One of the immediate issues companies face with the coronavirus is getting staff to work from home for a period of days or weeks. For small firms, this might be confusing. Can a normal person set it up? Is new software needed? Are there any free, or low-cost, services that will do the job? What about IT support?
Fiona Boyd-Armstrong and her husband David distilled, packaged and posted the first Shortcross Gin in 2013 as a husband and wife business on the charming Rademon Estate in Crossgar, Co Down. Today that business has expanded to employ 15 staff and its trading activity is strong, with the exporting market offering more potential for greater things.
When it comes to transport and shipping, Alan Lowry knows the high price behind the slightest delay. The managing director of Environmental Street Furniture, a business based in Newtownabbey, was recently shipping products to the US for an exhibition when he encountered a problem with the paperwork. Customs refused to load it onto the boat.
If you listen to those on the frontline of retail, 2020 is likely to see a period of reconstruction for high streets in Northern Ireland. In any reconstruction process there will be winners and losers, but the retail sector is transforming: beyond all recognition in many respects.
The 500 and the Panda are two Fiat icons and are extremely popular across Europe. Hybrid versions which combine a new petrol engine with a rechargeable battery powered electric motor have just been launched and are the company’s first steps towards electrification of the its current range. A purely electric powered 500 will be launched later this year.
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