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LK Communications reappointed to Visit Belfast’s agency roster for third consecutive time

Visit Belfast has reappointed LK Communications to help support its mission to rebuild the city’s tourism economy and recovery plans through to 2024.

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Lookers appoints Danny Bishop to new people-focused leadership role

Danny Bishop joins as Head of Learning and Development in newly-created position

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New Ambassador Circle launched to promote Northern Ireland as a leading international business and events destination

A new initiative, the Ambassador Circle, was launched today to target and significantly grow the number of international business events hosted in Northern Ireland and promote Northern Ireland as a leading business and events destination.

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Armagh City’s iconic Georgian Weekend celebrates its rich history and heritage from Thursday 25 November

One of Northern Ireland’s biggest heritage celebrations takes place this weekend when Armagh’s Georgian Weekend returns with a big line-up of outstanding food, drink and plenty of entertainment and activity to mark the official start of the Christmas countdown.

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Lidl Northern Ireland posts strong full year results amid exponential growth

Lidl Northern Ireland today posted strong full year results for the 2020/2021 trading year, demonstrating exponential business growth during a period of unprecedented challenges.

The retailer, who was recently named Retail Company of the Year at the Business Eye Awards filed financial results for the period March 2020 – February 2021 recorded turnover of more than £345 million - up almost a quarter on the previous year.

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Befrienders brew up series of afternoon tea events to support the elderly and isolated across Belfast

Volunteer befrienders across Belfast have been brewing up a series of new afternoon tea events aimed at supporting vulnerable older people who experience social isolation and loneliness to establish new friendships, create connections and enjoy a social day out.

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We’re hiring…

If you’re creative, driven and media savvy and want to work alongside the brightest minds in PR, advertising, design, social &, digital, we’d love to hear from you. Say hello@lkcommunications.co.uk

Closing date Friday 3rd December 2021.

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Shoppers set to bag their Christmas shop for just £1 as Lidl Northern Ireland’s charity Trolley Dash returns

Shoppers set to bag their Christmas shop for just £1 as Lidl Northern Ireland’s charity Trolley Dash returns

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Olympic heroes unite to put mental health in the spotlight with launch of Lidl Northern Ireland’s Sport for Good campaign

Lidl Northern Ireland’s Sport for Good campaign returns for third year to promote positive mental health through sport within local secondary schools

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Galgorm partners with top clinical expert to launch Aesthetics at The Skin Clinic

Leading skincare expert and clinician Dr Andrew Mottram takes residency at The Skin Clinic at Galgorm, offering a brand-new suite of anti-ageing treatments

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Lidl Northern Ireland launches recruitment roadshow to hire 100 permanent new retail roles across its store network

Lidl Northern Ireland is launching a recruitment roadshow to hire for 100 permanent new retail roles across its network of stores throughout the region to support its continued growth and expansion.

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Northern Irish entrepreneur launches new book aimed at empowering female business leaders

Award-winning Northern Irish entrepreneur and renowned business leader Mairead Mackle has launched a new book aimed at inspiring women to become women of power, featuring a powerful collection of insights and inspiration from 16 top female leaders from around the world.

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Belfast ranked in Top 20 global sustainable destinations

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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Rushmere Shopping Centre adds four new retailers ahead of Christmas

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

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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 that will fill 130 jobs over the next six months.

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My Special Aflac DuckTM arrives in Northern Ireland

Aflac Northern Ireland, a subsidiary of Aflac Incorporated, has joined forces with the Children’s Cancer Unit Charity to help provide comfort to local children diagnosed with cancer.

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

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.

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Leading international choir festival scales up with launch of global Virtual Choral Trail

City of Derry International Choir Festival gets warmed up for 20 October launch with call for choirs around the world to join its showstopping virtual choral event

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Harnessing business expertise for good policy gains

The stopwatch for next year’s election to the Northern Ireland Assembly has started. Whether that time runs out next May, as initially planned, or before that, remains to be seen.

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Lookers launches major drive to recruit 100 technicians in UK and Ireland

Top three UK car retailer and aftersales group Lookers plc has launched a new campaign to recruit 100 technicians across its UK & Ireland network of 152 dealerships and is urging skilled and graduate technicians to see what is on offer.

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Lidl Northern Ireland crunches new £11 million supply deal with fresh food producer Willowbrook Foods

Lidl Northern Ireland has awarded Newtownards-based fresh food producer Willowbrook Foods an expanded supply deal worth £11 million – almost double its previous contract - to supply 25 new lines of fresh convenience foods across its network of 210 stores throughout the island of Ireland.

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We’re on the hunt for an exceptional Client Director and Client Manager to join our award-winning team.

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The Old Inn unlocks its doors to reveal £1 million refurbishment

Galgorm Collection today revealed plans to throw open the doors of its newest venture and welcome guests and visitors back to The Old Inn, Crawfordsburn from Friday 3 September

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Lidl Northern Ireland tackles period poverty with launch of major new initiative offering free period products to shoppers

Lidl Northern Ireland becomes first supermarket in the region to support those affected by period poverty in major new initiative backed by Homeless Period Belfast

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Sensational City of Derry International Choir Festival launches on 20 October

Ireland’s Maiden City confirms world class, big-name programme of live and digital choral events for 2021

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Armagh’s award-winning Food & Cider Weekend returns in September

Scrumptious food, bubbling cider and a huge serving of top-end gastronomic experiences are all back on the menu next month when Armagh’s award-winning Food and Cider Weekend gets under way on Thursday 9 September.

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Spoon Street confirms fifth Northern Ireland store opening at Rushmere

Northern Ireland self-serve frozen yogurt sensation Spoon Street is on its way to Rushmere Shopping Centre as part of renewed growth plans to add new stores and jobs across the region.

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Top Portadown gift specialist bags extra space in new retail expansion

One of Portadown’s most successful independent retailers, The Bottom Drawer, has bagged a 35% extension to its retail space, making way for a growing product range after a strong rise in walk-in and online sales.

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Iconic NI band The Outcasts to take Punk to the Park

The ever-popular Belfast punk band, The Outcasts are set to make an explosive return to the stage at Ward Park in Bangor at Punk in the Park this summer as restrictions are eased and live gigs are permitted.

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Galgorm Collection acquires historic hotel The Old Inn, Crawfordsburn

The investment by Galgorm Collection, which owns the world-renowned Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort and a number of other properties across Belfast and Antrim, includes £1 million in further development and extension plans to the property.

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New hospitality training school launches offering guaranteed employment with three of Northern Ireland’s top hotels

The Gallaher Trust has announced the launch of the Northern Ireland Hospitality School offering enrollers the chance to gain a hospitality qualification and secure guaranteed employment with one of Northern Ireland’s top hotels.

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Lidl announced as first retailer to become JAM Card friendly in support of vulnerable customers

Lidl Northern Ireland, together with the NOW Group, has announced it will be the first retailer to become Just A Minute (JAM) Card friendly across its network of stores in the island of Ireland over the coming weeks. Lidl has also committed to sponsoring 6,000 JAM Cards which contributes towards keeping the cards free and accessible to those who need them.

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Galgorm Collection set to open The Rabbit Hotel & Retreat this summer

Galgorm Collection has announced the opening of Northern Ireland’s newest luxury hotel in an investment worth £10 million that will create an additional 26 hospitality jobs, taking its total workforce to almost 100 team members, and provide an exciting welcome break for visitors from this summer.

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Lookers Completes Senior Management Appointments

Lookers plc has confirmed the appointment of Chris Whitaker to the role of Chief People Officer, effective immediately, completing a series of Senior Management appointments.

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Lidl Northern Ireland & McCulla Launch Fully Green Transport Fleet

Lidl Northern Ireland has become the first retailer in the UK and Ireland to launch a fully green transport fleet powered by waste-to-energy generation, in partnership with leading local logistics company McCulla Transport.

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Galgorm Collection launches recruitment drive for over 180 new hospitality jobs

Galgorm today announced the launch of a brand new recruitment drive to hire more than 180 additional new team members for a range of hospitality roles for its hotels and restaurants in Ballymena, Belfast and Templepatrick.

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Rainbow Communications embarks on new plan for growth with Radius

Leading Northern Ireland IT and telecoms solutions provider Rainbow Communications is on new path for renewed growth after being acquired by Sunday Times Top Track 100 company Radius Payment Solutions.

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Lidl prices this Mother’s Day

Lidl Northern Ireland is your one-stop shop this year for the ideal luxurious Mother’s Day gifts. Whether your mum is a candle or diffuser lover, a flower queen or an espresso enthusiast, Lidl has affordable but chic options to spoil your mum this year with prices starting at just £3.59.

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Armagh streams six-day Home of St Patrick Festival to the world

Ireland’s real home of St Patrick, Armagh, has unveiled details of a packed six-day schedule of events to celebrate the island’s famous patron saint with the world this month.

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Irwin’s Bakery Proves a £50m Success with Lidl Northern Ireland

Irwin’s Bakery has proven a big success with Lidl Northern Ireland as the region’s fastest growing supermarket today confirmed a new and expanded contract for the full year ahead after a successful 20-year partnership deal worth more than £50 million.

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Schools Score £120,000 Sports Investment with Lidl Northern Ireland

Lidl Northern Ireland has gone to top of the class after awarding 40 secondary schools £3,000 worth of vouchers each to secure essential brand-new sports equipment as part of the retailer’s Sport for Good initiative, which aims to encourage and support young people to make the most of the physical and mental benefits of sport participation.

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Visit Belfast maps out city tourism recovery in new three-year approach

Visit Belfast has outlined the development of its new strategy to support the city’s economic recovery post Covid-19.

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Raindrop targets self-employed with new all-in-one online pension solution

Raindrop is a flexible, smart and secure solution specifically designed for self-employed workers to save for their futures in one easy-to-use online platform.

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Lidl Northern Ireland Creates 170 New Roles in Local Jobs Boost and Invests £300,000 in COVID Employee Bonus

New roles are being created to support Lidl’s growth across the region and will expand the retailer’s workforce to over 1,200 staff

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New figures indicate strong online business uplift for dealerships in 2020

Vehicle Vision says pandemic puts UK motor industry on new digital path in 2021

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Lidl Northern Ireland on the Hunt for Kids with Bags of Style to Design New Recycled Shopping Bags

One lucky winner will have their masterpiece printed on new recycled shopping bags stocked in all 40 Lidl Northern Ireland stores

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Wirefox fires up Belfast plans to deliver £70m Grade A office scheme in 2022

Construction already under way and funding firmly secured to deliver landmark 200,000 sq. ft in Belfast city centre

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Southern Regional College stages Northern Ireland’s biggest Christmas Panto

Thousands of students across Northern Ireland joined forces for the Beauty and the Beast digital extravaganza

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Vehicle Vision Marks Industry-first in Smart Communications Platform Launch

New Assist platform will transform the customer – dealership experience, says founders.

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Shoppers Bag a Festive Feast for Free with Lidl Northern Ireland’s Trolley Dash

Annual charity dash raises a staggering £100,000 for NSPCC Northern Ireland this Christmas.

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Portadown’s High Street Mall set for new Lidl Northern Ireland early next year

New £6 million town centre investment will support 120 jobs as part of region-wide expansion.

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Lidl Northern Ireland celebrates milestone 40th store opening in Holywood Exchange Retail Park

Northern Ireland’s fastest-growing supermarket creates 30 jobs and invests £3 million in new store opening

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Shelbourne Motors puts connectivity first in major new investment

Shelbourne Motors enlists Rainbow Communications to add new Cloud-based contact and online technology to its growing business.

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Lidl Northern Ireland pledges £32 million local investment and support of more than 1,000 jobs in the development of five new stores

Full steam ahead for new Belfast store plans at Boucher Road, Crumlin Road, Castlereagh Road, Holywood Exchange and Shore Road.

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Lidl Customers Given Chance to Bag their Christmas Shop for Just £1 as Trolley Dash Returns in aid of NSPCC Northern Ireland

Sweepstake tickets on sale in 40 Lidl stores across the region from 16th – 29th November with 100% of proceeds donated to charity partner NSPCC.

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Northern Ireland motoring giant Colin McNab confirms retirement

Colin McNab steps down from Charles Hurst after almost 50 years’ service to the local motor industry.

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Aflac celebrates one year in NI ahead of targeted recruitment goals

Aflac Northern Ireland has officially marked its first year in Northern Ireland. The company has opened a new state-of-the-art hub at Belfast’s City Quays 2 and confirmed that with 65 employees now on board, it is well ahead of its three-year target to recruit 150 local tech staff by 2023.

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Client Executive – We’re Hiring. Is this YOU?

Are you looking to kick start your PR career with one of Northern Ireland’s leading communications agencies? Are you a motivated self-starter with a passion for news and public relations?

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Sporting Legends Join Forces to Launch Lidl Northern Ireland Sport for Good 2020 Campaign

Secondary schools across Northern Ireland set to score £120,000 worth of new sports equipment

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New South Lake Leisure Centre safely opens in Craigavon

The new South Lake Leisure Centre opened safely to the public and in line with current public health guidelines today, Monday 2 November 2020.

The expansive state-of-the-art facility is home to a brand new 50-metre, eight-lane swimming pool and 1,000m2 gym – the largest on the island of Ireland – and is now open seven days a week on a pre-booking basis for everyone to enjoy.

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Council awards contract for hospitality services at South Lake Leisure Centre

Leading local social enterprise incredABLE awarded contract to deliver hospitality services at South Lake Leisure Centre.

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Lidl Northern Ireland Charity Partnership With NSPCC Blossoms

Lidl Northern Ireland has announced the second extension of the retailer’s charity partnership with NSPCC Northern Ireland. The partnership will continue until 2022 with Lidl Northern Ireland increasing its fundraising commitment to a staggering £600,000 in support of NSPCC Northern Ireland’s vital services across the region.

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Apple embraces 5G in its newest iPhone series

In the face of all the gloom, there was at least some sense of ‘normality' last week after Apple kept to its promise and finally revealed its new iPhone 12 series to the world. The launch may have been a month late but still worth the wait and with some surprising albeit unexpected innovations announced.

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Rainbow Communications secures Microsoft Silver Partner status

Northern Ireland’s largest independent cloud telecommunications and IT provider, Rainbow Communications, has been accredited as a global Microsoft Silver partner, putting it in the top five percent of companies in the world which holds the award.

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£20m premium parking facility opens at Belfast’s Grosvenor Road

Value Car Parks launches new 575 space state-of-the-art parking facility in Belfast City Centre as McCausland Group marks 100 years in business.

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The Post Office makes a special delivery for Magowan West Shopping Centre

New branch for Portadown Post Office at West Street and more retail announcements expected soon.

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LK Communications Further Strengthens Senior Team

LK Communications today named a new addition to its senior team.

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Galgorm Skin Clinic Announces New Partnership with IMAGE Skincare

Leading skin clinic expands premier skincare offering and launches new IMAGE tailored facial.

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Local Biosciences Company Launches New ‘Best in Class’ Hand Sanitiser Providing Optimal Protection

Torax Biosciences, a leading Northern Ireland life sciences and biomedical company, has launched a revolutionary new, clinically approved hand sanitiser proven to kill 99.99% of bacteria and viruses .

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Armagh Food & Cider Weekend is back on the menu

Ireland’s Orchard County’s award-winning food and drink event confirmed for a September return.

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Rainbow Communications marks a decade at the top for mobile growth

Northern Ireland’s largest independent telecoms company hails importance of mobile and data services to economic growth.

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More Armagh visitor attractions set to reopen for visitors for August

Armagh County Museum, Market Place Theatre and Brownlow House follow Navan Centre & Fort and FE McWilliam Gallery in opening their doors

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Let’s Eat Out to Help Out Our Belfast’s City Centre Hospitality Businesses

As the UK Government’s 4-week initiative ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ gets underway, Belfast’s first citizen, Lord Mayor Alderman Frank McCoubrey was doing just that.

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FE McWilliam Gallery & Studio reopens today

One of the UK and Ireland’s artistic ‘hidden gems’ is safely welcoming everyone back

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Armagh’s Navan Centre reopens on 30 July with the ultimate new experience.

Steeped in Celtic history, Navan Centre in Ireland’s Orchard County provides a legendary FREE day out this August

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Lidl Northern Ireland Harvests New Crop of Home-Grown Artisan Producers

First Minister Arlene Foster welcomes Galgorm’s newest tourism investment as guests are safely welcomed back.

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Galgorm Unveils New Spa Attractions as Part of £2 Million Expansion Project

First Minister Arlene Foster welcomes Galgorm’s newest tourism investment as guests are safely welcomed back.

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Hop to it… The Rabbit Bar & Restaurant Opens with Enchanting New Dining Experience

New-look bar and restaurant launches this month to mark the arrival of The Rabbit Hotel, formerly known as The Templeton.

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Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort Among UK’s First Hotels to Secure New AA COVID Confident Mark

Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort has become one of the UK’s first hospitality businesses to secure the new AA COVID Confident Mark for its health and safety commitment ahead of reopening on Friday 24th July.

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Greenisland Flowers in full bloom after securing new supply deal with Lidl Northern Ireland

Top Northern Ireland horticulturalist Greenisland Flowers is blooming today after securing a new supply deal with Lidl Northern Ireland to ship more than four million stems of freshly cut tulips, lilies and scented stocks to its 202 stores in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

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Belfast Chamber and Ardmore to host free resilience workshop for businesses

Local and international experts join leading panel this week to help NI businesses get back on track

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Northern Ireland’s FE colleges launch new drive to promote business recovery through part-time learning

FE Colleges say part-time and online learning can help to power regional economic growth.

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Rushmere Shopping Centre & Retail Park plans drive-in movie weekend as retail prepares to rev up in June

Preparations under way for wider reopening at one of Northern Ireland’s largest retail destinations

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Lidl Northern Ireland strikes £24m supply contract with Fermanagh’s Crust & Crumb

Landmark export deal will drive new pizza sales in more than 1,000 stores across UK and Ireland.

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Visit Belfast puts the City on the Digital Map for Audiences at Home and Away

Belfast’s tourism appeal is reaching the homes of millions of people both near and far, thanks to a range of targeted digital activity aimed at keeping online users regularly engaged.

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New NI campaign launched to encourage more people to ‘Make It Click’ online

A new campaign was launched today to provide people across Northern Ireland with the tools to upskill their digital abilities and improve online confidence as thousands of people turn to the internet to help navigate the COVID-19 crisis whilst tackling isolation at home.

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Charles Hurst Putting Frontline Workers First

Charles Hurst has announced it will open its Jaguar Land Rover workshop from 6th April to provide car repairs for frontline and essential key workers.

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Galgorm Says Thank You to Frontline NHS Workers

Galgorm Collection will be donating a staggering £750,000 worth of experience vouchers to the Northern Health & Social Care Trust frontline staff in recognition for their hard work, bravery, and commitment to helping patients throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Frontline First

Carsmetic NI, part of the Charles Hurst Group, has completed delivery of its first batch of essential protective equipment to medical staff at Craigavon Area Hospital.

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New Armagh SRC Campus Secures Top Rating For Sustainability

BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating puts Armagh SRC among the most sustainable FE colleges in the UK and Ireland

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Volunteers Sniff Out Opportunities with Launch of New Online Search Portal

Volunteer Now, the lead organisation for promoting and supporting volunteering across Northern Ireland, is urging people in Belfast to get into volunteering and find their perfect match through its brand new online search portal.

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La Mon Signals New Conference and Events Strength After £2m Investment

Rainbow Communications adds a new superfast oomph at La Mon Hotel & Country Club

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CastleCourt Leaps into Creative Learning with Launch of New Kid’s Club

CastleCourt today launched its brand-new ‘Shopstars’ kid’s club - a free, monthly educational workshop kicking off this Saturday 29th February from 12-4 pm.

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Armagh Celebrates St Patrick With 12-day Festival

Ireland’s ecclesiastical capital, Armagh, has announced details of a 12-day festival spectacular to celebrate the life and times of St Patrick, the island’s world-famous patron saint.

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National PR Awards Shortlist for LK Communications

LK Communications is delighted to be shortlisted in the PRCA Digital Awards 2020 for ‘Best Use Of Social Media Influencers in a Campaign’ for its work with Visit Belfast in delivering a powerful tourism destination campaign – ‘Make It Belfast’.

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New Craigavon Leisure Centre on Track for Summer Opening

Six-month Countdown to Completion of Flagship South Lake Leisure Centre.

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Volunteer Now Launches New Volunteering Platform in Partnership with Be Collective

Volunteer Now Launches New Volunteering Platform in Partnership with Be Collective.

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Wirefox Commences World Class Grade A Office Development in Belfast

Construction of transformative city centre office development The Paper Exchange starts this week

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Galgorm Heralds New Decade of Growth

Galgorm Heralds New Decade of Growth after £60m Investment

Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort has welcomed a new decade of growth after a 10-year, £60 million investment program which has transformed the Resort into a world-class international tourism destination. It also plans to invest an additional £20 million over the next five years.

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