Belfast-based B-Secur has developed and patented technology to use the human heartbeat’s algorithm – which is unique in every living person – as a way to quickly and securely identify one person from the next. Photograph: Alex Stokes/Getty Images/iStockphoto

Belfast Briefing: Start-up B-Secur says its software will remove need for passwords and pins

Lakeland Dairies’ milk production line: the company is to switch Banbridge production to a “seasonal processing schedule” from next month

Schedules at Banbridge facility in Co Down to be altered from September

The North’s Economy Minister Simon Hamilton, who officially opened Dale Farm’s new cheese plant on Wednesday, said: “I am encouraged to see almost 7,000 fewer people on the unemployment register compared to one year ago.”

North’s Economy Minister says unemployment rate of 6% heading in right direction

From left: Ann McGregor (NI chamber), Brian Murphy (BDO), Maureen O’Reilly (NI chamber economist) and Christopher Morrow (NI chamber).

Survey shows growth, investment and recruitment plans are at risk

Feargal McCormack (second right) outside the new Balbriggan office which PKF-FPM bought from Francis J Woods & Company: pictured with Teresa Campbell, PKF-FPM staff director; Joe Woods; and Michael Farrell, PKF-FPM lead director for the new office

Newry accountant PKF-FPM has already opened offices in Republic and will continue

Bombardier Aerospace is to accelerate its ongoing redundancy programme in Northern Ireland and axe a further 95 jobs on top of a planned 630 redundancies this year

Job losses part of planned 1,080 redundancies in Belfast and 7,000 worldwide

Dean McCullough, managing director of family owned Kitchen Bakes, based in Portadown

Catering for local tastes – Cork likes coconut and Dublin goes for traybakes – brings rewards

Arc-net was established to develop a technology platform to protectively  mark, authenticate and trace meat products from farm to fork using the animal’s DNA. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Arc-net to create jobs in Belfast and Edinburgh via business accelerator programme

Competitiveness Scorecard measures North’s position across 150 indicators

Economists at Investec said the bigger than expected breadth of the package from the Bank of England – which cut interest rates for the first time in seven years –  proved effective in the  eyes of markets

As Bank of England cuts rates, economists warn currency will probably stay on soft side

Dr Esmond Birnie, PwC chief economist in Northern Ireland: “If the pound remains low that could boost price-sensitive sectors.”

Weak pound could also boost tourism, food-processing and cross-Border shopping

First Ministe Arlene Foster and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness with Tullett Prebon’s Luke Barnett. Tullett Prebon will receive more than £2 million from Invest NI and £400,000 from the Department for the Economy to support the investment project.

London headquartered interdealer broker is to develop a new technology centre in Belfast

Northern Ireland’s Minister for the Economy, Simon Hamilton, with Allstate NI managing director John Healy   and Allstate executive vice-president  Suren Gupta at the laying of the foundation stone for the company’s new Belfast headquarters. Photograph: PressEye/Andrew Paton

Northern Irish arm of US insurance group to build 13,000sq m riverside facility

David Gavaghan, Northern Ireland chairman of the Confederation of British Industry: “Many businesses in Northern Ireland are asking what Brexit means for them and critically what to do now.”

Northern Ireland business leaders worried over changes to tax, currency and trade costs

Aston Martin showoom in Belfast

5,938 new cars were sold in the North last month, compared to 6,057 in June last year

Cigarette maker JTI Gallaher announced last year that it is to shut its factory in County Antrim with the loss of around 800 jobs. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

JTI’s Gallaher tobacco plant in the town will close by end of May 2017 with loss of up to 800 jobs

Economic growth in Northern Ireland is likely to fall to 0.2 per cent next year according to Price Waterhouse Coopers.  Photograph: Pacemaker

Economic growth of 0.2% forecast for Northern Ireland next year, according to PwC

Francis Martin is the first person from  Northern Ireland to be appointed president of an organisation which has been representing businesses in Northern Ireland along with the rest of the United Kingdom for more than 156 years.

Francis Martin believes he will give UK and Northern Irish businesses the voice they need

Former Northern Ireland advisor to Nama Frank Cushnahan is among Wineflair’s 7 directors

Nama’s former Northern Ireland advisor Frank Cushnahan is among directors

The survey highlights that new buyer inquiries fell for the third month in a row and there was also little demand from house owners to place property on the market. Photograph: Press Association

The RICS and Ulster Bank Residential Market Survey shows a “downshift in sentiment”

Francis Martin, who is originally from Moy, Co Tyrone, and is a partner in BDO Northern Ireland

Francis Martin takes over role at ‘crucial time for the UK economy’

Scottish, Welsh and Norther Irish finance ministers to unite on Brexit issues

The Bombardier CS100 passenger jet at the opening day of the Farnborough Airshow: the wings of the aircraft were designed and produced in Belfast. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/AFP/Getty Images

City is getting ready to play key role in the expanding C-Series aircraft programme

NI Economy Minister Simon Hamilton said he recognised that the local business community had concerns about instability and uncertainty following the referendum but he said the result was a “reality which we need to deal with”.

Business concerns over instability and uncertainty are recognised

Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster with Nick Coburn, managing director of Ulster Carpets: Mr Coburn  is  the incoming president of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce.

Portadown company’s carpets can be found in Dubai, Las Vegas and Paris

Dark days in Belfast: Brexit referendum result has potential to create shock waves in the North. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

No one knows what the result will ultimately mean for firms in the province

The fallout from Brexit has many in Northern Ireland – from indigenous firms to inward investors – questioning just what the local landscape will look like when the UK does eventually leave the EU. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Brexit leaves Northern Ireland’s businesses questioning what changes await them

Bombadier vice-president  Michael Ryan: wrote to the  workforce to say he believed it was better for the Canadian aerospace group if the UK remained part of the EU

Moy Park and Bombadier say they will work with government to ensure future success

NI Finance Minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir said on Wednesday: “As pledged, I have reviewed the material provided to the previous committee. In the interests of transparency and public confidence the department has now provided the committee with a further set of papers with the majority of redactions removed, where that has been possible within the department’s data protection obligations.”

Papers not to be made public before finance committee has examined them

Dutch manufacturing giant Philips has acquired Belfast based PathXL, a Queen’s University spin out which develops pioneering digital pathology technology. (Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times)

Queen’s University spin out develops pioneering digital pathology technology

Derry’s historic wall. Derry Credit Union is the first credit union in Ireland to hit the million-loan target

Manager Joan Gallagher says the credit union there for the long haul, Brexit or not

The Northern Ireland science park buildings in the Titanic quarter in Belfast.Photograph:  Arthur Allison/Pacemaker

Northern Ireland Science Park rebrands as Catalyst Inc and unveils plans to attract £100m in investment

Last year second-busiest on record for Northern maritime hub

Northern Ireland’s cash-hungry health service is to get an extra £72 million as a result of in-year budget reallocations announced on Wednesday by the Finance Minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir.

Funding part of budget reallocations

Britain’s finance minister George Osborne: Northern Ireland’s finance minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir wrote to him saying  proposals by the treasury are “not fair”. Photograph: Jon Super/AFP/Getty Images

Northern Ireland finance minister heads to London to discuss corporation tax

The Merrion Hotel. Photograph: Photograph: Alan Betson

Family-owned group has six hotels including the five-star Culloden Estate and the Europa in Belfast

Economy Minister Simon Hamilton (centre) said these jobs will “secure £341 million of employment related investment”. Left, Mark Ennis, Invest NI Chairman, and Alastair Hamilton (right), Invest NI Chief Executive.

Agency’s latest figures show it helped “promote” 5,500 jobs in the last 12 months

 Sinead McLaughlin: businesses in Derry are on “tenterhooks” about what is going to happen when  people in UK  vote on whether to remain in the EU. Photograph: Trevor McBride

There are growing fears about what will happen if the UK votes to leave the EU

The Republic abolished air passenger duty in 2014. Image: iStock

Ó Muilleoir wants to discuss disparity with Republic’s passenger tax with UK government

The Northern Assembly’s new committee for finance will have to decide if it intends to continue with the inquiry into the sale of Nama’s Northern Ireland loan portfolio

Assembly supports inquiry as National Crime Agency arrests two

Actor Peter Dinklage  in a scene from Game of Thrones: the series which is filmed in Northern Ireland helped boost visitor numbers last year. Photograph: Helen Sloan/HBO via AP

TV show among elements that boosted visitor numbers to record high of 2.3m in 2015

Seagate is one of the largest local employers in the North West and currently employs nearly 1,400 people.

US data storage firm is looking for 70 redundancies

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

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