Belfast ranked in Top 20 global sustainable destinations


Belfast ranked in Top 20 global sustainable destinations

 Belfast ranked #19 out of 73 cities worldwide by the Global Destination Sustainability Index, confirming its tourism ambitions to be a sustainable destination of the future

 Belfast has made the Top 20 official list of sustainable destinations in the world, securing a prominent place on the international stage as a leading city tourism destination committed to sustainable development and growth.

This international ranking was confirmed by the Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index), the world’s largest sustainability performance improvement and benchmarking programme for destinations which revealed its Top 20 list of sustainable cities at a major event in Paris.

Other leading sustainable Top 20 cities for 2021 include Gothenburg, Zurich, Sydney, Helsinki, Cork, Brussels and Glasgow.

With a score this year of 70.7 percent, Belfast has climbed up the rankings to number 19 among a total of 73 global destinations. Demonstrating a focus to build back better and bring sustainability to the forefront of tourism growth and development.

Galgorm expands luxury outdoor accommodation offering in new £10 million investment


Galgorm expands luxury outdoor accommodation offering in new £10 million investment

Galgorm announced plans today to create a suite of new accommodation and thermal spa options within its 380-acre County Antrim Estate which forms part of a £10 million investment that will create up to 50 new hospitality jobs over the next two years.

This new investment marks the first phase of a £30 million project to further expand and enhance Resort and spa facilities by 2027 and is the latest move by Galgorm Collection to ensure the Resort’s position as a world-class international tourism destination, having already invested £60 million since 2010.

In addition to the expansion of the Resort, Galgorm Collection has also committed to the rollout of an enhanced benefits package for all eligible team members, including a £1 million investment into premium private health care cover over the next five years as part of its ongoing commitment to investing in its people.

LK Communications makes new appointment to its Board to further strategic growth


LK Communications makes new appointment to its Board to further strategic growth

Leading UK and Ireland agency LK Communications has appointed Geri Wright to its Board, further supporting its continued strategic growth ambitions.

An accomplished, accredited communications professional, Geri has more than 15 years of experience within the industry, including senior positions at global agency powerhouse Ogilvy in London and Phoenix Natural Gas in Belfast.

Geri joined LK Communications in 2019 as a Client Director and was promoted to Senior Client Director earlier this year.

With a growing 14-strong team, Geri’s Board appointment further reinforces the company’s strength in delivering award-winning strategic B2B & B2C integrated communications campaigns and will support the agency’s growth plans internationally.

LK Communications Managing Director, Nikki Larkin, said:

“I’m thrilled to be welcoming Geri to our Board. Geri is a highly proficient and astute communicator with incredible expertise, energy and superb creative thinking. Bolstering our senior leadership team at this time means that we’re stronger than ever to meet the many communications challenges and opportunities ahead and Geri’s drive to create award-winning work for our clients will support our ambitious growth plans into 2022 as we strengthen our client portfolio nationally and internationally”.

Established in 2005, the multi award-winning agency based in Holywood, County Down provides a full service offering in B2B and B2C strategic communications, creating impactful, data-driven creative and integrated campaigns for a strong mix of local and global public and private sector clients including Lidl Northern Ireland, Lookers PLC, Visit Belfast, Gas Networks Ireland, Trinseo and Eir.

LK Communications also counts Aflac NI, Galgorm Collection, ABC Council and Wirefox Investments among its strong and growing client portfolio.

Welcoming the appointment, Geri said:

“I’m really excited to be joining the Board at LK Communications during an exciting period of growth. The agency’s emphasis on building outstanding brand strategies and results-driven campaigns powered by research is pivotal to our growth strategy and I’m delighted to be supporting the senior team at this time.

 “We continually invest in our people and in new talent to ensure that we are always at the cutting edge of creativity, and this has been a major factor in our ongoing success, together with our strong culture and values and ethos of working with like-minded people and clients. I’m looking forward to the fresh challenges and opportunities which this appointment will bring”.

Geri was welcomed as Chartered PR Practitioner (Chart.PR) by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) in November 2020 and is also a member of the Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA) NI.

Another Success for Visit Belfast Welcome Centre at Northern Ireland Tourism Awards 2021


Another Success for Visit Belfast Welcome Centre at Northern Ireland Tourism Awards 2021

Visit Belfast Welcome Centre recognised as best in class at first NITA Awards held since 2019

Visit Belfast’s state-of-the-art visitor information centre has been voted the best in Northern Ireland, securing a major award for the city region’s destination management organisation at this year’s Northern Ireland Travel & Tourism Awards.

Opened in 2013, the £1.8 million visitor centre was praised at this year’s event for the exceptional visitor experience delivered by its team of dedicated staff.

Located opposite Belfast City Hall, the Visit Belfast Welcome Centre provides an innovative and welcoming approach to visitor information, successfully combining the self-serve technology, traditional tourist literature and face to face services provided by the visitor information advisors.

Operated by Visit Belfast, on behalf of Belfast City Council and Tourism NI, a public/private membership organisation which represents more than 500 tourism businesses, including key strategic partners Translink, Diageo NI and Value Cabs, the Visit Belfast Welcome Centre has handled more than 3.1m enquiries since it opened almost eight years ago.

A ‘one-stop-shop’ for visitors wanting to find out about city events, buy tickets or book accommodation, the centre includes information ‘islands’ telling the story of Belfast through people, places, experiences and events; digital maps which explore each part of the city; self-service touch screens listing more than 400 major attractions across Northern Ireland, and a gift shop with unique, Belfast-themed products.



Deli Lites extends its digital reach in new five-year plan for growth


Deli Lites extends its digital reach in new five-year plan for growth

Deli Lites enlists Radius Connect to enhance digital connectivity across the UK and Ireland

Top Northern Ireland food-to-go producer of fresh, heat-to-eat and bakery products, Deli Lites, is investing a new, next-generation digital technology to support its accelerated plans for international growth.

The company, which is based in Warrenpoint, said it was bringing its digital tech assets right up to speed with a transformative deal to keep its staff well-connected with new mobiles, landlines and broadband – all of which will be delivered by leading telecoms and IT provider Radius Connect.

The technology will also allow Deli Lites’ transport team to roll out a new app which will remove paper delivery notes, saving more than 1.5 million sheets of paper per year.

The investment was timed to coincide with the launch of an additional fleet of 17 vehicles which are rolling out to keep up with growing demand for Deli Lites’ expanding range of products.

Galgorm bathes in success at World Luxury Hotel Awards


Galgorm bathes in success at World Luxury Hotel Awards

Northern Ireland’s premier luxury destination collects hat trick of awards for excellence across its accommodation, spa and restaurant offering

Galgorm has scored a hat trick of awards for excellence at this year’s World Luxury Hotel Awards, cementing the Resort’s status as Northern Ireland’s premier luxury destination and elevating the region’s tourism credentials to the global stage.

Recognising Galgorm’s globally renowned, award-winning golf course, which has played host to the Irish Open and is home of the ISPS Handa World Invitational, the Resort was crowned ‘Best Luxury Golf Resort’ in Europe whilst also collecting the title of ‘Best Luxury Golf Resort Spa’ for Galgorm’s award-winning and internationally acclaimed Thermal Village & Spa.

The Resort’s 3 AA Rosette restaurant, The River Room, was also celebrated for its exceptional food, with Head Chef Chris Rees winning the accolade of ‘Best Head Chef’ in Northern Europe, a testament to his commitment to outstanding quality and culinary excellence.

The 15th World Luxury Hotel Awards were held this year in Mauritius and celebrate the best in world-class hotel service excellence, representing the pinnacle of achievement in the luxury hotel industry.

This year, Galgorm was one of only five resorts around the globe to receive the prestigious regional title and one of only three hotels in the island of Ireland to be officially recognised by the awards.


Rushmere Shopping Centre adds four new retailers ahead of Christmas


Rushmere Shopping Centre adds four new retailers ahead of Christmas

 Northern Ireland cosmetics brand BPerfect leads a new line-up of retailers at Rushmere

 Rushmere Shopping Centre has signed up four new retail outlets just in time for the busy Christmas season.

Home-grown make-up brand BPerfect leads the line-up, taking up a prominent unit near Dunnes as part of its continued expansion across Northern Ireland.

A further three gift-friendly retail outlets – Sense Aroma, Calendar Club, and Customised Gifts – have also signed up for the run-up to Christmas, taking prominent positions in Rushmere’s main shopping mall, bringing even greater shopping choice for the Christmas season.

One of Northern Ireland’s largest and most successful retail and hospitality destinations, Rushmere recently added local self-serve frozen yogurt specialist Spoon Street and 10 new jobs to its mix of big and small name outlets which includes TK Maxx, Dunnes Stores, Matalan, Boots, Next, New Look, H&M, JD Sports and DV8.

Trinseo Powers Up in Dublin with New Global Business Services Hub to Drive Its Transformation


Trinseo Powers Up in Dublin with New Global Business Services Hub to Drive Its Transformation

Global materials company Trinseo announces expansion into Ireland with opening of new office at Sir John Rogerson’s Quay

Trinseo, a global materials solutions provider and manufacturer of plastics and latex binders with a strong focus on sustainability and supporting a circular economy, announced details of plans to establish its new Global Business Services function in Dublin city centre, with a recruitment initiative to fill 130 jobs over the next six months.

Taking up residence across two floors at 76 Sir John Rogerson’s Quay in the city’s Docklands, Trinseo will open the doors to its new Ireland location in the Spring of 2022.

With global administrative headquarters located in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, and global operating headquarters in Horgen, Switzerland, the company was established in 2010 and currently employs approximately 3,800 staff and has 26 manufacturing sites worldwide.

Over the last decade, Trinseo has grown to become a leading global specialty materials solutions provider and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders and engineered materials with a focus on delivering innovative, sustainable and value-creating products intrinsic to daily life.

From providing solutions that enable customers to solve their most complex material challenges or enabling manufacturers to create more sustainable products– Trinseo is at the forefront of pioneering innovative, sustainable, specialty materials solutions.

My Special Aflac DuckTM arrives in Northern Ireland


My Special Aflac DuckTM arrives in Northern Ireland

Aflac brings its award-winning robotic duck to the Children’s Cancer Unit Charity Northern Ireland

In a ground-breaking initiative for Northern Ireland, Aflac NI, which currently has 130 employees and is growing, has collaborated with The Children’s Cancer Unit Charity to make available its My Special Aflac Duck for cancer patients three years of age and older, free of charge.

This initiative broadens Aflac’s commitment to make My Special Aflac Duck more accessible to children in cancer treatment. Since 2018 and in partnership with more than 350 participating hospitals and cancer-related organisations, Aflac has distributed more than 12,000 robotic ducks to patients across the U.S. and Japan.

.The Bluetooth-enabled duck boasts a range of ground-breaking features, including feeling emoji cards, which can be pressed against its chest, generating a reaction that imitates how the child is feeling. It has a corresponding app that further enables medical play to help children cope with often scary and uncomfortable cancer treatments. Its removable plush exterior is machine washable, enabling easy care for parents. In 2018, Time Magazine named My Special Aflac Duck one of the top 50 inventions of the year.


Par Equity seeks to double Northern Ireland funding to £20m after string of successful deals


Par Equity seeks to double Northern Ireland funding to £20m after string of successful deals

Edinburgh-based venture capital firm has already invested £10m in the region

Par Equity, an Edinburgh-based specialist in high-growth early-stage tech businesses, is increasing its support for cutting-edge companies in Northern Ireland to £20 million after a string of successful transactions.

Established in 2008, Par Equity has built a strong reputation for backing young, innovative companies in Northern Ireland, Scotland and England’s northeast and supporting them with its growing team of expert advisors.

The company, which has already invested £10 million in a range of successful early-stage companies including Datactics, Cumulus, Plotbox and TriVirum, said the additional funds would help ambitious local firms to develop new technologies and expand into new markets, unlock other forms of funding along the way.