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Time for a tax spring clean

Time for a tax spring clean

By Louise Kelly, Audit Partner, Grant Thornton in Belfast Friday 1st March 2019 marked the start of spring in the meteorological calendar. In addition to any spring cleaning around the house, now is a good time to pay some attention to your tax affairs before this tax year ends on 5th April 2019. The first…

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Sarah proves to be ‘pitch perfect’ at IoD Women’s Leadership Conference

ARAH PROVES TO BE ‘PITCH PERFECT’ AT IoD WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

An Armagh inventor has been awarded a £4,000 funding boost after proving to be ‘pitch perfect’ at the IoD NI Women’s Leadership Conference. Sarah McAnallen is the creator of Ezi-Sock, a device that makes putting on socks easier for people with reduced mobility. Delegates at the conference, which attracted around 450 business leaders to Titanic…

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Northern Ireland businesses showing great resilience against uncertain backdrop

Courtesy of Tourism NI

By Kirsty McManus, National Director, Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland The Northern Ireland business community has had a lot to contend with over recent years from the ongoing hiatus at Stormont to the continuing uncertainty that still shrouds Brexit. Rather than allow these (largely political) matters to deter them however, local firms are continuing…

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Magell announces £5 million investment in Belfast flexible office space

Magell Limited is investing £5 million in Belfast city centre in a move which will radically enhance the flexible workspace offering and propel the company to be one of the leading suppliers of flexible office space in Northern Ireland. The Northern Irish based investor and developer has commercial assets throughout the UK and has announced…

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Loganair confirms start date for Belfast City-Carlisle route

LOGANAIR CONFIRMS START DATE FOR BELFAST CITY – CARLISLE ROUTE

Loganair has announced it will commence its five-times weekly service from George Best Belfast City Airport to Carlisle Lake District Airport on 4th July 2019. The airline will connect Northern Ireland with Cumbria and the Lake District, which attracts 45 million visitors each year. Katy Best, Commercial Director at Belfast City Airport, said: “There is…

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Final call for entries in search for Northern Ireland’s Best Small Visitor Attraction

John McGrillen, CEO Toursim NI; and Katy Best, Commercial and Marketing Director at Belfast City Airport

Attractions and experiences across Northern Ireland have until Friday 1st March to submit entries for the Belfast City Airport competition in partnership with Tourism NI  Attractions and experiences have until Friday 1st March to enter the search for Northern Ireland’s Best Small Visitor Attraction – a competition which will offer the winner a prize of…

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Warrenpoint Port records highest tonnage in its history

WARRENPOINT PORT RECORDS HIGHEST TONNAGE IN ITS HISTORY

Warrenpoint Port handled 3.6 million tonnes of cargo in 2018, the highest annual level recorded in the harbour’s history. The total value of goods moving through the port also reached record levels, surpassing £6.5 billion for the first time. The trading figures confirmed Warrenpoint’s position as the second largest port in Northern Ireland as it…

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How to unlock up to £2 million tax relief

HOW TO UNLOCK UP TO £2 MILLION TAX RELIEF

By Louise Kelly, Audit Partner, Grant Thornton in Belfast It is not often that we feel we are getting something for nothing, but with the introduction of an increase in the Annual Investment Allowance, it almost seems that we are nearly there. The Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) is the tax relief a company gets when…

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12% uplift in website sessions for Girls Brigade Northern Ireland

Pictured at the GBNI Headquarters in Antrim, is (from left), Deborah McMahon, GBNI Chairperson; Alison Stevenson, GBNI President and Jeremy Biggerstaff, Managing Director at Flint Studios.

Girls Brigade Northern Ireland (GBNI) has reported a 12% increase in website sessions throughout the fourth quarter of 2018, when compared to the same period in 2017. This notable uplift in visitors to the GBNI website is attributable to the organisation’s new Kentico Content Management System (CMS) website – officially launched alongside its web-partner Flint…

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