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

Sandwich success: Around Noon chief executive Gareth Chambers (left) and executive chef David Graham

Newry manufacturer of sandwiches, salads and baked goods warns of currency risk

Plans to pause processing of live birds at Moy Park’s Ballymena plant is a threat to jobs, says trade union Unite.

Trade union to ballot poultry firm employees over ‘unreasonable management demands’

Chris Morrow and Ann McGregor of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce, with Maureen O’Reilly, economist for the QES, and Brian Murphy of BDO

Chamber of Commerce says business setting up new operations outside UK or relocating

Ulster fry: a Northern Irish staple. Photograph: Getty

However, Ulster Fry Index rose just 0.9 per cent in past year, its slowest rate since 2016

Ulster fry: a Northern Irish staple. Photograph: Getty

However, Ulster Fry Index rose just 0.9 per cent in past year, its slowest rate since 2016

Baker McKenzie expects to expand in North

Law firm employs 264 in North and has a new office with capacity for 450 staff

The Bombardier facility in Belfast.

Canadian aerospace company seeking more redundancies in North

Belfast City Hall. The council said its aim is to provide innovative leisure facilities across the city through a significant capital investment programme.

Council rolling out a multi-million pound investment initiative to update and modernise leisure facilities

Systems Operator Northern Ireland said it had made “what we feel is a fair pay offer which has been rejected by the union”. Photograph: iStock

Staff at Systems Operator Northern Ireland are planning a one day strike on April 15th

Uncertainty surrounding Brexit officially “pushed” the North’s private sector into decline last month. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA

New orders slump and business activity falls for first time in three years

he Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) said Moy Park’s decision to shut down its Ballymena processing facility was “another blow to poultry producers” in the North.

Group claims there is a ‘real risk that some farmers will have to close their business’

The company, which is owned by the US group Pilgrim’s Pride, said that it intends to close its North Antrim hatchery operation until November

Poultry producer will ‘temporarily’ stop processing live birds at its Ballymena plant

Flybe blamed the cancellations on a combination of factors ‘including seasonality, pilots’ end of leave year, Easter holidays, base restructuring and the shortage of pilots across the industry’. Photograph: Pascal Pavani/AFP/Getty

Rescued airline looking to trim fleet and reduce workforce

(L-R): Michael Galway, director, SSAS Solutions; Nathan Imlach, chief finance officer, Mattioli Woods; Murray Smith, group managing director, Mattioli Woods  and Allison Chambers, director, SSAS Solutions.

SSAS being acquired by AIM-listed Mattioli Woods

Heathrow wants to build a third runway but its expansion programme has proved controversial. Photograph: iStock

Old Michelin plant in Ballymena also contending to be construction site

Karen Bradley, UK Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

UK governemnt to invest £350m over next 15 years

2018 was one of the busiest years on record for new hotel launches in Belfast, with an estimated 1,000 new hotel rooms.

NI city’s room rates of just below £80 a night driven by booming visitor numbers

Double Olympic gold medallist and Americas Cup veteran Iain Percy (left) who is also chief executive of Artemis Technologies. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye

Artemis Technologies shortlisted by UK body for zero-emissions autonomous sailing vessel

Fiona Boyd-Armstrong and David Boyd-Armstrong say the Brexit process has been “incredibly frustrating”.

Shortcross Gin producer says Brexit isn’t just ‘a bump in the road’ for small businesses

One business leader said  industry leaders had told the British government directly that the no-deal Brexit plan would not work in Northern Ireland but that their concerns were ignored. Photograph: Bloomberg

Industry leaders warn of potential for chaos and increased lawlessness around Border

A model of a Bombardier aircraft. The Canadian company is planning to reduce the number of staff it employs in Northern Ireland.  Photograph: Nicky Loh/Bloomberg

Canadian aerospace group has started making ’necessary adjustments’ to reduce its workforce in Northern Ireland by nearly 500 peop(...)

Bombardier, one of 56 of North’s biggest employers and businesses  which   published an open letter to British MPs urging them to take a no-deal Brexit off the table. Photograph: Niall Carson /PA Wire

Firms hold off on new projects amid Brexit fears as ‘point of peak uncertainty’ reached

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the launch of the Action Plan for Education 2019 in Dublin on Thursday. Photograph: Julien Behal

NI business group says absence of a departure deal has seen investment evaporate

Invest Northern Ireland chief executive Alastair Hamilton and Terex Materials Processing president Kieran Hegarty.

Terex corporation to invest £12 million in new factory

From Sydney to South Armagh: Mick Boyle (left) with Killeavy Castle general manager Jason Foody

Armagh native who made it big in Sydney invests £12m in Killeavy Castle

A Finnebrogue Artisan stall at a trade exhibition. The company was founded by Denis Lynn more than 30 years ago, and today has an annual turnover or more than £90m

Finnebrogue Artisan has invested €20m in a new production facility to grow sales of its Naked Bacon products

Northern Ireland secretary of state Karen Bradley plans to fund some increases in key public service budgets by increasing rates, in a move not welcomed by businesses organisations. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Business rates are now higher in the North than anywhere else in the UK, hospitality chief says

Business has reputation for working with major family-owned firms

Alastair Hamilton, Invest NI chief executive, is to leave his post.

Move come as a surprise as Brexit looms

The 15-page document  details the “negative effects” of a no-deal exit for the UK as a whole, from border issues to increases in food prices, EU tariffs and a general economic slowdown. Photograph: Reuters/Toby Melville

UK government document says crashing out of EU could result in business failure in NI

Raj Ramanand, chief executive of Signifyd with Alastair Hamilton, chief executive of Invest NI.

Signifyd developing research and development centre in Northern Ireland

Food prices could rise by up to 45% in the event of a hard Brexit and WTO tariffs being applied, according to retail bodies in Ireland and Britain.

Retail organisations in the Republic and the UK join together to issue a stark warning

Chairman of MJM Marine Brian McConville, vice-president of vessel refurbishment at Norwegian Cruise Line Colin Gant, and chief executive of MJM Gary Annett

Northern Irish company will refurbish 3,800-guest Norwegian Cruise Line ship

Belfast City Hall. For the first time on record Northern Ireland’s employment rate hit 70.3 per cent in the last three months of 2018, according to official figures. Photograph: Joe Fox/Getty Images

Figure still lags the UK average of 75.8 per cent and is the worst of any region in the UK

Templeton Hotel in Northern Ireland

Tullymore House Ltd, which owns the Galgorm Spa and Golf Resort, has acquired the Templeton Hotel in Co Antrim

The loss of the Derry to London Stansted route after flybmi ceased all operations will “be very damaging to businesses in the region,” industry leaders have warned

Region’s businesses will be damaged by lack of connection to London, say industry leaders

City of Derry airport is to get subsidy for direct flights to London.

Route was previously operated by Ryanair

All of EDGE Innovate’s  material-handling and recycling machinery is made in Co Tyrone.

EDGE Innovate investing €9m in expansion programme

First Trust cited commercial reasons for the decision to cease printing its own banknotes.

Move marks break with tradition in Northern banking market

Belfast Harbour. Photograph: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Trade at the port increased by more than 900,000 tonnes during the year

Angela McGowan: “A one-year limit on workers earning less than £30,000 would encourage firms to hire a different person each year, needlessly increasing costs and discouraging migrants from integrating into communities”

CBI says government proposals would limit companies employing overseas workers who earn less than £30,000

“The North-South interconnector is a vital piece of economic infrastructure that, once built, will unlock greater efficiency in the single electricity market,” said Angela McGowan, CBI director for Northern Ireland. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Business leaders in North hold glimmer of hope cross-border project can be reignited

House of Fraser store in Belfast. House of Fraser, which is owned by Sports Direct billionaire Mike Ashley, employs 500 full- and part-time staff in the city. Photograph: Jacobia Dahm/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Sports Direct to invest over €11m after agreeing long-term lease with shopping-centre owners

Plater’s Yard:  1.77-acre waterfront site for sale through CBRE

Plater’s Yard comes with planning for hotels, homes, retail and parking on 1.77 acres

Norbrook CEO Liam Nagle: ‘A no-deal Brexit . . . would be disproportionately felt in Northern Ireland’

Firms in North spending millions on preparations without knowing what future holds

 British prime minister Theresa May delivering a speech about Brexit in Belfast on Tuesday. Photograph:  Aidan Crawley/EPA

Investment volume levels in North fall to five-year low, industry research shows

 Among the new facilities that have been developed on the Hillsborough Castle site are a new cafe and tearoom which will open to the public from April 10th. File photograph: Frank Miller

Co Down family-owned catering company now plans to create an additional 35 jobs

DUP leader Arlene Foster and deputy leader Nigel Dodds  have both previously had Invest NI within their ministerial portfolios. Photograph: PA Wire

Investment agency wants ‘every possible step’ taken to avoid no-deal consequences

Ulster Farmers’ Union president Ivor Ferguson said the figures must be a “wake-up call’ in the Brexit context. Photograph: Cliff Donaldson

Total income from farming dropped by £107m in 2017

Northern businesses and their customers are both nervous, according to business leaders. Photograph: iStock

‘We need a deal and we need politicians to hurry up and do it,’ say business leaders

Union leaders have warned that a no-deal Brexit could leave aerospace workers, such as Bombardier’s employees in Belfast, vulnerable. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Businesses dependent on cross-Border trade begin issuing protection notices to staff

This is the latest development in the NCA’s long-running investigation into the sale by Nama of its former Northern Ireland portfolio – Project Eagle – to US investment fund Cerberus in 2014

File relates to allegations surrounding £1.2bn sale of Nama’s NI property portfolio

 The number without a job in the North plummeted by 9,000 to 29,000 during the three months to November 2018

Labour market figures suggest Brexit is posing difficulties for retention of EU workers

A road sign on the Border between Donegal and Derry. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Confederation of British Industry warns of ‘devastating’ economic impact

An anti-Brexit activist waves British and EU flags outside the Houses of Parliament in  London Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images

‘Every business will feel no deal is hurtling closer. A new plan is needed immediately’

Northern Irish firms are already losing out on new business due to Brexit, according to Ulster Bank. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Lobby groups say protecting all-island benefits of Belfast Agreement is vital for future

Westland has become one of Europe’s fastest growing garden product companies

Westland believed to be paying about £4m for the English garden products company

 Dunnes Stores held on to the largest market share at the end of 2018 as shoppers spent just under €1 billion on groceries in the run up to Christmas.

Dunnes Stores keeps top spot but Lidl and Aldi see greatest market-share growth

Although the North saw strong growth on its high streets in the five weeks to December 29th, shopper footfall fell in shopping centres by 3.7%

Shoppers from North and South make the most of seasonal bargains in the North in run-up to Christmas

Brexit uncertainty casts shadow over growth and sustained profits – survey

Brexit uncertainty reigns as businesses seek clarity from Westminster. Photograph: EPA

Companies are increasingly expanding in other locations, report finds

Avondale Foods is one of the North’s largest agri-food businesses, and a major supplier of own-brand products to Irish and UK  retailers

Latest accounts show slide in pre-tax profits from £4.5m in 2017 to £2.6m for the 12 months to March 2018

InfraStrata wants to develop a 500m   cubic gas storage facility at Islandmagee that could potentially provide more than 25% of the UK’s natural gas storage and a flexible supply of gas for the island of Ireland

Infrastrata is seeking to store gas at Islandmagee for the island of Ireland

Belfast properties. Nationwide’s chief economist Robert Gardner says Northern Ireland recorded a “noticeable pick-up in price growth” and had emerged as the top performing region during 2018. Photograph: iStock

Report says average UK house-price growth slumped last year to lowest levels since 2013

John Healy, MD Allstate NI. Photograph: PressEye/Andrew Paton

‘Firms are still in the dark as to what trading conditions they will face’ says Allstate MD

Invest NI says its “sales proposition” for the North is unchanged. Photograph: Bloomberg

Businesses warn ‘enough is enough’ as investment plans put on hold

The  consensus among the North’s business and farming leaders is that Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement is a better option than a no-deal Brexit. Photograph: iStock

Northern Ireland Affairs Committee will also consider North’s ‘preparedness’ for no deal

The CMA said “no assumption should be made that FP McCann Limited has infringed the law”. Photograph: iStock

UK Competition and Markets Authority investigating FP McCann Limited

The average price of a house in the North in the third quarter was £135,060 (€149,000). Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

NI the only region where surveyors are predicting a further hike in property values

The  statistics will serve to underline the concerns of many business leaders in the North who have consistently warned that a no-deal Brexit scenario would be catastrophic. Photograph: Alan Betson

Sales to Britain and rest of EU decline for 2017

Northern Ireland’s private sector  grew its jobs base by 13,900 new positions while the public sector  also recruited an additional 1,160 people. Pictured above is  Belfast City Hall. Photograph: Getty Images/National Geographic

Number of people on payrolls increases to 765,880, latest labour market report finds

Students from anti-Brexit protest group outside Stormont in Belfast. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

May had received strong support from NI business community for her Brexit deal

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