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Former Ilex staff for tribunal in redundancy row
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Former Ilex staff for tribunal in redundancy row

November 15th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Staff who were once employed at a government-run regeneration body in Londonderry are to take legal action against the Executive over the manner in which they lost their jobs. Ilex was set up in 2003, initially to develop two...
Take five: Granny Annies snaps up Wetherspoon NI outlets
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Take five: Granny Annies snaps up Wetherspoon NI outlets

November 14th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Burgeoning local pub chain, Granny Annies, has snapped up five outlets in Northern Ireland from UK hospitality giant, JD Wetherspoon. The group, which is owned Limavady brothers, Willis and Ryan McLaughlin, has taken on The Old...
Coca-Cola launches 12th Designated Driver campaign for Christmas
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Coca-Cola launches 12th Designated Driver campaign for Christmas

November 14th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company (HBC) Ireland has announced plans for its 12th annual Designated Driver campaign, to be fronted by Ireland and Ulster rugby player Tommy Bowe. The campaign will go live in more than 1,000...
Pest infestation a major threat to business
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Pest infestation a major threat to business

October 31st, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Pest infestation can be severely damaging to the product and reputation of any business – and none more so than those in the food and hospitality sectors. Effective, reliable and conscientious pest control is essential to...
Howard Street site earmarked for new hotel
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Howard Street site earmarked for new hotel

October 28th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Planning permission is now being sought for another new 56-bedroom boutique hotel in the centre of Belfast, Licensed & Catering News can reveal. The application has come from Peter Ringland, proprietor of the new Town Square...
Johnson’s paint the town pink
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Johnson’s paint the town pink

October 28th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Johnsons Coffee has one again agreed to support Action Cancer in its ‘Paint the Town Pink’ campaign and, alongside its patron, Gloria Hunniford, it is asking local shops and organisations throughout Northern Ireland...
Douglas to head up new all-party hospitality group
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Douglas to head up new all-party hospitality group

October 3rd, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Sammy Douglas MLA has been elected as the chair of the new All-Party Group on Hospitality and Tourism at the NI Assembly. The group has been set-up in a bid to provide MLAs with an insight into the sectors and to help them make...
Cut sugar content, Hunt tells hospitality brands
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Cut sugar content, Hunt tells hospitality brands

September 30th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
The government has warned some of the biggest food chains trading in the UK, including McDonald’s, Pizza Express and Starbucks that they need to slash the amount of sugar in the dishes that they serve or offer their customers...
Belfast embraces a taste of Mexico
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Belfast embraces a taste of Mexico

September 28th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Belfast’s first authentic Mexican taqueria – or taco shop – has opened its doors as a pop-up above the Mourne Seafood Bar on Bank Street, Belfast. Chef, Adam Lynas (35) and his Mexican partner, Eliza Vignolle, are behind La...
GB showcase lets NI food and drink shine
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GB showcase lets NI food and drink shine

September 27th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Some of the province’s most high-profile food and drink producers were in Derbyshire during September for two evenings hosted by celebrity chef, Rupert Rowley and designed to showcase the quality of Northern Irish produce....
ICTU calls for end to RoI hospitality VAT rate
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ICTU calls for end to RoI hospitality VAT rate

September 26th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) has called for the abolition of the Republic’s preferential nine per cent VAT rate for businesses in the hospitality and tourism, claiming that “the tax break has done nothing for...
Street furniture charging plans condemned
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Street furniture charging plans condemned

September 6th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
A plan by Belfast City Council to cash-in on plans to allow food and drink businesses in the city to place chairs and tables on the street outside has been condemned as a “sunshine tax” by Hospitality Ulster. The Licensing of...
Sweet theme for Killyleagh fine food event
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Sweet theme for Killyleagh fine food event

September 6th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
As thousands of chocoholics and foodies gear up for the highly-anticipated return of the biennial Hans Sloane Chocolate & Fine Food Festival, outstanding chefs from Northern Ireland and further afield are working with...
Profits surge for Dalata hotel group
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Profits surge for Dalata hotel group

September 6th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Irish hotel group, Dalata, which currently owns two hotels in Northern Ireland, saw its revenue jump by 33 per cent to a healthy €130.1m in the six months to the end of June. Dalata, which owns the Maldron hotel in Londonderry...
Pop-up restaurant shines at Hillsborough festival
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Pop-up restaurant shines at Hillsborough festival

September 5th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Hundreds of guests were treated to a dazzling dining experience recently at the Smeg Pop-up Restaurant which featured on this year’s Hillsborough International Oyster Festival programme. Local chefs Derek Patterson from The...
Titanic Belfast named Best Attraction in Europe
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Titanic Belfast named Best Attraction in Europe

September 5th, 2016 | by LCN Editor
Titanic Belfast has beaten Buckingham Palace, The Eiffel Tower and The Colosseum to be named Europe’s Leading Visitor Attraction at the prestigious World Travel Awards in Sardinia. It is the first time an attraction in Northern...