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Local producer lands £1m supermarket deal

Credit: Mash Direct

Comber-based company Mash Direct have secured a contract with supermarket chain Morrisons worth a million pounds a year, over three years.

The farm business, run by the Hamilton family, specialises in vegetable and potato-based convenience foods.

This contract will see five of its products go into the 'free from' aisle in over 380 stores nationwide.

Director Lance Hamilton said, “We are delighted with the new contract with Morrisons.

"This deal can equate to over £3million of revenue for our company over the next three years.

"Innovation has always been at the heart of what we do here at Mash Direct and we will ensure that we use this money to put back into the company and make sure that we continue to deliver the high standards and quality that our customers know and trust," he added.

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House prices rising across Northern Ireland

House prices in Northern Ireland have risen.

House prices have risen across Northern Ireland over the last 12 months.

According to the Office for National Statistics, prices here rose by 5.7% to an average of £125,000.

Across the UK, the average first-time buyer faces paying 7% more for a property than they did a year ago.

The average house price in England is now £236,000.

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Plan for largest Belfast city centre regeneration scheme

A proposal for the largest regeneration project of Belfast city centre is being opened for public consultation.

The project, worth almost £400m, includes Royal Avenue and was formerly known as Royal Exchange.

Once finished the re-developed area will comprise a mix of retail, leisure, residential, community and office space and could initially support 3,500 jobs in the city centre.

A spokesperson from Castlebrooke Investments said: "We intend to implement the scheme in a way that protects the important heritage of the area by starting with the refurbishment of Garfield Street and the Northern Bank on Waring Street.

“We believe our scheme will be an important part of this vibrant new vision for Belfast."

Derelict school set for multi-million pound facelift

A former Falls Road school, which has been lying derelict since 1998, is to get a £7m face lift.

St Comgalls, a safe haven for children during the Troubles, is to become an international visitor centre.

But much of the old school, built in 1932, will remain intact due to its listed status - meaning designers will have to marry the new with the old.

Work is due to get underway in the autumn, as Richard Cull reports.

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