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Tesco NI: Desire for local

April 15, 2016 - 7:12 am in Featured Interview, Interviews

Sean Largey, commercial manager at Tesco Northern Ireland, takes the helm at the retailer's local commercial buying division in its 20th year. Describe your current job role: I lead a commercial buying team at Tesco Northern Ireland's headquarters in Newtownabbey,…

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Kaizen Brand Evolution: Bridging the gap

April 13, 2016 - 10:02 am in Featured Interview, Interviews

Connor McAuley, director at Kaizen Brand Evolution, talks about bridging the gap between business goals and the design needed to achieve them.  Describe…


Upstream Finance: Vision for growth

February 16, 2016 - 10:30 am in Featured Interview, Interviews

Judith Totten is managing director at Upstream Finance, a company which provides working capital finance solutions to SMEs. NI Business Now caught up…


Stateside visit spells success for social enterprise

February 10, 2016 - 8:31 am in Featured Interview, Interviews

The Titanic Creative Management team has just returned from the International Make Up Artist Trade Show (IMATS) in Los Angeles and we caught up with founder Nuala Campbell to find out if their trip had been a success. Nuala is a Belfast born and bred entrepreneur…

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Kua’Aina: The competition is evolving

January 19, 2016 - 7:38 am in Featured Interview, Interviews

Ed Bardos, co-founder of Kua ‘Aina Belfast, talks about standing out in an increasingly competitive market.    Describe your role: I am the Co-founder and MD (in all but name) of Kua ‘Aina restaurants in the UK. There is really nothing in the running…

Hercules Brewing Company ? Belfast?s first craft brewery and creators of Yardsman Lager - has added to its award-winning range, with the launch of a new craft Irish stout. Yardsman Original Double Stout is brewed in Belfast using only the finest local ingredients. It takes Yardsman Master Brewers almost four weeks to craft the perfect pint. The stout is brewed with freshly roasted barley and a range of high quality coloured malts, as well as Irish hops and water and is filtered through Irish linen. The stout is nitrogenated, which creates the undeniably creamy white head and a settled, clear but dark ruby black body. Following months of testing to craft the perfect small batch brew, Yardsman Original Double Stout is now pouring in a selection of top bars and restaurants across Northern Ireland including The Hudson Bar, Oh Yeah Centre, The Black Box and Bittles Bar in Belfast as well as The Millennium Forum in Derry-Londonderry. To keep up to date with Yardsman news and to join in the conversation visit Yardsman on  and on Facebook ?  Pictures by Stephen Hamilton, Press Eye.

Bringing a craft beer dream to reality

January 4, 2016 - 9:58 am in Featured Interview, Interviews

Niall McMullan, managing director at both Phoenix Premium Drinks and Hercules Brewing Company discusses his and his team’s journey bringing quality craft brews to Northern Ireland by building a portfolio of craft brands from around the world and establishing…

Steven Mealey, managing director of Ziggicig, launches the local e-cigarette company?s latest store in Newry, following a £100,000 investment. The expansion brings the number of branches Ziggicig has across Northern Ireland to 16 and follows the phenomenal success of the homegrown brand, which was born in 2010 and established as a limited company in 2013. The brand now employs 32 members of staff with a further 13 staff through reseller stores and has an ambitious growth strategy to expand its operations with the aim of opening 30 new stores by 2017, creating over 100 jobs and reaching its turnover target of over £6million.

Ziggicig: Big vision for 2017

December 4, 2015 - 7:53 am in Featured Interview, Interviews

With the wheels of growth already in motion, Steven Mealey, managing director of SM Innovation, talks about his big plans for the Ziggicig brand and the vision for 2017. Describe your role: The main bulk of my role revolves around the Ziggicig brand which…

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Chaka Travel: Try before you sell

November 24, 2015 - 6:49 am in Featured Interview, Interviews

 Ahead of the Irish Golf Expo this weekend we speak to Tim Ferris, marketing manager of the official partner for the event, Chaka Travel. Describe your role: I’m marketing manager at Chaka Travel, so I work closely with all departments in our organisation.…


Midas Jewellers: Work hard and work fast

November 17, 2015 - 7:31 am in Featured Interview, Interviews

Jim Conlon, proprietor at Midas Jewellers in Lisburn, talks about the red tape and bureaucracy behind working with diamonds. Describe your current job role: Procurement manager, accounting director, financial controller, marketing manager, sales man – as…

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Recruitment: Executive search and selection

October 6, 2015 - 7:56 am in Featured Interview, Interviews

Emma Kieran from 4c Executive Search talks about to NI Business Now about the world of recruitment and why it is important to love your job. Describe your role:  As a Search Consultant at 4c, I provide our clients with a valuable service that helps them…