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Business in brief: IT body appoints chief executive

Michael Noble has been appointed chief executive of IT industry body Momentum.

He has more than 20 years' experience in software and had been appointed interim chief executive following the retirement last year of Ian Graham.

Mr Noble said: "These are exciting times for the digital sector, and Northern Ireland has woken up to the immense possibilities the sector offers.

"In the past 12 months, I have helped Momentum set the agenda by working closely with Government and academia."

Sales soar 21% at tour operator

Tour operator Travel Solutions has announced a strong 21% increase in travel agents sales from January to June of this year, compared to the same period in 2013.

The Belfast-based company said sales of its air and coach packages were up significantly, with Jersey one of the most popular destinations.

Travel Solutions recently announced the launch of a new Balkan ski division, making it the only tour operator in Northern Ireland or the Republic to offer ski holidays to Bulgaria.

Firm's expansion creates six jobs

Information security provider Ward Solutions has announced the creation of six new jobs in its Belfast office and a further 16 positions at its base in Dublin.

The company said that the jobs were part of a new £1.5m investment to fund significant expansion of the services offered at Ward's centres in Dublin and Belfast.

Chief executive Pat Larkin said: "This investment in new employees, technologies and services will provide us with a very solid and scalable platform to achieve our aggressive growth plans."

800 Nama flats sold for £167m

Almost 800 Nama apartments have been snapped up in Dublin for more than €211m (£167m).

The units at Charlestown near Finglas, Lansdowne Gate in Drimnagh, Beacon South Quarter in Sandyford, and Bakers Yard in the city centre, are being sold to Irish Residential Properties Reit.

Chief executive David Ehrlich said that the Canadian-backed investment trust expected to build further in terms of both size and scale.

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