Creagh Concrete Invests £1m In New Offices To Accommodate Growth From GB Market

Kathryn Stevenson Corporate

Toomebridge headquartered concrete products manufacturer Creagh Concrete has invested £1m in new offices to accommodate the company’s growing workforce. One of the UK’s largest producers of concrete products for a range of market sectors, Creagh operates from five sites across GB and Northern Ireland, including its head office and largest manufacturing site in Toomebridge. Privately owned by the McKeague family, …

Belfast Healthcare Technology Firm Locate a Locum Secures £1m Investment To Drive Growth

Kathryn Stevenson Corporate

Belfast technology company Locate a Locum, which helps locum healthcare professionals find flexible work opportunities, has secured £1m in equity funding that will be used to grow and scale the business. Locate a Locum uses its on-demand technology platform to pair thousands of pharmacists around the UK with over 8,000 workplaces in need of staff. Users can book a shift …

Belfast Chamber Announces New City Regeneration Conference For 2020

Belfast Chamber Announces New City Regeneration Conference For 2020

Andrew Kelly Corporate

Belfast Chamber of Commerce has today announced plans for a major new conference which aims to galvanise Belfast’s business community and other city stakeholders to help deliver a bold new vision for the city. BelFastForward, which will take place on February 27, 2020, will introduce world class case studies of cities that have emerged from difficult circumstances to become beacons …

Software Company Expands Following HBAN Backing

Software Company Expands Following HBAN Backing

Andrew Kelly Corporate

Belfast-based software company Adoreboard has secured funding from the Halo Business Angel Network (HBAN) and Co-Fund II to support a series of major contract wins and create six new jobs. HBAN is a joint initiative of Enterprise Ireland, InterTradeIreland and Invest Northern Ireland, dedicated to the all-island promotion of business angel investment. The Forum allows companies from a wide range …

Belfast City Centre Can Become Hotspot For FMCG Market

Belfast City Centre Can Become Hotspot For FMCG Market

Andrew Kelly Corporate

Belfast city centre is primed for further growth and investment in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) market, according to a leading Centra franchise owner. Ricky and Vicky Leathem have invested £1.5m across their four stores since starting the business in 2007.  Having recently switched their banking to Danske Bank, the owners are now able to facilitate further growth in the …

Social Housing Stock Set To Rise As Former Oxo Factory Is Redeveloped

Social Housing Stock Set To Rise As Former Oxo Factory Is Redeveloped

Andrew Kelly Corporate

Clonrose Developments has today announced that it has signed a development agreement with Choice Housing Ireland to deliver 18 new social housing units in east Belfast. The site at 179-203 Beersbridge Road, which was formerly occupied by the Oxo Company as a factory and stores during the inter-war years, will be redeveloped to provide 18 general needs apartments. Comprising nine …

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 …