Royal County Down golf club. More than 80,000 golf fans will gathering to see some of the world’s top golfers compete. Photograph: INPHO/Presseye/Matt Mackey

New golf strategy in North aims to grow value of golf tourism to £50 million a year by 2020

Stephen McCully, vice-president of NI Chamber; John Haran, managing director of HMC Global and Kevin Kingston, president of NI Chamber at the launch of ‘Growing Something Brilliant: An Action Plan to Grow the Northern Ireland Economy’ in Belfast.

Northern Ireland Chamber publishes action plan to get economy moving

Hospitality Ulster was launched by First Minister  of Northern Peter Robinson.

Hospitality Ulster launched to represent pubs, hotels and restaurants

Harland and Wolff’s drawing offices: it is expected that up to 250 jobs could be generated during the conversion  75 once the hotel opens for business. Photograph: Peter MacDiarmid/Getty

Historic building to be converted into four-star boutique hotel in titanic makeover

Brian Ambrose, chief executive of Belfast City Airport. Photograph: PA

Local campaign group opposed to expansion plans on noise grounds

Chief executive of Argento Peter Boyle’s chain of jewellery stores stretches from Belfast’s main shopping district to  Dublin’s Grafton Street. Photograph: Eric Luke

Entrepreneur went from street trader to establishing a €24m-a-year jewellery firm

Brian Ambrose, chief executive of George Best Belfast City Airport: removal of the seat cap would allow airport to   “compete and actively pursue additional airlines”. Photograph: PA

Belfast City Airport wants to remove cap on seats it can sell

A record number of people from Northern Ireland chose to travel though Dublin Airport last year according to latest figures which show passenger numbers from the North soared to a high of 864,000.

Number of passengers from the North using Dublin airport to travel abroad rose by 52%

Bombardier is reducing its global workforce by 1,750 Photograph: Bloomberg

Canadian aerospace group cites economic and geopolitical conditions in plan for global cuts

The Parliament Buildings in the Stormont Estate in Belfast. The prosperity gap with the UK could be widening leading economists have warned. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA.

Number of unemployed rises by 6,000 in first quarter in contrast to UK fall

EventMAP, a Queen’s University Belfast spin out that has developed new technology to optimise timetabling and resource management within universities, is to create 10 jobs after securing £85,000 (€118,536) of financial support from Invest NI.

EventMAP, which optimises timetabling and resource management within universities, secures financial support of £85,000

Kingspan ESB has launched a scheme that will give customers an option to sign up to a roof top photovoltaic (PV) soalr energy product that the joint venture says will produce cheaper, renewable energy without the investment normally required for such a system.

Project says it could deliver £320m in savings

Prof Robert Bowman: “Our technology could be used in any analytical environment from medicine to food security to gas detection. It’s very exciting because we’ve got a unique product that we one day want to become a globally recognised product that has been made in Belfast.”

Causeway Sensors has developed pioneering technology using nano-structured surfaces

British prime minister David Cameron wants to ensure  the economic recovery “reaches all parts” of the UK. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

British prime minister to ‘stay true to his word’

Peter Robinson, leader of the DUP: it has declared itself to be a “low-tax party”. Photograph: Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press

There is plenty of talk about economic growth, but not many ideas of how to fund it

Gráinne Hampton of McColgan’s with Stormont enterprise minister Arlene Foster.

New packing and dispatch facility to help grow Strabane-based family business

Conference should attract more than 1,200 delegates to Belfast

Potential economic benefits could be worth £1.3m, says minister

Sandara Kelso-Robb, strategic adviser of Giving Northern Ireland, and Dr Gareth McGrath, director of Politics Plus, greet Prof Angela Eikenberry, Fulbright scholar at the University of Birmingham, who gave a special lecture on the meaning and impact of philanthropy at Parliament Buildings as part of Philanthropy Fortnight. Photograph: Paul Moane / Aurora

More people want to work for organisations ‘where they can make an impact on causes they care about’

The Cast and Crew restaurant across from the Titanic Belfast centre marks the first restaurant development of its kind in the Titanic Quarter

Niall McKenna is to open two new restaurants and create 55 jobs

Prof Alastair Adair, Ulster University acting vice-chancellor, said the new campus will act as an important social and economic regenerator for the area

Surveyors report a decline in infrastructure workloads in North

The Titanic Belfast Experience: while recovery is under way, the business environment remains challenging and the outlook for long-term growth is far from confident, the survey found. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Rise in domestic orders and positive job plans cited in Quarterly Economic Survey

The  North’s Minister for Enterprise Arlene Foster: “Axiom is investing in a major expansion creating 97 new jobs, which will bring valuable skills to the important legal services sector here.”  Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Legal services firm to create positions as part of £9m investment

Three of the Four Tall Ships which Sailed into Dublin last year.  This year the race will travel to Belfast where it will be the largest event to be staged in the city to date. Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times.

Largest event to be staged in the city to date and could attract 500,000 spectators

Queen’s spin-out launches ‘transformative’ product to protect networks from viruses

“There is no industry or business, large or small that is going to be left untouched by big data challenges”

Analytics Engines working on next generation of medical analytics technology

 Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment Arlene Foster said lack of office development may be due to constraints on bank lending. Picture Conor McCabe.

Prime rents in Belfast went up 12% in 2014 – the largest UK increase outside the southeast of England – but little new office spa(...)

North’s enterprise minister Arlene Foster   said   the latest figures still portray “a more positive picture than a year ago”. Photograph: Eric Luke /Irish Times

Latest set of official data show total claimant count fell to 45,200

 Minister for Finance Simon Hamilton said: “The construction industry is vitally important to the economy in Northern Ireland, employing nearly 60,000 people.” Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

Minister for Finance welcomes figures showing 6 per cent increase in new work

The North also has the highest price expectations for the next three months Photograph: Pacemaker

Industry body warns supply issues could push prices higher

Oscar Woolley is a little more discerning than most when it comes to his choice of tea

There are hopes Suki Tea will become next household favourite thanks to major deal

 Worcester Chamber of Commerce president Timothy Murray (left) with  Worcester chamber marketing executive Danielle Shabo and Adrian Bradley, chief executive  of i3 Digital

Tech company wins contract in Worcester, Massachusetts and in talks with business leaders in five other cities

There is a long  list of reasons why businesses fail nearly every day of the year, including choosing the wrong location. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Failing at business should not stop you from trying again

The North’s enterprise, trade and investment minister Arlene Foster and Minister for Employment and Learning, Dr Stephen Farry are pictured with Colm Tracey (R), Eishtec operational director

Invest NI-assisted investment driven by Waterford company’s contract with EE

The devolution of corporation tax powers to the North is tied to the implementationof welfare reforms Photograph: Pacemaker

PwC says economy performing poorly despite almost 24,000 new jobs

No redundancies have been announced following the deal which could see Lagan’s workforce swell to more than 900 people – making it one of the largest privately owned construction and civil firms North and South.

Deal will see Lagan’s workforce grow to more than 900

The telecoms giant is one of the largest local private sector employers with a direct workforce of more than 2,400 people

Telecoms group to take on 50 people at contact centre

EasyJet plans to increase the number of seats for sale on its Gatwick, London Luton and Stansted routes by more than 125,000.

Airline increases capacity on Belfast to London routes

The latest Entrepreneurs Index highlights that the proportion of high-growth companies in the North increased by 5.5 per cent in the 12 months to March 2014.

Northern Ireland was only region bar Scotland in the UK to show evidence of a rise

‘Game Of Thrones’ is attracting “location tourists” who want to experience exactly where the show is filmed and walk in the footsteps of their favourite characters

‘Game of Thrones’ continues to boost the tourism industry in North

Research published by Danske Bank today shows it has marginally revised economic growth forecasts up to 2.2 per cent from 2.1 per cent for both 2015 and 2016. Photo: Bloomberg

Bank says faster growth in household incomes will drive up expenditure and confidence

Dunbia, the Tyrone headquartered food company, which specialises in beef, pork and lamb products, is to invest £27 million in Northern Ireland and create an additional 209 jobs in Dungannon.

Tyrone-headquarted meat specialist to invest £27 million in new processing plant

The bitter taste of a weak euro cannot be ignored by businesses or retailers in the North

The price of a chocolate egg in a Border town or city illustrates why a weak euro cannot be ignored in the North

British chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne holds his ministerial red box up to the media as he leaves 11 Downing Street on Wednesday. The chancellor was presenting his fifth budget to MPs, the last before the general election on May 7th. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Extra funding to support “business and hardworking people”

The K Club. The MJM Group has developed a global reputation as an expert fit-out and refurbishment specialist for cruise liners and luxury hotels such as the K Club

Newry joiner has been major exhibitor at cruise shipping conference taking place in Miami

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness speaks to the media during a press conference at Stormont  over the issue of welfare reform. Sinn Fein has blocked a welfare reform bill, after accusing the Democratic Unionist Party of acting in bad faith.Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Impasse threatens ability of North’s political leaders to sell business message on St Patrick’s Day visits to US

Northern Ireland Secretary of Sate, Theresa Villiers, announcing the new Corporation Tax Bill in January. Business leaders warn that the political crisis over welfare reform should not be allowed to threaten the bill.

Business leaders warn against letting latest crisis over welfar reform jeporadise plans to devolve corporation tax

Queen’s University Belfast: Chris Caldwell believes Northern Ireland needs to direct more investment into the education system to produce graduates with the right types of skills for industry and business.

Cutting budget of North’s Department of Employment would be a mistake

UK trade association says construction SMEs are suffering blanket discrimination

The Belfast call centre specialised in providing outbound calling services, targeting potential customers for the company’s RIAS and Castle Cover brands.

Employees say they had no advance warning of Ageas Retail move

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers. An Assembly committee has said that Northern Ireland credit unions and mutual societies should benefit from  any new lower rates of corporation tax.  File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Assembly committee concerned financial services sector won’t profit from lower rates

Every passenger that departs from a UK airport must pay Air Passenger Duty (APD) although rates vary depending on the destination and ticket class, most people currently pay £13 on the price of a short-haul ticket.

Shortfall in income would have to be made up by public finances

David Dobbin: “The sheer scale and breadth of the harbour’s business means that it plays a critical role in the economy in terms of being a major economic driver.”

Sale of lucrative real estate an option for Northern Executive

First Minister Peter Robinson and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness with Dr Brendan Mooney, Managing Director of Kainos Software

Invest NI supporting project with finance totalling £4.7m

The value of the overall deal could be in the region of £13 million (€17.7million)

Company to pay an initial £4.9m for US software firm

Every employer in the UK has a duty to be aware of the different legal rate for the National Minimum Wage which varies from an apprentice rate of £2.73 per hour to the adult rate (21 and over) of £6.50 per hour

Firms failed to pay workers the National Minimum Wage

A worker at the Andor Technology factory  in Belfast. The firm  is actively seeking 18 voluntary redundancies at its Belfast operations.  Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker

Parent company Oxford Instruments confirms exercise to make cost savings of £6m

Jim Clerkin attends DuJour Magazine and NYY Steak celebrating Chrissy Teigen with FENDI timepieces and Moet Ice on  in New York City. Photograph:  Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for DuJour

Having grown up on a pig farm, Jim Clerkin’s early years with Guinness paved the way to top Moët Hennessy USA post

 Ulster Bank and its parent company Royal Bank of Scotland are to create 350 additional jobs at an Ulster Bank customer contact centre in Belfast. Photo: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

New employees will provide support for RBS, NatWest and Ulster Bank customers

The North’s Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said the fall in both the local unemployment rate and the decrease in the number of people claiming jobless benefits was “encouraging”.

Number of people claiming unemployment benefits fell to 48,200 in January

A   Bombardier Learjet 45; part of the Ministerial Air Transport fleet. Job losses in Belfast  are the result of a decision by the aerospace group to “pause” its Learjet 85  program because of weak demand. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Weak demand sees Canadian aerospace firm reduce headcount for second time in 12 months

“By building on our current strengths . . . Northern Ireland has the opportunity to improve the health of its citizens whilst providing strong economic growth for the future”

Life sciences generate sales of about £800m a year and account for 10% of exports from the North

David Gavaghan: chief executive of Titanic Quarter since June 2012

Titanic Quarter is one of North’s economic successes with more than 100 companies

Anti-fracking sign  near Belcoo, Co Fermanagh. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Canadian company has applied for planning permission for a 2,700m borehole

Diversification: Nigel Logan’s Hillstown family farm is helping to create jobs and opportunities for friends and neighbours

Farmers are finding new ways to create income using the resources they have

A new report published today by the UK’s Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee highlights that ongoing projects to bring rural communities up to speed with basic broadband access falls short of the EU202 target to provide superfast broadband - 30Mbpbs - by 2020.

Such an approach would leave people in rural communities with insufficient access to broadband

Concentrix president Chris Caldwell: says he  “started very young in business” and believes anyone who has ever experienced failure can learn valuable lessons. Photograph: Stephen Hamilton

‘I learned as much from my failure as I did from my successes,’ says Chris Caldwell

Q Local Media is chaired by Dominic Fitzpatrick, who is MD of the Irish News. Photograph: Thinkstock

Group was previously focused on radio stations in regional towns

Queen’s University Belfast: Centre for Secure Information Technologies  in the Northern Ireland Science Park is the UK’s largest university centre for cyber-security research. Photograph: Alan Betson

RepKnight software monitors social media and pinpoints geographic locations

Trade and investment minister Arlene Foster said it is encouraging that both the jobless rate and the numbers of people claiming benefits have fallen in the North.

Eight firms collectively planning to invest £2.8m and create 65 jobs

The Martin brothers know that soft learner boards – foamies – are very buoyant and help beginners to catch waves, but they can be very vulnerable to the elements

Three investers interested in ‘next generation’ of surfboards from their Skunk Works company in Coleraine

Bombardier’s Belfast operations may have escaped this latest round of job cuts - but it was only last September that the Canadian group cut 300 temporary and contract jobs in the North and 90 positions from its permanent workforce.

Canadian aerospace group to cut jobs in US and Mexico

PathXL is a spin out from  Queen’s University Belfast

PathXL makes tumour detection software

Northern Ireland Secretary of State Theresa Villiers, who last Thursday unveiled the Corporation Tax (NI) Bill. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien /The Irish Times

KPMG Belfast boss says corporation tax power will change North’s future

Northern Ireland Secretary of Sate, Theresa Villiers: said she believed the Bill had the potential to create thousands of jobs and stimulate growth. Photograph: Stephen Davison

Bill will permit NI Executive to determine its own rates independently of London

Northern Ireland Secretary of Sate, Theresa Villiers: said she believed the Bill had the potential to create thousands of jobs and stimulate growth. Photograph: Stephen Davison

Bill will permit NI Executive to determine its own rates independently of London

Tesco said it would reduce its capital expenditure for next year to £1 billion, from no more than £2.1 billion this year and cut costs by £250 million a year

Supermarket chain to cut costs and sell assets as it seeks to win back market share

Survey says growth for local firms coming from contracts won in Britain as work halted on local public projects

Air France-KLM will provide a daily service between George Best Belfast City Airport and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport from this May.

Move praised by North’s Minister for Enterprise Arlene Foster

Fairy Magic, the 3D app hit released by Belfast-based InLifeSize.

Greg Maguire’s InLifeSize are just one creative company aiming to expand in 2015

Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association  chief executive Glyn Roberts said that while the businesses community had been encouraged by the Stormont House Agreement  it wanted to see it implemented and progress made on the final budget. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Outstanding political issues could affect business performance, warns retail group

Ulster Bank economist Richard Ramsey:  says the Northern Ireland  economy is estimated to have grown by 2 per cent in real terms in 2014 and he expects a similar rate of growth (1.5-2 per cent ) to follow through next year

In the North it is hard to find agreement on anything, never mind the economy

Needham says the proposed entertainment complex could deliver up to £3 million in tax revenue for Belfast city council. Photograph: Barry Austin/Getty Images

Former minister Richard Needham believes time is right for ‘calculated risk’

Northern Ireland construction company Mivan collapsed nearly a year ago

Solicitors representing 144 employees argued they had been made redundant without warning workers load boxes with orders at the company’s centre in Tracy, California. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Software problem blamed by Repricer Express for error that saw products reduced to $0.01

David Richards of WANdisco. He said he was convinced to invest in the North because of its excellent talent pool

WANdisco’s market capitalisation now almost £300 million

UK chancellor George Osborne outlined his NI corporation tax proposal last week.

Economic think-tank says it will necessitate cuts in public spending

Richard Ramsey, chief economist Northern Ireland with Ulster Bank, said the latest survey painted a mixed picture of local business conditions.

Ulster Bank survey showed weakest increase in business activity rates since mid-2013

NI househunters will benefit from George Osborne’s stamp duty cut. Photograph: Reuters

Consumers also welcome air passenger duty reduction

Dalradian Resources first started worked in Gortin four years ago and has completed a number of exploration programmes which it says has identified 3.5 million ounces of gold to date

Canadian firm holds the mineral rights to more than 80,000 hectares in Northern Ireland

Revel Systems is the developer of a cloud based iPad Point of Sale System (POS) that allows retailers to use iPads to do the same job as traditional cash registers. (Photograph:  Paul Faith/PA Wire)

San Francisco headquartered software company to establish a new European sales and support centre

According to Jenkins, most children hate needles, which is very often an inescapable part of a visit to an A&E with a wound

Dr Mark Jenkins won £20,000 in InterTradeIreland’s 2014 Seedcorn competition

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne speaks with Doctor Manab Mohanty and Doctor Victoria Holt during a visit to Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust at Homerton in east London. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/PA Wire

SDLP spokesman Fearghal McKinney says health service could get £60m injection of funds to help address £160m shortfall in 2015

Caterpillar has a history of investing and subsequently pulling back in the North Photograph: Bloomberg

Engineering group has four sites in Northern Ireland, employing some 2,100

Connor Sweeney, InterTradeIreland Project Manager. Cork-based AventaMed beat three other regional winners in InterTradeIreland’s all-island 2014 Seedcorn Competition.

Cork-based medical device firm hopes to revolutionise ear, nose and throat surgery

Vincent and Justin Carton, of Carton Foods, parent of the Manor Farm poultry business.

Belfast Briefing: Manor Farm parent group looks to succession planning

At the NI Chamber of Commerce and Industry president’s banquet were Ann McGregor, chief executive of NI Chamber; Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster; Kevin Kingston, president and broadcaster Jeremy Paxman. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye.

NI chamber president says corporation tax rate of 21% is an issue

The £54 million investment project will deliver more than £21million in salaries each year for the Northern Ireland economy

Group, which is celebrating 10th year in the North, currently employs 1,500 people

Cigarette maker JTI Gallaher announced plans to shut its factory in County Antrim with the loss of almost 1,000 jobs last month

Unite says it has found a way to rescue 500 of the 876 jobs under threat at Ballymena cigarette factory

Simon Hamilton: wants to create the first Northern Ireland Investment Fund to inject millions of pounds into communities and create local business opportunities and new jobs.  Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

The North’s Finance Minister has a new £1bn investment fund at the top of his

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