Record Year For Dublin Office Market As FAANGs Demonstrate Long Term Commitment To The Market

Kathryn Stevenson Corporate

Annual take-up of office space in Dublin city centre has increased for a third consecutive year, climbing to a record high of 3.1m sq ft in 2018, 31 percent above 2017 and 41 percent above the five-year average, according to Lambert Smith Hampton’s Ireland Office Market Report 2019 which was published today.R Activity was boosted by the single largest deal …

Record Year For Belfast Office Market As Occupier Confidence Continues To Drive Demand

Kathryn Stevenson Corporate

The Belfast office market set a new annual record in 2018, with total take-up reaching highs of 885,023 sq ft, more than double that of 2017 and 82 percent above the five-year average, according to Lambert Smith Hampton’s Ireland Office Market Report 2019 which was published today. The outstanding year was underpinned by the two single largest lettings of the …

Trade Surpasses 24m Tonnes For First Time At Belfast Harbour

Kathryn Stevenson Corporate

Cargo volumes through Belfast Harbour have surpassed 24m tonnes for the first time since records began.  Trade increased by over 900,000 tonnes during 2018 to 24.6m tonnes, up 3.8% on the previous year. Growth was led by a strong increase in freight vehicle carryings on Stena Line’s services to Great Britain, rising by 3% to a record 532,000 freight vehicles …

Multimillion Pound Housing Development Targets First Time Buyers

Multi-million Pound Housing Development Targets First Time Buyers

Andrew Kelly Corporate

A multi-million pound investment in 108 new homes in the Downpatrick area is set to address a shortage of affordable properties for first time buyers.  The investment by KAP Properties will create 30 new jobs and is being part-funded by Danske Bank. KAP Properties was established in 2014 and has built several developments in the Downpatrick area. The new Saul …

Record Year For Lending To Social Enterprises And Charity Groups

Record Year For Lending To Social Enterprises And Charity Groups

Andrew Kelly Corporate

The Ulster Community Investment Trust (UCIT) has revealed record levels of lending to community organisations, charities, social enterprises and small businesses in 2018 with £12m committed across its business. Since its inception, UCIT, which is a Registered Charity, has provided loan commitments aggregating £90m to over 500 organisations from a wide range of sectors including the arts, childcare, social care, …

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Consumer Confidence In NI Increased At End Of 2018, But Major Worries Persist

Andrew Kelly Corporate

Consumer confidence in Northern Ireland surprisingly increased in the final quarter of 2018 despite concerns around the local political impasse and Brexit continuing to weigh on people’s minds, according to analysis published today by Danske Bank. The Danske Bank Northern Ireland Consumer Confidence Index rose to 127, up from 123 in the third quarter and 123 at the end of …

My Week At MCE

My Week With MCE

Andrew Kelly Blog

When I was given the opportunity to gain practical work experience with MCE in January, I was thrilled at the chance to be a part of such a renowned public relations agency. On a chilly Monday morning, I arrived at MCE for my first day. I met an office full of friendly and encouraging people and I couldn’t wait to …

Prime Belfast Waterfront Development Site Offered For Sale

Kathryn Stevenson Corporate

The Plater’s Yard development site located on Titanic Quarter’s waterfront has been offered for sale. The prime development site is adjacent to Northern Ireland’s premier visitor attraction, Titanic Belfast, and within a 10-minute walk of Belfast’s main retail district.  Plater’s Yard is within Titanic Quarter’s Phase II Outline Planning Permission and Full Planning Permission was also granted for 2 hotels …

Belfast Sports Tech Firm Secures £250,000 Investment To Drive Future Growth

Kathryn Stevenson Corporate

A sports tech firm from Belfast has received an injection of new investment that it believes will help it become the market leader in sports facility management. Pitchbooking has secured £250,000 in funding in an investment round led by local investment firm Aurient Ltd and backed by Techstart Ventures and Co-Fund NI, managed by Clarendon Fund Managers. The round was …

Strong 2018 Performance Creates More Than 100 New Jobs At Connswater Shopping Complex

Kathryn Stevenson Corporate

Alfred Street Properties Ltd, owners of Connswater Shopping Centre and Retail Park, has today announced that a strong performance in 2018 has supported the creation of more than 100 new jobs at the complex. Footfall in the scheme has grown significantly from 1,910,862 in 2017 to 2,412,717 in 2018. A range of new retailers including Tim Hortons, Savers, Sports Direct, …