The Irish News Workplace & Employment Awards 2019 – Launch

Kate Livingston Events

The MCE Events team worked with their client The Irish News, to host the launch of the 13th Workplace & Employment Awards in Hickson’s Point, Titanic Belfast on 26th February 2019. The Workplace & Employment Awards launch was attended by 60 representatives from many of Northern Ireland’s leading business organisations and trade groups, along with past winners and senior managers from The …

Public Sector Infrastructure Investment Continues Despite Challenges

Public Sector Infrastructure Investment Continues Despite Challenges

Andrew Kelly Corporate

A series of recent transactions managed by commercial agents Lambert Smith Hampton have signalled that the public sector is continuing to make significant and positive investments in infrastructure projects, despite the lack of a functioning Assembly and ongoing Brexit uncertainty. Ulster University’s purchase of the former Foyle College site in Londonderry marks a milestone in the development and expansion opportunities …

Exclusive 26-Year-Old Midleton Single Cask Irish Whiskey Launched In Partnership With Iconic Fermanagh Pub

Kirsty Winter Consumer

Renowned for its traditional Irish heritage, one of Fermanagh’s oldest pubs Blake’s of ‘The Hollow’ has partnered with drinks company, Dillon Bass to release an exclusive Midleton Single Cask Irish Whiskey. 26-years in the making, the limited edition Midleton single cask release was hand selected by Midleton’s Master Distiller Brian Nation in collaboration with the iconic pub’s owner Pat Blake. Bottled …

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 …

Look At Me Now: Beannchor Reveals The National’s New Look Following £350,000 Investment

Kirsty Winter Consumer

The Beannchor Group has completed a significant £350,000 investment in the redevelopment of its popular Cathedral Quarter bar and eatery, The National. Following an extensive month-longrenovation, the new-look venue reopened to the public at the weekend. Set in the historic surrounds of one of Belfast’s oldest buildings – the former National Bank Building on High Street – the venue has …

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 …