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May 21 Brand Journalism In the Press

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Over 400 investors raising over £500,000 – Skunkworks rides the wave for growth

TWO brothers who are manufacturing what are believed to be the most robust and eco friendly surfboards in the world have raised over £500,000 from investors from across the globe in the next stage in the Skunkworks Surf Co journey.

The Crowdcube campaign, which was launched by the Coleraine based manufacturer, has now officially closed with 426 investors joining the Skunkworks Surfboard Co team and raising a total of £504,890. Click to share:

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April 19 Brand Journalism In the Press

James Barclay, left, Simon Funge, centre, with chairman of Worldwide Financial Planning Peter McGahan, right. wwfp47

Worldwide Financial Planning Appoints New Managing Director

WORLDWIDE Financial Planning has appointed a new Managing Director and new Compliance and Head of Risk in a drive to take the firm to the next step in becoming a market leader in independent financial advice.

The firm of independent financial advisers, which has offices in Truro, Southampton and Northern Ireland, will be headed by Simon Funge, previous Head of Financial Planning at Wesleyan where he managed a team of 300 specialist financial advisers. READ MORE:

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April 11 Brand Journalism In the Press

Sunjay working at the Skunkworks Surf Co factory in Colerains. The company are embarking on a Crowdcube campaign.

Skunkworks set waste free targets and launch Crowdcube campaign

Two brothers who are manufacturing ‘next generation’ surfboards have announced their plans to become waste free by 2020 and are inviting people all over the world to join them on their journey to the next stage through a Crowdcube campaign.

Ricky and Chris Martin say it is their mission to become waste free by 2020. To get involved in the Skunkworks journey by investing in eco friendly surfboards, which are revolutionising the surf industry, click crowdcube.com/skunkworks

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April 6 Brand Journalism In the Press

Ricky Martin of the Skunkworks Surf Co, left with Darren McDowell of Harbison Mullholland, centre, and Chris Martin, right

Siblings and surfboards – Skunkworks brothers to speak at Family Business Forum

THERE are lots of projects happening at Skunkworks Surf Co right now but Ricky and Chris Martin will be taking time out of the factory to join a panel of business people to speak at the next NI Family Business Forum.

On April 24, the two surfing brothers who are revolutionising the surfboard industry, will speak to an audience at ‘Meet The Family – The Chairmen of the Board’ at the Europa Hotel. Next week however, these guys are announcing something pretty spectacular.

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January 18 Brand Journalism In the Press

Ross Wylie and James Conlon, MD of NIAVAC

Driving performance with NIAVAC – dynamic audio visual systems

Modern corporates, government departments and public sector organisations are driving their ideologies forwards in order to ramp up their focus on how best to maximise the efficiency of the space which surrounds them.

Eleanor McGillie goes to Porsche Centre Belfast with NIAVAC boss James Conlon to uncover the power of audio visual technology in this state of the art £6million showroom. Here’s Business First’s cover story;

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September 13 Brand Journalism In the Press

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SkunkWorks Surf Co work with Jaguar Land Rover to launch surfboard

SkunkWorks Surf Co which manufactures 100 per cent recyclable surfboards have taken their work to a whole new level by working with Jaguar Land Rover in its ‘Waste To Wave’ project.

They are working with Jaguar Land Rover to recycle plastic foam from early vehicle design models to give them a second life in the form of surfboards. Lucy Campbell was invited to get behind the wheel of a Discovery Sport before putting the concept through its paces at Whiterocks Beach, Northern Ireland.

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August 31 In the Press

INTO says no to budget cuts

Bleak start back to school as the INTO says no to budget cuts

Schools across Northern Ireland have been finding out that their budgets have been cut – another insult to education according to the INTO.

Ireland’s largest teachers’ union says news of further cuts to school budgets will mean children will be denied access to services, class sizes will increase and special needs provision will shrink. Gerry Murphy outlines the INTO’s take on the news which will create many challenges for principals and pupils across the region.

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August 17 Brand Journalism

Oyster farmer Patrice Bonnargent.

Meet the oyster farmer who is taking the taste of our shores back in-land

Oyster farmer Patrice Bonnargent is working hard in Killough, Co Down, to bring the best oysters to the UPU Plough Festival which takes place from August 24-26 where you could win £1,000 in a competition.

We speak to Patrice about oyster farming ahead of the festival which is taking place at The Plough Inn to raise money for next year’s Hillsborough International Oyster Festival which had to be cancelled this year due to a change in funding arrangements and rising costs.

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August 1 Brand Journalism

MGMPR - a brand journalism approach to PR in Northern Ireland

Five years of using brand journalism in Northern Ireland

Eleanor McGillie saw a gap in the market and she decided to fill it by introducing a brand journalism approach to public relations in Northern Ireland by setting up MGMPR.

This message engaging concept is being embraced by companies and organisations who recognise the power of relevant and meaningful storytelling. Celebrating five years in business today we look back at the last five years and see how brand journalism has been embraced by Northern Ireland companies. Have a read:

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April 21 In the Press

Mac Ivors Cider Co ciders are now in Marks & Spencer Stores in Northern Ireland

Mac Ivors Cider Co’s great tasting ciders now in Marks & Spencer stores

Huge congratulations to Mac Ivors Cider Co on the announcement that their great tasting ciders are now available in Marks & Spencer stores in Northern Ireland.

Traditional Dry Cider, Medium Cider and Plum and Ginger Cider are available so people can enjoy a food and drink adventure. Marks & Spencer’s mission is to become the best craft beer retailer on the high street while offer local beers from smaller breweries with the convenience of buying them from a local M&S store.

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December 13 In the Press

Tom Verner, Managing Director of The Momentum Group based in Bangor, R&D specialists

There’s a pot of HMRC gold and businesses need to be dipping into says R&D specialist

Tom Verner, the Managing Director of The Momentum Group based in Bangor, is a specialist in identifying R&D activities and expenditure.

He and his team at The Momentum Group specialise in raising the bottom line for innovative and forward-thinking businesses. They do this by delivering enhanced R&D tax credit claims and/or helping clients to introduce new, innovative corporate strategies. Here’s Tom’s analysis of the Chancellor’s R&D Autumn announcement.

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December 6 In the Press Year of Food & Drink 2016

Mac Ivors Cider Co is an Irish craft cider producer based in Co Armagh.

Cider maker invests £250,000 in new press as Irish craft cider market booms

Mac Ivors Cider Co has just invested £250,000 in a new state of the art German cider press and a new 10 acre orchard.

This year Mac Ivors got silver in Blas na hÉireann for its Traditional Dry and Plum and Ginger ciders, was voted best Artisan producer in Armagh, joint best in Ulster and joint best in Ireland. The producer also picked up a Great Taste Award for Traditional Dry and Medium ciders and a silver medal at the Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards.

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December 3 In the Press

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Blue Ocean Monitoring team expands as demand for data monitoring platforms increase

Blue Ocean Monitoring is a global oceanographic and environmental survey company which provides leading edge services to coastal and off-shore industries.

The company, which has offices in Australia, USA, Singapore and Europe, has announced it is expanding its team with the appointment of Ramsay Lind who is now based at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton to meet the increasing global demand for ocean data monitoring platforms.

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November 9 Comment In the Press

Worldwide Financial Planning's Peter McGahan on a post election analysis

Worldwide Financial Planning’s Peter McGahan with his post election analysis

Some might say the dust is far from settling. Some might say the storm is just starting to gather momentum.

Peter McGahan, owner of Worldwide Financial Planning, which has offices in Fermanagh, Truro and Southampton, looks back at the last 24 hours and analyses what has happened and what does this mean. Donald J Trump has been elected by the American people to be the 45th president and not too many people are happy about it. Here’s what Peter has to say:

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October 25 In the Press Year of Food & Drink 2016

Ann Henderson is the owner of Back of Beyond - a casual dining restaurant in Caledon, Co Tyrone.

A crafty cook turns old potato shed into the Back of Beyond in Caledon

A crafty cook has turned an old potato shed into a casual dining restaurant in the Georgian village of Caledon in Co Tyrone.

Ann Henderson saw an opportunity to make an impact on the rural community by turning something very old into something really new. Ann decided to get creative and turn the potato shed into a 24-seater casual dining restaurant which serves food which is produced locally, has created a few new jobs and is a place where local people can congregate.

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