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

Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

But business development agency says there are challenges in adhering to EU rules on incentives

The County Antrim family controlled Henderson Group, which owns four of the largest local convenience franchise brands including Spar and Eurospar, is to invest £25 million in its business operations. (Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times)

Group owns four of the largest local convenience franchise brands in Northern Ireland including Spar and Eurospar

Microsoft is on the hunt for “great talent and innovation” this week in Northern Ireland as part of its Greenshoots programme

Company will assess applicants over a 20-30 minute session as they play a special app

Northern Ireland’s former finance minister Sammy Wilson said that he respected Frank Cushnahan and still “counted him as a friend”.

Ex-finance minister says he personally backed businessman for Nama role

Titanic Belfast is one of the North’s key attractions. Photograph: Getty Images

Tourists could generate £476m for economy, Minister says

Belfast City Hall: Jefferies LoanCore  considers Belfast one of its core markets, while it is on the lookout for opportunities across the whole island. Photograph: Thinkstock

US-headquartered commercial real estate finance company seeks opportunities in Ireland

Minister for Finance Arlene Foster:  said  while   North had benefited   from  chancellor’s decision to protect health and education in England, the Executive would still face difficult decisions ahead. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Osborne says conclusion of talks had delivered additional spending powers to Executive and had opened the door to devolution of c(...)

Four Seasons Health Care said it had “reluctantly” decided to close seven elderly care homes across the North because each of them was operating at a loss.

Homes operating at a loss and ‘no longer viable’, says Four Seasons Health Care

 Belfast facility will collaborate with companies across the UK and Europe and will employ digital technology to drive innovation. Photograph:  Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

There are two other PwC and Google innovation labs in the world, one in New York and the other in Sydney

Cillian McMinn: planning further crowdfunded projects

Teenager’s idea for ‘element cube’ proved a winner with Kickstarter donors

Kainos reported pre-tax profits of more than £5.1million for the six months to September 2015 compared to over £5.6 million for the corresponding period the previous year.

Slide relates to expenses associated with IPO

The Parliament Buildings in the Stormont Estate in Belfast

Enterprise Minister says reduced taxes will lead to more jobs

Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness, of Sinn Féin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

New study claims unification could lead to a significant boost in GDP for the island

Northern Ireland Finance Minister Arelene Foster on Wednesday outlined details of a new funding boost for key public services in the North as a result of the latest Stormont deal including £47.6 million for health and £15 million for education. Photgraph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

More money for health, education and roads .The funding comes from previously allocated Stormont budgets that were unspent

Confirmation of the new rate and date of its introduction was outlined as part of the deal. Photograph: Getty Images

Business long envious of the Republic’s rate now able ‘to compete on even playing field’

Former minister for finance Brian Lenihan. According to testimony at the Stormont Inquiry into Nama’s sale of the ‘Project Eagle’ property portfolio in Northern Ireland Mr Lenihan had no interest in a fire sale.

According to Richard Pengelly’s testimony to Stormont inquiry, Brian Lenihan and Nama had not interest in such an eventuality

The Caterpillar job losses announcement on Wednesday is the latest blow for its workforce in the North which has been subject to a series of savage job losses over the last three years.

Move comes as other firms let 90 people go

Photograph: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

Project will dramatically increase Artigarvan plant’s milk processing capacity

Stormont in Belfast. Mr Kearney said the Belfast Executive should have bought the loans portfolio, which had a par value of £4.5 billion, when it was sold to Cerberus Capital Management for £1.2 billion last April

Developer says Executive should have managed portfolio to help finance some of its challenges

   DUP pinister Arlene Foster and Alan Armstrong,   Almac Group chief executive. Almac  plans to create 180 new jobs in England as part of a £16 million investment programme.

Company acquired Athlone based Arran Chemicals last week for undisclosed sum

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson. Developer Paddy Kearney said he got in touch with Mr Robinson to ask for his help in dealing with Nama

Cerberus is ‘robust’ firm, developer tells Stormont inquiry into North property deals

Developer Paddy Kearney told the Stormont Inquiry that he was in ‘the battle of his life with Nama.

Former member of Anglo’s Maple 10 in ‘battle of his life’

The Stormont Inquoury into the sale of Nama properties in Northern Ireland heards from developer Paddy Kearney.

NI developer Paddy Kearney critical of agency in evidence to Stormont Inquiry

Multi-million pound deal gives firm all-Ireland reach

“The proposal to run down the truck tyre factory in Ballymena has been made in light of the significant downturn in demand for truck tyres in Europe since the financial crisis of 2007, which has seen the market decrease by over 5 million tyres,” Michelin said.

Company blames decline in demand for truck tyres

 Social Development Minister Mervyn Storey: he is being urged by Cameron Watt, chief executive of NIFHA, to make sure the independence of local housing associations is protected. Photograph: Alan Lewis/Photopress Belfast

Housing association chief stresses importance of independent status following UK move

Fold Housing Association together with the support of the North’s Department for Social Development (DSD) and the NI Housing Executive (NIHE) is backing an initiative, a first for the North West, which will see a construction firm assume responsibility for the site acquisition, design and construction of the multi-million pound housing project. (Photograph:   Rui Vieira/PA Wire)

One of the North’s largest housing associations is to link up with private developer in £7m project

Belfast city centre: SMEs account for 75 per cent of turnover and employment in the local private sector in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Pacemaker.

Most local SMEs plan to grow their businesses over the next two years

SDLP Mid Ulster MLA Patsy McGlone said: “Investors don’t care much about party politics but when that impacts on political stability, as it has here, they think twice about where they locate their business.”

Surveyors’ research highlights fall in public works

The factory in Dunmurry where the DeLorean DMC-12 sports car was all too briefly manufactured has been celebrating a milestone anniversary of its own

Motor components company Montupet marks its 26th year in famous car plant

The Treasury Building, home to Nama, in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

US investor Cerberus’s winning bid for agency’s loans is now the subject of inquiries

Frank Cushnahan: Nama said he  never disclosed any interest to it relating to Pimco or its attempts to buy the loan portfolio. Photograph: Press Eye

Cushnahan was on advisory board at time of Project Eagle proposal

The new jobs will be located in the constituency of the North’s acting First Minister, Arlene Foster. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Teleperformance already employs nearly 2,000 between Bangor and Newry

Northern Ireland’s former first minister Peter Robinson  is seen on screen testifying before the Nama inquiry at Stormont. Photograph: Pacemaker

DUP leader testifies at Stormont inquiry into sale of agency's portfolio

Sinn Féin’s Máirtín Ó Muilleoir led the questioning of Peter Robinson. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA

Former First Minister visibly frustrated by certain lines of questioning led chiefly by Máirtín Ó Muilleoir

DUP leader Peter Robinson, who has temporarily stepped aside as First Minister in the North, said he had no concerns about Frank Cushnahan’s involvement in the meeting despite his ongoing role at the time with the Nama advisory committee. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Meeting included investment firm Pimco and Ian Coulter, former managing partner of Tughans

Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party leader Peter Robinson is scheduled to appear before the Stormont inquiry on Wednesday.  Photograph: Getty Images

Daithí McKay says written evidence is no substitute for chance to questioning

 PicoPUF was founded in 2013 by three  researchers from Queen’s University (above). Photograph: Alan Betson

PicoPUF wins Invent Award in the North that pitches hi-tech geniuses against each other

Arlene Foster: The Department of Finance and Personnel  has no records to suggest that departmental officials had ‘sight’ of correspondence, according to the acting First Minister. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Inquiry told no detail on meeting between former finance minister and American law firm Brown Rudnick

Taste of Northern Ireland:  the tourist board is preparing to serve up a new initiative to attract visitors

Ballygally Castle Hotel on the Antrim coast is offering ‘Game of Thrones’ afternoon tea and tourists are flocking there to sample (...)

The British treasury estimates it would cost the Northern Ireland Executive about £325 million (€440 million) to cut the corporation tax rate in the North. Photograph: PA

Northern business umbrella group says figure would be close to £192m

Edward Carson’s statue in Stormont. Two business figures in the North, accountant David Watters and property developer Andrew Creighton are to be invited to appear before the Stormont inquiry investigating the sale of Nama’s Northern Ireland “Project Eagle” loan portfolio. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA

David Watters and Andrew Creighton invited to attend investigation into sale of Nama’s NI portfolio

B&Q has said it will be focused on “redeploying” as many people as possible

Stores closing at Sprucefield, Ballymena, Craigavon, Derry and Belfast

The North is forecast to have one of the highest rates of house-price growth in the UK this year

New property bubble not forecast as ‘buying public are much more educated’

Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and CBI Northern Ireland chairman Colin Walsh  at the CBI annual lunch . Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye.

Lobby wants to see reform of Executive

Jamie Bryson leaving Parliament Buildings in Belfast: He told  the finance and personnel committee that former first minister, Peter Robinson, was one of five people earmarked to benefit from the Project Eagle sale. Robinson denies the claim. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

McGuinness tells a Stormont inquiry he was ‘kept in the dark’ about Project Eagle sell-off

DUP leader and former Northern Ireland first minister Peter Robinson. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

DUP leader rejects allegation made by loyalist blogger as ‘scurrilous’

 DUP leader and Former Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson.  A loyalist blogger and flag protestor on Wednesday alleged that the former first minister, Peter Robinson, was one of five people earmarked to financially benefit from the sale of Nama’s portfolio in the North. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

McGuinness ‘kept in dark’ about controversial Nama deal

 Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness is the first senior politician who has agreed to appear at the committee. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Committee to debate whether Jamie Bryson’s evidence should be aired in public

Sir Edward Carson’s statue at Stormont: keeping lights on in the parliament might seem a challenge due to gloomy political backdrop in the North. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Unified approach to electricity – between Soni and EirGrid – benefits the whole island

Report  commissioned by NISP Connect, an independent, non-profit organisation at the Northern Ireland Science Park, measured data on exports, productivity, gross value added and wages

Knowledge Economy report shows NI supported 410 new business start-ups last year

The North’s long-term jobless rate of 58 per cent is nearly twice that of the UK

Unemployment rate stands at 6.2 per cent

Cerberus say it had contact with Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson (above) and former minister of finance Simon Hamilton before the acquisition of Nama’s North portfolio. Photograph:   Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

New York investment firm that bought Nama portfolio in North met Peter Robinson and Simon Hamilton among others

Lord Mayor of Belfast Arder Carson who is going to Boston to encourage investment. Previous visits by politicians to the US have proved fruitful but there is not even a minister for enterprise in the North at the moment. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Visits to the US to encourage investment in Belfast are a challenge in current climate

Mr  Frank Cushnahan. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Presseye

Former Nama advisor denies conflict of interest and legality of recordings of his phone calls in office of bookmaker Sean P Graham(...)

Shopping in Newry. The Northern Ireland Retail Consortium has warned that political instability could damage consumer confidence.

Retail body warns that political turmoil could also damage future investment

 The combined turnover of housing associations in the North was £214 million last year Photograph: Laura Hutton

More new social houses constructed in North than in average area in Britain

The new operations centre will be based in Belfast

Manchester headquartered business service firm opening contact centre

Minister for Fisheries Michelle O’Neill: she  is more preoccupied with the dairy crisis in the North which has been sparked by the steep drop in milk prices. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sea Source urging more businesses to buy fish and shellfish caught by local fishermen

Randox’s  telecoms infrastructure upgrade will involve laying down 12 kilometres of fibre-optic cable, stretching from Nutts Corner to the Lough Neagh shoreline. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Biotechnology firm also creates new network to deliver superfast broadband in Antrim

Property developer Gareth Graham (centre) leaving Stormont after speaking to the inquiry about his dealings with Cerberus. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

Graham tells Stormont inquiry US firm had adopted approach that was unreasonable

Northern Ireland businessman Gareth Graham (centre) leaving Stormont after speaking to the Nama inquiry. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker

Businessman says he is legally in possession of recorded calls made by Frank Cushnahan

A prominent Northern Ireland businessman, Gareth Graham, who is currently engaged in a legal battle with the American investment fund that acquired Nama’s former portfolio in the North, is to give evidence to the Stormont inquiry investigating the sale.

Graham is property developer involved in legal battle with US firm Cerberus

“I don’t think there was a proper debate about what a lower rate of corporation tax could mean. I believe it could be a game-changer”

Some of the current directors of Northern Ireland plc have not quite fulfilled their responsibility

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