NEWS

Record tonnages ‘bulked up’ at Belfast Harbour

Record tonnages ‘bulked up’ at Belfast Harbour

Trade figures released today by Belfast Harbour show that it handled a record 23 million tonnes during 2014, up 46% since the recession’s low point in 2009. Overall tonnages rose by 1.6%, driven by strong growth in bulk cargo which accounts for over 40% of throughput at the Harbour. Trade sectors which grew particularly well read more

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Ulster University to recognise contribution of placement employers

Ulster University to recognise contribution of placement employers

Ulster University is set to recognise the contribution made by local businesses to provide work-based learning opportunities for students at this year’s Placement Employer of the Year Awards. Work placements are an integral part of university study as they allow students to apply their academic knowledge in a professional environment. The awards recognise the key read more

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QUB accounting students awarded in BDO Mentoring Programme

QUB accounting students awarded in BDO Mentoring Programme

Accountancy and Business Advisory firm, BDO Northern Ireland, has awarded exclusive access to their student mentoring programme to the top three first and second year Financial Accounting students at Queen’s University Belfast. Conor Black, Matthew Blair and Emma Marie Kieran, all first year Financial Accounting students, were the top 3 performing students in their Introductory read more

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Top posts for Cleaver Fulton Rankin young solicitors

Top posts for Cleaver Fulton Rankin young solicitors

Two young solicitors from leading Belfast law firm Cleaver Fulton Rankin have been elected to top positions in the Northern Ireland Young Solicitors’ Association. (NIYSA) Timothy Rankin has been elected as Chair for the 2015 session, with his colleague Julie-Ann McCaffrey elected as Vice-Chair. The Association was set up in 1984 as a formal network read more

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Ulster Economix: Richard Ramsey launches blog on NI economy and related issues

Ulster Economix: Richard Ramsey launches blog on NI economy and related issues

A blog dedicated to the local economy and related issues is today launched by a leading Northern Ireland economist. Richard Ramsey, Chief Economist NI at Ulster Bank, has created the new platform to inform and stimulate debate on matters including the local housing market, labour market and business output. Ulster Economix will be updated regularly read more

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Powering the Economy: EY report released

Powering the Economy: EY report released

The energy sector is fundamental to the economic prosperity of NI and ROI and to the sustainability of their future growth, according to an EY report, ‘Powering The Economy’, commissioned by the Electricity Association of Ireland (EAI). The report highlights both the contribution of the energy sector to the all-island economy and looks at how read more

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THOUGHT LEADERS

How to measure customer loyalty

How to measure customer loyalty

Understanding customer loyalty is important if you want to focus your sales and marketing effort in the right places. Until recently there hasn’t been a way to measure customer loyalty. Instead we’ve measured ad effectiveness; although this is useful it doesn’t tell you about loyalty, in other words, how many customers are going to stay with read more

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Colleges NI responds Budget

Colleges NI responds Budget

Colleges NI, the membership body for Northern Ireland’s six regional Further Education (FE) Colleges, has responded to the announcement today regarding the 2015-2016 Budget.  Colleges NI recognises that this was a challenging budget to agree and welcomes the fact that the Finance Minister is supportive of the contribution of the FE sector to skills development read more

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Protect Your Employees On The Road

Protect Your Employees On The Road

By Janet Kerrigan, Willis Insurance and Risk Management Winter driving can be nasty. Frozen roads, harsh gales and ice-frosted windscreens make winter driving uncomfortable and potentially dangerous. Recent stories in the media have highlighted the dangers to drivers on Northern Ireland’s roads. As an employer, you have a degree of care to those who are read more

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Planning is a vital process for any business

Planning is a vital process for any business

by Victoria White, Assistant Manager Ross Boyd Limited Planning is a vital process for any business. Mapping out what your business’ objectives are and how they’re going to be achieved is the first step on the road to success. While formal business planning tends to mean ending up with a large unwieldy document, which often read more

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2015 – The year tech changed everything?

2015 – The year tech changed everything?

by Kieran McNicholl, Media Manager, ASG Ireland 2014 saw the launch of the iPhone 6, the Amazon Fire and let’s not forget, the selfie stick! But where is 2015 going to take us? And how will it change communication to your customers? As consumers we love technology; we love buying it, using it and making read more

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How to start your speech with impact

How to start your speech with impact

Research has shown that the first 90 seconds of any speech have the most impact and are the most memorable. Thought, time and effort spent on your opening is a worthwhile investment. You need to stand out from other speakers. This starts before you’ve even uttered your first word.  Expectations shape reality.  If your audience read more

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FEATURES

Record tonnages ‘bulked up’ at Belfast Harbour

Record tonnages ‘bulked up’ at Belfast Harbour

Trade figures released today by Belfast Harbour show that it handled a record 23 million tonnes during 2014, up 46% since the recession’s low point in 2009. Overall tonnages rose by 1.6%, driven by strong growth in bulk cargo which accounts for over 40% of throughput at the Harbour. Trade sectors which grew particularly well read more

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Ulster University to recognise contribution of placement employers

Ulster University to recognise contribution of placement employers

Ulster University is set to recognise the contribution made by local businesses to provide work-based learning opportunities for students at this year’s Placement Employer of the Year Awards. Work placements are an integral part of university study as they allow students to apply their academic knowledge in a professional environment. The awards recognise the key read more

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Renewables sources generate 20% of Northern Ireland electricity

Renewables sources generate 20% of Northern Ireland electricity

Almost a fifth (19.5%) of the entire electricity requirement for Northern Ireland came from renewable sources in 2014, 18.3% of which was from wind energy, representing significant progress towards the Northern Ireland Executive’s target of 40% electricity from renewables by 2020. In addition, January 2015 saw the highest levels of wind energy ever recorded in read more

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QUB accounting students awarded in BDO Mentoring Programme

QUB accounting students awarded in BDO Mentoring Programme

Accountancy and Business Advisory firm, BDO Northern Ireland, has awarded exclusive access to their student mentoring programme to the top three first and second year Financial Accounting students at Queen’s University Belfast. Conor Black, Matthew Blair and Emma Marie Kieran, all first year Financial Accounting students, were the top 3 performing students in their Introductory read more

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How to measure customer loyalty

How to measure customer loyalty

Understanding customer loyalty is important if you want to focus your sales and marketing effort in the right places. Until recently there hasn’t been a way to measure customer loyalty. Instead we’ve measured ad effectiveness; although this is useful it doesn’t tell you about loyalty, in other words, how many customers are going to stay with read more

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Top posts for Cleaver Fulton Rankin young solicitors

Top posts for Cleaver Fulton Rankin young solicitors

Two young solicitors from leading Belfast law firm Cleaver Fulton Rankin have been elected to top positions in the Northern Ireland Young Solicitors’ Association. (NIYSA) Timothy Rankin has been elected as Chair for the 2015 session, with his colleague Julie-Ann McCaffrey elected as Vice-Chair. The Association was set up in 1984 as a formal network read more

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HOW TO...

How to measure customer loyalty

How to measure customer loyalty

Understanding customer loyalty is important if you want to focus your sales and marketing effort in the right places. Until recently there hasn’t been a way to measure customer loyalty. Instead we’ve measured ad effectiveness; although this is useful it doesn’t tell you about loyalty, in other words, how many customers are going to stay with read more

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Six top tips for filing your tax return

Six top tips for filing your tax return

by Dearbhail McParland, Associate Director Ross Boyd Limited January 31 is only a couple of weeks away and many taxpayers have still to complete their tax return. If that includes you action is required. Here are some tips Submit on time to save penalties The deadline for filing your 2013-14 tax return online is 31 January read more

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How to be happier, luckier and less stressed in your business in 2015

How to be happier, luckier and less stressed in your business in 2015

by Sarah Alexander At the beginning of every year, our thoughts naturally turn to what we want to achieve in the year ahead – and in particular how we want to grow our business. We have been taught that to be successful we have to set clear goals and outcomes. Once set, we have to read more

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How to start your speech with impact

How to start your speech with impact

Research has shown that the first 90 seconds of any speech have the most impact and are the most memorable. Thought, time and effort spent on your opening is a worthwhile investment. You need to stand out from other speakers. This starts before you’ve even uttered your first word.  Expectations shape reality.  If your audience read more

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Your 7 steps to guaranteed networking success

Your 7 steps to guaranteed networking success

Many business owners, directors and sales people, use networking as a means of attracting business – but the results can sometimes be disappointing. According to William Buist, CEO of Abelard and Founder of xTEN Club, creating a great value proposition addresses this and increases the number and quality of your referrals. A value proposition presents read more

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How to qualify a lead in a 10-minute phone call

How to qualify a lead in a 10-minute phone call

79% of marketing leads never convert into sales (Source: MarketingSherpa). So how can you qualify a lead quickly and efficiently in order to avoid wasting their time and yours? Shweta Jhajharia founder of The London Coaching Group, explains a systematic approach to qualifying leads and earning their trust at the same time – in just read more

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HR ADVICE

10 reasons you must take time out in your business

10 reasons you must take time out in your business

Most business owners, directors and senior managers spend all of their working days, and sometimes several hours each day of their personal time, dealing with the hurly-burly of day-to-day business life. Since the start of the recession many business owners have complained that a considerable amount of extra time and effort has had to be read more

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How to deal with lateness

How to deal with lateness

our new advice column from Peninsula Business Services Although staff who are clocking on one or two minutes late in the morning are not causing your company huge detriment, promptness and reliability are important in an employment relationship and employees are often subject to disciplinary proceedings because of their tardiness. Many instances of lateness are read more

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Ten skills your employees will thank you for

Ten skills your employees will thank you for

Whether you employ one person or 1000, there are ten skills that no employer or manager should be without. If used appropriately they will enhance your work environment and make your team happy: Christina Hession from Toastmasters International details these 10 essential skills: 1)     Critical Thinking: A successful critical thinker gathers information, before interpreting it, read more

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Disputes in the workplace: the solution that could save you thousands

Disputes in the workplace: the solution that could save you thousands

Disputes in the workplace may seem like office politics or just a little squabble between colleagues but did you know it could cost your business thousands of pounds? Disputes in the workplace take many forms and can arise even in the most harmonious of environments. It may be an individual with a grievance, bullying or a read more

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How to communicate redundancy news to staff

How to communicate redundancy news to staff

by Roger Gilpin, Gilpin Executive Search The recent labour market figures for Northern Ireland confirmed that 118 redundancies were notified in August 2013, taking the total number of proposed cut backs to 1,416 since the start of this year. Having to let staff go is extremely difficult and can often cause high anxiety and low read more

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CIPD : Lack of support for managers equals problems

CIPD : Lack of support for managers equals problems

New research from the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, reveals that 36% of line managers have not received any training for their role, and that time for effective line management is too often squeezed or lost in favour of more immediate task oriented priorities. In light of the recent corporate crises read more

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MOTORING REVIEWS

Out of this world savings for Donnelly Group customers

Out of this world savings for Donnelly Group customers

Donnelly Group Mitsubishi recently hosted a series of events for members of the business community promoting the incredible tax benefits of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle), the world’s first plug-in hybrid 4×4 SUV. With the vehicle featuring the same batter technology used in Apollo 11, the seminars were launched at Armagh Planetarium. read more

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Key to a new driving partnership

Key to a new driving partnership

Business in the Community has received the keys to a new Toyota Plug-in Hybrid Prius, courtesy of Fleet Financial and Charles Hurst Toyota. The organisation, which promotes responsible business and promotes good environmental practice is delighted to be using this vehicle, which can run totally on electric power, boosting fuel efficiency, reducing running costs and read more

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Demand for British-made cars increases

Demand for British-made cars increases

A rise in the demand for British-made cars from British consumers was reported in July this year, raising hopes of a revival in the flagging domestic economy. Growth Accordingly, British-based car manufacturers produced an impressive 28,895 vehicles for the home market, constituting a 38 per cent increase on the same month last year and a read more

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Demand for British cars boosts economy recovery hopes

Demand for British cars boosts economy recovery hopes

Hopes of a manufacturing revival for British-made cars have risen sharply thanks to fantastic figures in July. British-based manufacturers made a total of 28,895 cars in the seventh month of 2013, which was a massive increase in demand on the same period in 2012. The Society of Motor manufacturers (SMMT) said that the increase in read more

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TV Star David Meade takes on his best role yet with Charles Hurst

TV Star David Meade takes on his best role yet with Charles Hurst

Popular entertainer and speaker takes on Lexus as its new brand ambassador for Northern Ireland TV star, illusionist, mentalist and international speaker has landed one of his best roles yet – as a brand ambassador for luxury car brand Lexus. In an exciting new twist to his skyrocketing career, the popular BBC entertainer has agreed read more

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Peugeot 208 GTI – oh yes its back!

Peugeot 208 GTI – oh yes its back!

by Ian Beasant, Business First Motoring Correspondent Since the 1980s, hot hatch-backs or GTI’s have been dominated by Peugeot and Volkswagen. And it’s Peugeot who have upped the ante once again with the new 208 GTI. With this car the company is intent on bringing the same or better driving experience of the super successful read more

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