business

  • Fantastic opportunity for local businesses to establish new cross-border markets

    on Feb 14, 17 • in Armagh, business, In Your Area, News • with No Comments

    Fantastic opportunity for local businesses to establish new cross-border markets

    Building on the successes of the Opportunity Export event held last year a major trade mission is now being targeted to the Republic of Ireland. Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council in conjunction with InterTradeIreland, will deliver an Export Readiness Workshop on Monday 27 February in Council Offices, The Palace Demesne, Armagh at 8.30 am. The Export Readiness workshop, which is completely free of charge to participants, will foster trade links between local businesses in the council area and the Republic of Ireland. It will feature export advice and information from industry experts including

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  • Valentine’s Day sorted with this Lurgan off-licence offering Buckfast hampers

    on Feb 11, 17 • in business, In Your Area, Lurgan, News • with No Comments

    Valentine’s Day sorted with this Lurgan off-licence offering Buckfast hampers

    With just three days to go, it’s time you got a move on with your Valentine’s Day shopping. For a lot of us, it’s a last minute dart to the shop for some flowers and chocolates, or Primark…we know a few. But fear not, one county Armagh off-licence is offering Valentine’s Day Buckfast hampers. D-Bees in Lurgan are following up on their successful Christmas campaign with these baskets, for the more discerning lover among us. D-Bees simply put: “Everything you need for a romantic night in.” A bottle of bucky…it just screams romance! And it comes to

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  • Family-run Co Armagh business goes into administration after 40 years

    on Feb 10, 17 • in business, Featured, In Your Area, Markethill, News • with No Comments

    Family-run Co Armagh business goes into administration after 40 years

    A family-run county Armagh business operating for more than forty years has gone into administration. Administrators BDO have been appointed to run Cootes (Concrete Products Ltd) on the Redrock Road in Markethill following a High Court hearing earlier this week. The company was set up in 1978 by husband and wife team David and Lynne Coote and is understood to employ around 20 people. Gordon Best, managing director of trade group the Quarry Products Association Northern Ireland, told the Belfast Telegraph: “It is a well-known firm in the Armagh area and this does come as a surprise,&#

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  • Armagh bar up for sale just over a year after reopening

    on Feb 7, 17 • in Armagh, business, Featured, In Your Area, News • with No Comments

    Armagh bar up for sale just over a year after reopening

    One of Armagh’s most popular haunts has been put on the market for sale tonight (Tuesday). Trainors Bar – at Thomas Street in Armagh – can be yours for £200,000. It is being advertised for sale by the neighbouring CPS. Trainors Bar only opened as such towards the end of 2015, when it was taken over by a south Armagh man who also operates a bar in Camlough. The local hostelry – previously known as ‘The Gaslamp’ – had been a mainstay of the Armagh pub scene for many years and had been owned by the

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  • Tayto takes first bite out of popcorn market and snaps up London snack company too!

    on Feb 6, 17 • in business, Featured, In Your Area, News, Tandragee • with No Comments

    Tayto takes first bite out of popcorn market and snaps up London snack company too!

    Co Armagh crisp and snack giant Tayto has taken another major bite out of the market. The family-owned Tandragee company has bought into its first popcorn manufacturer. It now has a 75% share of Portlebay Popcorn, which is based at Plympton in the south of England. The business went into administration six days ago, with Sainsbury’s among the main supplier of the popcorn brand. Tayto has also just bought Tavern Snacks, based in London, as part of the expansion of the company announced today (Monday). Tavern’s core clientele to date has centred on the licensed

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  • ‘Devastating’ news: 33 jobs on line as Co Armagh company in administration

    on Jan 31, 17 • in business, In Your Area, Lurgan, News • with No Comments

    ‘Devastating’ news: 33 jobs on line as Co Armagh company in administration

    Efforts are continuing to try and save 33 jobs after a Co Armagh company went into administration. Maurice Stevenson Ltd is based at the Annesborough Industrial Estate at Lurgan and was founded in 1921. But the mechanical installation company hit hard times following the death of its chief executive and changing market patterns. Local Ulster Unionist election candidate Doug Beattie MC hopes something can be done. He said news that the company had gone into administration was “devastating” for the 33 workers. And he added: “It will also have a detrimental effect on the Lurgan area as

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  • JF McKenna granted approval for major extension at Armagh HQ

    on Jan 30, 17 • in Armagh, business, Featured, In Your Area, News • with No Comments

    JF McKenna granted approval for major extension at Armagh HQ

    Approval has now been given for a major new extension for JF McKenna’s Armagh HQ. An application for the work has been finally been passed almost three years after a major planned investment was first announced. In December, Armagh I reported that it was expected to be given the green light, subject to councillor backing. And now the development – which will create 10 new jobs – has been given the go-ahead. The development represents a huge extension by the family-run business and is part of an investment of more than £4 million in the

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  • Co Armagh based Almac to create 100 jobs with new Dundalk facility

    on Jan 26, 17 • in business, Craigavon, In Your Area, News • with No Comments

    Co Armagh based Almac to create 100 jobs with new Dundalk facility

    County Armagh-based Almac Group is to create 100 new jobs. The global contract pharmaceutical development and manufacturing organisation, which is based in Craigavon, has secured new premises in Dundalk, County Louth, to support its ongoing global expansion plans in response to increased client demand. Almac announced today (Thursday), that it will make a multi-million investment in the new facility at IDA Business Park. The expansion has been supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland, Ireland’s inward investment promotion agency. The facility will be utilised by Almac Pharma Services and Almac

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  • Major extension opened at Co Armagh business park

    on Jan 19, 17 • in business, Craigavon, In Your Area, News • with No Comments

    Major extension opened at Co Armagh business park

    A major extension to a Co Armagh business park has been officially opened. Communities Minister Paul Givan was on hand to perform the task at the Bluestone Business Park in Brownlow, Craigavon. The £748,000 extension – funded by the Northern Ireland Executive through the Department for Communities, – provides eight new business units for both creating new businesses and facilitating the growth plans of existing enterprises. This will cultivate entrepreneurship and encourage development of small businesses within the disadvantaged area of Brownlow which has significant levels of community polarisation and deprivation. Minister Givan said: “The

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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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