The Irish News is ‘Trading Up’ in New Podcast

Today, The Irish News announced it is expanding its media portfolio with a new business podcast, ‘Trading Up’. Building on the success of the newspaper’s business coverage, the podcast will offer a fun, irreverent, and insightful weekly discussion on major business stories, combined with deep-dive analysis and engagement with business leaders.

Trading Up is hosted by experienced broadcaster and journalist Jim Fitzpatrick, who is returning to his Irish News home where he began his career on the business desk.

Speaking on the announcement, Jim, who is also taking up a new role as Consulting Editor at the Irish News, said: “Trading Up is all about delivering weekly business insight from the best. It’s going to be a space for business leaders to share their secrets of success. It will be serious and quality content, but with a fun approach.”

Each episode will include a swift analysis of the week’s news with help from the Irish News business team Gary McDonald and Ryan McAleer; a detailed look at key economic numbers; a deep-dive into the life of a business leader; and an irreverent look at what policy idea would change the world for the better.

Trading Up will be sponsored by EY, a key contributor to the economy in Northern Ireland. Speaking on the sponsorship, Rob Heron, EY Northern Ireland Managing Partner said: “As a firm that works with many of NI’s leading indigenous and international companies, supporting their growth and transformation journeys, we understand the importance of bringing high quality insights to the business community.

From AI to sustainability, M&A to digital transformation, it is such an exciting and innovative time for businesses here in Northern Ireland and beyond. Podcasts have become a rich, valuable, and much enjoyed medium for busy business professionals today seeking insights, analysis and opportunity. We look forward to collaborating with The Irish News’ team to bring this new podcast to NI businesses and the wider community across Northern Ireland and beyond.”

The podcast will be available each Wednesday. In the first episode Jim will be joined by Kevin McNamee from Bangor-based manufacturer Denroy, famous for making hairbrushes but now making waves in the aerospace industry too.

The podcast will be available to stream and download from all platforms.