BLK BOX Fitness Invests For Future Growth

BLK BOX Fitness Invests For Future Growth

Andrew Kelly Corporate

Belfast-based BLK BOX Fitness has invested £1.4m in a new laser-cutting machine and press brake, expanded premises and hired 12 new staff, following several significant contract wins. The latest investment was supported by Danske Bank. Established in 2012 by Greg Bradley, BLK BOX Fitness specialises in the design, manufacture and delivery of strength and conditioning equipment.  The company has worked …

NI Businesses Must Be 'No Deal' Ready

NI Businesses Must Be ‘No Deal’ Ready

Andrew Kelly Corporate

Northern Ireland businesses need to prepare for a ‘no deal’ Brexit, as a potential worse case outcome, and not get caught up in the fast-changing political situation around the UK’s exit from the European Union. That was one of the key messages to emerge from Danske Bank’s Planning for Brexit event held this morning in the bank’s flagship branch on …

Danske Bank UK Appoints Deputy Chief Executives

Danske Bank UK Appoints Deputy Chief Executives

Andrew Kelly Corporate

Danske Bank UK Chief Executive Kevin Kingston has appointed two Deputy Chief Executives from within his Belfast-based senior management team. Vicky Davies is Managing Director of Strategy & Corporate Development at the Bank and Stephen Matchett is Chief Financial Officer. Both will retain their current roles alongside additional Deputy Chief Executive responsibilities. Vicky Davies was with Ulster Bank for seven …

Funding Support Takes I.T. Firm To Next Level

Funding Support Takes I.T. Firm To Next Level

Andrew Kelly Corporate

Belfast-based IT services firm CMI has doubled its staff numbers to 50 and grown turnover to £5m, since receiving funding from the Growth Loan Fund in 2014. Finance for the £55m Growth Loan Fund – which provides loans to established Northern Ireland SMEs seeking to access growth finance – was provided by Invest Northern Ireland and private investors, Northern Ireland …

Danske Calls On ‘A’ Level Students To Apply For Degree Apprenticeship

Danske Calls On ‘A’ Level Students To Apply For Degree Apprenticeship

Andrew Kelly Corporate

As thousands of young people prepare to receive their ‘A’ Level results this Thursday (20 August) Danske Bank is encouraging young people to consider a lesser-known pathway for the next stage of their education. The bank is inviting applications to its full-funded degree apprenticeship programme, Danske Futures.  Successful applicants will study part time at Ulster University while working in the …

Deloitte Renews Sponsorship Of Ulster Women’s Rugby Team

Deloitte Renews Sponsorship Of Ulster Women’s Rugby Team

Andrew Kelly Corporate

Deloitte has today committed to a further two-year sponsorship agreement with Ulster Rugby as the lead sponsor of the Ulster Women’s Rugby team. As part of the new agreement, Deloitte has also secured the naming rights to Ulster Rugby’s women’s domestic competitions for the next two years. The Ulster Women’s team are currently tapering off their preparations for the Inter-provincial …

Investment Puts Phone Tracking Tech Firm In The Driving Seat

Investment Puts Phone Tracking Tech Firm In The Driving Seat

Andrew Kelly Corporate

Downpatrick-based software company Bluesona has received a six-figure investment from Co-Fund II and the Halo Business Angel Network (HBAN) to further develop the firm’s product offering. 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 of sectors to pitch …

SAM On Course To Complete Significant £5m Investment Programme By 2020

Kathryn Stevenson Corporate

Manufacturing company, Springfarm Architectural Mouldings Ltd. (SAM), has today announced that it is on course to complete a £5m investment programme as part of an ambitious 2020 growth strategy which has driven improvements in lead times, its product offering and capacity levels. Founded in 1990 and employing 200 people, SAM boasts one of the most advanced production facilities in Europe. …

Dry Cleaning Business Presses On With Investment

Dry Cleaning Business Presses On With Investment

Andrew Kelly Corporate

A dry cleaning company has invested £500,000 to purchase two new stores and relocate to larger premises in Banbridge. The investment was supported by Danske Bank. White Label Cleaners was formed in 2010 by Gareth and Susan Hodgen. The business now operates three stores – Victorias in Carrickfergus, Presto Clean in Lisburn and White Label Cleaners in Banbridge. The Lisburn …

Crane numbers signal signs of improvement for belfast office market development

Crane Numbers Signal Signs Of Improvement For Belfast Office Market Development

Andrew Lemon Corporate

After a lengthy period of limited speculative development in the Belfast office market, signs of improvement are evident with the number of cranes for office developments at its highest for the past decade, according to Lambert Smith Hampton’s Ireland Office Market Report H1 2019 which was published today. Healthy occupier demand for high quality office space has continued from a …