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

Exceptional year for Arthur Cox property team

Exceptional year for Arthur Cox property team

Alastair Todd Partner and Head of Property at Arthur Cox Figures released recently by the leading Belfast law firm Arthur Cox highlight that its Property team were involved in 70% (as to value) of all reported retail led transactions completed in Northern Ireland last year. Following the recent release of the 2014 Lisney Northern Ireland read more

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Are you ready to become an angel investor?

Are you ready to become an angel investor?

It’s fair to say that becoming an angel investor is quite a status symbol these days, with even show biz celebs like Ashton Kutcher getting in on the act. But just what is it, how much money is involved and how do you decide whether it is for you? The first thing to note is read more

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Howard Hastings calls on cast of thousands to take lead role

Howard Hastings calls on cast of thousands to take lead role

Outgoing Tourism Northern Ireland Chairman Howard Hastings has urged over 200 tourism conference delegates to take a leading role in strengthening Northern Ireland’s presence on the global stage as a new development phase for the industry begins. He was speaking at Tourism NI’s annual conference, held at the Stormont Hotel in Belfast on Thursday. Focusing read more

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Social Enterprise NI a business model fit for the future

Social Enterprise NI a business model fit for the future

Social Enterprise NI, the representative body for Social Enterprises across Northern Ireland, brought together Permanent Secretaries from five Government Departments for dinner with their members on Wednesday 4 March 2015. Juliet Cornford, Director, Social Enterprise NI explains: “We’re often asked what the sector can deliver for Government. Under the theme for the evening – ‘What’s read more

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Action Renewables Awards shortlist revealed

Action Renewables Awards shortlist revealed

Nicola Branagh, Business Development Manager, Action Renewables joins this year’s Action Renewables Association Awards sponsors Ross McConnell (left), Renewable Energy Manager at Vayu and James Pringle, Partner, Tughans Thirty local businesses and organisations have been shortlisted in the 2015 Action Renewables Awards, which recognise and reward leaders and advocates in the field of renewables across Northern read more

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Ministers publish Air Passenger Duty Economic Impact Assessment Report

Ministers publish Air Passenger Duty Economic Impact Assessment Report

Enterprise Minister, Arlene Foster, and Finance Minister, Simon Hamilton, have published an assessment of the economic impact on the Northern Ireland economy of short haul Air Passenger Duty (APD). The report has been produced by the Northern Ireland Centre for Economic Policy (NICEP), following its detailed economic assessment on the impact of air passenger pricing, read more

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

Jonny Quinn teams with BT to promote innovation

Jonny Quinn teams with BT to promote innovation

Leading business people from across Northern Ireland attended the BT Business Innovation Breakfast in Belfast to hear from two of Northern Ireland’s top local entrepreneurs, including international music star Jonny Quinn from Snow Patrol. Jonny, who swapped his drumsticks for the business breakfast, was a key speaker at the event, which was designed for businesses read more

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Donnelly Group employee to represent UK at SEAT Awards

Donnelly Group employee to represent UK at SEAT Awards

A Donnelly Group employee is celebrating after being named Parts Manager of the Year by SEAT for the second time. Since completing a full day’s assessment at Whittlebury Hall near Milton Keynes in February, Gary Haffey, who has been an employee of the Donnelly Group for over 13 years, will go on to represent the read more

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2016 will be Northern Ireland’s Year of Food

2016 will be Northern Ireland’s Year of Food

Actor James Nesbitt and Tourism NI¹s Howard Hastings helped Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster serve up a new initiative Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster today served up a new initiative aimed at giving more tourists an appetite to visit Northern Ireland. Announcing that next year, 2016, will be Northern Ireland’s Year of Food, the Minister called on read more

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eircom Business Solutions NI charity fundraising

eircom Business Solutions NI charity fundraising

eircom Business Solutions NI, raised over £12,700 in 2014 for Friends of the Cancer Centre who are celebrating 30 years of cancer care in Northern Ireland . “Our partnership with Friends of the Cancer Centre has been a tremendous success with the charity being close to many of our staff members’ hearts. The team enjoyed read more

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Ulster University in seventh research heaven

Ulster University in seventh research heaven

Professor Marie McHugh, Dean of the Ulster University Business School and Professor Paul Humphreys, Research Institute Director, share the results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) with Employment and Learning Minister, Dr Stephen Farry. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) results have been published showing that the Ulster University Business School (UUBS) has recorded read more

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Shared Parental Leave will affect all Northern Ireland Employers

Shared Parental Leave will affect all Northern Ireland Employers

 Arthur Cox is warning all employers in Northern Ireland to prepare for new legislation which will radically overhaul maternity and paternity rights. The Work and Families Act (NI) 2015 will establish that after the initial compulsory two weeks, a mother’s remaining 50 weeks’ maternity leave entitlement can now be split between the mother and father read more

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

How to deal with impromptu questions after your presentation

How to deal with impromptu questions after your presentation

Even if you’re comfortable delivering a presentation for which you have prepared, you may feel the nerves kick in when it comes to taking questions. Delivering a prepared presentation is different from answering questions ‘off the cuff’. However, if you are giving a speech, particularly one in business, then the ability to answer questions – read more

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Are you calculating holiday pay correctly?

Are you calculating holiday pay correctly?

by Michael Black (Director & Head of Employment) Cleaver Fulton Rankin Overview Under the working time regulations, holiday pay is usually calculated in regard to an employee’s basic pay. The Supreme Court in Williams and others v British Airways (2011) signalled the way for a significant re-think of the way statutory holiday pay should be calculated. read more

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CBI Northern Ireland welcomes reform of Executive Departments

CBI Northern Ireland welcomes reform of Executive Departments

Responding to the First Minister’s statement on the reform of Executive Departments in Northern Ireland, CBI Northern Ireland Director, Nigel Smyth, said “Along with the other key Executive agreed outcomes from the Stormont House Agreement, today’s statement by the First Minister will meet with strong support in the business community. “An Executive which is more read more

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Tell your story well, ASG Ireland

Tell your story well, ASG Ireland

by Rory Jeffers, Deputy Creative Director, ASG Ireland When I was a kid, my grandfather would sit down every Sunday evening surrounded by his hoard of grandchildren, too numerous to count. He would captivate us all with the great stories of his youth and could remember in great detail a colourful story from 60 years ago quicker read more

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EY Item Club: Steady growth in average earnings in prospect

EY Item Club: Steady growth in average earnings in prospect

Conditions in the UK labour market have been very unusual over the past few years, with strong rises in employment combined with very weak growth in earnings. These trends have seen average earnings fall in real terms by close to 10% since 2008. However, the recent tentative pickup in wages should become more established, as read more

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‘Zero-hours’ contracts are here to stay

‘Zero-hours’ contracts are here to stay

Employment lawyer, Lisa Bryson of A&L Goodbody Northern Ireland has urged local employers to seek advice and review their processes and documentation in preparation for proposed new measures around ‘zero-hours’ contracts. The comments come on the back of an announcement last week from Minister for Employment and Learning, Stephen Farry that, whilst he would not read more

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

How to deal with impromptu questions after your presentation

How to deal with impromptu questions after your presentation

Even if you’re comfortable delivering a presentation for which you have prepared, you may feel the nerves kick in when it comes to taking questions. Delivering a prepared presentation is different from answering questions ‘off the cuff’. However, if you are giving a speech, particularly one in business, then the ability to answer questions – read more

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Tell your story well, ASG Ireland

Tell your story well, ASG Ireland

by Rory Jeffers, Deputy Creative Director, ASG Ireland When I was a kid, my grandfather would sit down every Sunday evening surrounded by his hoard of grandchildren, too numerous to count. He would captivate us all with the great stories of his youth and could remember in great detail a colourful story from 60 years ago quicker read more

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Procurement Law change will shake up Public Tenders

Procurement Law change will shake up Public Tenders

The Procurement Law around the process of tendering for public sector contracts is set to be shaken up by the introduction of regulations which come into effect today. Leading law firm Carson McDowell has advised contracting authorities in particular to prepare for the significant changes which are set to move the goal posts on public read more

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‘Zero-hours’ contracts are here to stay

‘Zero-hours’ contracts are here to stay

Employment lawyer, Lisa Bryson of A&L Goodbody Northern Ireland has urged local employers to seek advice and review their processes and documentation in preparation for proposed new measures around ‘zero-hours’ contracts. The comments come on the back of an announcement last week from Minister for Employment and Learning, Stephen Farry that, whilst he would not read more

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Crowdfunding gives arts opportunity to diversify income

Crowdfunding gives arts opportunity to diversify income

Four local arts organisations have accepted the challenge of joining Arts & Business NI in a new crowdfunding campaign for the arts. The Crescent Arts Centre, Oh Yeah! Spectrum Centre and Wheelworks are currently working towards raising monies through these new avenues for exciting projects which will have impact on the local communities within which read more

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3 ways successful business owners avoid taking risks

3 ways successful business owners avoid taking risks

Running a business often means taking risks – but these shouldn’t be random risks. They need to be calculated – in other words you need to ensure they actually aren’t that risky at all! Shweta Jhajharia founder of The London Coaching Group suggests there are three things you must learn in order to reduce risk: read more

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

Are you calculating holiday pay correctly?

Are you calculating holiday pay correctly?

by Michael Black (Director & Head of Employment) Cleaver Fulton Rankin Overview Under the working time regulations, holiday pay is usually calculated in regard to an employee’s basic pay. The Supreme Court in Williams and others v British Airways (2011) signalled the way for a significant re-think of the way statutory holiday pay should be calculated. read more

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Free pensions seminar in Belfast on 10th March – suitable for all trustees and employers

Free pensions seminar in Belfast on 10th March – suitable for all trustees and employers

To support trustees and employers in Northern Ireland, Burges Salmon – a leading UK law firm – is holding its latest pensions seminar in Belfast to provide technical guidance and practical advice on key pensions issues and legal changes. The free seminar will take place at The Fitzwilliam Hotel on 10th March. To book a place at the event, please telephone read more

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‘Zero-hours’ contracts are here to stay

‘Zero-hours’ contracts are here to stay

Employment lawyer, Lisa Bryson of A&L Goodbody Northern Ireland has urged local employers to seek advice and review their processes and documentation in preparation for proposed new measures around ‘zero-hours’ contracts. The comments come on the back of an announcement last week from Minister for Employment and Learning, Stephen Farry that, whilst he would not read more

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5 Reasons to Start Using HR Software

5 Reasons to Start Using HR Software

No matter what size your business is, HR software has a role to play. HR software can help you to manage everything from payroll to absences, taking the stress out of managing your most important asset – your employees. Here are 5 benefits HR software can offer your business: 1. Automate repetitive tasks Even if read more

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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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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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