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

Lough Erne Resort appointes Justin McGreevy as Resort Operations Manager

Lough Erne Resort appointes Justin McGreevy as Resort Operations Manager

Lough Erne Resort has added to its experienced team of senior management with the strategic appointment of Justin McGreevy as Resort Operations Manager. The new role has been created to enable the leading hospitality business to further commit to its five-star guest experience and cement its ambitions to be renowned as Northern Ireland’s most luxurious […]

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Rachael McGuickin is Visit Belfast’s new Director of Business Development

Rachael McGuickin is Visit Belfast’s new Director of Business Development

Visit Belfast, the city’s destination marketing and management organisation has appointed Rachael McGuickin as Director of Business Development. This appointment will see Rachael play an integral role in the delivery of Visit Belfast’s ambitious plans to generate £130m to the local economy through increased visitor growth and spend in 2018/19. Visit Belfast’s Chief Executive, Gerry […]

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Northern Ireland on course with growth of golf tourism to £40M 

Northern Ireland on course with growth of golf tourism to £40M 

Golf tourism in Northern Ireland is swinging its way to success with the latest monitor results from Tourism NI revealing that the value of golf tourism in 2017 reached almost £40m per year. This represented a growth of 12% on 2016 and demonstrated that golf tourism in Northern Ireland is holding strong at a time […]

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SHU launches Chef Apprenticeship Programme and scoops top employer award: VIDEO REPORT

SHU launches Chef Apprenticeship Programme and scoops top employer award: VIDEO REPORT

SHU has been one of Belfast’s best restaurants for over 18 years, creating delectable dishes and nurturing world-class chefs able to work anywhere in the world. And this week sees them launch their hugely successful and award-winning ‘SHU Chef Apprentice Programme’ in partnership with Belfast Metropolitan College. Now in its second year, the Programme, which […]

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Small Businesses – Uncertain times ahead but get the support you need now with Elevate and Trade Accelerator Vouchers

Small Businesses – Uncertain times ahead but get the support you need now with Elevate and Trade Accelerator Vouchers

As the American politician Kevin McCarthy said, ‘As any small business owner knows, starting a business is not glamorous work’, but it can be tremendously rewarding! This is why InterTradeIreland currently has funding up to €5,000 available through its sales and marketing programme, Elevate and Trade Accelerator Vouchers, which are specifically aimed at micro businesses […]

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European Politics give Markets Cause for Consternation, Cunningham Coates

European Politics give Markets Cause for Consternation, Cunningham Coates

Business First took the opportunity to speak to Jonathan Cunningham, Partner at Cunningham Coates about how issues around Brexit and European politics are giving the financial markets a serious cause for concern. “These are unprecedented times.” Advises Jonathan:  “And the global focus could well be on Northern Ireland – now a potential border frontier within […]

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

Registering a Domain Name: Preparing in Advance

Registering a Domain Name: Preparing in Advance

Registering a domain name will place you on the fast track towards developing an eye-catching and profitable website. However, you should never rush into this process. There are several suggestions to keep in mind as well as a few common traps to avoid. You will therefore need to perform a bit of homework if you […]

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Is your business missing out on the smart meter opportunity?

Is your business missing out on the smart meter opportunity?

Smart meters have quickly integrated into homes, and people are already enjoying the benefits they bring. But did you know that small businesses could also benefit from these meters? We take a look at the opportunity for small businesses to get on board with smart meters.  Smart meters for all Do you know why smart […]

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In Conversation with: Vishwanath Srinivasan, IT Director EMEA at Concentrix

In Conversation with: Vishwanath Srinivasan, IT Director EMEA at Concentrix

As eir business NI celebrate our 10 years in business and reflect on the technological changes that have taken shape, we talk to Vishwanath Srinivasan, IT Director EMEA at Concentrix, about the evolution of the customer care sector and the adoption of technologies that will transform the way in which companies interact with their customers for […]

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George Best Belfast City Airport has won the Career Inspiration Award at the 2018 Irish News Workplace & Employment Awards.

George Best Belfast City Airport has won the Career Inspiration Award at the 2018 Irish News Workplace & Employment Awards.

Stephen Patton, HR and Corporate Responsibility Manager for Belfast City Airport, collects the Career Inspiration Award at the Irish News Workplace & Employment Awards from sponsor Shauna McCloy, Head of Employability at Ulster University and compere for the evening, Tim McGarry. George Best Belfast City Airport has won the Career Inspiration Award at the 2018 […]

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ACTION RENEWABLES TO HOST EUROPEAN ENERGY POLICY FORUM

ACTION RENEWABLES TO HOST EUROPEAN ENERGY POLICY FORUM

WHEN:                                 Thursday 21st June 2018 TIME:                                    9:00am – 3:00pm WHERE:                               Crowne Plaza                                                 117 Milltown Road, Shaws Bridge, Belfast, BT8 7XP RSVP:                                    [email protected] TICKET COST:                     Free EVENT INFO:                      Action Renewables will present its inaugural European Energy Policy Forum Thursday 21st June at Crowne Plaza, Belfast. As the first of its kind, the Forum […]

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Confidence returns to city centre living – £5.555M of properties sold in Portland 88

Confidence returns to city centre living – £5.555M of properties sold in Portland 88

Barnett Developments has sold more than £5.55million of properties upon release of its second phase of their new £17million ‘Portland 88’ apartment development on Belfast’s Ormeau Road. Featuring 88 ‘smart’ turnkey apartments over 7 storeys, the development will consist of 10 one-bedroom apartments, 74 two-bedroom apartments and four three-bedroom luxury apartments, ‘Portland 88’ will cater […]

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

I’m proud to be a Gender Champion with Fujitsu – and this is why

I’m proud to be a Gender Champion with Fujitsu – and this is why

I’m proud to be a Gender Champion says Val Risk, Global Account Managing Director at Fujitsu,  – and in this blog post, I’ll tell you why. 2018 has been a tumultuous year for gender equality with the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage; revelations about the BBC gender pay gap; the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the […]

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Small businesses playing the long game with long-term car hire: Europcar

Small businesses playing the long game with long-term car hire: Europcar

Mark Maguire, Northern Ireland Sales Manager for Europcar Mobility Group reveals new research on how companies could reduce fleet costs by moving to vehicle usership rather than ownership The cost of business travel is a major consideration for organisations both large and small, which could explain why more fleet managers are considering a change to […]

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Willowbrook Foods MD, John McCann MBE, calls on action from local politicians to save agrifood sector

Willowbrook Foods MD, John McCann MBE, calls on action from local politicians to save agrifood sector

John McCann MBE, Managing Director of one of Ireland’s largest salad and vegetable producers Willowbrook Foods, has called out the need for political stability in Northern Ireland, describing the local agri food sector as being ‘in grave peril’ should the current impasse continue. Willowbrook Foods has been experiencing a steady period of growth, increasing its […]

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Advantages of Using an Introducing Broker

Advantages of Using an Introducing Broker

In a nutshell, introducing brokers are customer catering arms for Forex trading firms. An introducing broker is responsible for driving business to the dealing firm and provide additional customer support for the client and the dealer alike. On each trade that a client makes, the introducing broker is rewarded with a portion of the spread. […]

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Why do people get involved in spread betting

Why do people get involved in spread betting

Trading has become extremely popular due to its extreme level of profit potential. Majority of the retail traders have chosen spread betting as their primary source of income since it allows them to make a huge profit with a very small investment. Professional brokerage firm like ETX Capital is now offering high leverage trading accounts […]

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Digital transformation is about making things frictionless – not just ‘digital’

Digital transformation is about making things frictionless – not just ‘digital’

Over the past few years, the word ‘digital’ has risen to become an industry standard for so much of what we talk about in the world of innovative technology, says Graeme Wright, Fujitsu. But there’s a problem with this, since digital has come to mean many different things to many different people. The result is that […]

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MOVERS & SHAKERS...

Enterprise NI has announced Michael McQuillan as its new Chief Executive.

Enterprise NI has announced Michael McQuillan as its new Chief Executive.

Enterprise NI has formally announced Michael McQuillan as its new Chief Executive. The appointment comes after a highly competitive recruitment process to replace the outgoing Gordon Gough, who is retiring. Mr McQuillan takes up the post next month and will oversee the organisation which represents a total of 28 Local Enterprise Agencies across Northern Ireland. […]

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Michael Walls is 2018 Young Chartered Star

Michael Walls is 2018 Young Chartered Star

Michael Walls, a young County Down Chartered Accountant, has won the ‘Young Chartered Star’ 2018 competition and will represent the Irish Chartered Accountancy profession at the ‘One Young World’ conference in The Hague in the Netherlands later this year. Chartered Accountants Ireland congratulates Michael Walls, who will represent the Institute at the prestigious international conference […]

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Colm McElroy appointed Partner to Finance Team at Arthur Cox

Colm McElroy appointed Partner to Finance Team at Arthur Cox

Law firm Arthur Cox has further strengthened its Finance practice in Northern Ireland with the appointment of Colm McElroy as Partner. Colm, from Magherafelt, joined the firm in 2010 after obtaining a law degree from Queen’s University, Belfast and gaining his professional qualification at the university’s Institute of Professional Legal Studies. Announcing his appointment, Catriona […]

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Alison Donnelly Scoops Two Top Industry Awards

Alison Donnelly Scoops Two Top Industry Awards

Alison Donnelly, Director and Head of Advisory at fscom, has recently been awarded not only one, but two top industry awards. Alison picked up UK Advisor of the Year in AML and Payment Services at the Finance Monthly Fintech Awards 2018. In addition to this outstanding achievement, Alison also received an award for Most Influential Woman in AML […]

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BDO Northern Ireland appoints Ivan Minn as Business Development Director

BDO Northern Ireland appoints Ivan Minn as Business Development Director

Business advisory firm, BDO Northern Ireland, today confirmed a new senior hire with the appointment of former banker Ivan McMinn as its first Business Development Director. The well-known business professional has forged a successful career spanning more than three decades in the financial services industry and most recently headed up the business acquisition and corporate […]

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Ulster University appoints Mark Latuske as Deputy Director of Talent and Performance

Ulster University appoints Mark Latuske as Deputy Director of Talent and Performance

Ulster University has appointed Mark Latuske as Deputy Director of Talent and Performance. Mark is a Human Resources specialist and has both consultancy and in-house experience. He has worked across a number of private and public sector organisations including Danske Bank, the NHS, Barclays Wealth, Permanent TSB, Lloyds Banking Group and Sainsbury’s. Mark holds a Postgraduate diploma […]

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

4 Ways The Telephone Can Increase Your Conversions

4 Ways The Telephone Can Increase Your Conversions

Remember the humble telephone? As businesses throw their money at the latest and greatest technology in a bid to increase conversions, many forget that a key lead generation tool is probably sitting on their desk gathering dust. Clients may be branching out to other methods of communicating with businesses in other industries, turning to social […]

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Dunadry Hotel Completes Phase One Refurbishment 

Dunadry Hotel Completes Phase One Refurbishment 

One year on, since the McKeever Hotel Group added the County Antrim Dunadry Hotel to its portfolio, the Group has announced the completion of the first phase of refurbishment of the hotel, with an investment of £1 million, which includes the Grand Ballroom, the Peacock Lounge and the Linen Suite. The 80 bedroom hotel with […]

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Creating a Checklist: How It Can Transform Your Business

Creating a Checklist: How It Can Transform Your Business

Looking to get more ROI from your business? All you may need is a structured approach to help you out. For one, a simple checklist goes a long way and can potentially help you turn your revenues around. How does a Checklist Help? A checklist has been a saviour for various people at various points […]

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MAKING TAX DIGITAL:  Business owners, are you ready to move online?

MAKING TAX DIGITAL: Business owners, are you ready to move online?

Making Tax Digital (MTD) is the most fundamental change to the administration of the tax system for a generation. When implemented, most businesses will be required to maintain their accounting records digitally – improving efficiency, effectiveness and ease of compliance. Coming into effect from April 2019 and impacting all VAT-registered businesses with a turnover above […]

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6 Ways to Stand Out in The Business Market

6 Ways to Stand Out in The Business Market

Differentiation is the most integral aspect of every marketing campaign, as it will set your company apart from your rivals. Regardless of industry or niche, to make it big in the overcrowded world of business, you have to get ahead of your competition, and your customers must think of you first. To truly make your […]

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Picking the perfect employee uniform: 5 questions you should ask yourself

Picking the perfect employee uniform: 5 questions you should ask yourself

John Armstrong is the Director of Custom Planet, a company specialising in printwear and branding. Here, he addresses the most frequently asked questions about how to choose the perfect employee uniform. What style will be most suitable? Considering the job role and its duties is imperative to selecting a well-suited uniform, with different industries prioritising […]

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HR ADVICE & IDEAS.....

How to Claim Compensation After a Personal Injury at Work

How to Claim Compensation After a Personal Injury at Work

Have you sustained a personal injury in the workplace? No matter whether this is psychological or physical, as an employee it can hard to balance the feeling of responsibility between you and the company that you are working for. When you are considering a personal injury compensation claim it can be hard to know which […]

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Women are happier at work than men despite being paid less, according to Gender Happiness Gap

Women are happier at work than men despite being paid less, according to Gender Happiness Gap

The Gender Happiness Gap research today surveyed over 1200 UK employees about their happiness, enthusiasm, pride, and efficiency at work. The results demonstrate a significant gap in the workplace happiness between men and women across the UK. The research shows that contrary to, and perhaps in spite of the fact that the Gender Pay Gap […]

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Employers need to act now on immigration law to keep their workforce in Northern Ireland

Employers need to act now on immigration law to keep their workforce in Northern Ireland

by Lisa Bryson, Head of Employment, Eversheds Sutherland, Belfast To paraphrase Mark Twain, many people complain about the weather, but no-one ever seems to do anything about it.  Employers handling international recruitment could be forgiven for feeling the same way about the Brexit negotiations. It has been clear for some time that Brexit will cause major […]

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Gender parity absent within Northern Ireland’s most senior roles

Gender parity absent within Northern Ireland’s most senior roles

Northern Ireland’s business boardrooms are still facing a significant gender imbalance – despite growing awareness of a widespread female deficit, according to research released today. Of the 467 board members within Northern Ireland’s top 100 companies, just a fifth of these are women, according to Brightwater Recruitment, who examined the issue ahead of International Women’s […]

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How to spot – and help – a high-functioning alcoholic in your organisation

How to spot – and help – a high-functioning alcoholic in your organisation

Can you tell if a member of your team is a high-functioning alcoholic? And, once identified, what can you do to help them? Sobriety companion and coach, Dr Bunmi Aboaba, draws on her experiences to explain what to look for and what action you should take: Firstly, there are some simple signs to look for:  […]

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Flexible working: Why more companies need to embrace it

Flexible working: Why more companies need to embrace it

We’ve seen enormous technological and social changes in the workplace in recent years.  These changes have forced some companies to adapt in order to attract and sustain much needed talent. Unfortunately, despite this, a lot more still needs to be done to ensure flexibility and inclusivity is addressed in every workplace and integrated into the culture of the […]

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