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  • 'As a child, I was fascinated both by machines and by the smell from wool in the dye house' - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    However interior styles are changing again and carpet is making a comeback After being flat for six or seven years we have seen an increase of about 10 in domestic sales It s great that home decor is still part of our business but for us the growth is very much in the contract and export markets And while we didn t escape the recession by and large luxury and top end consumers tend to maintain their spending habits to a certain degree it has been very hard But progressively each year it gets better Because our products are known for their quality and bespoke designs we have been able to grab market share Other selling points for Ulster Carpets include the yarn manufactured in its own spinning plant in Dewsbury North Yorkshire enabling the company to have total control over the quality and long term security of supply And the patented futuristic machines invented by the company that can weave a huge spectrum of colours to make carpets up to an unprecedented five metres wide We are the only company able to offer such a high number of bright colours which suits the luxury and US market says Nick In America we have 45 people including 12 designers and 10 sales people In Las Vegas alone we have six people whose market is effectively the famous strip Looking ahead the company has no plans to rest on its laurels The Middle East is our most recent market says Nick The current situation in certain areas is cause for concern but on the other hand more and more people are going to Dubai because they see it as a safer place than say Egypt or Tunisia We are seeing a lot of business in Dubai and also in Qatar in the run up to the World Cup We have a lot of contracts to furnish hotels that are being built ahead of the 2022 competition In terms of the seven year plan we have just started work on a prototype for our new loom which will be another step forward in terms of efficiency It is a 10m development and will increase further the number of colours we can offer Even though we are constantly developing new automated technology we will keep adding to the workforce In the past year more than 30 new jobs have been created because of the increase in business With his job requiring so much travel it s hardly surprising that the majority of Nick s spare time is devoted to family activities but when socialising and visiting friends he admits that he just can t stop himself checking out their carpets Always It s a terrible trait he laughs I always look down when I walk into a room and if it s not one of our carpets I start looking for flaws This time it s personal Q Do you prefer the town or country and why A I prefer the country probably as that is where I have always lived To walk in the fields close by with the dogs is a great way to leave the pressures of work behind It reminds you how much there is of nature to experience We are very fortunate in Northern Ireland to have wonderful countryside that is easily accessible Q How has the textiles carpeting industry in Northern Ireland changed in the last 10 years A There has been a dramatic decline in a once great industry Most bulk production businesses have headed to lower labour cost countries in Eastern Europe and Asia This has been deliberate on behalf of the UK Government since the early Eighties for reasons only they perhaps know But there are still some great companies who have adapted to the new global market and thrived Q How do you see it growing in the next decade A I believe the next decade will bring huge opportunities for good companies which take the plunge into new export markets This is not easy and requires a long term approach but there is a vast global marketplace out there and high performance businesses should see it as a big growth area Q Have you any advice for anyone trying to reach director level in the sector A Set your sights high but be prepared to put in hard work to climb the ladder Being a team player and genuine about wanting what is best for the company and not just oneself is vital It is very helpful to cover as many different aspects of a business as possible and experience doing the job is hard to beat I encourage young people not just them to travel and work in other parts of the world Every time I travel I meet so many people from this country and they are all doing well Northern Ireland could gain so much more in global markets and we have people with the right character and aptitude but it needs a courageous leap forward Q What was the last book you read and what was it like A Conversations with my Father Jack Kyle written by his daughter Justine Kyle McGrath Kyle is best known as one of the greatest rugby players ever but the book concentrates on his medical work as well as his huge interest in poetry and other outlets He was a humble person who did magnificent work in very poor countries but never sought credit Many of our sporting stars today could learn a lot Q What was your last holiday What will be next A My last was travelling the Great Ocean Road on South East Australia s coastline including the 12 Apostles I plan to visit another part of the world with a rugged and fascinating coastline Donegal I visit each year and even though it is close you really feel like you have gotten away from it all Q What is your favourite band album or piece of music and

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  • Danske Bank chief executive Gerry Mallon: 'Instead of coming out as a poor engineer, I left Cambridge as a reasonable economist' - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    you ever lose sight of the fact that you are dealing with people then the business is gone There are very few cases where what we have to do is exercise against the will of some customers the right to reclaim some item of collateral In almost every case if a business fails it s the directors that call in the administrators Occasionally there is litigation in relation to those and so on but for the most part it s been undisputed Our level of arrears and repossessions has been very low compared to the market as a whole And while Mr Mallon said there are no plans for further branch closures he couldn t rule out the possibility in the years to come Danske has 46 branches and five finance centres across Northern Ireland compared to its 95 branches and 13 business centres in 2005 Gerry said It feels like a pretty good balance at the moment I don t foresee in the short term future unless there is further big changes of customer behaviour that there are any closures on the horizon I don t foresee any in the first half of 2016 but you always have to review these things periodically based on usage You have to keep it constantly in review He said he was very conscious of the impact closing a bank branch could have on a small community His assessment of the mood of business is mixed While the first half of 2015 has been pretty good the current atmosphere in the business community and the current level of confidence is a little bit flat and disappointing Part of the mood is driven by political developments and uncertainty That is not good for business and people don t like to invest he added The bank itself has undergone a restructure with it becoming a standalone business unit instead of part of the Danish giant s personal banking and business banking That s prompted concerns the bank could be sold off But Mr Mallon poured cold water on the idea and said there is no plan for that at all He s also a family man married to wife Una they met in their school days in Belfast and they have four children son Jude 14 and daughters Grace 12 Aoife 10 and Sarah 7 And as if running a bank isn t enough Gerry is also relishing his latest role outside the bank becoming chairman of the Irish Football Association IFA last month The former chairman of Ulster University and diehard Liverpool fan said it s not about trying to run the football association And he s remaining impartial when it comes to football teams here But when the week draws to an end it s about family time trying to pretend to be a good father and trying to make up for the time when I m not there This time it s personal Q Do you prefer the town or country and why A As much as I enjoy getting out into the countryside I m a city boy at heart I need the buzz the livelier the city the better Q How has the banking sector in Northern Ireland changed since the recession in 2008 A This is a sector which is much more humble and which has lost some of the aggressive alpha male characters and behaviours of the last decade thankfully It is much more focused on the fundamentals giving customers what they need and earning back the squandered trust Q How do you foresee it growing in the next decade A Banking will become increasingly fragmented as technological innovations and new entrants start to chip away at the old industry Customers will find that technology will make their lives easier but the numbers employed in the sector will continue to decline The key for retail banks is building a strong relationship of trust with customers based on service and satisfaction Q Have you any career advice for anyone trying to reach a top role in banking A The world is becoming a much smaller place so open your mind to international opportunities and don t be afraid to take an occasional leap of faith Q What was the last book that you read and what was it like A I read Soccernomics over the summer it s a very engaging look at money in football particularly for a football and economics geek like me Q What was your last holiday What will be next A We had a fantastic week in Tuscany with extended family and dinners which went on into the small hours And I hope that all the family will be in France from June 10 next year with the Green and White Army Q What is your favourite band album or piece of music and why A I m an old rocker with a particular soft spot for AC DC but the song I keep coming back to is Song 2 by Blur which just puts a smile on my face every time I hear it Q What is your favourite sport and team And have you ever played any sports A I m a hardcore Liverpool FC nut and am still living off the glory of having been in Istanbul in 2005 for what I still think was the greatest match in history My football playing career was cut short at an early stage when I was tragically diagnosed with a lack of talent 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 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  • SPAR boss: ‘Our strategy is whatever money you make, pump it back into the business... and it’s paying dividends’ - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    actually headed off to Australia for 18 months He s now evangelical about the importance of travel It was a great experience and I just really recommend it I m always recommending it to my three daughters who are 22 20 and 18 I have told them to get as much travelling in as possible I really recommend travel as it broadens the mind and it s good for your career to have a well travelled broad outlook on life no matter what industry you re in There was a longer term plan to return to Australia before fate or should that be C C intervened I started in C C as a sales rep and had got the job with a view to heading back to Australia to live but I got in there and loved the job and started progressing very quickly so I put Australia on the backburner I got married and life happened and I don t regret not going back there He had a rapid rise in C C becoming a director at the tender age of 31 It was a golden age for the drinks business which then included wine spirits and soft drinks as well as its cider brand Magners which became a sales and marketing phenomenon when it was launched in 1998 In 2000 he was sent to Dublin to be the company s sales and marketing director His time in C C also included the milestone acquisitions of family drinks businesses Quinns in Cookstown and Rehill McKeown in Lurgan I became a director in 1994 aged 31 so that was very young and a bit scary for me I ll be honest with you It focuses your mind but I enjoyed the industry and it was an exciting time with a lot happening so I got a huge amount of experience We bought the two family businesses and worked on the synergies between the businesses That pulled together and made a good strategic fit for C C Then I moved to the Republic to look after the wholesale business and based myself in Dublin for four years I can t say I forecast the end of the Celtic Tiger I m not that clever but there definitely was starting to be a move away from drinking in pubs and clubs His career has embraced a plc C C was listed in 2004 and a family company I think with Henderson the difference is that it s a family run business Sometimes people might think that with a family run business you don t get the same career development personal development but that s not the case at all Division of labour is very clear and it s very professionally run They really wanted to map out growth in the company at one point so they brough in new skills from the outside like Sam Davidson from Nortel and me When I joined there were under 2 000 employees and now there

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  • Kainos boss: 'We've grown to be successful by using Belfast as our base, so why would we want to change now?' - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    sector clients The company does three things Mr Mooney said We do government websites for example we are rolling out the new MOT system for England and Wales which will be used in 22 000 garages Secondly we have our own product for the NHS We allow hospitals to remove paper from the care process which is great for patient outcomes and cost saving And we work with high growth US software firm Workday The Belfast born and bred firm is settled here with almost 60 of its workforce in Northern Ireland We have grown to be a successful business by using Belfast as an important location the managing director said Why would we want to change that When he s not at his desk in front of his computer or travelling Mr Mooney spends his downtime with his chartered accountant wife and their three children Ciaran 15 Katie 13 and Odhran 7 You have to be mindful of the work life balance he said I clearly enjoy my job so it doesn t feel like work but you have to be able to work hard then come Saturday turn the laptop off and enjoy the weekend That includes cycling with his son Ciaran and playing basketball with his other youngsters in Lisburn On the issue of the company listing on the London Stock Exchange something only a handful of Northern Ireland firms have done he recommended that businesses should give it serious consideration with the caveat that some firms are different than others I think every firm has to make the decision which works best for them Mr Mooney said It s a busy process Colleagues have had to work hard over the last four months I ve enjoyed it You get great insight into the business by talking to people in the City who give you a different view Looking to the future Mr Mooney noted that following five years of great performance and growth he was hoping for the same now the company is listed Yes we are listed rather than a private firm but what attracted people was the staff and the quality he added A big part of my job is that we don t change those things as we continue to grow and get bigger 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 Is Netflix is proving that one stream can

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  • Family treat that became a cereal thriller - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    include its whole almond granola and yoghurt berry bars lovingly made at their Portaferry home Her husband David Crawford began his foray into breakfast products working for Clandeboye Estate yoghurt leaving his job in 2012 to start baking their signature granola full time David s family have owned fruit shops and he has grown up around that He did a diploma in speciality foods in Cork that was about five years ago While there s not much down time for a husband and wife run firm Ms Crawford says they make space for family holidays and the odd trip to east Belfast Italian eatery Il Pirata with their two young children We are always holiday planning We love to get away and half the fun is planning the trips We are going with the kids to Minorca for a week and we are huge fans of eating out With the kids it s Il Pirata and Shu on Belfast s Lisburn Road when not We have our hands full between the kids and the business It s pretty full on all the time But I think it s good that the kids know about it and understand work Most nights we have to do things and they are well used to it which is no bad thing If they are off school they are normally doing deliveries with me And keeping it local Ms Crawford sources as much as she can from the surrounding area We source as much as we can locally we get our apple sauce and our oats from Armagh she said And while sales have now made their way onto the shelves of some of the UK s biggest retailers the business is still based at their Portaferry home But expansion may not be far away I guess we would look at outsourcing some of our production she said We have got future plans to expand into gluten free and we also have plans for huge growth in the Republic Just Live a Little has already launched into 70 SuperValu stores in the Republic When you look back you realise the business is moving quite fast and we have achieved a lot in a small space of time The Big Interview Q Do you prefer the town or country and why A I like both We enjoy living in the countryside where the kids have great freedom and we have a great garden for hide and seek But I also love to get into the city and enjoy the buzz of city life every now and again Q How was the Northern Ireland food sector changed during the past 10 years A It has changed dramatically over the past 10 years Granola is a good example of the change Ten years ago no one really knew what granola was or how to eat it Now it s a mainstream product in the supermarket with lots of competition People are more interested in where their food has come from and Northern Ireland has become renowned for providing quality food products that can seen on shelves around the world Q How do you predict it will change in the next 10 years A For us and for other food manufacturers from Northern Ireland the world is increasingly a smaller place which offers great opportunities for expansion and growth in emerging markets Locally there is increasingly a more specialist food market where consumers are looking for a range of healthy gluten free natural products a trend I think will continue to grow Q Have you any career advice for anyone setting out in a niche sector in Northern Ireland food A It s really tough be prepared do as much research as you can before you start and be realistic about how much money you think you will need to make your business a success because it s probably double what you think it is Surround yourself with positive people and get as much support as you can If you really believe in your idea just keep working hard to make it a reality Q What was the last book that you read and what was it like A Wild by Cheryl Strayed a film has been made released produced by and starring Reese Witherspoon The book is about Cheryl s journey of self discovery while she hikes 1 100 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2012 It took me forever to finish it as I have hardly any time but it was worth it I am an avid Red magazine reader and look forward to it coming in the mail every month Q What was your last holiday and what will your next one be A My last holiday was to Paris and my next holiday is next week with the children to Menorca Q What is your favourite band album or piece of music and why A Ben Howard s album Every Kingdom in particular Keep Your Head Up I used to play it really loud when my children got up at the crack of dawn and it was dark and cold outside It always cheered me up and reminded me to keep my head up Q What is your favourite sport and or team And have you ever played any sports A We love sport and David is an avid rugby fan Ollie is only six but loves running so we enter plenty of fun runs together It s also fair to say I do a serious amount of trampolining in the front garden with Mya I currently hold the seat drop record 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 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  • The IT foul-up was catastrophic but we have built resilience now - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    from RBS written by law firm Clifford Chance said the allegations were without foundation And bank directors who gave evidence to a House of Commons committee suggested it was wrong to say that GRG had operated to extract profit but RBS chairman Sir Philip Hampton later admitted it had been a profit centre The Financial Conduct Authority will deliver a report on GRG in the next few months and McEwan won t indulge any speculation on what it will contain But he says a failing business brings emotion with it Through any point where a business runs into some difficulty it s a hugely emotional time both for customer and bank he says But there s no intention from any bank to put into administration or receivership a viable business I ve not seen an organisation that intended to do terrible things to customers but it s a very tough time when a business fails I ll wait and see what comes out of the review He added I think you ve also got to put into context of what was happening in time It was the largest financial criss since 1931 which hit the world and UK and hit Ireland It was a trying time for customers and a very trying time for the bank itself We lost billions and billions of shareholder value out of those loans and many customers lost their business It was a very emotional time The future of Ulster Bank within Royal Bank of Scotland was a vexed issue over recent years with the smaller operation regarded as a drag on RBS profitability Among the suggested solutions to how do we solve a problem like Ulster Bank had been to sell it Now that Ulster Bank is profitable again that s not looking quite as likely but nor Mr McEwan stresses is aligning Ulster Bank in Northern Ireland more closely with its sister NatWest in Great Britain We are aligning the north and south businesses again It should be the same he says He is pragmatic about the erosion of branch banking with Ulster Bank itself cutting branch numbers from around 100 in 2006 90 retail branches and 10 business centres ago to 64 at the moment The bank announced last year that 10 branches were to close by February this year and Mr McEwan says there are no more planned that I m aware of We have the largest branch network here in Northern Ireland with 64 branches I think that s a reasonably good number for Northern Ireland Customer patterns have changed quite dramatically and I think the branch will remain a very important part of our proposition for customers he says And he said customers now had more means than ever of getting in touch with their bank We have added significant amounts of points of presence where customers can deal with us With the Post Office we added 480 and we have also got the bank on wheels which gets into rural communities That s absolutely unique in Northern Ireland and there is no other bank that has a branch on wheels That s a service that our customers do really enjoy particularly those in smaller villages and towns Mobile and online are growing dramatically so that s where we need to be putting our investments This time it s personal Q Do you prefer the city or country and why A We re good in the city but enjoy getting out at the weekend Q What are your favourite parts of the UK outside of London A I love getting out of the cities and seeing places like Henley on Thames Chichester those areas that are wonderful village type environments that you can see some greenery and enjoy the fresh air Q Are you into sport A I was a great basketball fan and player both at school and university and after university My wife and I met at university playing basketball Now I do a lot of cycling because it s easy on the limbs and the knees in particular I ve played basketball and done running all my life so you tend to find some things wear out like the knees so the cycling s very good It s nice to get out of the office Q What was the last book you read A That was the autobiography of Richie McCaw The Real McCaw who s the captain of the All Blacks which is my favourite team It s a very good read for all rugby fans anywhere in the world Q What was your last holiday and what will be your next A My last holiday was at Christmas down to New Zealand with my wife and my next holiday will be a couple of weeks off around the Rugby World Cup the event takes place in England in September We have got some friends coming up from New Zealand so we ll spend time around the UK following the rugby and enjoying the environment Q How did you come to have a cattle farm A I thought it s really nice to have something tangible which you re building Any businessperson likes to build things and that s what my wife and I have done It employs people it has its ups and downs and good years and bad years Q What s your take on free banking A I ve always been of the view that there s no such thing as free in any business At some point customers will have to pay and need to pay The UK has gotten itself into some interesting positions with things like hero ratings on savings accounts why would you give those rates to someone who s totally new to your bank And with zero balances on credit card transfers you re just getting people trapped into debt Q What is your favourite band album or your favourite piece of music and why A Elton

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  • 'I gave up engineering degree for life of travel' - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    out of the Republic even if they then travel on to the north car hire and possibly overnight hotel stays are purchased in the Republic and Northern Ireland loses out on that revenue Removing APD will not just make air travel more convenient and cheaper it will also make Northern Ireland a more viable destination for people from all over the world to come in to Plus the economic viability of running and sustaining a business or starting a new business here will be improved substantially he adds Mr Sharma admits that the rise of the internet when it comes to booking flights and other travel arrangements has had an impact on Selective albeit a slight one We have noticed a bit of a drop in the leisure travel sector but the corporate market is very stable he says Companies might have maybe 20 30 people travelling every day of the week and to manage that they would almost need to set up their own travel agency he says There is a huge amount of comfort for a managing director whose staff are travelling in knowing there is a company that is going to get them the best price and if there is a problem somewhere in the world or an issue with a volcano or bad weather experienced people on hand to manage the situation If there is an emergency or a major issue somewhere in the world where our clients have employees we are available 24 7 to provide help and support Mr Sharma is a former chairman and current board member of ethnic arts group ArtsEkta Under his leadership ArtsEkta launched the first Belfast Mela Festival in 2007 to showcase and celebrate Northern Ireland s cultural diversity He is also on the board of Moving on Music a not for profit organisation promoting jazz folk roots traditional classical and other music in Northern Ireland Music and dance are very powerful in breaking down barriers says Mr Sharma ArtsEkta does a lot of work in Northern Ireland promoting cultural understanding and bonding through music dance and the arts I have performed at the Mela and also in schools across Northern Ireland At the moment because work is so busy I can t devote as much time as I would like to music but promoting cultural understanding through the arts is very important to me and I hope to do more in the future I m often asked if I experienced racism when I was growing up during the 1970s and 1980s but I didn t I was very lucky This time it s personal Q Do you prefer the town or country and why A I prefer to live in the country but with easy access to town The country has fresh air calmer and more relaxed pace and often a greater community spirit among neighbours I love having our business headquarters in the heart of Belfast however Q How has the world of travel changed in the last 20 years A Everything has changed The most obvious game changers of all have of course been the arrival of the internet and the emergence and continual growth of low cost airlines globally Less obvious to the public have been changes to legislation and governance in the UK relating to financial protection and also the continual merger of airlines tour operators and travel companies Q What factor has most influenced the changes to how travel is today A Technology technology technology From costing a journey right up to boarding an aircraft ship train or even checking in to a hotel technology has played a major part Q Have you any career advice for anyone setting out in your field A Learn quick don t be afraid of technology and remember my favourite quote A customer is the most important visitor on our premises He is not dependent on us We are dependent on him He is not an interruption of our work He is the purpose of it He is not an outsider to our business He is part of it We are not doing him a favour by serving him He is doing us a favour by giving us the opportunity to do so Q What was the last book you read and what was it like A The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown The mystery cryptology and plot just got thicker and thicker Q What was your last holiday and what will your next one be A Last holiday was on the Celebrity Equinox cruise ship some really great ports in Italy Greece and Turkey Next one is yet to be decided but Dubai Cape Town and San Diego are in the running Q When you go on holiday is it hard for you to have an uncritical frame of mind A I m constantly comparing service levels attitudes and perceptions in my mind but I never let it affect the holiday mood and mode Q NI is on a constant drive to improve its tourism offering Are there any tricks that the NI tourism industry is missing out on A We have come a long way from where we were 15 years ago Of course there s always room for improvement We must strive to improve and increase air connectivity and I think there is a need for better rail links a single impressive airport increased funding for more arts music and dance events to name a few priorities Q What is your favourite band album or your favourite piece of music and why A I enjoy the classical music of the late Pandit Ravi Shankar Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia and the late Ustad Ali Akbar Khan They ve all been accompanied by my all time favourite Tabla Indian drum player Ustad Zakhir Hussain 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

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  • Belfast Telegraph Business - Northern Ireland Business News - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    on employment rules and HR BT calls for innovation and investment in tough times BT chief executive Graham Sutherland is keen to keep expanding the telecoms market How the right medicine goes down well at home and abroad Almac chief Alan Armstrong is a firm believer in building on the legacy of founder Allen McClay Making money can still pay dividends Wealth management is always crucial says Davy s Sharon McKinney A fabulous baker boy A baker s dozen of ideas is what you need to cook the competition says Colin McArthur of Ashers Moving with the times Chief executive of Andras House Kem Akkari says innovation is helping hotel group stay ahead Looking to a Bright future Brightwater s Michelle Kearns says despite the recession Northern Ireland firms can still grow No need to be alarmed PIP Security s Paul Lyness says his firm s adaptability has helped it to beat the recession Conor Cafe and Greens A slice of the action Restaurant owners William Clark and Manus McConn discuss challenges they face Raising a glass to success Nicola McCleery head of marketing at Tennent s NI on the growing success of the firm s brands Building brick by brick Patrick Palmer explains how Templeton Robinson will continue to expand its business Awards prove a fitting future A reputation for quality and customer service makes for good business says Les McCracken Keeping ahead of the herd Moving into the global market has paid dividends for Northern Ireland firm FarmWizard as business development manager Mark Elliott explains Leading light for the future A J Hurst s Lisa Kitchen says the company s diversification into the energy efficiency market proved a shrewd move more Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Next Most Read Most Shared Most Commented NI Water boss Sara Venning As the chief executive you re the decision The Big Interview Leading First Trust has been one great opportunity to get the bank back on track The Big Interview Open and direct way to insure the best service The Big Interview Paul Reid Store Manager IKEA Belfast The Big Interview Declan Flynn Managing Director Lisney The Big Interview Pregnant woman booted off Belfast bus in blizzard because she didn t have change Northern Ireland Woman s body found on the M2 in Belfast near Bellevue Bridge Northern Ireland Cannabis oil transformed life of terminally ill brain tumour man Kieran McCrory Northern Ireland More than 500 000 watch Drumquin Northern Ireland men s sofa struggles Northern Ireland The Troubles gallery 40 years of conflict in Northern Ireland from the Belfast Telegraph Events Translink s apology to pregnant Belfast teen booted off bus in blizzard Sinn Fein Northern chair steps down and replaced by Gerry Adams ex body guard Belfast footbridge plan still being pushed despite 7m funding shortfall Ad was brutal but so is abortion Multiple car crash on M1 citybound in Belfast Titanic II Take a peek inside replica of ill fated liner Northern Ireland Wags Tori

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