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

Ricky and Chris Martin, who own SkunkWorks Surf Company, launched their latest finance drive on Crowdcube hoping to raise £350,000.

Northern Irish company SkunkWorks raises £405,000 in one week

Belfast International Airport, which is being sold, is the largest airport in  Northern Ireland

Passenger numbers hit 5.84m last year with 600,000 of those passengers coming from the Republic to travel from Belfast

A Bombardier C-Series aircraft. Photograph: Alexandra Wey/EPA

Joint venture with Airbus on C-Series aircraft supports 1,000 jobs in the North

Galantas Gold is in the process of developing a gold mine in Tyrone. Photograph: iStock

Company is involved in development of controversial gold mine in Tyrone

The Crowne Plaza hotel, Belfast.

Move to create 41 jobs on opening

The authors say  a hard Brexit would result in the inspection of all produce, food and documents at border crossings. Photograph: Getty

New report says absence of controls central to healthy Irish food trade

The Titanic Experience in Belfast. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Visitor experience generates £160m in revenue for NI economy, claims chief executive

The Boyne Valley bridge on the M1.  The rise in new export orders  for the North’s  firms  in March was  driven by business with the Republic

New report shows there has been another fall in number of people shopping in the North

Fishing for eels in Lough Neagh. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fishery worried about eel-restocking programme and accessing European markets

Danske expects that the administration and support sector will be the fastest growing sector in Northern Ireland this year, expanding by 3.5 per cent.

Danske Bank suggests Brexit concerns and political uncertainty may be problematic

Belfast: First quarter saw a rush of food and beverage property deals

CBRE report highlights the sale of The Quays shopping centre in Newry as evidence of the continuing strength of ‘local and cross-B(...)

Angela McGowan said the movement of people, trade and services back and forward across the Border is part of everyday business life in the North.

CBI says multiple Border crossings part of everyday business life in North

Linwoods is making 90 people redundant as changing consumer habits impact its bakery division. Photograph: iStock

The company will lose staff from its bakery division as consumer habits change

Sprucefield retail park

Firm believes venture could create 300 retail jobs

Ford vehicles were among the most popular new cars sold in Northern Ireland in March. Photograph: Reuters/Shannon Stapleton

Motor industry data showed a 16.8 per cent drop in new car sales in the North in March

The Crown Bar in Belfast. Publicans and restaurateurs in the North are not happy with rules restricting alcohol sales over the Easter weekend. Photograph: iStock

‘If there are a couple of days of good weather, it’ll be even worse for us over Easter’

When Nortel failed, its defined benefit pension plan had more than 40,000 members but had been running a deficit of more than £2 billion.  Photograph: Reuters

Business collapsed in 2009 leaving 230 workers without redundancy pay

Figures show that small businesses, employing up to 50 people, account for 93 per cent of the total number of businesses that export to the State. Photograph: AFP / Paul Faith/Getty Images

New research shows small businesses are key exporters to the Republic from the North

Richard Ward, sales director; Caroline Willis, finance director and Paul Ward, sales director at Shelbourne Motors.

Shelbourne Motors currently employs 130

Belfast City Hall: the city council has said it had not entered into any formal discussions about Floral Hall with any investor or developer but would be keen to see it restored

Signature Living plans to include building as part of a potential £5m project

Although both high streets and retail parks both recorded footfall growth of 1.9%, NIRC director Aodhán Connolly said the latest figures were “not a cause for celebration”

Private sector in North continued to grow in February, but at a much slower pace

 Britain’s secretary of state for Northern Ireland Karen Bradley. Photograph: EPA/Will Oliver

Karen Bradley says £100m of the £410m budget to be spent on health transformation

Greencoat UK Wind (UKW) which was the first renewable infrastructure fund to list on the London Stock Exchange main market. Photograph: iStock

The London listed company is a sister operation to Dublin listed Greencoat renewables

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Ulster Bank find house prices continued to rise in Northern Ireland in February but  “sales expectations”  sank lower than at any time in the last five years. 

Survey finds buyer inquiries down with scant sign of new properties coming on market

Grant Thornton’s HQ in Dublin’s docklands: Grant Thornton has said it was establishing a new people and change consulting practice in the North

Announcement comes ahead of plan to expand it’s Belfast office

The best selling new car in the North during February and the year to date is the Ford Fiesta.

Ford Fiesta is best-selling vehicle

The report shows plumbers earning £41,942; roofers earning £40,270; plasterers earning £39,713 and bricklayers earning £38,042 while it shows grasduats such as pharmacists earning £42,252; dental practitioners £40,268; architects £38,228 and teachers earning £37,805.

Tradespeople make more money than university graduates, NI report shows

Northern Ireland has brought the gender pay gap down from 22 per cent in 2000 to 6 per cent in 2017. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

North brings gender pay gap down from 22% in 2000 to 6% in 2017, PwC index shows

The Royal Princess cruise ship, which will be the largest vessel calling at Belfast Harbour this year.

City expect to attract 200,000 tourists on 117 ship visits this year

Walkabout claims the Slieve Gallion licence shows signs of base metal mineralisation and gold. Photograph: iStock

Walkabout Resources has signed joint venture with Turkish-owned miner

Almac Craigavon investment: (L-R) managing director Almac Clinical Services, Dr Robert Dunlop, Almac chief executive Alan Armstrong, and Graeme McBurney, managing director of Almac Pharma Services

Contract pharma business to invest £20m in 95,000 sq ft facility

At the launch of Randox’s expansion plan were Dr Peter FitzGerald, managing director of Randox Laboratories, Sir John Bell, chairman of the UK government’s Life Sciences Industrial Strategy Board and Alastair Hamilton, chief executive of Invest NI

Expansion will focus on diagnosis of life-threatening and infectious conditions

The Lagan Construction Group has said there is a possibility that some of the jobs under threat could be transferred to joint venture partners and that some employees might also be relocated to other divisions within the organisation.

Up to 200 jobs could be under threat

Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation acquired Moy Park in September 2017 in a £1 billion deal.

Firm says its operation ‘may be adversely affected’ unless terms are as ‘favourable as those currently enjoyed

The average price of a house in Northern Ireland rose to £158,285 (€178,000) during the final quarter of 2017. Photograph: iStock

Belfast most expensive area with prices rising to over £163,000 on average

Overall container traffic, agrifood and aggregates trade all increased through Belfast Harbour last year. Photograph: iStock

Weak performance of sterling boosts some of North’s exporters

High inflation  not the only issue for Northern Ireland consumers

Danske Bank survey finds negative sentiment fuelled by price rises and political uncertainty

A Wrightbus double decker operating in Singapore.

Manufacturer cites downturn in orders as reason for job cuts

The number of people shopping in main streets and retail parks across the North declined 1.2%, while shopping centres suffered a large dip of 4.4%  in consumer figures. Photograph: Getty Images

Latest shopper footfall figures are worst result for January since 2015

 The Bombardier Aerospace plant in Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Call for UK government to carry out possible review of all its Boeing contracts

Agreed sales, buyer inquiries and instructions to sell all increased last month in Northern Ireland according to the latest RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) and Ulster Bank Residential Market Survey.

Research says there are more buyers than sellers

About half of Williams Industrial Services’s sales were to markets outside of the North, chiefly Britain and the Republic

Engineering firm collapses while mulitnational says it will shut plant

Bombardier’s Belfast factory. Manufacturing NI has warned that businesses cannot prevent an “EU skills drain” from the North and that a strong Euro is attracting EU nationals to relocate to work in other locations , with the Republic a popular destination.

Report says significant drop number of non-UK nationals could precipitate relocation

Brian Ambrose: the investment programme will “future-proof” the airport and will include upgrades of existing facilities including the hold baggage screening facilities.

Programme aimed at future-proofing airport will include upgrades of existing facilities

Strong performance from its operations in North contributed to record year for bank

Tourists at the Cushendun caves in Co Antrim, on a ‘Game of Thrones’ tour. Photograph: Mark Marlow/Pacemaker

Number of visitors jumped 25 per cent in nine months to September, figures show

Report shows 25 schemes are in development with 22 scheduled for competion this year

The inside of the Bombardier factory in Belfast which makes the CSeries wing. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne

Unanimous decision for Bombardier brings ‘huge sigh of relief’ from workforce in North

Kilroot power station: Its owner, AES Corporation, said the station could close by May. Photograph: Robin Somes

Electricity grid operators on both sides of Border cutting ‘capacity payments’ by 30%

Bombardier workers in Belfast. Trade unions in the North fear that US president Donald Trump’s “America First” trade policy will have an influence on the ITC vote on Friday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Delay to cause further stress for Bombardier’s 4,000-strong workforce in the North

Last month the number of people claiming jobless related benefits in the North increased to 29,200. Photograph: iStock

Northern Ireland’s jobless rate has fallen below the UK average to 3.8%

Airbus, one of the companies supplied by Moyola.  Photograph  PA Wire

Family-owned engineering company supplies Bombardier, Airbus and Boeing

Bombardier workers in Belfast at a rally  against proposed new US import tariffs on Bombardier’s CSeries jets. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

US International Trade Commission expected to publish decision this week

Photograph: iStock

New survey shows prices rose last month, a trend that is set to continue

Belfast City Hall. Photograph: Allan Baxter/Getty Images

‘The future isn’t as bright as it used to be’, says industry chief of NI employment outlook

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