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Gambling with people's livelihoods is reckless and irresponsible

Stephen Kelly
AN engineering firm whose Irish customers have asked that their products are moved south before St Patrick's Day for fear of getting stranded in the north and a food firm who, to protect the other 75 per cent of their workforce, will have to put a quarter of their staff on protective notice as their Irish supermarket customer won’t pass on a 40 per cent tariff cost to their shoppers .

The perfect storm

Claire McCombe
“Bottom Line: there’s no such thing as a good or bad idea regardless of price!” - Howard Marks In recent months, capital markets have been grappling with a slowdown in economic growth.

Upcoming city centre developments suggest a promising new year

Declan Flynn
THE commercial property sector within Belfast has remained resilient over the past number of years, in spite of the many challenges the Northern Irish economy has thrown its way not least the ongoing confusion surrounding Brexit 2018 closed its doors on a successful 12 months, and from what we know already, 2019 is looking promising.

There’s plenty of potential in China

Jonathan Sloan
CHINESE New Year is fast approaching on February 5, when the Chinese community all over the world will celebrate by lighting fireworks, giving red envelopes of money to children and enjoying celebratory meals to usher in the Year of the Pig.

Global consumer trends that will define 2019

Julie Galbraith
THE last year proved challenging after a surge in the number of retailers collapsing into administration, closing stores or cutting rents using the CVA (company voluntary arrangement) insolvency procedure.

Media priorities versus investor priorities

Claire McCombe
THE temptation to exaggerate the role of a box office trade skirmish between two global economic superpowers in the performance of capital markets has been undeniably strong.

The business of love

Roseann Kelly
I KNOW there is some time before Valentine’s Day, but this year it is important that in business we focus a lot more on love.

Why 2019 must be a year of change for the high street

Claire Aiken
WHAT is it about football and the Premier League that attracts so many colourful and influential characters? The civic passion it evokes across the UK, Ireland and internationally as well as the financial clout required to influence it, are two undoubted factors.

Breaking the mould to attract diverse workforce

Kirsty McManus
ONGOING skills shortages, not just in Northern Ireland, but across the United Kingdom, are consistently among the main issues cited to us by members as their most pressing business challenges.

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