The last two years have hit many businesses hard, but at the same time, there continues to be significant levels of investment and opportunities for companies out there. Law firm Mills Selig has seen a record year, with 2022 set to break numbers again as it expands and grows its corporate team here
Kirsty Fallis returned to Carrickfergus to run her family’s listed hotel, Dobbins Inn, around 10 years ago. Since then, it’s undergone a significant £250,000 restoration, alongside Ulster Bank, faced the challenges of Covid-19, but is now seeing the light on the other side
Economy Minister Gordon Lyons has welcomed the launch of a “revolutionary project” in Ballymena, which he said will support the development of a skilled workforce that can take full advantage of hydrogen and ‘cleantech’ opportunities.
What does your company do and what role do you play? Olivia’s Haven is a digital-first, luxury home fragrance brand based on the north coast. I am the company founder and chief brand officer, a role which includes retaining overall responsibility for product development and marketing as well as overseeing the strategic growth plan with our management team.
What does your company do and what role do you play? I am the head chef of a brand new dining experience in Derry called Artis by Phelim O’Hagan. Artis is a high end, 50-seater restaurant and we are based in the Craft Village in the centre of town which is full of and supports other great food and drink producers.
What does your company do and what role do you play? Hearty Growers is a recent start-up that commercially started trading in January 2021. We cultivate and sell gourmet mushrooms and mushroom grow-kits out of recent set-up at Banana Block, Portview Trade Centre in Belfast.
What does your company do and what role do you play? Keego Investments is a company that helps those that do not have the time or knowledge to get involved in property investment. We take care of the entire process for our clients, from finding the properties, negotiating on price, signposting to the relevant legal teams and finance experts, right through to getting a tenant in place. I am the managing director. At present I am involved in the day-to-day business of the company, from meeting prospective clients, home owners and searching for the next opportunity within the real estate sector. I am heavily involved in the promotion of my business through social media.
From a handful of volunteers delivering soup to rough sleepers on the streets of Belfast, Simon Community NI has come a long way since it was established in 1971. Now with a workforce of over 380 passionate individuals, Northern Ireland’s leading and longest running homelessness charity supports up to 636 marginalised people each day across 25 accommodation projects and 13 community support services.
How is business? Despite delays due to the pandemic, we’re in an exciting period of growth. We have spent the past year refining Belfast 1912 gin’s origin story, putting in place a team, building up new brand identity and visuals, launching a new website, and working on especially exciting developments – all will be unveiled in 2022.
Translink was delighted to be invited to participate in the United Nations COP26 summit in Glasgow, updating stakeholders and opinion formers on the theme ‘Translink’s Transformative Journey to Decarbonise Public Transport in Northern Ireland’.
It has been a busy few months for Mayfair group director Victoria Patterson who in October was named Business Woman of the Year at the Ulster Tatler Awards. In the same week, the group picked up the award for best residential property development in Northern Ireland as well as being recognised as the UK Developer of the Year at the International Property Awards hosted in London.
Organisations of all sizes and across all sectors are more conscious now than ever of their corporate social responsibilities and are increasingly scrutinised on how they are adhering to acceptable environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards.
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