WELCOME to the May edition of Business Month, where we’re already well into an exciting month for Northern Ireland and its economy.
We’ve been in the pink since the weekend, when international cyclists of the highest calibre sped through the streets of Belfast and beyond during the Grande Partenza of the Giro d’Italia.
But we are also looking forward to the Balmoral Show, which kicks off at the Maze outside Lisburn in a matter of days. We’ve taken Balmoral as a springboard for a closer look at the agri-food industry.
And, as news filters out that Moy Park, our biggest firm, could be partly-floated by its parent company Marfrig, our cover story considers whether the time is right for companies here to take the plunge and join the lonesome First Derivatives and UTV Media plc with a London listing.
We also consider how the new enterprise zone in Coleraine will work out, and have a close look at recruitment and cyber-security in our Focus On section.
Texthelp is featured in our SME section, we’re off to Dubai in our holiday section — plus, resident party animal The Chairman has been up to his usual tricks, while Nick Leeson discusses phone hacking in the Last Word.