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First ever All-Ireland Butchery Trade Expo to be held in September


aking place over September 28-29, the inaugural Butchery Excellence Scheme (BES) All-Ireland Butchery Expo, supported by Dunbia, was launched last month at Corries Butchers in Holywood, Co Down. Organised by Aughnacloy-based Butchery Excellence Scheme, the AllIreland Butchery Expo is Northern Ireland and Ireland’s first-ever trade event to be specifically created for butchers. Over 500 butchers from across Ireland are expected to attend the event, which will be home to two days of competitions, features and over 35 industry-specific exhibitors. Taking place at the Four Seasons Hotel in Monaghan, the event is free to attend and has been created to address concerns about the increasing amount of legislation butchers are required to comply with. Visitors to the show will also gain useful tips on how to maximise sales via an informative Profit Shop Chat Show at the event. “Through ongoing work in the food sector with butchers across the north and south of Ireland, it became clear that there were limited events in Ireland that were aimed specifically at those in the butchery trade,” said Rhonda Montgomery, chief executive of the Butchery Excellence Scheme. “We’ve created a trade expo that’s specifically tailored to butchers’ requirements. The event aims to be informative and enjoyable, with a range of features created to address sector-specific issues, skills learning and knowledge that will help butchers to enhance their businesses.” Tickets for the inaugural BES All Ireland Butchery Expo are free and are available now at

Retailers can ‘revitalise’ businesses through new programme S

mall independent retailers in Belfast are being offered the chance to enhance their retail skills and increase their business profitability via the Revitalise Programme. Belfast City Council has launched the programme for up to 30 new start and existing independent retailers through free targeted masterclasses and mentoring support. Revitalise is part of the UKwide ‘Healthy High Streets’ initiative – a national campaign involving 100 cities and operated by Business in the Community NI in association with a number Councillor Aileen Graham, chair of Belfast City Council’s City Growth and Regeneration Committee is pictured with Adam McLellan, of private sector partners – Boots Santander in Belfast; Colin McGreevy, M&S in Belfast; Aileen McGroggan, Boots UK in Belfast; Geraldine Duggan, Belfast City Centre UK, Santander and Marks & Management; and Claire L Gordon from Business in the Community Spencer (M&S). Northern Ireland. Boots UK, EE, Santander and M&S will be delivering the masterclasses and Belfast City Council will be providing the mentoring support to local businesses. The first masterclass was held last month in the Santander branch in Royal Avenue, to be followed by one at the M&S store in Donegall Place on Tuesday, October 4 (9.30am-1.30pm) which will look at visual merchandising. This workshop will be taken by Julie Beattie, visual section manager at M&S. The third masterclass will be held on Wednesday, October 26 in the Boots store in Donegall Place (9.30am-1.30pm) and will focus on the delivery of great customer service. This combined seminar and workshop session will be delivered by Boots and EE. For more information on the Revitalise programme, contact the council’s Economic Development Unit on 9027 0482 or email

LMC cooks off with Paul Rankin

Pictured are St George’s Market are, from left, Colin Smith, industry development manager, and Cherrie Kenny, education services at LMC, U105 presenter Carolyn Stewart, celebrity chef Paul Rankin and Gerard McGivern, chairman LMC.

Pictured are Stephen Robinson of Corries Butchers; Rhonda Montgomery, chief executive of the Butchery Excellence Scheme; Sean Owens, MD of the Butchery Excellence Scheme; and Patrick Lavery, commercial manager at Dunbia.

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elebrity chef Paul Rankin shared his top tips for cooking the perfect steak using Northern Ireland Farm Quality Assured (NIFQA) beef and reminded shoppers to look out for the FQA logo at a special event at St George’s Market in celebration of NI Year of Food & Drink last month.

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