NI Small Business Loan Fund Surpasses £2m Milestone

NI Small Business Loan Fund Surpasses £2m Milestone

Andrew Kelly Corporate

The second Northern Ireland Small Business Loan Fund has provided over £2m of funding to 96 businesses in the past year. The Fund is managed by Ulster Community Finance (UCF) on behalf of Invest Northern Ireland and delivered in partnership with Enterprise Northern Ireland. UCF is a subsidiary of the social finance organisation Ulster Community Investment Trust (UCIT). The Fund …

Victoria House Belfast

Victoria House Sells To Professional Recruitment Agency Vanrath For £12.5m

Andrew Kelly Corporate

Professional recruitment agency VANRATH has purchased Victoria House in Belfast city centre from Aviva in a £12.5m sale which was managed by Lambert Smith Hampton and Riddell McKibbin. The acquisition of the 58,000 sq ft Grade A development on Gloucester Street is one of the most significant commercial property deals in the city this year. VANRATH will occupy vacant space …

Last Chance To Apply For Propel 2020

Kathryn Stevenson Corporate

Early-stage startup founders have just one week left to apply for Northern Ireland’s most competitive pre-accelerator programme. IgniteNI’s Propel 2020 is an intensive six-month pre-accelerator supporting early-stage companies stress test their ideas and helping them successfully launch a product to market. Run by Ignite NI and supported by Invest NI, the programme is seeking idea stage pre-launch companies and people …

Danske Bank's Belfast Headquarters

Danske Bank UK Financial Results

Andrew Kelly Corporate

Danske Bank in Northern Ireland reports a profit before impairments of £72.5m for the 9 months to end September 2019. Total income has been maintained at 2018 levels despite continued economic and political uncertainty. Lending is 3% higher year-on-year, with retail customer activity levels remaining satisfactory. New lending to businesses is impacted by Brexit, with some larger customers delaying investment …

Retail Investment Shows Signs Of Bounce Back As Q3 Transaction Research Published

Kathryn Stevenson Corporate

Investment volume in Q3 in Northern Ireland stood at £19.4m, the lowest quarterly volume since Q1 2018, however that figure was dominated by activity in the retail sector which showed signs of improvement with transactions totalling £19.0m, according to new research published today by Lambert Smith Hampton. The Investment Transactions Northern Ireland Bulletin Q3 2019 showed that volume stood 64 …

Danske Bank's Belfast Headquarters

Consumer Confidence Falls Again

Andrew Kelly Corporate

Consumer confidence in Northern Ireland fell again in the third quarter of 2019 as heightened Brexit uncertainty and another three months without a functioning Executive took their toll on local people, according to analysis published today by Danske Bank. The Danske Bank Northern Ireland Consumer Confidence Index fell to 131 in Q3 2019, down from 136 in the second quarter …

Danske Bank Signs Commitment To Disability Inclusion

Danske Bank Signs Commitment To Disability Inclusion

Andrew Kelly Corporate

Danske Bank has committed to making its services accessible to customers who have a disability by signing up to the Equality Commission’s ‘Every Customer Counts’ initiative. Every Customer Counts was developed to encourage businesses to focus on how they can improve or adjust the service they offer to make it more accessible to their customers who have a disability. Danske …

Carson McDowell Beats Its Own Record To Top Prestigious Legal Rankings

Kathryn Stevenson Corporate

Belfast-based law firm Carson McDowell has achieved its best-ever rankings in the legal profession’s two most respected industry guides, Chambers UK and the Legal 500.  Carson McDowell, Northern Ireland’s largest independent law firm, scored significantly higher than any other local legal firm, with more practice areas and more lawyers achieving their top ratings in both guides. The firm has been …

New Tenants Confirmed As Work Begins On £17m Redevelopment Of The Odyssey In Belfast

New Tenants Confirmed As Work Begins On Redevelopment Of The Odyssey In Belfast

Andrew Kelly Corporate

The UK’s largest cinema operator, Cineworld, and the UK’s largest bowl operator, Hollywood Bowl, are the first anchor tenants to confirm their position in The Odyssey, Belfast, as work gets started on a £17m redevelopment to transform it into the number one leisure destination for families in Northern Ireland. Matagorda 2, working alongside The Odyssey Trust Company, will begin construction …

NI Tech Firms Excel To Make Deloitte’s 2019 Fast 50 List

NI Tech Firms Excel To Make Deloitte’s 2019 Fast 50 List

Andrew Kelly Corporate

Twelve Northern Ireland companies have made it on to this year’s Deloitte Technology Fast 50 list. Now in its twentieth year, the Fast 50 awards showcase the fastest growing tech firms across the island based on revenue growth. In the past two decades some of Northern Ireland’s best-known technology firms have featured on the Fast 50 listing, including Novosco, Neueda …