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  • Power bills to rise significantly!
    17 October 2017


    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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  • 17

    Aug
    2017
    Risk Insight- Eliminate Electronic Distraction
    The latest in our series from Willis Insurance on Risk, this piece look at how elimanating electronic distraction is so important. Eliminating electronic distractions in the workplace It is a generally accepted fact that the use of mobile phones and other electronic devices while driving presents a distraction that greatly increases the chance for an accident. However, too many people fail to take into consideration how distracting these devices can be in other situations. In an industry of m...

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  • 16

    Aug
    2017
    Statement on UK Border Proposals
    Some clarity from the UK government today is welcome, but detail is required to bring confidence.   Proposals to continue citizenship and travel rights are important, but it doesn’t address the concern about labour issues and the real need from employers here to have access to skilled and semi-skilled labour.    On trade, 99% of our manufacturing firms are SME’s, less than 250 employees, so the proposal to exempt these firms from all customs responsibilities is wel...

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  • 31

    Jul
    2017
    Announcement Of Bryan Gray's Passing
    We are very sorry to report the death of former Manufacturing NI CEO, Bryan Gray. News of Bryan's passing has shocked us all at Manufacturing NI. It was only three and a half years ago that Bryan retired and started a new life with his wife, Angelica, in the Philippines. Bryan made a huge contribution not only to Manufacturing NI, but to other business groups too. He had developed an incredible knowledge across a wide business area including rates, energy, planning, licensing and much more and...

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  • 25

    Jul
    2017
    The Future of Women in Engineering from Cubis
    According to the Women’s Engineering Society, 64 per cent of engineering employers claim that a shortage of engineers in the UK is a threat to their businesses. The same organisation points out that, in the UK, only 9 per cent of the engineering workforce is female. Nuala Maskey, Product Design Assistant at Cubis Systems, explains how businesses can help turn the situation around. This summer I will come to the end of a placement year with Cubis Systems, before returning to Quee...

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  • 20

    Jul
    2017
    Risk Insight- Are you prepared for a product recall?
    Following on from our recent workshop with Willis Insurance, here's a look at what can happen when a product recall is needed, if this happens your firm, are you ready?Despite the frequency and high costs of a recall, most companies don’t adequately plan, prepare, practise for or buy insurance against product recall events. In addition to proper insurance covers, careful planning is essential in managing the risk of a recall.It is a common misconception that product recalls are always cove...

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  • 6

    Jul
    2017
    New Focus Required to Reduce Accidents & Abseteeism in Workplace
    Last week, Willis Insurance Brokers presented to Manufacturing NI members on workplace injury and dealing with absenteeism at the Seagoe Hotel, Portadown.  More than 137 million working days lost in UK last year due to sickness or injury   Employees at manufacturing firms – and other manual sectors – are absent from work for at least two additional days a year than non-manual workers, a seminar hosted by Willis Insurance and Risk Management has heard. However, the leadi...

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  • 29

    Jun
    2017
    Employers Guide to Apprenticeships
    The Department for the Economy have published the Employer's Guide to Apprenticeships, which can be accessed here as well as appointing 43 organisations based throughout Northern Ireland to deliver Training for Success and ApprenticeshipsNI programmes.Thirty seven training providers have been appointed to deliver the ApprenticeshipsNI programme. The programme offers apprenticeship training across a wide range of industry sectors and occupations. There are many benefits from employing an app...

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