First Minister Gives Support to Independents’ Day

With today being Independents’ Day (4th July), First Minister Arlene Foster MLA has given her support to the campaign, which is supported by Bank of Ireland. The Independents’ Day campaign celebrates the huge contribution independent traders make to local communities […]

Finance Minister Visits Ballyhackmore To Support Independents’ Day

Finance Minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir MLA visited the NIIRTA office and met local traders in Ballyhackamore to add his support to Independents’ Day which takes place next week on Monday 4th July. The Independents’ Day campaign, supported by Bank of […]

EUROSPAR reaches 50th store milestone ahead of schedule Retail brand now largest by store numbers in NI, with five more due to open by end of 2016

Local retailer Henderson Group has announced it has reached the 50th store milestone for its EUROSPAR brand in Northern Ireland, months ahead of schedule. The retailer has also announced that a further five stores will open before the end of […]


Lady Luck is shining on NI with 48 new millionaires in just over five years IT’S official. Northern Ireland is enjoying a lucky Lottery streak. The National Lottery today revealed that no fewer than 95 millionaires have been created in […]

UFU host major open EU Referendum Debate

The Ulster Farmers’ Union has confirmed details of its EU Referendum debate on the Leave and Remain arguments for Northern Ireland agriculture. This will take place at the Eikon complex at Balmoral Park on Tuesday 7 June at 8.00pm. UFU […]


SPAR Passionate about Local lifted the top prize of Best 2015 Marketing Campaign for Henderson Wholesale at the Ulster Grocer Marketing Awards 2016 last weekend. Award winners were announced during the Grocers’ Ball, an annual gala evening held at the […]

Bisto joins forces with Help for Heroes

Bisto frozen ready meals to reward shoppers and support our Heroes with new on-pack giveaway Kerry Foods has paired up with Help for Heroes to deliver a brand new on pack campaign on the leading frozen ready meal brand Bisto. […]

Pete Snodden and Joanne O’Riordan join forces to inspire youth leadership with £100k* Coca-Cola Thank You Fund Workshop announced in Northern Ireland to encourage youth groups to ‘dream big’

Today (21st April 2016) broadcaster Pete Snodden joins youth inspiration and disability campaigner Joanne O’Riordan at the launch of this year’s Coca-Cola Thank You Fund which seeks to fund projects that that inspire and support young people in Ireland and […]

Retail News

Picking up the award from comedian and host Sally Phillips (far left) is store manager Ian Elliott, employee Mandy Mair, Musgrave NI Retail Training & Development Manager, Elaine Sinclair, Cathy Elliott, store owner Peter McCool and SuperValu Customer Manager, Geoff Johnston.


MCCOOL’S SuperValu, Ballymoney has been crowned winner of the Best Newcomer category (up to 249 employees) at the annual Investors in People Awards 2016, the leading industry event recognising high performance in people management. The Awards, which received over 300 […]

Food & Drink News

From L to R, HSENI Chairman, George Lucas; Mary Magill, General Store Manager, Asda Ballyclare; Economy Minister Simon Hamilton and Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Minister Michelle McIlveen.

Asda secures Farm Safety Affiliate status

Asda is the first retailer in Northern Ireland to be affiliated with a new scheme which will promote health and safety in farming. The Farm Safety Affiliate Scheme, which is being coordinated by the Farm Safety Partnership, was launched by […]

Business News

Firefly by Leckey, the Lisburn-based manufacturer which has transformed lives for disabled children and their families across the world with the now famous Upsee walking harness, is now set to transform shopping trips as its trolley seat invention is being rolled out by a number of supermarkets in the UK and Ireland.  The company’s Go To Shop Trolley has been designed to make shopping easier for parents and carers of children with disabilities and more comfortable for the child. Over 1,500 trolleys have already been ordered by supermarket chains including Tesco, Asda, Sainsburys and Dunnes. Pictured (from left) are Claire Smyth, Firefly’s Community Manager, 5 year Bethany Watson and Tesco’s Customer Equipment Operations Manager Chloe Bartlett. 
23 June  2016 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye.


Over 1,500 specially adapted shopping trolleys now being rolled out at supermarkets across Northern Ireland and UK. Firefly by Leckey, the Lisburn-based manufacturer which has transformed lives for disabled children and their families across the world with the now famous […]

Store Focus

Centra Ballygawley

Centra Ballygawley

John McDade, owner of Centra Ballygawley, tells Alyson Magee about the boosted footfall and sales resulting from his recent refurbishment of the store. An expansion with more shopper-friendly floor space, an extended range of fresh produce, deli and ambient groceries, […]

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