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Danske Bank Economist Comments on Labour Market Data

Alastair Luke Corporate

Commenting on the latest figures, Danske Bank Economist Conor Lambe said:  “The latest Northern Ireland labour market data did contain some encouraging news as it indicated that the unemployment rate fell, both over the quarter and over the year, to 5.4 per cent during February – April 2017. The number of people claiming unemployment related benefits also fell in May …

PRCA Summit Tackles the Challenges of Digital Communication

Niamh Parker Consumer, Corporate

‘Communicating in the Digital Age’ is the theme of this year’s PR summit in Northern Ireland, run by the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA), the industry’s international membership organisation. Taking place on Thursday 15th June at Ten Square Hotel in Belfast, the conference features four leading PR practitioners who will share their insights into managing communications in a digital …

Onecom Scores with IFA Business Partnership

Onecom Scores with IFA Business Partnership

Alastair Luke Corporate

The UK’s largest independent telecommunications provider, Onecom, has signed a deal to become the official communications partner of the Irish Football Association. As part of the new deal, Onecom will be involved in the delivery of key digital upgrades to the National Stadium at Windsor Park and will become title sponsor of the newly formed Onecom Business League. A seven-a-side …

CARSON MCDOWELL ANNOUNCES FIVE NEW PARTNERS

Carson McDowell Announces Five New Partners

Alastair Luke Corporate

Northern Ireland’s largest independent law firm, Carson McDowell, today announced the appointment of five new partners. The new partners are Mary-Kim Doherty, Peter Guzhar, Grant McBurney, Olivia O’Kane and Kerry Teahan. This year has seen further expansion for Carson McDowell in terms of headcount, with staff numbers now standing at over 150, including 29 partners. Olivia O’Kane graduated with a …

Rio & Brazil Set To Open New Store In Victoria Square

Rio & Brazil Set To Open New Store In Victoria Square

Andrew Kelly Corporate

One of Belfast’s longest running independent fashion boutiques, is celebrating 40 years in business, by investing over £200,000 to relocate to a new store in Victoria Square. Rio & Brazil has taken over a 3,200 sq ft two story unit on the ground floor, opposite the iconic yellow Jaffe Fountain and Kitchen Bar. The new store is set to open …

Ormeau Baths co-founders Jon Bradford, Aaron Taylor and Steve Pette with Sarah Friars, chief financial officer at Square.

Square CFO Sarah Friar pledges support for NI’s entrepreneur community

Alastair Luke Corporate

Northern Ireland’s entrepreneur community was given a vote of confidence today with a visit from Sarah Friar, founder member of Ormeau Baths and an influential figure in the Californian technology industry. Originally from Strabane, NI, Friar now lives and works in San Francisco where she is Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Square. Founded in 2009 by Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, …

Mac-Interiors Employees Set For Weekend Showdown

Mac-Interiors Employees Set For Weekend Showdown

Andrew Kelly Corporate

Two colleagues from mac-interiors will be putting aside their working friendship to go head to head in the Ulster SFC Quarter-Final this weekend when Down take on Armagh at Pairc Esler. Brendan Donaghy, the hard tackling centre half back for Armagh, is a Quality Manager. Gearard McGovern is a Graduate Project Manager and plays full back for Down. mac-interiors is …

Council of Mortgage Lenders Regulated Mortgage Survey Q1 2017

Council of Mortgage Lenders Regulated Mortgage Survey Q1 2017

Alastair Luke Corporate

Commenting on the figures Niall Harkin, Head of Mortgage Intermediary Business at Danske Bank, said: “This survey shows a generally positive trend, with mortgage activity in Northern Ireland increasing compared with the same quarter last year, albeit at a relatively modest rate.  Within the overall increase in mortgage volume there are significant variations across different borrower types. “The first time …

Multimillion Pound Investment For New Caravan Parks

Multimillion Pound Investment For New Caravan Parks

Andrew Kelly Corporate

The north coast’s attraction as a hotspot for caravanning has been the catalyst for a £2.2m investment in two new caravan parks in Northern Ireland. The new sites, developed by Blair’s Holiday Park, will be situated in Portrush and Antrim and will create 14 new jobs. Danske Bank has provided a £4m refinance package to the business that includes term …