Mash Direct Eliminates Black Plastic for St. Patrick’s Day

We set ourselves a New Year’s Resolution to go green by St. Patrick’s Day and we have achieved our goal. Mash Direct are now selling our award winning vegetable and potato side dishes in 100% recyclable trays following a complete overhaul of our packaging.

Two of the biggest retail representative bodies on the island of Ireland this evening welcomed the vote in the House of Commons against leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.  Retail NI, Northern Ireland’s largest retail trade association joined Retail Excellence, Ireland’s largest retail representative body in welcoming the vote to take ‘no deal’ off the table as “an important step forward in avoiding a potential economic disaster on both sides of the border for retailers.”

Retail NI has described the NI Budget published by the Secretary of State today as ‘extremely disappointing’ and 'a missed opportunity’

Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:  

“Retail NI is disappointed that the Secretary of State has not listened to our concerns over business rates. Why is that independent retailers in England get a third off their rate bills and their Northern Ireland counterparts get an increase?

FORMER investment banker turner job-creator Darragh McCarthy says there is a "hugely competitive war for new talent" - and that attracting, retaining and developing the best people is imperative for the success and growth of any business.

The chief executive and founder of financial services group FinTrU - which will soon grow its payroll in Belfast and Derry to 800 people - was speaking at the formal launch the 13th running of the Irish News Workplace & Employment Awards, which take place in Titanic Belfast on Thursday June 13.

Retail NI has launched its biggest ever recruitment campaign for new members with the help of Exterion Media and the new Pulse Smart Hubs in Belfast City Centre. Its digital recruitment campaign goes live today.

Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“Since its rebrand two years ago, Retail NI has enjoyed steady growth in its membership with new retailers and suppliers to our sector joining.”

“We now represent over 1800 wholesalers, retailers and suppliers.”

Commenting on the reduction of the Primark Cordon this morning, which allows pedestrians to walk between Castle Street and Fountain Street, Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“This is welcome news for Castle street traders and for shoppers visiting that part of Belfast City Centre. While this is progress, there is still a lot of work ahead and it is unfortunate that a number of traders still remain unable to open due to the cordon”

A Retail NI delegation met with the PSNI at Musgrave Street Station this morning to discuss the ongoing problem of ATM robberies on local retailers.

Speaking after the meeting Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“This was a very useful meeting with the PSNI and we urged them to ensure that resources are put into tackling this problem. These robberies have cost our members hundreds of thousands of pounds and the criminal gangs behind them belong behind bars for a very long time”

Retail NI has responded to the publication of a new consultation from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, calling on them to ensure that a manually administered deposit return scheme does not form part of its plan to encourage people to recycle more.

Cara Taylor, Business Growth Enabler at Ulster Bank

Ulster Bank has announced details of a new series of events to address many of the challenges facing the high street.

Surviving the high street is a series of regional Ulster Bank Boost events providing opportunity for local business owners to discuss the challenges facing local high streets and draw from the recent experiences of successful operators on how to prepare for the future.

Ulster Bank Head of NI, Richard Donnan, and the bank’s Head of Retail Banking, Terry Robb, remind consumers that the bank’s new ‘vertical’ notes come into circulation next week.
  • New polymer designs last 2.5 times as long as traditional cotton notes
  • Portrait design and advanced security features make it easier for customers to protect themselves from becoming victim of fraud.

Retailers and members of the public in Northern Ireland are being reminded about the biggest shake-up to the cash in their wallet in over 40 years.

As revealed last year, Ulster Bank is switching production of its £5 and £10 notes to more secure and durable polymer material, as well as turning the notes to a vertical orientation.