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  • Posted 1 week ago

A spokesman for the Lough Erne Resort said a fire had broken out adjacent to the hotel’s main reception area late this afternoon.

However, he stressed no one was at risk at any stage.

“In line with our normal emergency planning all guests were evacuated to a separate area within the hotel. The Fire Service was contacted immediately and arrived quickly to deal with the incident.”

The spokesman added that a full enquiry would get underway to establish the cause of the incident.

Guests are advised to check with the hotel prior to arrival tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday.


Cleaver Fulton Rankin and The Speakeasy Club promote the art of good communication 
  • Posted 3 weeks ago

Belfast law firm, Cleaver Fulton Rankin is to help host a unique programme aimed at helping both reluctant and seasoned communicators to speak with impact throughout 2017 and 2018.

Bespoke Communications is to deliver the programme in three formats – Speakeasy Club Foundations, Speakeasy Club for Business Storytelling and Speakeasy Club for Media Interviews.  The Speakeasy Club takes place at locations all over Northern Ireland, and Cleaver Fulton Rankin is to host the Belfast Clubs at its office in Bedford St in central Belfast.

 “In a world of information overload, it’s become more important than ever to invest in personal communication skills”, explained Sarah Travers, director of Bespoke Communications.

“Attention spans have contracted, and it can be hard to differentiate yourself in a crowded marketplace.  We’re delighted that Cleaver Fulton Rankin is hosting the Speakeasy Club, so that people from all walks of professional life in Belfast can come together to build up their skills.”

Jonathan Forrester, Managing Director at Cleaver Fulton Rankin said: “We believe strongly in collaboration, so we’re pleased to host the Speakeasy Club with the team at Bespoke Communications. Workshops like the Speakeasy Club offer not only the chance to develop skills, but are an important networking opportunity as well. This aligns with our ethos of innovation and relationship building.”



Cleaver Fulton Rankin awarded Security Management Certification 
  • Posted 3 weeks ago

Leading Belfast law firm Cleaver Fulton Rankin has been awarded the ISO 27001:2013 Information Security Management System (ISMS) certification from IMS International. The certification was accredited by the UK’s national accreditation body, UKAS.

Cleaver Fulton Rankin was also the first law firm in Northern Ireland to obtain the UK Cyber Essentials, IASME and ISO27001 certifications.

An ISMS is a framework consisting of policies and procedures, encapsulating legal, physical and technical controls which are involved in an organisation’s information risk management processes.

The scope of supply includes the management of Information Security in the Provision of Legal Services Including Corporate; Banking and Finance; Property; Planning and Environmental; Litigation; Business Restructuring/Insolvency; Employment and Equality; Private Client and Public Law and Education.

The standard ensures that information security is managed under critical and established controls, having a formal specification in place concerning management systems and auditing.

Finance and IT Director, Patrick Fleming said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the ISO 27001:2013 certification which has recognised the sophisticated systems we have in place and has also raised awareness internally, regarding potential threats to information and how to protect it. The standard has helped us ensure that the processes we have in place, including our risk assessment method, information security control system, management practice, information security policy and ability to meet legal and stakeholder data protection requirements are both effective and secure.”


Western Building Systems confirms 58 new homes for Dungannon 
  • Posted 2 months ago

‘New scheme will meet pent-up demand for high quality, affordable homes’

A Tyrone construction company has confirmed it is to build a total of 58 new eco-friendly homes at a site on the outskirts of Dungannon.

Western Homes – part of the Western Building Systems’ Group which is a family-owned business specialising in the latest building techniques will spend around £6m on the new scheme at Derrywinnen Heights, off Bush Road.

The new timber framed homes will come in a variety of three and four bedroom semi-detached and four bedroom detached house types.

According to Shane Canavan of Western Building Systems the new scheme will help meet a pent-up demand for new homes in the Dungannon area.

“With prices starting at £135,000 these turn-key homes which are characterised by strong levels of thermal efficiency and acoustic performance are exceptionally good value for money. The specification created by our bespoke team of designers includes full internal and external turn-key finishes, triple glazed windows, composite external doors and solid fuel stoves.

“We know there is a strong demand for high quality, affordable housing in the Dungannon area.  The location of these new homes makes them a sensible choice for those wishing to commute to local towns such as Cookstown or Dungannon or further afield to Belfast with their proximity to the M1.”

Timber frame construction is the fastest growing method of construction in the UK and Ireland and has been widely adopted across both the public and private housing sectors. It also accounts for about 75% of the self-build market.

Timber frame has the lowest embodied CO2 of any commercially available building material, while delivering up to a 33% reduction in energy consumption for large detached houses and up to 20% for apartments.

Shane Canavan continued: “Western has been a long-standing pioneer within the timber-frame sector – long before it became ‘fashionable’ and over the past number of years we have invested in specialist equipment and training required to deliver large-scale, high-quality fast track projects.

“The sustainable nature of timber makes timber frame construction one of the most sustainable building methods available. In April 2007, the government introduced the Code For Sustainable Homes (CSH). Since May 2008, all new homes have to be rated for sustainability based on energy use, carbon emissions, water, materials, waste, health and other aspects of environmental impact.

 “A timber frame home designed and built by Western Homes will deliver a higher CSH rating, thereby helping to protect the environment for future generations. Timber frame has the lowest carbon cost of any commercial building material with every completed home saving approximately 4 tonnes of CO2.

Western is renowned for the quality of its housing developments and is well placed to developing stylish, environmentally friendly, desirable homes offering affordability to potential home owners and first-time buyers.

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Hillstown Brewery says ‘cheers’ to new Tesco NI listing 
  • Posted 4 months ago

Northern Irish Craft Beer Company Secures £90k Listing with Tesco NI

The Antrim based drinks company, Hillstown Brewery, has secured a listing with Tesco Northern Ireland that will see the leading retailer stock an extended range of its handcrafted beer in stores across the province, with sales of more than £90K forecasted for the first year.

Based in Randalstown, Hillstown Brewery is a small-scale microbrewery that produces handcrafted, unique beer direct from the farm.  On the back of the new listing with Tesco NI, Hillstown Brewery has invested in a larger brewing system to keep up with the demand of its expanded consumer base.

Starting with an unusual introduction to the world of craft brewing, the food and drinks company started with the intention to brew beer to feed cattle in order to produce Wagyu beef; however the demand for its beer resulted in Hillstown Brewery making the finest craft beer for humans too.

The new listing with Tesco NI means that the retailer will now stock the full range of Hillstown Beers. The brand’s uniquely named Massey Red Ale, The Drunken Donkey Lager, and The Squealing Pig IPA will join The Spitting Llama Belgian Ale, The Goats Butt Wheat Beer and The Horny Bull Stout on Tesco shelves across Northern Ireland.

Jonathan McWhinney ‎Packaged Food Buying Manager, Tesco Northern Ireland, said “The Northern Irish craft beer culture continues to grow and, in support of that, Tesco now stocks over 30 local beers, ales and stout on its shelves in Northern Ireland. We find that our customers are increasingly willing to buy premium beers, especially if they are from local Northern Irish brands. We are delighted to stock these additional lines from Hillstown Brewery and expand our relationship with them, as they give our shoppers more flavours to choose from – while furthering our commitment to supporting local food and drink.”

The iconic Northern Irish beers from Hillstown Brewery are available from selected Tesco stores across Northern Ireland.

Tesco spends almost £590 million on Northern Irish products each year. It has over 1,200 local product lines on its shelves produced over by 90 suppliers and 6,000 farmers.  For more information on local Northern Irish food and recipes, visit, Tesco Northern Ireland’s new online magazine that celebrates local food and drink.


Tesco NI supports ‘re-gin-eration’ of craft spirit industry with Belfast 1912 Cask Gin listing 
  • Posted 5 months ago

Northern Irish Craft Gin Company Secures £250k Listing with Tesco NI

The Northern Irish drinks company, BOTL Ltd, has secured a listing with Tesco that means its Belfast 1912 Cask Gin is stocked in Tesco stores across Northern Ireland, with sales of more than £250,000 forecasted for the first year, which will please the rising number of gin aficionados in the province.

A secret spirit recipe circa 1912 was discovered in 1994 and research confirmed it was connected to the old Avoniel Distillery in Belfast.  After several years in development, Avoniel Distillers Ltd finally launched Belfast 1912 Cask Gin onto the market under the Belfast 1912 Cask Gin brand in recent years.

Belfast 1912 Cask Gin is a perfectly balanced classic Juniper-led gin London Dry Gin with a dry mid-palate. The new listing with Tesco NI reinforces Belfast 1912 Gin Cask’s position as a premium craft gin that delivers both in flavour as well as classic design.

Conor O’Neill, Sales Director of BOTL Ltd, the global distributor for Belfast 1912 Cask Gin, said: “Since we launched Belfast 1912 Cask Gin, it has been a goal of the company to secure a listing with a large retailer such as Tesco. We are delighted we will now see our distinctive blue bottle on the shelves of Tesco stores across the province. A listing like this has introduced many new customers to the product and we are thrilled with the positive response so far.”

Jonathan McWhinney ‎Packaged Food Buying Manager, Tesco Northern Ireland, said “The Northern Irish love affair with craft gin continues to grow and when you marry the resurgence of the spirit with our customers’ desire for locally sourced products – it meant the decision to stock Belfast Cask Gin was an easy one. The Northern Irish palate has changed and our shoppers want something more than just a great taste, they want a premium experience, and a gin that deserves to be savoured – Belfast 1912 Cask Gin delivers all that and more and we are delighted to bring it to our customers.”

Belfast Cask Gin is available in a distinctive blue 70cl bottle ‘from selected Tesco stores across Northern Ireland.

Tesco spends almost £590 million on Northern Irish products each year. It has over 1,200 local product lines on its shelves produced over by 90 suppliers and 6,000 farmers.  For more information on local Northern Irish food and recipes, visit, Tesco Northern Ireland’s new online magazine that celebrates local food and drink.


  • Posted 5 months ago

Portadown-based potato producer sees 10% lift in turnover and profits rise

Wilson’s Country Ltd enjoyed measured growth in the 12-month period to July 2016, according to accounts published this week.

The Portadown company saw turnover increase by around 10% with pre-tax profit for the same period rising from £225,347 to £448,469.

CEO, Angus Wilson described the performance as ‘steady within a challenging marketplace’ during a period when the cost of purchasing potatoes had almost doubled from the start to the end of the season due to crop shortages.

Mr Wilson highlighted the brand’s commitment to innovation as a key contributor to the company’s ‘encouraging’ growth.

“During the course of 2016 we introduced a number of innovative fresh chilled convenience products to the Irish retail sector under our new brand ‘You Say Potato’. These include fresh prepared chips, peeled potatoes ready for the microwave, baby potatoes with Irish herb and garlic butter and sweet potato..

“The Wilson’s business model is about ensuring we are offering customers taste, convenience, range and value for money.

“We have been delighted with the support from retailers and the way consumers have embraced our new products. We are in ongoing discussions with our customers in relation to further possible listings. Furthermore, we plan to continue with our investment in infrastructure and marketing initiatives for the remainder of 2017 and beyond.”

Mr Wilson said the outlook was good for 2017 with early indications of a healthy crop due to the recent ideal weather of sunshine and showers. The 2017 cropping season has just commenced with local Comber now fresh on the shelves.

The Wilson’s brand has a long and proud tradition. From its roots, starting off as a single line serving a small section of the rural Armagh community, it is now one of the best-known potato brands in Ireland, supplying most of the major retailers across the island. It also supplies a full range of peeled and chipped potatoes to a wide range of customers in the catering sector in Ireland.

The original company which was established in 1986 by Angus Wilson and currently works with around 20 potato growers and employs more than 70 people direct.

Stephen Magill appointed Commercial Manager at Tesco Northern Ireland 
  • Posted 6 months ago

Stephen Magill, former regional manager for Tesco Express stores with Northern Ireland, has been appointed Tesco NI commercial manager.

Stephen Magill’s appointment will see him lead a commercial buying team at Tesco Northern Ireland’s regional office in Newtownabbey.  In his role, Stephen will be responsible for all the commercial functions within Northern Ireland including the procurement of local food and drink products, currently almost £590m per annum.

He will further the retailer’s strong relationships with suppliers and key stakeholders within Northern Ireland’s food and drinks industry to enhance the its compelling local offer.

Stephen Magill, a native of Banbridge, Co. Down, joined Tesco in 1993 and during that time Stephen has held several different positions in management, including his most recent position, Tesco Express regional manager, responsible for 19 Express stores across Northern Ireland, including the recently opened University Street store in Belfast.

Stephen Magill said: “I am very honoured to take up the role of commercial manager at Tesco Northern Ireland. This is a particularly exciting role within Tesco as we are the only part of the Tesco UK business to have a region-based buying team and that is testament to the wealth of produce available here and in recognition of how important Northern Irish food and drink is to local customers and the industry. During my long career with Tesco, I have seen how it has supported, and partnered with local food and drink businesses, helping to bring their products to market, both here and in our GB stores, and I am really excited to be part of that continued journey.”

Commenting on the reasons for Mr Magill’s appointment, Brendan Guidera, Store Director at Tesco Northern Ireland, said: “Stephen brings a wealth of expertise and industry experience to his new role as commercial manager. He has been a key member of what is a strong local leadership team for several years and prior to that, he worked as part of the international Tesco business in central Europe.”

Stephen has a proven track record of delivering results, leading from the front and always focusing on giving our customers the best overall value, experience, and range of local produce and we are excited to see him use his invaluable knowledge in his new role as commercial manager in NI.”

Tesco Northern Ireland is the number one retail champion of local food and drink with over 1,200 local product lines on its shelves produced over by 90 suppliers and 6,000 farmers.

For more information on local Northern Irish food, visit, Tesco Northern Ireland’s new online magazine that celebrates local food and drink.

New MD for leading Belfast law firm 
  • Posted 6 months ago

New Managing Director at Cleaver Fulton Rankin will lead the firm on its growth trajectory

Leading Belfast law firm, Cleaver Fulton Rankin has announced bold strategic expansion plans over the next three years following the appointment of a new Managing Director.

Current director, Jonathan Forrester will take over the reins of the commercial practice – which is one of the longest established in the city – from 1st May.

He has worked for Cleaver Fulton Rankin since 1999, having joined the firm as a graduate from Queen’s University, with both a law degree and a MSc in Information Management. He was admitted as a Solicitor to the Court of Judicature in Northern Ireland in 2001, became a partner in Cleaver Fulton Rankin in 2008 and a director upon the incorporation of the firm in 2011.

The Managing Director role is rotated among current directors and he will replace fellow director Karen Blair who will become Chairman after her six year stint at the helm.

Jonathan Forrester specialises in commercial litigation, real estate litigation, disputes about wills and trusts, professional negligence, debt recovery and contentious construction, all of which by their nature are very complex and contentious issues.

Some of his key successes for the firm include a multi-million pound class action on behalf of 66 residents of Rossorry Quay, Enniskillen against a developer, landlord, structural engineer, building contractor and specialist sub-contractor. Damages in excess of £6 million were recovered on behalf of the residents. He has also acted in a dispute between joint venture partners in connection with a landmark commercial property, which settled for a sum in excess of £100 million.

Mr Forrester has been described by clients as having “obvious talent and commitment”. He has been ranked highly by leading law directory Chambers every year since 2007 for dispute resolution and latterly in the field of real estate litigation. According to Chambers’ interviewees, he is “keen to get involved and make it happen – energy is the word with him”. He has also been described as having the “ability to instantly pick out the key points in a dispute”. He is “renowned for his aptitude at complex, high value contentious property matters” and is “highly accomplished in the handling of real estate litigation and probate disputes”.  Another leading law directory Legal 500 has also described him as a “truly excellent litigator” and an “impressive tactician”. And it is this experience and his ‘can do’ attitude which leaves him very well placed to take over the lead role in the firm, as it continues on a growth trajectory.

Mr Forrester commented: “I am very proud to become Managing Director of this excellent firm, and to be taking over from Karen who has led us so well over the past six years.  We are a forward looking business, constantly evolving to service our ever-changing market.  We have made some recent highly experienced additions to our team, and this trend will continue as we execute our plans in the coming months and years.  With this solid team of talent, our business will continue to grow, for the benefit of clients and indeed for the wider business community.”

Mr Forrester continued: “Since 2010 we’ve grown our team numbers by almost a third. People have described CFR as a sleeping giant but we are confident that will not be the case for much longer.

“We are currently exploring the possibility of launching a number of new services for our clients. We have put in place a market-leading commercial team to help our clients navigate their way through the challenges BREXIT will bring over the next few years and to ensure they are best-placed to exploit the opportunities that will present themselves.”

The confirmation of the new Managing Director follows the recent appointment of Hilary Griffith as Head of Corporate.

Tesco NI ‘beefs up’ its local range with new Doherty & Gray-produced Tesco burger listings 
  • Posted 6 months ago

~ Doherty & Gray sign £350,000 deal with Tesco NI to produce new local burger range ~

Ballymena based meat company, Doherty & Gray, has secured a significant new listing with leading retailer, Tesco Northern Ireland. The company will produce a range of Tesco Finest-branded burgers and Tesco beef burgers to selected Tesco stores across Northern Ireland, developed with support from Tesco NI Technical Manager Leanne Black. The contract will be worth around £350,000 in it’s first year to the Co. Antrim food firm, and will introduce locally-produced burgers to the shelves just in time for the barbecue season!

The listing has increased Doherty & Gray’s annual business with Tesco Northern Ireland by around 30% and the addition of two more employees to it’s staff of 90. This follows a company decision to invest approximately £200,000 in the latest production and packaging equipment as part of a continual improvement programme which will allow the company to fully engage in further strategic growth opportunities.

Doherty & Gray, which has been in business for 63 years, first started to supply Tesco in Northern Ireland 20 years ago. Apart from the Finest burgers, Doherty & Gray supplies Tesco Northern Ireland with several other lines, including its renowned Hull’s Vegetable Roll, Tesco Finest Sausages, and Tesco Butcher’s Choice sausages and burgers.

Speaking about the production methods, Alan McKeown, the company’s commercial sales manager, said: “Superior production techniques were used to give customers a rustic burger with an open texture for an enhanced eating experience. We have used store cupboard fresh ingredients where possible to deliver a fantastic burger experience. For example, the Finest Chilli Flavoured Beef Steak Burger is a made using fresh chilli and scotch bonnet puree giving it a flavoursome fiery taste, the Finest Caramelised Onion Beef Steak Burger used fresh onions and delivers a meaty burger with a sweet, onion aroma and the Finest Beef & Pepper Steak Burger delivers a meaty flavour with prominent black pepper heat the whole way through. Each burger has a unique and delicious flavour.”

“The company has a highly skilled workforce and prides itself on making the highest quality sausages and burgers to be enjoyed by consumers. The Tesco Finest Burgers will all be made using locally sourced Northern Ireland Beef.” Alan added.

Leanne Black, Technical Manager from Tesco Northern Ireland said: “At Tesco Northern Ireland, we are extremely proud of this new investment with Doherty & Gray as it is another step in our commitment to the local farming and agri-food community. It also gives Tesco NI another opportunity to bring an excellent product to our customers, made with the best ingredients, at an affordable price.”

Tesco spends almost £590 million on Northern Irish products each year. It has over 1,200 local product lines on its shelves produced over by 90 suppliers and 6,000 farmers.

For more information on local Northern Irish food and recipes, visit, Tesco Northern Ireland’s new online magazine that celebrates local food and drink.


Full list of the new range:

Tesco Finest 6oz Beef steak burger  

Tesco Finest 4 x 4oz Beef steak burgers 454g  

Tesco Finest 6 x 4oz Beef steak burgers 681g  

Finest 4 X4oz Black Pepper Steak Burger 454g  

Finest 4 X4oz Caramelised Onion Steak Burger 454g

Finest 4 X4oz Chilli Flavoured Steak Burger 454g  

Tesco Beef burgers 4 x 4oz 454g  

Tesco Beef burgers 6 x 4oz 681g  


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