Business

Branch closures a 'hammer blow' to city centres, says Sinéad McLaughlin, following news that Strand Road and half of BoI branches will close
Localised Restrictions Support Scheme will be extended to cover extended closures, says Finance Minister Conor Murphy
Taxi drivers can receive £1,500 under Nichola Mallon's new scheme launched today
Derry's unemployment claimant count is 7.1%, ahead of even Belfast's at 6.4%, says Sinéad McLaughlin MLA
Owner Sainsbury's plans to cut 3,500 jobs across UK by closing all meat/fish/deli counters and close 420 standalone Argos stores
Extreme red tape in support applications reflects Diane Dodds' series of disasters over grants paid to Sinn Fein, says Sinéad McLaughlin MLA
Dublin data protection company Sytorus is creating 13 positions across NI - permanently work-from-home jobs, but locations are not yet clear
Executive is to urgently prepare a funding package for the taxi, private bus and coach sectors and look at needs of the road haulage sector
KFC is to recruit 5,400 later this year for its 965 restaurants in UK/Ireland, partly via the government Kickstart scheme for 16-24 yr olds
New bill will bring extended opening hours until 1am weekdays and midnight on Sunday, and restrict advertising for alcoholic drinks
Business support scheme opens for applications, offering from £800 - £1,600 per week depending on business size to offset Covid restrictions

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A man has died following crash on Glenhead Road outside Limavady after 4pm - he was riding a blue Kawasaki motorcycle and died at the scene
With 22% of NI children living in poverty, SDLP's Angela Dobbins welcomes calls to finally establish a Child Poverty Task Force
School Milk scheme will continue for at least 2 years - 200,000 pupils in 800 schools drink 1m litres of subsidised milk each year in NI
Council launches survey of older people to ask how it can promote age friendliness and improve their quality of life
Santa opened two new state of the art classrooms at Culmore PS as the school gears up to accept digital applications from January 7