BREAKING NEWS..........

One Task, One CFR Apprentice

One Task, One CFR Apprentice

In the style of Lord Sugar and Donald Trump, we are hosting a real life apprentice event to raise funds for the NI Hospice. Each team will be given a task at the end of May. The task involves up-trading items and is something that should not interfere with a working day. This event is […]

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First Award for the Maldron Hotel Group in Northern Ireland!

First Award for the Maldron Hotel Group in Northern Ireland!

The glitterati of the Northern Ireland hospitality industry was out in force at the Receptionist of the Year Gala Awards ceremony at La Mon Hotel in Belfast on Wednesday 20th May 2015. The competition, organised by the Northern Ireland Hotels Federation, is in its twelfth year and has gone from strength to strength since its […]

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Queen’s leadership programmes to boost growth of NI businesses

Queen’s leadership programmes to boost growth of NI businesses

A series of pioneering leadership training programmes at Queen’s University Belfast is set to boost the growth and competitiveness of Northern Ireland businesses and their leaders. The programmes, from the William J Clinton Leadership Institute at Queen’s, give participants the skills to grow their businesses in increasingly challenging local and international business markets. Over 1,500 […]

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Titanic Belfast Hosts Major UK Visitor Attraction Conference

Titanic Belfast Hosts Major UK Visitor Attraction Conference

Titanic Belfast’s Deputy Chairman, Conal Harvey, Chief Executive, Tim Husbands and Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Jonathan Bell are pictured welcoming Bernard Donoghue (The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions’ Director) on SS Nomadic as it hosted ALVA’s best attended council meeting, since its formation 25 years ago.  Northern Ireland visitor attraction, Titanic Belfast, hosted representatives […]

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PANI to welcome Angela McGowan to business breakfast, June 23

PANI to welcome Angela McGowan to business breakfast, June 23

 to present on the advertising and publicity industry’s economic prospects for the year 2015 and beyond. The event, which takes place on 23 June in Belfast, is open to everyone working in the wider media and publicity industries, and will see Angela outline the top performing sectors of industry here as well as those predicted […]

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Invest NI results ‘are ‘impressive’ says CBI – VIDEO REPORT

Invest NI results ‘are ‘impressive’ says CBI – VIDEO REPORT

Invest Northern Ireland’s results for 2014-2015 show another strong year of performance, delivering £7 of investment in the NI economy for every £1 of support. Over the course of 2014-15 Invest NI support has delivered: 13,829 new promoted jobs 9,410 jobs created £1.4bn of investment in the economy 25 new investors for Northern Ireland Alastair […]

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FEATURE ARTICLES..........

Imex LED touchscreens for boardrooms

Imex LED touchscreens for boardrooms

Imex Audio Visual Sector is a diverse business with ‘core strengths’ in fundamental areas, Designing your solution, Supplying and installing. Our ethos has always been “Never stand still and never look back”. With our vastly experienced staff acting at the heart of the Audio Visual division we specialise in supplying our customers with the latest […]

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Dukes at Queens Hotel Belfast on market for £3m

Dukes at Queens Hotel Belfast on market for £3m

The Dukes at Queens Hotel in South Belfast has been put on the market by private treaty for in excess of £3 million according to commercial property agents CBRE. The four star hotel is located in the heart of Belfast’s Queen’s University area which is currently undergoing a regeneration and is regarded as one of […]

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easyjet launch new service to Split, Croatia from Belfast

easyjet launch new service to Split, Croatia from Belfast

Lauren Deegan and Mark Roulston set to board the inaugural easyJet flight from Belfast International to Split, Croatia. easyJet, Northern Ireland’s largest airline, has launched a new route from Belfast to Split. This is easyJet’s 26th route from Belfast. The new route operates once a week throughout the summer and easyJet expects to carry around […]

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Northern Regional College is a Santander Career Academy of the Year

Northern Regional College is a Santander Career Academy of the Year

Northern Regional College (NRC) has received a  Santander Career Academy of the Year Award, the only Northern Ireland college  to be recognised in the national awards. NRC was recognised for its careers programme for Level 3 Engineering Students which ‘boosts’ student employability by aligning students with mentors from industry and provides paid summer work experience. […]

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Stena line offers rugby fans scrum – tastic offer

Stena line offers rugby fans scrum – tastic offer

Ulster rugby fans don’t have to miss out on all the action from the PRO 12 this weekend when Ulster take on the Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun Stadium, as leading ferry company Stena Line has launched some ferry special offers to ensure they can be part of what is set to be a nail biting […]

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InterTradeIreland’s Business Monitor is positive but cautious: VIDEO REPORT

InterTradeIreland’s Business Monitor is positive but cautious: VIDEO REPORT

The latest quarterly Business Monitor (January – March 2015) released today by InterTradeIreland reflects a positive but cautious start to the year for businesses across the island. Almost nine in ten firms are either growing or stable, with the number of companies expanding rising from 37 per cent in the final quarter of last year […]

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THOUGHT LEADERS..........

Are entrepreneurs changing the jobs market?

Are entrepreneurs changing the jobs market?

by Nick O’Shiel, CEO, Omagh Enterprise The number of freelance workers is increasing as the types of jobs in the economy change. Entrepreneurs are using technology to serve customers in increasingly imaginative ways. The change is creating a world of new jobs and affecting how businesses operate and people live. But what does it mean […]

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Fabulous Feedback – creating a culture that creates great leaders.

Fabulous Feedback – creating a culture that creates great leaders.

Feedback can be a fabulous thing; it can help us understand our strengths and learn how to build on our experience to do even better in the future. Feedback’s got a bad rap though.  Often when someone says “I have feedback for you” our heart sinks and we brace ourselves for criticism delivered by someone […]

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Marketing a healthy lifestyle – a weighty responsibility

Marketing a healthy lifestyle – a weighty responsibility

by Karen Barr, Client Marketing Director at ASG Ireland Obesity, overweight, call it what you will, but headlines this week indicate that, as a nation, we are getting fatter and fatter. Statistics from the World Health Organisation suggest that if current trends continue, 85% of Irish women and 89 % of Irish men are likely […]

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IT Solutions for Data Protection & Information Security

IT Solutions for Data Protection & Information Security

With fines of up to £500,000 being imposed on organisations who breach the Data Protection Act, P2V Systems advises how companies can address the IT gaps in their security policies. The emergence of IT technology means Data Protection and Information Security has become much more complex for businesses to manage. Every organisation, regardless of size […]

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The self-help advice business owners need to ignore

The self-help advice business owners need to ignore

Launched in the 1970s by US giants like Tony Robbins and Louise Hay, and fed by videos ranging from The Secret to What the Bleep Do We Know, the self-help movement has become a booming industry offering everything from NLP and healing to the Law of Attraction. Though these ideas may be useful to some, […]

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Are wages rising again?

Are wages rising again?

Each week Nick O’ Shiel, Chief Executive, Omagh Enterprise Company, blogs on issues related to enterprise, technology and the economy. This week Nick asks if wages are rising again. The financial crash of 2008 saw countless people lose their jobs and suffer the pain of low pay and short working hours as businesses cut costs. […]

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HOW TO ADVICE..........

Fabulous Feedback – creating a culture that creates great leaders.

Fabulous Feedback – creating a culture that creates great leaders.

Feedback can be a fabulous thing; it can help us understand our strengths and learn how to build on our experience to do even better in the future. Feedback’s got a bad rap though.  Often when someone says “I have feedback for you” our heart sinks and we brace ourselves for criticism delivered by someone […]

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Here’s How to Know When it’s Time to Consolidate Your Debts

Here’s How to Know When it’s Time to Consolidate Your Debts

Too many people have the completely wrong idea about debt consolidation. It is a technique that is actually quite extensive that keeps individuals from having to go into bankruptcy and protects the long term credit score of most people who use it. You simply need to know when to use it. Here are some indicators […]

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Ards Business Centre – Growing Success

Ards Business Centre – Growing Success

Ards Business Centre Ltd is one of the local enterprise agency for the Ards and North Down Borough Council area. Ards Business Centre has been providing support to businesses for over 25 years since its establishment in 1988 and seeks to play its part in Economic Development through implementing activities of a local enterprise agency. […]

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Did your data backup successfully last night?

Did your data backup successfully last night?

Stephen McCann from P2V Systems offers some insight into the importance of your data backups. Every business understands how important its data is, but not all businesses act on this understanding and fail to backup their data. Unfortunately for many, data backup is a reactive consideration once data has already been lost. The lesson is […]

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Save your business even more. Go paperless with Power NI

Save your business even more. Go paperless with Power NI

Power NI, Northern Ireland’s leading energy company, recently announced a cut in small business tariff rates of 9.2%, saving a typical small business around £200 a year* (based on using 15,000 units p.a.). And not only are prices coming down, but discounts are going up! Alan Egner, Power NI’s Commercial Sales and Marketing Manager comments: […]

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Top Ways Business Process Automation Can Save You Time and Money

Top Ways Business Process Automation Can Save You Time and Money

Tim Compton, Intact Software Today’s business environment demands the highest level of efficiency possible. One of the best ways to effectively achieve this is to leverage your business software to automate labour-intensive processes. By utilising your system’s alerts or workflows you can automate a series of tasks as soon as a condition is met. This […]

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HR ADVICE..........

Fabulous Feedback – creating a culture that creates great leaders.

Fabulous Feedback – creating a culture that creates great leaders.

Feedback can be a fabulous thing; it can help us understand our strengths and learn how to build on our experience to do even better in the future. Feedback’s got a bad rap though.  Often when someone says “I have feedback for you” our heart sinks and we brace ourselves for criticism delivered by someone […]

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Leadership is issue says Deloitte’s UK Human Capital Trends 2015

Leadership is issue says Deloitte’s UK Human Capital Trends 2015

Leadership is at the forefront of talent issues for the majority of Northern Ireland companies, according to Deloitte’s UK Human Capital Trends 2015 survey, which reveals the top trends shaping the human capital agenda. Almost nine in ten organisations surveyed throughout the UK cite leadership as one of their biggest challenges. Leadership remains the most […]

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VIDEO: Employers For Childcare Vouchers Explainer Video

VIDEO: Employers For Childcare Vouchers Explainer Video

Whether you’re an employer or a working parent, signing up to the Employers For Childcare Voucher scheme could help you make HUGE savings! The salary sacrifice scheme saves parents money on the cost of childcare and also saves employers money too, as the salary amount sacrificed is free from NICs. For more info on the […]

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Managing Bereavement in the Workplace

Managing Bereavement in the Workplace

At any time 1 in 10 employees is likely to be affected when someone dies. Grief impacts on the emotional, physical, spiritual and psychological wellbeing of a bereaved person. On 12 March 2015 the Labour Relations Agency and Cruse Bereavement Care will be launching a new guide for employers which aims to help employers manage […]

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Staff key to success says CIPD NI Awards Sponsor Brightwater

Staff key to success says CIPD NI Awards Sponsor Brightwater

Brightwater Recruitment Specialists is once again delighted to be headline sponsor of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development Northern Ireland Awards.  The awards recognise excellence across the Human Resources and Personnel Development profession, and entry is now open for individuals, teams and organisations in the private, public and voluntary sectors. Brightwater’s Manager and HR Specialist […]

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Attracting the right candidate, Roger Gilpin

Attracting the right candidate, Roger Gilpin

Roger Gilpin, Managing Partner of Gilpin Executive Recruitment discusses the recent rise in employment figures in Northern Ireland and gives his tips on how employers can make themselves attractive to candidates. Figures from the February 2015 Northern Ireland Labour Report show that the number of people unemployed in Northern Ireland has reduced consistently over a […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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