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Business Community Faces Huge Rates Challenge in 2015
Northern Irelands Private Sector is a facing a perfect storm of challenges with Business Rates in 2015-that was the message of the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) in its evidence to the Assembly Finance and Personnel Committee this morning. [read more]
£4.5million programme Connects business with Further and Higher education - Farry
Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry today launched the third phase of the Departments successful Connected programme, Connected 3. [read more]
Comber business benefitting from Empty Premises Rate Relief  Hamilton
Finance Minister Simon Hamilton MLA has said that the Empty Premises Rate Relief Scheme continues to benefit both town centres and business owners. [read more]
Gallahers Closure Is Big Blow To Local Traders - NIIRTA
The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has expressed its shock over the proposed closure of Gallahers factory in Ballymena with the loss of nearly 1000 jobs. [read more]
NIIRTA calls for Urgent Action against ATM Robbers
The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has called for urgent action by the PSNI after another of its members was the victim of an attempted ATM robbery this morning in Castlerock. [read more]
Kennedy invites public opinion on draft Bicycle Strategy
Transport Minister Danny Kennedy has published a comprehensive draft Bicycle Strategy and is inviting everyone to have a say on the further development of the cycling culture in Northern Ireland. [read more]
NIIRTA Welcomes Reduction in Carrier Bag Usage
The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has welcomed the 72% decrease in single use carrier bags in the first year of the DOE Levy and called for the Minister not to proceed with stage 2 which adds 5p to reusable bags. [read more]
Newry's £2.5million public realm scheme complete: McCausland
Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland has officially opened the £2.5million Newry linkages Public Realm scheme. [read more]
A-Levels Are Not The Only Option For GCSE Students - NIIRTA
The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has congratulated young people receiving their GCSE results today and urged them to consider alternative courses to A-Levels, which the six FE local FE Colleges offer. [read more]
Newry Chamber & NIIRTA Slam DOE Minister's Decision To Push Ahead With Newry Out of Town Development
Newry Chamber of Commerce & Trade and the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Association (NIIRTA) has described as bitterly disappointing and utterly absurd the decision of DOE Minister Durkan to give full planning permission to a major out of town development including a food super outside Newry. [read more]