Office, Retail & City Centres – What Does The Future Hold? / January 2021

Business Eye linked up with leading law firm TLT to stage a virtual round table discussion event to look at what the future holds for office working and for the retail sector as Northern Ireland emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic.

When will we see a large-scale return to office working? Will patterns of work change for ever? What are the implications for the city centre? How can retail work to recover from the devastating effects of the pandemic?

Richard Buckley of Business Eye and TLT’s real estate partner Kevin Murphy hosted the discussion from NIAVAC’s studio in East Belfast and were joined remotely by:-

Brian Lavery, Managing Director, CBRE Belfast
Simon Hamilton, Chief Executive, Belfast Chamber
Niall Borthistle, Business Development Manager, Glandore
Laura McCarthy, Senior Asset Manager, Killultagh Estates
Cathy Reynolds, Director of City Regeneration & Development, Belfast City Council


Brexit – Customs Clearance Made Easy / November 2020

With the end of the Brexit transition period getting closer every day, Northern Ireland business are being urged to ensure that they’re prepared for new customs arrangements.
Business Eye’s Richard Buckley talks to Ryan Kelly, Operations Director at Derry Brothers Customs Clearance. The Co. Armagh-based business is one of our leading specialists when it comes to guiding a wide range of companies seamlessly through the new customs regime that 1st January 2021 will bring.


NI Family Business Forum / October 2020

Northern Ireland’s family businesses have been weathering the storm of the pandemic. That’s according to a survey carried out by Ulster University on behalf of the NI Family Business Forum which shows that while almost all businesses are concerned about the effect of the crisis on turnover and cashflow, relatively few are worried about losing their businesses and most say that tough times have united their management teams. Richard Buckley talks to Darren McDowell, Senior Partner at Harbinson Mulholland and chair of the Forum alongside Ian Smyth, a family business expert and business lecturer at Ulster University.


SME Support Forum / September 2020

The SME Support Forum Northern Ireland was established by three leading local firms – McKees, Harbinson Mulholland and Kerr Henderson – as a direct response to the Covid-19 crisis. The Forum, established as lockdown was introduced back in the early spring, was able to provide immediate advice to business owners and managers across the key areas of law, finance and insurance.

Business Eye’s Richard Buckley chats about the SME Support Forum to Chris Ross, Managing Partner, McKees; Darren McDowell, Senior Partner at Harbinson Mulholland and John Kerr, CEO of the Kerr Henderson Group.


Paul Henry – Osborne King / July 2020

Paul Henry is Managing Director of Belfast property firm Osborne King and the current President of Chartered Accountants Ireland, the representative body for 28,500 members across the country. He talks to Business Eye’s Richard Buckley about the profound impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the commercial property sector and how the sector can adapt for a changed future.


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