Northern Minister for Enterprise  Arlene Foster  at Proofpoint’s  headquarters in Sunnyvale, California, with chief executive  Gary Steele and ( left) Alastair Hamilton, chief executive, Invest NI.

California-headquartered company to invest £6 million in Belfast operation to boost research and development

The number of people in employment in Northern Ireland jumped by 11,000 to 821,000 over the three months to June. But the statistics do not show just how many of those 11,000 people came to the North to find a job. Photograph: PA

People who come to the North to work are helping to grow the local economy

Members of the Create: 2014 team. Photograph: Create: 2014

Belfast Briefing: Create: 2014 aims to spark interest in creative economy

Minister for Finance Simon Hamilton last week unveiled wide cuts to the budget totalling £78 million.

While the reform row rages, the North is hit with a penalty of £5m every month

SmithDehn is a major international entertainment, media and legal firm and its founder, Russell Smith, fell in love with Malin Head, Co Donegal, some years ago.

US law firm to the stars linked to Malin Head

The latest tourism figures show a worrying drop in the numbers on the island choosing the North as a destination stay.  Photograph: PA

The number of overnight tourist trips to the North fell by 79,000

Minister for Enterprise Arlene Foster: said the North’s new competence centres, which were being funded by Invest NI, were designed to rapidly transform research into commercial success.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Advanced engineering venture funded by Invest NI

Belfast Docks - the North’s economy is recovering more slowly than expected.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Some 555,000 deemed “economically inactive”, according to June labour market report

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