M&S lifts platinum award for ‘green’ credentials

Annika Campton of M&S Newtownbreda with Philip Miley of Charles Hurt Fleet Financial, Peter Phillips of Marks & Spencer and Edward Wright, Business in the Community ARENA Network. Marks & Spencer in Northern Ireland has achieved the highest standard – […]

NIIRTA visits Downing Street

Chancellor George Osborne is pictured with Joe Quail and Glyn Roberts in Downing Street. Two of Northern Ireland’s leading independent retailers took part in the first ever Downing Street market to promote Small Business Saturday on December 6. Chancellor George […]

NIFDA chairman calls for step change in activity

Des Moore, Head of First Trust Bank; Dr David Dobbin CBE, chairman of NIFDA; and Malcolm Walker, founder and CEO if Iceland. “Marketing, innovation and competitiveness are the catalysts for growth, which Northern Ireland’s agri-food sector urgently needs if it […]

SHS Group appoints new CEO

One of Northern Ireland’s largest privately-owned companies, the SHS Group, has appointed Elaine Birchall as chief executive officer. Birchall, who brings more than two decades of international business experience, took up the top role at the company’s Belfast headquarters last […]

Foster announces major investment by Fermanagh firm Webtech

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster has announced an £11million investment by Enniskillen packaging company Webtech NI Ltd that is expected to create 35 jobs. Webtech specialises in the production of labels for the European soft drinks industry and […]

Food fraud – the crime in our shopping baskets

Fraud in the food sector doesn’t just risk public health, it denies consumers the quality of produce they’ve paid for and undermines the profits of food companies, according to fraud experts. Professor Lisa Jack is head of the Food Fraud Group […]

Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards: One month left to get your entries in

There is just one month left for SMEs to get their entries in for the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards. The scheme celebrates the achievements of local companies across a range of sectors, and includes a Food & Drink Award […]

Golden glow for Hannan Meats in Great Taste

Hannan Meats has continued to set the pace in terms of gold stars in Great Taste Awards, the company announced this week as the details of the 2014 event were revealed by the influential UK Guild of Fine Food. The […]

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Michael & Kieran O'Kane Meats

Top European award for Northern Irish sausages

Michael & Kieran O’Kane Northern Irish butcher O’Kane Meats has clinched two prestigious European awards for the quality and creativity of its sausages. Based at Claudy in Co Derry, the family- run business came top at the recent Sausage Awards […]

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NISA Extra Rathfriland

  Co Down husband and wife team Tom and Ann McAvoy have reached another milestone, opening the latest phase of their grocery retailing business in Rathfriland, as Brian McCalden reports. Sitting in his suite of offices upstairs from his new […]

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