Northern Ireland

Council boost for Belfast city centre traders

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Media captionBelfast City Council is to provide a £275,000 boost to city centre trade

Belfast City Council is to spend an extra £275,000 on a promotion campaign to help city centre traders during the Christmas and new year periods.

About £150,000 will go towards a programme of street entertainment aimed at bringing life to the city in the four weekends leading up to Christmas.

Businesses will benefit from an extra £50,000 towards advertising before Christmas and £75,000 in January.

The cash is in addition to the council's usual spend over the holiday.

The council's gesture is intended to help finance a marketing campaign to encourage people from across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to visit Belfast and enjoy its retail and hospitality facilities.