Christmas benefits 2017 to be paid EARLY - these are the dates you can expect them

Christmas can usually be a difficult time financially but it's especially tough if you're relying on benefits.

Thousands of jobs at Bombardiers Belfast factory could be at risk in the dispute over the C-Series jet

Bombardier job cuts not our fault, Boeing tells MPs

Aircraft maker Boeing has become a scapegoat for Bombardier job cuts in Belfast, the firm said.

Kilkeel in Co Down vies with Ardglass as NIs largest fishing harbour

Higher NI fishing quotas welcomed as Brexit looms

A DUP MP has praised the latest set of fish quotas as “the most fair and reasonable policy in all our time in Europe”.

Marks and Spencer

M&S food hall gets the green light

The approval of a planning application for a Marks & Spencer food hall in Carrick has reignited debate on the regeneration of the town centre.

Cayan chief technology officer Paul Vienneau pictured at the Belfast centre  with Invest NI director Jeremy Fitch

170 news jobs on the way as US firm announces expansion plan

US technology firm Cayan is set to increase employment at its Belfast centre by 170 by 2019 as it continues to invest in the province.

The fleet at Kilkeel will benefit from the increased quotas

Significant increases in 2018 fishing quotas

There have been significant increases in the fish quotas available to the local fishing fleet for 2018.

Bank comparisons

New rules ‘will help people see how their bank compares

Current account customers should find it easier to work out whether or not they are getting a good deal under new rules aimed at improving competition and prompting firms to raise their game.

Invest NI CEO Alastair Hamilton, left, with Fabplus MD Darren McGavigan, centre, and Des Gartland, Invest NI

Strabane business to create 83 jobs in £7m expansion plan

Strabane-based manufacturing business Fabplus has announced plans to double its workforce and its turnover with 83 new staff.

The recently completed sixth form block at Commonwealth School Swindon

McAvoy Group named on £1bn procurement list

Dungannon-based McAvoy Group has secured the opportunity to tender for education, healthcare and emergency services construction projects across GB after securing a place on the LHC Modular Buildings Framework.

The energy sector is under pressure and consumer prices are heating up

Oil and gas prices soar as market takes double-hit

Oil and gas prices have made hefty gains after the market took a double-whammy hit following a European gas hub explosion and the shut down of a major North Sea pipeline.

The rise puts pressure on families and individuals as wages stagnate

Inflation hits close to a six-year high at 3.1% in November

Inflation unexpectedly jumped to a near six-year high last month, forcing the Bank of England to explain to the Chancellor how it will tackle Britain’s surging inflation.

The strike is due to go ahead on Wednesday December 20, 2017.

Ryanair pilots' strike could cause Christmas travel chaos

Irish pilots employed by Ryanair have voted to go on strike on December 20, according to the Irish Air Line Pilots’ Association (I.A.L.P.A.).
Seagate, Londonderry

Seagate confirms IT job losses

Seagate have confirmed that up to seven jobs in its IT department in Londonderry could go as part of a reduction in its global team.

One of the UK's largest retailers is creating 50 jobs in Ballymoney.

50 new jobs as Home Bargains comes to Ballymoney

A leading UK retailer is creating up to 50 jobs at a new store in Ballymoney.

Stephen Fisher, CEO at Rural Housing Association, left, with Chris Martin, head of social housing at Danske Bank

Rural communities across province set for boost from social housing scheme

Social housing developer the Rural Housing Association is set to create 287 homes in a £13m investment supported by Danske Bank.

Pictures of new Glider buses for Belfast, sent in by Translink.

Belfast public to sample new Belfast Rapid Transit 'Glider' vehicle

Later this week the public will have the chance to sample the new Glider vehicles.


Output and new orders continue to expand solidly

Business activity in Northern Ireland rose for the fourteenth month in a row during November according to the latest data in Ulster Bank Northern Ireland PMI.


Action call to ban pensions cold calls and stop scammers

Urgent action is needed to ban pensions cold calls to prevent people from being conned out of their life savings, according to a committee of MPs.

High street spending fell 3.5%

Black Friday ‘failed to lift spending’ in November

Consumer spending is poised to fall this Christmas for the first time in five years, according to an index.

The British and EU flags flap in the wind outside EU headquarters in Brussels on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. Photo: (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Labour MP: you cannot ditch key EU elements then expect no hard border

Britain should “stay aligned” to the EU after Brexit and there may have to be payments and easy movement of people in order to keep the benefits of the single market and the customs union, the shadow Brexit secretary has said.

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