Business in brief: Abbey branches out with 20 jobs
Abbey Insurance has announced plans to create more than 20 jobs, with three branches to open in the next year.
The company, which is the biggest locally-owned broker, opened a new store this morning on Boucher Road in south Belfast, with eight new jobs.
It now has 218 employees in 15 stores in Northern Ireland, after starting with one branch in Newtownabbey in 1973.
Design expo first for engineers
Engineering design company H360, part of SJC Hutchinson Engineering, is showcasing its expertise at the Engineering Design Show next month.
It is the first time H360 will participate in the industry expo, which takes place in Coventry on October 22 and 23, and is part of a targeted drive to increase its export base.
The firm, which is based in Kilrea in Co Londonderry, has more than 40 years’ experience in engineering.
Hughes scoops knowledge prize
A knowledge transfer partnership (KTP) between Queen’s University and Hughes Insurance was regional winner in this year’s KTP Awards in Belfast's Merchant Hotel.
Through KTPs, Queen’s works with businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the university’s knowledge, technology and skills.
Hughes chief executive Gareth Brady said: “The KTP was hugely successful for us, embedding new technology and expertise in our business.”
Law firm merges with consultancy
A Belfast law firm is to be rebranded after merging with a major UK risk and insurance consultancy.
BLM has announced it is joining forces with Campbell Fitzpatrick Solicitors which has offices in Belfast, Londonderry in Dublin, with the merger set to complete in late November. Campbell Fitzpatrick Solicitors will add 21 legal experts including eight partners to BLM’s business.