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Snow Patrol Team Up With NI Sauce Producer To Launch Own Range Of Hot Sauce

NORTHERN Ireland hot sauce company, Rock A Doodle Do – Belfast Hot Sauce, will set the world alight with its latest range of special Snow Patrol hot sauces guaranteed to rock your taste palette.

Collaborating with the band the range links in with song titles and will only be available at the merch stands of Snow Patrol shows with all proceeds going to charity.

Rock A Doodle Do has been making a name for itself with the soaring taste sensations of rock themed hot sauces that have your tongue ready to lift off in ecstasy.

The production of the Snow Patrol hot sauces represents a synergy between the band and the charity, Music For All, that has a patron in the shape of Jools Holland and has ambassadors such as Rick Astley, Howard Jones, Rick Wakeman and many other musical luminaries.

Owner Dave Kernaghan said it was an opportunity to give something back together with one of Northern Ireland’s leading bands.

“It was great fun to look at Snow Patrol songs and tie in hot sauce ranges,” he said. “And, these are guaranteed to spice up every meal.

“All three are hot sauces but ‘Disaster Button’ is an extra, extra hot chili sauce using the hottest chili in the world, The Carolina Reaper and is for the stoutest hearted rocker out there.”

Snow Patrol’s Jonny Quinn said that Rock A Doodle Do’s hot sauces have paved a way with its unique tastes and use of Northern Ireland products.

“I know the quality of the hot sauces, how they use local products and we’ll be promoting these at all our shows and raising money for a superb cause.”

Paul McManus, CEO of Music For All said this was a fun way to raise money – and get some great hot sauces to spice up any meal.

“Our mission is to provide musical experiences for all, through free lessons, instrument loans and through communities and in educational backgrounds. Having Snow Patrol and Rock A Doodle Do come up with this unique, fun and tasty way to raise funds will be a great boost for us.”

Dave has been making his own hot sauces for almost 30 years but took the plunge in 2015 to launch the Rock A Doodle Do range based on his love of rock music and after three years has customers across the globe.

Dave has been constantly revising his recipes since he developed his initial concoction.

I named my first hot sauce after the first record I bought, Iron Maiden’s Can I Play With Madness and called it ‘Can I Play with Mangos’ a Mango Habanero based hot sauce that was relatively mild but full of flavour.

“I then created two more called Master of Peppers (after Metallica’s Master of Puppets) that used some of the hottest chillies in the world, combined with fresh fruit and veg and ‘Fear the Reaper’ (after Blue Oyster Cult’s Don’t Fear The Reaper) that uses the hottest chilli in the world, the Carolina Reaper.”

Dave has been constantly refining the Rock A Doodle Do range – including the devilish Fear The Reaper Extreme – including one based on the Irish legends of The Pooka and The Banshee.

Using flavours and ingredients from Belfast’s St George’s Market, smoked Salt and Pepper from The North Coast Smoke House, and Farmageddon’s Golden Pale Ale, among other Northern Ireland products to produce Rock A Doodle Do’s range.

They also make custom batches that come in premium glass Skull Bottles, we have made small custom batches for wedding favours, we sell gift boxes, and fresh/dried chillies too.

For more information about Rock A Doodle Doo sauces go to www.rockadoodledo.com

The Sauces:

If there’s a Rocket, tie me to it – A delicious Ghost chilli sauce that combines one of the hottest chillies in the world, the Ghost chilli with peach, lime, and a locally produced Golden pale ale to create a sauce that perfectly balances heat and flavour.

Don’t Give In – A hot BBQ sauce that combines the Trinidad Scorpion Chilli with a locally produced Whiskey to create an extra hot BBQ sauce.

Disaster Button – This is a sauce for the real chilli lovers out there. We created an extra, extra hot chilli sauce that uses the hottest chilli in the world, the Carolina Reaper and combined it with lime, mango, and maple syrup to make a ridiculously hot sauce that tastes delicious.

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ASOS to Create Over 180 Jobs in Northern Ireland with new Tech Hub

Economy Minister Gordon Lyons today announced that ASOS, one of the world’s leading online fashion retailers, is to invest £14million in a new Tech Hub in Belfast and create 184 new jobs over the next three years.

Welcoming ASOS to Northern Ireland, Gordon Lyons said: “Today’s announcement by ASOS is a clear vote of confidence for Northern Ireland and our strong appeal as an investment location. The development of the new Belfast Tech Hub and the creation of over 180 jobs represents a significant investment in Northern Ireland by the company. In return, our talent base will provide ASOS with the high quality engineering resources it needs to deliver its international growth plans.

“Once in place, the new jobs will contribute almost £6.5million in additional annual salaries to the local economy. Of the new roles, 130 will participate in my Department’s pre-employment Assured Skills training programme which will offer the company a pipeline of skilled people over the next three years.”

The Minister added: “The first Assured Skills Academy with ASOS, focusing on Data Engineering and being delivered by South Eastern Regional College, is open for applications now – I urge anyone who is interested and eligible to apply for this exciting opportunity.”

Speaking about the company’s decision to invest in Northern Ireland, Nick Beighton, CEO, ASOS, said: “As a rapidly growing business at the forefront of online retailing, we’re continually investing in our technology capabilities. Our new hub will provide us with cutting-edge tech expertise to support future growth. Belfast has a wealth of tech talent and we’re excited to be establishing a permanent base in such a vibrant city.”

The new Belfast hub will be operational in early 2022, with 52 dedicated roles in the first year, growing to 184 by 2024, with recruitment already under way. Recruiting across a range of levels and job functions, including engineering and data science, the creation of the new hub in Belfast is part of the wider strategic plans for ASOS’ tech team, which will enable the team to support the continued growth and expansion of ASOS.

Cliff Cohen, Chief Technology Officer, ASOS, said: “ASOS is a fast-growing business and constantly looking to innovate through our technology. As we continue to scale our investment in technology, we are looking to hire talent across engineering roles into our new Tech Hub, and help foster talent in Northern Ireland by supporting its growing reputation as a centre for tech excellence.”

To help secure this project, Invest Northern Ireland has been working with ASOS since 2017, showcasing all that Northern Ireland has to offer. The agency has offered almost £1.2million of support towards the new software engineering roles and the Department for the Economy is funding pre-employment Assured Skills Academy training to the value of almost £1million over three years.

Kevin Holland, Invest NI’s CEO said: “I’m delighted to welcome ASOS to Northern Ireland. Securing this project is yet another tremendous endorsement of our compelling value proposition which includes our highly educated population, underpinned by some of the best educational facilities in the UK. The new roles will offer a range of opportunities for software engineers and analysts, development opportunities for those in the early stages of their tech careers and will provide exciting pathways for people to join Northern Ireland’s digital workforce. We very much look forward to supporting ASOS to grow in Northern Ireland.”

Applications for the ASOS Data Engineering Assured Skills Academy are open until 5.00pm on Friday 22 October 2021. Training will commence for successful applicants on Monday 10 January 2022.

Experience is not required but applicants must be at least 18 years of age and eligible to work in the UK.

More information and details on how to apply are available at http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/assured-skills

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NI Engineering Company, PAC Group, Receive Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Innovation

Belfast-based electrical and mechanical engineering company, PAC Group, has received royal recognition for its innovative carbon fibre preforming technology. 

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious business awards in the UK, with winners personally approved by her Majesty the Queen. The Group were the only company from Northern Ireland to receive the award for the Innovation category in 2021, and were the first Innovation category winner from the province for three years.

The Lord Lieutenant of Belfast, Mrs Fionnuala Jay O’Boyle, presented the company with the award. She said: “Northern Ireland has a rich and vibrant history of enterprise and innovation. Famous historically for linen and shipbuilding, today it is companies such as PAC Group that proudly carry the innovation torch. This company’s commitment to research and development, and to future-proofing its technology, will ensure its longevity and continued success.”

“The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious and rigorous business awards in the UK, with international regard and recognition. Invariably, it is seen as a highly significant achievement and landmark in any company’s history.”

Founded in 2018, the company has enjoyed a remarkable growth journey, now employing over 40 people at its headquarters in Dargan Crescent, Belfast. 

Holding 42 patents on the hardware and software, the company’s Hot Drape Formers and Preforming machines have been purchased by globally leading aerospace and automotive companies such as Spirit AeroSystems and McLaren Automotive.

PAC Group’s Business Development Director, Darren Leslie, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to receive a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation. It is a fantastic endorsement for our company to be recognised as world-class, and it is a welcome recognition of our team’s capabilities and hard work.”

PAC Group’s Technical Director, Gavin Rankin, added: “Innovation really is the lifeblood of PAC Group, and this award recognises just how innovative our carbon composite preforming technology is, which brings significant benefits to industries seeking to lightweight their structures to reduce carbon emissions and tackle climate change.”

The Lord Lieutenant of Belfast, Mrs Fionnuala Jay O’Boyle, paid tribute to “the people who are the heart of, and make up, PAC Group”.

She added: “This award is about your joint success, your belief in the spirit of enterprise and entrepreneurship, and your contribution to creating a more stable, sustainable, and prosperous economy for Northern Ireland.”

“PAC Group is a Belfast company and a Northern Ireland success story. The Queen’s Award for Enterprise is indeed a milestone, but it is also a signpost to future success and even greater achievement.”

For more information on PAC Group, go to pacgroup.co.uk

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