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

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

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