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Sign of the times: The NI women who made it their business to help schools and shops keep public safe from Covid-19

Nuala McIlroy and Natalie Johnston's print design company hit hard times as the pandemic struck, but the easing of lockdown has pointed the way to a whole new market, they tell Stephanie Bell

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Natalie Johnston

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Nuala McIlroy (pictured) and Natalie Johnston who founded Belfast Print Online

Nuala McIlroy (pictured) and Natalie Johnston who founded Belfast Print Online

Some of the Covid-19 restrictions signs produced by Belfast Print Online

Some of the Covid-19 restrictions signs produced by Belfast Print Online

Some of the Covid-19 restrictions signs produced by Belfast Print Online

Some of the Covid-19 restrictions signs produced by Belfast Print Online

Natalie Johnston

Next time you step on a social distancing marker outside your local shop, chances are that Belfast business partners Nuala McIlroy and Natalie Johnston designed it.

After years of working for others, last October the two women decided to pool their talents and set up their own print design company aimed at small businesses.

As Covid-19 hit and many of their customers were forced to shut down, the two women feared their fledgling business would flounder.