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

JMK solcitors top Northern Ireland personal injury law firm for 4th year in a row

JMK solcitors top Northern Ireland personal injury law firm for 4th year in a row

JMK Solicitors have retained their No.1 position as the leading personal injury law firm in Northern Ireland for the 4th consecutive year, handling more cases locally than any other legal firm. The Belfast and Newry-based legal firm had a record 1,420 separate personal injury cases registered in 2017, a 9% growth on the previous year […]

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10 things to do in Northern Ireland the week of 26 February – 4 March from DiscoverNorthernIreland.com

10 things to do in Northern Ireland the week of 26 February – 4 March from DiscoverNorthernIreland.com

DiscoverNorthernIreland.com has stacks of fun things to do across Northern Ireland, from family days out to gigs and cultural events. Here are 10 exciting things taking place this week  Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture, Derry~Londonderry, 1 March. A national contest which encourages young designers in secondary level education to create striking couture designs and impressive […]

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Visit Belfast celebrates Chinese New Year by being ‘China Ready’

Visit Belfast celebrates Chinese New Year by being ‘China Ready’

The Visit Belfast Welcome Centre scores an island-wide first to secure global China Ready status. Visit Belfast has been recognised for being ‘China Ready’, another major accomplishment in the tourism agency’s efforts to maximise on the city’s growing popularity with Chinese tourists. As Belfast and NI’s flagship visitor information centre, it also becomes the first […]

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Mills Selig announces new Senior Associates

Mills Selig announces new Senior Associates

Mills Selig has announced the promotion of five of its solicitors to the newly created position of Senior Associate. Richard Craig, Maeve Fisher, Glenn Watterson, Fiona McFall and Caroline Glover have received promotion to the position of Senior Associate in recognition of their continued excellence in their relevant fields and overall contribution to the firm. […]

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Ulster University Business School joins elite USA Group Babson

Ulster University Business School joins elite USA Group Babson

Ulster University Business School has been accepted into the prestigious Babson Collaborative for Entrepreneurship Education. Combined with its affiliation to Harvard Business School, Ulster University Business School has become the first Business School in the UK to have formal relationships with both institutions. Based in Massachusetts, USA, Babson Collaborative is a membership organisation that brings […]

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Milestone Year for Macklin Care Homes

Milestone Year for Macklin Care Homes

Celebrating its 30th year in business, Macklin Care Homes experienced a milestone year in 2017 when the Group picked up an incredible 25 awards, created 20 new jobs, and took ownership of Our Lady’s Care Home in West Belfast – now the sixth care home within the Macklin portfolio. Major award wins within the Group […]

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

6 rules for managing cashflow (and your nagging aunt!), from Magic Beans

6 rules for managing cashflow (and your nagging aunt!), from Magic Beans

We’ve all heard it; time and time again! A bit like that nagging aunt going on at you. There is no denying that it’s true, though.  Cash IS King.  If you want to build a successful business, you need cash. Simple, Right?  Here are our thoughts on some measures you can adopt to look after […]

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DMS and the Irish Civil Service: Collaborating for Success

DMS and the Irish Civil Service: Collaborating for Success

DMS has been appointed by the Irish Civil Service to deliver a range of CIPD qualification programmes, working with individuals across thirteen different government departments. This comes as part of the recently-launched Civil Service People Strategy 2017-2020. The Northern Ireland-based company, known for its flexibility and choice, worked with representatives from the Civil Service to ensure that […]

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New Stena Line offer to France c’est magnifique!

New Stena Line offer to France c’est magnifique!

France is the world’s most visited country and to help make sure you can experience its stunning scenery, culture and renowned food in 2018, leading ferry company Stena Line is offering 10% off sailings from Rosslare to Cherbourg this summer. By booking now and booking early, not only can holidaymakers enjoy more va va voom […]

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Inspiring the next generation of technologists

Inspiring the next generation of technologists

One of Northern Ireland’s largest ICT companies Fujitsu, along with representatives from local businesses, universities and colleges, visited Bangor Grammar recently to talk to young people, parents and teachers about skills development and career opportunities as part of the North Down Careers Fair. Sinead Dillon, Principal Consultant at Fujitsu, spoke to students about the latest […]

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Offers of the Week from Discover NI

Offers of the Week from Discover NI

Northern Ireland boasts a unique collection of irresistible places to stay including beautiful B&Bs, luxurious spa hotels and great value self-catering properties. Discover NI has selected the best offers of the week to help you plan a short break. Gilbert & George Package with The MAC & the Merchant Hotel, Belfast from £144 per person. […]

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Smarter Surfaces NI paints success with rapid growth

Smarter Surfaces NI paints success with rapid growth

Smarter Surfaces NI, a specialist business in innovative painting and wall-covering technology, has achieved significant growth by bringing office space to life for companies across Northern Ireland. Established in 2016, Smart Surfaces NI has capitalised on a niche sector in Northern Ireland with unique reusable whiteboard, chalk or flat magnetic surfaces driving the business forward, […]

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

Right to Work Checks and Unfair Dismissal – Baker v Abellio

Right to Work Checks and Unfair Dismissal – Baker v Abellio

Right to Work Checks and Unfair Dismissal, by Nathan Campbell, Cleaver Fulton Rankin Solicitors At first instance in this case it was held that the employee’s failure to provide documentary proof of right to work in UK was a valid reason for the employer to dismiss the employee on grounds of illegality. However, this decision […]

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42% of Households in Northern Ireland Affected by Fuel Poverty

42% of Households in Northern Ireland Affected by Fuel Poverty

by Nigel Brady, Director, Bryson Energy Northern Ireland has the highest level of fuel poverty in the UK and one of the highest in the European Union, with current estimates indicating that 42% of households are affected. Fuel poverty is a problem that has severe consequences. These include restricted use of heating, cold and damp […]

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NI Trade Credit Insurance Chief says market insight points to further insolvencies

NI Trade Credit Insurance Chief says market insight points to further insolvencies

The head of Credit Insurance specialists, Trade Credit Brokers has warned that market intelligence on several sectors could spell out more catastrophic failure for a variety of Northern Ireland companies. Nigel Birney, Head of Trade Credit and Political Risks, Trade Credit Brokers, has said that the unwelcome news won’t stop at McMullen Facades Ltd, Carillion, […]

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Why businesses still need printers

Why businesses still need printers

For decades, the phrase paper free has been uttered in revered tones among businesses – it is seen almost as some kind of utopia, an ideal world where pens, paper and printers are consigned to the pages of history. Yet walk into any office and you will still see plenty of files and letters. While […]

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Barry Macaulay, Director of Stroke Association NI: LEADER IN BUSINESS

Barry Macaulay, Director of Stroke Association NI: LEADER IN BUSINESS

Barry Macaulay, Director of Stroke Association NI, continues our “Leaders in Business” series. Barry completed the Developing Managers programme leading to the Advanced Diploma in Management Practice and went on to complete the BSc (Hons) in Management Practice at the Ulster Business School. What is your current role? I am Director of the Stroke Association […]

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Ulster University Economic Policy Centre: Winter 2018 Outlook

Ulster University Economic Policy Centre: Winter 2018 Outlook

To download the UUEPC Winter Outlook, please click here The Ulster University Economic Policy Centre (UUEPC) believes that economic performance will continue to be steady in the next few years.  The current outlook is set against the context of stronger than expected 2017 growth, which is now estimated at 1.4%.  This is forecast to fall […]

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MOVERS & SHAKERS...

ASG & Partners appoints six new team members

ASG & Partners appoints six new team members

Belfast-based advertising and marketing agency, ASG & Partners, has appointed six new members of staff. Robert Lyle has joined ASG & Partners as Head of Media. Robert has 30 years of experience, having spent 14 years with Lyle Bailie International, previously holding roles at McCann Erickson Belfast and the Belfast Telegraph. His new post sees […]

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MMW Legal welcomes Chris Neill to partnership

MMW Legal welcomes Chris Neill to partnership

MMW are delighted to welcome Christopher Neill as a Partner to lead our Banking and Finance Team. Christopher was previously a director at an established Commercial firm in Belfast. Christopher has a wealth of experience in advising local and international banks, borrowers, financial institutions and other lenders across the entire spectrum of banking and finance […]

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Tina McKenzie appointed FSB Policy Chair

Tina McKenzie appointed FSB Policy Chair

The Federation of Small Businesses has made sweeping changes to its guiding body, the FSB NI Policy Unit, including the appointment of one of Northern Ireland’s most successful business owners, Tina McKenzie, as Chair alongside a raft of new, high-powered appointments. Ms McKenzie’s appointment marks the first change in Chair of the Unit in nearly […]

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LK’s Chris Pollock to Chair CIPRNI

LK’s Chris Pollock to Chair CIPRNI

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) in Northern Ireland has elected Chris Pollock, Senior Account Manager at Holywood agency LK Communications, as the organisation’s new Committee Chair for Northern Ireland. The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) in Northern Ireland has issued a rallying call for the local communications sector to provide a unified […]

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Recipe for Success! Jean-Christophe Novelli Names His Belfast ‘Grand Chef’

Recipe for Success! Jean-Christophe Novelli Names His Belfast ‘Grand Chef’

Jim Mulholland to Join Jean-Christophe Novelli at Helm of His Début Ireland Restaurant Jean-Christophe Novelli – the French-born, Belfast-bound celebrity chef – has named local man Jim Mulholland as ‘le grand chef’ of his first restaurant on the island of Ireland. ‘Novelli at City Quays’ is set to open in April as part of the all-new […]

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Gordon Gough to retire as head of Enterprise NI

Gordon Gough to retire as head of Enterprise NI

Enterprise NI has announced that Chief Executive, Gordon Gough, is set to retire as the head of the membership body. Gordon has been the Chief Executive since his appointment in 2008 and has led the organisation for a decade. He will continue in post until June when a new replacement Chief Executive will take over. […]

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

Four Star Pizza encourages NI entrepreneurs to grab a slice of the action

Four Star Pizza encourages NI entrepreneurs to grab a slice of the action

The New Year could mean a new career for ambitious Northern Ireland entrepreneurs who would like to make a fresh start and grab a slice of success with Four Star Pizza – one of the country’s largest pizza companies. Four Star Pizza (FSP) is planning to increase its number of Northern Ireland stores from 12 […]

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Buying vs renting: what’s the best option for my business?

Buying vs renting: what’s the best option for my business?

The British have always aspired to own their own properties in preference to rent. We enjoy the security and comfort of owning our own four walls. However, in business, sometimes renting is a better solution, depending on the needs of the SME, its customer base, and the locations on offer. Here are some of the […]

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The current privacy discussion is the wrong discussion: VIDEO REPORT

The current privacy discussion is the wrong discussion: VIDEO REPORT

by Prof. Steven Van Belleghem We are at the start of phase three of digital evolution. However, the privacy and ethics discussions of governments usually relate more closely to the second phase of digitalization, when smartphones and social media were transforming the way we communicate. Today, the European Commission is not happy about the advertising […]

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5 Tips to Help You Launch Your Own Subscription Business

5 Tips to Help You Launch Your Own Subscription Business

Subscription box businesses are quickly becoming the hottest trend on the market right now. More businesses are marketing their products as monthly subscriptions in an attempt to garner long-term business and loyal customers. Subscription boxes are also popular due to the variety of products and the relatively low price for each item – customers are […]

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InterTradeIreland presents Deluxe Group and Statsports Technology innovation awards at national event

InterTradeIreland presents Deluxe Group and Statsports Technology innovation awards at national event

Four companies have been awarded ‘Project Exemplar’ status by InterTradeIreland, as part of its FUSION programme and include two local companies, the Deluxe Group based in Portadown and Statsports Technology based in Newry.  Also receiving the accolade was Ceramicx, from Co. Cork and Kilkenny based Cf Pharma. The initiative supports business development and innovation by […]

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How CRM software has streamlined businesses

How CRM software has streamlined businesses

Managing customer relationships is a key competitive differentiator in modern business. With so many start-ups and established enterprises now able to deliver excellent products and services, driving customer retention and loyalty can be the difference between success and failure. CRM software allows you to track and manage a customer’s entire journey. For example, you will […]

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HR ADVICE & IDEAS.....

The financial benefits to remote working

The financial benefits to remote working

With desktop software, mobile technology and cloud storing platforms, more and more companies are choosing to cut their overheads by making the switch to work remotely. Most companies that employ the traditional office environment can be altered to allow for remote working. If it makes sense for the type of work you’re doing, then working […]

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Tips for Getting Redundancies Right

Tips for Getting Redundancies Right

Redundancy consultations are one of the hardest things you’ll have to do, but you have to look after your business. The first thing you should do is to get advice from employment law and human resources experts like elliswhittam. You can also follow these guidelines if you’re performing individual consultation redundancy processes, with fewer than […]

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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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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 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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