The Northern Ireland Green Seas consortium

The Northern Ireland Green Seas consortium has been awarded £398,096 by the UK Department of Transport to investigate ways to decarbonise maritime transport in Northern Ireland. This will be through using zero-emission shore-side electricity and hydrogen-powered vessels as part of the UK’s goal to achieve Net Zero by 2050. The NI Green Seas consortium project…

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Artemis eFoilerTM electric proArtemis eFoilerTM electric propulsion systempulsion system

A study, led by high-performance maritime design and applied technologies company Artemis Technologies has been awarded £533,000 to investigate transformative solutions to decarbonise crew transfer vessel (CTV) operations in the offshore wind sector. The grant, announced at London International Shipping Week, has been awarded as part of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition funded by the…

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British Airways from Belfast City Airport

British Airways is extending three of its newest domestic routes – Exeter, Glasgow and Leeds from George Best Belfast City Airport this Winter season.  Customers will also be able to book direct to Birmingham as the airline further extends its UK network.  Customers can book on BA.com from today with travel between 31 October 2021…

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Director of the Year Awards 2021

The Institute of Directors Northern Ireland in partnership with AIB has launched its annual search for Northern Ireland’s highest achieving business leaders. The Director of the Year Awards 2021 will include a brand new Agility and Resilience category designed to recognise the achievements of business leaders as they responded to a year of adversity in…

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Executive presence in the virtual world Grant Thornton

By Patrick Gallen, Partner, People and Change Consulting, Grant Thornton Ireland I recently read an excellent book by Debra Benton, titled ‘Executive Presence for the Modern Leader’, which details how you can develop executive presence. Benton is an executive coach, c-suite advisor, and bestselling author, so her advice is based on many years of business…

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Sports Clubs - Lighthouse Communications

Jonathan Dickey, Associate Director, Audit & Assurance It has been said that the failure of businesses over the course of the pandemic has largely been due to the fact that their business models were out of date, and that the pandemic has merely hastened their demise. For many sports clubs this narrative resonates, as they…

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Let’s learn from others to shape infrastructure commission

By Kirsty McManus, National Director, Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland The recent commitment by the Northern Ireland Executive to establish an independent infrastructure commission was a crucial first step in delivering a new project planning regime that will catapult this region into the 21st century. The commission that will help drive Northern Ireland’s recovery…

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Terence Donnelly, Executive Chairman of the Donnelly Group, Paul Compton, Site Director, and Dave Sheeran, Managing Director of Donnelly Group, mark the opening of the new Donnelly Honda showroom on the Boucher Road.

Work has been completed at a new landmark Honda showroom on Belfast’s Boucher Road following a £3million investment by the Donnelly Group. The showroom, which is now open to the public, will enhance the customer experience with a full range of demonstrator models, full service and parts facilities along Donnelly Group’s Approved Used range and…

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Andrew Webb, Chief Economist, Grant Thornton As the dust settles on exam results, and schools and colleges gear up for a new term, it feels like a good time to reflect on the skills situation in one of our hottest sectors. It can’t have escaped your notice that over the past number of years, the…

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Rebecca McIlroy, Assistant Manager, Tax When it comes to tax relief on capital expenditure, the devil is in the detail – not all types of expenditure are going to be eligible for tax relief in the same way. If your company is planning to make a capital investment, you may be considering whether to invest…

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