Bob & Berts currently has 16 stores in the North.

Plan is to open 30 new stores and create 600 jobs

Bob & Berts currently has 16 stores in Northern Ireland

Northern Irish chain aims to open 30 new stores and create up to 600 jobs

Charles Hurst is allowing Irish consumers to buy a car in the North to avail of the weaker pound and collect it in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A Northern Irish car dealer is allowing consumers to buy in the North and collect in Dublin

The Giant’s Causeway in Co Antrim: one of the North’s leading tourist attractions Photograph: iStock

Visitors from State took 105,000 trips to North in first three months of year

Victoria Square Shopping Centre in  Belfast. Shopper footfall in the North fell in July by 2.3%  on main shopping streets and by 1%  in shopping centres

Impact of online shopping and increases in the cost of living have hit stores

Greencoat UK Wind has acquired the Slieve Divena Wind Farm in County Tyrone. Photograph: iStock

The acquisition of the Slieve Divena wind farm was as part of a £105 million deal

The latest PMI report points to evidence that the local construction is facing challenges. Photograph: iStock

Sterling’s poor performance against the Euro is being attributed with causing the jump

New statistics show further slump in number who went shopping in North last month

A total of 2,372 properties were sold in Northern Ireland in the second quarter.

Number buying homes rises to highest level since property crash

Architect’s image of Erskine House, Belfast

Just 14 contracts signed compared with £103m in deals in first half of 2016, says CBRE

B-Secure’s chief executive, Alan Foreman, believes next-generation ECG authentication technology is crucial to fighting cyber attacks.

Belfast-based firm has developed patented biometrics using human heartbeats

Simon Oliphant, managing director of Uform (centre) with Brian Shane (left) and Geoff Sharpe of Danske Bank: Uform distributes 1,000-plus kitchens a week in the UK and Ireland.

Family-founded Uform’s turnover has climbed to £22m with a staff of 166

The Danske Bank Ireland headquarters at Tallaght, Co Dublin. (Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times)

Profit at the bank increased by 10% in H1 compared to same period last year

Dr Vicky Kell, Invest NI,  with Jason McKeown, Neurovalens. The Modius band works by tapping into a nerve that runs directly to the brain stem.

Neurovalens makes wearable devices combining neuroscience and technology

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire: he  said the funding was an “interim step” to keep North’s finances on track without a devolved government in place. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Brokenshire says health and education departments will receive majority of funding

PwC says outlook for property prices in Northern Ireland remains gloomy. Photograph: Pacemaker

PwC predicts the cost of a home in the wider UK could rise by 3.7% this year

 People in the North are believed to be less confident about their economic future, which is impacting on their spending power. Photograph: PA Wire

Even favourable euro/sterling exchange rates fail to halt retail slide across North in June

 The number of  residential property sales in the UK fell in June as new-buyer instructions slumped and fewer  homeowners decided to put their property on the market. Photograph: iStock

Domestic uncertainty not affecting North’s house prices as those in rest of UK fall

On average people in the North spend £55 a month on takeaways compared to an average UK spend of £30. (Photograph: iStock)

On average, people in the north spend £55 a month on takeaways

Businesses less positive than they have been because of Brexit worries, latest indicators show

However, latest PMI figures suggest business activity has continued to increase

Britain’s prime minister, Theresa May, and Arlene Foster, leader of the Democratic Unionist Party. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Report says Tory/DUP pact offers no ‘silver bullet for underperforming economy’

CBRE believes the office market in the North remains “resilient” with nearly 147,500 square foot leased during quarter two across nine transactions - this has been mainly driven by indigenous companies moving in to larger facilities or by foreign direct investors.

There is £220m in play, CBRE report indicates

Arlene Foster and Martin McGuinness join Tullett Prebon group CIO Luke Barnett at Invest NI headquarters in Belfast

Invest NI was established to ensure companies were not deterred from expanding

Gareth Chambers, left, CEO of Around Noon, and Howard Farquhar, Chairman of Around Noon

Around Noon has bought London firm Chef in a Box from Donegal Investment Group

Union leaders said Ulster Bank, which reported pretax profits of £58 million in the North last year, had “failed to provide a convincing rationale” for the job losses.

Move will affect debt-management operation and call centre

Bazaarvoice director of software engineering Paul Hill, Invest Northern Ireland chief executive Alastair Hamilton and Bazaarvoice executive vice-president of engineering Gary Allison.

Bazaarvoice hopes to create 170 jobs as it looks to expand operations

Novosco’s Patrick McAliskey said the company’s latest contract win adds to a fast-growing client list which  includes Swan Housing, Northwards Housing in England and Radius

Managed cloud provider will supply a range of IT services as part of the five-year deal

Belfast Harbour was the main private funder of the popular Titanic visitor experience in the city

Harbour company plans to invest £105m to enhance its facilities in coming years

Ibec chief executive Danny McCoy wants tariff-free trading between the UK and the EU post Brexit. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

IBEC and CBI want an “open, frictionless border” in Ireland

Union leaders in the North have warned that Moy Park’s employees  “need assurance” over their future

Craigavon-based firm directly employs more than 9,000 people in the North

Source: Danske

But survey points to less optimistic take with more moderate growth expected

Once it floats Rockpool Acquisitions would become only the third Northern Ireland company to be currently listed on the LSE. Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

Rockpool plans to make acquisitions valued at up to £20 million, focused solely on North

At the handover of the Dunadry Hotel were John Mooney, Felix Mooney, Eugene McKeever and Catherine McKeever.

‘Significant decrease’ in visitors from North to Letterkenny operation

Bombardier currently has 4,500 employees in Belfast

Canadian aerospace group warns that challenges remain for Northern Ireland operations

The EU-China-Safe project plans to develop new ways of identifying and fighting food fraud

Incidents like the horse meat scandal of 2013 could be worth up to $52bn globally per year

The area with the highest number of jobless benefits claimants in the North in the three months to April was in the Derry City and Strabane District Council area, according to the latest figures.

Jobless total falls to 47,000, the lowest level since before recession, figures show

(Centre) Alastair Hamilton of Invest NI and Stephen Kelly of  Manufacturing NI  with (from left) David Nicholl of NC Engineering, Armagh; Alan Stewart of Marcon Fit-Out, Antrim; Dave Smith of Principal Cooling, Tyrone; Joe McGirr of The Boatyard Distillery, Fermanagh; and Ross Armstrong of Armstrong Medical, Co Derry

Business leaders campaign for ‘Northern Ireland origin status’

More than one million passengers travelled from the North to fly from Dublin Airport last year. Photograph: iStock

Ads urge those in Border counties to ‘Vote to Leave’ via Belfast

The retail sector is also facing immediate challenges that ‘are not being addressed’

Many retailers near the border have benefitted strongly from the weak pound

British newspapers display in London on Friday  Photograph: EPA

Politicians urged to ‘act responsibly’ and ‘get their house in order’

Out of Almac’s global workforce, 2,650 of its staff are based at its facilities in Craigavon. Photograph: iStock

Northern Irish firm says further investment is being planned as part of global expansion

Cameron Cuffe will star as Superman’s grandfather in Krypton

TV show will shoot this summer in coup for new £20m Belfast Harbour Studios

“We have a stellar airline portfolio”: Brian Ambrose, chief executive of Belfast City Airport. Photograph: Belfast City Airport/PA Wire

Price not disclosed but analysts believe it could be worth more than £100m

Wirefox also recently purchased Silvan House in Edinburgh, which is the headquarters of Forestry Commission Scotland, for £18 million. Photograph: Getty Images

Wirefox, run by grandson of Barney Eastwood, is expanding rapidly in UK market

Derry’s walls. The North’s tourism sector is worried about Brexit and implications for the Border. Photograph: Chris Hill

Lobby says any perception of a border could discourage tourists from travelling to North

Steven McMurray, DJ Wilson of Ulster Bank, and Alan McMurray

The deal to buy Gilmour Sports will give the company a physical presence in Dublin

Alastair Hamilton, Invest NI,  with Rob McCollum, Redline Trading Solutions, during a visit to the company in Massachusetts

Boston-based Redline Trading Solutions to establish global support centre in city

Titanic Belfast, one of the North’s most popular tourist destinations Photograph: iStock

Latest figures show 11 per cent uplift in spending last year

NI Water said bond securities are put in place primarily to protect the customer, particularly those buying new-build homes.

Provider says bond securities are in place to protect consumers

The UK bakery group says customers “increasingly recognise the quality and value”of its breakfast deal

Bakery chain’s figures suggest £2 breakfast offer is factor behind 7.5% jump in sales

Godfrey Gaston, operations director of CSIT, Hugh Njemanze, chief executive of Anomali, and Alastair Hamilton, chief executive of Invest NI, at Thursday’s announcements

Anomali establishing base to win new business in Europe

Index shows that in general most property types dropped in value with only semi-detached houses showing no sign of decline. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Apartments show biggest drop between quarter four 2016 and quarter one 2017

Although prices are rising in the North, consumers  are still planning to spend over the next 12 months and are particularly confident about their spending plans for high value items such as holidays and furniture.

Approach to Brexit and Border issue behind renewed optimism

Miners working at the Galantas Gold Corporation’s mine, at Omagh, Co Tyrone. Photograph: Eric Luke

Gold corporation reaches agreement with PSNI over anti-terrorist cover at mine

Barry O’Neill, sales director of Global Equipment Spares; John McClenaghan, managing director; and Invest NI’s Jeremy Fitch

Global Equipment Spares will invest £1.9m to grow its business from export markets

Although shopper footfall in Northern Ireland grew overall by 0.1 per cent during April, the number of people visiting high streets fell. Pictured: Derry.

Shopping centres in North show strongest footfall growth across UK in April

Ulster Bank economist Richard Ramsey: “Retailers have enjoyed a cross-Border shopping tailwind since June last year”

North’s private sector has had ‘encouraging start’ to the second quarter of the year

Farmers and traders at  Balmoral Show at the old Maze site outside Lisburn were said to be more upbeat this year due to sterling rates. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/

Agricultural community at Balmoral Show told to seize new supply chains opportunities

This year’s show has already attracted an increase in entries from the South for the livestock competition events

Annual show expected to attract about 100,000, with cross-Border participation up

Launching the 2017 Open Web Application Security Project conference are OWASP Belfast co-founder Gary Robinson, Invest NI’s Peter Harbinson, OWASP Belfast co-founder Michelle Simpson and Visit Belfast’s Laurie Scott.

Former deputy chief of GCHQ and leading professional hackers among speakers

The retail sector accounted for the majority of the North’s commercial property transactions in the first quarter of 2017. Photograph: Getty Images

Consultancy says challenges of North’s political uncertainty and Brexit remain

The committee’s report shows there are concerns that the UK government’s Brexit negotiating strategy could impact on the new integrated single electricity market. Photograph: David Sleator

Committee stresses importance of proposed cross-Border electricity interconnector

Ulster Bank’s relationship manager Andy Tew  and relationship director Gordon Davidson, with Loughview Leisure Group finance director Christopher Kearney

Group to create 40 jobs, expand Ten Square hotel and re-open Chimney Corner hotel

“It is  encouraging to see some new office refurbishments starting, but the lack of availability of space, particularly grade A office accommodation, remains a key challenge for the market”

Survey finds occupier demand continued to rise across all sectors but space had reduced

Arthur Cox:  law firm’s chairman Alan Taylor described Mr McBride’s appointment   as a “landmark development for the legal sector in Northern Ireland”. Photograph: Kenneth O Halloran

Leading lawyer the new corporate and commercial partner at firm’s Belfast office

Belfast International Airport MD Graham Keddie said the airline plans a 39 per cent increase in capacity for summer 2018. Photograph:  Aaron McCracken/Harrisons

Airline expects to create 50 new jobs as it increases number of routes from North to 22

Belfast City Hall: the city’s hotel boom continues with the Signature Living Group’s  purchase of the Scottish Mutual Building.

Signature Living Group has acquired the historic property in Belfast city centre

 Hastings Hotels figures unveil the first of a series of  building wraps that will tell the story of the £53 million hotel as it is built. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye

Luxury Grand Central Hotel on Bedford Street to have extra rooms

Unosquare  chief executive Mike Barrett, Invest Northern Ireland chief executive Alastair Hamilton and  Unosquare president Giancarlo di Vece.

Unosquare intends to establish engineering centre in Belfast for US, UK and Europe

Galantas Gold’s Omagh gold mine had been expected to create 130 jobs. Photograph: Eric Luke

Canadian mining group says it cannot get ‘anti-terrorism cover’ from PSNI for blasting

The Routes Europe 2017 conference in Belfast hear Brexit will also pose a future test for the aviation sector which in Europe is “entering a period of change”. Photograph: iStock

Political and security issues and overcapacity among key challenges, industry experts say

Belfast city centre: The Northern Ireland Retail Consortium (NIRC) Springboard Footfall and Vacancies Monitor records the third consecutive month of decline in shopper numbers in the North

Impasse in Stormont affecting consumer confidence, says survey by retail group

Figures released on Thursday suggest there was a slight increase in the rate of growth in the North in 2016.

Growth of 1.6 per cent in 2016 as public sector shrank by 2.2 per cent, figures show

The Henderson group, which dates from 1897, has a portfolio of business interests which span retail, property and food service companies. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Turnover at the firm, which owns the Spar and Eurospar brands, rose to £699 million

The PMI highlights that the retail sector, boosted by the continuing weakness of sterling, enjoyed the fastest rate of growth. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Ulster Bank’s index shows local firms securing more orders, especially exports

Scan Alarms and Security Systems has been purchased by Secom for an undisclosed sum

Scan Alarms and Security Systems acquired by Secom for undisclosed sum

The Great Northern Retail Park in Omagh (£9.25 million) was among the notable deals in the North in the first quarter

Agents note potential £78m of investment deals for Q2 with little sign of Brexit impact

Axial3D the Belfast based medical technology firm, specialises in 3D printing within the healthcare sector

Belfast-based medical technology firm creates patient-specific 3D models for surgeons

The acquisition will give the Montagu Group access to nearly 7,000 vending machines across England

Montagu Group buys Freedom Refreshments in a move into British vending sector

Ulster Bank could demand immediate payment if they ever believed the client was in breach of any loan conditions. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Businessman Chris Donaldson’s ‘not for sale’ graffiti is symbolic of his bank loan battle

The company reported a profit before tax of $76.3 million compared to a $339.2 million loss in fiscal 2015 for its NI operation. Photograph: Valda Kalnina

Canadian aerospace group got $1bn bailout from Quebec government last year

The new Radius Housing Association is expected to provide services for 33,000 local households in Northern Ireland.

Money will be spent over five years on providing residential accommodation

Unite’s Liam Gallagher said the failure of administrators to find a buyer for Schivo NI is a blow for the area.

Firm had traded as Maydown Precision Engineering and supplied aircraft parts

Some 638,000 people visited the Titanic Belfast attraction in the year to the end of March, 2016. Photograph: Getty

Company is subsidiary of Jersey firm controlled by Pat Doherty

Customs or security checks at the Border “would  represent an unwelcome return to the past”,   business leaders in the North have warned.

Checks at Border would represent an unwelcome return to the past, say local leaders

The permanent secretary of the department of finance, David Sterling, has the authority to divide 75 per cent of last year’s budget allocation initially.  Photograph: Michael Cooper/PA Wire

Funding and jobs in limbo without clarity of budget for coming financial year

Customs control outside Newry, Co Down, in 1981. Photograph: Pacemaker

Academic expects Border to be comparable to that between France and Switzerland

Northern Ireland had been scheduled to introduce a new lower rate of corporation tax in April 2018 in a bid to lure additional inward investors

Uncertainty over post-Brexit Border could hit investment, PwC forecast suggests

Mike Boyle, Jaramas Investments NI Ltd, Alastair Hamilton, Invest NI, and Mark Donohoe, project manager

Businessman plans to turn run-down estate in Co Armagh into €10m hotel and spa resort

The O’Doherty family of Re-Gen Waste recycling company in Newry: “We’re not here to make a quick buck.”

We are investing in a sustainable future – ours and everyone else’s, says founder

Crumlin Road Courthouse, which Liverpool developer Lawrence Kenwright intends  to turn into a luxury hotel. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Site of supergrass trials will be turned into luxury hotel by Signature Living Group

Border sign: a truck near Newry passes a campaigning poster. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty

Construction firms in North worried about losing lucrative contracts in Republic

Ulster Bank: customers are using digital technology as opposed to doing their banking in branches. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Digital technology use by customers given by Ulster Bank as reason for closures

Philip Hammond making his budget statement to the Commons. “My budget offers a further boost in ensuring that people across Northern Ireland can share the benefits of economic growth across the country.” Photograph: UK Parliament/Mark Duffy

Budget will see thousands of North’s self-employed face tax increase next year

Kevin McCullagh, Cormac Diamond, Kiera Scullion and Mark Wilson of Bloc Blinds, which is halfway through a £4 million (€4.6 million) expansion programme.

Bloc Blinds chief says small businesses need clarity and flexibility from chancellor

Celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli  open a new restaurant in City Quays in Belfast next year - the latest development at Belfast Harbour Estate.

Michelin-starred French chef’s venture to open in £25m Marriott development in 2018

Lynsey McGarrigle: “I have more than enough energy and passion and love for the creative side of things. But First Trust gave me the practical and business support that I needed.”

Belfast Briefing: Bank announces branch closures as customer sings staff’s praises

Belfast’s Titanic quarter: Danske Bank economist Conor Lambe said he expects the Northern Ireland economy to continue growing over the next couple of years. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Danske Bank forecasts 0.8% growth this year, but warns Brexit could still bring surprises

AIB, which is preparing for a partial flotation, launched a review of its business some months ago. Photograph: Bloomberg

Staff shocked by extent of closures, which amount to half of bank’s branch network

Titanic Quarter finance director John Nicholl, Danske Bank corporate banking manager Ciaran McLaughlin and Titanic Quarter commercial director  James Eyre.

Danske Bank backs deal over quarter’s ‘strategic importance’ to Belfast renewal

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