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The business community needs to waken up to the challenges of the new eleven super-councils - that was the message from the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) as it launched its manifesto Local First, for the Local Government Elections at the MAC this morning.

Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland today announced the successful applicants for participation in the Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) pilot programme. 

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has welcomed the OFMDFM decision to designate Colin and Lower Newtownards Road as the first two urban villages. 

NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said: 

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has responded to the Chancellors Budget Statement. 

NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

Ballymena-based Stephens Catering Equipment has been awarded the top accolade at IFEX 2014 Northern Irelands premier food, drink, retail and hospitality event for its Garland Group Induction Griddle cooking technology. 

Finance Minister Simon Hamilton MLA today encouraged businesses to make use of the Empty Retail Premises Rate Relief Scheme, introduced to help revitalise local towns and cities. 

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) and Ballycastle Chamber of Commerce have welcomed todays decision of the Planning Appeals Commission to uphold the DOEs decision to reject a major out of town Tesco supermarket. 

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The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has described clothing retailer Internacionale going into administration as a big loss to the local retail sector and high streets. 

 NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has welcomed today's decision of the Planning Appeals Commission to uphold the DOE Planning Service decision to reject a proposed Tesco store on Buncrana Road.

Last year Bitcoin caught the worlds attention with a Norwegian man making £1,330,000 from a £27 investment. In 2009 Kristoffer Koch spent £27 on 5,000 Bitcoins. Fast forward to 2013 when the value of Bitcoins hit £266 a pop which gave Koch a healthy profit of £1,330,000. Powerful to say the least, or is this just a monetary dotcom bubble? What is the future for money, virtually and digitally? 

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