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

The Lloyds Banking Group is planning to reopen its Belfast Gasworks call centre “as soon as possible” after becoming the first major company in Northe(...)

St Patrick’s Day frolics. Irish holidaymakers may not spend like  Americans but they are less likely to be shocked by local prices. Photograph: Alan Betson

Sentiment is important, possibly nowhere more so than in tourism. One of Ireland’s strongest growing industries is no stranger to the sudden ebb and f(...)

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

Businesses are in revolt over the next draft budget for Northern Ireland ,which promises to deliver an additional £140 million (€163m) of new funding (...)

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

Pubs and restaurants in the North fear restrictions on selling alcohol over the Easter weekend will encourage customers to head south to enjoy new, re(...)

The chief executive of a leading Northern Irish hospitality organisation has said the North would ‘be the loser’ if the Republic changed its Easter licensing laws. File photograph: Cathal McNaughton/PA Wire

The chief executive of a leading Northern Irish hospitality organisation has said the North would “be the loser” if the Republic changed its Easter li(...)

Potato bread: Hospitality Ulster wants a more integrated tourism and transport strategy to help spread the tourist spend on food and drink more fairly around the North

Scallion potato bread might not yet be a staple on the menu in one luxury Bangkok eatery, but Belfast’s award-winning chef Michael Deane will hope to (...)

Belfast may have landed two Michelin stars this year, and enticed one of the UK’s celebrity chefs to come to the city, but latest research suggests 20(...)