Business

Branch closures a 'hammer blow' to city centres, says Sinéad McLaughlin, following news that Strand Road and half of BoI branches will close
These are the full details of the new time-bound restrictions from Friday for four weeks
Diane Dodds' claim that Invest NI brought Seagate to Derry is false, says Sinéad McLaughlin MLA - Invest NI did not exist at the time
Small hospitality businesses to receive £800 for every 2 weeks they are closed, larger ones £1,200 for every 2 weeks, says Finance Minister
DUP MLA Gary Middleton says businesses support widening of Buncrana Rd but have fears for jobs due to interrupted access to their premises
Planning no longer needed for extensions to shops or upgrading mobile phone antennas - development rights for oil and gas exploration axed
Minister announces 3,000 online training places - emphasis on digital skills for those whose employment has been disrupted by the pandemic
Northern Ireland will participate in World Expo in Dubai, which was postponed and now takes place from October 2021-March 2022
Investment of £5m at Crescent Link will extend M&S Food Hall, bring in Food Warehouse by Iceland, and create 110 new jobs
Over £13m of grants may have gone to ineligible businesses, while other desperate businesses received nothing, says Sinéad McLaughlin MLA
Funding of £7m for social enterprises which are trading/offering goods and services to achieve social and/or environmental benefit

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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