Belfast Telegraph

Free briefings on new technology

To celebrate the arrival of Cloud Consulting as the newest tenant in the Northern Ireland Science Park, experts in the field will be hosting a series of free strategic briefings to encourage firms to discover how such technology can boost their business. The event will take place from 9am to 12.30pm on Thursday, November 18, at the Titanic's Dock and Pump-House.

Nine companies aim to go global

BELFAST firms are going global after taking part in a business development programme. The nine businesses participated in the Buy/Make/Sell Programme funded by Belfast City Council and the European Regional Development Fund. One of the companies which benefited from the programme was LA Distribution, which specialises in selling auto electrical products to garages, motor factories and quarry plant operators. It launched its e-commerce website after receiving support from the programme.

Caterpillar seals $7.6bn purchase

CATERPILLAR, one of the world's largest construction and mining equipment makers, has agreed to buy mining equipment manufacturer Bucyrus International for $7.6bn (£4.75bn). Caterpillar also owns FG Wilson in Larne, as well as having production facilities in Brazil, China, India and the United States.

Savers in battle to beat inflation

SAVERS are facing an uphill battle to beat inflation as banks and building societies pull many of their best paying accounts. The number of savings products available to basic rate taxpayers who want to stop the value of their deposits being eroded by tax and inflation fell from 91 last month to just 31.

Customers count cost of closure

OVER 8,000 victims of a failed currency firm have so far lodged claims with administrators - including some who are owed up to £400,000 each. The claims relate to those who used Crown Currency Exchange for large transactions such as property deals abroad.