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  • MNI Statement- AES Contract
    9 November 2018


    Northern Ireland has some of the highest business electricity prices in Europe and some of the highest levels of fuel poverty so today’s news that struggling families and firms will be lumped with an additional £14m on their electricity bills is unacceptable and proves once again that it is the poacher generators and not the gamekeepers who hold all the power when it comes to our electricity market.Our electricity system operator, SONI, and Utility Regulator have folded at the threat...

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    Nov
    2018
    Manufacturing, Hospitality & Retail Sectors Call On Councils Not To Increase Business Rates
    Manufacturing NI, Hospitality Ulster and Retail NI have jointly called upon Northern Irelands eleven Local Councils not to increase business rates. Their joint call comes as the Councils begin considering what level to set their business rates at for next year’s budget.The three business organisations will be jointly writing out to the Mayors and Chairs of all eleven councils.The Chief Executives of Retail NI, Hospitality Ulster and Manufacturing NI, Glyn Roberts, Colin Neill and Stephen K...

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  • 5

    Nov
    2018
    Consultation on Seasonal Clock Changes- Department of Justice and Equality
    The Dept. of Justice in the Republic of Ireland is holding a consultation about whether to do away with seasonal clock changes- which could have an impact on manufacturing businesses in Northern Ireland.The questionanaire is brief, and contains a specific question for Northern Ireland businesses. To take part and share your view- please click here....

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    Oct
    2018
    Manufacturing NI Comments on Budget 18
    It a real concern that the OBR believes the UK economy will only grow by 1.6% in 2022.  This is sluggish and at a time where is major disruption to the UK’s economic model when it leaves the EU.“an economy not for the few or the many, but an economy working for everyone” may be a decent line in a Budget statement, but relationships between business and Government have not been worse thanks for the approach to Brexit.  He could save the additional £500m to help D...

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  • 25

    Oct
    2018
    Invitation- Family Business- Right Up Your Street
    A road trip to visit three family businesses on Main St, Moira, Co. Down Wednesday 7th November Event Programme In the heart of the Georgian village of Moira are several family businesses, all on one street. The NI Family Business Forum are going to visit some of these businesses on our first ever road trip, giving our guests the opportunity to meet the owners and hear their stories first hand and network with guests. And the stories will begin before we even get to Moira, co...

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  • 25

    Oct
    2018
    How Digitalisation will affect the Manufacturing Workforce
    Manufacturing NI had the great pleasure of attending SMART Construct last week in Cookstown and took part in a panel discussion on ‘Skills and workforce problems and also presented on the Manufacturing sector . Throughout the day we were struck at the very obvious turn of tide across the industry and how technology and digitalisation is continuously improving performance, productivity across manufacturing. Impressive case studies were presented from companies such as The McAvoy G...

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  • 25

    Oct
    2018
    Mary Meehan appointed Deputy Chief Executive of Manufacturing NI.
    Manufacturing Northern Ireland is delighted to announce that Mary Meehan has been appointed as Deputy Chief Executive.   As Deputy Chief Executive, Mary will be responsible for focussing on the people side of our work, coordinating Manufacturing NI’s work on skills and leadership investment and identifying key skills development areas with bodies such as Invest NI, Department for the Economy, the Councils and representatives of the education system.   Stephen Kelly, Chief Exe...

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  • 24

    Oct
    2018
    Manufacturing NI Address DEXEU Committee
    Representatives from manufacturing, retail, agri-food and logistics gave evidence to the DEXEU Committee this morning on Brexit and the backstop.The representatives made it clear that Brexit does not come cost free.  In every scenario, NI firms and jobs are most impacted due to added costs and complexity.  The potential of NI being outside the EU’s Customs and Single Market greatly expands the amount and types of goods which would have a significant price differential (because of...

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  • 22

    Oct
    2018
    Businesses in Northern Ireland warned to watch out for cartels
    The CMA is calling for more whistle-blowers to expose business cartels with the launch of a national awareness campaign.It comes as new research shows many firms in Northern Ireland don’t know enough about how to comply with competition law.The Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) latest cartel awareness campaign aims to educate businesses about which practices are illegal and urges people to come forward if they suspect a business has taken part in cartel behaviour, such a...

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  • 16

    Oct
    2018
    Employer Solutions for People Matters
    Think People are hosting a series of HR Events across Northern Ireland. Topics for the Event: Essential employment documentation Managing probation Practical steps for dealing with disciplinary and grievance issues Managing underperformance The importance of equality and diversity in the workplace. Why should you attend? Receive employment documentation Special introductory rates Networking opportunity Refreshments These complimentary breakfast or lunch Employer Events take ...

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