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  • Meat mogul owes success to Michelin-starred London eateries - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    the sudden death of his loving mother Helen aged 64 We lived in a beautiful home away from the farm beside the K Club golf course he said My mother had guests in for lunch and there was garden furniture in the pool area She had an arm full of mattresses and cushions and was walking around the pool She hit her head and fell in and drowned We were awfully close and it was her that got me into the meat trade She was hugely energetic Myself and my eldest brother were away fishing when we got the call And as with many businesses during the Eighties Peter said the Troubles were no less kind to his meat trade We had vans hijacked we had all our meat lifted and stolen he said The challenges with being in Northern Ireland weren t happening anywhere else In the Eighties it was very difficult But Peter now sells to a host of big name stores including London s Fortnum and Mason And the store s meat sales have rocketed 1600 since taking on Hannan Meats top end ranges His big beef relationship with one of the UK s top chefs started out after he told the Michelin starred cook that his steaks simply weren t up to scratch Since then he has enjoyed a long bond with Mark Hix a chef after his own heart who runs eight top eateries throughout England I said you ve a lovely restaurant but your steaks aren t very good Speaking about one of Northern Ireland s biggest meat firms Dunbia which the Belfast Telegraph revealed last week is up for sale Peter said You ll find the likes of the Ameircans JBS Moy Park all of those will be looking at this billion pound business It would have to be a very attractive proposition And on the issue of agri businesses often dealing with fine margins with Dunbia s huge 800m profits towering over a profit of just over 4m he said We are not in as squeaky a margin That far back the line it s huge volume and a small percentage We have tried to remove ourselves from that and I believe the island of Ireland should be taking itself out of that We should be producing something which is sought the world over Overall people are eating less meat but better meat People are prepared to pay a bit more for quality Related Content This time it s personal From the web Sponsored Videos Your Comments COMMENT RULES Comments that are judged to be defamatory abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator s decision is final It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases tribunals and active legal investigations We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse

    Original URL path: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/big-interview/meat-mogul-owes-success-to-michelinstarred-london-eateries-34306123.html (2016-02-15)
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  • This time it's personal - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    Corrigan and his team cooked all our meat beautifully and it was a fantastic event Q And have you ever played any sports A Many years ago I played lots Rugby badminton when injured from rugby clay pigeon shooting and lots of others Q If you enjoy reading can you recommend a book A I have a pretty serious collection of recipe books which I have read from cover to cover But I don t consider that reading I ve been very fortunate to meet a lot of the authors some of whom have become great friends Q How would you describe your early life A It was tough working on a successful busy farm My father boss and myself often laughed about it in later life But that s the way it was I always believed it instigated a work ethic that has stood me in good stead Q How would you assess your time in business with Hannan Meats A It s been wonderful Not without its challenges but building something unique working with great people and having the freedom to choose It s about as good as it gets Q How do you sum up working in the meat industry A It s a wonderful career and I would hugely encourage young people to consider it as a potential occupation Words cannot describe the passion we feel for what we do and when you re doing something you love it doesn t feel like work Imagine getting up every morning for 40 years to do something that you d happily do for free Related Content Mogul owes success to Michelin starred London eateries From the web Sponsored Videos Your Comments COMMENT RULES Comments that are judged to be defamatory abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator s decision is final It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases tribunals and active legal investigations We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse Problems with commenting customercare belfasttelegraph co uk Powered by Livefyre Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Livefyre Read More Institute of Directors annual dinner photos Breda Academy pupils touching tribute to Belfast teen Adam McCormack By Ali Gordon Friends of a teenager who died suddenly have paid him a poignant tribute by completing his woodwork coursework Six Nations Ireland v Wales photos Northern Ireland top 10 car sales Ford VW Hyundai and Vauxhall most popular for Most Read Most Shared Most Commented Lurgan model Terezita sparkles in Take Me Out s Flirty 30 New Articles Breda Academy pupils touching tribute to Belfast teen Adam McCormack New Articles As a young girl growing up in Coleraine Toni Maguire endured years of sexual abuse at the hands of her father and New Articles King of my castle New Articles E s

    Original URL path: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/incoming/this-time-its-personal-34306146.html (2016-02-15)
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  • This time it's personal - Q and A with Saad Hammad - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    if you control your costs you control your destiny So we must never let our costs get out of control It s about discipline and making sure we are rigorous It s about being effective with your spending Q How do you sum up working in airlines A It s a fun industry but a really good piece of advice I received is don t fall in love with it but stay dispassionate and calm and make good economic decisions It s a very challenging industry because there are so many factors geopolitical factors as well as weather fuel prices etc that you can t control But I m a sucker for a challenge Related Content Airline boss on long haul mission to help Flybe take off to new heights from its busy base at Belfast City Airport From the web Sponsored Videos Your Comments COMMENT RULES Comments that are judged to be defamatory abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator s decision is final It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases tribunals and active legal investigations We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse Problems with commenting customercare belfasttelegraph co uk Powered by Livefyre Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Livefyre Read More Is Netflix is proving that one stream can rule them all By Adrian Weckler Anyone who has watched the TV programmes Making A Murderer House Of Cards or Jessica Jones needs no introduction to Netflix The streaming service that started off with old movies and cut price TV I ve had knocks to my confidence but I ve always felt that you have to engage to make It s been a long road for John Thompson Sons chief executive Declan Billington head of one of Europe s biggest animal feed mills Thompsons premises are a familiar sight to motorists coming into Belfast on the M2 but not many will be aware that it s a major NI Water boss Sara Venning As the chief executive you re the decision maker and the She s the leader of one of the top five companies in Northern Ireland but we only hear about her when things go wrong Sara Venning 43 has been chief executive of Northern Ireland Water since 2014 She s the fifth chief executive of the government company or goco set Leading First Trust has been one great opportunity to get the bank back on track First Trust boss Des Moore doesn t see the sell off of parent company AIB as a threat to his business in Northern Ireland And after four decades working in banking the Wexford man has seen his fair share of peaks and troughs in the industry Most Read Most Shared Most Commented Open and direct way to insure the best service

    Original URL path: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/big-interview/this-time-its-personal-q-and-a-with-saad-hammad-34287202.html (2016-02-15)
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  • Airline boss on long-haul mission to help Flybe take off to new heights from its busy base at Belfast City Airport - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    20 regional routes out of Heathrow Now that s down to single digits just four regional routes Over 2016 the airline plans to increase capacity on its Liverpool Edinburgh Glasgow and Aberdeen routes from Belfast We want our routes to perform but he vows that the airline is agile and nimble and reduces or removes routes where necessary We have to be flexible but we don t do anything knee jerk and we do think things through But he rails against the Chancellor George Osborne for not making himself available to discuss the airline chief s idea to resolve the air passenger tax problem Regional passengers in the UK are levied for both their departure and return flights within the UK The Northern Ireland Executive abolished APD on long haul flights but it remains in place for short haul flights at 26 in total Mr Hammad said It s a tax on the regions and you have to pay it twice that s a double whammy I want this government to do something about it I understand if it s not possible to reduce the overall level of tax but can t it be levied in a more fair and equitable manner As it is it s a disproportionate and iniquitous tax on the regions His solution is a higher rate of tax for flying in and out of Heathrow a form of congestion charge similar to the London congestion charge for traffic which he says would level the playing field The father of two loves working in the airline industry and is a former non executive director of Air Berlin and a serving NED with Pegasus the Turkish low cost airline But he cautions against falling in love with the industry His wife Katherine has just finished writing a chick lit novel and while a trans atlantic thriller and romance Mr Hammad says that airlines and the perceived glamour of the aviation industry do not feature heavily And the cost controls he s introduced to Flybe in his turnaround bid are far removed from that glamour That has included not just the closure of bases and the removal of routes but also getting crew to work more efficiently That spirit of cost consciousness that means people work to be more efficient and more practical And he vows that the job isn t over Look I m not going anywhere I m really committed to Flybe and I am not finished yet We have 18 months done of cost cutting but there s another 18 months to go But now the future is secure We re putting the legacy stuff behind us and this will be our first year of real velocity We want to grow and we don t want to stand still I m enthused about our prospects here in Belfast Related Content This time it s personal From the web Sponsored Videos Your Comments COMMENT RULES Comments that are judged to be defamatory abusive or in bad

    Original URL path: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/big-interview/airline-boss-on-longhaul-mission-to-help-flybe-take-off-to-new-heights-from-its-busy-base-at-belfast-city-airport-34287182.html (2016-02-15)
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  • The business chief whose firm has survived the Troubles and the recession to take a bite out of the catering market - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    competitors coming in In 1988 there was just Gardner Merchant and Compass Now there are around nine players and they are in the UK national market and fighting for the same business The catering side will continue to grow at a slower pace but we would see the cleaning division taking off in the next three to four years The average office may not have a catering contract but they will have a cleaning division for every office or public place Mount Charles also has the cleaning contract for Titanic Belfast and in October won the Public Service Buildings Award at the 2015 Kimberley Clark Professional Golden Service Cleaning Awards for its work there It also has the building s security contract Bundled services contracts are key to the future Mr Annon said We always used to contract security from a third party so now we will be in direct control We ll be in charge of our own destiny now that we have our own security division Dublin is a market which will feel a greater focus and Mount Charles has now installed a business development manager there for both catering and cleaning It s a market we really should have been in five six or seven years ago but something else always came in which took greater priority Its Fed Watered business came about after it was asked to take on the failed Paul Rankin cafe at Belfast International Airport in 2008 Mount Charles ended up staying in charge And it didn t take long to come up with a name which captured two colloquialisms around eating and drinking Now there are four at Belfast International City of Derry Obel and Exeter Airport But it s a tough environment There have been some back office facilities like the Obel s Allen Overy an office established for support by the international law firm at Belfast s tallest building and we provide all their support services to them like cleaning facilities reception and the postroom That has been very good for us but in general terms the amount of inward investment has decreased significantly Up until a few years ago every single Government building would have had catering provision but that has decreased and there s maybe about a dozen places with restaurants now From 100 to about a dozen The market has decreased by around 90 That is a significant extraction from the marketplace Whenever government offices withdrew their catering they still had to be cleaned so there was still an opportunity there After 37 years in business he s not keen on revealing his age I ve reached too many birthdays syndrome I m keeping that to myself He s determined to keep going My colleagues and friends know I live for what I do and really love it I cannot go on forever but there s a very clear passion in the Annon family and we want to keep it in the family Cathal Geoghegan joined 14

    Original URL path: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/news/the-business-chief-whose-firm-has-survived-the-troubles-and-the-recession-to-take-a-bite-out-of-the-catering-market-34267606.html (2016-02-15)
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  • 'People here speak from the heart, the Chinese appreciate that' - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    proud of the gaol It s a major asset for the community generating jobs bringing visitors and money into the area and stimulating further regeneration Tim s China odyssey began in 2012 when he was asked by the Executive to organise the visit to Northern Ireland of Chinese Vice Premier Madame Liu Yandong There was immense pressure but it was hugely successful and she had a great rapport with the First and Deputy First Ministers On a recent visit to the UK she remarked that her trip to Belfast had been one of her favourites he said This summer the Chinese government opened a new consulate in Belfast And at the invitation of Madame Liu the Executive is reciprocating with an office in Beijing headed by Tim who s been in the Chinese capital for just over a year laying the groundwork His wife Lisa has recently joined him there There are huge opportunities in China but it s easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer scale and by the challenges Companies are put off by the fact that they don t know enough about China the complicated language and the hugely different culture And the Chinese have really tightened up their business regulations so exporters can become frustrated at the massive bureaucracy that surrounds getting products into market Recently there s been a huge amount of work done to get Northern Ireland meat products into the Chinese market and following visits from the Agriculture Minister Michelle O Neill that s getting closer It s all about personal relationships Northern Ireland people tend to speak from the heart and the Chinese really appreciate that With the Chinese there has to be a personal relationship before there is a business relationship You have to take it at their pace and that can be quite slow But never leave a meeting without talking business otherwise they will think you re not serious As well as forging links for Northern Ireland companies and universities in Beijing and Shanghai Tim is also treading new ground in China The Chinese government wants to see economic transformation in second tier cities and we re active in Shenyang in Liaoning Province Bombardier Queen s and Ulster University are all there and the opportunities are staggering It s a region of 44m people with an emphasis on heavy engineering and minerals The whole world is in Shanghai and Beijing looking for business I think a lot of our companies could find somewhere like Shenyang a more accessible and rewarding way to enter the Chinese market So much for the west east traffic what about east west Tim is convinced that the Chinese will be attracted by investment opportunities in Northern Ireland The Chinese have invested everywhere else in the UK and the recent visit to Britain of President Xi has driven that forward again In the past six months we ve had two senior Chinese government ministers visiting Northern Ireland We have obvious opportunities for infrastructure investment like Titanic Quarter and Ebrington Barracks Tim isn t too concerned that the apparent slowdown in the Chinese economy will diminish opportunities for exporters The Chinese government signalled some time ago that there would be a slowdown some people refer it to as the new normal The new target is 7 growth which we would still be envious of Most economists I ve talked to believe the Chinese government will manage it well and has plenty of money in reserve This time it s personal Q What s the best piece of business advice you ve ever been given A It s if you talk too much you are not listening and learning Q What advice would you pass on to someone starting out in public service A The public sector can provide many opportunities for jobs and careers but to get the most out of it I think you have to want to make a difference Q What was your best decision What was your worst A The best decision was probably undertaking further training and post graduate courses as it provided more opportunities for career moves and increased my skills and confidence My worst Quite a few from taking on too much work when I should have said no to that looks okay I think I will eat it Q If you weren t doing this job what would be your other career A Something in sports and fitness Q What was your last holiday Where are you going next A My last holiday was to Croatia the next will be somewhere in China that is off the regular tourist trail Q What are your hobbies interests A Mainly fitness gym mountain biking swimming Also motorcycling Q What is your favourite band or piece of music and why A Everything from AC DC to Johnny Cash and a bit of classical music I don t have any particular favourites but some fit the mood or the occasion Q What is your favourite sport and team And have you ever played any sports A I ve tried quite a few sports and while I don t think there were any that I was very good at I enjoyed taking part I swam and played water polo at school and club level I enjoy working with amateur boxing and I watch soccer but have gone off it a bit when I see players dive and fake injuries I like to watch rugby where there is still a lot of sportsmanship From the web Sponsored Videos Your Comments COMMENT RULES Comments that are judged to be defamatory abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator s decision is final It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases tribunals and active legal investigations We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for

    Original URL path: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/big-interview/people-here-speak-from-the-heart-the-chinese-appreciate-that-34227710.html (2016-02-15)
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  • A surge in new electricity firms to market holds no fear for the main powerhouse - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    across its three sites and had a profit of around 22 4m But while welcoming the flood of competition Alan said it had brought a level of complexity to the market What we are finding while competition is great it has brought a level of complexity that some struggle to cope with Particularly with SMEs and farms he said We are the only supplier whose price is overseen by the energy regulator We don t tie customers into a contract And we don t do introductory offers And on concerns Power NI s share of the market could decrease to dangerous levels as a result of increased competition he said It s not really a concern The level of switching remains at a level that wouldn t cause us a great deal of concern I m confident Power NI is certainly able to meet the challenges ahead and we are a very focused company we are a very focused company giving them customers great value for money Those are important things customers want and there s an aspect of a supplier they can trust We may not always be the cheapest but we offer customer service and value for money Alan said Despite the complexity of Northern Ireland and the Republic s energy market Alan says customers have a greater deal of trust in suppliers here There is a marketing code of practice and that is about making sure customers are informed of what they are signing up for and the choices available to them Business consumer habits are also changing with a move to paperless billing and smart meters allowing users to closely monitor their energy consumption One in five use paperless bills Our small business customers get extra discount for going online The other big thing is customers self generating Solar wind and digestion One benefit is you are using the electricity you generate yourself and receive a Government incentive And any surplus Power NI will buy that back off you Looking to where Power NI will be in 10 years time Alan says The level of switching is growing with the increase in competition But with that will be an easing of regulation making it easier to retain market share There will be a tipping point freeing us up to compete on a level playing field Related Content This time it s personal From the web Sponsored Videos Your Comments COMMENT RULES Comments that are judged to be defamatory abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator s decision is final It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases tribunals and active legal investigations We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse Problems with commenting customercare belfasttelegraph co uk Powered by Livefyre Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Livefyre Read More

    Original URL path: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/big-interview/a-surge-in-new-electricity-firms-to-market-holds-no-fear-for-the-main-powerhouse-34123219.html (2016-02-15)
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  • The Co Down firm weaving path to success with rugby fans - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    circle by opening its own printing and manufacturing in Castlewellan Road in Banbridge as retailers and customers started to desire products which were made at home The company has benefited from the huge changes in China s economy as it s grown into more of a consumerist society In China they d never had the spare money to buy goods but with the government changes and growing wages things are now affordable so they can buy something from the west And they want something very different from the products they have in China The focus on export is also driven by changes at home ironically even though the economy has been improving In the UK and Ireland there is a strong business supplying directly to retailers everything from independent gift shops right up until department store John Lewis We have a lot of other high end brands that we supply into other own brand name such as The National Trust and Royal Collections And in Ireland one of our largest accounts is the Kilkenny Group and in Northern Ireland our products are very popular in garden centres And her work does come home with her It s much more than my husband would ever like with so many oven gloves and tea towels and our house is coming down with our little doorstops Recent turnover was 8 9m for the year to April 30 2014 with a slump in pre tax profits from 650 600 to 420 840 The company s report did predict an increased level of activity in the latest year and its Rugby World Cup merchandise of tea towels bags and aprons designed with 12 of the countries taking part may improve sales The company has managed to ease its way into the lucrative event tie in market We d made tea towels for London 2012 as well as kitchen textiles bags and children s aprons Then we were approached by Team GB so we are now working directly with them in preparation for Rio 2016 Then Elite Sport Properties EPS the body that runs the commercial end of Rugby World Cup contacted me and I went over and met with them and the deal was done We ve also just done our Second British Open where we make products here in Northern Ireland for Liverpool and then St Andrews It s a small fraction of what we do but it is growing We were even approached by the Tour de France There s just lots of things going on but you have to sit down and make sure they re all commercially viable This time it s personal Q Do you prefer the town or country and why A Country Peace quiet and scenery I love to just watch the sea maybe that s why I married a seaside lad Q How has the independent retail sector in Northern Ireland where you sell some of your produce changed in the last 10 years A The last few years have hit the Northern Ireland retail sector hard however Northern Ireland has some very good independent shops who are very forward thinking They are always on the lookout for something new and they work hard creating stores that people enjoy visiting The high street in most of our towns could do with more of these shops Q How do you foresee it growing in the next decade A Where is a company like Ulster Weavers placed globally We foresee most of our growth coming from export markets over the next decade Our design and quality along with the Royal Warrant that we hold are huge selling points This year alone we are making huge headway into markets like Asia and the Middle East So much so that we have just appointed sales people in China and also in Singapore to handle the growth that we are experiencing in Asia Our Holywood based offices have also experienced an increase of staff to handle more export markets and licensed brands Q Have you any career advice for anyone trying to reach director level in the sector A No job is too menial You learn a lot from doing the little things and you understand how the business works from the ground up You appreciate what members of staff do on a day to day basis and it helps to think creatively how you can not only improve their roles the company s efficiency but provide the customer with a better service Understand your product understand your customer and just love what you do Q What was the last book that you read and what was it like A The Winner by David Baldacci A nail biting thriller about someone who rigs the American lottery Q What was your last holiday What will be next A I had a super holiday this year when the family joined my sister and her now husband when they were getting married safari in Kenya followed by the wedding in Zanzibar and then a few days of retail therapy in Dubai My next holiday is in Westport for a few days of relaxing eating and drinking Guinness Q What is your favourite band album or piece of music and why A Much to my family s disgust I have no favourite band album or even style of music I just love listening to music that I can hum along to if company is close by or have a little sing if I am in the car on my own If pushed anything from the 1980s I usually know all the words Q What is your favourite sport and team And have you ever played any sports A In our house it s all sports so I end up knowing quite a bit about most of them However my favourite would have to be motorbikes from MotoGP to World Superbike and British Superbike I love watching the racing and it s a must in the house

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