Irish News is ‘Trading Up’ with brand new podcast launch

Podcast will deliver a weekly business insight with serious quality content - and a fun approach

The Irish News is expanding its media portfolio with a new business podcast called ‘Trading Up’
Trading Up host Jim Fitzpatrick in the recording studio (Colm Lenaghan)

The Irish News is expanding its media portfolio with a new business podcast called ‘Trading Up’.

Building on the success of the paper’s award-winning business coverage, the podcast will offer a fun, irreverent, and insightful weekly discussion on major business stories, combined with deep-dive analysis and engagement with business leaders.

Trading Up is hosted by experienced broadcaster and journalist Jim Fitzpatrick, who is returning to his Irish News home where he began his career on the business desk.

Jim, who is also taking up a new role as consulting editor at the Irish News, said: “Trading Up is all about delivering weekly business insight from the best. It’s going to be a space for business leaders to share their secrets of success. It will be serious and quality content, but with a fun approach.”

Each episode will include an analysis of the week’s news with input from the Irish News’ business team Gary McDonald and Ryan McAleer; a detailed look at key economic numbers; a focus on the life of a business leader; and an irreverent look at what policy idea would change the world for the better.

Trading Up will be sponsored by EY, whose Northern Ireland managing partner Rob Heron said: “As a firm that works with many of Northern Ireland’s leading indigenous and international companies, supporting their growth and transformation journeys, we understand the importance of bringing high quality insights to the business community.

“From AI to sustainability, M&A to digital transformation, it is such an exciting and innovative time for businesses here and beyond.

“Podcasts have become a rich, valuable, and much enjoyed medium for busy business professionals today seeking insights, analysis and opportunity.

“We look forward to collaborating with The Irish News’ team to bring this new podcast to local businesses and the wider community.”

The podcast- which can be streamed and downloaded from all platforms - will be available each Wednesday.

In the first episode, Jim will be joined by Mark Gribbin of Setanta Construction. His firm specialises in modular factory-built housing and even built the top floors of a Mayfair hotel in at their Mid Ulster premises.

To listen and download Trading Up, visit here.