Retail leaders honoured at IoD Director of the Year Awards

Retail leaders honoured at IoD Director of the Year Awards

Retail industry leaders Brian Reid and Michael McCormack were among those honoured at the annual Institute of Directors Northern Ireland (IoD NI) Director of the Year Awards sponsored by AIB. Brian, CEO of Deli-Lites was named International Director of the Year and Michael, managing director of the Musgrave Group, was... View Article

Kirks Home Bakery on a roll with new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Kirks Home Bakery on a roll with new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

A third Mercedes-Benz delivery van is helping Belfast-based Kirks Home Bakery rise to the challenge of adapting to the fast-changing business landscape. Supplied by MBNI Truck & Van, the Sprinter 314 CDI is powered by a fuel-efficient 143 hp engine that drives the rear wheels – the same model is... View Article

Minister announces £1m investment by Priory Press Packaging

Minister announces £1m investment by Priory Press Packaging

Economy Minister Diane Dodds has announced packaging manufacturer Priory Press Packaging is investing over £1m in new machinery as part of plans to grow the business into new markets. The Minister visited Priory Press Packaging and other companies in the Ards and North Down area to hear feedback on how... View Article

Organic hemp bars secure listing with Aldi

Organic hemp bars secure listing with Aldi

An innovative range of natural health bars developed by Hempful, an organic foods company based in Derry, have secured a listing across Aldi’s 142 stores in the Republic of Ireland. Currently distributed in Northern Ireland by Belfast-based confectionery distribution business WJ Shaw’s, the bars all contain hemp, with two of... View Article

Just Live a Little introduces fully recyclable packaging

Just Live a Little introduces fully recyclable packaging

Local granola producer Just Live a Little is now supplying its luxury, handcrafted products in fully recyclable packaging in line with its longstanding commitment to sustainability. The Portaferry-based business has transferred its entire range, including new low sugar, coconut chia granola and whole almond granola lines, into 400g recyclable doypack... View Article

Work & Pensions Secretary visits local horticulture training site

Work & Pensions Secretary visits local horticulture training site

An innovative approach in the support given to vulnerable people looking for work will be key to UK Government plans for successful economic recovery following the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the Work and Pensions Secretary. During a two-day fact-finding visit to Northern Ireland, Dr Thérèse Coffey said the extraordinary circumstances... View Article

Genesis Bakery appoints new general manager

Genesis Bakery appoints new general manager

Mark Mitchell has been appointed as general manager of Magherafelt-based bakery Genesis Bakery, which is also currently recruiting for a national sales manager. Formerly MD of Wrightbus (International), Mitchell had undertaken several senior roles there over the past seven years, and also has a wealth of experience in the food... View Article

pladis commits to diversity in its supply chain

pladis commits to diversity in its supply chain

Global snacking company pladis has announces its membership of MSDUK to help support its commitment for greater inclusion and diversity across its supply chain. Over the last 16 years, MSDUK has built up a strong network of over 2,000 ethnic minority businesses. Access to this network, as well as MSDUK’s... View Article

Stena Line adds freight capacity to Belfast routes

Stena Line adds freight capacity to Belfast routes

Stena Line is chartering the RoRo vessel Seatruck Panorama to help boost freight capacity on its Belfast to Liverpool and Belfast to Heysham routes. Following the dramatic Covid-19-related drop in freight volumes, Stena Line was forced to remove one freight ship from its Belfast hub which resulted in reduced capacity... View Article

UB Top 100 sees sales rise by more than 10%

UB Top 100 sees sales rise by more than 10%

Northern Ireland’s biggest businesses have seen sales rising by more than 10% over the last year. The Ulster Business Top 100 Companies 2020 list with A&L Goodbody shows turnover has grown to £27.5bn from £24.9bn across our largest businesses, up 10.4%. This year’s double-edition magazine is now out. The list... View Article