SMEs are the cornerstone of the economy. They are the brave businesses that push on and overcome adversary, taking risks along the way to grow. AIB prides itself on backing this bravery and in special series, ‘stories of brave’, we are shining a light on the qualities that can help make SMEs successful, such as those shown by Dundonald Nurseries.
One of the few positives to come out of the first half of 2020 for a lot of companies is that management teams have been forced to refocus on how they operate and evaluate the governance processes and controls they have in place.
A year ago we launched the latest stage of Belfast Harbour’s strategy ‘A Port for Everyone’ which details our vision for the next 15 years and our plans to become both the best regional port in the world and to develop our position as a key economic hub for the region.
Little did we know, that around five months ago we’d be at the beginning of a health crisis, societal upheaval and subsequent economic turmoil which not only required a litany of government support in the tens of billions to keep the lights on and the dole queues from exploding, but would lead to the beginning of a rethink about the direction of our economy.
Walking up the central staircase of Clare House – avoiding the lift due to restrictions on numbers and any welcome chance to burn off lockdown heft – the few dozen staff scattered around this huge public sector building is a clear sign of at least part of the re-examining needed post-crisis.
You don’t have to go far to find a small to medium sized Northern Ireland company that has at one time or another been marked as a potential scale up – a business with real potential to grow into a major player in their sector.
Newry recycling and processing business Re-Gen Waste brought together some of the industry’s top experts together with Ulster Business for a discussion about the future of an ever-evolving sector and what it holds for all of us in a post-Brexit environment
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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