Category archives for: Business

Newry’s Hill Street car parking removal “causing huge concern to traders”

Newry and Armagh MLA Liz Kimmins has said that the announcement by the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) that car parking spaces along Hill Street were to be removed with immediate effect has caused “huge concern and anger” amongst the local business community. Speaking to Newry Times, the Sinn Féin MLA explained, “Traders have been advised […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Retail NI welcomes extension to business rates holiday

Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts has welcomed the extension to business rates holiday. He was commenting on this week’s announcement from the Finance Minister on further rate relief for businesses.     “This is a welcome announcement,” he told Newry Times. “We are pleased that Minister Murphy has listened to our representations that a […]

Virgin Media’s Project Lightning programme to benefit “half of all premises in NI”

Virgin Media’s Project Lightning programme has now connected more than 150,000 homes and businesses to its ultrafast broadband network in Northern Ireland. The operator is continuing to expand its network, which provides average broadband speeds of 516Mbps as well as TV and phone services, with around half of all homes and businesses in Northern Ireland […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Newry business secures £1.5m loan from Ulster Bank

Stevenson & Reid, a family-owned plumbing merchant who has a branch in Newry, has secured £1.5million from Ulster Bank through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS). The company, which has branches across Northern Ireland, says that the funding will provide it with essential cashflow and help secure jobs while many of its construction sector […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: HMRC “needs to resolve self-employed support scheme issues”

Newry Sinn Féin MLA Liz Kimmins has welcomed confirmation from the Finance Minister that NICS officials are working with HMRC to resolve an identification issue with the self-employed income support scheme.   Embed from Getty Images   Speaking to Newry Times, the Newry and Armagh MLA said, “I welcome confirmation from the Finance Minister Conor […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Newry Alliance representative calls for support for city centre businesses

Newry and Armagh Alliance representative Jackie Coade has called for more support for city-centre businesses in the constituency. The Alliance representative said that with a potential Covid-19 recession and Brexit on the horizon it is important local businesses and city centre management groups in the two cities are helped as much as possible.   Article […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Applications for Self-Employment Income Support Scheme open early

The Government’s world-leading scheme to support the self-employed has this week opened for claims – weeks ahead of schedule. Embed from Getty Images   From 8 am on Wednesday morning self-employed individuals or members of partnerships whose business has been adversely affected by coronavirus can apply for a Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant worth 80% of their average monthly […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: New platform to help businesses share their skills and expertise

Business in the Community Northern Ireland (BITCNI) in partnership with NICVA, and supported by the Department for Communities, has announced the launch of SKILLS MATCH – a new, online platform that matches business people with projects aimed at tackling social challenges. Embed from Getty Images   The platform has been designed to meet the needs […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Firmus Energy reach out to Newry’s most vulnerable

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, firmus energy has used its firmus care service to reach out to more vulnerable customers who may need special support. The firmus care scheme maintains an active register of customers who are older, registered disabled or are chronically ill.     Staff are contacting those registered on the […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: £40m secured for micro business Hardship Fund

Economy Minister Diane Dodds has announced that £40 million is to be made available for a new Hardship Fund aimed at micro businesses. Embed from Getty Images   The new fund targets businesses which have not been able to avail of the existing support schemes and which require financial support due to the impact of […]


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