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  • 18

    May
    2009
    New support to help smaller food companies grow sales
    Smaller food and beverage manufacturing companies are being assisted by Invest Northern Ireland to exploit sales opportunities through a new market intelligence service and advice on how best to get their products to Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland. Announcing the new support, Maynard Mawhinney, Invest NI’s Food Director, said: “Our objective is to encourage more of our client companies to look seriously at the sales opportunities that exist outside Northern Ireland an...

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  • 18

    May
    2009
    Skills key to manufacturing growth
    Manufacturing companies have been urged by Bill McGinnis, Northern Ireland Adviser on Employment and Skills, to position themselves for the inevitable economic recovery by investing in their employees. Dr McGinnis, recently appointed to the new role as the Northern Ireland Adviser and Commissioner to the UK Commission on Employment and Skills, pledged his support to local manufacturing. Dr McGinnis, chairman of the McAvoy Group in Dungannon, said: “Investment in skills will suppo...

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  • 18

    May
    2009
    New venture capital fund open for business
    Invest Northern Ireland has announced that a new suite of initiatives to support start-up and early stage businesses in Northern Ireland is now open for applications.. The support includes a £5 million venture fund element to focus on seed and early stage businesses, typically investing from £50,000 to £250,000. A £3 million proof of concept fund will provide funding to very early, non-university projects. In addition, this initiative will assist young companies thro...

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  • 10

    Apr
    2009
    SDC - Executive Should Embrace A Sustainable New Deal
    The Sustainable Development Commission today launched ‘A Sustainable New Deal’ – the Commission’s recommendations on how government should tackle the current economic downturn, creating jobs and tackling inequalities, whilst at the same time moving toward the low carbon economy of the future.  Commenting on the report, Head of the Sustainable Development Commission in Northern Ireland, Jim Kitchen stated:“Governments around the world are struggling to kick-star...

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  • 8

    Apr
    2009
    Technical Assistance for Small Companies
    Invest NI’s Technical Advisory Unit (TAU) manages the Technical Development Incentive (TDI) scheme. The scheme can assist small companies with technical problems or issues relating to product development, or production and process operations. Areas that are considered for support include investigating new technologies or processes, product & process problem resolution, product approval & compliance, quality/integrated management systems, Intellectual Property and improved prod...

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  • 31

    Mar
    2009
    Are you Wasting Your Resources?
    NISP is designed to help you make the most of your resources and prevent waste. NISP (National Industrial Symbiosis Programme) is a business opportunity programme that delivers bottom line, environmental and social benefits to its members and is the first industrial symbiosis initiative in the world to be launched on a national scale. Operating across the UK, NISP is funded in Northern Ireland by Invest NI and therefore membership is free for all companies regardless of size, turnover or se...

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  • 2

    Mar
    2009
    Manufacturing wins Assembly Backing
    Calls to the Northern Ireland Executive to safeguard the future of manufacturing as the primary engine of economic growth were made by Assembly members. Leslie Cree and Alan McFarland proposed: “That this Assembly notes with concern the growing negative impact of the current economic downturn on small and medium sized enterprises; recognises that global economic circumstances have significantly restricted the flow of Foreign Direct Investment; and calls on the Minister of Enterprise, ...

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  • 26

    Feb
    2009
    Financial assistance from DEL when recruiting unemployed or economically inactive
    The Department for Employment & Learning pays a financial subsidy to employers in Northern Ireland to assist with the cost of recruiting new employees, to fill full or part time vacancies, who have previously been unemployed or economically inactive for 13 weeks or more.The Employer Subsidy covers the first 26 weeks of employment and is payable on a 4 weekly basis in arrears. The amount of subsidy depends on the age of the employee and whether the position is full time or part time. The rate...

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  • 2

    Feb
    2009
    Rates Hardship Relief
    Companies experiencing problems with rates can now seek help through the Hardship Relief Scheme. The scheme provides help for businesses and organisations that are in crisis because of exceptional circumstances. It removes the need from businesses to pay rates during a period when the company for example has suffered a serious loss of trade. It does not cover the effect of strikes, increased running costs or increased competition. The relief cover a period of one year Find out more from Hardship...

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  • 9

    Jan
    2009
    Our View of the Future
    Manufacturing creates jobs and wealth, producing the goods that we all need, from bread to health scanners to wind turbines. It is the bedrock of the Northern Ireland economy, dependent not on the whims of public expenditure but the industry of its people.Northern Ireland has a place on the global stage: its manufacturing heritage is present in the story of the modern world, from building the Titanic, then the largest object ever to move, to getting the rest of the world moving on Dunlop tyres.A...

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