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Robinson launches Small Business Saturday Campaign
First Minister the Rt Hon. Peter D. Robinson MLA has launched this years Small Business Saturday Campaign. [read more]
Ballynahinch to be rekindled as market town: Storey
Social Development Minister, Mervyn Storey MLA, has today launched exciting new plans that will see Ballynahinch rekindled as a vibrant market town. [read more]
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]