Jayne Taggart, Chief Executive of Causeway Enterprise Agency, conference speaker Arlene Foster MLA and Dr Karise Hutchinson, Provost of Ulster University’s Coleraine campus at the launch of Lead 2 Grow: Leading Change for Success.

Local businesses should take advantage of the unknown

Alastair Luke Corporate

Ulster University and Causeway Enterprise Agency have recruited Europe’s leading futurist to help local businesses take advantage of the uncertain and fast-changing business and political landscape. The keynote speaker at September’s Lead 2 Grow conference, Patrick Dixon, claims that businesses with unrealised growth should be working to understand the unknown and turn uncertainty into an advantage. Dixon, who was recognised …

Pictured are Lynn Barker (left) and Laura Loughran (right) from Go Power with Ulster Rugby players Marcell Coetzee (far left), Andrew Trimble (centre) and Tommy Bowe (far right).

Go Power renews two year sponsorship contract with Ulster Rugby

Alastair Luke Corporate

One of the leading electricity and gas suppliers to businesses in Northern Ireland, Go Power, has renewed its commitment to Ulster Rugby by signing a new two year sponsorship contract. The agreement will see Go Power continue as a jersey sponsor with the company logo featured prominently on the back of the Ulster shirt. Branding will be visible around Kingspan …

Northern Ireland’s First Retirement Village Plan to go on Public Display

Matthew Morrison Planning

Plans to develop Northern Ireland’s first dedicated retirement and assisted living village go on public display on 29th and 30th August as part of a consultation process. The owners plan to develop 361 residential units, a medical centre, a nursing home, a spa/wellbeing centre and neighbourhood retail on the site, which is located on lands at 75 Belfast Road. A …

Ulster University reveals connection between sleep hormone and myopia

Alastair Luke Corporate

A team of scientists from Ulster University has successfully proven for the very first time in humans that there is a connection between short-sight (myopia) and the melatonin levels which control the natural body clock. In the study Ulster University researchers assessed a group of young adults over a period of 18 months, during which their melatonin levels were measured …

Three NI Bartenders Crowned Hennessy Connoisseurs

Niamh Parker Consumer

Nine of Northern Ireland’s top bartenders battled it out at the grand finale of the third annual Hennessy Connoisseurs Challenge on Monday night (21st August), each vying for the chance to win a prestigious training scholarship with the world’s most iconic cognac brand. The Hennessy Connoisseurs Challenge, established by drinks company, Dillon Bass in 2015, is widely considered one of …

Local Fitness Fanatics Encouraged To Step Up For Charity

Local Fitness Fanatics Encouraged To Step Up For Charity

Andrew Kelly Corporate

Local businesses and sports clubs are being encouraged to step up their game and get involved in a race to the top of River House in central Belfast in aid of charity. The event is being organised by mac-interiors and Castleforge Partners to raise money to support the work of Caudwell Children. The event takes place from 22nd-24th September and …

Bob & Berts Receives £2 Million Investment From BGF For Expansion Plans

Bob & Berts Receives £2 Million Investment From BGF For Expansion Plans

Andrew Kelly Corporate

Independent coffee shop chain Bob & Berts has become the third company in Northern Ireland to secure a major equity investment from BGF, the UK’s most active investor in small and mid-sized companies. The business, which is known for its distinctive style, quality offering and local community focused approach, has 16 coffee shops across Northern Ireland in locations including Coleraine, …

Pictured at the launch of the Onecom Business League at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park is head of Onecom in Northern Ireland Paul Lawther, FinTrU team captain Mark McKeown and Irish FA sales and marketing director, Oonagh O’Reilly.

Last call for teams to enter Onecom Business League

Alastair Luke Corporate

As the new football season gets underway, the Onecom Business League is an opportunity for local firms to find the next Neymar, Ronaldo or Lafferty in their ranks with a limited number of places available for teams to enter the inaugural competition. Five-a-side teams, made up of both male and female players, from prominent businesses including FinTrU, A&L Goodbody, Baker …

Property market report

Belfast Office Market Activity On Course To Exceed Ten Year Average

Andrew Kelly Corporate

Office market activity in Belfast for 2017 is on course to exceed the average take-up level over the last ten years with 100,000 sq ft of space currently under offer according to Lambert Smith Hampton’s Belfast Office Market Report H1 2017. Grade A stock dominated deals during the first six months of 2017, accounting for 86 per cent of all …