Henderson Wholesale  holds the franchise for Spar, EuroSpar and Vivo in Northern Ireland

John Henderson Holdings operates 80 stores and is major wholesaler for grocery trade

The visitor centre at the Giant’s Causeway, Co Antrim

Despite greater numbers, visitors spend less than in the same quarter last year

Since January 2018, 296 free-to-use ATMs in the North have closed or started charging fees. File photograph: iStock

New report flags reducing access at faster rate than anywhere in the United Kingdom

Former DUP economy minister Simon Hamilton is the new head of the Belfast Chamber.

Former DUP economy minister to lead deleagtion on official visit

A red double-decker Routemaster bus in London. Photograph: Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty

Ballymena’s Wrights Group, one of NI’s biggest exporters, has been hit by uncertainty

HighRoads specialises in providing healthcare plan providers with a range of software solutions that automate the creation of new products.

Massachusetts-based HighRoads to create 20 jobs in move to back firm’s expansion plans

Belfast International Airport said it was ‘extremely disappointed’ by Ryanair’s decision to cut back on flights to the Canary Islands. File photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Tourism Ireland chief criticises decision to end flights to Faro and Malaga next summer

Titanic Belfast is included within the harbour estate. Photograph: iStock

Marine and infrastructure development could create up to 7,000 jobs, say authorities

The Harland & Wolff shipyard is in administration. Photograph: iStock

Union leaders say securing valuable contract demonstrates under-threat shipyard’s viability

UK prime minister Boris Johnson has warned that the UK ‘will not accept a Northern Ireland only backstop’. Photograph: Getty

Manufacturing NI: Bottom line is that businesses everywhere in the North ‘want a deal’

Belfast International Airport said that passengers had faced ‘significant operational challenges’ over the last 18 months. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA

Which? survey cites long queues, crowded terminals and pricey parking

Civil engineering remains an area of weakness in the Republic, with the index reading for the sub-sector  at 42.5 per cent, a 12th consecutive monthly fall in activity. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ulster Bank PMI survey claims the private sector in the North ‘has entered or is entering recession’

James Nicholson, founder of JN Wine, says the purchase of Highbury Vintners represented a ‘strategic acquisition’.

Co Down-based JN Wine supplies restaurants and hotels across Ireland

The report examines hard and soft Brexit scenarios and also different approaches to various backstop arrangements. File photograph: Bloomberg

Any form of departure from EU to have negative impact, concludes fresh analysis

Northern Ireland secretary Julian Smith. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Extra £400m pledged for Northern Ireland, to boost total budget to about £11.1bn

The North’s regional business development agency, Invest NI, has confirmed it has “approved” £1.5 million (€1.6 million) worth of Brexit preparation grants to nearly 50 companies in Northern Ireland

Agency says 50 companies approved for Brexit preparation grants and 1,500 companies have attended special Brexit workshops

The Ulster Farmers’ Union has warned that nobody should underestimate the importance of EU supports on the North’s rural economy. Photograph: iStock

Brexit means the end is nigh for CAP payments to Northern farmers

A store in Newry, Northern Ireland, which offered equal value to euros for its goods priced in pounds in December 2016. Photograph: Shawn Pogatchnik/AP

Influx of southern shoppers after exit unlikely, states Department for Economy report

Connex Offsite managing director Brendan Doherty: has acquired a further 60,000sq ft of factory space to expand its current 25,000sq ft manufacturing space in Newry.

Newry-based Connex Offsite supplies finished, smart-plumbed, water-proofed units

Genesis Crafty currently employs more than 350 staff at its bakery in Magherafelt.

Genesis Crafty has seen fresh demand for year round products and new orders for Christmas

It is estimated that about 30,000 people cross the Border in Northern Ireland every day.

Move is in response to increased demand from people paid in euro or US dollar

Harland and Wolff workers  outside the gates of the shipyard.

Administrators to extend ‘temporary lay-off’

Fusion Antibodies said 30 per cent of its revenue last year came from exports to EU countries.

Belfast-headquartered company that a no-deal Brexit could negatively affect it

Harland & Wolff : It is understood a number of new parties came forward on Friday morning to express a possible interest in purchasing the yard.

Deadline for bids for the ailing shipyard was noon on Friday

Harland & Wolff workers have maintained a 24-hour protest at the yard since it entered administration. Photograph: PA Wire

Unions calling for stricken 160-year-old Belfast shipyard to be nationalised

Harland and Wolf shipyard in Belfast: the lease covenant dictates all economic activity is restricted to “shipbuilding, ship repair and heavy engineering”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Majority of Belfast shipyard is covered by lease that runs until 2119

There is still confidence builders will get busier over the next 12 months. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ulster Bank PMI index was 51.4 in July, down from 53.1 in June as Brexit looms

The administrators said they are working closely with all interested parties  to secure a “positive outcome” for Harland and Wolff

Workers are continuing a round the clock protest outside the gates of the site

Tascomi is being bought by Aim-listed Idox. Photograph: iStock

Tascomi founder Richard Martin is selling the company which employs 36 to Idox plc

Metal cables lie in the rig area in front of the Samson crane at the Harland and Wolff shipyard, which has gone into administration. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Historic shipyard ‘unable to continue trading’ as no buyer found

Down tools: a Harland and Wolff worker’s  helmet on railings near the shipyard in Belfast on August 5th. Photograph:  Paul Faith/AFPGetty

Workers vow to fight on to save shipyard that was once North’s economic powerhouse

Around Noon’s CEO Gareth Chambers and chairman Howard Farquhar with Grainne McVeigh, director of scaling, Invest NI. Photograph: Andrew Towe

Around Noon chief sees opportunities in ‘the upper-premium end of the market’

Workers last week locked themselves into the yard and refused to leave in a bid to take control of a process they fear will deprive them of their jobs. Photograph: PA

Company is expected to file for insolvency but workers intend to continue their fight

 Harland and Wolff workers hosting a family fun day for people who have supported their fight to save the  shipyard. Photograph:  Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Warning that unless the UK government steps in with rescue plan administrators could seize control of the historic shipyard

Cameron Cuffe as Superman’s grandfather Seg-El in the Syfy series Krypton, filmed at Belfast Harbour Studios

Game of Thrones put Northern Ireland on the global TV map. Now a Belfast studio is making a Superman prequel series, and, for loca(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster and Gavin Robinson speak with steelworker Joe Passmore (left) from Unite, following a meeting with prime minister Boris Johnson at Stormont on Wednesday.  Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Union leaders fighting to save shipyard fail to meet prime minister during Belfast visit

Harland & Wolff has been in existence in Belfast for 158 years. Photograph: iStock

Ailing Belfast shipyard said to be just ‘days’ from closing doors

Earlier this year Wrightbus secured a multimillion pound contract, from Transport for London to build 20 pioneering hydrogen double-decker buses which will produce no exhaust pollution. Photograph: Getty

Concern mounts among 1,400-strong workforce and wider community, says union

Offaly native Shane Lowry with the Claret Jug following his hugely popular success at Portrush. File photograph: Getty

Success of Portrush event leads agency to believe increase in golf tourism possible

Harland and Wolff shipyard could be about to close.

Shipyard has no current contracts and is for sale

Northern Irish customer numbers dropped by 6.9 per cent in a five-week period to the end of June. File photograph: Simon Dawson/Reuters

Retailers’ group calls for government support as North falls to bottom of UK footfall tables

Belfast Harbour Film Studios: the plan is to capitalise on Northern Ireland’s growing reputation as a production location.

Belfast Harbour intends to develop six TV and film studios in £35m investment

According to MPANI the construction materials sector in the North, would suffer immediate disruption to cross-Border trade in a no-deal Brexit scenario.

80% of cement used in North’s building industry comes from three factories in South

The proposals would  create new costs and complexities for Northern Ireland businesses, believes Manufacturing NI.  Photograph: iStock

Alternative arrangements would re-establish barriers and disrupt the all-island economy

The Short Brothers Bombardier factory in Belfast. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Canadian group’s Northern Ireland business, known as Short Brothers, up for sale

First Derivatives provides software and consulting services to some of the world’s largest financial, hi-tech organisations and energy institutions

CEO Brian Conlon sells 1.4m shares in Newry-based fintech company

Belfast Harbour  grew its operating profit by 6 per cent last year to £36 million.

Turnover up 11 per cent to £68.8 million as trade rises by 900,000 tonnes year on year

Simon Hamilton was among  DUP politicians and advisers who gave evidence last year to a judicial inquiry established to examine the renewable heat incentive scandal that led to the collapse of the Executive. Photograph: Michael Cooper

Decision comes as a surprise as the politician was seen by many as a future party leader

A Dale Farm production line. The latest accounts show the co-op  grew its group operating profit by 18%  to £14.3m

North’s largest farmer-owned dairy co-op says it achieved very positive results despite ‘big distraction’ of Brexit

Dolphin Drilling ASA had been trying to find a buyer for Harland and Wolff in Belfast since last year. Photograph: iStock

New holding company established as Belfast business remains for sale

Owner Philip Dowds with Jamie Menzies and Corin Hawthorne of OKTO Technologies. The company says its specialist technology can “seamlessly control” a wide range of systems which then make it appear as if a property has a ‘virtual butler’

OKTO’s smart-building technologies can control all environmental and lifestyle requirements

A Bombardier CRJ series jet. The union Unite says it  is worried  the acquisition of the CRJ programme is a move by Mitsubishi to  buy up a competitor “to increase market share”

Around 350 people are currently employed on the CRJ programme in the North

Dynamic Signal, which has developed technology to help companies better communicate with employees on any device or channel, said its first Northern Ireland investment will create software development jobs and customers service roles in Belfast.

Dynamic Signals chose to locate in North because of availability of IT skills

Belfast City Hall: the number of firms that have gone out of business in the North since the UK voted to leave the EU has increased by 114.3 per cent on an annual basis.

Figure higher than in any other comparable area of the UK, according to Creditsafe report

 Owners David Ferguson and Colin McClean with Gemma Jordan, from Ulster Bank at the opening of the new Bob & Berts coffee shop in Portstewart. Photograph: Paul Faith

Independent retailer’s expansion could create more than 175 jobs

Tourism Ireland chief executive Niall Gibbons said that since 2002 nearly 30 million overseas visitors had visited Northern Ireland.

Organisation’s chief says it ensures it gives ‘a lot of prominence’ to Northern Ireland

Michael McCormack, managing director of Musgrave NI: ‘Our plans are ambitious but achievable,’ he says

Grocery and convenience retailer also plans to revamp 40 existing stores in the North

Futrli currently provides software-as-a-service  products to more than 1,200 accountancy firms and 45,000 small firms globally

Futrli’s Belfast centre expected to create 80 jobs which will predominately be in operations and software engineering

Bushmills recently announced a £50m expansion to double production at its site in Co Antrim over the next five years, while the Rademon Estate has completed a £2.5m investment.  Photograph: iStock

Distillers including Bushmills contributed £25.6m to non-EU exports last year

Artist’s impression of the new development 
Image: Element Visualizations

Project could create 1,500 homes and support more than 8,000 construction jobs

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, who warns it would be a ‘terrible political miscalculation’ for anyone in London to think they will automatically get a better Brexit deal after Westminster’s failure to ratify the withdrawal agreement. File photograph: John Thys/Reuters

Expert report expresses North’s concerns over impact of EU tariffs on food exports to Republic

According to the North’s Department for the Economy the report is a “sobering reflection” of the limited options available in a no deal Brexit

Smaller enterprises with no experience in customs procedures particularly vulnerable, warns North’s Department of Economy

Paschal McCloskey, second from left, and Ian Lough, far right, of McCloskey International,  with Mark Nodder and Jeremy Fitch of Invest NI,  at Granville Industrial Estate

The Canadian-headquartered manufacturer employs nearly 300 people in North

Belfast from the observation dome above the Victoria Square. Photograph:  Peter Macdiarmid/Getty

Due to Brexit and Stormont impasse North’s firms now ‘least optimistic in the UK’ – report

“The Stormont stalemate is strangling the retail industry; with no minister in place to deliver rates reform  . . ,” says Aodhán Connolly, director of NIRC. Photograph: Paul Faith/Getty Images

One of every six shops on high streets in the North is now empty, says NIRC director

Kainos CEO Brendan Mooney: promotion to the FTSE 250 is a “recognition of the hard work of our teams, the services we provide to our customers, and our continued ambition to grow our business”.

Queen’s University Belfast IT spin-out rare among N Ireland-based firms to make index

According to the latest tourism report the Giants Causeway remained the top tourist attraction in the North last year with Titanic Belfast next and then the Ulster Museum

South-North holiday traffic hits record levels, with nearly 600,000 trips made last year

Learning Pool provides online learning products to private and public sector organisations. Photograph: iStock

Learning Pool acquired HT2 Labs for an undisclosed sum

Arnaldo Morelli and Daniela Morelli-Kerr of Morelli’s, one of the North’s oldest ice-cream producers, which has launched a dairy-free, vegan-friendly ice cream.

Northern Ireland ice-cream producer uses coconut oil to replace milk in vegan product

Turnover at Craigavon headquartered global pharma group Almac has grown to a record £548m

Pharma group continues Brexit-related investment south of the Border

Tourism chiefs hope the return of the Open championship to Royal Portrush, after 68 years, will deliver an £80 million economic windfall for Northern Ireland.

Enterpreneurs behind Salthouse hotel and spa received £245,000 from Invest NI

Parliament Buildings, Stormont. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

Confederation of British Industry also raises concerns about dangers of no-deal Brexit

Michael Fassbender was a customer of Smyth & Gibson. Photograph: James Alcock/Fairfax Media via Getty

Up to 34 jobs to go as bespoke shirt firm Smyth & Gibson loses ‘key customers’

Alastair Hamilton, chief executive of Invest NI; John Park, McDonald’s chief financial officer for UK & Ireland; and Ciaran Doherty, general manager of Huhtamaki Food Services Belfast at the paper straw facility in Antrim

Move will create 100 jobs and will supply McDonald’s

Growth slowed in Northern Ireland to an estimated 0.7 per cent compared to a UK average of 1.5 per cent. Photograph: iStock

Figures come amid renewed fears over no-deal Brexit

Office development is new phase in £250m plan to regenerate ex-shipping lands

Analysts believe Bombardier Belfast would be a good fit for Airbus, as it  manufactures the composite wing for the Airbus A220 aircraft, previously known as the C series. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Airbus is a contender to buy Canadian aerospace group’s Northern Ireland operation

CBD Farmacy managing director pictured with pro-MMA fighter Leah McCourt outside the first retail outlet for cannabis-based products in the North.

Businessman behind countrywide e-cigarette KIX Vaping firm eyes expansion in Republic

Plotbox founders Seán and Leona McAllister

Belfast- based visual speech recognition company Liopa scores government project

The Balmoral show to attract 115,000 visitors.

North’s premier agricultural show aims for 115,000 visitors to event starting this week

Wrightbus has a long-standing business relationship with Transport for London. Photograph: iStock

Hydrogren buses will produce no pollution from exhausts

An artist’s impression of West Ealing rail  station which will be built by Graham

Graham will build new railway stations in UK and redevelop ferry terminal in Belfast Harbour

Northern Ireland has seen an upsurge in visitors on the back of the success of the Game of Thrones - this stained glass installation at Belfast City Hall was set up to mark the success.

Top 1000: It may have dominated the headlines but Britain leaving the EU was not the only story in Northern business last year

A Bombardier spokeswoman said the company would “take the time required to find the right buyer” for its Northern Ireland plants. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Aerospace group says it does not have timeline for sale of production sites in North

 A Shorts factory in the harbour area of Belfast. Its   owner Bombardier has announced it is to sell its Belfast operation. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Technology developed in Belfast for CSeries aircraft considered to be key issue in any sale

Workers inspect a C Series aircraft wing in Bombardier’s Belfast factor. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Unite indicates government should look at possibility of taking firm into public ownership

Industry analysts are not ruling out the possibility of global aviation giants Airbus or Boeing making a bid for Bombardier Belfast. Photograph: Getty

Bombardier Belfast makes wings for Airbus A220

Aviation industry observers have identified Airbus as a potential buyer of Bombardier’s   five plants in Belfast. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne

Aerospace giant has announced plans to sell the NI business which employs 4,000

Unite’s Susan Fitzgerald  said her union did not believe Brexit had expedited Bombardier’s decision to sell in Belfast. Photograph: Pacemaker

‘It used to be that a job in Bombardier and before that in Short Brothers was a job for life’

There have been serious fears about Bombardier and the future of its five production sites in the North since the Canadian group announced a global restructuring programme last November. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

‘Sense of betrayal’ as Canadian aerospace group jettisons its Belfast operation

Flags fly above the Bombardier Aerospace plant in Belfast. The Canadian group has announced plans to sell the Northern Ireland business. Photograph:  Niall Carson /PA Wire

Fears for up to 4,000 jobs as aerospace group announces plans for consolidation of activities in America

The Belfast office market delivered a total return of 12.4 per cent – comfortably above the UK average. Photograph: iStock

Review singles out office market as outperformer

JMK says Titanic Belfast is among the leading tourist destinations in the world. Photograph: iStock

UK developer JMK says time right to build ‘family friendly’ hotel in city

Industry analysts are not ruling out the possibility of global aviation giants Airbus or Boeing making a bid for Bombardier Belfast. Photograph: Getty

Aerospace group will reinstate 32 workers in ‘tremendous win for workforce’, says union

AES expects the sale of the two Northern Ireland plants to conclude later in 2019.

Daniel Kretinsky’s EPH Group acquires power stations from AES Corporation

A board gives information about Castle Ward in Strangford, Co Down, the location of Winterfell in Game of Thrones. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

One in every six out-of-state visitors came to NI in 2018 because of HBO’s hit TV show

Investment plan: the  Old Bushmills Distillery, Co Antrim.

No planning objections to proposal from company owned by tequila giant Jose Cuervo

Economic icebergs: The  Titanic Experience in Belfast, a key tourist attraction in the North. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Danske Bank highlights ‘severe consequences’ in event of no-deal Brexit

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