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Progressive announces new ‘direct engagement’ mortgage package

March 7, 2014 - 5:30 am in News

With the announcement by the Council of Mortgage Lenders that loans to first-time buyers have grown to their highest level in Northern Ireland since mid-2007, Progressive Building Society has committed to providing more flexibility and input for applicants…

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Firms urged to get ‘energised’

March 6, 2014 - 4:12 pm in News

Businesses must look at ways to reduce their energy consumption if they are to remain competitive – that was the message delivered this morning by one…

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Out-stranding projection for heritage cinema

March 6, 2014 - 3:15 pm in News

The famous Strand Cinema in East Belfast is home to the new Strand Arts Centre who have made their first significant investment to upgrade to its overall…

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Hutchinson Engineering sets the bar high with international accreditation

March 6, 2014 - 12:55 pm in News

Leading subcontract laser and metal fabrication firm, SJC Hutchinson Engineering, continues to set new standards in engineering with the receipt of two industry accreditations in recognition of their continual commitment to quality, precision and development.…

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Hamilton plans evaluation of Small Business Rate Relief

March 6, 2014 - 12:25 pm in News

Finance Minister Simon Hamilton MLA today has outlined his plans to evaluate the Small Business Rate Relief Scheme. Speaking to traders at a meeting of Lisburn Chamber of Commerce, the Minister highlighted the Executive’s support for businesses in the Lisburn…

Pictured left to right are: Philip Gillen (Pinsent Masons), Mike Mullan (CBI / Moy Park), Minister Stephen Farry, Kirsty McManus (CBI) and Gerry Campbell (Colleges NI)

Farry discusses skills agenda with CBI

March 6, 2014 - 9:36 am in News

Progress on reform of apprenticeships, the nature and scope of careers guidance and an update on the consultation on the reform of employment law in Northern Ireland are among the subjects that were addressed at a CBI breakfast briefing with Employment and…

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Sizzling knowledge for the food and hospitality sectors

March 6, 2014 - 9:20 am in News

In just a few days, the doors will open to Northern Ireland’s largest trade show – IFEX – a melting pot for all of those in the food, drink, retail and hospitality sectors over the three days (11 -13 March 2014). Taking place at the King’s Hall Pavilion,…

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McLaughlin & Harvey signs deal for wave and tidal power plants

March 5, 2014 - 3:30 pm in News

DEME’s marine engineering specialist GeoSea and local company McLaughlin & Harvey Ltd have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a period of 2 years to collaborate in the offshore installation works of wave and tidal turbines. The wave and tidal industry…


Ethical investors required to join renewable energy co-operative

March 5, 2014 - 12:45 pm in News

Northern Ireland’s only wind energy co-operative, Drumlin Wind Energy has launched its second public share offer. In 2012 the co-operative raised £2.7m to build 4 turbines across Northern Ireland and this year is seeking to raise a further £1.2m to…

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Help for community groups with tendering opportunities

March 5, 2014 - 10:00 am in News

A number of workshops for community groups looking at the process of tendering for contracts in the public sector are taking place in Belfast this month. The workshops which are free of charge will provide an overview of the procurement process, information…