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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? 

The Consumer Council is encouraging businesses to get in touch with the organisation for free, independent advice to ensure they arent paying more for their water than they have to.

On a visit to Ballymoney yesterday to meet with Mayor John Finlay and Chamber President Winifred Mellett, the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association Chief Executive, Glyn Roberts urged support for the new Town Centre Masterplan and commended the Council for passing a -0.25% Business Rate. 

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has welcomed news that fifteen out of the twenty-six Local Councils have passed 0% rate and that three, Omagh, Ballymoney and Castlereagh actually reduced their rates. 

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has today issued a call for local traders to get behind the Giro dItalia to showcase the very best of Northern Ireland. 

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