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  • Brexit Progress?
    13 December 2017


    Agreement between the UK and the EU at the end of Phase 1 of the UK’s withdrawal negotiations is welcome and has already offered some comfort to many manufacturers across Northern Ireland. If the agreement holds, we move to Phase 2 where the UK are seeking a critically important ‘transition’ agreement before exiting the EU and then seeking an agreement on new free trade and customs relationship. Friday’s agreement provides assurance about what the fall-back position will...

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    Dec
    2017
    Renewable Engine Launch
      ‘Renewable Engine’, a ground-breaking cross-border research and innovation ‘supercluster’ which will deliver focused research and innovation support to companies specialising in renewable energy and advanced manufacturing, was officially launched this week.Supported by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) as part of its INTEREG VA programme, the four-year ‘Renewable Engine’ project will see companies such as Kingspan, CDEnviro, Organic Power and Doos...

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  • 6

    Dec
    2017
    National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Summit
      Manufacturing NI is delighted to be one of the supporting organisations at the upcoming National Manufacturing and Supply Chain Conference, the largest gathering of manufacturing and supply chain professionals,  which takes place on the 31st January in the Citywest Convention Centre, Dublin. With a focus on sustainability, brexit, manufacturing, renewable energy, procurement, recycling, the annual event will welcome 3,000 manufacturing and supply chain industry professionals, 200 sp...

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  • 5

    Dec
    2017
    The Future of Work in Northern Ireland Summit
    Catalyst Inc Launch Future of Work in NI SummitFeb 28th- Belfast Waterfront  The Future of Work solutions summit has been designed to provide businesses in Northern Ireland with a unique forum to learn about the challenges and opportunities presented by the global drive towards automation and taks place on 28th February 2018 at  World experts and local companies will share experiences on how they have gained significant competitive advantages from adopting automation and how they hav...

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  • 23

    Nov
    2017
    Autumn Budget 2017- What does it Mean for Northern Ireland?
    Whilst yesterday's Budget announcement was met with optimism from the Northern Ireland business community, with an extra £650m boost for Northern Ireland, a commitment to reducing corporation tax and talks to open over a "City Deal" for Belfast, finding more immediate benefits for Northern Irish manufacturers is more difficult. The reductions in stamp duty for first time buyers should have follow on impacts for many of our members involved in construction industries and wit...

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  • 15

    Nov
    2017
    Intertrade Ireland Business Monitor for Manufacturing, Q3 2017
    IntertradeIreland have published their Business Monitor for Q3 2017, which paints a picture of a buoyant economy across the island of Ireland.Some headlines to take from the report:         90% of manufacturing businesses close to or at full capacity        99% are stable or in growth        Low rate of employment has not kept pace with growth figures        82% expo...

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  • 15

    Nov
    2017
    Mammoth Growth for Lisburn's Giants of Belting
    One of Lisburn's top manufacturers, Smiley Monroe, is experiencing the highest period of growth since the business was formed over 38 years ago. With a sales increase of 20% from last year (rising from £16m in 2016 to £19m in 2017) and the creation of 12 new jobs, together with projected sales to remain at 20% increase per annum, the company is becoming one of the fastest growing family-owned businesses in the Council area.Smiley Monroe produces conveyor belts and custom cut parts fo...

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  • 17

    Oct
    2017
    Power bills to rise significantly!
    You really should be speaking to your energy provider now! Each year, the energy regulators on the island publish an information note on the network elements of your electricity bill plus details of the maximum charges which the power generators can recover for providing capacity and when this is power is not required. The 2017/18 statement of charges was published last month and is available by downloading the document below. On the face of it, it appears that Network Costs are to remain rel...

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  • 27

    Sep
    2017
    Manufacturing NI Statement on Bombardier Ruling
    Manufacturing NI Statement on the Commerce Department Ruling on Bombardier and its impact on Northern Ireland:   The Commerce Department decision is, in our view, nonsense.  They’ve ruled to put a punitive tariff on an aircraft which doesn’t compete against the complainant and one which has a large US manufactured input; from engines, to electronics to seating. There is no injury to Boeing or to US workers. This is simply an opportunistic punt and protectionism but it is ...

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  • 14

    Sep
    2017
    Direct Rule Must Be Avoided Say Business Organisations
    Hospitality Ulster, Retail NI and Manufacturing NI have today jointly hosted a roundtable meeting, focusing on the economy, with the new Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Owen Smith MP.The Chief Executives of the three organisations, Colin Neill, Glyn Roberts and Stephen Kelly in a joint statement said:"The three sectors that we represent are the largest in Northern Ireland employ tens of thousands of workers with a turnover of billions to the local economy""Growing our retail, hos...

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