ONE of the things that has surprised me most since taking up post as chief executive of Belfast Chamber at the start of September was the extent of optimism that exists within the city’s business community.
THE recently-retired chief executive of Invest NI Alastair Hamilton has received a knighthood in the 2020 new year's honours list in recognition of his services to economic development in Northern Ireland.
:: Popular Belfast coffee shop chain District, owned by Downpatrick businessman David Rea and operated by Bangor hospitality professional Richard Stitt, opened its third outlet in the city on the Lisburn Road, adding to its existing sites on the Ormeau and Stranmillis Roads.
Independent News & Media, the parent group of the Belfast Telegraph and Sunday Life newspapers as well as the Irish Independent, Sunday Independent, the Herald and Sunday World, accepted a takeover offer by a Belgian media group for €145.6 million (£125.7 million)
FOR first time in its century-plus history, two senior businesswomen will be at the helm of Newry Chamber of Commerce and Trade, a voluntary organisation set up in 1892 and which represents in excess of 200 companies.
JAMES Brown & Sons, the name synonymous with arranging family funerals in Belfast since 1904, has expanded to Knockbreda in south Belfast and Dunmurry by integrating with Funeral Partners, the third largest funeral business in the UK.