Business

Branch closures a 'hammer blow' to city centres, says Sinéad McLaughlin, following news that Strand Road and half of BoI branches will close
The Office for National Statistics says one-fifth of our normal weekly spending was prevented due to the restrictions of lockdown
Businesses are being penalised by insurers who will not pay out because they have not had a case of coronavirus, says Gary Middleton MLA
NI recovery plan must address job creation in the North West, says Sinead McLaughlin MLA
Further relaxations of restrictions planned on outdoor activities eg weddings and outdoor retail - but dependent on course of the epidemic
New NI Micro-business Hardship Fund will help small businesses unable to access other Covid-19 grant schemes
Jonathan Ellis of Mr Chip NI Windscreen Chip & Glass Repairs has been servicing vehicles of frontline workers free of charge in virus crisis
Despite paying same premiums, businesses have cover reduced during closures, losing cover for theft, burst pipes or malicious damage
Cathy Moran Recruitment is a new specialist professional and technical recruitment service serving Northern Ireland and the Republic
HMRC has issued guidelines to employers wishing to claim through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which opens on Monday
Hypixel Studios, the videogame developer behind upcoming title Hytale, to establish Derry HQ following acquisition by US giant Riot Games

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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