Building Better Futures

Demand For Community Fund Exceeds Expectations

Andrew Kelly Corporate

Demand for loans from an innovative community fund has exceeded all expectations.  In just over six months the ‘Building Better Futures Fund’ has committed over £500K to almost 30 groups across Northern Ireland. Created by a partnership between Belfast Charitable Society, Building Change Trust and Ulster Community Investment Trust (UCIT), the £1M fund provides unsecured loans of up to £25,000 …

Free Trad Events To Take Place Across Belfast This Weekend

Niamh Parker Consumer

Trad fans are in for a treat as a range of special, free events take place across the city in the run up to TG4’s traditional Irish music awards, Gradam Ceoil at the Belfast Waterfront this Sunday, 4th February. Developed in association with Belfast City Council, the free trad events, billed as a ‘fringe festival’, include highlights such as: a …

Europe’s Hottest Start-ups Urged To Apply For Belfast’s Ignite NI Accelerator

Kathryn Stevenson Corporate

Applications for Northern Ireland’s most exciting start-up programme are now open, with aspirational tech start-ups applicants from outside of the UK encouraged to apply for the first time. The 12 week Ignite NI Accelerator programme is offering companies from around the world the opportunity to grow their start-up in Belfast’s thriving tech community. Successful applicants will benefit from £15,000 loan, …

Top Judge To Present At Carson McDowell GDPR Seminar

Kathryn Stevenson Corporate

One of Northern Ireland’s top judges is set to provide a rarely heard level of judicial insight ahead of the forthcoming implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) when he speaks at a seminar hosted by Carson McDowell on 15th February. Lord Justice Stephens, who is an expert in data protection, was educated at Manchester University. He was called …

Deloitte Report Shows Surge In Belfast Construction Driven By Hotel Boom

Deloitte Report Shows Surge In Belfast Construction Driven By Hotel Boom

Andrew Kelly Corporate

A raft of new hotel developments in Belfast has helped construction activity in the city centre hit its highest level in a decade, according to a new report released today by Deloitte. The report, the second annual Belfast Crane Survey produced by Deloitte Real Estate, shows a total of 25 schemes under construction in the city centre – 22 of …

New Permanent Secretary Team Announced

Matthew Morrison Blog, Public Affairs

A new Permanent Secretary team has been announced today. In the absence of Executive Ministers these people are of increased significance and are responsible for effective management of their department’s operations. A full list of Permanent Secretaries can be found below. Head of Northern Ireland Civil Service – David Sterling Director General of International Relations – Andrew McCormick Department for the …

Commercial Property Market Remains Resilient As NI Attracts Range Of Investors

Kathryn Stevenson Corporate

The commercial property market in Northern Ireland finished 2017 in a strong and resilient position with a total investment volume figure of £340.9m, 24 per cent above 2016 and just above the five-year average, according to new research published today by Lambert Smith Hampton. The Investment Transactions Northern Ireland Bulletin Q4 2017 showed the retail sector dominated once again in …

Danske Bank Northern Ireland Quarterly Sectoral Forecasts 2017 Q4 Infographic

Northern Ireland Economy Forecast To Grow By 1.0 Per Cent In 2018

Andrew Kelly Corporate

Brexit-related uncertainty and the lack of an Executive has created a climate that is holding back investment and lowering consumer confidence. Both of these factors are likely to contribute to economic growth in Northern Ireland remaining subdued, according to a new report by Danske Bank. The Northern Ireland Quarterly Sectoral Forecasts report, published today by Danske Bank, estimates that the …

Stars Belfast Bound For Trad Music Extravaganza, Gradam Ceoil

Niamh Parker Consumer

As the countdown begins for the biggest night of the year for traditional Irish music, stars from the stage and screen are getting set to descend on Belfast. Big names including actor, Stephen Rea and Matt Molloy from The Chieftains have been announced as part of the line-up for TG4’s traditional Irish Music Awards, Gradam Ceoil, which take place at …