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2015 Spending Review: Impact on Northern Ireland

November 26, 2015 - 8:47 am in In Depth

Key facts for Northern Ireland Confirmation of reduction of corporation tax rate to 12.5% £11bn block grant will be available for 2019/20 £600 million investment in infrastructure will bring tangible results in the future Commenting on the impact of the…


More ‘girl power’ needed from entrepreneurs

November 5, 2015 - 11:42 am in In Depth

Connor Sweeney, Seedcorn Competition Manager of InterTradeIreland, talks about the gender imbalance between the number of male and female entrepreneurs. …


Five tourism lessons Belfast could learn from Amsterdam

October 26, 2015 - 10:41 am in In Depth

As a general rule I tend to avoid city breaks. They don’t usually appeal to me. Give me a hot beach or a snowy slope any day of the week. However Amsterdam’s…

Jackie Henry

Northern Ireland’s ‘extraordinary’ economic potential significantly threatened by political instability

October 16, 2015 - 10:41 am in In Depth

Northern Ireland's economic potential over the next decade is 'extraordinary' but political instability threatens to hamper its development, according to a report by business advisory firm Deloitte and think tank Reform. The UK-wide report – The State of…

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Tourism: Success, survival and a story to tell

October 12, 2015 - 10:22 am in In Depth

Janice Gault, chief executive, Northern Ireland Hotels Federation, talks about the green shoots of tourism growth ahead of Hospitality Exchange this week.  Northern Ireland tourism appears to be very much on the up. Last year saw an increase in visitor numbers,…

John Armstrong

Uncertain outlook for NI construction industry

September 24, 2015 - 12:42 pm in In Depth

Just over a third (34%) of Northern Ireland's largest construction companies are struggling to stabilise their business activities, while 16% are operating in survival mode, according to the latest quarterly survey from the Construction Employers Federation…

Bob Barbour

NI’s economic competitiveness risks being set back years

September 15, 2015 - 8:11 am in In Depth

Northern Ireland's competitiveness is in danger of being set back years by political stalemate, an influential business organisation urges. The Centre for Competitiveness (CforC), which is chaired by former PWC Managing Partner Stephen Kingon and led by Chief…


UK-Africa trade corridor to be fuelled by Sub-Saharan ‘sleeping giants’

September 3, 2015 - 7:00 am in In Depth

Sleeping giant’ economies offer opportunity for UK exports to triple, reaching $3.6bn by 2020 South Africa is the stand out performer in inaugural Barclays Africa Trade Index, followed by Nigeria and Kenya Consumer spending totalled around US$1trn in Sub-Saharan…

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Northern Ireland firms in growth mode catching up with Ireland

August 17, 2015 - 8:04 am in In Depth

Firms continue to experience recovery across the island, albeit at a slower pace than in recent quarters. This is according to InterTradeIreland’s latest quarterly Business Monitor (April – June 2015) which showed that 83 per cent of firms are either stable…

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Majority of people in Northern Ireland want to stay in EU: Danske Bank poll

August 6, 2015 - 12:17 pm in In Depth

People in Northern Ireland are currently more supportive of the UK staying in Europe than people in Great Britain, according to a new poll of Northern Ireland residents conducted by Danske Bank. In June 2015 Danske Bank carried out a survey of 1,000 people…