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Watch: Belfast Telegraph’s business round-up - Ground Espresso moving into Patisserie Valerie and Next stores

We reveal expansion by Northern Ireland coffee chain Ground Espresso as it snaps up former Patisserie Valerie units in England and Scotland.

Ground Espresso will occupy the coffee shops within eight Next stores at the locations, marking a £3m expansion by the business, which started out in Coleraine around 20 years ago. 

The boss of Stena Line has said it will be investing another £200m into its Northern Ireland operation in the next two years, regardless of Brexit.

Chief executive Niclas Martensson said the Swedish family-owned shipping giant has invested £250m in its Belfast operation since 2011, adding that another £200m will be injected in the coming two years.

The bulk of that investment will go into two new Chinese-built e-flexer ferries, the first of which is due to arrive next year.

Glamping tourism in Northern Ireland is on the rise, with 10 proposals put forward this year alone for the ‘glamorous camping’ facilities.

And the ‘alternative accommodation’ sector has only just begun to realise its potential, businesses have said.

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According to the Department for Infrastructure, there were 10 applications for glamping pods — which can sleep a group of people — around the province this year.

And our company of the week is Mount Charles, the outsourcing giant based in Belfast. We speak to company founder Trevor Annon from one of its newest sites — a collection of restaurants at the ‘Northern Quarter’ at Belfast International Airports. Chairman Mr Annon also reveals the company’s plans to expand its business in the Republic of Ireland.

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