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  • First Banbridge, now Newry: Greggs plan ANOTHER store on our doorstep

    on Jan 10, 17 • in business, Featured, In Your Area, Newry, News • with No Comments

    First Banbridge, now Newry: Greggs plan ANOTHER store on our doorstep

    Greggs is planning yet another new outlet – this time in Newry, Armagh I can reveal. It will be based at the Buttercrane Shopping Centre and will prove a huge lift for the complex. News of the popular brand name will be greeted with excitement locally as it is a firm favourite. Tonight (Tuesday), it has advertised the position for a new shop manager for the planned Newry outlet. The company has plans to open a raft of new stores here. Greggs began last year by revealing that it was planning to create around

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  • Banbridge’s famous Coach complex seeks approval for a new roof-top bar!

    on Jan 8, 17 • in Banbridge, business, Entertainment, Featured, In Your Area, News • with No Comments

    Banbridge’s famous Coach complex seeks approval for a new roof-top bar!

    One of Northern Ireland’s leading entertainment venues could be in line for a further welcome investment in 2017. The Coach complex – at Church Square in Banbridge – is already home to a thriving nightclub, bar and grill. And now the owners hope to add an additional bar – on the roof! The Coach has been for many years a leading port of call for revellers from all over and is now recognised as the oldest nightclub in the north. It was taken over by Osiris in the summer of 2014 and has never looked

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  • Armagh shop warns others after inadvertently accepting fake £20 note

    on Dec 23, 16 • in Armagh, business, In Your Area, News • with No Comments

    Armagh shop warns others after inadvertently accepting fake £20 note

    A city shop has warned others to be on the alert after inadvertently accepting a fake bank note this afternoon. The Royal Bank of Scotland £20 note was used by two young people to buy goods. It was not until afterwards the staff realised the note was counterfeit. The shop staff are asking others to check all notes before accepting them. The potential exists for more such incidents with the last minute Christmas rush upon us. Similarly, the public should also check their change. Police also revealed a number of incidents had been reported across

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  • Co Armagh-based heating company named best in UK at presitigious awards

    on Dec 23, 16 • in business, In Your Area, News, Portadown • with No Comments

    Co Armagh-based heating company named best in UK at presitigious awards

    Portadown-based plumbing and heating supplier Bassetts fought off stiff competition from national companies to win the coveted title of the UK’s Heating and Plumbing Merchant of the Year at a recent awards ceremony in London. The local company, which has 15 branches in Northern Ireland, was crowned the winner at the Builders’ Merchant Awards in the highly competitive category against businesses such as City Plumbing Supplies which has over 300 stores across the UK. Now in its fifteenth year, the Builders’ Merchant Awards celebrate the success of the best exponents of great business practice in

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  • New jobs to follow as JF McKenna looks set to win approval for huge expansion

    on Dec 12, 16 • in Armagh, business, Featured, In Your Area, News • with No Comments

    New jobs to follow as JF McKenna looks set to win approval for huge expansion

    A huge extension by a family-run business in Armagh – which is expected to create 10 new jobs – looks set to be given the go-ahead this week, Armagh I can reveal. And it will not be before time, as news of the proposed development – part of an investment of more than £4 million – was first revealed in 2014. The extension by JF McKenna on the Cathedral Road has been held up for a variety of reasons, despite the submission of a planning application in March 2015. It was the year before that

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  • Council confirms free Saturday parking across borough in run-up to Christmas

    on Nov 28, 16 • in business, News • with No Comments

    Council confirms free Saturday parking across borough in run-up to Christmas

    Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council has confirmed it will introduce free Saturday parking in the run-up to Christmas, providing a fresh seasonal boost for businesses and shoppers. The free Saturday parking scheme kicks off on Saturday December 3, one of the busiest shopping days of the year, and runs until Saturday, December 17. Parking is already free on Sundays. Shoppers and businesses are being advised to note that during the festive season, the free Saturday parking offer applies only to council-owned and operated car parks and off-street pay-and-display parking areas. Lord Mayor of

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  • Tayto bags deal in China while Irwin’s Bakery gets slice of the action too!

    on Nov 20, 16 • in business, In Your Area, News, Portadown, Tandragee • with No Comments

    Tayto bags deal in China while Irwin’s Bakery gets slice of the action too!

    Two of Northern Ireland’s most iconic brands – both County Armagh-based – have landed lucrative orders overseas. Portadown’s Irwin’s Bakery and Tandragee’s own Tayto have bagged business in China. Invest Northern Ireland Chief Executive Alastair Hamilton has congratulated both on their successes. They are among 11 local companies visiting and exhibiting at Food Hotel China this week, an event exclusively aimed at imported food, drink and hospitality supplies for the retail and foodservice sectors in China. Irwin’s Bakery has secured a valuable order with United Merchant Food in Beijing, while Tandragee-based Tayto NI has recently

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  • Portadown McDonalds to close – but it’s actually good news…!

    on Nov 12, 16 • in business, Featured, In Your Area, News, Portadown • with No Comments

    Portadown McDonalds to close – but it’s actually good news…!

    A Co Armagh McDonalds restaurant will close in the New Year. But it will only be a temporary measure to allow for a major make-over. Fast food will get a whole lot faster at the drive-thru restaurant at Meadow Lane, beside the Meadows Shopping Centre. The world’s leading ‘on the go’ food franchise will be investing over £390,000 in redeveloping the facility. Plans for the proposed work would see the provision of additional drive-thru window facilities. The existing entrance lobby will also be demolished and rebuilt bigger. There will be minor changes to the overall

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  • Almac continues global dominance with £20m expansion plans

    on Nov 11, 16 • in business, Craigavon, In Your Area, News • with No Comments

    Almac continues global dominance with £20m expansion plans

    County Armagh pharmaceutical firm Almac has unveiled a £20m investment in Philadelphia as it continues to expand in America. The company will also spend £5m on expanding its Craigavon headquarters with a new laboratory and office. Almac also announced it was spending £2m on the Arran Chemical Company site in Athlone. Almac Group chief executive Alan Armstrong said: “Due to significant industry demand for our services, it is essential we build capacity and increase headcount to ensure we continue to compete at a global level. “This year we are celebrating our twentieth year in the

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  • Co Armagh prestige car dealership enters administration

    on Nov 4, 16 • in business, Featured, In Your Area, News, Portadown • with No Comments

    Co Armagh prestige car dealership enters administration

    A County Armagh car dealership has gone into administration. David Prentice (Cars) – which operates BMW and Mini dealerships from the Seagoe Industrial Estate – is one of the most renowned names in the industry in Northern Ireland. It has been trading for more than three decades. But it has been confirmed that the business has entered administration. Belfast-based Keenan Corporate Finance duo Scott Murray and Tom Keenan have been appointed joint administrators. But the 65 staff who work for the David Prentice group will remain. Business has now been transferred to a new named

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