A Perfect 10

Niamh Parker Consumer

Northern Ireland’s leading leisure and retail destination, Victoria Square turns 10 in March and is saying thank you for the memories with a host of exclusive events and over £10,000 worth of giveaways to celebrate its big birthday. From the beginning of the month, the mall will be bedecked with an impressive floral installation and on Friday 3rd and Saturday …

New Name For Northern Ireland Outlet Shopping Destination Amid Revamp

Niamh Parker Consumer

Leading Northern Ireland shopping destination, The OUTLET, will change its name next month as part of ongoing investments in the Banbridge based centre. Set to become known as The Boulevard, the rebrand will form its owners’ commitment to improving the outlet shopping experience in Northern Ireland. Over the coming months, new signage will be rolled out across the site as …

Northern Ireland’s Top 100 Hospitality Hotspots Revealed

Niamh Parker Consumer

The search to find Northern Ireland’s top hospitality hot spots came to a dramatic conclusion last night (Wednesday 21st February 2018), as the Top 100 Hospitality Businesses were revealed. The coveted list, compiled by industry body, Hospitality Ulster in conjunction with a panel of top industry experts was unveiled at a prestigious ceremony at Titanic Belfast, hosted by comedian Tim …

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New Grade A Office Scheme Underway At Weavers Court

Andrew Kelly Corporate

A Belfast business park’s expansion could facilitate up to 480 new jobs as part of an £8m investment.  Weavers Court is set to complete work on three 5,000 sq ft redeveloped industrial units in March, with building work also now underway for an additional 40,000 sq ft of grade A office space, launching in 2019.  The investment is being supported …

Little Wing Pizzeria Opens In Newtownards

Niamh Parker Consumer

Home grown pizzeria, Little Wing has opened its eighth branch in Northern Ireland with an investment of £650K in Newtownards, creating a total of 20 jobs. The restaurant, located on Conway Square, will officially open its doors to the public this Thursday (22nd February) following a number of pre-opening fundraiser sessions in aid of a range of local charities and …

NI Housing Market Records Modest Yet Sustainable Growth Levels

NI Housing Market Records Modest Yet Sustainable Growth Levels

Andrew Kelly Corporate

The Northern Ireland housing market has experienced a relatively gradual pace of nominal price growth in Q4 2017, reflecting a sustainable level of transactions, according to Ulster University’s latest Quarterly House Price Index report. Ulster University’s research is produced in partnership with the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and Progressive Building Society. Analysing the performance of the housing market during October, …

Property Investment In Ireland Rallies In The Second Half Of 2017

Kathryn Stevenson Corporate

Property investment activity in Ireland increased significantly in the second half of 2017, however the total annual volume remained 35 percent below the five year average, according to the Ireland Investment Market H2 Bulletin published by Lambert Smith Hampton today. At €2.3bn, investment volume in 2017 was low, standing 50 percent below the 2016 volume. Approximately double the volume of …

2017 Q4 Danske Bank Consumer Confidence Infographic

Consumer Confidence In NI Falls To Lowest Level Since The End Of 2013

Andrew Kelly Corporate

Consumer confidence in Northern Ireland fell sharply in the fourth quarter of 2017 as local political uncertainty and high inflation weighed down on people’s confidence levels, according to analysis published by Danske Bank today. The Danske Bank Northern Ireland Consumer Confidence Index registered a reading of 123 in the fourth quarter of 2017. This was significantly below the 135 registered …

Visitor Safety Gets Boost At Odyssey Complex With £500,000 Investment

Kathryn Stevenson Corporate

The Odyssey Complex, a premier entertainment venue in Belfast that plays host to many of the city’s high-profile concerts, exhibitions and sporting events, has invested £500,000 in a future-proofed security solution. The vast 23-acre site comprises the SSE Arena, Belfast; a Pavilion including restaurants, shops and a cinema; the W5 Science and Discovery Centre; as well as a 1,500-space car …

Whose Budget is it Anyway?

Matthew Morrison Blog

The Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service, David Sterling, recently told the Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee at Westminster that there needs to be clarity and certainty about a budget by 8th February. While that clarity is not yet forthcoming, the MCE Public Affairs team has reviewed seven of the issues that are likely to be faced. 1. If …