Xperience Group, one of Northern Ireland’s longest established providers of IT solutions, has announced 32% year-on-year growth and 27% workforce growth as it celebrates 50 years of business success across the UK and Ireland. It believes its new team growth is in direct response to a sharp increase in market demand for smart IT solutions. The company has added ten staff, with a further 12 positions open, including Graduate and Engineering roles. This will bring Xperience Group’s total national head count to 111. The new positions will be responsible for supporting the delivery of new contracts and will continue the implementation of leading IT solutions across the UK.In addition, the company has welcomed an additional £1.5m in new customer sales since the beginning of the year. With a strong track record for helping companies implement IT efficiencies, Xperience Group is demonstrating a commitment to clients by making further investments in talent and technology with a … [Read more...] about Fifty years in business and still growing
Fifty years ago
It will soon be 50 years to the day since Brian Clough’s and Peter Taylor’s Derby County swept into the top flight of English football. It was on April 5, 1969 that Bolton Wanderers came to the Baseball Ground and were beaten 5-1 in the middle of what was a remarkable run for Derby – nine wins on the trot from the middle of March to the end of the season. The Trotters dispatched, promotion for the Rams was a formality and afterwards the players began to sing: “We are the champions!” Premature, perhaps, but that is how it turned out. Yet the season had started badly – only three points from the first five matches. No one would have bet on the Rams winning the Second Division by seven clear points, their total of 63 – only two for a win in those days – equalling Leeds United’s post-war record set five years earlier. At its onset, Derby’s 1968-69 season looked likely to pick up from where the Rams had left off in … [Read more...] about ‘Fifty years ago, a transformation was happening at Derby County’
Fifty years ago on Sunday Derry elected John Hume to the old Stormont ousting Nationalist leader Eddie McAteer who had held Foyle from 1953. Mr. Hume, a teacher from Beechwood, best known as the Derry Citizens’ Action Committee vice-chair, scored an emphatic victory in a three-way fight that also involved Labour’s Eamonn McCann.He secured 8,920 votes, surpassing Mr. McAteer’s 1962 record of 8,720, and exceeding the Leader of the Opposition’s 5,267 votes by a majority of 3,653. Mr. McCann polled 1,933 and lost his deposit by 31 votes. The election was called by Prime Minister Terence O’Neill on Monday, February 3, 1969, in face of dissent from within the Unionist Party over moderate reforms he had been forced to propose in the aftermath of the repression of the Derry civil rights march of October 5, 1968.Mr. McAteer said: “For the life of me I don’t see what problems this will solve, as it seems to me that it will take considerably more than a … [Read more...] about Fifty years since McAteer, Hume and McCann battle
Today is the 50th anniversary of the seminal People’s Democracy civil rights march into Derry - a milestone on the road to the dissolution of the old Stormont regime. On January 4, 1969, four days after the radicals of the civil rights movement left Belfast on their own version of the ‘Selma to Montgomery’ march of 1965, a unionist mob tried to beat it off the roads at Burntollet.“The marchers, about 300 strong, were ambushed at Burntollet Bridge. Here a crowd of Paisleyites numbering over one hundred waited for the marchers on high ground overlooking the bridge,” the ‘Journal’ reported.“As the students reached the bridge, they were subjected to a steady barrage of bricks, stones, and pieces of iron in addition to several petrol bombs which landed amongst them. Then a section of the mob attacked the marchers on the bridge, using clubs and cudgels, some with nails protruding from them,” the paper reported.The protestors were pursued … [Read more...] about Fifty year ago the People’s Democracy organised civil rights march from Belfast to Derry bravely completed its journey
Tristan Lee, 47, who lives in Tring has helped the lives of thousands of people with his work as The Gorgeousness Coach, holding workshops to help empower and motivate people to look after themselves. Tristan has always been interested in self care, and wants to help pass on helpful tips on food, fitness and skin care. He has always been interested in skin care, and despite being nearly fifty years old, still regularly gets ID'd when buying alcohol because of his youthful looks. Tristan now passes on the knowledge he has learned through his own journey of self care, to others who are looking to improve themselves with workshops, and one to one sessions.Tristan said: "It's always been a bit of a running joke with me and my friends with how young I look. But when I got to 40 years old, I was looking for a change of direction anyway and just thought maybe I could help people out with some tips I have learned on my own journey. "I started coaching and one to one sessions eight years ago … [Read more...] about Do you believe this man is nearly FIFTY years old?