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

BDO Property: Tax Matters seminar

BDO Property: Tax Matters seminar

BDO Managing Partner, Peter Burnside (left) and Special Advisory Services Partner, Brian Murphy (right) welcome Geoff Sharpe of Danske Bank (middle) as guest speaker at the recent BDO Property: Tax Matters breakfast seminar held on April 29 2015. During the seminar the topics discussed included the local NI property market, recent market property transactions and […]

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Belfast announced as host city for Routes Europe 2017

Belfast announced as host city for Routes Europe 2017

It was announced today, during a press conference in Belfast that Routes Europe 2017 when the 12th Routes Europe takes place 23-25 April 2017 in Belfast at the Waterfront Conference Centre which will complete its state of the art £30 million extension in the summer of 2016. The event, which is the largest regional Routes […]

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BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition: VIDEO REPORT

BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition: VIDEO REPORT

  Top illusionist and television mentalist David Meade today wowed the crowds in Belfast city centre with a gravity-defying stunt to launch the 2016 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. Proving that the impossible is actually possible, David attracted gasps from startled onlookers as he sat suspended in thin air – a feat that must […]

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Harbinson mulholland looks to the future  with £300k office investment

Harbinson mulholland looks to the future with £300k office investment

The Northern Ireland Executive must continue to work together strategically to create long term economic growth, according to leading accountancy practice Harbinson Mulholland. Founding Partner Jeremy Harbinson, speaking at the opening of their new offices, said a new spirit of optimism and innovation among local SMEs was helping to drive economic recovery. “In the last […]

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firmus energy invests £1.1 million in Armagh

firmus energy invests £1.1 million in Armagh

firmus energy is delighted to announce that  homes and businesses in Richhill will be able to switch to the benefits of natural gas this year. Following discussions with the Utility Regulator, firmus has received approval to extend their natural gas network into the area with an investment of around £1.1 million and the potential to […]

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Innovation Founder search is on – closes May 11

Innovation Founder search is on – closes May 11

The time has come: Which local entrepreneur do you think has contributed most to our region and shaped our local economy? Who do you think has improved our quality of life? And who do you think continues to inspire future generations of innovators and entrepreneurs? The search is now on to find Northern Ireland’s next […]

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

Ulster University Business School’s SME Centre gives ‘voice’ to businesses

Ulster University Business School’s SME Centre gives ‘voice’ to businesses

Paul Terrington, IoD; Colin Walsh, CBI; Kate Marshall, Women in Business; Kevin Kingston, NI Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Wilfred Mitchell, FSB. ‘The Voice of Business’ was the title of a unique question time event hosted by the Ulster University Business School’s SME Centre in partnership with Carson McDowell, as part of the School’s […]

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Visit Belfast puts strong tourism growth first after city’s stellar year

Visit Belfast puts strong tourism growth first after city’s stellar year

Lord Mayor of Belfast, Arder Carson, (from L-R) is Gerry Lennon, Chief Executive, Visit Belfast, and the organisation’s senior team, Rachael McGuickin, Director of Business Tourism, Mary Jo McCanny, Director of Visitor Servicing, and Anne McMullan, Director of Marketing and Communications. Ambitious new plans to drive continued tourism growth in Belfast and rapidly increase its […]

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Hobson Electronics’ bills cut by half in six months thanks to AmberGreen: VIDEO REPORT

Hobson Electronics’ bills cut by half in six months thanks to AmberGreen: VIDEO REPORT

Hobson Electronics on Killyneill Road, Dungannon, are specialists in car and home electronics. The company with £100 per week electricity bills made the switch to solar earlier this year in order to cut its quarterly bills and be more environmentally friendly. Derek Hobson, who heads the family run company, said his 6.5kW solar PV system was […]

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Ards Business Centre

Ards Business Centre

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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Local businesses support Silver Surfers’ Day

Local businesses support Silver Surfers’ Day

110 business volunteers from organisations large and small across Northern Ireland took part in Silver Surfers’ Day. They willingly gave up their time and shared their IT skills helping more than 700 people over the age of 50 get more comfortable with using the internet, a laptop, a tablet or even a smart phone. The […]

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Food Pavilion tantalising Balmoral Show goers taste buds.

Food Pavilion tantalising Balmoral Show goers taste buds.

Balmoral Show presents the very best of farming and food and this year is no exception. The NI Food Pavilion is making a return over the 13th-15th May and exciting plans have been unveiled. Michelle Shirlow , Food NI announced “2015 will see the biggest ever NI Food Pavilion at Balmoral Show and the launch […]

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

Focus for success

Focus for success

by Nick O’Shiel, Omagh Enterprises In a world dominated by distraction the ability to focus is an essential ingredient of success. The old-fashioned habit of giving our attention to one thing at a time is back in vogue, as the relationship between focus and success is rediscovered. But what does it mean for today’s digital […]

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Community Consultation rules for NI Planning fast approaching

Community Consultation rules for NI Planning fast approaching

by Andrew Ryan, Planning, Partner at TLT Solicitors Northern Ireland. From 1st July 2015 a any new planning application classed as ‘major’ in Northern Ireland will be subject to mandatory community consultation requirements that must be fulfilled before the application is submitted.  The thresholds for ‘major’ applications are relatively low. For housing the threshold is over […]

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Why you should never offer a discount

Why you should never offer a discount

Discounting – it’s a common reaction when sales are taking a dive. But according to Shweta Jhajharia of The London Coaching Group, this is a very ill advised move. Not only should you be focusing on value rather than price, but discounting your product also has a much larger impact on your business than you […]

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The unexpected business benefits of collaboration

The unexpected business benefits of collaboration

Many companies, big and small, are moving towards a more collaborative approach to business. Effective collaboration is much more than just ‘working together’ – it’s a strategic choice too. As companies delve further into a collaborative work environment, they quickly find that the benefits have the power to transform the entire organisation in unexpected, yet […]

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Northern Ireland house prices rise highest in UK

Northern Ireland house prices rise highest in UK

Northern Ireland’s housing market out-performed other UK regions in March, according to the latest RICS Residential Market Survey, with prices, sales, instructions, enquiries and expectations all increasing in the month. It was the first month this year in which new instructions to sell property increased. However, with more potential buyers entering the market, there remains […]

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

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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The Benefits of Managed Services for your Business.

The Benefits of Managed Services for your Business.

Stephen McCann, Managing Director of P2V Systems looks at some of the benefits you can reap by using managed services. IT managed services can be quite an ambiguous area. Essentially, it means outsourcing some or all of the IT functions of a business to a third-party provider. This can include things like email, security, backup […]

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

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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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. […]

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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 […]

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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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