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Roaring trade: The small Northern Ireland businesses thriving in lockdown

The Covid-19 pandemic has hit jobs hard but, as Linda Stewart finds out, it has sparked an unexpected sales boom for some of Northern Ireland's homegrown businesses

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Zara McLaughlin of Zara Ceramics at her studio in Ballymoney (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

Zara McLaughlin of Zara Ceramics at her studio in Ballymoney (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Zara McLaughlin of Zara Ceramics at her studio in Ballymoney (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

Zara McLaughlin of Zara Ceramics at her studio in Ballymoney (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Zara McLaughlin of Zara Ceramics at her studio in Ballymoney (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

Zara McLaughlin of Zara Ceramics at her studio in Ballymoney (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

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Murphy & Bailey

Artist Emma Ashenhurst of Little Art Co, Newtownards, who specialises in little miniature paintings.  Photo by Peter Morrison

Artist Emma Ashenhurst of Little Art Co, Newtownards, who specialises in little miniature paintings. Photo by Peter Morrison

Artist Emma Ashenhurst of Little Art Co, Newtownards, who specialises in little miniature paintings.  Photo by Peter Morrison

Artist Emma Ashenhurst of Little Art Co, Newtownards, who specialises in little miniature paintings. Photo by Peter Morrison

Artist Emma Ashenhurst of Little Art Co, Newtownards, who specialises in little miniature paintings.  Photo by Peter Morrison

Artist Emma Ashenhurst of Little Art Co, Newtownards, who specialises in little miniature paintings. Photo by Peter Morrison

Bunk Campers staff from left, Lee Stewart, Fleet operations manager, Leanne Cromie, marketing manager and Paul Heading, fleet coordinator.  Photo by Peter Morrison

Bunk Campers staff from left, Lee Stewart, Fleet operations manager, Leanne Cromie, marketing manager and Paul Heading, fleet coordinator. Photo by Peter Morrison

Leanne Cromie marketing manager with Bunk Campers.  Photo by Peter Morrison

Leanne Cromie marketing manager with Bunk Campers. Photo by Peter Morrison

Leanne Cromie marketing manager with Bunk Campers.  Photo by Peter Morrison

Leanne Cromie marketing manager with Bunk Campers. Photo by Peter Morrison

Murphy & Bailey

Murphy & Bailey

Lynsey from Bumble and Goose

Lynsey from Bumble and Goose

Lynsey from Bumble and Goose

Lynsey from Bumble and Goose

Lynsey from Bumble and Goose

Lynsey from Bumble and Goose

Zara McLaughlin of Zara Ceramics at her studio in Ballymoney (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

At the start of 2020, Zara McLaughlin (22) from Ballymoney was a ceramics student at Ulster University, searching for work for after graduation.

Since then, she has launched her own business, Zara Ceramics (zaraceramics.com), from her grandparents’ Ballymoney garage, become an Instagram sensation and is now trying to decide whether to employ somebody to help.

For most, 2020 has been a memorable year in the worst way, delivering a pandemic that has wreaked a horrific toll on families worldwide along with a devastating economic crisis.


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