£30m Growth Loan Fund II launched

£30m Growth Loan Fund II launched

Andrew Kelly Corporate

The loan fund will support SMEs in Northern Ireland with growth potential. Invest Northern Ireland has launched the Growth Loan Fund II, a £30m fund to support SMEs in Northern Ireland with growth potential. The Fund is a successor to the Growth Loan Fund set up in 2012 which committed £55m to more than 100 businesses. Finance for the Growth Loan Fund II is being provided …

Ice Academy Skates Into Its Second Year With The Stena Line Belfast Giants

Ice Academy Skates Into Its Second Year With The Stena Line Belfast Giants

Andrew Kelly Corporate

The Northern Ireland Ice Academy welcomed its second intake of students this evening, with 20 care experienced young people taking to the ice for the first time with the Stena Line Belfast Giants. Over the next six months the young people will develop a wide range of new skills and attributes that seek to improve life chances.  The Academy programme …

Ambitious Businesses Urged To Enter Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards

Kathryn Stevenson Corporate

Ambitious companies in Northern Ireland have just one week left to apply for this year’s Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards Programme, which is run in association with Bank of Ireland. The programme showcases the success of indigenous companies and recognises the contribution they make to the all-island economy. The network of Best Managed Companies developed over the last decade now …

Staff Education Key To Significantly Reducing Risk Of Cyber Security Breaches

Staff Education Key To Reducing Cyber Security Breaches

Andrew Kelly Corporate

Staff education and board level oversight are essential if companies are to effectively deal with the growing risk of cyber security breaches and attacks, a business breakfast event organised by Danske Bank was told today. Around 120 local business people met at the Galgorm Resort & Spa in Ballymena for the first in a series of Danske Advantage cyber security …

Propel Start-Ups Pitch For £20,000 Investment Pot

Kathryn Stevenson Corporate

Twenty aspiring early stage technology companies have brought their time to a close on Ignite NI’s first Propel Pre-Accelerator programme by pitching for the chance to win a cash injection for their businesses. The Propel teams showcased their innovative tech products and services at a packed-out pitch event in the Ormeau Baths in a bid to secure prizes of £10,000, …

Danske Bank becomes ‘dementia friendly’

Danske Bank Becomes ‘Dementia Friendly’

Andrew Kelly Corporate

Danske Bank has become the latest organisation in Northern Ireland to work towards becoming dementia friendly. The bank has been working with the Alzheimer’s Society in Northern Ireland to roll out Dementia Friends information sessions to employees in order to help support customers with the condition. The bank now has Dementia Friends in its branches across Northern Ireland and in …

Vayu Rebrands To Naturgy

Kathryn Stevenson Corporate

Vayu Energy, Ireland’s leading independent supplier of energy to businesses, has today changed its name to Naturgy as part of a global rebrand. The company, which supplies energy services to Northern Ireland, Ireland and the UK, is part of Gas Natural Fenosa (GNF) which has announced that it is to change its name to Naturgy. Naturgy (formerly GNF) is a …

Belfast Hotel Room Numbers To Increase By 47 Per Cent In 2018

Kathryn Stevenson Corporate

The total number of hotel rooms in Belfast city centre will have increased by 47 per cent year-on-year by the end of 2018 following an unprecedented rise in hotel development, according to the Belfast Hotel Market Snapshot 2018 by Lambert Smith Hampton. In 2018 to date, 1,170 new rooms have been delivered and a number of hotelier brands have opened …

Danske Bank's Belfast Headquarters

Danske Bank Appoints New Head Of Agribusiness

Andrew Kelly Corporate

Danske Bank today announced that Rodney Brown has been appointed as its new Head of Agribusiness. Rodney, who is one of the bank’s most experienced agri managers and the current Deputy Head of Agribusiness, will take over from Robert McCullough, who has served as the bank’s Head of Agribusiness since 2011. Robert will move into a new role as Danske’s …

Danske Bank Completes Major Refurbishment Of Flagship Branch

Danske Bank Completes Major Refurbishment Of Flagship Branch

Andrew Kelly Corporate

Danske Bank has reopened its flagship branch at Donegall Square West in Belfast city centre following the completion of a major refurbishment project. The branch has been redesigned, with a new look, a new layout and improved services that Danske Bank believes will better meet the needs and expectations of personal and business customers. Danske Bank has invested in the …