Canadian aerospace group Bombardier plans to add to the North’s unemployment woes with a potential 630 job losses

Beginning of the end for Gallaher tobacco company in Ballymena could not have come at worse time for new minister

Martin and Tracy Hamilton with their sons Jack and Lance of food company Mash Direct.

It may be challenging but family owned businesses can out-perform - just ask the families behind Mash Direct and the Henderson Gro(...)

Rosemary Mason, managing director Huhtamaki Foodservice Western Europe and UK with   Terry Cross, founder of Delta Print and Packaging

Privately-owned Delta taken over by Finnish group, Huhtamaki

Deloitte is to create an additional 300 jobs in Northern Ireland as part of an ongoing investment programme.

Deloitte’s UK chairman Nick Owen says company is ahead of its original recruitment plan

Sinead McLaughlin, chief executive of Derry’s Chamber of Commerce: “AE Global is a great example of a local manufacturer that, despite the downturn in the economy, has spread its wings and grown its business across the UK.” Photograph: Trevor McBride

Derry firm co-founded by MD Kieran Connor’s father wins Business of the Year award

A judge in the sheep section at the opening day of the Balmoral Show at the Maze site near Lisburn on Wednesday. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Organisers say more than 90,000 expected to attend North’s biggest agricultural show

Chamber president Stephen McCully said: “Although a clear majority of the businesspeople we surveyed continue to express a preference to remain in the European Union, the gap between Remain and Leave has narrowed in recent weeks.”

Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry survey finds Leave support rising

The counting centre at the Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Executive expected to ensure smooth introduction of lower rate of corporation tax

That the economy is central to the elections is a reflection on where Northern Ireland is today compared to when the Good Friday agreement was signed 18 years ago. Photograph: Trevor McBride

All those canvassing ahead of Thursday’s poll will be pushing economic agendas

One of Tyrone farmer Colin Gibson’s sheep campaigns against a Brexit

Ictu in North also in favour of remaining in EU

Skunkworks wants to employ up to 18 people within three years. Image: Thinkstock

Skunkworks Surf Company makes recyclable boards

Bombardier is in the midst of implementing large-scale job cuts in Belfast.

Delta Air Lines buying aircraft partly-made in North

 Lord Mandelson delivers a keynote speech during an event hosted by the Britain Stronger In Europe campaign  in London last month. Photograph: Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images

Former secretary of state says there is no guarantee that border controls will not have to return as surveyors express concern for(...)

Leaving EU might make some people in UK feel better but it is likely to make everyone poorer, conference told

Brexit could have a huge impact on Northern Ireland’s tourism industry, says the report by economist Paul MacFlynn. Photograph: Derek Cullen

Northern Ireland could lose access to more than €400m EU funding and support

British prime minister David Cameron during a visit to the Bombardier Aerospace factory in Belfast in 2013. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Business community is keeping a low public profile on EU referendum

Last month McGrath Bros   completed a project at Lord’s Cricket Ground, London.

Company has requested an administrator be appointed

Northern Ireland’s slow economic recovery continued during the first quarter of the year bolstered by improved domestic and UK sales in both the manufacturing and services sectors.

Slow pace boosted by domestic and UK sales in manufacturing and services

 Graham Keddie: ‘It would be great to be able to offer even more direct flights to new destinations for potential investors to come and see what’s on offer here.’ Photograph: Aaron McCracken/Harrisons

Belfast International Airport manager blames the air passenger duty of £13 to £26

 Bombardier vice-president and general manager Michael Ryan (left) and Bob Homer, vice president for Europe: Mr Ryan has  sent a memo to the Canadian company’s employees highlighting its position on the Brexit debate. Photograph: Eric Luke

‘Access to integrated European supply chains is critical to our business,’ says Belfast plant

Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

But despite strengthening of growth, North’s economy still lags the rest of the UK

 Queen’s University, Belfast: three university graduates set up SaltDNA, which raised £1 million last month after winning new investment from local organisations Co-Investment Fund and US-based investors. Photograph: Queen’s

Belfast Briefing: 36 deals worth £392 million secured in the first quarter of 2016

Fraser Houses has also highlighted “future” plans in its Rivenwood launch brochure for new retail, community and healthcare facilities nearby

Alan Fraser to develop 107 acre site on outskirts of Newtownards, Co Down

Footpad ridden by Ruby Walsh takes a fall during the opening day of this year’s Grand National Festival at Aintree Photograph: PA Wire

Company says its 26 shops will stay open despite row over ‘living wage’

Tayto Northern Ireland is privately owned

Multinational Euronext laying off a further 80 in Belfast

The official line from NIO headquarters at Stormont House in Belfast is that: “Northern Ireland is stronger, safer and better off as part of a United Kingdom that remains in the European Union”

Former Northern secretary of state says Brexit would help free UK from bowing to EU law

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, Trevor Turkington, chiefeExecutive of JH Turkington and Sons, First Minister Arlene Foster and Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

JH Turkington to develop HQ for Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

“Huge concerns” in Northern Ireland about what a post-Brexit landscape could look like for farmers. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Biggest issue for farmers is how they would fare if EU subsidies suddenly dried up

The North’s First Minister Arlene Foster:   announced details of the investment by HighWire Press  on their investment mission to the United States. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Centre will create 74 jobs and allow US company to build stronger presence in Europe

Stormont buildings. Danske Bank’s chief economist Angela McGowan said key issues for the North such as health and further education got “no air time at all” in the latest budget.

Osborne says thriving Northern Ireland is crucial to his economic plan

Democratic Unionist leader Arlene Foster and Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness: Their visit to the White House takes place without any immediate  political crisis in the background  allowing them to  talk up  the North’s incoming rate of corporation tax. Photograph: PA Wire

Martin McGuinness and Arlene Foster use St Patrick’s Day trip to further employment

Harland and Wolff has less than 200 permanent employees on its books

Former ship builder blames lack of new orders for decision to reduce headcount

easyJet’s decision to increase its seat capacity will deliver a boost for related sectors such as aviation support, retail and supply companies

Belfast International Airport welcomes move by airline to add seats to summer schedule

Northern Ireland First Minister, Arlene Foster, and Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, pictured with Leckey founder, James Leckey (R).

Leckey develops supportive equipment for people with special needs

It is “unclear” why  Michael Noonan did not instruct Nama to “suspend the sales process” for its Northern Irish portfolio  when it learned of  “proposed fee arrangements” in place, a Stormont inquiry has found. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Decision not to halt Project Eagle sale at heart of ‘concerns’ over £1.24bn transaction

Austins  of Derry: Political and business leaders have said  the closure of the store, which was older than its world famous counterparts Macys or Harrods, represents a sad  end for one of the city’s retail forefathers. Photograph:  Trevor McBride

Landmark shop open since 1830 forced to suddenly inform staff and suppliers of closure

Potato bread: Hospitality Ulster wants a more integrated tourism and transport strategy to help spread the tourist spend on food and drink more fairly around the North

In year of food and drink some Northern Ireland businesses are still paying off debts

Belfast City Hall Image: Thinkstock

City centre site earmarked for £360m mixed-use development

‘The landscape at the moment when it comes to seed funding is quite dry.’ Image: Thinkstock

InterTradeIreland says growing businesses need to look at other options

The airline said rolling annual traffic to February grew 17 per cent

Airline calls on North to reject Brexit in June referendum

Frank Cushnahan: last December his legal team told the Stormont inquiry chairman that it would “not engage” with him

Frank Cushnahan has to date given no commitment that he will appear before the committee

Liam Nagle, chief executive of Norbrook, said the strong performance was driven by underlying growth and a number of important new product launches.

Privately owned veterinary pharmaceutical company employs 1,500 people in Newry

SDLP finance spokeswoman Claire Hanna: despite all these inquiries, “we are no further to getting to the bottom of”  what happened. Photograph: Arthur Allison

Revelations in ‘Spotlight’ raises questions over Nama loan sale – SDLP’s Claire Hanna

Mayor of London Boris Johnson during a visit to Wrightbus chassis plant in Antrim. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Boris Johnson hears Brexit is not popular with Northern businesses

Adam Crozier, chief Executive of ITV, said on Monday that UTV and UTV Ireland would become a “full part” of its company and it is committed to “maintaining and strengthening” UTV’s news service and its wider programming output.

Rebrand comes as ITV completes its acquisition of UTV's television assets

Mayor of London Boris Johnson with a prototype of the Routemaster bus.

London mayor Boris Johnson confirms deal during visit to factory in Antrim

Brian McConville,  founder and group chairman of MJM

Company acquires Shackleton base in Co Derry from Northern Executive in £1m deal

What a Belmond Grand Hibernian bedroom will look like

Antrim company will deploy 40 craftspeople on luxury train fit-out

Pictured from left at the launch of ‘Belfast Goes To Market’ are  Belfast Lord Mayor Arder Carson, Jackie Henry (chair of Belfast Main Steering Group), Suzanne Wylie (chief executive Belfast City Council), with local musicians,  Dave Jackson (far left) and Fiona O’Kane (centre). Photograph: Aurora PA

Belfast City Council aiming to attract £1bn in new development funding

David Cameron has called the Brexit referendum for  June.  Photograph: Bloomberg

Research shows greater enthusiasm in North for ‘Remain’ campaign

 Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones.The success of the hit HBO series  has propelled the North into the international spotlight as a filming location.

Success of Game of Thrones has propelled the North into spotlight as a filming location

The NIEC  organised a series of open-air concerts at Stormont featuring headline stars from Pavarotti to Elton John and also numerous sporting events.

Government funded NI events company collapsed in 2007 with debts totalling £1.6m

Bombardier is not seeking any further investment from the Northern Ireland Executive specifically in its C series aircraft programme. (Photograph: Christinne Muschi/Reuters)

Plane manufacturer, which is to cut more than 1,000 jobs in Northern Ireland, is seeking financial aid from Canada

Martin McGuinness: “All sections of our society have benefited from our EU membership and in the coming weeks and months Sinn Féin will campaign to stay in.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Sinn Féin, Alliance and local businesses support staying in, while DUP resists

Alain Bellemare, president and chief executive officer of Bombardier, with Air Canada’s president Calin Rovinescu. Photograph: Christinne Muschi/Reuters

Analysis: Aviation company’s financial woes have caught up with its workforce in North

The Bombardier site in Belfast, as the company plans to cut its workforce by about 580 jobs this year. Photograph:  David Young/PA Wire

Some 580 positions to go this year, company says, with 500 next year

According to Ladbrokes the Northern Ireland business is “performing well” despite a challenging environment

Group operates 79 betting shops in the North under the Northwest Bookmakers brand

Connected Health specialises in the provision of healthcare services in the home and the community.

Company also considering expanding operation outside of North

 John McCann, group chief executive of UTV Media which has been sold to ITV. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Concern for future as UTV is in its last few days as one of North’s few public companies

The Ballyclare company, Chain Reaction Cycles, was set up in 1984 by George and Janice Watson with a £1,500 bank loan - today it employs 700 people and has an estimated annual turnover of more than £150 million.

Online retailer says there’s a’compelling industrial logic’ for the two businesses to join forces

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors residential property survey shows while demand is increasing in certain postcodes, the overall market in the North is still in recovery

Bidding wars break out as shortage of supply attracts multiple bidders for homes

Pajanimals, which is  produced by Sixteen South.

Children television company is tkaing up residence in former linen warehouse

  Daithi McKay: “[Nama] have a responsibility to uncover the truth because they appointed Frank Cushnahan. The Irish public – North and South – want to know exactly what was involved in the sale of Nama’s Northern property portfolio.”

Agency accused of trying to brush concerns over Frank Cushnahan ‘under the carpet’

Danske Bank’s 2015 results  show that deposits at its Northern Ireland operations grew to £5.66 billion – up from £5.41 billion. Photograph: Ulrik Jantzen/Bloomberg

Bank’s customers in Northern Ireland cautious when it comes to borrowing

Ryanair announced last month that it plans to open a new base at Belfast from March. Photograph: Alan Betson

Jobs boost comes on back of Ryanair plans to open a new base at BIA from March

A house Thornton Roofing worked on for  Patrick Bradley which featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs

Thornton Roofing, Dowds Group and NuPrint Technologies seek wider markets

Cirdan Imaging was  co-founded by Dr Hugh Cormican who also previously helped to establish Andor Technologies.

Kernel Capital also investing €2.6m

Ballymena bunker refuge is up for sale at £575,000

Ballymena bolthole affords potential buyer added extras: seclusion and hi-tech security

“There is a huge amount of money involved in public sector contracts, and councils should be sending out the message that tax-dodging is not acceptable – not at home or anywhere in the world”

Christian Aid says North should send out the message that it will not be a tax haven

North’s Minister for Enterprise Jonathan Bell with Grease Guardian’s general manager Des Murphy: FM Environmental has won a contract to provide its Grease Guardian products to Grand Central Station. Photograph: James Higgins

Newry firm will help historical landmark comply with New York’s waste disposal rules

Milk prices have been a major issue for dairy farmers in the North this year Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Latest figures show a 41% fall in total returns

Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Energy supplier’s move is expected to create up to 20 jobs initially

Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Entrepreneurs have invented a pioneeering family of laser measurement devices

PlotBox, which was set up by husband-and-wife team Seán and Leona McAllister from Portglenone, provides a cloud platform-based service for cemeteries and crematoriums

Co Antrim business described as ‘Google Maps for cemeteries’

 David Gavaghan, pictured in 2014 when he was  chief executive of the Titanic Quarter, with then lord mayor of Dublin Oisín Quinn, the lord mayor of Belfast Máirtín Ó Muilleoir and John McGram of Ulster Bank on the Enterprise train: he is decidedly upbeat about Belfast and  the North’s prospects in general. Photograph: David Sleator

David Gavaghan wants referendum to be held quickly to minimise uncertainty

Aviation ground-handling services group moves following return of Ryanair to airport

Upgrade for Belfast landmark that fell victim to property crash

The RICS and Ulster Bank Residential Market Survey suggests that house prices could rise by around five per cent

Study shows total volume of construction output in the third quarter decreased by 2.4%

Hollywood star Liam Neeson, who hails from Ballymena, has lent his support for a major rally in the town

Trade union rally is aimed at highlighting job losses from JIT Gallagher and Michelin

Ten Square Hotel in Belfast: The city’s council has approved an extension to the current hotel along with plans for a new 179-bedroom hotel in Hope Street

Council agrees to hotel developments set to deliver 700 additional beds to the city

Belfast International Airport.  Airport security company ICTS is  to announce plans for  40 additional jobs

Every traveller has to pay air passenger duty when departing from airport in the North

UK prime minister, David Cameron  and  Taoiseach Enda Kenny as they prepared to discuss Brexit late last year Photograph: PA Wire

Referendum could drag down investment levels, Danske analysis finds

 Nama chairman Frank Daly: He has written to Stormont inquiry chairman Daithí McKay to say the agency was not aware of meetings between Frank  Cushnahan and possible buyers or of his potential “representation of individuals or companies whose loans had transferred by Nama”. Photograph Chris Bellew/Fennell

Stormont inquiry hears agency was unaware of meetings between Cushnahan and buyers

Two girls stand on a bench as they brave waves at Troon promenade in Scotland Photograph: Reuters

Company reaffirms commitment to Larne to Cairnryan

Business owners in Northern Ireland ‘living in fear’ of demand for significant payments within 24 or 48 hours, insolvency group te(...)

Plans for the regenerated Linen Quarter in Belfast

District is one of five special priority areas in Belfast’s city centre regeneration strategy

Ryanair had previously said that if it could secure “workable Belfast-Gatwick slots” it would launch a high frequency service

Airline expected to operate this time from Belfast International Airport

It is estimated the value of commercial property transactions in the North last year totalled more than £400 million

Commercial estate agency CBRE predicts buyers may seek to ‘capitalise profit’ which could create significant movement

Former finance minister Arlene Foster who becomes Northern Ireland’s First Minister on Monday January 11th. Photograph: Eric Luke/Irish Times

Arlene Foster’s successor will have to address the chief concerns of business community

Ulster Bank economist Richard Ramsey:   says  the local private sector showed a “notable improvement in business conditions” last month and many firms increased their employment numbers at their fastest pace in 14 months

The latest industry research suggests that Northern Ireland’s construction sector is showing evidence of some recovery

“I think people have seen an increase in the number of people sleeping on the streets of the city and they have recognised that the situation has got worse”

JDM Group has invited homeless people to join them for a Christmas dinner at its Devenish Complex

Philip Woolsey, general manager of Huhtamaki Lurgan

Rapid growth of egg market in Britain and Ireland drives decision to increase capacity

Minister for Finance Arlene Foster has confirmed that the majority of government departments in Northern Ireland will face budget cuts of up to 5.7 per cent as part of the one-year spending programme.

Health and social services to benefit by £133m as most departments face cuts

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister, Jonathan Bell is pictured with Mark Hutchinson. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Jobs announcement comes as new figures show unemployment has fallen in the north

 Hospitality Ulster has said food and beverage sales in Belfast have been roughly 5 per cent down throughout the year compared with previous year’s takings. Photograph: Protzel

Belfast’s food and beverage sales down 5 per cent as ‘tough’ trading environment persists

The Stormont inquiry is one of a number of ongoing examinations of the Project Eagle sale. Photograph: Getty Images

Group is examining £1.2bn Project Eagle sale in North

Bombardier has run into several problems with its new C-Series aircraft programme. Photograph: Reuters

Canadian aerospace firm warns pay reductions are ‘vital’

Bombardier’s C Series 100 aircraft: airline has warned its 5,500-strong Belfast workforce that the proposals are necessary to ensure the facility remains “competitive” within the Bombardier family and in the aerospace sector. Photographer: Patrick Doyle/Bloomberg

Workforce had voted on whether to accept significant ‘cost-reduction’ proposals

Nama’s former Northern Ireland advisor Frank Cushnahan had a “litany of conflicts of interest”, according to the chairman of the Stormont inquiry into the sale of the Nama portfolio in the North.

Chairman of Stormont Nama inquiry said evidence reveals ‘quite fascinating stuff’

It is understood Bombardier has made it clear the “cost reductions” are necessary to ensure the “competitiveness of the company going forward”. Photograph:  Ints Kalnins/Reuters

Reductions likely to result in significant changes for group’s 5,500-strong workforce

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