Belfast Harbour Studios applied for planning permission to quadruple the size of its existing complex.

Top 1000: Until the crisis hit, studios in Ireland were not only thriving, but expanding. What next?

Andrew Rooney, managing director of Rooney Fish in Kilkeel, Co Down: 'I could be selling more into the Chinese market but I’m being hampered in doing so by transport issues'

Transport now the issue as Northern Ireland supplier looks to offset closures in Europe

Colin Neill of Hospitality Ulster beside closed bars and restaurants in Larne, Co Antrim. Photograph: Peter Morrison/PA Wire

Hospitality sector complains of being left to fend for itself due to delays in support money

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

Craigavon-based company involved in ‘emergency trials’ in US and other projects

Manufacturing NI, which counts some of Northern Ireland’s biggest companies including Bombardier among its member companies, said about 72 per cent of companies in the North have  furloughed more than half of their workforce.

Invest NI confirms 500 of its client companies have furloughed close to 30,000 employees

‘We use a variety of modes of transport to distribute packages to customers through our European logistics network,’ an Amazon spokeswoman says. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images

The retail giant says the route was established before the coronavirus crisis

Photograph: iStock

Clarus Financial Technology is headquartered in London and has R&D base in Belfast

Belfast Chamber chief executive Simon Hamilton said companies currently have to be in receipt of ‘small business rate relief’ in the North to qualify for one of the main Covid-19 schemes.

Companies struggling because of ‘funding gap’, business chiefs warn economy minister

Collins Aerospace, which is part of Connecticut headquartered United Technologies Corporation, is one of the North’s largest manufacturers.

Company employs 1,000 people and has place 50% of its workers on ‘paid leave’

Randox is currently working with the UK government to develop a new Covid-19 testing programme which will be offered to all NHS staff.

Antrim-based company offers ‘significant element’ of testing capacity to UK government

Last week Moy Park, which is one of Europe’s largest poultry processors, said it would create “hundreds” of temporary jobs at its Northern Ireland sites because of a “heightened demand for chicken produce”.

ABP and Moy Park employees protest over Covid-19 concerns, say unions

Bombardier says  the decision to halt production im the North will help it to “maintain as many people as possible in full-time employment”. Photograph: Getty Images

The aerospace group also plans to suspend all work at most of its Canadian operations until the end of April

The contract to produce scrubs for front-line NHS staff in the North will enable O’Neills to begin manufacturing again at its factory in Strabane.

Fabric produced at Dublin facility to have anti-viral treatment

Titanic Belfast is closed.

Lobby group warns that further job losses are inevitable

Moy Park believes many of the jobs would be “particularly suitable” for people who may have worked in the hospitality industry before.

Moy Park hiring hundreds of temporary workers to meet appetite

Northern Ireland’s  Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Executive considering ‘further measures’ to help firms

The Merchant Hotel. Its  owner Bill Wolsey says laying off staff was  “the toughest day of my life”

Beannchor Group among a raft of companies in the North letting workers go

A growing number of hospitality businesses are closing due to Covid-19.

‘There’s no money coming through the door, there’s no support ... people are distraught’

Randox  has developed a test which uses  biochip array technology to identify Covid-19 and differentiate it from nine other respiratory infections

Co Antrim company has escalate production of test kits in anticipation of countries testing more people, particularly in Europe

Macrete Ireland director Richard Hogg: ‘It is difficult to prepare for something when we don’t know what it will look like.’

Brexit Proof Q&A: Richard Hogg, director of Macrete

Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak announcing the budget in the House of Commons. The allocation for Northern Ireland was criticised by Minister for Finance Conor Murphy. Photograph: EPA/UK Parliament

Finance Minister and business leaders say UK budget falls short for North’s economy

The union Unite has urged the North’s Executive and UK airport authorities to protect jobs at Belfast City Airport by encouraging airlines to establish a base at the airport. Photograph:  Liam McBurney/PA Wire

A number of airlines have stepped in to take over the routes Flybe operated to and from the airport

“NI relies heavily on our business to connect it to the rest of the UK,” Capt Chris Robb told a special meeting at Belfast City Hall. Photograph: Andy Rain

Belfast City Hall meeting hears Flybe provides 1,000 jobs in North and 80% of flights

The Lloyds Banking Group’s Halifax call centre in Belfast, which employs 1,000 people, was temporarily closed to enable parts of the building to be cleaned.  File photograph: David Moir/Reuters

Staff asked to self-isolate or work from home after employee diagnosed with Covid-19

Sensée says its model of homeworking could become part of businesses’ continuity plan to deal with the day-to-day impact of the coronavirus.

Sensée jobs to be based in workers’ own homes across Northern Ireland

Loganair will fly from Belfast City Airport to Aberdeen and Inverness. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Scottish airline says it will operate flights to Aberdeen and Inverness

The £10m investment will result in more bedrooms and ‘state-of-the-art facilities’

Mellanox said the Belfast company would help it ‘strengthen leadership in security and data analytics’. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Belfast company based in Titanic Quarter says deal will pave way for tech advances

Ark Housing chief executive Jim McShane and Dominic O’Neill, corporate acquisition manager at Danske Bank

Ark Housing Association programme is being backed by Danske Bank and Stormont

Testing for the coronavirus. Photograph: AP

Northern Irish diagnostics firm sees strong global demand for its rapid testing kit

Paul Tweed, who has acted for numerous celebrities and senior political figures, is a partner in Gateley Tweed.

Company said purchase of Paul Tweed LLP will provide it with a ‘platform for growth’

Darren Bradley, co-owner of Nonna’s Wood Fired Pizzas in Derry, holding one of the bags of flour from Naples used in the restaurant. Photograph: Trevor McBride

Nonna’s Wood Fired Pizzas sources main ingredients across Ireland and Italy

McAvoy Group specialises in offsite building projects and is a major manufacturer of modular buildings

McAvoy Group has been in business for more than 50 years

Seopa, which was set up in 2003 by engineer and entrepreneur, Greg Wilson, was an “early pioneer” of online price comparison technology in the UK.

Invest NI backs project with £390,000

CBI NI director Angela McGowan said firms in the North wanted to see a system that was “both open and controlled, values people’s contribution beyond their salary and works for all parts of the UK”.

Proposed new policies could have ‘hugely negative impact’, CBI NI says

Cirdan, a Lisburn-based company, develops technology to support and speed up diagnosis for patients.

Cirdan to create 50 jobs following allocation from UK’s Growth Finance Fund

Aodhán Connolly, director of the Northern Ireland Retail Consortium (NIRC), said because people in the North have half of the discretionary income of households in Britain they “simply can’t afford costs rises” as a result of Brexit

Retail industry lobby group warns of impact of failure to secure ‘pragmatic’ Brexit deal

Krypton: One of the biggest productions to use the studio complex

Project has potential to support 1,000 creative industry jobs in Northern Ireland

The Bombardier factory in Belfast. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Northern Irish plant will continue to supply wings for Airbus A220

Tourism NI chief executive John McGrillen says there has been a reduction of more than 20 per cent in the number of people from the Republic visiting major tourist attractions like the Giant’s Causeway and Titanic Belfast. Photograph:  Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images

Stormont committee also hears many small businesses unprepared for customs workload

Belfast Harbour: City Quays is a  £250m development project to regenerate 20 acres of former shipping land close to Belfast city centre

Aflac Northern Ireland has signed lease for more than 11,000sq ft of office space at City Quays

Threatened strike action at Allied Bakeries could hit pancake supplies

Unite staff at Allied Bakeries in Belfast are pursuing 5% pay claim

According to Belfast Harbour it handles around 70 per cent of the North’s seaborne trade.

Facility dealt with 24 million tonnes of trade last year

Mark Crimmins, head of Ulster Bank in Northern Ireland, said that the jobs and the investment in the bank’s headquarters underline its commitment to the North.

Move will bring total headcount at call centre operations to 500

Titanic Belfast, which opened in 2012, currently has nine interactive galleries.

Economic impact of centre estimated at £60m a year

Kevin Kingston, Danske Bank UK CEO: “Demand for corporate and business lending overall was subdued as a result of uncertainty around the prolonged Brexit process.

However total income takes small dip

Even with CAP payments, farm income levels in the North “fell by 26 per cent in real terms” from £386m in 2018 to £290m  in 2019, according to the North’s Department of Agriculture.  Photograph: iStock

Estimates suggest that the majority of farmers rely on EU payments for at least 60% of farm income

Trevor Annon, chairman of The Mount Charles Group: ‘We’re on course to achieve our target of £100 million in revenue by 2025.’ Photograph: Stephen Davison

Brexit Proof Q&A: Trevor Annon, founder and chairman of The Mount Charles Group

Union leaders had warned that industrial action by the Hovis workforce in Belfast could have caused “considerable disruption” to bread supplies across Northern Ireland.

Management increase their initial offer to avoid all-out strike action

The British government is urging businesses to take action to be ready for a new trading environment by the end of the transition period on December 31st, 2020. Photograph: Hollie Adams/PA Wire

‘Millions of contracts’ have to be renegotiated, says legal services group Factor

Jack and Tracy Hamilton at their family farm in Comber Co Down.

Funding agreed with HSBC will go towards eco-friendly machinery at production facility

The UK’s Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle,  pictured on a visit to Bath University in 2018. Photograph: EPA/NEIL MUNNS

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Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter.

Campaign group says plan will ‘inflate rent prices and push more people out of the city’

Northern Ireland Minister of Finance Conor Murphy said the North is no longer pursuing a lower corporation tax rate. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Minister of Finance says tax cut would see loss in block grant and cuts to public services

The PSNI first asked the UK’s National Crime Agency in 2015 to investigate the sale of the Project Eagle portfolio to Cerberus

UK National Crime Agency investigating sale of Nama’s property portfolio in North

A planned strike at Hovis’ plant in Belfast is scheduled for Friday.

Bakery workforce of 250 supplies retailers including Lidl, M&S and Tesco

Kainos chief executive Brendan Mooney: The Belfast group’s mission statement is to “make people’s lives better through technology”.    Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Kainos employs 1,500 globally and its market cap exceeds £1.011bn

One bright spot on economic horizon concerns the NI public sector where return of the Stormont Executive will ‘help address the logjam in decision making’.  File photograph: Getty

North’s Minister for Finance Conor Murphy warns that £2bn deal dividend not enough

The NI Chamber said businesses in the North firmly believe their future prospects are very much dependent on the outcome of the ongoing Brexit negotiations. Photograph: iStock

A third of NI Chamber members say Brexit extension hit growth plans

According to the Ulster Bank PMI business in the North declined across all four key sectors in December.

Companies blame market uncertainty against the backdrop of Brexit

 Sinn Féin’s Conor Murphy, the  new Minister for Finance. He is  likely to be inundated by invitations from the North’s business community

Politicians told they need to move fast to reinvigorate a stagnant economy and build new infrastructure following three-year hiatu(...)

Sensata makes parts for the automotive and aviation industries. Photograph: iStock

Staff told they are being made redundant due to a “perfect storm of European market conditions”

The Dungannon-headquartered business has won a “multimillion pound” order to supply maintenance platform lifts. Photograph: iStock

Family-owned Mallaghan makes airport ground-support equipment

Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer Sajid Javid  leaves after a cabinet meeting on Downing Street on Tuesday. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Chancellor’s promised £400m boost already allocated in September, says Treasury

Brexit alert: Andor has detailed the potential impact of the UK’s exit from the EU on its operations.  Photograph: Simon Dawson/Reuters

Leading hi-tech firm in North has adopted strategies to lessen dangers when UK exits EU

Northern Ireland chamber of commerce president John Healy claims the lack of an executive at Stormont together with Brexit may further damage the local economy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

John Healy fears exit uncertainty and Stormont deficit will harm North’s economy

Shane Lowry after winning the 148th Open Championship at the Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters

Game of Thrones and Derry Girls also contribute to number of visitors as fans flock to locations

Boris Johnson at No  10 Downing Street following a meeting with the queen. Companies in the North fear he  will view his victory  as a signal that the “route is now clear” for his brand of Brexit.   Photograph: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg

Farmers remain concerned about how UK’s exit from EU will impact on their livelihoods

In the latest financial statement Norbrook outlined further investment plans to support its growth targets.

Manufacturing and supply-chain issues disrupted product supply during financial year

Researchers found the championship, which was won by Shane Lowry, had directly injected £45 million (€54 million) into the North’s economy. Photograph: Oisin Kendry/INPHO

Northern Ireland attracted over 230,000 fans and gained global media coverage

InfraStrata said it means the yard will be utilised from December 20th until the work is complete in January

The new contract is for annual inspection and maintenane on two vehicles

European Commission HQ in Brussels: final pre-Brexit EU payments under the Common Agricultural Policy worth £281 million.

Future of ‘significant cash flow boost’ to agricultural families at risk if UK leaves EU

The joint administrators of Harland and Wolff, Michael Jennings and Brian Murphy, said  they were pleased the sale of the business has completed.  Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

London-listed InfraStrata has formally completed acquisition of the assets of the Belfast shipyard

From left: Gavin Annon, head of sales and marketing and Terry Woods, commercial director, Mount Charles with Eileen Duggan, RTÉ’s sustainability and environmental services manager, and Philip Sangari, Mount Charles head of operations

Mount Charles will serve ‘home comfort’ food for staff in Donnybrook

Martin Symington: his Lisburn-based family business Pure Roast Coffee is planning to sell coffee to the Chinese.

Family roasting business signs joint venture to roll out coffee shops across Chinese cities

John Maguire: at the helm of Belleek for 26 years

MD oversaw acquisitions including Galway Irish Crystal, Aynsley and Donegal China

Wrightbus employed 1,200 people before it collapsed. Photograph: PA Wire

Administrators warn bank that amount owed will not be repaid in full

Derek Andrews from Invest NI with Karoline Gross, founder and chief executive, of Smartzer.

Move to create 16 jobs by firm with £80,000 in financial backing from Invest NI

An artist’s impression of the new 30,000sq ft Hinch Distillery in the grounds of Killaney Lodge country estate near Carryduff.

Terry Cross to create 40-plus jobs after selling packaging company for £80m in 2016

Harland & Wolf shipyard in Belfast.Photograph: Eric Luke

Infrastrata and Navantia sign memorandum of understanding that could bring shipbuilding back to Belfast

Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty

NI salaries pushed up 2.4%, helped by skills shortages, outstripping UK-wide rise of 1.8%

Ibec economist Hazel Ahern-Flynn, Bank of Ireland (BoI) economist Alan Bridle, BoI group chief economist Loretta O’Sullivan, BoI director of corporate banking NI Dale Guest and CBI deputy chief economist Anna Leach at the business briefing in Belfast on Tuesday.

‘Floundering’ economy in North needs ‘clear vision’ to unlock growth, business leader says

Wrightbus workers outside the plant in October as talks to find a prospective buyer continued inside. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty

First Group places £13m order for 55 buses destined for Leeds as Bamford takes over

According to the latest NI House Price Index the average residential property price is currently 4.9 times the annual gross earnings for a full time employee in the North.

Lisburn and Castlereagh city council area most expensive

SDC Trailers said it was unable to confirm how many jobs might be under threat at the company

Manufacturer which employs 650 in North says consultation is now under way with workforce about their future

Announcing its latest interim results the chief executive of Kainos, Brendan Mooney, said the company was “on track to deliver our tenth consecutive year of growth”

Belfast-based FTSE 250 company confirms acquisitions of businesses in UK and Germany

Harland and Wolff’s  cranes. InfraStrata wants to purchase the shipyard’s  assets because one of its subsidiaries is planning to develop a £400m gas storage facility in  Co Antrim.  Photograph:  Stephen Davison

Energy infrastructure group hails ‘transformational’ deal ahead of shareholder vote

Photograph: iStock

Retail and construction sectors worst hit, Ulster Bank survey finds

The Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

InfraStrata had previously been looking to secure additional debt funding

The North’s Department for the  Economy has highlighted the “disproportionate impact that restricting the flow of migrant labour from the European Economic Area would have on the Northern Ireland economy”. Photograph: iStock

North’s economy department warns on restrictive immigration regime

City of Derry Airport: some  200,000 passengers use it each year, and it is estimated that around 40%  of these are cross-Border passengers, chiefly from Co Donegal

Airport will need £6m in financial support if it is to continue to operate after March 2021

A giant steel name plate marks the entrance to the Titanic Belfast Experience in Northern Ireland.  Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

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InfraStrata  has paid a cash deposit  of £500,000 to the administrators to secure exclusivity over the Harland & Wolff assets. Photograph: PA Wire

InfraStrata says ‘due diligence and negotiations to satisfy the acquisition conditions’ are still under way

Danske Bank UK’s chief executive said business lending is ‘subdued’ in the North because of the continued uncertainty surrounding Brexit.  Photograph: Reuters/Fabian Bimmer

Danske says its larger business customers have been ‘delaying investment decisions’

A worker inspects an aeroplane wing in the Bombardier factory in Belfast. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

$1.1bn deal secures future of Belfast, Moroccan and Dallas plants

Businesses in the North remain unclear about what  Boris Johnson’s Brexit proposals could mean for them in the long run, industry leaders warned.

Long-term implications of proposed Brexit deal still unclear, industry figures warn

Following a £3.3 million payment this month InfraStrata is then scheduled to pay £2.2 million by April 20th, 2020.

London-listed group due to pay administrators further £3.3 million on Thursday

IoD NI chairman Gordon Milligan with Dr Katy Hayward of Queen’s University and KPMG’s  Frankie Devlin.

Senior industry figure says businesses need urgent clarity on what Johnson deal will mean for them

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