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Brunel’s looks to a new chapter
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Brunel’s looks to a new chapter

October 11th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
This Saturday, October 14, will see Newcastle restaurant, Brunel’s, open the doors for the first time on new 70-seater premises at Downs Road in the town, leading to the creation of 15 new jobs. The move from its old spot on...
Tourism under the digital spotlight at Cultra
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Tourism under the digital spotlight at Cultra

October 3rd, 2017 | by LCN Editor
A tech event aimed at Northern Ireland’s tourism sector will take place this November at the Ulster Transport Museum at Cultra. The fourth annual Digital DNA Tourism event will bring together world-class industry figures to...
EasyJet adds sixth plane to NI fleet
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EasyJet adds sixth plane to NI fleet

October 3rd, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Budget carrier, EasyJet is to add another aircraft to its complement at Belfast International Airport, bringing its tally at the hub to sixth. The A320 is due to be delivered on June 22 next year and will assist the operator in...
Airport baggage workers vote to strike
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Airport baggage workers vote to strike

September 29th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Baggage handlers at Belfast City Airport have voted to strike, say union chiefs. Members of the union Unite, which represents 100 workers at the airport, voted 60 per cent in favour of strike action. The union said the strike is...
Tourism VAT rate cut would boost jobs, says study
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Tourism VAT rate cut would boost jobs, says study

September 27th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
A new study by the economic consultancy, Nevin Associates, has suggested that if the tourism VAT rate in Northern Ireland were to be reduced to five per cent – thus undercutting the RoI’s favourable nine per cent rate –...
Funding deal seals further growth for Herbert KFC portfolio
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Funding deal seals further growth for Herbert KFC portfolio

September 26th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
The Herbert Group, owner of the largest Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise in Europe, has added a further 27 outlets to its chain in GB and Ireland and promised 100 new jobs. The group is owned by NI businessman, Michael Herbert,...
Artistic collaboration for new Hennessy V.S. launch
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Artistic collaboration for new Hennessy V.S. launch

September 25th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
The newly-released Hennessy V.S Limited Edition by JonOne brings a little colour to the local drinks market. A unique expression of the art of blending, this latest release, the urban art pioneer JonOne has created the new V.S...
£1m refurbishment at Ballycastle’s Marine
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£1m refurbishment at Ballycastle’s Marine

September 22nd, 2017 | by LCN Editor
The Marine Hotel in Ballycastle is to be refurbished and extended in a £1m scheme which should be complete in time for the summer season next year. A planning application has just been submitted for the work, which will include...
Tax hike sparks trade concern
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Tax hike sparks trade concern

September 22nd, 2017 | by LCN Editor
A planned hike in alcohol duty – the second such rise in less than 12 months – has been condemned by the trade here as “unsustainable”. Chancellor Philip Hammond has indicated that he intends to raise drink duty in line...
Slow Food Festival back in the north-west
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Slow Food Festival back in the north-west

September 11th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Northern Ireland’s only Slow Food Festival, organised by Derry City and Strabane District Council, will celebrate its return to Guildhall Square next month with the launch of two new high quality local food and drink products...
Titanic Belfast Hotel set to open this weekend
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Titanic Belfast Hotel set to open this weekend

September 8th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
The much-anticipated new Titanic Hotel Belfast will open its doors to the public this Sunday, September 10, at noon. After almost two years of restoration, construction and preservation of the former Harland & Wolff Drawing...
Diageo completes acquisition of Clooney tequila brand
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Diageo completes acquisition of Clooney tequila brand

August 17th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Diageo has completed its acquisition of a super-premium tequila brand that was co-founded by Hollywood actor, George Clooney.   The Guinness brewer has spent around £789m to secure Casamigos, which was founded in 2013 by...
RoI licensing reform sparks trade worries for the north
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RoI licensing reform sparks trade worries for the north

August 16th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
The Irish government looks likely to approve legislation which will end the State’s 90-year ban on Good Friday alcohol sales. The Intoxicating Liquor (Amendment) Bill 2017 also contains provisions that would allow...
Ireland’s Convenience Retailer Summit: Early Bird offer extended
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Ireland’s Convenience Retailer Summit: Early Bird offer extended

August 3rd, 2017 | by LCN Editor
UPDATE: EARLY BIRD BOOKING OFFER HAS BEEN EXTENDED. Up to 15 per cent off when you book your place at Ireland’s Convenience Retailer Summit before AUGUST 8. Huge numbers of the region’s best retailers, decision-makers,...
Harp tees up NI Open golf deal
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Harp tees up NI Open golf deal

August 2nd, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Golf fans who attend this year’s Northern Ireland Open at Galgorm Castle in Ballymena will have the opportunity to savour a cold pint of Harp while the professionals battle it out on the lush greens and fairways. The...
Call for ‘full investigation’ into Sky TV pub pricing policy in NI
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Call for ‘full investigation’ into Sky TV pub pricing policy in NI

July 25th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Long-term disaffection among venue-owners in NI over the cost of maintaining a Sky TV licence may be coming to a head as trade body Hospitality Ulster calls for a full investigation into pricing practices for pubs here. Accusing...