French Village Bakery Expands Into Catering Sector Following Significant Investment

French Village Bakery Expands Into Catering Sector Following Significant Investment

Andrew Kelly Corporate

French Village Bakery has invested £850,000 to expand its current operations and develop its catering division, creating 10 new jobs and four apprenticeship positions.  The investment was supported by Danske Bank. The family-owned business opened in 1981 with premises on the Stranmillis Road.  Originally a producer of artisan breads, cakes and buns, the company quickly established a reputation for creating …

Homegrown Cyber Security Company Uleska Secures £500,000 Investment To Drive Future Growth

Uleska Secures £500,000 Investment To Drive Future Growth

Andrew Kelly Corporate

Belfast-based software security company Uleska announced today that it has secured £500,000 in investment and sales, which will enable it to significantly grow product development and double its headcount. The company has raised £325,000 in investment from a combination of institutional and private investors, including Techstart NI, Clarendon Fund Managers and Dennis Murphy, co-founder of software business Anaeko. Sales of …

British Business Bank Announces Investment In Dedicated £30m NI Growth Finance Fund

British Business Bank Announces Investment In £30m NI Growth Finance Fund

Andrew Kelly Corporate

The British Business Bank, the UK government-owned economic development bank, has today announced a £10.5m commitment to WhiteRock Capital Partners LLP’s new Growth Finance Fund. This is the first time that the Bank has invested in a fund aimed exclusively at supporting growing businesses in Northern Ireland. The Growth Finance Fund will support loans from £500,000 up to £2m to …

Bob And Berts Coffee Shop Opens In Dunfermline

Bob And Berts Coffee Shop Opens In Dunfermline

Andrew Kelly Corporate

Bob and Berts, a leading independent coffee shop chain founded in Northern Ireland, has continued its expansion in Scotland with the opening of a new store in Dunfermline.  The new store represents a £300,000 investment and will create 30 new jobs locally. The business has 16 stores in Northern Ireland and opened its first Scottish store in Falkirk in October. …

Cyprus Avenue Restaurant Completes £750K Expansion

Cyprus Avenue Restaurant Completes £750K Expansion

Andrew Kelly Corporate

Popular East Belfast restaurant Cyprus Avenue has doubled in size and created 18 new jobs following the completion of a £750,000 expansion project.  The investment was part supported by Danske Bank. The busy neighbourhood bistro was opened in January 2017 by Richard McCracken, a chef with over 13 years of experience training with Michelin starred chefs Tom Kitchin and Andrew …

Prep House Targets New Export Markets Following Investment

Prep House Targets New Export Markets Following Investment

Andrew Kelly Corporate

A Co. Down sauce company has invested £800,000 in a new factory that will help it fulfil its new contracts with large multi-national supermarkets.  The investment was part supported by Danske Bank. Prep House was established in 1999 by Paul and David Bell.  The business specialises in the development and production of sauces, mayonnaise, dressings and marinades.  Prep House employs …

Irish Premiership Club Invests £1.2m In New Education Centre

Irish Premiership Club Invests £1.2m In New Education Centre

Andrew Kelly Corporate

Crusaders Football Club (FC) is investing £1.2m to build a new education centre that aims to help people in the local area gain qualifications and tackle long-term unemployment.  The investment is being supported by the Ulster Community Investment Trust (UCIT) and the Social Investment Fund (SIF). Work has started on the new education hub, named the ‘McDonald Centre’ after Crusaders …

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 …

New Eurospar Opens Following Multi-Million Pound Investment

New Eurospar Opens Following Multi-Million Pound Investment

Andrew Kelly Corporate

A new 6,000 sq ft Eurospar has opened in Dromore, County Down, creating 40 jobs.  The £2.6m investment was part supported by Danske Bank. Moundview Eurospar is three times larger than the previous Eurospar store on the Hillsborough Road site and now features a deli and butchery counter, forecourt and 24 hour pay at pump facilities. Chris McDonald, Owner of …

UCIT Help’s Put The ‘Sparkle’ Into Clearer Water

UCIT Help’s Put The ‘Sparkle’ Into Clearer Water

Andrew Kelly Corporate

A social enterprise based near Larne has had the ‘sparkle’ put into its business thanks to a £50K loan from Ulster Community Investment Trust (UCIT) to purchase a new automatic carbonator. Clearer Water, from Magheramorne, sources and bottles drinking water which is certified as among the best in the UK and Ireland.  The new carbonator has enabled the company to …