Our Launch Event

Attended by more than 170 guests, our launch event in London featured several high-profile speakers including the Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP & Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Russ Shaw, Founder of Tech London Advocates and Global Tech Advocates, Suzanne Wylie, Chief Executive of Belfast City Council and Libby Jackson Global Head of Alternative Legal Services at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

See our picture gallery from the event.  

DoF Investment will Complement Belfast City Council Investment Fund

The Department of Finance has published its intention to appoint a fund management company to invest its £100 milllion fund, with the aim of increasing private sector-led development, infrastructure and low carbon projects. Offices are among the main areas targeted for investment through the initiative. Read more…

HMRC to bring new Regional Hub to Belfast

HMRC says it has furthered plans to open one of its first new UK regional centres in Belfast city centre in the coming years. It is anticipated that the hub will be based in new, purpose-built offices to accommodate 1,400-1,700 people, bringing hundreds of jobs to the city during and after development. Read more…

Signature Living Confirms Purchase of Crumlin Road Courthouse

Signature Living has confirmed that it has purchased the iconic Crumlin Road Courthouse in Belfast and will invest £25million in restoring the building to its former glory. The Courthouse will become the home for the first of up to five new hotels that the luxury hotel developer will bring to city in the next three years. 

Speaking at the Belfast stand at MIPIM, Signature Living’s founder and chairman Lawrence Kenwright said that his key focus will be on preserving the architectural heritage of the Charles Lanyon-designed Courthouse, built in 1850. Read more…

Belfast Delegation Highlight Major Development & Investment Opportunities at MIPIM

In March of this year, a delegation of over 70 Belfast business leaders travelled to Cannes where they presented a portfolio of major real estate investment and development opportunities in the city to a potential audience of over 28,000 international property investors, developers and occupiers at MIPIM – the world’s largest international property investment conference. 

Among the real estate projects presented was the proposed major Transport Hub for Belfast, as well as the Royal Exchange development in the North East Quarter of the city, the Giant’s Park at the North Foreshore, and Sirocco Quays in the East Bank area. Read more…

Construction in Belfast at Highest Level in Almost a Decade Says New Report

Construction in Belfast is at its highest level in almost a decade, according to a new report.

11 new development schemes were completed in the city last year, including two hotels. A further six hotels are currently under construction, set to deliver more than 1,000 new hotel rooms. A total of 30 schemes are under construction or just recently completed in the city, including the eight hotels, four new educational facilities, seven new student accommodation projects and six office developments, according to the first Belfast Crane Survey report produced by Deloitte Real Estate. Read more…

Ulster University Launches New Legal Innovation Centre

Ulster University has launched a new Legal Innovation Centre with support from leading global law firms Allen & Overy and Baker McKenzie. The centre is a collaboration between the School of Law and the School of Computing and Intelligent Systems, the first of its kind in the UK.

The Centre will give students and lawyers the opportunity to familiarise themselves with different types of legal technology software provided by the University’s academic partners, Clio and Caselines. Read more… 

Ulster University Set To Revolutionise Global Data Analytics Research With £4 Million Investment In New Institute

Ulster University cemented its reputation as a global leader in data analytics research with the launch of Northern Ireland’s first data analytics institute, creating 12 new research level posts and delivering £4 million in salaries over the next 5 years.

Bringing together businesses, government and advanced research expertise, Ulster University’s Cognitive Analytics Research Lab, will build upon the University’s existing internationally renowned research expertise in data analytics. It will be headquartered at Ulster University’s Magee campus with offices in Belfast campus. Read more…

Ulster University celebrates international league table success

Ulster University is celebrating its performance in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017, after being ranked among the world’s elite institutions in nursing and in the top 20 in the UK for architecture/built environment, agriculture/forestry and sports-related subjects

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Herbert Smith Freehills is Delighted to Announce a New and Innovative Partnership with Queen’s University Belfast which will see the Firm Sponsor the Student Hub in the University’s new School of Law for a period of five years.

Queen’s new School of Law opened in September 2016 following a £15M refurbishment of the University’s former Library Tower. The new Student Hub, sponsored by Herbert Smith Freehills, will be a 600sqM space providing social and informal group study space, with an estimated 3,500 footfall per day through its café and study area. As part of the sponsorship relationship, Herbert Smith Freehills and Queen’s will work collaboratively to deliver a tailored and innovative programme of activities specifically designed for Queen’s students, beginning this autumn. Read more…

FinTrU Expands in Belfast

Financial services business FinTrU is creating 160 new jobs in Belfast over the next five years. The London-based company provides outsourced knowledge services, including financial regulatory reporting, compliance and legal services, to investment banks and other financial institutions. It established its Belfast centre of excellence in 2014, recruiting 80 staff in supervisory, associate and graduate posts. Read more…  

QUB Professor Receives Knighthood

Queen’s University’s Professor John McCanny has said he is ‘delighted’ to be awarded a knighthood in the New Year’s Honours List. The Director of the University’s Institute for Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT) has been recognised for services to higher education and economic development. Read more…

 

Queens and Lloyds Banking Group launch Scholars’ Programme

Lloyds Banking Group, which operates primarily as the Halifax in Northern Ireland, has announced a new partnership with Queen’s University offering 15 talented undergraduates financial support, paid internships, professional mentoring and a wealth of opportunity to develop their employability skills, as part of the Group’s unique social mobility programme. Read more…

Quality of NI Graduates  Praised  By Global  Software  Company

David Richards of WANdisco has praised the quality of graduates being turned out by universities in Northern Ireland and singled out the range of degrees on offer at Queen’s University, saying that the education system and the economy are more closely aligned here than in the rest of the UK. The co-founder and Chief Executive of the global software company that counts Google, Amazon and Microsoft among its clients, said that Belfast-based software engineers have been crucial in the development of the firm’s Fusion technology. Read more…

Architecture  Students  Bring Animation To Urban Villages 

Street Society 2017, the annual design and research ‘live’ project, saw 91 undergraduate and postgraduate students from Queen’s University School of Natural and Built Environment work on briefs set by local groups to develop new approaches to the built environment on the themes of Health and Wellbeing and Sustainable Economic Development. Read more…

Queens’ Researchers make Landmark Discovery in Fight against MS

Research led by Dr Yvonne Dombrowski and Dr Denise Fitzgerald at the Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine at Queen’s, is being hailed as a landmark study in unravelling the mysteries of how the brain repairs damage. The findings could revolutionise life for people with multiple sclerosis (MS), which affects 2.3 million people world-wide and over 4,500 people in Northern Ireland.

Senior author of the study, Dr Denise Fitzgerald from Queen’s, experienced a condition similar to MS, called Transverse Myelitis when she was 21 and had to learn to walk again. Read more…

Belfast Met launches Belfast Business School

Belfast Met has launched the Belfast Business School alongside a £1.2M investment funded by the Department for the Economy to further enhance the teaching and training facilities in the e3 building at the College’s Springvale campus.

As well as the College’s current offer in professional programmes covering areas such as accounting and finance, business administration, human resource management, digital marketing and procurement, the Business School will also work in partnership with local businesses to deliver bespoke programmes aimed at upskilling and reskilling employees in areas including consulting, project management and leadership and management development. Read more…

 

Catalyst Inc: Night of Ambition – Energising the Imaginations and Aspirations of our Young People

On 8th March, Catalyst Inc brought together 200 teenagers from schools across Northern Ireland for the annual Generation Innovation Night of Ambition, which took place at St. George’s Market, to discover the opportunities that exist for them to become world class innovators. Through interactive sessions, a buzzing innovation marketplace and messages from local innovators around the world, the young people were encouraged to aim higher, succeed faster and push what’s possible here in Northern Ireland.

The event was also sponsored by visionary companies Aepona and Liberty IT together with Ulster University and Enterprise SU QUB and the Department of the Communities. During the event, participants had the opportunity to engage with 70 founders of innovative companies and interact with future employers and start-ups from across Northern Ireland. Read more…

British Business Bank backs new £150m Accelerated Digital Ventures (ADV) platform to boost digital businesses

The British Business Bank announced in November 2016 it is backing a new venture to provide investment to innovative UK digital technology businesses, driving growth and job creation across the country. The Accelerated Digital Ventures (ADV) platform will make funds available to digital technology SMEs, boosting sector growth across the UK. The platform will support the existing digital technology hubs in Belfast, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Oxford and Sheffield.

British Business Bank is supporting the new ADV platform, alongside Legal & General (L&G) and Woodford Investment Management, as part of its remit to design, deliver and efficiently manage UK-wide smaller business access to finance programmes for the UK government. Read more… 

Belfast’s Coolest New Hotel, BULLITT, opens in style

The wait is finally over as Belfast’s coolest new hotel opens its doors. Named after the Steve McQueen movie of the same name, Bullitt Belfast is a vibrant new concept from the Beannchor Group that will provide a cool new space for people to work, play and stay in the heart of the city.

The contemporary new hotel features three bars (including Baltic, NI’s first ski-themed bar) as well as a 58-seater restaurant, called Taylor and Clay and an Espresso bar. Bullitt features 43 stylish bedrooms. The hotel will host an eclectic events calendar and its versatile private events space called The Good Room will be an exciting new space for events in the city. Read more…