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Boardroom bans issued over Events Company collapse
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Boardroom bans issued over Events Company collapse

January 17th, 2018 | by LCN Editor
Gerry Lennon, the chief executive of Visit Belfast, is among 11 directors who have agreed to accept boardroom bans. The disqualifications are in respect of their conduct as directors of the NI Events Company, a quango which...
Hotel veteran Sir William Hastings dies at 89
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Hotel veteran Sir William Hastings dies at 89

December 15th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Sir William Hastings, founder and chairman of the Hastings Hotels group, has passed away at home surrounded by his family, following a brief period of illness. In a statement this afternoon, the Hastings family appealed for...
Local suppliers help serve up a charity feast
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Local suppliers help serve up a charity feast

December 14th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Belfast-based Ewing’s Fishmongers, a family business based on the Shankill Road, and O’Doherty’s Butchers from Enniskillen recently helped served up a meal fit for a duchess at the star-studded House of Lords v...
Registration now open for IFEX 2018
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Registration now open for IFEX 2018

December 8th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
IT’S just been announced that IFEX – Northern Ireland’s largest foodservice trade expo – is expected to host an additional 500 international delegates from across 12 countries as the event welcomes the World...
Babel launch for IoH Awards
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Babel launch for IoH Awards

December 1st, 2017 | by LCN Editor
The NI branch of the Institute of Hospitality has officially launched the 23rd Institute of Hospitality Awards For Professionalism (formerly the Janus Awards). The event will take place at Titanic Belfast on May 11 and guests...
Danni takes on a new challenge
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Danni takes on a new challenge

December 1st, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Former Eipic head chef and Michelin Star winner, Danni Barry has surprised many people by signing up to a new partnership and tackling a restaurant revival project well away from the centre of Belfast… Danni Barry (31) was...
Love at first sight
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Love at first sight

November 30th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Christopher McQuillan may have initially been a reluctant recruit into the hospitality trade, but the 24-year-old west Belfast bartender was certainly quick to find his feet. Christopher McQuillan (24) was in the news last month...
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November 30th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Celebrating two years in business in October this year, Chapter V in Moy represents the realisation of executive chef Conor McCabrey’s burning ambition to create a quality restaurant experience that was all of his own making…...
Keeping tradition alive at Billy Andy’s
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Keeping tradition alive at Billy Andy’s

November 30th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Billy Andy’s traditional Irish pub on the Browndod Road near Larne is one of only a handful of venues from Northern Ireland considered worthy of a mention in the Michelin ‘Eating Out In Pubs’ Guide – and it’s not hard...
Trade set for a record Christmas?
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Trade set for a record Christmas?

November 29th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
The traditional Christmas rush has yet to begin in earnest, but early soundings from the trade around the province seem to indicate that hospitality could be in for a bumper year. As you might expect, reports from the centre of...
Chancellor warned as pubs face fresh tax hike
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Chancellor warned as pubs face fresh tax hike

November 13th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Pub landlords are being warned that they stand to lose an extra £29m in 2018 is the chancellor presses ahead with his punitive five-year plan to raise alcohol duty. Duty collected from pubs in the UK is set to soar to £2.1bn if...
Rare single cask Redbreast released
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Rare single cask Redbreast released

November 10th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
A Belfast whiskey shop will take a very special delivery next week which is sure to be a hit with local whiskey enthusiasts. The Friend at Hand on Hill Street in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter will become one of a handful of...
International travel forum bound for Belfast
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International travel forum bound for Belfast

November 9th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Belfast is set to host a major international travel forum next June. Held last year in New Orleans, the Hosts Global Forum will bring more than 100 of the world’s leading destination management companies and 100 global meeting...
New rapid transit Glider for Belfast unveiled
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New rapid transit Glider for Belfast unveiled

November 1st, 2017 | by LCN Editor
The public has had its first glimpse of a new high-tech bus that will soon be gliding around the streets of Belfast. The new Belfast Rapid Transit Glider vehicle was unveiled recently at the Busworld Europe exhibition in Belgium....
In search of perfection…
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In search of perfection…

November 1st, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Thirty-four-year-old Richard Grimsey is a career bartender who has risen through the ranks by dint of his own efforts and now occupies a senior position with the influential Browns Restaurants Northwest group in...
Industry warned as staffing crisis looms
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Industry warned as staffing crisis looms

November 1st, 2017 | by LCN Editor
The NI Hotels Federation warned this month that there is now “real concern” around the availability of skilled labour as the hotels sector here continues to expand at unprecedented rates. The Federation delivered the most...