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

Putting the Good Back into Business with JW Associates

Putting the Good Back into Business with JW Associates

Jo Watson, Director of JW Associates NI and a champion of responsible business recently completed her Masters in Executive Leadership at Ulster University Business School and continues our Leaders in Business Series.  What is your current role? With over twenty-five years’ experience in the voluntary and private sectors I have built up a considerable portfolio […]

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Connect Knowledge Economy Report makes Northern Ireland 2nd fastest growing UK Knowledge Economy region

Connect Knowledge Economy Report makes Northern Ireland 2nd fastest growing UK Knowledge Economy region

The 2017 Connect Knowledge Economy Report, supported by Bank of Ireland UK and independently produced by Ulster University Economic Policy Centre, published today at the Catalyst Inc Innovation Centre in Derry~Londonderry. To download the The 2017 Connect Knowledge Economy Report please click here The recommendations from the Connect Knowledge Economy Report called for a rapid […]

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The challenge ahead: how does Northern Ireland attract the skills and labour it needs post-Brexit? Trevor Lockhart, Chair, CBI Northern Ireland

The challenge ahead: how does Northern Ireland attract the skills and labour it needs post-Brexit? Trevor Lockhart, Chair, CBI Northern Ireland

by Trevor Lockhart, CEO of Fane Valley and CBI Northern Ireland Chair With the holiday period done and dusted it’s time to look ahead at what’s in store for business in 2018. Needless to say you don’t need a crystal ball to know that Brexit will once again dominate the thoughts of companies across the […]

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Countdown to GDPR. Are you Ready?

Countdown to GDPR. Are you Ready?

By now, every organisation is bound to be aware of the looming GDPR deadline of 25th May. Most likely, organisations will also be aware of the penalties of up to €20m or 4% of turnover for non-compliance. But do you know what your organisations responsibilities are and what to do about these? There are many […]

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Cara Cash, Chief Executive of Nexus NI

Cara Cash, Chief Executive of Nexus NI

Cara Cash, Chief Executive of Nexus NI, continues our “Leaders in Business” series. Cara has successfully completed the Developing Managers programme leading to the Advanced Diploma in Management Practice and is contemplating the undertaking of a Masters at the Ulster University Business School. What is your current role? I am Chief Executive of Nexus NI; […]

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Everybody else is eating our lunch: Business First meets CBI’s Paul Drechsler and CBI Northern Ireland Chair Trevor Lockhart

Everybody else is eating our lunch: Business First meets CBI’s Paul Drechsler and CBI Northern Ireland Chair Trevor Lockhart

On the evening of the inauguration of Fane Valley Chief Executive Trevor Lockhart as the new Chair of CBI Northern Ireland, Business First met with CBI President Paul Drechsler and Trevor. Not surprisingly, our conversation centred around Brexit. “Business has a responsibility to make it clear that the decisions made today will affect the next […]

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

BDO Northern Ireland partner on NI Business Challenge for Schools

BDO Northern Ireland partner on NI Business Challenge for Schools

BDO Northern Ireland, in partnership with Queen’s Management School and Henderson Group, has launched the “NI Business Challenge for Schools”, a prestigious event open to Lower 6th pupils who are currently studying A–Level Business Studies. The NI Business Challenge for Schools will take place on Thursday 8th February 2018 in Queen’s Management School and will […]

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A Guide to 2018 Budget Planning for SMEs

A Guide to 2018 Budget Planning for SMEs

A good knowledge of financial management is key to the success of any business, particularly Small to Medium Enterprise. Without monitoring cash flow and putting in place a realistic company budget, your business could be on course for failure. However, Business Rescue Expert, leading insolvency practitioners in the UK, are sharing their guide to business […]

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Which? magazine names Click Energy as  NI’s top electricity provider!

Which? magazine names Click Energy as NI’s top electricity provider!

Billed as the UK’s consumer champion magazine, the February edition of Which? Magazine has revealed that Click Energy has been named as Northern Ireland’s top energy provider! In its annual satisfaction survey*, which reveals what customers really think of their energy suppliers, every supplier in Northern Ireland was included. Click Energy tops the poll with […]

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Belfast rents rise to fuel resurgent office marketing says Lisney report

Belfast rents rise to fuel resurgent office marketing says Lisney report

A resurgent office investment market – fuelled by unprecedented growth in rental rates – will ensure another positive year for the commercial property sector, leading agency Lisney has reported. Publishing its latest report, Lisney revealed that investment volumes last year surpassed 2016 to hit £305 million, and predicted that a rise in the number of […]

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Technology top of the agenda for St Louis Grammar School

Technology top of the agenda for St Louis Grammar School

Students from St Louis Grammar School, Kilkeel, are pictured visiting leading ICT solutions provider, Fujitsu. As well as taking part in a variety of technology themed games and activities, students spoke with Fujitsu apprentices and members of staff about the range of roles available in the sector and learnt about the latest technology trends. Speaking […]

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Charles Hurst expands Dublin footprint with new showroom

Charles Hurst expands Dublin footprint with new showroom

Charles Hurst has expanded its Dublin footprint with a new South-side showroom, which will showcase specialist and premium pre-owned models including Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche as well as approved pre-owned Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari and Maserati. The move comes on the back of the launch of Charles Hurst’s new multi-million pound Audi showroom in […]

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

Employee Contentment: How To Handle The Ever-Invasive Business Email

Employee Contentment: How To Handle The Ever-Invasive Business Email

by Shirley Penney Smartphones. Our best friends and our worst enemies. Can you name even one person who doesn’t have access to at least one smart phone? Flash back 10 years and the only people who had work email on their mobile were high flying executives. The type who spent their days in chauffeur driven […]

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‘Rolling the Dice’ – property Investment for Family Businesses

‘Rolling the Dice’ – property Investment for Family Businesses

by Maybeth Shaw, BDO Northern Ireland It doesn’t always end well when families play Monopoly together, so too diversifying a family owned trading company by investing in property can have unforeseen tax consequences – potentially leaving families with large unexpected liabilities. Property investment is commonplace within family businesses, often seen as a safe haven for cash […]

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Eugene, Nadine and the Russians

Eugene, Nadine and the Russians

Our personal data and our business data are at risk…from pretty much everyone It has been interesting over the last week to read the rhetoric around Kaspersky and the fact that, it being a company run from Russia, we now seem to believe that the Russian government will be using it to spy on our […]

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The protection power of wearables; health and safety in a digital age

The protection power of wearables; health and safety in a digital age

Sinead Dillon, Principal Consultant, Fujitsu Northern Ireland In any organisation or business, its people are its most valuable asset. Your employees and co-workers enhance productivity, add to the creative process, manage goods and services and ultimately contribute to the smooth running and delivery of business. Therefore, keeping you and your employees’ safe and protecting their […]

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Northern Ireland Technology Sector must reinvent itself quickly for next decade

Northern Ireland Technology Sector must reinvent itself quickly for next decade

eir Business NI has challenged the Northern Ireland (NI) private and public sectors to reinvent themselves in order to take advantage of the fast-changing global knowledge economy and opportunities presented by new technologies, or risk being left behind. This challenge comes as the company unveils customer research and industry analysis of the future economic and […]

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Reducing the Risk of Driving for Businesses During Winter Months

Reducing the Risk of Driving for Businesses During Winter Months

Mark Maguire – Northern Ireland Sales Manager – Europcar UK Northern Ireland police figures show that traffic accident fatalities[1] rise during the winter season. Other studies show that the danger of road accidents increases by 30% between 5pm and 8pm in the month following the clocks going back. There is no question that the winter […]

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MOVERS & SHAKERS...

David Elliott joins Lanyon Communications

David Elliott joins Lanyon Communications

Belfast corporate communications firm Lanyon Communications has announced the appointment of business journalist David Elliott as Senior Client Director. In its third new hire in the past three months, the former editor of Ulster Business magazine has joined the firm at the start of what it says will be a year of “significant growth and […]

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ASG announces new partnership with Elevate PR

ASG announces new partnership with Elevate PR

Sasha McKnight (Deputy Head of PR) and Vicki Caddy (Director of PR) from ASG & Partners and Claire Feely (Director of Client Services) and Emma Kelly (Managing Director) at Elevate PR. ASG & Partners, has  announced a new partnership with Dublin-based PR and social media agency, Elevate PR. This development comes as part of ASG’s […]

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Momentum’s Tom Verner finalist in Business Personality of the Year

Momentum’s Tom Verner finalist in Business Personality of the Year

Managing Director of Bangor-based The Momentum Group, Tom Verner, was recently named as a finalist in the Business Personality of the Year category at the prestigious Eye Awards. The gala event, which celebrated local companies’ success, took place on Thursday 7th December at the Waterfront in Belfast. Over 700 people from a wide range of […]

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Judith Owens Appointed as Titanic Belfast’s Chief Executive

Judith Owens Appointed as Titanic Belfast’s Chief Executive

Titanic Belfast, the World’s Leading Tourist Attraction, today confirmed Judith Owens’ appointment as Chief Executive. Judith Owens will take over the reins from Tim Husbands MBE as Titanic Belfast’s Chief Executive on 15th December 2017. As Titanic Belfast’s Director of Operations and Deputy Chief Executive since before opening in 2012, Judith has been fundamental to […]

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Ardmore strengthens top team with key strategic appointments

Ardmore strengthens top team with key strategic appointments

Ardmore Advertising has appointed Mark Irwin as managing director and confirmed that founder and former managing director, John Keane, will take up the role of chief executive officer with immediate effect. As part its strategic plan for consolidation and growth, Paul Bowen, group creative director and Miriam Moertl, senior account director, have been appointed to […]

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Michael Morrow joins The Momentum Group

Michael Morrow joins The Momentum Group

Michael Morrow has joined local R&D tax credit specialists, the award-winning Momentum Group. As an experienced research professional and business consultant, spanning start-ups to multi-nationals, Michael has been appointed as a R&D Technical Analyst with the Bangor-based company. Michael joins Momentum with 30 years’ UK and international consultancy experience across the full spectrum of manufacturing […]

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FAMILY BUSINESS..........

Mentality – Going from Performance to High Performance

Mentality – Going from Performance to High Performance

by Peter Stevens, 4c Executive As a recruitment professional at 4c Executive and an amateur (very amateur) sportsperson I have always been interested in what makes the difference in going from good to great, performance to high performance or between winning and losing and I always seem to have the same answer: “mentality”. I have […]

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How to build a trusted brand, by CIM Ireland

How to build a trusted brand, by CIM Ireland

Every successful business trades on its reputation, so building a trusted brand is essential whatever your size or sector, says Carol Magill, Network Manager, Chartered Institute of Marketing The process is always going to cost time, effort and money. But you don’t need a bottomless budget to do the basics well. Here is a simple […]

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Family-owned firms to have their say on business planning in Family Business Survey

Family-owned firms to have their say on business planning in Family Business Survey

Maybeth Shaw, Partner at BDO Northern Ireland; with Eddie and Eugene McKeever, father and son owners of McKeever Hotels launch the  Family Business Survey Business advisory firm, BDO Northern Ireland, today launched the Family Business Survey that will capture the experiences and concerns of family owned businesses and help give them a stronger voice on a […]

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Larchfield Estate – a family affair

Larchfield Estate – a family affair

by Sarah Mackie It is hard to believe that 2017 marks Gavin and my 10 year anniversary at Larchfield Estate. As I gave up my career in media and moved to Northern Ireland to get married I’m not entirely sure that either of us knew of the energy that we would be putting into starting […]

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Keeping it in the family: will outside advice help family businesses survive down the generations?

Keeping it in the family: will outside advice help family businesses survive down the generations?

by Paul Mulholland, Founding Partner, Harbinson Mulholland As hosts of the NI Family Business Forum, Harbinson Mulholland are planning an event on 5th April which will pose that question to a number of panellists, of which I am one. We will be discussing the value of non-executive directors (NEDS) in family businesses, in partnership with the […]

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Take care of your Social Capital values when taking care of your Succession

Take care of your Social Capital values when taking care of your Succession

by Ian Smyth, Ulster University Trust, communication and identity are values that need to be considered when selecting a successor. Research confirms that only about one-third of family businesses survive the transition from founders to second generation of Owner/Managing Director (OMD) and only around a tenth of those survive beyond the second to third generation. […]

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HR ADVICE & IDEAS.....

Moment Health to make maternal health mainstream

Moment Health to make maternal health mainstream

Whilst today is traditionally known as ‘Blue Monday’, the day dubbed the most depressing day of the year, we are celebrating one of our Top 40 Under 40 business people, Nuala Murphy, CEO of Moment Health, the Belfast tech company established to tackle maternal mental health. 2017 was a whirlwind for the Belfast company that […]

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What is “actually” meant when we talk about HR Data?

What is “actually” meant when we talk about HR Data?

by Jonathan Crawford, Mindmill HR Software Limited HR data, people analytics, human capital insights are just some of the terms used when looking at talent and HR trends. We know that this type of data is an essential strategic resource for organisations. It helps you to predict and learn from past mistakes. It allows organisations to […]

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How to look for soft skills and assess cultural fit?

How to look for soft skills and assess cultural fit?

What is cultural fit? In every workplace talk, we often hear both employers and employees talk about organisational culture – that mysterious term that characterises the qualities of a work environment. When interviewing prospective employees, one of the key determinations for an employer will always be whether the candidate is a good ‘cultural fit’. by […]

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Employees Offered up to £100k to whistleblow on Employers

Employees Offered up to £100k to whistleblow on Employers

by Nathan Campbell, Cleaver Fulton Rankin The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is seeking to crack down on illegal activity such as price-fixing and bid-rigging by offering a reward of up to £100,000 and the promise of anonymity to employees who report any such activity undertaken by their employers. The “carrot” of £100,000 is only […]

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Boosting Employee Performance Without Raising Stress Levels: Is It Possible?

Boosting Employee Performance Without Raising Stress Levels: Is It Possible?

Every company wants to get the most out of their most important assets: employees. Team members who are capable of working effectively and efficiently provide higher levels of contributions to the company, making them more valuable and allowing the business to grow at a much faster rate. Unfortunately, boosting employee productivity is often a complicated […]

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Developing a Strong Employer Brand

Developing a Strong Employer Brand

by Emma Murray, Director, ASG Recruitment Is your organisation struggling to attract, recruit and retain the best talent? If the answer is yes, then, don’t fear, because you are not alone – you need a strong employer brand. In a recent Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) survey, over 3 quarters of UK organisations […]

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