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 …

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 …

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 …

Danske Bank's Belfast Headquarters

Consumer Confidence Falls Again

Andrew Kelly Corporate

Consumer confidence in Northern Ireland fell again in the third quarter of 2019 as heightened Brexit uncertainty and another three months without a functioning Executive took their toll on local people, according to analysis published today by Danske Bank. The Danske Bank Northern Ireland Consumer Confidence Index fell to 131 in Q3 2019, down from 136 in the second quarter …

Danske Bank Signs Commitment To Disability Inclusion

Danske Bank Signs Commitment To Disability Inclusion

Andrew Kelly Corporate

Danske Bank has committed to making its services accessible to customers who have a disability by signing up to the Equality Commission’s ‘Every Customer Counts’ initiative. Every Customer Counts was developed to encourage businesses to focus on how they can improve or adjust the service they offer to make it more accessible to their customers who have a disability. Danske …

2019/20 Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Rugby Competitions Launched

New Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Rugby Competitions Launched

Andrew Kelly Corporate

The launch of the 2019/20 Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Rugby competitions took place at Kingspan Stadium today, Monday 7th October, in the company of representatives from the Boys Schools’ Cup, Girls Schools’ Cup, Medallion Shield and High Schools’ Trophy. The Danske Bank Ulster Boys Schools’ Cup will kick-off on Saturday 19th October under a new format, with six groups of …

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 …

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 …