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

St George’s Market in Belfast. Photograph: Eye Ubiquitous/UIG via Getty Images

Private sector in North the ‘least optimistic’ of any part of the UK, new survey shows

The new Primark store on Castle Street, Belfast, replaces the one burned down in August. Photograph: PA

Northern Ireland only region in UK to show an increase in number of shoppers

Dr Ciaran Richardson, head of research and development at Randox Teoranta. “There are fantastic career opportunities here in one of the most beautiful parts of the world – and the quality of life is second-to-none,” he says.

Company to host special recruitment drive on 24th

Imperva specialises in developing security products that protect organisations and government agencies from cybercriminals and cyberattacks in the cloud and on premises

New positions will be created in new Northern Ireland facility within five years

Primark’s landmark Belfast store was destroyed in a fire at the end of August.

Safety cordon in place since fire destroyed Primark’s flagship Belfast store

Rory McIlroy plays at Royal Portrush, a key plank in Tourism Ireland’s 2019 plan for the North. Photograph: Getty

Tourism Ireland had hoped 148th Open in Portrush would help drive record visitor numbers

Kainos is “well on the way to achieving a ninth consecutive year of growth”, says CEO Brendan Mooney. Photograph:  Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

‘Exceptionally strong performance’ for Belfast-listed tech company in first half of 2018

Inquiries into Project Eagle revealed that former Nama adviser Frank Cushnahan, Belfast solicitor Ian Coulter and US lawyers Brown Rudnick were to share €18 million if another bidder, Pimco, succeeded in buying the loans

Deal in which €6bn worth of property loans to a US firm for €1.6bn prompted a criminal inquiry

Bombardier workers in Belfast protesting at a US International Trade Commission decision earlier this year to impose tariffs on Bombardier aircraft in the US. Photograph: PA Wire

Canadian aerospace group reviewing operations around the world

Bombardier factory in Belfast: Canadian aerospace giant which employs more than 4,000 people in the city says the UK’s draft withdrawal agreement is an “important step forward”. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne

Industry giants say draft withdrawal agreement ‘better than crashing out’ of EU

Since British prime minister Theresa May revealed details of the UK’s divorce deal, there has been  growing support from business groups in Northern Ireland.

UK draft Brexit agreement finds support among large number of business bodies in NI

The North’s business leaders fear a “no deal” Brexit. Photograph: Bloomberg

Ulster Farmers’ Union cautiously behind agreement

Derry. Unemployment in Northern Ireland has risen.

Up to 80 jobs under threat in Antrim

Brexit worries are impacting on Northern Ireland’s growth.

Brexit risks and Stormont stalement blamed

Castle Court shopping centre in Belfast: the number of people shopping in some parts of Belfast has plummeted by more than 60 per cent since a major fire devastated Primark’s flagship store.

New retail figures show the high street is the most popular destination for NI shoppers

Bombardier is expected to offer more detail on the planned cuts over the coming weeks. Photograph: iStock

Canadian group plans to cut 5,000 roles from workforce

Primark in Belfast before it burned down.

Primark fire fallout continues to hurt Belfast business

Michelin aid it will offer its Dundee factory employees enhanced redundancy packages, early retirement measures and support to start a new career.

Workers moved to Dundee which is now shutting down

The new polymer notes will be “the single biggest change to Bank of Ireland banknotes in Northern Ireland in living memory”

Cleaner, more secure £5 and £10 notes to be issued by Bank of Ireland UK from February

Beannchor group founder Bill Wolsey: proposed new 52-bedroom hotel will be located at Lisburn Square.

Hospitality group to open 52-bedroom hotel in Lisburn

Among other deals, the UK Chancellor has set aside £2 million for the “recovery and regeneration” of Belfast city centre following the massive fire which devastated Primark’s landmark store at Bank Buildings in the centre of the city at the end of August

Latest boost for the North means that the overall Northern Ireland budget will jump to more than £11.7 billion by 2020

Trade union bosses claim workers at Bombardier’s five sites in the North are worried about the group’s “continued outsourcing and offshoring of jobs and functions”

Unite deliver ‘collective grievance’ document to management on Monday

The fire-damaged Primark store in Belfast.

Fire has led to ‘huge reduction’ in footfall

 Confederation of British Industry president John Allan speaking at  Titanic Belfast to  business leaders. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye

Managing director of meat processor Kepak Group says company has bought two businesses in the UK to maintain its supply chain

UK defence minister Stuart Andrew announces the contract award in Belfast

Thales will modernise air defence systems for the UK military

Seamus Leheny of the Freight Transport Association said there could be 4,000 commercial vehicles stopped at the Border every day  for documentary ID checks, with up to 50 per cent of these then subjected to physical inspections. Without a Brexit deal this could lead to “paralysis” at the Border. Photograph:  Getty Images

Grim picture of what life could be like after Brexit outlined to MPs

The latest M&A review in the North by business analysts Experian shows a 37.7 per cent year-on-year increase in the number of deals completed between January and September.

Commercial property action ‘subdued’

Mivan, was previously one of the North’s biggest construction companies.

Antrim company was bought out of administration by MJM Group four years ago

Artemis Technologies chief executive Iain Percy, Northern Ireland secretary of state Karen Bradley, Belfast Harbour chief executive Joe O’Neill and Mark Gillan of Artemis Technologies

Artemis plans to build a fossil fuel-free passenger vessel from Belfast Harbour

Porous liquids  contain up to 10,000 times the number of cavities that are found in other liquids.

Materials have potential to help address climate change

“This represented the largest increase (albeit from low levels) in the number of unemployed in six years.” Photograph: iStock

NI unemployment rate up from 3.5% at 4.3%, ahead of UK average for first time in a year

Chief executive John Cunningham said the company had an “ambitious and strategic growth plan”

Northern Irish firm develops and manufactures high-tech engineering solutions

According to InfraStrata: “Whilst a Brexit ‘No Deal’ generally increases uncertainty, the directors do not believe that it will affect this application”

InfraStrata’s plan is to provide more than 25% of the UK’s natural gas storage in a salt cavern in the North

Charred Primark store in Belfast city centre: safety cordon around site has split  busiest thoroughfare and the city centre in two.

Consumers 30% less active in North’s city since Primark flagship outlet fire in August

The CEF research shows an increase over the last six months in the number of Northern construction firms doing business in the Republic. Photograph: iStock

NI construction firms bemoan lack of functioning executive to decide on capital projects

The historic five-storey Bank Buildings in Belfast city centre devastated by  fire.

Retailer submits application outlining how it may use some of building’s original features

The Ulster University Economic Policy Centre has reduced its economic forecasts for the North. Photograph: Bloomberg

But beneficial deal would deliver 21,000 new jobs at least, says Ulster University

SHS’s brands include Merrydown Cider, Shloer and WKD. Photograph: iStock

Belfast-based SHS Group owns more than 100 consumer brands

Its latest set of accounts show MJM’s turnover outside of the UK totalled £42 million last year compared to £49.8 million a year earlier while in the UK MJM’s turnover also fell from £11.6 million to £7.4 million.

Company records slight increase in pre-tax profits

Christine Ourmières-Widener, Flybe CEO.

Carriers ‘forced to adopt a holding position’

Ulster Farmers’ Union: “The worst possible outcome for the farming industry is a no-deal”. Photograph: iStock

Ulster Farmers’ Union urges UK government to ensure hard Brexit avoided

Walkabout’s key Irish resource is in the Sperrin Mountains in Co Tyrone. Photograph: iStock

Walkabout Resources bought Irish portfolio last year

Foyle Port’s day-to-day operations straddle Derry and Donegal.

Legislation governing port predates partition

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

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