Category Archives: Economy

Tourism trends

Tourism statistics indicate signs of growth but also a drop in visitors from the Republic. Northern Ireland’s latest available tourism statistics cover the full calendar year of 2013 and show a general...

Business tourism recovery well under way

The economic downturn had a major impact on business travel but visitor numbers are clearly picking up again. Business tourism provides facilities and services to delegates attending conferences and other events, stopping...

2016 extension to expand the city’s horizon

Belfast Waterfront’s ambitious expansion will see its capacity double and the venue is already attracting widespread extra interest. Belfast is a city undergoing a radical transformation and the recent investment of £29.5...

Mapping the sector

A detailed study has outlined the shape of the social economy in Northern Ireland. The Executive’s ‘third sector mapping’ project has provided a detailed insight into the characteristics of the social economy...

A ‘bright start’ for social enterprise

New childcare providers must operate as social enterprises if they want to receive government funding, following an announcement by the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister. The department, which...

Maximising the social economy

Hugh Crossey, Chair of the Bryson Charitable Group, reflects on his role and the challenges facing the sector. Social enterprise was recently described as having the potential to be one of the...

Work and learning for all abilities

Now Chief Executive Maeve Monaghan talks to Peter Cheney about the social enterprise’s beginnings, growth plans and the difference it makes to people with a range of abilities. From small beginnings, Belfast-based...

Assembly endorsement for social economy

agendaNi summarises the Stormont parties’ commitments to the sector. All parties in the Executive have highlighted the benefits that the social economy can provide – and the need to support the sector...

Global Irish Economic Forum

Michael McKernan looks at how the event has generated new economic links with the Irish diaspora. The Global Irish Economic Forum, convened by the Irish Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade...