At the launch of Randox’s expansion plan were Dr Peter FitzGerald, managing director of Randox Laboratories, Sir John Bell, chairman of the UK government’s Life Sciences Industrial Strategy Board and Alastair Hamilton, chief executive of Invest NI

Expansion will focus on diagnosis of life-threatening and infectious conditions

The Lagan Construction Group has said there is a possibility that some of the jobs under threat could be transferred to joint venture partners and that some employees might also be relocated to other divisions within the organisation.

Up to 200 jobs could be under threat

Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation acquired Moy Park in September 2017 in a £1 billion deal.

Firm says its operation ‘may be adversely affected’ unless terms are as ‘favourable as those currently enjoyed

The average price of a house in Northern Ireland rose to £158,285 (€178,000) during the final quarter of 2017. Photograph: iStock

Belfast most expensive area with prices rising to over £163,000 on average

Overall container traffic, agrifood and aggregates trade all increased through Belfast Harbour last year. Photograph: iStock

Weak performance of sterling boosts some of North’s exporters

High inflation  not the only issue for Northern Ireland consumers

Danske Bank survey finds negative sentiment fuelled by price rises and political uncertainty

A Wrightbus double decker operating in Singapore.

Manufacturer cites downturn in orders as reason for job cuts

The number of people shopping in main streets and retail parks across the North declined 1.2%, while shopping centres suffered a large dip of 4.4%  in consumer figures. Photograph: Getty Images

Latest shopper footfall figures are worst result for January since 2015

 The Bombardier Aerospace plant in Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Call for UK government to carry out possible review of all its Boeing contracts

Agreed sales, buyer inquiries and instructions to sell all increased last month in Northern Ireland according to the latest RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) and Ulster Bank Residential Market Survey.

Research says there are more buyers than sellers

About half of Williams Industrial Services’s sales were to markets outside of the North, chiefly Britain and the Republic

Engineering firm collapses while mulitnational says it will shut plant

Bombardier’s Belfast factory. Manufacturing NI has warned that businesses cannot prevent an “EU skills drain” from the North and that a strong Euro is attracting EU nationals to relocate to work in other locations , with the Republic a popular destination.

Report says significant drop number of non-UK nationals could precipitate relocation

Brian Ambrose: the investment programme will “future-proof” the airport and will include upgrades of existing facilities including the hold baggage screening facilities.

Programme aimed at future-proofing airport will include upgrades of existing facilities

Strong performance from its operations in North contributed to record year for bank

Tourists at the Cushendun caves in Co Antrim, on a ‘Game of Thrones’ tour. Photograph: Mark Marlow/Pacemaker

Number of visitors jumped 25 per cent in nine months to September, figures show

Report shows 25 schemes are in development with 22 scheduled for competion this year

The inside of the Bombardier factory in Belfast which makes the CSeries wing. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne

Unanimous decision for Bombardier brings ‘huge sigh of relief’ from workforce in North

Kilroot power station: Its owner, AES Corporation, said the station could close by May. Photograph: Robin Somes

Electricity grid operators on both sides of Border cutting ‘capacity payments’ by 30%

Bombardier workers in Belfast. Trade unions in the North fear that US president Donald Trump’s “America First” trade policy will have an influence on the ITC vote on Friday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Delay to cause further stress for Bombardier’s 4,000-strong workforce in the North

Last month the number of people claiming jobless related benefits in the North increased to 29,200. Photograph: iStock

Northern Ireland’s jobless rate has fallen below the UK average to 3.8%

Airbus, one of the companies supplied by Moyola.  Photograph  PA Wire

Family-owned engineering company supplies Bombardier, Airbus and Boeing

Bombardier workers in Belfast at a rally  against proposed new US import tariffs on Bombardier’s CSeries jets. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

US International Trade Commission expected to publish decision this week

Photograph: iStock

New survey shows prices rose last month, a trend that is set to continue

Belfast City Hall. Photograph: Allan Baxter/Getty Images

‘The future isn’t as bright as it used to be’, says industry chief of NI employment outlook

Brexit remains “the most pressing concern” for members in 2018 says the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce survey.

Others are benefitting from weak pound suggests NI Chamber of Commerce survey

 SDLP finance spokesperson Claire Hanna: ‘shocked’ that North’s Department of Health did not bid for additional resources given the winter pressures facing frontline staff. Picture: Philip Magowan/PressEye

Money agreed as part of DUP-Conservatives deal will not be accessed this financial year

Elton John plays at Stormont in 1998 in a concert organised by NI Events Company.  Photograph:  Stephen Davison

Northern Ireland Events Company collapsed in 2007 with debts totalling £1.6m

Belfast International Airport: Overall, passenger numbers at the airport jumped to 5.84 million people last year. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA

Strength of the euro encouraged 600,000 residents of the South to fly from Belfast last year

Belfast docks

Ulster Bank PMI survey finds lift in export orders and job creation in Northern Ireland

Willowbrook Foods is one of the largest producers of lettuce bags and salads on the island and employs 220 people across three factories in the North.

Fresh food producer based on McCann family farm in Down to create additional site

The wings for  Bombardier CSeries jets are made in Belfast.  Photograph: iStock

Tariffs of almost 300% on CSeries jets seen as major threat to jobs in North

The Andor Technology premises in Belfast. The company increased its research and development spend during its last financial year to £5.7m

Digital camera manufacturer benefits from exchange rates and ‘favourable sales mix’

Lisa Steele, general manager of the Marriott’s new £25 million AC Hotel in Belfast

Northern Irish commercial property market ‘resilient’ despite uncertainty, says CBRE

 The proposed new US tariffs could make the list price of the C-Series three times more expensive – effectively pricing it out of the US market. Photograph: Getty Images

Around 25% of Bombardier’s 4,000-strong Belfast workforce is employed on C-Series aircraft

General view inside the Bombardier factory in Belfast, Northern Ireland September 26, 2017. Photograph: REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Bitter industry dispute which affecting 4,000 strong workforce in the North continues

Angela McGowan: she said investment was urgently required across key areas, including skills and economic development programmes, and not just in health

CBI says if money is continually diverted to health there will be no money for wider economy

A mine worker operates an underground diamond drill rig inside the Curraghinalt gold project near Omagh. Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg via Getty

Chairman of Walkabout Resources calls NI ‘exciting destination with stable government’

Sir William Hastings, built a multi-million pound hospitality business over a career spanning 50 years has died at the age of 89.

Founding of Hastings Hotel group built a multi-million pound hospitality business over a career spanning 50 years

Announcing 170 new jobs: Paul Vienneau, Cayan (L), and Jeremy Fitch, Invest NI Photograph: Presseye

Cayan’s workforce in North set to grow to 240 by 2019

Invest NI has offered the company more than £786,000 to support its expansion, including £187,590 of R&D support, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Family-owned Fabplus intends to recruit management and production staff for firm

The Belfast biotech business Fusion Antibodies says its current “blue-chip client base” now includes eight of the top ten global pharmaceutical companies by revenue.

It is anticipated it will have market capitalisation of £18.1m

Workers and supporters from  Belfast Bombardier plants   highlighting  the proposed  US tariffs in London. Photograph:  Carl Court/Getty Images

Unite hoping to appeal to US commerce department to reconsider tariffs on aircraft

The Gallaher’s tobacco factory in Ballymena was closed down by its Japanese owner JTI in October. Photograph: Pacemaker

Bernard Barlow worked at Gallaher’s for 27 years but was too old for payoff package

Norbrook continued to invest heavily in the business last year.

Veterinary pharma group performed particularly strongly in North America

The Titanic Experience in Belfast, Northern Ireland’s top visitor attraction: visitors from the Republic made  221,000 overnight trips to the North over the first half of the year, spending £40 million in the process. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Tourism NI want to grow annual visitor revenue from Republic to £140m by 2025

A team of Bombardier engineers in Northern Ireland will begin work shortly on the research and development phase of the engine nacelle programme

Unions still concerned at US threat to Belfast job from possible import duties

Queen’s University Belfast: the new unit will be located at the university’s centre of cancer research and cell biology but it hopes to attract local and international companies to use its  facilities

Queen’s University will host the unit which specialises in precision medicine

McAlister’s supermarket is to close after 220 years in business

It survived world wars and famine but McAlisters couldn’t compete with online shopping

 A Bombardier CSeries  prototype: Trade unions have warned that  proposed tariffs on the new  aircraft in the US threaten the future of 4,000 jobs at Bombardier’s plant in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Getty

Threat of 300% US tariffs on CSeries planes ‘challenging’, Commons inquiry told

The new Belfast hub will focus on areas including the internet of things, artificial intelligence and data analytics. Photograph: iStock

Telecoms giant joining with Ulster University for part of investment

Natasha McCullough’s case was settled without liability.

Former sales adviser in NI wins £35,000

NI Water has acquired four water treatment plants, which produce nearly 50 per cent of Northern Ireland’s total drinking water, from UK group Kelda Water Services.

NI Water’s strategic purchase from Kelda brings all water production under its control

Northern Ireland secretary James Brokenshire: “Northern Ireland will benefit from the industrial strategy’s removal of barriers to innovation and growth.” Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

London plans to provide major funding for R&D projects in areas that suit North

Titanic Belfast is an award-winning tourist attraction. Photograph: Titanic Belfast/PA Wire

She will take over from Tim Husbands, who is the new chief executive of Westport House and Hotel Westport

Summary judgments are being sought against a businessman and and a businesswoman in the Commercial Court.

Fund pursues businesswoman for €1.75m

British chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond leaves 11 Downing Street on Wednesday before presenting the government’s budget to parliament. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Absence of Executive threatens to overshadow potential gains, Chamber warns

 The Bombardier factory in Belfast. Proposed US trade tariffs against Bombardier’s C Series aircraft threaten the future of 4,000 jobs at the plant

Unite union says it is vitally important the UK government moves quickly to defend jobs

Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer Phillip Hammond poses with the budget box at 11 Downing Street in London. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

Phillip Hammond promises to give NI executive power to set rate of corporation tax

Sara Venning chief executive of NI Water  with Leo Martin, managing director of Civil GRAHAM Construction at the launch of NI Water’s new £7 million solar farm.

Facility will supply power to Dunore water treatment plant

Rockpool suspends share trading on LSE.

Company is pursuing reverse takeover of Greenview Gas

A fermanagh farmer and  his sons have developed a sheep dip shower.

Investment totals more than £1.5m

The absence of an Executive impacting on the sector but concerns about Brexit are also dampening industry confidence.

Industry also cites concerns about Brexit dampening industry confidence

The City Hall in Belfast. Total unemployment fell in the North by 12,000 people over the quarter to an estimated 35,000. Photograph: iStock

Drop comes as number in ‘economically inactive’ category soars

A Bombardier CSeries aircraft. Photograph: Regis Duvignau/File Photo/Reuters

But union leader warns troubled NI operation needs to keeping winning big deals

Survey finds 53% blieve current status quo is best for local firms

Northern  Secretary James Brokenshire has approved a £10.6 billion budget to fund services while  Stormont  is suspended. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

‘Brokenshire budget’ to boost public spending over 2017-2018 to more than £10.6bn

Tim Husbands: to become chief executive of Westport House and Hotel Westport in Co Mayo next year.

Tim Husbands credited with helping Titanic Belfast to win tourism award

Belfast, Northern Ireland. Up to 68 per cent of NI family businesses do believe that having a succession plan in place for their future is  crucially important.

Brexit ‘will not be significantly detrimenta’ to livelihood

Workers inspect a C-Series aeroplane wing in the Bombardier factory in Belfast. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

‘Without the C-Series, there is no Belfast plant,’ warns union co-ordinator

Red Bull at the  Formula 1  grand prix in Mexico.

Newry-based firm to supply Formula 1 team with its Kx technology

Danske Bank has 44 branches and employs around 1,400 people in the North. Photograph: Chris Helgren/Reuters

Copenhagen bank blames impact of Bank of England base rate on imcome

Cara Donaghy, pictured with ’Scissorhands’, on her visit to the Invasion Heroes & Legends event in the Foyle Arena, part of the Derry City and Strabane District Council Hallow’een Festival.

Business taps into increased numbers at 31st annual Halloween Festival

Stormont: on hold. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Index shows people less inclined to spend on holidays as Brexit and domestic politics take toll

 C-Series wing in the Bombardier factory in Belfast: Davy Thompson, Unite regional co-ordinating officer, said the latest planned redundancies underline its concerns the Airbus deal with Bombardier has not delivered any long-term security. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne

Aerospace firm axes further 280 staff, while oilfield group to close Newtownabbey plant

An aerial image of the Belfast city centre site on which the planned regeneration project will take place, if it gets the go ahead.

London-based developer submits plans for 11-acre Royal Exchange site

Screen tourism: Cersei (Lena Headey) sits on the Iron Throne, flanked by her brother Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), in the seventh series of ‘Game of Thrones’

Tourism agencies in the North want fans to keep flocking to the HBO drama’s home

 Button Farm Mushrooms in Co Armagh has gone into administration. Photograph: iStock.

Co Armagh company run by the McKew brothers had lost a key customer

A worker inspects a C Series  wing in the Bombardier factory in Belfast: Airbus will take control of sales and marketing operations, and develop additional C Series production facilities at Airbus’s manufacturing site in the US.   Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Unite says ‘breathing space’ afforded amid US plans to tax C Series aircraft heavily

Dalradian intends to apply for planning permission to develop a gold mine at Curraghinalt

Dalradian Resources secures new funding of £51m in advance of planning permission

A store in Newry offers equal value to euros for its goods priced in sterling.  Photograph: AP Photos/Shawn Pogatchnik

Retail footfall in North fell by 4.3% in September as ‘consumer anxiety’ kicks in

The Titanic Belfast attraction in Northern Ireland. The State’s residents have taken more trips to the North this year, according to the latest statistics. File photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Northern Ireland tourism boss says pound’s weakness is a key factor in the surge in visits

Members of Britain’s Unite trade union protest outside the Houses of Parliament in support of Bombardier workers in London. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Unite trade union says 4,500 jobs could be under threat in the long term

Caterpillar has facilities in Belfast and Larne design, manufacture and assembly diesel and gas generation sets

US firm has facilities in Belfast and Larne involved in

Paul McGuigan, director of Dragon Brand Foods (left) with Des Gartland, Invest NI at the Strabane site of their proposed new facility.

Tyrone food firm invests £500,000 in new factory to supply Irish and British markets

More than 1,000 people in Bombardier’s Belfast plant are directly employed manufacturing wings for CSeries planes. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Department of commerce’s move threatens jobs at Canadian firm’s plant in Belfast

Concentrix senior vice president Philip Cassidy (left)  and president Chris Caldwell at the opening of the global business services company’s new  facility at Maysfield, Belfast. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Press Eye

New chapter for former Maysfield Leisure Centre that lay derelict for a decade

Trade unions have warned that more than 4,000 jobs in the North could be at risk if the US department of commerce rules Bombardier is guilty of “dumping”. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

US department of commerce set to issue ruling following conclusion of investigation

EasyJet said it would locate its sixth aircraft, an A320, at its Northern Ireland base at Belfast International Airport (BIA) from next June. File photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Budget airline to add another jet as Ryanair stops flights to Gatwick for four months

A worker inspects a C Series aeroplane wing in the Bombardier factory in Belfast, Northern Ireland September 26, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Decision to impose 220% tariff on sale of aircraft threatens Northern Ireland economy

A man works on C Series aeroplane wing in the Bombardier factory in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Up to 4,500 jobs threatened as company found guilty of dumping C Series aircraft in US

The CBRE report puts Belfast behind Bangkok and Stockholm and ahead of New York and Amsterdam, with prime office rent growth of 14.3 per cent year on year

Lack of speculative development one of reasons the city has seen strong rental growth

KFC is set for a major expansion in Northern Ireland following a refinancing there by franchise holder, The Herbert Group.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Herbert Group plans to expand its KFC network and grow its headcount to 5,000

The Gobbins trail on the Antrim coast. The UK’s tourism tax rate is currently 20%

Study says North at a disadvantage when it come to Republic’s 9% VAT rate

The Foyle Food Group, which is headquartered in Campsie, Derry, is one of the North’s largest meat processors. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Business supplies beef to retailers, manufacturers, food service firms and butchers

A thousand  workers, or about 25 per cent of Bombardier’s workforce in the North, are employed on C Series production, according to the trade union Unite. Photograph: Patrick Doyle/Bloomberg

Department of commerce report could have implications for thousands of jobs in North

Hotelier Howard Hastings at Belfast’s Europa Hotel: The city boasts some of the top performing hotels in the UK according to a new report. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Average daily room use in Belfast jumps 14.1% compared to average increase of 4.7%

 Bombardier aerospace plant in Belfast: claims by Boeing that it  has benefitted from billions of pounds of UK government subsidies have been dismissed as “pure hypocrisy”. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Workers could be ‘collateral damage’ in battle over aircraft component market share

British prime minister Theresa May and Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau at Ottawa’s Parliament Hill.  Photograph: David Kawai/Bloomberg

UK PM to stress Bombardier’s importance to North’s economy in meeting with Trump

Managing director of Randox Laboratories Dr Peter Fitzgerald. Photograph:   Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Diagnostics company saw pretax profits fall to €13.9m from €20.3m last year

 The Bombardier  plant in Belfast. The Canadian aerospace giant confirmed 95 redundancies in the North as part of its global restructuring programme. Photograph:  PA Wire

Subsidies dispute expected to dominate visit by British prime minister to Canada

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