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Varying degrees of up…
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Varying degrees of up…

January 26th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
A rising tide doesn’t always lift all the ships and so it is with the hospitality trade. Colin Neill has been talking to Russell Campbell about the economy, the effects of Brexit and continued concerns over taxation and the...
A passion for people
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A passion for people

January 26th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Bill Wolsey is a realist who isn’t afraid to speak out when it feels an issue demands it. At heart, however, he remains an optimist with an unfailing belief that the success of any business depends on the passion of those...
Passion unlimited…
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Passion unlimited…

January 25th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Guinness tapped into the growing renaissance in the craft beer sector in late 2015 when it opened the doors of its experimental brewery in Dublin to the public. With the open nights now regularly booked out and a steadily growing...
Being your own man
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Being your own man

January 25th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Stephen Magorrian’s is a face well-known to most in the local trade and while the former managing director of the Botanic Inns chain might be a little less in the limelight since its demise, he’s still doing what he’s best...
A slow and steady rise
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A slow and steady rise

January 25th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Patrick Magee had little experience of the hospitality trade when he opened Havana in Belfast city centre in 2013. Last year, however, he and business partner, Patrick Magowan, enjoyed their most successful trading period to date...
The appliance of science
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The appliance of science

January 25th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Derry’s Garvan O’Doherty is re-inventing his business from the ground up – and putting plans in place which, he says, will help revolutionise the hospitality offering in the city. Garvan O’Doherty  deals daily with the...
NI hotels ranked in Trip Advisor UK Top 25
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NI hotels ranked in Trip Advisor UK Top 25

January 25th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Two Northern Irish hotels have made it into the UK’s Top 25 listing, announced as part of the annual Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice Awards. Based on guest reviews, Bishop’s Gate hotel in Derry-Londonderry has been named in...
Green’s Pizzeria chasing expansion approval
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Green’s Pizzeria chasing expansion approval

January 24th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Green’s Pizzeria on the Lisburn Road has applied for planning permission for an expansion that would mean 10 new jobs at the famous local outlet and an increased seating capacity from 30 to 50 diners. The plans, which are...
Summit focuses on food and drink potential
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Summit focuses on food and drink potential

January 23rd, 2017 | by LCN Editor
This April will see the return of NI Hotel Federation’s Taste of Tourism Summit when businesses here will be able to learn how they can use local food and drink produce to attract new customers, improve their profits and...
SERC trio through to Chef Challenge semis
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SERC trio through to Chef Challenge semis

January 23rd, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Young chefs from the South-Eastern Regional College (SERC) have reached the semi-final of the Country Range Student Chef Challenge 2017 competition after their paper-based entry wowed the judges. Team members David Magee, Andrew...
Titanic Belfast launches recruitment drive
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Titanic Belfast launches recruitment drive

January 6th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Titanic Belfast is recruiting 60 frontline staff  as it gears up for its summer high season. Following a record-breaking 2016, having won the World’s Leading Tourist Attraction, welcomed its three millionth visitor and...
Hospitality boost as weak pound lifts business
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Hospitality boost as weak pound lifts business

December 14th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
The Brexit vote and a weakening of the pound is helping reverse the fortunes of hospitality businesses in Northern Ireland. For some time, exchange rates and the glaring differential in VAT levels between the two jurisdictions...
Hotel report points to growth across NI
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Hotel report points to growth across NI

December 13th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Hotel Federation report points to growth across NI, but some worries persist over staff recruitment. A new report from the NI Hotels Federation (NIHF) has found evidence that the strong performance which has characterised the...
Ten Square opens doors on first phase of £18m expansion
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Ten Square opens doors on first phase of £18m expansion

December 12th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Ten Square hotel in the centre of Belfast has just completed the first phase in a planned expansion to its premises on Donegall Square. The hotel welcomed the first guests to the former Lancashire House office building next door...
Cosmo chain set to open in RoI
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Cosmo chain set to open in RoI

December 9th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
The Cosmo restaurant chain, which has outlets in 16 UK cities, including Belfast, has announced that it is to open in Dublin within the next 18 months, creating more than 150 new jobs. The first new outlet has been planned for...
Trade on a high as festive rush builds
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Trade on a high as festive rush builds

December 8th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
As the headlong rush into the key Christmas season gets underway, the hospitality trade in Northern Ireland is looking to make the most of the year’s key selling period. Among Belfast venues, optimism was very high during the...