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

Job cuts: Bombardier says it has “reviewed manpower requirements” in Belfast and intends to make 95 functional support staff   redundant. Photograph: Getty

Aerospace group has ‘reviewed manpower requirements’ in Northern Ireland

Belfast International Airport: passenger numbers reached 5.2 million in 2016. Photograph: PA.

New routes behind improved performance at ‘real alternative to Dublin’

Arlene Foster and Michelle O’Neill have appealed to Mike Pence for help in addressing a “very grave economic threat” to Bombardier’s Northern Ireland workforce. Photograph: Christinne Muschi/Reuters

Boeing has accused Bombardier of selling C Series aircraft at below production costs

Bombardier’s C Series aircraft being assembled.

Manufacturer embroiled in subsidies row with Boeing that could threaten its workforce

Around Noon, which today employs 300 people, has rapidly expanded its initial sandwich offering and also produces wraps, salads and fruit pots under its Scribbles brand across the island of Ireland.

Ffood to go manufacturer Around Noon is hoping to take a bigger bite of the UK market

For Moy Park’s management team led by Janet McCollum, and its workforce,  it has been an unsettling few months, with Brexit issues also casting uncertainties about the future

More than 6,400 employees of its 12,000 global workforce are based in the North

Houses under construction in Trim, Co Meath. The rate of growth in construction activity slowed in August. Photograph: Frank Millar

Growth slows in construction in the South while exports from the North are on the rise

The Victoria Shopping Center Belfast. Photograph: David Sleator

Decline in shopper numbers in North twice the rate experienced in rest of the UK

A Derry husband and wife team behind some of the city’s best loved, independent eateries is planning to create 40 jobs as part of an expansion project to expand their Primrose cafe group.

Ciaran and Melanie Breslin’s firm now plans to branch into night dining

Northern Ireland last year finished up as the fifth most prosperous part of the UK. Photograph: iStock

However, number of Northern Irish millionaires slumped to 13,000 last year

Derry city. Carella Laminate Systems, based in Derry,  which primarily delivers fit out solutions to the education, health and leisure sectors, said it now wants to expand its workforce to capitalise on new business opportunities in both markets.

Increasing rate of orders fuels expansion

The clean-up is continuing at the Mid Tyrone club Beragh Red Knights, which suffered its third flood in nine years

GAA club pitch and pavilions submerged in a sea of water, says chairman Seamus Boyle

Belfast has drawn particular benefit from sterling weakness. Photograph: iStock

Hotel occupancy rates hit 77.9% for the first time last year

Bob & Berts has 16 outlets in the North

Plan is to open 30 new Bob & Berts outlets and create 600 jobs

Bob & Berts currently has 16 stores in Northern Ireland

Northern Irish chain aims to open 30 new stores and create up to 600 jobs

Charles Hurst is allowing Irish consumers to buy a car in the North to avail of the weaker pound and collect it in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A Northern Irish car dealer is allowing consumers to buy in the North and collect in Dublin

The Giant’s Causeway in Co Antrim: one of the North’s leading tourist attractions Photograph: iStock

Visitors from State took 105,000 trips to North in first three months of year

Victoria Square Shopping Centre in  Belfast. Shopper footfall in the North fell in July by 2.3%  on main shopping streets and by 1%  in shopping centres

Impact of online shopping and increases in the cost of living have hit stores

Greencoat UK Wind has acquired the Slieve Divena Wind Farm in County Tyrone. Photograph: iStock

The acquisition of the Slieve Divena wind farm was as part of a £105 million deal

The latest PMI report points to evidence that the local construction is facing challenges. Photograph: iStock

Sterling’s poor performance against the Euro is being attributed with causing the jump

New statistics show further slump in number who went shopping in North last month

A total of 2,372 properties were sold in Northern Ireland in the second quarter.

Number buying homes rises to highest level since property crash

Architect’s image of Erskine House, Belfast

Just 14 contracts signed compared with £103m in deals in first half of 2016, says CBRE

B-Secure’s chief executive, Alan Foreman, believes next-generation ECG authentication technology is crucial to fighting cyber attacks.

Belfast-based firm has developed patented biometrics using human heartbeats

Simon Oliphant, managing director of Uform (centre) with Brian Shane (left) and Geoff Sharpe of Danske Bank: Uform distributes 1,000-plus kitchens a week in the UK and Ireland.

Family-founded Uform’s turnover has climbed to £22m with a staff of 166

The Danske Bank Ireland headquarters at Tallaght, Co Dublin. (Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times)

Profit at the bank increased by 10% in H1 compared to same period last year

Dr Vicky Kell, Invest NI,  with Jason McKeown, Neurovalens. The Modius band works by tapping into a nerve that runs directly to the brain stem.

Neurovalens makes wearable devices combining neuroscience and technology

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire: he  said the funding was an “interim step” to keep North’s finances on track without a devolved government in place. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Brokenshire says health and education departments will receive majority of funding

PwC says outlook for property prices in Northern Ireland remains gloomy. Photograph: Pacemaker

PwC predicts the cost of a home in the wider UK could rise by 3.7% this year

 People in the North are believed to be less confident about their economic future, which is impacting on their spending power. Photograph: PA Wire

Even favourable euro/sterling exchange rates fail to halt retail slide across North in June

 The number of  residential property sales in the UK fell in June as new-buyer instructions slumped and fewer  homeowners decided to put their property on the market. Photograph: iStock

Domestic uncertainty not affecting North’s house prices as those in rest of UK fall

On average people in the North spend £55 a month on takeaways compared to an average UK spend of £30. (Photograph: iStock)

On average, people in the north spend £55 a month on takeaways

Businesses less positive than they have been because of Brexit worries, latest indicators show

However, latest PMI figures suggest business activity has continued to increase

Britain’s prime minister, Theresa May, and Arlene Foster, leader of the Democratic Unionist Party. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Report says Tory/DUP pact offers no ‘silver bullet for underperforming economy’

CBRE believes the office market in the North remains “resilient” with nearly 147,500 square foot leased during quarter two across nine transactions - this has been mainly driven by indigenous companies moving in to larger facilities or by foreign direct investors.

There is £220m in play, CBRE report indicates

Arlene Foster and Martin McGuinness join Tullett Prebon group CIO Luke Barnett at Invest NI headquarters in Belfast

Invest NI was established to ensure companies were not deterred from expanding

Gareth Chambers, left, CEO of Around Noon, and Howard Farquhar, Chairman of Around Noon

Around Noon has bought London firm Chef in a Box from Donegal Investment Group

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