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PROPERTY PULSE: Housing market booming following restart, yet long-term caution urged

The immediate prospects for the local property market post-lockdown appear positive, but long-term uncertainty remains over stricter lending criteria and the prospects for a wider economic recovery. A range of restrictions on the housing market were put in place as part of the Executive’s wider regulations to tackle the coronavirus pandemic in March, among which […]

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Getting back to work with financial support package

Copy in association with UK Government. Thousands of companies have been taking advantage of an unprecedented package of UK Government support to protect jobs and support firms as they attempt to get back to business during the coronavirus outbreak. As more and more companies continue to get back to work, we look at how the […]

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Local trader predicts firms excluded from rates relief package will go to the wall

A Belfast business owner says small companies not eligible for government support during the Covid-19 pandemic are facing collapse. PLS Locksmith owner Frank Cahill said subletting business tenants, who are not responsible for rates bills, are unable to avail of the Executive’s £10,000 small business grant. Under the government’s terms, only businesses in receipt of […]

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Belfast Tech company steps up to back frontline health workers: JustGiving appeal raises £20,000+ in just 24 hours

A TOP Belfast financial technology firm is going the extra mile to help hard-pressed frontline health workers battling the Covid-19 crisis with practical supplies and an online appeal. And in just 24 hours, a JustGiving page set up by the company to fund support supplies for NHS staff has raised over £20,000. Management and staff […]

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PODCAST with Matthew Thompson

With over 600 events every year including live music, discos, art exhibits, comedy sketches, open mic storytelling nights and much much more, The Black Box is without a doubt the creative heartbeat of our city. We sat down with co-director Rachael Campbell-Palmer to talk about the importance of creating spaces where people can experiment with […]

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Police appealing for information following criminal damage to West Belfast charity vans

THE manager of a West Belfast charity has described as “scumbags” the thugs who smashed the windows of three of its buses and a van in an attack on Sunday afternoon. General Manager of Springfield Charitable Association (SCA) Terry McNeill explained how the vehicles, which have been parked in the former Belfast Trust Lawther building […]

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