant content on social media. That’s the message from content

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