Consumer spending

By Andrew Webb, Chief Economist, Grant Thornton I prefer to shop locally, and with three children who seem to get taller every night, the recent reopening of shops was a big relief (to them at least). We sat out the immediate rush on the Friday thinking the bank holiday Monday would be a bit quieter.…

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Recruitment drive

The easing of lockdown restrictions has sparked another major recruitment drive at leading business advisory firm Grant Thornton. The Belfast office has experienced continued growth during the COVID pandemic, with the firm adding 45 colleagues to the team over the last 12 months. Now Grant Thornton is seeking to recruit again at all levels across…

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Belfast Maritime Consortium

A supervisory board has been appointed to oversee the Belfast Maritime Consortium’s project to develop revolutionary zero-emission ferries in the city. Earlier this year, the 13-partner syndicate, headed by Artemis Technologies, won a £33 million government innovation grant for the plans from the UK Research and Innovation’s flagship Strength in Places (SIP) Fund. Working closely…

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Birmingham and Manchester

George Best Belfast City Airport has further strengthened its UK route network, with the inaugural Aer Lingus Regional flights to Birmingham and Manchester taking off today, 14th September. Operated by Stobart Air, these Aer Lingus Regional routes will commence with a double-daily service, with up to three flights daily from 15th October, to conveniently connect passengers with…

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Belfast City Airport today announced the opening of a new Aer Lingus Regional base with the launch of six routes operated by Stobart Air. Services to Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham, East Midlands, Leeds Bradford and Exeter will begin on a phased basis in line with passenger demand. From 27 August, flights from Belfast City to Edinburgh…

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Courtesy of Tourism NI

By Andrew Webb, Chief Economist at Grant Thornton in Belfast Like many, I have been taking my first steps back towards some level of ‘normality’ over the past week or so. A car service warning light that came on at the start of lock down was finally addressed at the start of the week thanks…

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Artemis Technologies eFoiler

A Belfast Maritime Consortium led by Artemis Technologies has won a £33 million UK Government innovation grant to develop zero emissions ferries in the city, that will revolutionise the future of maritime transport. With further investment from consortium partners, the total project investment will reach close to £60m over the next four years, creating an…

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Eastern Airways has announced its return to Northern Ireland with a six-times weekly service from George Best Belfast City Airport to Teesside International Airport. Katy Best, Commercial Director at Belfast City Airport, said: “Commencing on 9th March 2020, this service will further enhance air access from Northern Ireland to the north east of England. “Improving…

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Christopher McCausland and Katy Best stand in front of two Value Cabs cars along with two drivers.

Work is underway at George Best Belfast City Airport to reconfigure the front of house area resulting in improved access to the terminal for passengers using taxi and bus services. This latest phase of work is a continuation of the infrastructure investment announced last year, aimed at enhancing the overall passenger experience. Mark Beattie, Operations…

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