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The PMST Apprentice of the Year 2011 Ross Getty (second right) of Newtownabbey, Co Antrim, accepts his award from Derek Poole (right), chairman of Plumbing & Mechanical Services Training. Also pictured at the glittering awards ceremony at Belfast City Hall this week are TV presenter Karen Patterson, who hosted the awards, and Albert Hamilton of Sharpe Mechanical Services, Belfast, who employ Ross
The PMST Apprentice of the Year 2011 Ross Getty (second right) of Newtownabbey, Co Antrim, accepts his award from Derek Poole (right), chairman of Plumbing & Mechanical Services Training. Also pictured at the glittering awards ceremony at Belfast City Hall this week are TV presenter Karen Patterson, who hosted the awards, and Albert Hamilton of Sharpe Mechanical Services, Belfast, who employ Ross
Graham Dillon of Tandragee, Co Armagh (centre), accepts the Adult Apprentice Award: Best Attendance at the PMST Apprentice of the Year 2011 ceremony held this week in Belfast City Hall. Also pictured are Keith Poole (left) of CHC Group, Craigavon, who employ Graham, and Nick Hayward of category sponser ATL
Ciara Walls of Whitehead, Co Antrim (centre), accepts the Adult Apprentice Award: Most Consistently High Exam Results, at the PMST Apprentice of the Year 2011 ceremony held this week in Belfast City Hall. Also pictured is Professor Jackie McCoy (right) of the University of Ulster, the category sponsor, and Nicola Cherry of Fusion Heating of Killyleagh, Co Down, who employ Ciara
Albert Hamilton (left) of Sharpe Mechanical Services, Belfast, accepts the Employer of the Year prize at the PMST Apprentice of the Year 2011 ceremony held this week in Belfast City Hall. Also pictured is Cathryn Hickey of category sponsor, Summitskills, Belfast
Kyle Moore (centre) of Belfast accepts the Adult Apprentice Category Winner prize at the PMST Apprentice of the Year 2011 ceremony held this week in Belfast City Hall. Also pictured is Duncan Whelan of Phoenix Energy Services, Belfast, who employ Kyle, and Clare Caulfield of Unite Learning Department, the category sponsor
Colin McComb of Belfast (centre), who won the Most Consistently High Exam Results prize at the PMST Apprentice of the Year 2011 awards, held this week in Belfast City Hall. Colin, whose award was sponsored by City & Guilds, is employed by Rotary Services Ltd of Mallusk. Pictured with Colin is Brian Weir (left) of Rotary Services and Dympna Trainor of City & Guilds
Ross Getty of Newtownabbey (second left) and Jason Clark (second right) of Hillsborough, joint winners of the Best Attendance category in the PMST Apprentice of the Year 2011 awards, held this week in Belfast City Hall. Ross is employed by Sharpe Mechanical Services and Jason works for White Engineering, Strangford. Also pictured are Albert Hamilton (left) of Sharpe Mechanical Services, Belfast, and Nicola Mallon of category sponsors, Belfast City Council
Jamie Allen of Belfast (centre), who won the Demonstrating Exceptional Persistence category at the PMST Apprentice of the Year 2011 awards, held this week in Belfast City Hall. Jamie, whose award was sponsored by Unite, is employed by Contract Services, Belfast. Also pictured are Danny McLean (left) of Contract Services and Jackie Pollock of Unite
W5, the interactive discovery centre at Odyssey celebrated 10 years of interactive fun and discovery recently with a special VIP reception. W5's Chief Executive Dr Sally Montgomery
W5, the interactive discovery centre at Odyssey celebrated 10 years of interactive fun and discovery recently with a special VIP reception. Tony Stevens - Urban Innovations, Paul Madden - Consarc, Joan McCoy - White Ink and Adrian Lutton - W5
W5, the interactive discovery centre at Odyssey celebrated 10 years of interactive fun and discovery recently with a special VIP reception. Rosalie Flanagan, Permanent Secretary DCAL
W5, the interactive discovery centre at Odyssey celebrated 10 years of interactive fun and discovery recently with a special VIP reception. Nuala McMenamin and Johanna Hopes, DOE
W5, the interactive discovery centre at Odyssey celebrated 10 years of interactive fun and discovery recently with a special VIP reception. Mr & Mrs Charles Fulton, Melanie Fulton and Gordon Hamilton
W5, the interactive discovery centre at Odyssey celebrated 10 years of interactive fun and discovery recently with a special VIP reception. Gillian Shields, Ian Wylie and Alina Ui Chaollai, Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland
W5, the interactive discovery centre at Odyssey celebrated 10 years of interactive fun and discovery recently with a special VIP reception. Dr Richard McMinn - W5 Board, Lord Mayor of Belfast Cllr Pat Convery and Margaret Stevens - W5
W5, the interactive discovery centre at Odyssey celebrated 10 years of interactive fun and discovery recently with a special VIP reception. Dr Howard Hastings - Chairman NITB, Robert Fitzpatrick - OTC and Dan Harvey - Chairman NMNI
W5, the interactive discovery centre at Odyssey celebrated 10 years of interactive fun and discovery recently with a special VIP reception. Dr Allister Walker - Chairman W5, Michelle Gildernew, Dr Howard Hastings and Dr Sally Montgomery - W5 Chief Executive
Peter Fitzgerald (centre), Managing Director of independent diagnostics company Randox Laboratories, joins Tatiana Zantsinskaya from Poland and Tanya Goncharova from the Ukraine at the Randox International Sales Conference currently being held at the Park Plaza Hotel, Belfast International Airport. Over 160 delegates are attending the five day event, representing over 30 countries including India, Italy, Russia, Vietnam and the United States of America. The conference is an opportunity to update global distributors and employees on new additions to the Randox product portfolio.
Peter Fitzgerald (centre), Managing Director of independent diagnostics company Randox Laboratories, joins Tatiana Zantsinskaya from Poland and Tanya Goncharova from the Ukraine at the Randox International Sales Conference currently being held at the Park Plaza Hotel, Belfast International Airport. Over 160 delegates are attending the five day event, representing over 30 countries including India, Italy, Russia, Vietnam and the United States of America. The conference is an opportunity to update global distributors and employees on new additions to the Randox product portfolio.
Iwona Zielinska from Poland, Luciano Colucci from Italy, Dr. Peter Fitzgerald, Managing Director of independent diagnostics company Randox Laboratories, Paulina Budnick from Poland and Hien Vu Minh from Vietnam at the Randox International Sales Conference currently being held at the Park Plaza Hotel, Belfast International Airport. Over 160 delegates are attending the five day event, representing over 30 countries including India, Italy, Russia, Vietnam and the United States of America. The conference is an opportunity to update global distributors and employees on new additions to the Randox product portfolio.
Tourism Minister Arlene Foster encouraged the tourism industry to promote a unified voice through the NI Tourist Board's ‘One Voice, One Team,’ initiative. Over sixty organisations have signed up to ‘One Voice, One Team,’ which calls on the industry to adopt a collaborative approach to champion the success of tourism. Pictured with Tourism Minister Arlene Foster are Howard Hastings, Chairman, NITB and Diane Poole, DFDS Seaways.
Start-Up Live gets ready for the road: Ulster Bank head of business banking, Henry Elvin, and Shauna Burns, the head of the bank’s Cookstown business centre, get ready to hit the road for a 14-date tour of networking and support events for new and emerging companies. Start-Up Live, organised by the bank in association with www.smallbusinesscan.com, will feature ‘business gigs’ in key towns and cities across the island, beginning in Londonderry’s Playhouse theatre on October 18. Other dates in Northern Ireland will include Belfast’s Innovation Centre on October 19, and Cookstown’s Burnavon Theatre on November 23. On stage will be local business people who have ‘been there and done it’ to share and discuss their experiences and mistakes with the audience of would-be and recently-established firms.
Leading industry figures gathered in Belfast to hear who has been shortlisted to the final stages of Northern Ireland’s only comprehensive industry awards – the Molson Coors Licensed & Catering News Awards. Stephen Miller and Katrina O'Reilly from the Miller Group
Leading industry figures gathered in Belfast to hear who has been shortlisted to the final stages of Northern Ireland’s only comprehensive industry awards – the Molson Coors Licensed & Catering News Awards. Russell Johnston and June Wilson from Sales Placement Contract People
Leading industry figures gathered in Belfast to hear who has been shortlisted to the final stages of Northern Ireland’s only comprehensive industry awards – the Molson Coors Licensed & Catering News Awards. Robert Cully (NITB), Colin Neill (Pubs of Ulster),James McGinn(The Europa Hotel) and Francis Brady (La Mon Hotel)
The recently extended and refurbished (3120 sq ft) Dunmurry Dental Practice was officially opened today by Donncha O'Carolan, Chief Dental Officer for Northern Ireland. Pictured are Roisin Malone, Ciara Short, Philip McLorinan, Brian Heading, Donncha O'Carolan, Debbie McLorinan, Sharon Boyle and Tracey Campbell
Leading industry figures gathered in Belfast to hear who has been shortlisted to the final stages of Northern Ireland’s only comprehensive industry awards – the Molson Coors Licensed & Catering News Awards. Denise Catney (Molson Coors), Sinead Doyle (LCN) and Paula Nesbitt (Molson Coors)
Leading industry figures gathered in Belfast to hear who has been shortlisted to the final stages of Northern Ireland’s only comprehensive industry awards – the Molson Coors Licensed & Catering News Awards. Suzanne Maginn (BVCB) and Naomi Dorrity (The Beer Shed,Coalisland)
Leading industry figures gathered in Belfast to hear who has been shortlisted to the final stages of Northern Ireland’s only comprehensive industry awards – the Molson Coors Licensed & Catering News Awards. Bill Penton,publisher of Licensed & Catering News and Niall McMullan, head of sales,Molson Coors NI
Leading industry figures gathered in Belfast to hear who has been shortlisted to the final stages of Northern Ireland’s only comprehensive industry awards – the Molson Coors Licensed & Catering News Awards. Conall Wolsey (Little Wing) and Tom Bell (Grange Wine Merchants)
Cash cow is bringing home the beef for a good cause. A coin-encrusted cash cow was handed over to Glenfarm Holdings by Ulster Bank after the company paid £3,500 for the beautiful bovine sculpture at an auction to raise money for charity Rural Support at the Balmoral Show earlier this year. Henry Elvin, head of business banking at Ulster Bank, which sponsored the show, handed the objet d’art over to Claire Thompson and Gary Millar of Glenfarm Holdings
Charities set to benefit from a room with a view. Charities are set to benefit from a room with a view in Belfast’s Donegall Quay as a developer opened up a penthouse in the Obel, Ireland’s tallest building. Karl Properties has joined up with the Lagan Boat Company to offer a tour of its top floor penthouse. Aaron Blackbourne, head of Karl Properties, said the £10 fee for the penthouse tour would go to charities beginning with Lagan Legacy, which will launch Northern Ireland’s first maritime museum later this summer. Karl Properties director Gayle Boyce joined Derek Booker, owner of the Lagan Boat Company, to launch the tour this week
Technology firm welcomes new chief. The chief executive of technology company CSR, which acquired Northern Ireland business APTX, visited Belfast yesterday. Joep van Beurden (left) met Jeremy Fitch, Invest NI managing director of business international (middle) and Noel McKenna, senior director of APTX. Mr Fitch said the acquisition, announced at the end of July, was a “strong endorsement” of audio tech company APTX and of Northern Ireland’s graduates and engineers
Cruise Belfast to bring 63,000 tourists here by October.Lord Mayor of Belfast Cllr Patrick Convery (right), Tony McAuley (left) of Belfast Harbour and Anne McMullan of Belfast Visitor & Convention Bureau (BVCB) welcome Captain Paul Wright of the Queen Victoria on its arrival to Belfast yesterday. Belfast will welcome 63,000 cruise tourists and crew between now and the end of October as part of BVCB and Port of Belfast’s Cruise Belfast initiative.
Anne Widdecombe Charity Lunch. Rosanne-Kelly,Anne-Widdecombe and Edel-Doherty
Anne Widdecombe Charity Lunch.
Anne Widdecombe Charity Lunch
BELFAST GETS READY TO DRIVE A VALUE SUMMER...Pat Lambe (front) from Value Cabs joined Stephen (back left) and Christopher McCausland from Value Cabs and Anne McMullan from Belfast Visitor & Convention Bureau (BVCB) to launch BVCB’s summer marketing campaign. It’s all about value this summer in Belfast with fantastic lead in prices from only £42* per room, per night, short break rates from £75pps* for two nights b&b and one evening meal, meal deals, free attractions and city tours. Value Cabs is also helping to drive the value message home by reducing its minimum fare from £3 to £2.40. For more information on summer in Belfast contact the Belfast welcome Centre at 47 Donegall Place, Belfast on 028 9023 9026 or www.gotobelfast.com
BELFAST GETS READY TO DRIVE A VALUE SUMMER...Christopher (left) and Stephen McCausland (right) from Value Cabs joined Anne McMullan from Belfast Visitor & Convention Bureau (BVCB) to launch BVCB’s summer marketing campaign. It’s all about value this summer in Belfast with fantastic lead in prices from only £42* per room, per night, short break rates from £75pps* for two nights b&b and one evening meal, meal deals, free attractions and city tours. Value Cabs is also helping to drive the value message home by reducing its minimum fare from £3 to £2.40. For more information on summer in Belfast contact the Belfast welcome Centre at 47 Donegall Place, Belfast on 028 9023 9026 or www.gotobelfast.com
Professional services firm Goldblatt McGuigan and the Belfast Telegraph are joining forces to host a post-Budget breakfast on Wednesday, June 23 in the Holiday Inn Hotel, Ormeau Avenue, Belfast. As well as providing guests with an overview of the Chancellor’s key announcements, the Goldblatt McGuigan team will be giving an analysis of the likely impact on the local business community. To launch the event, Belfast Telegraph business editor Lindsay Fergus joined Lyn Hagan from Goldblatt McGuigan. To attend the free event please email connellj@goldmac.com
Franchise course keeps entrepreneurs on the ball. Melanie Fitzpatrick (Ortus) and Heather Williams (Sportopps.com) think franchising could be a 'slam dunk' for business. Newtownabbey Borough Council has launched a business ‘coaching’ programme to help business owners and entrepreneurs tap into the potential of the Northern Ireland franchising market.
Students get set as Olympic countdown enters last lap. University of Ulster students Carla Hunter and Kyle Moffett get set for the School of Communication’s DIVA Address which takes place on June 18 in Jordanstown. Olympics chief Jackie Brock Doyle will discuss Northern Ireland’s role in the games and the challenges of organising the global event. The students are joined by Professor Marie Murphy (left) and Dr Diane Hazlett
Martin Blaney, managing director of Pierce Communications joins new media specialist John Richardson who has urged more companies to consider the benefits of internet marketing. The Co Down author of ‘Dream On: One Hacker’s Challenge to Break Par in a Year’, has gained international acclaim using social media and online PR to become a successful online entrepreneur. Mr Richardson made the remarks ahead of an internet marketing seminar to be hosted by Pierce Communications, on June 2
Stars of Women in Business to earn their Stripes. Local networking organisation Women in Business, supported by Invest Northern Ireland, is launching an event fresh from America, called ‘Speed Mentoring’, which will offer delegates direct access to some of Northern Ireland’s most successful female business figures in a series of 15-minute mentoring sessions. Women in Business has adopted the concept for its 2010 Business Forum, which will take place on May 20. Launching the event were Women in Business chair Edel Doherty, Heather Farley from Ulster Business School, Teresa Campbell from FPM and Zita Murnaghan of Invest NI
Almac, the Craigavon-based international drug development organisation, opened its doors to firms from the province, providing a showcase to learn about good health practices for employees as part of Business in the Community’s Opening Doors series. Pictured are Joanne McCauley, purchasing officer Almac; Arlene Donnelly, occupational health advisor Almac; Hilda Spiers, campaign manager from Business in the Community and Damian Farragher, Almac warehouse and shipping manager
The Arthur Guinness Fund 2010 unveil awardees. Cormac Lynch, chief executive of Camara Education and Sharon Vard, chief executive of Anam Cara, two organisations with operations in Northern Ireland, have been named awardees of the Arthur Guinness Fund 2010 each receiving 100,000. The charities will be using the money to extend their operations and increase their presence in Northern Ireland
Invest NI’s Vicky Kell joins Marturion chief executive Dr Andy Barr to mark the manufacturer’s G-Care business winning a significant contract to supply vital signs monitors to a medical supplies business in Kuwait. The Lisburn company followed up initial contact with Warba Medical made on Invest NI trade missions to Germany and Dubai. The contract was announced as a 17-strong group of Northern Ireland companies arrived in Abu Dhabi for a week long Invest NI mission that will include business meetings in Qatar and Kuwait
Armagh Gaol is to be transformed into a hotel in one of Northern Ireland’s biggest regeneration projects. And 19-year-old Southern Regional College student Damian Stephen (second left), who is studying interactive media, has designed its website. The revamped gaol, which was originally built in 1780 for female prisoners, common felons and debtors, will also house restaurants, retail units, a heritage centre and residential development. Damian showed off his creation in the gaol’s foyer with Laura Kavanagh, a tutor at SRC (left), Justin Edwards, SRC director of student services and Claire Shields of Armagh City and District Council
Conference Down Under raising the bar for advocates. Northern Ireland barristers Noelle McGrenera QC and Mark Horner QC are flying to Syndey, Australia for the Fifth World Bar Conference from April 1-4. Ms McGrenera will co-chair the conference while Mr Horner will join a panel to discuss the changing role of advocates
Top thinkers put heads together for economic seminars. Some of Northern Ireland’s top figures from the world of business and academia have come together for two major seminars hosted by Joint Independent Group for Study and Action (JIGSA) at Queen’s University Belfast. Economist John Simpson; JIGSA member and Deloitte partner Gillian Russell; and IoD Chairman Joanne Stuart were among those attending the think tank event, which discussed devolution, the Barnett Review of economic policy, NAMA arrangements and the UK’s fiscal deficit. Speakers for the event included Sir Gerry Loughran, Lord Paul Bew, Victor Hewitt and Mike Smyth
Translink has made a deal worth £7m for 48 new buses to run on rural routes. The deal was reached with Wrightbus and Scania. The contract is funded by the Department for Regional Development. Announcing the deal are Translink chief executive Catherine Mason, Regional Development Minister Conor Murphy (centre) and Dr William Wright, proprietor of Wrightbus
Paul Rooney, Chair, Business in the Community (BitC) with Colin Lewis, Deputy Secretary, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment and Susan Kinane, Managing Director, ESB Independent Energy at the launch of the Business in the Community's Correction Programme at the W5 Lecture Theatre. The programme is funded by ESB and aims to match small business owners with mentors from BitC member companies with the aim of sharing best practice and promoting responsible growth.
Elaine Barr and Stephen Love, Golden Charter’s National Funeral Planners of the Year
Enterprise Minster Arlene Foster has called on those with influence to join with Government in meeting the targets and ambitious goals for Northern Ireland's energy future. The Minister was addressing Energy Institute NI members at their annual dinner in the Culloden Hotel last night. Pictured at the event, left to right, are: Ciaran McGrath, Vice Chairman, Energy Institute NI Branch; Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster and Dan Sinton, Chairman, Energy Institute NI Branch.
Whites 1 International rugby star Rory Best and Alex Ruddock (aged 4) help Mark Gowdy, Marketing Manager of White’s highlight the importance of a healthy breakfast to mark National Obesity Week. The sports star who openly admits to eating a bowl of porridge every morning is supporting the local cereal processor, which makes Only Oats and Speedicook, spread the news that eating breakfast could help when it comes to weight control.
Launch of a £1 Million Big Lottery Funded Community Project for the area of South Belfast. From left to right: Paul McNaught, Marie McGarry, Cllr Michael McGimpsey, Karina Pieterson, and Jim Bailey.
Social Development Minister Margaret Ritchie has launched a design competition to build 70 of Northern Ireland’s most energy efficient homes, with Code 5 rating, at Killynure near Carryduff, Co Down. The competition is organised by DSD, the Housing Executive, Oaklee Housing Group and the Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA). The minister was joined by (left to right) Timothy Quin, vice-chairman of Oaklee Housing, Brian Rowntree, chairman of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and Frank McCloskey, director of the RSUA
Chris Avery of Ulster Bank and Kay McLorn of Blackstone Physiotherapy at the new Blackstone Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic in Moira. The company, which has operated in the town for more than a decade, has moved to larger premises with support from Ulster Bank through the Enterprise Finance Guarantee scheme. The move is allowing Blackstone to expand its facilities and offer clients an enhanced range of treatments and services
Jarek Zasadzinski, chief executive of Dungannon company Greiner Packaging
The Management & Leadership Network (MLN) is about to ‘take off again’ as a private sector supported initiative, funded by ‘champion’ firms in various sectors. Previously funded by the Department for Employment and Learning, the business initiative offers free support and resources to managers. MLN facilitator Bill Manson of Podiem was joined by champions Aaron Shimmons of Tartan IS and Jack McIlduff of Europa General for the relaunch.
New Weekly Farmers' Market @ Belmont Tower - East Belfast, Every Saturday starting 6th Feb 2010 from 8.30am
Paul Mayne, managing director of EOS Systems, and Mandy Martin, director of the Park Avenue Hotel, at the launch of EOS’s Target email marketing software which aims to turn email lists into sales for businesses. EOS Systems has launched the software to help |businesses to send effective email marketing campaigns easily. The east-Belfast based company provides IT support, maintenance and solutions to hundreds of Northern Ireland businesses, including The Park Avenue Hotel.
Mayor helps Bank of Ireland branch out. Belfast mayor Naomi Long officially opened the Bank of Ireland’s newest branch, on the Ormeau Road yesterday. She was joined by Pat Byrne, regional manager, and Paul Kelly, Ormeau Road branch manager. The new premises includes a private area for 365 telephone banking. The branch is manned by seven staff, including a dedicated business manager
Coors Light recently held a Battle of the Bars 2010 event at Larchfield Estate, where Belfast Bars battled it out to be named overall winner. Attached are pictures of the bars from Belfast .Pictured are bar staff from Ten Square Bar. The event was attended by 51 bars who battled it out on the Coors Light Blue Peak Challenge - Battle of the Bars 2010 to be named the champion of champions! Only one bar could win and that bar was The Hatfield in Belfast who walked away with the £1,000 cash prize.
Coors Light recently held a Battle of the Bars 2010 event at Larchfield Estate, where Belfast Bars battled it out to be named overall winner. Attached are pictures of the bars from Belfast .Pictured are bar staff from Tap House Bar. The event was attended by 51 bars who battled it out on the Coors Light Blue Peak Challenge - Battle of the Bars 2010 to be named the champion of champions! Only one bar could win and that bar was The Hatfield in Belfast who walked away with the £1,000 cash prize.
Coors Light recently held a Battle of the Bars 2010 event at Larchfield Estate, where Belfast Bars battled it out to be named overall winner. Attached are pictures of the bars from Belfast .Pictured are bar staff from Rockies Bar. The event was attended by 51 bars who battled it out on the Coors Light Blue Peak Challenge - Battle of the Bars 2010 to be named the champion of champions! Only one bar could win and that bar was The Hatfield in Belfast who walked away with the £1,000 cash prize.
Coors Light recently held a Battle of the Bars 2010 event at Larchfield Estate, where Belfast Bars battled it out to be named overall winner. Attached are pictures of the bars from Belfast .Pictured are bar staff from Mynt Bar. The event was attended by 51 bars who battled it out on the Coors Light Blue Peak Challenge - Battle of the Bars 2010 to be named the champion of champions! Only one bar could win and that bar was The Hatfield in Belfast who walked away with the £1,000 cash prize.
Coors Light recently held a Battle of the Bars 2010 event at Larchfield Estate, where Belfast Bars battled it out to be named overall winner. Attached are pictures of the bars from Belfast .Pictured are bar staff from McHughs Bar. The event was attended by 51 bars who battled it out on the Coors Light Blue Peak Challenge - Battle of the Bars 2010 to be named the champion of champions! Only one bar could win and that bar was The Hatfield in Belfast who walked away with the £1,000 cash prize.
Coors Light recently held a Battle of the Bars 2010 event at Larchfield Estate, where Belfast Bars battled it out to be named overall winner. Attached are pictures of the bars from Belfast .Pictured are bar staff from Lavery's Bar. The event was attended by 51 bars who battled it out on the Coors Light Blue Peak Challenge - Battle of the Bars 2010 to be named the champion of champions! Only one bar could win and that bar was The Hatfield in Belfast who walked away with the £1,000 cash prize.
Sean O'Kane, from O'Kane and Devine Construction, joins Billy Gilpin from Translink Metro and Don Brennan, a resident at Blackrock Homes, Newtownabbey, to launch the 'Translink Smart Movers' travel initiative, which aims to encourage new home residents to use public transport. Translink is offering Blackrock households a Translink Metro Smartlink card for one week's free travel
An East Belfast church is aiming to help local people who have lost their jobs spark their careers into life. Orangefield Presbyterian Church, on the Castlereagh Road, is hosting the ‘Jump Start’ advice clinic next Tuesday with advisers from Belfast Metropolitan College, Citizens Advice Bureau, DHSS, Diamond Recruitment, Northern Bank and Stepping Stone. The free clinic, which runs from 10.30am to 12.30pm, will offer advice on reorganising finances, traning and job-hunting. It was launched by the church’s Minister Rev Ken McBride and family worker Avril Hunter.
Falcon’s sales soaring for the summer Tour operator Falcon Holidays got the New Year off to a flying start with the news that holiday |bookings are up 10% compared to this time last year, despite the tough economic conditions. |Brendan Mallon, trade sales manager for Falcon Holidays, helps Melissa Patton brave the cold weather to launch Falcon’s new Summer 2010 programme
Peter Johnston and Ian Wilson from Wilsons Auctions celebrate the company being awarded a £4.5m contract with the Driver & Vehicle Agency in Northern Ireland to sell special registration numbers. The three-year contract will involve public auctions, sealed bid tender sales and an online sales facility offering plates. Wilsons also announced it is investing £2m in its UK operation and will create 20 new jobs, with plans to double the size of two sites in England and Wales
City's heritage Restored in new booklet. Social Development Minister Margaret Ritchie is presented with the new Heritage booklet Where Belfast Begins from the local traders association of King Street and Bank Square in the city at the Tall Man mural. Joby Fox of King Street Arts and Stephen Long from West Belfast Taxi Association joined the minister to launch the booklet, which was the culmination of the recent regeneration project ReStore, run by the Department of Social Development and the local traders.
Community shredding events to counter ID fraud. In response to a 62% increase in identity fraud cases in the UK First Trust Bank has teamed up with Shred-It Ireland to launch a new information security initiative. They will hold a series of community shredding events across Northern Ireland, the first of which will take place at the bank’s Crescent Link branch on January 20. First Trust information security manager Eamonn McCoy and Shred-It Ireland’s general manager Paul Kearns were on hand to launch the initiative in Belfast
Translink Metro is celebrating having won the National Arts and Business People Development Award for their Customer Service Training programme 'You are the Difference', presented at a prestigious awards ceremony in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.Showing off their Afghan made trophy back in Belfast are service delivery manager Damian Bannon, driver Brendan O'Hare and inspector Raymond Burns
Sainsbury’s has become the first multiple supermarket to stock Danny Boy Whiskey, a five-year-old premium whiskey which has been developed by Belfast’s most famous National Lottery winner, Peter Lavery. Mr Lavery (left) joined Michael McCambley, Sainsbury’s Northern Ireland commercial buyer and Michael Morris of Cooley Distillery to toast the deal, which will see the whiskey available in Sainsbury’s 12 supermarkets in the province.
Announcing the takeover of Cafe Rouge in east Belfast are Sebastian Makos,manager of Cafe Rouge, and Stephen Magorrian, managing director of Botanic Inns
Tom AIMS to help local manufacturersMissouri businessman Tom Gordon joins Jenny Palmer of Lisburn City Council and councillor William Humphrey to launch the Advanced Industry Saving Programme (AIMS) programme, which helps manufacturers reduce costs by improving the flow, quality and sustainability of materials. Mr Gordon, from Missouri Enterprise, is the guest speaker at workshops in Dunmurry’s Beechlawn Hotel this week
Mark Smiley, director of mobile car valeting company Total Perfection, revs up for the Top Gear Live Show in Dublin with the hit television show’s mystery racing driver ‘The Stig’. The Ballymena company, started only 18 months ago, has secured a contract to clean more than 100 of the world's most expensive super cars including Ferraris, Bentleys and Maseratis at the show which takes place in Dublin's RDS from Thursday to Sunday
Zelda Sacoto and Ewen Friers of local band 'Axis Of' were amongst the first to try out Ulster Bank's new banking 'app' for the iPhone, which is launched today. iPhone users were given a demonstration of the app at The Oh Yeah Music Centre in the Cathedral Quarter, which has hosted gigs for the likes of Elbow, Gary Lightbody, Tim Wheeler from Ash, and Duke Special. This is the first banking app offered by a Northern Ireland bank. It allows users to manage their bank account via their iPhone.
Baileys has unveiled a new take on its iconic bottle to celebrate the festive season: every bottle comes wearing an elegant red bow, making it the perfect instant gift. To celebrate the launch of Baileys Red Bow bottle, celebrity stylist Patricia Field has exclusively designed a stunning Red Bow Dress design, which was inspired and worn by Sex And the City star and style icon Kim Cattrall.
DEL conference is tailor-made for budding managers Michael Gould, assistant director of Skills & Industry Division, Department for Employment & Learning (DEL) and Raymond McAuley, acting head of management development branch DEL, welcome special guest speaker Pierre-Yves Gerbeau to the first Made Not Born Management and Leadership roadshow at the Hilton Hotel, Templepatrick. For more information visit www.delni.gov.uk/madenotborn
Foyle Film Festival Opening Screening Martin Bradley, Bernie McLaughlin, Paul Fleming, Anne Crilly, Gerard McSorley.
Christmas appeal for children launched Business in the Community’s Cares programme has launched its Cares At Christmas appeal with charity Action for Children to help companies and individuals make a difference to vulnerable youngsters. From left to right are Sam Davidson, human resources director at sponsors Henderson Group, Maureen Taggart, chair of Cares Leadership Team and Louise Ward-Hunter, strategic director of Action for Children. To register interest in the appeal, email caresni@bitcni.org.uk
The outstanding global performance of Northern Ireland accountancy students has been recognised at the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Awards in Belfast. Not only did three local students take top place in Ireland but there were also three performances in ACCA’s global top ten and a further five in the top 20. Hazel Bradbury joined Keith McManus, president of the ACCA’s Ulster Branch to celebrate coming 8th out of 24,000 global participants and first in Ireland in the audit assurance exam.
Revamped Stena vessel ship-shape for Scotland voyage Former Miss Northern Ireland Judith Wilson puts the finishing touches to the Stena Navigator to ensure it’s in ship-shape condition for its first voyage since its return. The upgraded Stena Line ship sets sail from Belfast to Stranraer tomorrow. The vessel, which caters for both passenger and freight traffic and has a capacity of up to 1,500 passengers and up to 280 cars or 50 lorries, means the ferry company now offers up to 14 crossings on the route each day. The addition of the Navigator and a £2m upgrade programme, which has been carried out in Belfast Port over the past month, represents a total investment in the route of over £6m
Independent record label and management company Smalltown America from Londonderry has become the 2009th small business to sign up to Bank of Ireland’s Essentials for Business package. The package, designed to support the growth of small businesses and start-ups in Northern Ireland, has attracted more than 100 businesses a month since its launch. Andrew Ferris of Smalltown America — seen above with Ian Stone from Bank of Ireland — said the firm selected BoI to help its expansion plans as it prepares to enter the North American market in the next 12-18 months
Celebrating the two year funding commitment by Compass Group UK and Ireland to support the Junior Chefs’ Academy are left to right, Andy Aston from Compass Group UK and Ireland, Roisin McKee from People 1st the sector skills council for the hospitality and leisure industry, Jade Smyth from Ballynahinch a graduate Junior Chef now studying Professional Cookery at South Eastern Regional College and Alison Crothers industry supporter and chef proprietor of the Buck's Head in Dundrum.
Innovative student Cathy wins top placement prize Business studies student Cathy Keenan Is the winner of the Ulster Business School’s 2009 Annual Placement Innovation Awards. Cathy completed her year-long placement at Belfast City Council where she identified that the council could engage further with students to promote business start-up as a viable career alternative. Cathy organised a student enterprise fair which led to the development of an ongoing student enterprise programme and a joint business networking initiative with the University of Ulster Alumni Association
Martin Murphy, managing director of Hewlett Packard in Ireland joins Jimmy Stewart, director of C2k to announce that HP has been awarded a £24m contract for managed services to C2k. C2k is the public |sector body tasked with the delivery of education technology services to schools in Northern Ireland. The contract, awarded by the Western Education and Library Board, means HP’s involvement in the C2k project extends from five to seven years and covers the provision of email hosting, help desk services, video conferencing services and a virtual learning environment for school children
Bushmills in £2.6m stores roll-out Bushmills has completed its £2.6m investment in new maturation warehouses, which increases the Distillery’s storage capacity by another 44,000 barrels of whiskey. The build is part of Diageo’s £10.5m investment in the brand since it acquired Bushmills in 2005 and follows the recent installation of its new Potstill and Mash House, as well as the unveiling of its new bottle design. The warehouses were unveiled by Colum Egan, Bushmills’ Master Distiller, and Denis O’Connor from Patton Group, the building contractor.
Search for the RICS Project of the Year is under way Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors director Ben Collins launches the RICS Northern Ireland awards for 2010 with Anne Donaghy, Ballymena Borough Council chief executive, and mayor James Currie at the council’s Braid Arts Centre, which was the RICS Project of the Year in 2009. The awards aim to encourage greener development and buildings that make a positive impact on local communities, with specific categories for sustainability, community benefit, conservation and regeneration. Other winners included the Riverside Regeneration Project in Omagh and the Flowerfield Arts Centre in Portstewart. The awards are open for entries until January
Ulster Museum restaurant a roaring success Proving the Northern Ireland population has an appetite for history, the operators of the Girona restaurant in the newly re-opened Ulster Museum announced it has served more than 8,500 meals in the week since it opened. John McNally (pictured), owner of the Stonebridge Good Food Group which was contracted to manage the catering operation in the museum, put the high numbers down to quality, price and a successful opening
Boots staff set to hit the high notes for cancer charityAlan Erwin (right), pharmacist manager from the Sandy Row branch of Boots, and his band Universal Remedy will be hosting an evening of music at the King's Head tonight to raise money for Breast Cancer Care. They will be joined by Pretty Ginger, a band featuring Graeme Arthur (left) from the Boots UK marketing team in Northern Ireland, as well as singer-songwriter Ruth Trimble (centre), pharmacist manager at the Oldpark Road branch of Boots. Boots UK has raised £3.7m for Breast Cancer Care over the last 12 years
Martyn Scott from the Department of Finance & Personnel, Paula Keelagher from brites and Brian Steen of the Central Procurement Directorate welcome the first delivery of brites wood pellets to the Stormont Estate. Enniskillen-based manufacturer Balcas has won a contract to provide the pellets to five Government buildings across Northern Ireland. The conversion of the buildings to wood fired heating is part of a wider Government initiative to assess the viability of a variety of renewable technologies
With the help of Aer Lingus cabin crew Victoria Collins and Aer Lingus business development manager Andrea Hunter, event manager of the 2010 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon Claire O’Reilly (centre) will this weekend travel to New York to drum up support and attract entries for the May Day bank holiday race, a major driver for the local economy. Sponsors Aer Lingus are providing free flights to New York and Amsterdam that will help market the event internationally
Bob Barbour from the Centre for Competitiveness and Niall Casey from Invest Northern Ireland look forward to World Quality Day on November 12, when Google’s operations director Steve Lusty and Pierre Cachet, chief executive of the European Foundation for Quality Management, will be among the speakers at an Invest NI supported event in Belfast’s Malone House. Speakers will address local private, public and voluntary representatives on the importance of innovation and quality strategies.
Craigavon-based dried fruit and nut company Forest Feast is hoping its product range will both do the trick and go down a treat with shoppers this Halloween through the continuation of its successful partnership with Sainsbury’s in Northern Ireland. Nicola Getty from Sainsbury’s commercial team and Tim McVicker, commercial director of Forest Feast, announced the supermarket has increased its turnover by 10% with Forest Feast, primarily through its speciality Halloween range, which has contributed to a 28% uplift in the company business
Belfast-based Sysco Software has doubled its export business with support from Invest NI. As a result, the company has secured a position in the 2009 Microsoft Dynamics President’s Club which recognises Microsoft Business Solutions partners that perform in the top 5% worldwide. Pictured are Ian Topping and Paul Bingham of Sysco Software and Alastair Hamilton of Invest NI
Northern Regional College has put together an informative guide for its 1,000 staff on equality and diversity to mark Anti-Racist Workplace week. NRC director Trevor Neilands and students Aaron Conner and Samantha Agnew launched the guide.
Siobhan Lynch, commercial director of Mount Charles, and Trevor Annon, managing director of Mount Charles, launch the company’s first ‘We Make’ at Junction One. ‘We Make’ is a new retail catering brand launched by independently-owned catering firm Mount Charles
Launching People 1st’s new schools targeted ‘hospitality ambassadors’ initiative are (from left), Roisin McKee (People 1st’s Northern Ireland manager) entrepreneur Bill Wolsey and Belfast Welcome Centre travel advisor Emma Smyth, both of whom have signed up to the new scheme. People 1st is recruiting tourism and hospitality industry ‘career ambassadors’ who have a successful track record and are passionate about championing the industry to the next generation of employees/recruits across Northern Ireland
John McNally of the Stonebridge Group gives National Museums Northern Ireland’s head of commerce & trading, Jim Berkeley, a taste of the food that will be on offer at the Ulster Museum. The Stonebridge Group, based in Armagh, has been appointed the Ulster Museum’s catering company in a new, three-year contract. The Ulster Museum will reopen on October 22 following a £17m rejuvenation
Invest NI chief executive Alistair Hamilton joins entrepreneur Ashley Crothers of Dogalicious and business mentor Jason Shankey to try his hand at dog grooming on a Seeing is Believing visit organised by youth charity The Prince’s Trust. The start-up business has been supported by the Trust’s Business Programme, which is funded by Invest NI and the European Regional Development Fund. Ashley was unemployed for nine months before approaching the organisation for support
Trevor Campbell (right) from the Patton Group is presented with the overall award at the Construction Employers Federation’s Specify Construction Excellence awards 2009 by Stormont Junior Minister Gerry Kelly and CEF President Chis Carvill (left) at an awards ceremony at the Culloden Hotel near Belfast for its work on Wellington Street Presbyterian Church in Ballymena
DIAGEO’S GREEN INITIATIVE A HIT IN ENVIRONMENTAL ARENA Eamonn Keaveney, director of the ARENA Network, is joined by Paul Miller, Moore Dempster and Joanne Doak from Diageo on one of Business in the Community’s Environmental Best Practice visits. The visit by ARENA, the environmental arm of BITC, was to let representatives from other firms see first hand green initiatives Diageo has introduced. Since 2004 the site has reduced its waste to landfill by 47% while increasing manufacturing packaging volumes by 9.3%. Attendees arrived on a low emission, fuel efficient Translink bus
Ian Finnegan, Michael O'Hare and Stephen Sproule. Accountancy firm O’Hare Finnegan celebrated joining the ASM Horwath group with a launch evening on Wednesday 30 September. The move marks a positive step forward for each firm, widening both their expertise and client base.
Jitterbug Jackson joins Sean Paul O’Hare and Elsie McLoughlin of Féile an Phobail and Jeff Tosh, regional director of Tennent’s NI, at the launch of Outside the Box, a programme of arts-based training for the business world. The programme plays out over five training workshops which are delivered through the medium of the arts, including orchestra performance, magic, theatre acting and creative writing. Each module focuses on specific business skills such as communications, problem solving, lateral thinking and presentation. Festival organisers Féile an Phobail designed the training for its long-term sponsor Tennent’s NI, formerly InBev Ireland, as a way of motivating and invigorating its sales team. In August C&C announced it was buying the businesses of Anheuser-Busch InBev in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland for £180m
Bayview Farm Cottages, a £500,000 development of five-star tourist cottages near the Giant’s Causeway, has achieved 100% occupancy in its first summer of trading. Invest NI contributed £57,000 towards renovating the three cottages, which were converted from an original 19th century farm courtyard. Kevin McCann, Invest NI’s director of tourism, congratulated general manager Lorna Boyce on the success of the site, which attracted visitors from the UK, the Republic, Europe and the US
Tourism Minister Arlene Foster has urged the Northern Ireland tourism industry to focus on enhancing the visitor experience in the province to capitalise on increased demand. The minister was speaking at the ‘Visitor Inspired’ tourism showcase in Belfast, organised by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board to display the work NITB has been doing over the last 18 months. She was joined in the Titanic Quarter by Howard Hastings, chairman of the NITB, and Fra Gunn, aka Ernie Calvert, the ‘night concierge’
Belfast Lord Mayor Naomi Long was on hand to officially open the Playtime Activity Cafe at the Connswater Retail Park in east Belfast. The indoor play centre and cafe caters for under sevens and their parents and has created 16 permanent full and part-time jobs. The Playtime Activity Centre is set to employ more staff during peak periods such as Christmas and other holidays
Lynn McCourt, senior manager for business improvement at Bryson Charitable Group, was amongst the speakers at a Centre for Competitiveness event in Belfast where businesses heard how the social enterprise has boosted turnover by 133% in the last five years to £19.6m. She is joined by Bryson Group chief executive John McMullan and Jim Perry of CforC outside Bryson's Bedford Street headquarters. The organisation employs 600 people in Northern Ireland and delivers services to more than 500,000 each year
Gregory Cade US Fire Administrator, Kieran Patterson CEO Lightstep, Kay Goss, US Director of Emergency Management and Sir Cliff Bragdon, Florida Institute of Technology at the company's European headquarters in Dunmurry.
Belfast businessman Greg Wilson, managing director of Seopa, has launched a new price comparison website exclusively for the Northern Ireland marketplace, CompareNI.com. Seopa, which also owns Quotezone.co.uk, is on target to achieve £3m turnover this financial year. The company employs nine people
Design teams involved in the development of three local health and social care buildings have been congratulated by Health Minister Michael McGimpsey following their success at the Design & Health International Academy Awards in Singapore. Knockbreda Health & Care Centre (pictured), Belfast, and Altnagelvin Area Hospital (south wing) in Londonderry won awards in the international health care project category, and the Bluestone Unit in Craigavon was awarded in the mental health project category
Mike Irvine, head of Davy NI, and Mary Trainor, director of Arts & Business Northern Ireland, announce the call for entries for the Davy Portrait Awards 2010. Following the success of the inaugural awards last year, stockbrokers Davy in association with Arts & Business, are continuing to champion innovation and excellence in contemporary portrait painting in Ireland. The deadline for submissions is October 30
'Social Development Minister Margaret Ritchie has called upon businesses to participate in Employer Supported Volunteering schemes, and she is leading by example. Margaret Ritchie joined a team of volunteers from her Department's Voluntary and Community Unit to spruce up the Trojan Mobile community facility in Downpatrick through Business in the Community's Cares scheme.'
Robert O'Brien and Emily Greenhill of Baronscourt Technologies are joined by Invest NI’s Des Gartland to mark the Londonderry company’s new plans to increase exports to global markets including the US. The firm has announced plans to invest £165,000 to expand its software development operation over the next three years, backed by £65,000 from Invest NI. Baronscourt has developed market leading software for clients in the private and public sectors to ensure compliance with risk management requirements
Queen’s University yesterday played host to over 60 female executives from across Northern Ireland who attended the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) breakfast seminar to learn how to unlock their own creativity for future success in business. Mandy Martin, owner of The Park Avenue Hotel, Patricia O’Hagan, managing director of Core Systems NI, and Ellvena Graham, director of operations at Ulster Bank, were among those taking part in the discussion
Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster, Paul Rooney, Partner, PwC and (right) Alistair Hamilton, Invest NI at this year's Northern Ireland Economic Conference.
Queen's Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Gerry McCormac with Mark Nodder, Wright Group managing director, during a visit to Wrightbus. Queen's works closely with the Ballymena-based bus manufacturer as one of its partners in a £1.5m project to develop surveillance systems for public transport as well as on ways of optimising the performance of hybrid bus engines. The visit ,part of a series of university roadshows , aims to build on Queen’s existing links with the area and to enhance dialogue with its key stakeholders
Paul Rothwell, managing director of Podium 4 Sport, puts one in the back of the net as he announces that the Northern Ireland sports equipment provider has invested £70,000 in local sport over the last 12 months. As well as supplying sporting equipment to schools, councils, clubs and teams across the province, Podium 4 Sport has also sponsored the new Coaching Breakthrough workshops in association with Sport Northern Ireland and the Ulster Sports Acade
Belfast Harbour chairman Len O’Hagan and Regional Development Minister Conor Murphy mark the completion of a £3.2m roads upgrade |carried out by Belfast Harbour on two of the port’s busiest roads. The work on a 2km stretch of Dargan Road and Westbank Road means the harbour’s main ferry and container facilities are now connected to the M2 at Fortwilliam via an unbroken four-lane carriageway. It has improved access for the almost two million hauliers and ferry passengers who use the routes annually
Caterer Simon Dougan of The Yellow Door shows off an innovative promotional DVD serving platter used at catering events. Simon is giving a master class at the ‘In Any Event’ conference and exhibition at the Europa Hotel on October 6. Also on hand are event organiser Michael Jeffrey and keynote speaker Alistair McGowan, who led the team which secured the World Police & Fire Games for Belfast in 2013
Co Down engineering firm John Huddleston Engineering has saved over £20,000 on consultancy costs through staff training with South Eastern Regional College. Mark Huddleston welcomed the savings with SERC’s Wesley Williamson and Olivia Kennedy, who helped develop the Business Improvement Techniques course for the manufacturing staff at Huddlestons. The course aims to help employees minimise waste and improve productivity to help them gain an edge on the company’s competition
Christine Boyle (left) from Women in Business and Ellen Johnston (centre) from Invest NI get into the Olympic spirit with Mary Davis, managing director of the Special Olympics for Europe, who helped get the organisation’s new event programme for autumn 2009 off to a flying start. Taking time out between engagements in Brussels and Limerick, Ms Davis visited Belfast to provide inspiration and encouragement to more than 80 female entrepreneurs at an Invest NI funded event. She spoke about her career and how she leads the Special Olympics management team in 58 countries
MLAs Patsy McGlone and Mitchel McLaughlin joined John Armstrong from the Construction Employers Federation to kick off the 10th anniversary of the Construction Excellence Awards. The Showcase of Finalists event, held at Victoria Square, was attended by a range of construction industry stakeholders. Winners in the 14 main award categories will be announced at an event on October 8 at the Culloden Hotel. Mr Armstrong said: "The finalists' projects on display today really bring home the widespread and positive impact the construction industry has on life in Northern Ireland."
David Henderson, managing director of Tobermore Concrete, met with Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster at the company's headquarters. The minister praised the recent successes of the company, which manufactures concrete, paving and landscape products and is a client of Invest NI. It has enjoyed strong growth in recent years, thanks to its emphasis on innovation and efficient working practices, she said.
Centra brand manager Nicky Kelly joins Ulster U19 rugby players Jonathan Corscadden, Jonathan Rowan and Stephen Irvine to announce that the retailer Centra has extended its support of Ulster Rugby by becoming official sponsor of the Ulster U19 club's team. The new sponsorship deal involves branded kit for players, as well as advertising in match programmes and on the pitch at Ravenhill.
Balcas, the manufacturer of brites wood pellets, will join forces with Action Renewables to deliver a specialist one-day conference at the Manor House Hotel in Enniskillen on Sept 30 which is aimed at advising local businesses and the building industry on how they can cut energy costs and reduce their carbon footprint by switching to renewable technologies, in particular wood pellets.
Bluegrass Music Festival organiser Richard Hurst gives Allan Duncan, director of the Silverbirch Hotel in Omagh, a demonstration of the music that will be played at the festival from September 4-6, helped by Ulster American Folk Park visitor guides Audrey Walker and Marion Russell. The local business has come onboard as a sponsor of the award-winning festival, which last year provided a big boost to the tourism industry by attracting 10,000 people. The Folk Park, part of National Museums Northern Ireland, organises and hosts the weekend-long festival, which features performers from throughout Europe and the US
Bangor businessman Stephen Downey, who owns the franchise for US chain Auntie Anne's Pretzels in Northern Ireland and the Republic, has announced plans to expand to 7 further outlets after a year of successful trading in Belfast's CastleCourt shopping centre. Mr Downey said shopping centres in Newtownards, Bangor, Londonderry, Craigavon, Belfast and Newry are keen to add the brand to their centres. He believes if the franchises are taken up the new outlets have the potential to create as many as 100 new jobs.
Julie Maguire, marketing director of Hastings Hotels, and Jo-Anne Crossley, director of sales and marketing at the Park Inn, join Graeme Farrow, director of the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen's, to celebrate the forthcoming launch of the 47th Festival. The event, which generated £8m into the Northern Ireland economy last year, runs from October 16-31
In picture from left is Mark Hutchinson, Managing Director of Hutchinson Engineering, with Des Gartland, Invest Northern Ireland's North West Regional Office Manager.Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrison Photography
McElwaine Group founder John McElwaine (second left) with Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster, Julian Kuczala from Bosch Security Systems and the Republic's Minister for Health Promotion Aine Brady at the announcement of the firm's deal with Bosch. McElwaine has also won a contract to provide security at the new Fermanagh hospital.
Claire Hughes from Co. Antrim, was the winner of Tayto's latest competition with this class entry: "I would like to be the Tayto Ambassador in cities of the European 'Onion', and would rename flavours as I travel, Salt & Venice, Ready Salzberg, Warsaw Sauce, Barcelona & Onion, Prague Cocktail, Crete & Onion, and my favourite Paris in the Spring Onion." Claire is pictured with local sports reporter and presenter Joel Taggart. The prize includes £5,000 travel vouchers to fly the flag for Tayto Nation!!!
Putting their weight behind the Ulster Tatler People of the Year Awards... Stephen Lynch from Complete Gyms and Piers Hoskins from Ulster Tatler risk sparring with four time UK strongest man Glenn Ross to announce Complete Gyms' sponsorship of the sportsperson of the year category. Last year's winner was retired Ireland and Ulster rugby player David Humphreys. The Ulster Tatler People of the Year Awards take place at the Waterfront Hall on 24 September.
Robert Leatham from Russell's Shop 4 You, Crumlin and Maeve Fox from Action Cancer.
US Consul General Susan Elliott (centre) joins Dr Diane Hazlett from University of Ulster and Peter McKittrick from the US Consulate, to officially launch the 2nd Distinguished International Visitors Address. The University has confirmed award-winning former CBS broadcast executive and US Congressional press secretary Professor Michael Freedman, executive director of the Global Media Institute at George Washington University, as guest speaker at the June 26 event, to be held at the university's Belfast campus.
Ian Doherty (17, from Londonderry) and Melanie McNally (18, from Ballymena) with Minister for Employment and Learning, Sir Reg Empey MLA. The Give and Take scheme, which is run by Include Youth, provides training and support for 16 to 21 year-olds who have difficulty accessing mainstream training
Mark Brown (20, from Richill, Co. Armagh) and Gail McKee (19, from South Belfast) with Minister for Employment and Learning, Sir Reg Empey MLA. The Give and Take scheme, which is run by Include Youth, provides training and support for 16 to 21 year-olds who have difficulty accessing mainstream training
Paul Scott (19, from North Belfast) and Shanna Roy (17, from East Belfast) with Minister for Employment and Learning, Sir Reg Empey MLA. The Give and Take scheme, which is run by Include Youth, provides training and support for 16 to 21 year-olds who have difficulty accessing mainstream training
Mike Todd, Down Royal Manager, gives Rainbow Telecom Directors Eric Carson and Martin Hamill the opportunity to get a close look at the facilities on offer at Down Royal racecourse, which has this year seen a 16% increase in sponsorship revenue despite the economic downturn
PANI UU Student Workshop awards. Winners for Visual Communication and CAM (Front) Stephanie Walker, Eilis Scally, Rachael Keys, Heather Black, and Ariel Body. (Back) - Fiona McMahon (CAM Lecturer), Liam McComish (Visual Communication) and Aodheen O'Donnell (CAM Lecturer)
PANI UU Student Workshop awards. Mentors of the awards Stephen Morris (Ardmore), Desie Derby, Tara West (Deputy Creative Director Genesis), Kirk Moffett (ASG) (back) Jacqui Cullen (Fire IMC) and Windsor Arnold (AV Browne Group)
PANI UU Student Workshop awards. Winners for Visual Communication and CAM: Stephanie Walker, Eilis Scally, Rachael Keys, Heather Black, and Ariel Body.
PANI UU Student Workshop awards. (back) Desie Derby (Client Service Director Fire IMC), Hugh Black (Victoria Square), Jacqui Cullen (Fire IMC) and David Leiton (Fire IMC). Winners for Visual Communication and CAM: Ariel Body, Stephanie Walker, Ellis Scally, Heather Black, Rachael Keys
Rt Hon Dr Ian Paisley MP MLA, Ian Paisley Junior MLA, InterTradeIreland Chairman Dr David Dobbin, and Stephen Gamble, MD of Steve's Cakes. Antrim-based Steve's Cakes, just one of over 150 businesses that attended InterTradeIreland's recent 'Time for Business' event in Ballymena. The event was the fifth in a series of InterTradeIreland roadshows which aims to help local business increase their sales, develop products and processes, and raise equity finance
Allen Johnston (right) from Blue Sky Renewables Ltd who won Best Export category at the Lisburn City Business Awards held at a gala dinner held in the Island Centre on Thursday 28th May 2009. Allen receives the award from John Steen (left) from Bank of Ireland
The Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Tom Hartley, enjoys a guided tour of air traffic control operations by George Best Belfast City Airport Chief Executive, Brian Ambrose, during the First Citizen's recent visit to the airport
Newry based Property Development Company ParkerGreen International held its most recent Advisory Board Meeting in Galway City to coincide with the arrival of the Volvo Round the World Yacht race contenders. Dr Gerard O Hare, Director of ParkerGreen is co sponsor of the Irish entry the 'Green Dragon'. Pictured is ParkerGreen Advisory Board Vice Chairman Bertie Ahern with Dr Gerard O Hare and other Board members on the Green Dragon.
Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Naomi Long, chats to Sharon Smyth from the Central Procurement Directorate at the 'Meet the Buyer' convention in Belfast's Waterfront Hall. Organised in partnership with the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce, the event is part of the council's Local Sourcing Initiative and offers support to suppliers in the city.
The Institute of Accounting Technicians in Ireland (IATI), the leading all-island professional body for accounting technicians, held its Annual Dinner for the first time in Northern Ireland, at the Culloden Hotel, Belfast. The Institute also used the special occasion to unveil its new corporate brand identity - Accounting Technicians Ireland. At the event: Jason O'Connor, Director of Marketing; Gay Sheehan, Chief Executive and Ann Campbell Crombie, President of the Institute - who is also company secretary and accountant at Lunn's Jewellers, Belfast.
A sMASHing success: Tracy Hamilton, co-founder of the award-winning Comber based food company Mash Direct with Martin McBride, NI Committee Chairman of the Marketing Institute of Ireland announcing details of the MII's Business Breakfast 'Marketing Success in Difficult Times', which takes place on 17 June in the Hilton Hotel. To register for the event visit www.mii.ie/en/cev/87
Nikki Cartmill and Racecourse Manager Mike Todd cast an ‘approving eye’ over the final stages of Down Royal’s £3.75m upgrade programme which will significantly enhance the track’s hospitality offering, making it one of the most prestigious horse racing facilities in Ireland. The new state-of-the-art facility will feature a 500 capacity suite on the ground floor and 11 new private boxes with a capacity for 16 guests each.
Hamilton Shipping has become the first company in Northern Ireland to be granted Authorised Economic Operator or AEO status. Pictured receiving their AEO certificate from Gareth Stranagan, HMRC NI Trade Development Liaison Officer, are Hamilton Shipping Directors, Tracey Newman and Gareth Jess
Launching the Larne Borough Business Awards 2009 are Pamela Ballantine, Larne Mayor Bobby McKee and Larne Borough Council Director of Development Linda McCullough.
Gerry and Debby Armstrong at the launch of chic new restaurant CoCo, Linenhall Street, Belfast
Professor Li Shirong (Incoming President of Chartered Institute of Building) going on a factfinding tour of the Carvill Group's Woodbrook site with Chris Carvill.
Sandra Corkin, Managing Director of Oasis Travel, collects her prestigious glass trophy from leading UK travel representatives (L-R) Peter Healey, John Hardings and Andy Freeth, after the travel agent was named Northern Ireland Small Agent of the Year at the national Agent Achievement Awards 2009. The award recognises achievement and excellence among top performing travel agents across the UK and Sandra collected the award at a gala ceremony in London’s Royal Lancaster Hotel which was attended by more than 500 guests from the travel industry.
Nigel Briggs (Managing Director, Musgrave Retail Partners), Geoff Johnston (Regional Manager, Musgrave Retail Partners), Paul Heenan and Ryan McCaughan (SuperValu Rathfriland), David Neill (Denny's, Award Sponsor) and Nigel Maxwell (Sales Director, Musgrave Retail Partners). SuperValu Rathfriland won the less than 8000 sq ft category as well as being named SuperValu Store of the Year.
Belfast-based public affairs company Stratagem has gone carbon neutral. Quintin Oliver, Gráinne Walsh, Gary McKeown and Claire-Anne Irvine of Stratagem, which has funded the planting of almost 300 tress through the Woodland Trust to offset its carbon emissions.
Barry Holland (Regional Manager, Musgrave Retail Partners), Angela Biesty (Centra Ballymoney), Paul Diver (Coca- Cola, Award Sponsor) Glenn Biesty (Centra Ballymoney), Nigel Briggs (Managing Director, Musgrave Retail Partners) and Nigel Maxwell (Sales Director, Musgrave Retail Partners). Centra Ballymoney won both the Food Market category and the overall Centra Store of the Year accolade.
Sounding out a better future for the school children of Kibaale, Uganda: Melissa Patton with Drumming and Percussion Master Martin Nsiah and Rushmere Shopping Centre Manager Martin Walsh ahead of the Rushmere Africa Day on Saturday 25th April.
Newcomer of the Year Moran's SuperValu Ballykelly. Nigel Briggs (Managing Director, Musgrave Retail Partners), Brian Ross (Regional Manager, Musgrave Retail Partners), Donna Moran (SuperValu Ballykelly), Andrew Maxwell (Cadbury's, Awards Sponsor), John Moran (SuperValu Ballykelly) and Nigel Maxwell (Sales Director, Musgrave Retail Partners).
More than 8000 sq ft category winner - Trolan's SuperValu Ballymoney. Geoff Johnston (Regional Manager, Musgrave Retail Partners), Patsy Trolan and Nicola Farrell (SuperValu Ballymoney), David Neill (Denny's, Award Sponsor) and Nigel Maxwell (Sales Director, Musgrave Retail Partners).
Centra High Convenience category winner McGoveran's Centra, Malone Road, Belfast. Barry Holland (Regional Manager, Musgrave Retail Partners), Orla McGoveran (Centra Malone), Paul Diver (Coca- Cola, Award Sponsor), Donagh McGoveran (Centra Malone) and Nigel Maxwell (Sales Director, Musgrave Retail Partners).
Flying High: Phileas Fogg, aka Belfast's Christian Orr, returns from his travels to re-launch the Phileas Fogg snack brand with an 'Around the World in 80 Days' competition which is set to bag someone in Northern Ireland a crisp £1,000 cash! For a chance to win, entrants should post a photograph of themselves holding a Phileas Fogg packet while holidaying in any corner of the world, to 'Around the World in 80 Days' Competition, c/o Duffy Rafferty Communications, 18 Heron Road, Belfast, BT3 9LE or email alana@duffyrafferty.com. All entries must be received by 15 June and photographs are non-returnable. The Phileas Fogg range is renowned for using authentic ingredients sourced from origin, including Ireland which contributes an Irish Cheddar with Onion Chutney flavoured pack.
Pat McLaughlan with his box of Tayto Cheese and Onion crips. Pat was one of the winners of the Tayto competition with the Belfast Telegraph in which he won a years supply of Tayto Cheese and Onion.
Lauren Allison with her box of Tayto Cheese and Onion crips. Lauren was one of the winners of the Tayto competition with the Belfast Telegraph in which she won a years supply of Tayto Cheese and Onion.
Lauren Allison with her box of Tayto Cheese and Onion crips. Lauren was one of the winners of the Tayto competition with the Belfast Telegraph in which she won a years supply of Tayto Cheese and Onion.
Will Jackson with his box of Tayto Cheese and Onion crips. Will was one of the winners of the Tayto competition with the Belfast Telegraph in which he won a years supply of Tayto Cheese and Onion.
Lesley McCoy with her box of Tayto Cheese and Onion crips. Lesley was one of the winners of the Tayto competition with the Belfast Telegraph in which she won a years supply of Tayto Cheese and Onion.
The current Face of Man-Grooming for Men, Mr Alan Crawford was presented with a Tissot Gent's watch on Friday 20th March 2009 at Ona Jewellers, Lisburn Road, Belfast.
Caoimhe O'Sullivan celebrates the launch of REAL D'Lites. The light snack has 70% less fat than standard potato crisps and contains only 83 calories per 20g bag. They are available in two flavours: cheddar cheese & red onion, and vine ripened tomato & herb and offer the perfect crunchy on-the-go snack.
Caoimhe O'Sullivan celebrates the launch of REAL D'Lites. The light snack has 70% less fat than standard potato crisps and contains only 83 calories per 20g bag. They are available in two flavours: cheddar cheese & red onion, and vine ripened tomato & herb and offer the perfect crunchy on-the-go snack.
Caoimhe O'Sullivan celebrates the launch of REAL D'Lites. The light snack has 70% less fat than standard potato crisps and contains only 83 calories per 20g bag. They are available in two flavours: cheddar cheese & red onion, and vine ripened tomato & herb and offer the perfect crunchy on-the-go snack.
Claire Galvin (Fresh Trading Manager) and James Laws (Trading Director, Musgrave Retail Partners NI) with Seamus Doherty and Sean Looby (Doherty and Gray)
James Laws (Trading Director, Musgrave Retail Partners NI) with Seamus Doherty (Doherty and Gray).
THE CANDY MAN... David Moore of Aunt Sandra's Candy Factory on Belfast's Castlereagh Road treats Mary Jo McCanny (left) of the Belfast Visitor and Convention Bureau (BVCB) and Lynsey Mark of the Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) to some candy delights at the launch of the NITB's new spring campaign which is encouraging Northern Ireland residents to look no further than their own 'doorstep' when it comes to taking a short break or holiday this spring. The new campaign challenges people to explore and rediscover a range of famous and lesser known attractions from all over the province. More details are available on www.discovernorthernireland.com which contains information on a wide range of attractions and events, and accommodation offers from as little as £55 per person sharing for a two-night short break.
THE CANDY MAN... David Moore of Aunt Sandra's Candy Factory on Belfast's Castlereagh Road treats Mary Jo McCanny (left) of the Belfast Visitor and Convention Bureau (BVCB) and Lynsey Mark of the Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) to some candy delights at the launch of the NITB's new spring campaign which is encouraging Northern Ireland residents to look no further than their own 'doorstep' when it comes to taking a short break or holiday this spring. The new campaign challenges people to explore and rediscover a range of famous and lesser known attractions from all over the province. More details are available on www.discovernorthernireland.com which contains information on a wide range of attractions and events, and accommodation offers from as little as £55 per person sharing for a two-night short break.
EXPLORE MORE... Lynsey Mark of the Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) paid a visit to Aunt Sandra's Candy Factory on Belfast's Castlereagh Road to launch NITB's new spring campaign which is encouraging Northern Ireland residents to look no further than their own 'doorstep' when it comes to taking a short break or holiday this spring. The new campaign challenges people to explore and rediscover a range of famous and lesser known attractions from all over the province. More details are available on www.discovernorthernireland.com which contains information on a wide range of attractions and events, and accommodation offers from as little as £55 per person sharing for a two-night short break.
Bring Back The Sunshine: Falcon babes Jenny Curran (left) and Nikki Cartmill are bringing the sunshine back to a cold and frosty Northern Ireland with the launch of Falcon Holidays' new summer 2009 programme, which is packed with special offers for early bookers to make their summer holiday more affordable this year.
Jonathan Cummings (JC Recruitment) & John McCallister MLA lend a hand at the Belfast Royal Academy Duke of Edinburgh Award, 19th Annual Mournes Clean-up and Environment Day.
Janine Brown (Apex Clinic) with Sam and Patricia Goldblatt at The Apex Clinic's 10th Anniversary celebrations
Tackling workplace stress: staff from TODD Architects, Belfast, who got into the spirit of the Samaritan's recent fund raising 'Stress Down Day' by donating money in return for wearing their slippers to work. From left are: Bryan Patterson, Chris Morgan, Graham Wills, Daragh Coleman, Peter Robinson, Claire Lavery, Julie Dunn and Gareth O'Cathain.
Tackling workplace stress: staff from TODD Architects, who got into the spirit of the Samaritan's recent fund raising 'Stress Down Day' by donating money in return for wearing their slippers to work. From left are: Claire Lavery, Clare Mulholland, Chris Morgan, Daragh Coleman and Gareth O'Cathain. Staff at the award winning Belfast architects take part in a regular Friday Forum which aims to provide a platform for staff members to discuss matters of common interest.
Claire & Damien Heffernan at the opening night of Claudio Viscardi's new exhibition at Gormley's Fine Art Gallery.
Peter O’Kane, centre, of Portglenone-based company PPP marks an investment of £1.5m in new machinery with Leona McNicholl and Colin Massey of Ulster Bank’s Ballymena Business Centre. PPP is expanding after securing the all-Ireland franchise to supply rubber chipping to Cheshire-based Dunweedin, whose clients include DIY chains, councils and leading football and golf clubs. The investment is expected to lead to nine new jobs
Lorraine James & Louis Hoffman at the opening night of Claudio Viscardi's new exhibition at Gormley's Fine Art Gallery.
Northern Ireland company launches first on-line PR division. Smarts, one of Northern Ireland's leading PR, design and digital companies, has announced the creation of an online PR division to help clients monitor, analyse and develop their brand reputation through the internet. Smarts Director Alan Watson and Head of Online PR Richard Nelson.
Employment Minister Sir Reg Empey is pictured with Leslie McConnell, a director of S McConnell & Sons Ltd during a visit to Kilkeel. The stone mason firm has been involved in high profile contracts including the Diana Memorial and the restoration of the Connaught Hotel in London. Referring to the Department’s Success through Skills Strategy, which focuses on raising the skills of the workforce of tomorrow, Sir Reg said: “It’s is heartening to see in this period of economic challenge that S McConnell & Sons are continuing to find success in the increasingly competitive construction sector. I am also pleased to see the importance that the company places on job-related training. I would encourage other employers to continue to provide opportunities for their employees to develop the appropriate workplace skills that will be needed when economic conditions improve.”
Showing off the national awards they won for a series of Northern Ireland television commercials for Lidl, the supermarket chain, are (from left) Alistair Reddick, Siobhan McWilliams and Ian Erwin, all of whom work for Belfast advertising agency Triang Marketing, part of Lisburn Road-based RLA Group.
Bill Cullen & Jackie Lavin at the opening night of Claudio Viscardi's new exhibition at Gormley's Fine Art Gallery.
Claire O'Donnell at the opening night of Claudio Viscardi's new exhibition at Gormley's Fine Art Gallery.
Clare Bannon & Claire Buckley at the opening night of Claudio Viscardi's new exhibition at Gormley's Fine Art Gallery.
David Bennett & Daniela Migrova at the opening night of Claudio Viscardi's new exhibition at Gormley's Fine Art Gallery.
Deirdre Irvine at the opening night of Claudio Viscardi's new exhibition at Gormley's Fine Art Gallery.
Neil Anderson and Aoife Grant at the annual Londonderry Junior Chamber of Commerce Nutts Ball in the City Hotel, Londonderry
Mayoress Alice Diver and Mayor, Gerry Diver with Aaron McCracken, Junior Chamber President and Deoborah Keys, at the annual Londonderry Junior Chamber of Commerce Nutts Ball in the City Hotel, Londonderry
Dorothy Keys, Nick Faulkner and Adele Keys pictured at the annual Londonderry Junior Chamber of Commerce Nutts Ball in the City Hotel, Londonderry
Shauna Hume and Karen Quigley at the annual Londonderry Junior Chamber of Commerce Nutts Ball in the City Hotel, Londonderry
Stephen Kelly and Heather Magee at the annual Londonderry Junior Chamber of Commerce Nutts Ball in the City Hotel, Londonderry
Louise Mellon and Fiona Taylor at the annual Londonderry Junior Chamber of Commerce Nutts Ball in the City Hotel, Londonderry
Terry and Judy O'Neill and Laura Little at the annual Londonderry Junior Chamber of Commerce Nutts Ball in the City Hotel, Londonderry
Deirdre Morgan, Ursula Collins and Bernie McConville from the Ulster Bank at the annual Londonderry Junior Chamber of Commerce Nutts Ball in the City Hotel, Londonderry
Professor Peter McKie, Chairman of HSENI, Dr Bryan Monson, Deputy Chief Executive, Russell Slack, IIRSM and Jim Keyes, Chief Executive HSENI at a recent HSENI Board Meeting. The International Institute of Risk and Safety Management have awarded Dr Bryan Monson with a Specialist level of Membership (SIIRSM), the first to be awarded in Ireland.
Jackie Sheckler, Herald Times; Janet Podolak, The News-Herald; Lord Dunleath; Marylu Laffey, Freelance writer; and Amy Eckert, Freelance writer and photographer at Ballywalter Estate. Tourism Ireland, in association with the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, hosted a visit here by the prestigious Midwest Travel Writers Association, whose visit included sightseeing in Belfast, a guided tour of Ballywalter Estate accompanied by Lord Dunleath and a chance to explore Londonderry's historic walls.
Wendi Kane, Carolyn Mathers and Una Donnelly from Belfast City Council at the recent Belfast Visitor & Convention Bureau members evening in B Mizu at House of Fraser.
Dawn McCay from MCI, Mary Jo McCanny and Susie McCullough from the Belfast Visitor and Convention Bureau join Lesley Maltman from MCI at the recent BVCB members evening in B Mizu at House of Fraser.
Lawrence Duffy from Duffy Rafferty Communications and Anne McMullan from the Belfast Visitor and Convention Bureau with Larry McGarry from Ardmore and Ciaran Rogan from Belfast Visitor and Convention Bureau at the recent BVCB members evening in B Mizu at House of Fraser.
Anne McMullan from the Belfast Visitor and Convention Bureau was joined by Stephen McCausland from Valuecabs and Marie-Therese McGivern from Belfast City Council at the recent BVCB members evening in B Mizu at House of Fraser.
Pier Morrow of Belfast City Council, Gerry Lennon of Belfast Visitor & Convention Bureau (BVCB) and Kathryn Thomson from NITB were on hand to welcome 150 guests to a BVCB members evening in B Mizu at House of Fraser. The evening was designed to allow tourism and hospitality professionals to mingle in a relaxed atmosphere and share their ideas and experiences of promoting their businesses and the city of Belfast.
Lina Divvonskaite, Grainne McCarry and Una Bradley at the Free Spirit beauty night.
Davina Sands and Linzi Rooney at the Free Spirit beauty night.
Eimear Lewis, Joesphine McGurk and Eve O'Neill at the Free Spirit beauty night.
Anne Marie Murphy and Elaine Phillips at the Free Spirit beauty night.
Margaret Cromey, Joe Whelen and Louise Meharg at the Free Spirit beauty night.
Danielle Hibbert, Joe Lindsey and Emma Louise Johnston at the Free Spirit beauty night.
Checking their bearings with the compass at Clarendon Dock in Belfast before heading off to Atlanta on a Trade Mission are representatives from the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce Mission Leader Ronnie Foreman, Trade Development Manager Sandra Beattie and Chamber member Basil Haslett.
Paul Doherty, Managing Director of Urban Art with Des Gartland, Manager of Invest NI's North West Regional Office.
At the launch of PricewaterhouseCooper's seminar programme are from left, Gerard Finnegan, from PwC's Derry office, Martin O'Hanlon, Dungannon and John Hannaway from PwC Belfast.
IN LINE FOR SUCCESS South Eastern Regional College students Anna Hamilton, David Gracey and Aaron Jamison get their brush, whisk and hammer ready for Enterprise in Action which has been introduced to all Training for Success apprenticeship students at the Bangor, Downpatrick, Lisburn and Newtownards campuses. The programme, which is aimed at inspiring innovation and entrepreneurial attitudes among young people, was originally tailored to school students but is now available at the College. Also pictured is Olivia Kennedy, entrepreneurship and business start-up officer at South Eastern Regional College, and Jonathan Twinem of Young Enterprise Northern Ireland.
Trick or Treat? Wicked Witch Jill Smiley (5) from Greenisland, is stocking up early on Halloween pumpkins from SuperValu and Centra stores across Northern Ireland. Not only do these pumpkins make great lanterns but why not use the insides for a tasty soup or a pie on Halloween Night? Pumpkins have many health benefits. Pumpkins are a tasty source of vitamins and minerals, particularly beta-carotene, vitamin C, and potassium.
Models Stephen Cupples and Rachael Patterson weigh up the options their summer holiday destination as Aer Lingus announces its summer 2009 schedule which includes the continuation into the summer of three of the winter routes, Munich, Milan/Malpensa and Lanzarote
Marketing Northern Ireland £3m off the drawing boardRuth Burns, destination marketing manager at the Northern Irish Tourist Board, signs off on the first phase of its new ‘Explore More’ campaign, a £3m all Ireland |advertising campaign which has been awarded to Belfast agency AV Browne. Pictured with her from AV Browne (left-right) are Stephen Conway, chief executive |officer, Windsor Arnold, operations director and Stephen Moore, director of creative services
David Perry (right), managing director of Digital Future Solutions, Coleraine, shows the company's technology to Des Gartland, Invest NI North West regional office manager
Hayley Lowry and Carrie Neely, of Belfast Print Network, get Brett Martin's arts initiative under way
Andrea Armstrong, Ben McQuoid and Philipa Todd at the official launch of Tandem Design's new corporate identity held at the Titanic Pump House. The evening also previewed their Innovation on a Titanic Scale which explores Belfast's maritime history. Andrea Armstrong, Ben McQuoid and Philipa Todd at the official launch of Tandem Design's new corporate identity held at the Titanic Pump House. The evening also previewed their Innovation on a Titanic Scale which explores Belfast's maritime history.
Philip Smyth and Amanda Stuart at the official launch of Tandem Design's new corporate identity held at the Titanic Pump House.
Paul McKeever, Beth Bock, Emma Murphy and Warren Sangster at the official launch of Tandem Design's new corporate identity held at the Titanic Pump House.
Anne Orr, Steve Orr and Bernard O'Neill at the official launch of Tandem Design's new corporate identity held at the Titanic Pump House.
Geoff and Keavy Truesdale, Michelle Barnard and Hans Graham at the official launch of Tandem Design's new corporate identity held at the Titanic Pump House.
Jeanie McMahon, Hans Graham and Tim Farrell at the official launch of Tandem Design's new corporate identity held at the Titanic Pump House.
The Tandem staff Michelle Barnard, Sandra Duffin, Hans Graham, Mike Hesketh, Andrew Todd, Leanne Beggs and Mark Armstrong at the official launch of Tandem Design's new corporate identity held at the Titanic Pump House.
Anthea Savage and Clive Corry at the official launch of Tandem Design's new corporate identity held at the Titanic Pump House.
Catherine Logan, Dawn McCormick and Mark Armstrong at the official launch of Tandem Design's new corporate identity held at the Titanic Pump House.
Leanne Beggs and Robert Heslip at the official launch of Tandem Design's new corporate identity held at the Titanic Pump House.
Sandra Duffin, Robert Corbett, Graeme Moore, Roisin Connolly and Jacqui Owens at the official launch of Tandem Design's new corporate identity held at the Titanic Pump House.
Phillipa Todd, Debbie Pollen, Roger Pollen and Michelle Barnard at the official launch of Tandem Design's new corporate identity held at the Titanic Pump House.
Tony Murphy and Shirin Johnston at the official launch of Tandem Design's new corporate identity held at the Titanic Pump House.
La Mon Hotel in Belfast was the venue for the Tourism Ireland Board meeting this week. Pictured prior to the meeting are (l-r) Alan Clarke, Chief Executive Northern Ireland Tourist Board; Paul O’Toole, Chief Executive Tourism Ireland; Lloyd Jackson, General Manager La Mon Hotel; and Hugh Friel, Chairman Tourism Ireland.
Adrian Gundy ,of the Centre for Competitiveness and US business expert Dennis Stauffer look at Mr Stauffer’s new book, Thinking Clockwise: a field guide for the innovation leader.
Pictured at the official opening of PR and Public Affairs agency Asitis Consulting's new offices in Belfast are Alison Gordon (Open House Festival), Ralph McLean (BBC) and Kieran Gilmore (OHF)
Alban Maginnes (SDLP), Lynsey McVicker (ASITIS) and Paul Cooke at the official opening of ASITIS PR and Public Affairs agency ASITIS Consulting's new offices in Belfast
Jacqui Donaldson (Asitis), Brian Kennedy (Early Years) and Nicole McAuley (ASITIS) at the of Asitis Consulting's new offices in Belfast
Leo Callow (Holywood Homes), Darren Feely (Visual Script), Karen Ireland (Asitis) and Nick Garbutt (Asitis) at the opening of Asitis Consulting's new offices in Belfast
At the official opening Asitis Consulting's new offices in Belfast are Glynn Roberts, (NIIRTA) John Davison (ASITIS), Brian Gray (NIMFG) and Barry Turley (ASITIS).
Sharon Newton, Kelly Anderson, Peter McFadden, Lynsey McVicker (Asitis) and Alison McGibbon at the opening of PR and Public Affairs agency Asitis Consulting's new offices in Belfast
Former Miss Northern Ireland and Miss UK, Lucy Evangelista welcomes the news that Chilli's Grill & Bar at Victoria Square will open its first restaurant in Northern Ireland on August 28. The restaurant seats 250 guests, serves authentic Southwest American cuisine and features Northern Ireland's first Margarita bar.
Aer Lingus cabin crew member Sherry Moneypenny shields Paul Alexander and Holly Capper from the rain at Belfast International as plans are finalised for the launch on September 27 of the airline’s new service to sunny Lanzarote
Taking the helm to launch the first Lower Bann Activity Guide aboard the Maid of Antrim on the Lower River Bann are Mark Christie, Lower Bann Partnership and Lisa Simpson Causeway Coast and Glens Tourism.
Jim and Lorraine Elder, Regent Chauffeur Services, and Gary Topping, ITS New Media, were guest speakers at The Business Network, Banbridge. Thanking them is Paddy Rooney, Air-Net and Chairman of The Business Network.
Terry Francis, Head of Business Development and Innovation at South Eastern Regional College, demonstrates nozzle samples while Neil Ryan, product development manager at Canyon Europe, has his finger firmly on the final product. Canyon, a world-leading manufacturer of trigger sprayers, secured a three year contract to supply five million nozzles a month to SC Johnson for their Mr Muscle product and partly attribute the win to product prototyping carried out by expert staff and specialist facilities in the South Eastern Regional College.
From left are Des Gartland, Manager of Invest NI s North West Regional Office and Patrick Doherty Snr, Pipesketch Commercial Director, at Pipesketch's factory in Pennyburn.
Sir Roy McNulty CBE. Chairman of the urban regeneration company ILEX.
Winners of the 2008 Face of DV8 competition, Carrie-Anne Burton from Downpatrick and Aaron Kearney from Portadown, model the new paper bags. High street fashion retailer DV8 has stopped using plastic carrier bags in all twenty of its Northern Ireland stores in favour of new biodegradable paper bags.
Ulster Bank's Ronnie Hanna cheers on Kelly Lockyear and Gareth Anderson as they get on their marks to support youth charity The Prince s Trust, through the charity s Million Makers initiative. Starting the race was Kate Smith to whom both teams presented their business plans this week in a Dragon's Den style panel.
Karl McDermott, left, from Cisco and Chris Clark, right, of BT in Ireland hold a virtual meeting with Gavin Patterson, CEO of BT Retail to announce that BT is introducing Cisco Telepresence to its communications video portfolio.
From left, Eric McKay, Spa-Jet Managing Director and Des Gartland, Invest NI North West Regional Office Manager.
Janice Tracey, chief executive, Londonderry Chamber of Commerce.
Nigel Maxwell, Sales Director with Musgrave Retail Partners NI and Action Cancer s Corporate Fundraising Officer Kerry McCrea celebrate the success of the fourth annual Musgrave Mountain Challenge. The event involved 120 staff from SuperValu and Centra stores across Northern Ireland, who took part in two days of strenuous hill walking to raise £10,000 for their long-term charity partner, Action Cancer.
George Jones opened the new House Doctors showroom in Market Street, Newtownards.
From left, Stephen Bill from NITB, Sarah Gibson from Belfast Visitor and Convention Bureau, Ruth Kimbley from George Best Belfast City Airport and Councillor Michael Browne were celebrating as the Tourist Information Centre (TIC) at George Best Belfast City Airport announced that its staff handled 55,000 enquiries in its first full year of operation.
Minister for Social Development Margaret Ritchie visits Clanmil Housing Association project on the Lower Ormeau Road.
Lynn Barker of GO forecourts demonstrates the pay@pump technology used at the company's first fully automated, 24hour petrol station on Cookstown s Moneymore Road.
Launching plans at Stormont Castle for the 13th annual NI Economic conference are from left, Hugh Crossey, managing partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers, deputy minister Martin McGuinness and Owen McQuade, conference director.
Francis Martin, managing partner of accountancy firm BDO in Belfast, congratulates Catriona Loughran on becoming the first person in Northern Ireland and on the island of Ireland to be awarded an Advanced Diploma in International Tax.
Michael Maguire, Regional Director of the Chartered Institute of Marketing reminds businesses from Northern Ireland and the Republic that entry to this year's 10th Anniversary CIM Awards is free of charge and can be completed online at www.cimireland.org
From left, Gary Curran NI Water, Trevor Haslett NI Water, Kenny Cameron McNicholas contractors, Paul Bryce, NI Water celebrate the completion of the 16 million North Down Strategic Trunk Main at Scrabo Tower Newtownards.
Joanne Hayden, Marketing Manager of Linwoods Foods reveals Linwoods Harvest Pride's new look, as well as some tasty new additions to the range.
Northern Ireland's oldest Oak Tree feels safer as Helen McClay, and Jim Burrows from GPS Colour Graphics, demonstrate that they are only interested in paper from sustainable sources.
Making a final call for entries for InterTradeIreland's Seedcorn business competition are from left, Godfrey Gaston of TitanIc Systems in Belfast, InterTradeIreland chief executive Liam Nellis and finance minister Nigel Dodds.
Launching the new North Atlantic Rib Marine craft are, left, Des Gartland, Invest NI, North West Regional Office Manager, and Francis O'Loughlin, North Atlantic Rib Marine, Derry.
Irwin's sales director John Hopkins showcases some of the bakery's delights after announcing the completion of a £100,000 rebrand of of its high end cakes and tray bakes division, Howell House
Rebecca Dow and Lucy Quee get stuck into the stacked-high burgers from Gourmet Burger Bank
A Northern Ireland farm turned ice creamery was celebrating today after scooping five of the UK's most prestigious taste awards only three years after diversifying into the market.
Barry McManus, managing director of EQE, with business consultant, Rita McCaughey of NORIBIC, the managing agent of the Innovation Agents Network
Peter Higgins of Walker Communications, right, with Visual Communications graduate Christopher Martin, who won the Walker Communications prize for Outstanding Achievement
Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce trade development manager Sandra Beattie, left, and Suzanne Hill, managing director of Handel Export Consulting
Norman McKinley, British Red Cross director in Northern Ireland, takes delivery of a donated vehicle from Jim Gilliland of Land Rover.
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Michelle Gildernew, on a visit to Willowbrook Farm, Killinchy, to endorse the refurbishment of the food processing factory. She was down on the factory floor with Eva Razekdua and managing director John McCann of Willowbrook Farm
Social Development Minister, Margaret Ritchie, centre, with Patricia Freedman, Cathedral Quarter Development Manager and Paul McErlean, Chairman of Cathedral Quarter Steering Group during a visit to the area which has been undergoing a major regeneration scheme
At the unveiling of Abbey financial services training initiative are Economy Minister Arlene Foster with Rory Ferguson and Megan Flannery, who are short-listed for the scheme
Economy Minister Arlene Foster congratulates Paul Colton (left) and Hubert Watson (extreme right) of Fintec on the winning of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise, which was presented by the Duke of Abercorn.
Barry McManus, managing director of EQE, with business consultant, Rita McCaughey of NORIBIC, the managing agent of the Innovation Agents Network
Environment Minister Sammy Wilson is pictured with Nicky Coburn (left) and Edward Wilson of Ulster Carpets during a visit to the Portadown luxury carpet factory to hear about aims to save £750,000 on annual fuel bills by introducing a range of energy-saving measures
Anne Rooney and Oscar Woolley of Suki Tea, a Belfast company whose loose-leaf blends are now on the menu at gourmet restaurants in Britain and Ireland. The customers secured by the company as a result of its participation in an Invest NI Meet the Buyer event include Jamie Oliver’s ‘Fifteen’ restaurant at Watergate Bay, Cornwall, Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant at Padstow in Cornwall, and the Donnybrook Fair ‘Eat Up’ Restaurant in Dublin
Tower Centre manager Colette Lyness times sporty model Jenny Curran to mark the launch of Tower Centre's Olympic themed Going for Gold competition. A Grand Final on Saturday 23rd August will feature a special Chinese Dragon performance as well as a gold prize of 1,000 of Tower Centre shopping vouchers.
The Northern Ireland launch of an £8 million Business Programme, to help indigenous companies expand and develop their export potential, was made by the Economy Minister, Arlene Foster at The Bite Group in Enniskillen. The Bite Group supplies sandwiches and snacks to outlets across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.....Pictured with the Economy Minister is Liam Nellis, Chief Executive of InterTradeIreland, and Managing Director of The Bite Group, Michael Keogh
Paul Kissick, a joinery student at the South Eastern Regional College, gets the tape measure ready to assess his prize after winning a new business including free premises, a bursary to the value of £1000 and assistance in developing a corporate identity through the Head Start programme. Head Start, which is supported by Lisburn Enterprise Organisation (LEO) and Lisburn City Council, offers students at the College s Lisburn campus interested in self-employment practical business training and mentoring support. Paul competed against four other students who completed the programme for the top prize and will now trade as PK Joinery & Tiling on a part-time basis until he completes his course at the College next year.
Rosemary Parker, South Eastern Regional College; Colleen Mulholland, Lisburn Enterprise Organisation; Paul Kissick, winner of the Head Start Programme; Sarah Cartmill, runner-up Head Start Programme and Suzanne Lutton, Lisburn City Council at the Head Start awards ceremony in Bar Burgundy, Lisburn. Paul and Sarah have both won a new business thanks to the Head Start programme, which offers students at the College s Lisburn campus interested in self-employment practical business training and mentoring support and is supported by Lisburn Enterprise Organisation (LEO) and Lisburn City Council.
Economy Minister Arlene Foster chats with Maurice Kettyle, managing director of Kettyle Foods in Lisnaskea, during a visit to the company’s beef processing plant at Lisnaskea. Mrs Foster praised the firm, which employs 15 people, for its commitment to developing export markets. Kettyle Foods produces a premium range of dry aged beef from grass fed Aberdeen Angus and Hereford herds
Londonderry Port and Harbour Commission chief executive Brian McGrath, chairman Garvan O’Doherty, and financial controller Stephen Gillespie, who have just announced record turnover, record profits and record tonnage figures for the year ended March 2008.
Managing Director of CP Hire, Andrew Hutchinson (left) with Shelley Pinkerton, Invest NI Coleraine Office,and Des Gartland, Manager of Invest NI's North West Regional Office.The Coleraine firm has announced plans to expand into the Republic
Economy Minister Arlene Foster has announced a £4.5million investment in high-tech machinery and equipment by Castledawson based Moyola Precision Engineering. The Minister is pictured with Raymond Semple, Managing Director of Moyola inspecting a high specification component.

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