Ulster University Student in the Spotlight for Graduation

Niamh Parker Consumer

Michael Way, an Ulster University student who has acted on the same stage which catapulted some of Northern Ireland’s most celebrated actors to global fame, will graduate on July 4 with a First Class Honours in English. Michael, from Eglinton, Co. Londonderry, played the lead role of Jay Gatsby in Coleraine Amateur Stage Society’s (CASS) rendition of The Great Gatsby …

Omagh Hotel Completes £3.5m Refurbishment

Omagh Hotel Completes £3.5m Refurbishment

Andrew Kelly Corporate

The Silverbirch Hotel in Omagh has completed a multimillion pound refurbishment in a bid to increase its share of the business event and wedding markets. Due to the popularity of the hotel’s new facilities, 25 additional jobs have also been created. Part of the investment was supported by Danske Bank. The hotel has been transformed in a three phase refurbishment …

Call For Entries For The 2017 Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Awards

Call For Entries For The 2017 Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Awards

Andrew Kelly Corporate

Entries are open for the 2017 Deloitte Technology Fast 50 programme. The awards, now in their eighteenth year, rank Ireland’s fastest growing technology companies and will recognise the indigenous technology companies that have demonstrated exceptional growth in turnover over the last four years. Deloitte is calling on companies from across the technology spectrum – including software, hardware, communications, media, clean-tech, …

New appointments for Danske Bank Corporate & Business Banking

New appointments for Danske Bank Corporate & Business Banking

Alastair Luke Corporate

Danske Bank has announced two new senior appointments within its Corporate & Business Banking team. Geoff Sharpe has been appointed as Head of Corporate, while Niall Harkin becomes Head of Organisational Development. They will report to the Managing Director for Corporate and Business Banking, Shaun McAnee, who said: “Both our Corporate & Business Banking propositions continue to be very strong …

Ulster University Graduate’s Final Year Collection Wins Award

Niamh Parker Consumer

Pipped as ‘One to Watch’ at the recent Ulster University Graduate Fashion Show, up-and-coming fashion designer and entrepreneur, Melissa Elliott, has credited a chance encounter with an Ulster University lecturer for her return to study. The emerging designer from Armagh will graduate from Ulster University on July 5 with a BA Hons in Textile, Art, Design & Fashion, following a …

Ulster University computer game launches in Scottish schools to inspire next generation of construction professionals

Ulster University construction game launches in Scottish schools

Alastair Luke Corporate

A computer game developed at Ulster University will be used to teach school children in Scotland about key aspects of the construction sector and promote careers in the industry, following significant endorsement from leading UK construction company, Morgan Sindall. BeIMCraft, which is based on the globally successful Minecraft platform, has been created by Ulster University academics, in conjunction with an …

In Defence of the Listicle - Alastair Luke, MCE Public Relations

In Defence of the ‘Listicle’

Alastair Luke Blog

I have always hated listicles.  Click-bait headlines that your brain just won’t let you pass by, usually leading to a webpage with more ads than worthwhile content. At that, what I might call ‘worthwhile content’ is actually a list of celebrities who have lost so much weight you wouldn’t believe it, or child stars who have grown up to be …

The Conservative-DUP Deal: First Impressions

Matthew Morrison Blog, Public Affairs

At first glance, what the Conservative-DUP deal means: 1. The Conservative Government can now rely on a majority in the House of Commons not just for the Queen’s Speech, confidence votes and the Budget, but also on Brexit related legislation and legislation related to national security. Assuming the Government can keep its own backbenchers in line and the agreement is …

Charlie Hughes, Howard Primary School, is pictured with Brendan McGurgan, managing director at CDE.

Children Who Play Together Can Learn To Live Together

Alastair Luke Corporate

Five primary schools in Mid-Ulster have taken part in a sports event organised by PeacePlayers International. The event was sponsored by Cookstown-based manufacturer CDE. Over 130 pupils from Edendork, Holy Trinity and Holy Family from Cookstown along with Howard Primary School, Dungannon, and Magherafelt Primary School came together at the Mid-Ulster Sports Arena to try new sports and take part …

Root & Branch founders Founded by Ben Craig and Simon Johnston

Root & Branch Opens New Café In Ormeau Baths

Alastair Luke Corporate

Ormeau Baths has today announced the opening its new coffee shop, which will be operated by Belfast-based specialty coffee roasters Root & Branch, becoming the brand’s second outlet in the city. Ormeau Baths is a newly developed co-working space and tech community based in an historic former bath house in the heart of Belfast. Its founders aim to create an …