LEGO® Zones In At W5 As New Shop Opens

Kathryn Stevenson Corporate

The award-winning science and discovery centre, W5, has today opened the doors to a brand-new gift shop and LEGO® Zone where visitors can purchase and explore many different LEGO® products. The news follows the recent announcement of a £4.5m investment programme by The Odyssey Trust that will facilitate a significant transformation of W5. The redevelopment of the attraction is set …

People 1st Secures Two Significant Contracts And Plans To Create New Posts

People 1st Secures Two Significant Contracts And Plans To Create New Posts

Andrew Kelly Corporate

Training organisation, People 1st, has won two European Social Fund programme contracts that will create eight new jobs as well as safeguard eight existing positions, from previous contracts.  The contracts will enable People 1st to continue to provide training and consultation to its LEMIS+ and The Community Family Support Programme. Established in 2002, People 1st provides vocational training, corporate training, …

Bob & Berts Opens First Belfast City Centre Store

Bob & Berts Opens First Belfast City Centre Store

Andrew Kelly Corporate

Independent coffee shop chain Bob & Berts has opened its first Belfast city centre store in an investment worth £200,000. The 3,000 sq ft store based on Fountain Street will create 35 new jobs. Bob & Berts was founded in Portstewart in 2013 by Colin McClean, his brother in law, David Ferguson, joined the business in 2015.  The business, which …

Belfast Mill Secures Unit In Titanic Quarter Commercial Park

Kathryn Stevenson Corporate

Leading Belfast flour miller, Neill’s Flour, has today announced that it is making a significant investment and expanding its operations by taking a large 16,000 sq ft unit in Titanic Quarter’s Channel Commercial Park. The move comes as demand for its products increases due to a rise in the popularity of home baking. Located five minutes from George Best Belfast …

10 Tech Companies From NI Learn From Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs

Kathryn Stevenson Corporate

Ten growing tech companies based in Northern Ireland have completed an exclusive visit to San Francisco and New York to soak up advice from some of the world’s top technology companies, including Google, Yahoo, Square, Expedia, Trov and Seatgeek, The company founders travelled to the US as part of the Ignite NI Accelerator programme, which is supported by Invest NI, …

Ulster University Creating 15 New Posts To Meet Creative Industry Demand

Ulster University Creating 15 New Posts To Meet Creative Industry Demand

Andrew Kelly Corporate

Ulster University is recruiting for 15 new academic posts to further enhance its position as a leader in the creative industries and to help meet a growing demand for skilled graduates in the arts, creative and immersive technology sectors. The posts, which will be aligned with the Creative Industries Institute across Ulster University’s Belfast, Coleraine and Magee campuses, include new …

Danske Bank Announces ‘Helping Hand’ For Mortgage Switchers

Danske Bank Announces ‘Helping Hand’ For Mortgage Switchers

Andrew Kelly Corporate

Danske Bank has launched a new ‘Helping Hand’ offer for customers who remortgage from another lender. The new offer will see customers benefit from free standard legals, a free valuation and £250 cashback, as well as reduced rates on the Bank’s Standard Fixed Rates. Richard Caldwell, Managing Director of Personal Banking and Small Business at Danske Bank, said: “Despite the …

Ulster University Expands 15 Year Chinese Strategic Partnership

Ulster University Expands 15 Year Chinese Strategic Partnership

Andrew Kelly Corporate

Ulster University has announced an expansion of its strategic partnership with one of China’s top tier universities.  The new agreement with Dongbei University of Finance and Economics (DUFE) will facilitate collaborative research activity in business and foster increased staff exchange between the institutions. Additionally, there will be new opportunities in the area of joint course development and for students from …

SHS GROUP COMPLETES TWO MAJOR ACQUISITIONS WITH SUPPORT FROM DANSKE BANK

SHS Group Completes Two Major Acquisitions With Support From Danske Bank

Andrew Kelly Corporate

Belfast-headquartered SHS Group has invested significantly to position itself for further growth through two major acquisitions.  Danske Bank provided the funding for both acquisitions. SHS Group worked closely with Danske to complete the acquisition of Standard Brands UK Limited, owner of market leading firelighter brands such as Zip and Sunny Jim.  Closely followed by the acquisition of 3V Group, the …

Northern Ireland Housing Market Maintains Steady Growth In Prices

Kathryn Stevenson Corporate

The Northern Ireland housing market has continued to experience a steady rate of price growth in Q1 2018 despite a slight decrease in sales volume, 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 …