Naturo SuperDog Awards celebrate nation’s exceptional canines

Naturo SuperDog Awards celebrate nation’s exceptional canines

Co Armagh-based Mackle Petfoods has formed a partnership with Touchpoint Live Media to launch new awards celebrating the UK’s most inspiring canines, the Naturo SuperDog Awards. With dog ownership rising dramatically during the pandemic lockdown, including 2.2 million dogs brought between March and September 2020 alone, the new awards aim... View Article

Boost gains distribution rights for Hall & Woodhouse’s Rio brand

Boost gains distribution rights for Hall & Woodhouse’s Rio brand

Boost Drinks has secured a new sales, marketing and distribution agreement for Hall & Woodhouse’s Rio soft drinks brand. From February 1, Boost Drinks will take on full responsibility for sales, marketing and distribution of the Rio brand in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK. Boost Energy was... View Article

Hand-protection dispensers offered free to forecourts

Hand-protection dispensers offered free to forecourts

GripHero, which lays claim as maker of the world’s only static-safe hand-protection and on-the-nozzle dispensers for fuel pumps and fuel bays, is offering its dispensers free to forecourts across the globe until February 19. By not charging for its dispensers over the next month, GripHero hopes to help forecourt owners... View Article

GM Marketing celebrates 21 years in business with rebrand

GM Marketing celebrates 21 years in business with rebrand

Belfast-based brand-building distributor GM Marketing has today launched a new website to mark reaching a milestone 21 years in business. Founded by Gerard McAdorey in 2000, the business originally started in Northern Ireland wholesale, convenience, and retail channels and now spans the entire island of Ireland, servicing all key customers,... View Article

Using tech to drive economic recovery through gift cards

Using tech to drive economic recovery through gift cards

Towns and cities in Northern Ireland are using technology to drive local economic recovery through gift card programmes that lock spend into the local economy, encouraging residents to shop locally. Antrim in Northern Ireland launched its Town and City Gift Card in November. Town and City Gift Card programmes are... View Article

Moy Park boosts career opportunities for women

Moy Park boosts career opportunities for women

Women working at Moy Park are to gain access to an industry-leading suite of career development tools and mentoring opportunities thanks to a new strategic partnership with Meat Business Women, a female-led group championing women in the global meat industry. As a sponsor and strategic partner, Moy Park will get... View Article

Henderson Technology app pulls in new trade for retailers

Henderson Technology app pulls in new trade for retailers

Local SPAR and VIVO retailers are attracting new customers who have not shopped with them before thanks to the introduction of a new home delivery and click ‘n’ collect app. Appetite, created in partnership with Blu Dot Technologies by Henderson Technology, is fully integrated into the company’s EDGEPoS system meaning... View Article

NI Executive urged to engage on protecting lives and livelihoods

NI Executive urged to engage on protecting lives and livelihoods

Four local business organisations, among a coalition of 23 business groups, trade bodies and local chambers of commerce which wrote to the First Minister and Deputy First Minister over a fortnight ago with a three-point plan aimed at protecting lives and livelihoods, have called for urgent engagement with the NI... View Article

Significant levels of concern voiced about the year ahead

Significant levels of concern voiced about the year ahead

A new survey conducted by Duff & Phelps in partnership with Trade NI indicates over one third of businesses across the retail, hospitality and manufacturing sectors in Northern Ireland believe their trading and profitability levels will not return to pre-Covid-19 levels until 2022 or beyond. Furthermore, over 50% of respondents... View Article

NI retailers among frontline workers honoured at awards

NI retailers among frontline workers honoured at awards

Two local SPAR stores have been awarded accolades at the Convenience Awards, held digitally this year and honouring the frontline convenience retail stores and workers working tirelessly through the pandemic. SPAR Loughbrickland in Co Down took home the Excellence in Technology award, while SPAR Titanic, Belfast was awarded with the... View Article