Belfast was revealed yesterday as being Number 2 in the Top 10 UK cities for foreign direct investment according to the UK Trade & Investment Department. During a visit to to Belfast, Lord Green, the Coalition Government's first Trade Minister was eager to learn about developments in the renewable energy sector from business leaders and Belfast Harbour Commissioners, as he underlined the government's focus on growth and job creation as critical to economic recovery. Based on figures from Ernst and Young, Belfast is ranked as the UK's second most attractive city after London, particularly in the technology and financial services sectors.
Trade through Belfast Harbour is on the up again for the first time in three years. Figures published today by the Port reveal that tonnages during 2010 grew by over 5% to stand at 16.5m tonnes. Tonnages had previously fallen by 10% since 2007 in the wake of the global credit crunch.
'Titanic Port, a new book celebrating 400 years of Belfast Harbour, was launched today (Monday Nov. 8th) in Belfast Harbour Office. Written by the award-winning journalist and author Alf McCreary, and commissioned by Belfast Harbour Commissioners, the book tells the story of those who built the Harbour and, in turn, laid the foundations for Belfast's emergence as a major urban and commercial centre.
Employees within Belfast Harbour are taking part in the Prince's Trust Million Makers Corporate Challenge. The recently formed Harbour Dragons will be competing against other corporate teams across Northern Ireland to raise £1m in the UK to support the Prince's Trust in their efforts to help the most vulnerable youth people in our society.
Twenty-year old sailor Tiffany Brien from Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club presented an £18,000 Paralympic sailing boat to local disabled charity Belfast Lough Sailability in Belfast Harbour today â€“ the culmination of two years of fundraising by the 2012 Olympic hopeful including sailing single-handedly across the irish Sea.
Have you ever been lucky enough to visit Belfast Harbour Office or to take a tour around the magnificent building which dates from 1854? Have you heard the tale of the Harbour Ghost or been captivated by the Veiled Lady? Never fear if you haven't! To make these stories more publicly accessible, Belfast Harbour has created a new colour visual guide to take interested readers on a pictorial tour of the interior of the building,
60 delegates from across the world recently visited Belfast for the General Stevedoring Council's 40th Conference. The GSC was formed to encourage a flow of ideas and cooperation between Port Authorities and Stevedores across the world in respect of improving and developing facilities and delivering world-class training for staff.