Good news from Northern Ireland this week

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Good news from Northern Ireland this week

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Here’s a round up of some of this week’s GOOD news from Northern Ireland.

Major jobs and investment

300 jobs with combined annual salaries worth nearly £10m will be coming to Northern Ireland in the next few years following the announcement that London–based financial services company, Tullett Prebon is to open it’s new ‘global technology hub’ in Belfast.

Tullet Prebon boss, John Phizakerley says: “Belfast was the standout choice for us. The combination of a highly educated workforce, attractive business environment and great infrastructure, underpinned by the support of local government and Invest Northern Ireland is a compelling proposition.”

What’d you do this summer?

The aeroplane is being built at the Ulster Aviation Society's hangar in Lisburn
The aeroplane is being built at the Ulster Aviation Society's hangar in Lisburn

Whatever it was, I bet it’s not as cool as building an aeroplane. Never mind one that travels at 177 mph and is called ‘Sting S4’. Well, building an aeroplane is exactly what 60 teenagers from all over Northern Ireland have had the opportunity to do this summer thanks to a project backed by Boeing and the Air League. The plane will be ready to fly at the Farnborough Air Show 2018 and will mark the 100th anniversary of the RAF. 

Green energy

What the Larne facility will look like once completed (Source: Gaelectric)
What the Larne facility will look like once completed (Source: Gaelectric)
A project that stores energy in the form of air in underground caves near Larne has received another £6.9m in funding from the European Union. Green energy firm, Gaelectric were previously awarded £5.4m back in 2015. The company says the project will provide energy to power up to 200,000 homes for up to eight hours.

From Derry’s walls to China

A group of 40 Irish dancers from Londonderry are to perform their show ‘Titanicdance‘ in China next week as part of an International Folk Arts Festival. It’s the first time a show produced by Derry–based, Millennium Forum Productions will be performed internationally following its debut at the Odyssey Arena (now SSE) back in 2014. The show will also be taken to Missouri, USA in November 2016.

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