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Belfast Telegraph's most-read business stories 2015: Uber, Marco Pierre White, Greggs and Harry's Shack

Published 29/12/2015

Adrian Hanna with Uber, the new taxi-booking app which launched in Belfast this year.
Adrian Hanna with Uber, the new taxi-booking app which launched in Belfast this year.
Marco Pierre White
Ten Square, Donegall Square South, Belfast, entered administration this year.
Bakery giant Greggs move to Northern Ireland made it to number six.
Boojum's sale made number five in our list.
US president Barack Obama places an order during a visit to Five Guys.
Tesco announced the closure of three stores in Northern Ireland
Harry’s Shack on Portstewart strand
Kent-born Made in Belfast founder Emma Bricknell
Made in Belfast restaurant
Made In Belfast restaurant

Millions of people flocked to the Belfast Telegraph's website from across the world over the past 12 months.

Here is our most popular stories for 2015 from our business desk:

Picking up at number 10 was our exclusive that global taxi operator, Uber, was to soon be available for hire in Belfast.

Read more: Uber taxi app giant to shake up cab industry in Belfast

Top Northern Ireland estate agent Gerry O'Connor had been declared bankrupt in February and the story was the ninth most popular in our top 10.

Mr O'Connor subsequently had the bankruptcy successfully annulled.

Read more: Court annuls estate agent Gerry O'Connor bankruptcy order

Celebrity chef Marco Pierre White's decision to take a bite out of the Belfast restaurant trade made it to number eight on our list.

Read more: Celebrity chef Marco Pierre White to open steakhouse in east Belfast

The story of Belfast hotel Ten Square entering administration was number seven in our countdown.

Read more: Belfast city centre hotel Ten Square enters administration

Wrapped in pastry and with a tasty filling at number six was Greggs' decision to open 50 shops across Northern Ireland.

Read more: Greggs bakers to open 50 shops across Northern Ireland

At five, was the news that Mexican fast food outlet Boojum was sold.

Read more: Burrito chain Boojum is sold: Belfast fast food Mexican success story taken over by new owners

News that - Barack Obama endorsed - burger chain Five Guys was to open a restaurant in Northern Ireland was fourth on our list of popular business stories.

Read more: Barack Obama seal of approval fast food restaurant to open in Northern Ireland

Tesco's decision to close three stores in Northern Ireland - including two in Belfast - was the third most popular business story of the year.

Read more: Tesco closing three stores in Northern Ireland: East Belfast and Ballymena outlets to shut

Popular Portstewart eatery Harry's Shack battered the competition to be named Ireland's Restaurant of the Year - only months after opening. It was our second most popular business story.

Read more: Harry's Shack: Portstewart beach restaurant is named Ireland's top eatery

Our most popular story of the year was back in January when the restaurateur behind Made in Belfast vowed to quit the city for Ibiza to escape the red tape and social attitudes of Northern Ireland.

Englishwoman Emma Bricknell said her would-be home in the sun was no utopia but would be an improvement on Northern Ireland - where she said social attitudes were going backwards.

While she vowed to leave the country, she said her businesses would continue to operate in the city.

Read more: Restaurant owner quits 'backward' Belfast for Ibiza

Top 10 most-read business stories 2015

Top 20 most-read news stories 2015

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