Once Norwegian Air exits the Northern Ireland market, there will be no direct flights from the North to the US or Canada. Photograph:  Reuters

There will be no direct flights from the North to the US or Canada

Brendan McGurgan, group managing director of CDE Global, and Ciaran Phelan, head of CIMA Ireland. Photograph:  Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye

CDE Global says passport advice just one aspect of company’s Brexit preparations

According to 3DEO it has developed a new way to visualise 3D imagery and data by combining technologies from gaming, virtual reality, live television and satellite earth observation.

Company combines technologies from gaming, virtual reality, live television and satellite earth observation

Digitally generated image of the Titanic Quarter

Turnover jumps from £10.3 million in 2016 to more than £35.3

Jim Moore of Aunt Sandra’s and Keith Thompson of Ulster Bank

Aunt Sandra’s, established in 1953, has never sold outside Northern Ireland before

Turnover at Moy Park grew to a record £1.5 billion last year, with pretax profits hitting a high of £64.5 million.

North’s largest firm set to deliver $50 million in savings after acquisition by Pilgrim’s Pride

Kx specialises in developing high-volume, data-intensive analytics and applications

First Derivatives division already works with investment banks and stock market regulators

The average price of a home in the North during quarter two of this year was £132,795. Photograph: iStock

House prices in the North have now risen in each of the last 60 months

The number of people out of work in the North increased slightly to bring its jobless rate into line with the UK average of 4%. Photograph: Getty Images

One factor driving up number of people out of work in the North has been a series of significant redundancies

Invest NI chief executive Alastair Hamilton  with John Harkin, director and founder of Alchemy. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye

Alchemy Technologies is to establish a European centre in the city

Castle Court, Belfast. NIRC director Aodhán Connolly says the contribution from consumers in the Republic who go North for shopping trips or who buy while on holiday there is a key component of the footfall figures.

Latest footfall statistics show that footfall in North overall grew by modest 0.5 per cent

Danske has already begun recruitment for the Derry positions. Photograph: EPA

Bank launches customer protection centre and financial training academies

Anita Chandraker, PA Consulting; Alastair Hamilton, chief executive Invest NI; Jiten Kachhela, digital lead, PA Consulting and Karen Bradley, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

Invest Northern Ireland backing digital initiative with £4m investment for Belfast location

The Randox group is one of the North’s top exporters and much of its success has been built around the company’s proprietary biochip array technology which enables multiple diagnostic tests to be carried out simultaneously.

Diagnostics healthcare group has grown turnover to £85.4m despite ‘exceptional losses’

The head of Manufacturing NI said Northern companies are being told to “speak to the Irish”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

British government urges firms to seek guidance from Republic

Dale Farm said it valued its “relationship with all unions” represented within the organisation

Unite claims 75% of maintenance workers at three Dale Farm plants have voted to strike

According to Unite, production workers at Dale Farm have been offered a wage increase but the offer has not been extended to maintenance workers

Unite trade union says management at the dairy co-op has refused to address pay claim

Fieldfisher managing partner Michael Chissick with Invest NI chief executive Alistair Hamilton at Thursday’s jobs announcement in Belfast.

UK firm will recruit graduates for legal and risk-management roles

Fusion Antibodies has a particular focus on the production of antibodies in a lab. Photograph: iStock

Belfast company says results show ‘strong organic growth’

Belfast City Council’s planning committee granted approval to Stargime on Tuesday evening.

Stargime acquired Graham House, on Queen’s Square for an estimated £2m in 2015

The number of people without a job in the North has risen from a record low to an estimated 33,000. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Rate near record low but concerns remain about percentage of long-term unemployed

The Obel office complex in Belfast, with the Obel Tower, Ireland’s tallest building

Sale of seven-storey development comes amid huge growth in city’s office rental market

EasyHotel director Kevin Baird and owner/developer, David Crowe in Belfast.

‘Super-budget’ 81-room EasyHotel offers room rates from €30 per night

Fusion Antibodies warns trading has been ‘slower than anticipated’

Pickup in business activity in Northern Ireland during July was “broad-based”. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

However, weak pound continues to create inflationary problems for many firms

A survey indicates the housing market in Border areas is  performing poorly in comparison to other parts of the North. Photograph: Getty

Estate agents report ‘overall lack of confidence’ among buyers and sellers

The Bombardier Aerospace plant in Belfast. The company has warned that stockpiling parts to mitigate the impact of a no-deal Brexit could cost the Belfast unit  £30m. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Canadian group has a supply chain of 900 approved contractors across Europe

Criminal gangs have targeted machinery and livestock on Northern Ireland farms, according to the Ulster Farmers’ Union. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

UK rural communities suffered £44.5 million losses last year, insurer NFU Mutual says

There may be 100,000 premises in Northern Ireland, including many rural-based SMEs, which do not have access to superfast broadband.

Industry leaders want £150m pot to boost SME activities with ultrafast fibre broadband

Lynas Foodservice: increased its workforce to 490 during 2017.

Coleraine-headquartered food distributor makes 8,000-plus deliveries every week

Gosford Castle in Co Armagh, or Riverrun for Game of Thrones fans

Gosford Castle in Co Armagh is attracting interest from fans around the world

Photograph: iStock

Political deadlock also stokes anxiety

Alastair Hamilton, CEO of  Invest Northern Ireland, and Ronan Mallaghan, CEO of Mallaghan Engineering

Boost for North is part of a multimillion pound expansion programme for firm

Students Jenny Gregg, Fergal Kelly and Erin McEvoy with Elvis the horse.

Jenny Gregg became worried about her horse’s discomfort while in competition

Jenny Gregg (left) Fergal Kelly and Erin McEvoy of Crafted Equestrian with horse Elvis.

With funding from University of Ulster, three students have founded Crafted Equestrian to design Equestrian-related products

Border patrol: Theresa May. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

Economic performance during first quarter a ‘stark warning for the NI economy’

Danske’s total income in the North grew year-on-year from £113.5 million in the first half of 2017 to £116 million this year. Photograph: Eric Luke

Lender with 44 branches in North funds one in four of first-time-buyer mortgages there

Belfast. In the three months to May, the number of people with a job in the North grew to a record 852,000. Photograph: Leonid Andronov

North’s jobless rate continues to remain historically low and is well below UK average

According to PwC, Northern Ireland is currently in seventh position in the UK’s 2018 property price growth charts. Photograph: Tom Conachy

PwC’s latest UK outlook predicts North’s economy will grow by a meagre 0.8% in 2018

Northern Ireland’s high street attracted the majority of the shoppers. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Footfall figures up 6.2% in June, the fastest rate of growth in four years

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

Unions call for end to cost-cutting on foot of order for up to 120 Airbus A220 aircraft

A computer-generated Nasa image of the International Space Station

Newry company’s technology can be employed to access and analyse mass data

Stormont, seat of the Northern Ireland Assembly. Photograph: Eric Luke

Sum includes £410m from the DUP’s £1bn deal to prop up the Conservative Party

Department drums up list of organisations underpaying employees

LCC increased its share of the non-domestic electricity supply market on the island of Ireland and “attracted many new customers during the year”.

Pretax profits at Tyrone-headquartered energy distributor slip slightly to £19.8m

Caitriona Lavery and Howard Hastings are joined by John McGrillen of  Tourism NI at launch of Belfast’s Grand Central Hotel which opened in June.

Family-owned hotel group behind Merrion posts 7.8% increase in sales to October 2017

Belfast Harbour’s operating profit increased by 5.6 per cent to £34 million last year.

Turnover and profit both up, helped by increase in numbers using port

Alan Wilson, head of international investment at Invest Northern Ireland, and SmashFly chief executive Thom Kenney.

Belfast office intended as UK operations hub and launch pad for European expansion

US call centre merger affects 3,600 workers in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Getty

Synnex’s move to buy Convergys could make it one of biggest private employers in North

Dale Farm, the dairy co-op, has its headquarters in Belfast

Pretax profits at Dale Farm, which is owned by 1,300 dairy farmers, increased to £10.1m

Brexit and the Border: the Freight Transport Association says a ‘unique solution’ is needed. Photograph: Getty

Almost 13,000 commercial vehicles estimated to cross the Border every day

Alastair Hamilton, CEO of Invest NI and Darragh McCarthy, CEO of FinTrU. The company is to create 600 jobs.

Company employs 250 staff and is embarking on £38m expansion programme

ESF’s Stellar Solar Smart Bench in New York, launched as  part of a Smart Cities initiative

Smart range made by Newtownabbey company ESF includes wifi-connected bench

The Galantas Gold Corporation mine in Tyrone.

Development an ‘important milestone’ for company

 AC Hotel Belfast GM Lisa Steele; Belfast Harbour chairman, David Dobbin and Deirdre O’Brien,  Marriott International

AC Hotel is Marriott’s first property in North

Left, David Kerr, chief executive of Eirtech Aviation Composites and Invest Northern Ireland chief executive Alastair  Hamilton. Photograph: William Cherry/Press Eye

The aviation services company was founded in 2009 in Shannon

Dalradian last year applied for planning permission for a gold mine at Curraghinalt in Co Tyrone. Photograph: iStock

Dalradian Resources wants to develop mine at Curraghinalt

Mac Group is currently involved in a 200-bed hotel project in Liverpool and is developing 110,000sq ft of office space at the former IPC House on Shelbourne Road in Dublin.

Specialist construction group ‘well on track’ to reach €185 million turnover for 2018

Caitriona Lavery and Howard Hastings of Hastings Hotels are joined by John McGrillen, Tourism NI chief executive

Luxury Grand Central hotel has been developed by Hastings Group, owners of a 50 per cent stake in Dublin’s Merrion Hotel

Invest Northern Ireland  senior vice-president of the Americas Gary Hanley and HHA eXchange chief executive Greg Strobel.

Invest NI backs HHA eXchange expansion with £400,000 financial package

Next and Eason occupy 40-46 Donegall Place in Belfast.

French asset management company buys buildings occupied by Next and Eason

Addenbrooke’s Hospital  in Cambridge

Contract with Cambridge University Hospitals will include IT infrastructure and support

Clare Guinness, chief executive officer, Warrenpoint Port. The facility is to invest £3 million.

Facility anticipates ‘significant increase in trade’

Heaney Farmhouse beers: plans to expand into the Republic

Council gives green light for Heaney Farmhouse Brewery with taproom

An estimated 29,000 people were looking for work, which pushed the Northern Ireland jobless rate up from a record low of 3.1 per cent in the first quarter of the year to 3.3 per cent over the second quarter

Manufacturing and construction sectors key drivers behind NI’s labour market recovery

Overall, the survey shows that retailers in the North welcomed a 0.5 per cent increase in shopper figures last month, with high streets and retail parks both enjoying the biggest footfall jump of 2.2 per cent.

Caution sounded over whether this is ‘any form of bounce back’

A Wright Group bus. The chairman of the group, Mark Nodder, has said bus operators are either postponing or delaying ordering new buses because of “continuing uncertainty” in the UK which has had a knock on effect for the Northern Ireland business.

Lack of new orders from UK the cause

Arlene Foster and Almac group chief executive Alan Armstrong in 2014. Photograph: William Cherry/Presseye

Group reported pretax profits were up 22% to £33m from £27m in 2016

Heaney Farmhouse beers

Seamus Heaney’s niece says brewery would secure farm

Brian McConville (left) with James O’Kane of Topglass

McConville family, which control Mivan and MJM, acquired Topglass in ‘multi-million pound deal’

Owner/developer David Crowe  with director Kevin Baird: “We believe Belfast is ready for this hotel and this brand”

Guests at super-budget hotel will be able to use their smartphones to unlock their rooms

Bamboo Rose counts household names like Debenhams, Boots, Macys and Saks Fifth Avenue among its customers.

Bamboo Rose has a software platform that connects retailers with manufacturers and suppliers

A Northern Ireland business grouping has urged the UK government to secure “free and frictionless trade” with the European Union. Photograph: iStock

Grouping of 100 organisations calls for avoidance of hard border

AirBaltic is planning to increase its fleet to have 80 Bombardier CSeries aircraft.

Latvian regional airline’s purchase will boost Belfast manufacturer of aircraft wings

Almost all accountants responding to the survey believe the North’s political stalemate is bad for its position in Brexit negotiations. Photograph: Bloomberg

Close to one third of survey respondents expect economic stagnation next year

Claude, Sixteen South’s animated dog

Sixteen South sells ‘Claude’ series to Disney Junior network

Ulster Bank’s new £5 note will feature  Brent geese

Bank’s new sterling notes also feature ‘vertical’ presentation

The UK’s National Crime Agency has confirmed that it has submitted a file to the PPS and this file is now under active consideration. I

Potential charges against two suspects follows investigation by UK’s National Crime Agency into £1.2bn purchase of Nama’s Northern(...)

Feargal McCormack, elected president at its 130th annual general meeting, said businesses across the island are cautious.

Feargal McCormack says stability is needed to ensure international competitiveness

New deal agreed with the Unite trade union will protect current terms and conditions at Moy Park, including workers’ shift premiums.

Accord triggered after hundreds of workers walked out of chicken plants

The retail sector saw a significant slowdown in activity and new orders since the turn of the year. Photograph:  Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

However overall business activity growth was lower than expected in April

The Northern Ireland group that owns crisps and snacks company Tayto has expanded its operations in the UK with the acquisition of a vending company.

Montagu acquires Cambridge Vending in latest step into UK vending market

The Lagan Construction Group has 26 other companies which all continue to trade. File photograph: Alex Kraus/Bloomberg

Administrators estimate the Belfast-headquartered group has total debts of £45m

Shooting a “Game of Thrones” scene in Carnlough, Northern Ireland: Tourism NI estimates 120,000 visitors came to Northern Ireland in 2016 to see where the battles between good and evil unfolded.  Photograph; Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Key locations in Northern Ireland for TV series draw 120,000 people

The new Belfast operation will be the firm’s largest outside Cork. Photograph: iStock

Teamwork.com positioning business for Brexit

Northern Ireland and Scotland showed positive signs of house price growth last month, while London and the southeast and southwest of the UK saw prices drop. Photograph: iStock

RICS survey shows Northern Ireland’s residential property market bucked UK trend

Dr Graham  Gudgin and Ray Basset claim in “Getting Over the Line: Solutions to the Irish Border” the UK government should pursue the maximum facilitation (max-fac) arrangement – which involves using new technologies – to break through the Brexit impasse. Photograph: Brian O’Leary/RollingNews.ie

Policy Exchange paper claims frictionless border in Ireland entirely possible

ATG, which is based in Coleraine, is investing £1 million and recruiting an additional 14 staff to help increase its export sales.

Firm is investing £1 million and recruiting an additional 14 staff

Bombardier’s Belfast plant received a welcome boost with news that American Airlines has placed an order for a number of CRJ900 jets, large parts of which are designed and manufactured in Ireland. Photograph: Niall Carson /PA Wire

Parts of CRJ900 jets commissioned by American Airlines are built in Ireland

Invest NI has offered the Specialist Joinery Group financial support totalling £468,000 towards its latest project.

Firm to recruit new staff to help grow its business primarily in Britain and Europe

According to Applied Systems its latest recruits will be involved in developing software solutions and creating an eCommerce centre of excellence in Belfast.

Firm develops and licenses cloud-based software for the global insurance industry

“Although a Sainsbury’s/Asda double act – with a combined market share of 34.4%  – would not quite overtake Tesco’s lead, it would certainly level the playing field”

Tesco’s dominant position could be challenges, says industry expert

Consumers in the North are gearing up to splash their cash on holidays and furniture over the next 12 months.

Holidays and furniture on the agenda over next 12 months, according to a new survey

New parents can use the app to track their moods and check for symptoms.

Nuala Murphy, founder of Moment Health, encouraging people to check symptoms

The Customs House in Dublin, where Northern Ireland company Mount Charles recently won a services contract. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Abbey Theatre and the Customs House in Dublin among new business secured by Northern Ireland company

Clare Smyth of Core: “I have a great respect for what it takes to produce food, growing up with a farming background”

Clare Smyth, who earned three stars with Gordon Ramsay, has now opened Core

Northern companies have reported weak sales and order books. Photograph: Bloomberg

Survey finds many firms considering changing trading partners

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