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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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  • 9

    Jan
    2009
    Making it easier to get ahead
    Manufacturers are being helped by Invest NI to get ahead of competitors through easier access to funds to develop new products. Invest NI’s new ‘ for R&D’ programme, announced by Enterprise minister Arlene Foster, with funding from the European Regional Development Programme, offers a £50 million fund for new product development.Companies can also draw on expert advice from dedicated Innovation Advisors to guide then in turning ideas into new products. It is open to c...

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  • 9

    Jan
    2009
    Manufacturing Excellence – A Case Study
    Michael Wightman, NIM Chairman looks at Willis Renewables in Belfast, an excellent example of a small manufacturing business with an innovative product and a global horizonJohn Willis runs Willis Renewables,a manufacturing business which started out as the Willis Heating and Plumbing Company in 1887. John’s father developed the Willis immersion heater many decades ago. Now John has developed the Solasyphon, which helps people retrofit their homes for solar power at a fraction of the cost o...

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  • 8

    Jan
    2009
    Why Manufacturing Counts
    Northern Ireland Manufacturing, formerly known as the NIMFG, has proposed a ‘concordat with government’ as part of a new, wide ranging policy document ‘Manufacturing Counts’.The document, which was launched at Stormont with special guest the First Minister, Peter Robinson promotes ‘hugely beneficial’ relationship with the Carbon Trust to- lower industrial emissions;- cut energy costs; and- develop new markets in the green technology field.It calls on the Execu...

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  • "Brexit can only be a success if businesses make it a success"
    Anyone in business knows the first thing asked by lawyers is “do they owe the money or not?”. As it’s already been accepted, the £39bn Brexit bill will still have to be paid - voluntarily, or through legal compulsion. It’s a bill, not the price of a future relationship. There may be no deal coming (with all its consequences), but the UK and EU will have to do a deal in the (near) future, so need to get back to the table. The EU know this. Even a “No Deal&rdqu...

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