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Laura Jackson
Blueprint now in place for a bright economic future
30th December 2014
Laura Jackson, Partner, BDO As we move from 2014 into a new year it does seem that the grounds for economic optimism have some solid foundations. Towards the end of the year the perceived wisdom was that while the upturn was underway, it was slower than the other regions in the UK and had the age old Northern Ireland imbalance where the public sector is disproportionate...
Give the gift of Belfast this Christmas
11th December 2014
Recession fails to hamper growth of Sawers Sweet chilli jams, smoky apricot chutney and ginger dunkers - these were just some of the culinary delights on offer today as the Lord Mayor of Belfast Cllr Nichola Mallon officially opened Sawers’ new Hamper Shop on College Street in the city. The independent retailer has seen substantial growth since it was established in 1897, all...
NI students take bridge to success with SSE Airtricity Scholarship Fund Programme
11th December 2014
SSE Airtricity, Northern Ireland’s second largest energy provider, has handed a welcome financial boost to twenty-two students from Ulster University and South West Regional College, through a £100,000 Scholarship Fund. Launched by Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry MLA in August, the Scholarship Fund, which is one of the most significant educational bursar...
corporations tax powers devolved to Northern Ireland
Onus now on Stormont to deliver economic prosperity
3rd December 2014
Statement Following today’s Autumn statement announcement, Eamonn Donaghy, Grow NI said: "Today’s announcement means that the UK government wholeheartedly supports Northern Ireland being able to set its own corporation tax rate. The argument for devolution of this power has now been accepted by all the main UK and Northern Ireland parties so it is up to our l...
Volaris Group Acquires Wellington Computer Systems Ltd
2nd December 2014
Volaris Group today announced that it has acquired Wellington Computer Systems Ltd. ("Wellington IT”). Wellington IT provides mission-critical software to both the Credit Union and Beverage Distribution industries. Its Credit Union solutions are used by more than 150 Credit Unions throughout Ireland to manage many of the processes associated with delivering member services ...
The Arts and Universities should get budget uplift
2nd December 2014
This article appeared in the Irish News 2 December 2014  Two particular sectors in Northern Ireland have organised themselves since the publication of the draft budget, seeking to improve their lot during the consultation phase and improve their financial standing when the budget is finalised and published in January. The arts sector have rolled out a ‘13p’...
BDO Managing Partner Peter Burnside with Partner Nigel Harra
BDO welcome for move on Corporation Tax
2nd December 2014
After a campaign which has been underway for well over a decade it likely that this week will finally see the political concession which many of us believe has the potential to begin a sustainable rebalancing of the Northern Ireland economy. David Cameron will say tomorrow that the power to vary the rate of Corporation Tax in Northern Ireland will be devolved to our Assembly. It is a p...
BDO Praise for qualified Accountants
26th November 2014
BDO Managing Partner Peter Burnside has praised the success rate of the advisory firm’s newly qualified chartered accountants after 9 colleagues passed their final exams this week. That represented a 70% success rate for the Firm. The overall success rate among people sitting the Chartered Institute of Ireland entry exams was 50%.  Peter Burnside attributed the success rat...
Michael McDonnell, Helm Housing, & Derek Martin, H&J Martin, announce their £25million maintenance contract in Belfast
Helm Housing Association signs £25 million maintenance contract with H&J Martin
21st November 2014
Helm Housing Association has appointed Belfast company H&J Martin as its response maintenance contractor in an agreement potentially worth £25m over a seven-year period. The contract, which will see H&J Martin staff provide response maintenance services with the option of planned maintenance works to Helm Housing Association’s 15,000 tenants in over 5,000 proper...
Leisure, Industry, Academy, fitness, health, sport, training, jobs
Turn training into your trade
20th November 2014
If you think strong is the new slim, then how about making a career at the gym? That was the message today as Leisure Industry Academy, a home-grown provider of certified training courses for personal trainers, launched its programme in Dublin. The company, which has existing offices in Belfast, Derry and Qatar, has teamed up with ICON Health Club to provide courses for those wishin...
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