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NI coffee firm expansion to create 40 new jobs

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A multi-million pound expansion by coffee chain Ground Espresso Bars will see over 40 new full and part time jobs created in Northern Ireland by the end of the year.

Three new stores are to open in Victoria Square, Belfast, the Laganbank Retail Park in Lisburn and the old Pump House in Portadown, the latter forming part of a £400,000 regeneration scheme.

The company hope to create further posts as part of a wider expansion with new sites planned for Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Scotland for 2018.

Ground currently employs over 250 staff across 20 stand-alone stores and concessions across the island of Ireland.

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Unite asks DUP to press PM on Bombardier

The union Unite has said that DUP MPs must use their power at Westminister to put pressure on the Prime Minister to do everything she can to protect jobs at Bombardier.

The union made the call as yet more crippling US import tariffs have been imposed on Bombardier's C Series aircraft, in its trade row with Boeing.

The extra costs could threaten jobs in Belfast.

A ruling by the US Department of Commerce on Friday has quadrupled the cost of the aircraft being brought into America.

It has hit Bombardier with an 80% import tariff.

That's on top of another 220% tariff imposed less than two weeks ago.

Despite appeals from Theresa May to President Trump on the matter, Unite the Union says the Prime Minister isn't doing enough.

UTV's business reporter Vicki Hawthorne reports.

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