Newry Firm Builds On Success With Growth Loan Fund Support

Newry Firm Builds On Success With Growth Loan Fund Support

Andrew Kelly Corporate

Newry-based Healthy Buildings (Ireland) trading as HBE has secured a £500,000 loan from the Growth Loan Fund. The funds will be used to create 10 new jobs and support the group’s BlueZone Technologies subsidiary, to further develop and market its innovative ‘manager’ software platform. Finance for the £50m Growth Loan Fund – which provides loans to established Northern Ireland SMEs …

Deloitte, the business advisory firm, has announced a series of new three year partnerships that will see the company work closely with local charities and social enterprises. Pictured are Mark McClintock, Impact Lead Partner at Deloitte Belfast; Maeve Monaghan, NOW Group CEO.

Deloitte in Belfast To Play Its Part to improve One Million Futures

Alastair Luke Corporate

Deloitte, the business advisory firm, has launched a five year social impact strategy to help improve the lives of one million people. One Million Futures will see the firm work with more than 45 charities, schools and social enterprises across the UK to invest in a range of programmes that seek to raise aspirations, improve skills and develop leaders.  This will …

Three New Retailers Join Cookstown’s Main Street In £1m Investment

Three New Retailers Join Cookstown’s Main Street In £1m Investment

Andrew Kelly Corporate

Cookstown’s main street has received a major retail boost with the opening of three big name stores. Specsavers, CeX and DV8 have opened new stores that total c.11,100 sq. ft. and accounts for investment totalling c.£1m. The three retailers have also created 15 new jobs between them. Specsavers and CeX are both new additions to Cookstown while DV8 has relocated …

Chancery House Sold Following Competitive Bidding Process

Strong Property Investment Pipeline Suggests Positive Q2 Ahead

Alastair Luke Corporate

Investment in the Northern Ireland commercial property market in Q1 2017 was lower than the same period in previous years but a strong pipeline should see figures improve through the rest of the year, according to the latest edition of Lambert Smith Hampton’s Ireland Valuation Bulletin. The total investment figure in Q1 was £11.6mn, with transactions mainly driven by the …

Vayu Senior Energy Analyst, Keith Donnelly

Wholesale gas prices increase by 34% since April 2016

Alastair Luke Corporate

Wholesale gas prices in Northern Ireland are 34% higher compared with the average monthly price recorded for April 2016, according to a monthly energy report by Vayu. This figure represents a significant increase, despite a small drop in energy prices over the last month (4% drop in wholesale gas and 2% drop in wholesale electricity). However, Vayu has warned that …

Expansion Plans For County Antrim Spa To Create 12 New Jobs

Expansion Plans For County Antrim Spa To Create 12 New Jobs

Andrew Kelly Corporate

A luxurious spa in Ballyclare has announced it is making a £250,000 investment to expand its existing premises and create 12 new jobs. The investment was part supported by Danske Bank. Dunamoy was created in 2012 by Stacey and Jamie Hamill. The current facility features four award winning private cottage retreats which contain a living area, fully equipped country kitchen …

Danske Bank Q1 2017 results

Danske Bank Q1 2017 Results

Andrew Kelly Corporate

Danske Bank in Northern Ireland reports a profit before tax of £27.3m for the 3 months to the end of March 2017. The lower profit before tax figure reflects the negative impact of the lower Bank of England Base Rate on our income, as well as higher costs associated with the implementation of our investment programme – driving competitiveness, efficiency …

Pictured at the first Lawyers in Schools session is Matthew, a member of the first class at Priory Integrated College to take part in the programme; Jacqueline McAleese, programme volunteer and partner at Carson McDowell; Dr Anne Rice, Northern Ireland coordinator for the Citizenship Foundation and Jacqueline Magennis, principal of Priory Integrated College.

Legal Sector Called To Support New Schools Programme

Alastair Luke Corporate

Belfast-based law firm Carson McDowell is calling on legal professionals to help young people understand their rights and responsibilities as it partners with the Citizenship Foundation to launch a legal education programme in Northern Ireland. The Lawyers in Schools programme provides opportunities for young people to increase their awareness and understanding of the law by linking law firms, in-house legal …

One Year To Go Before Tough New Data Protection Laws Come Into Force

One Year To Go Before Tough New Data Protection Laws Come Into Force

Andrew Kelly Corporate

Businesses could face penalties of up to £20m if they are not prepared for game changing new data protection laws that will come into effect in 12 months’ time, law firm Carson McDowell warned today. For almost 20 years, the collecting, processing and storing of individuals’ data has been governed in the UK by the Data Protection Act 1998. But …

Pictured are Andrew Gowdy, Senior Portfolio Manager at WhiteRock Capital Partners and Dr Pamela McHenry of Belfast Skin Clinic.

Centre Of Excellence For Dermatology And Associated Specialities Opens With Growth Loan Fund Backing

Andrew Kelly Corporate

A new unique centre of excellence for all skin and skin related conditions, has opened in Belfast after a significant loan from the Growth Loan Fund. Belfast Skin Clinic has created three new jobs with another seven posts to be created before the end of the year. Finance for the £50m Growth Loan Fund – which provides loans to established …