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NI trade threatened by new RoI regulations
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NI trade threatened by new RoI regulations

April 12th, 2018 | by LCN Editor
The hospitality trade in Northern Ireland is facing additional pressure this morning, thanks once again to the actions of government. This time it is the parliament in Dublin that is responsible. Pending legislation which is...
Marine unveils a plush new look
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Marine unveils a plush new look

April 6th, 2018 | by LCN Editor
The Marine Hotel, Ballycastle has unveiled the results of a major refurbishment scheme at the seafront venue. The completion of phase one of a £1m expansion programme has seen the Marine Hotel – the largest in the town –...
Stephen to take on the Grand Central
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Stephen to take on the Grand Central

April 4th, 2018 | by LCN Editor
Stephen Meldrum has been appointed general manager of Hastings new Grand Central Hotel in Belfast. Formerly GM at the group’s luxury Slieve Donard Resort & Spa in Newcastle, Stephen began his career with Hastings as a...
Trade welcomes launch of tourism VAT probe
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Trade welcomes launch of tourism VAT probe

April 4th, 2018 | by LCN Editor
It appears that the NI hospitality trade might finally have begun to inch towards resolution in its long-standing and bitter dispute with government over the rates of tourism VAT here. The industry welcomed an announcement in...
Extended: Closing date for LCN Awards 2018
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Extended: Closing date for LCN Awards 2018

March 15th, 2018 | by LCN Editor
Entries and enquiries in relation to this year’s Licensed & Catering News Awards are moving very quickly now as the closing date for the competition looms. So, with a busy St. Patrick’s weekend in prospect for the...
Novelli will cut the ribbon at IFEX 2018
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Novelli will cut the ribbon at IFEX 2018

March 6th, 2018 | by LCN Editor
Award-winning French chef, Jean-Christophe Novelli has been revealed as the man who will cut the ribbon to officially open this year’s IFEX 2018 exhibition. Jean-Christophe, who is looking forward to the opening of his first...
Meat hygiene breaches spark concern
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Meat hygiene breaches spark concern

March 1st, 2018 | by LCN Editor
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has announced a nationwide review of abattoirs and cold stores after a major study found high levels of non-compliance with safety procedures at plants across Northern Ireland, England and Wales...
NI trade frustrated by RoI Easter changes
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NI trade frustrated by RoI Easter changes

February 28th, 2018 | by LCN Editor
A recent decision by the Irish parliament to repeal its blanket ban on Good Friday alcohol sales has sparked renewed consternation among traders north of the border, most of whom remain frustrated by our restrictive Easter...
New opening shines a light on NI produce
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New opening shines a light on NI produce

February 26th, 2018 | by LCN Editor
The Soda & Starch Pantry and Grill opens its doors this month in Derry-Londonderry with the primary aim of showcasing the region’s delicious local produce. The new restaurant is a partnership between its head chef, Raymond...
Hospitality charity launches NI employee support scheme
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Hospitality charity launches NI employee support scheme

February 5th, 2018 | by LCN Editor
UK drinks industry, The Benevolent, has launched a support programme for employees of the drinks industry in Northern Ireland. The scheme – launched in Belfast on Friday – will offer practical, financial and emotional support...
Young cooks have high hopes for Chef Challenge
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Young cooks have high hopes for Chef Challenge

January 30th, 2018 | by LCN Editor
Three aspiring young chefs from South Eastern Regional College (SERC) have reached the semi-finals of the Country Range Student Chef Challenge 2018. Team members from the level 2 professional cookery course – Eoin...
Titanic Quarter welcomes a new restaurant
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Titanic Quarter welcomes a new restaurant

January 24th, 2018 | by LCN Editor
A new restaurant has opened its doors in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter, creating 10 new jobs. Rain Check, which is in Arc Retail, is owned by Andrew Davison and Graham Johnston, who already have a presence in the complex through...
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...