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 …

NI Small Business Loan Fund Surpasses £2m Milestone

NI Small Business Loan Fund Surpasses £2m Milestone

Andrew Kelly Corporate

The second Northern Ireland Small Business Loan Fund has provided over £2m of funding to 96 businesses in the past year. The Fund is managed by Ulster Community Finance (UCF) on behalf of Invest Northern Ireland and delivered in partnership with Enterprise Northern Ireland. UCF is a subsidiary of the social finance organisation Ulster Community Investment Trust (UCIT). The Fund …

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 …

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 …

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 …

RGM Vent Completes Center Parcs Installation

RGM Vent Completes Center Parcs Installation

Andrew Kelly Corporate

Ballynure based RGM Vent, part of RGM Holdings, has recently completed work worth c.£1m at Ireland’s first Center Parcs holiday resort. RGM Vent, was established in 2004 and provides bespoke ventilation solutions for the construction industry. The company currently employs 79 staff and utilises a strong network of sub-contractors across the UK, Ireland and more recently mainland Europe. Raymond Murphy, …

NI Small Business Loan Fund Passes £1m Milestone

NI Small Business Loan Fund Passes £1m Milestone

Andrew Kelly Corporate

The second Northern Ireland Small Business Loan Fund has approved support to business of over £1m in its first nine months, indicating even stronger demand than for its predecessor Fund. The Fund is managed by Ulster Community Finance (UCF) on behalf of Invest Northern Ireland and delivered in partnership with Enterprise Northern Ireland. UCF is a subsidiary of the social …

New Business Angel Investment Initiative Launches In NI

New Business Angel Investment Initiative Launches In NI

Andrew Kelly Corporate

A new investor syndicate has been formed that aims to increase the level of angel investment taking place in Northern Ireland. The “HBAN Business Angel Syndicate” has been formed by HBAN – Halo Business Angel Network – to bring private investors together to back high potential early stage ventures. Business angels who are members of the HBAN Business Angel Syndicate …

Westland Horticulture’s Latest Growth Acquisition Backed By Danske Bank

Westland Horticulture’s Latest Growth Acquisition Backed By Danske Bank

Andrew Kelly Corporate

Dungannon-based Westland Horticulture has completed the acquisition of a rival company in England, with support from Danske Bank. Established in 1990 in Co Tyrone, Westland is now one of the fastest growing consumer garden product companies in Europe, supplying a range of gardening products including lawn care, plant food, pest control, weed killers and mulches. Westland also owns the market …