Sinead McLaughlin, chief executive of Derry’s Chamber of Commerce: “AE Global is a great example of a local manufacturer that, despite the downturn in the economy, has spread its wings and grown its business across the UK.” Photograph: Trevor McBride

It may be considered by some as a portent of bad luck but in Kieran Connor’s case, Friday the 13th brought him nothing but good fortune. Connor, who (...)