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  • 26

    Sep
    2011
    Reducing Corporation Tax - A Price Worth Paying
    Reducing the rate of Corporation Tax in Northern Ireland will attract Foreign Investment. The EU rules require that the initial cost of reducing Corporation Tax must be paid by the NI Assembly. However this is not a sunk cost it is an investment in our economic future.The Treasury consultation process on rebalancing the Northern Ireland economy finally closed on 8 July 2011. It is very impressive that over 700 responses were received by HM Treasury to the consultation paper. It is clear that thi...

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  • 31

    Aug
    2011
    Are You Paying The Right Price For Your Fuel?
    With fuel price volatility a continuing headache for all companies, Portland Fuel is coming to the rescue by offering customers a range of services to help them control their fuel costs. Whether it’s diesel, gasoil, kerosene, LPG or fuel oil, Portland has got it covered.“With the current volatility in fuel prices we knew we had to do something to try and control the costs. The team at Portland did a fantastic job in helping us to understand the price we were currently paying for our ...

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  • 31

    Aug
    2011
    Sign The Fair Fuel Petition Today!
    Having to pay the highest fuel duty rate in Europe not only hurts us as motorists at the pump, but it also adds considerably to the costs of manufacturers in Northern Ireland and tightens the noose around the necks of our haulage industry.Even before VAT, the tax that government levies accounts for around 50 per cent on the price of a litre of fuel. Even if you don’t own a car, you could still end up paying this unfair tax indirectly as the price of goods in our shops inevitably rises in t...

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  • 30

    Aug
    2011
    Resource Efficiency Helps Keep Companies Competitive
    Reducing waste and making the most efficient use of resources are not just environmentally responsible but also commercially essential in today’s highly competitive market place. Taking stock of resource usage, operating costs and supply chain elements and making improvements that will deliver cost savings makes good business sense but can be time consuming and expensive.Invest Northern Ireland’s Sustainable Development Team offers advice and support to help companies ensure they are...

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  • 25

    Aug
    2011
    Energy Hikes 'A Disaster For Manufacturing Sector' - MNI
    Manufacturing Northern Ireland has said that rising electricity prices will have a massive impact on its members and will further slow any recovery from the recession. Speaking in response to today’s announcement of an 18.6% rise in electricity costs, MNI chief executive Bryan Gray said today’s news is a disaster for the manufacturing sector.“MNI have warned that these increases have the potential to cost jobs and hinder recovery as companies struggle to get out of recession. R...

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  • 22

    Aug
    2011
    Intertrade Ireland - Engineering Sector Masterclass
    InterTradeIreland All-Island Entrepreneur Network are running an...  Engineering Sector Masterclass        Thursday 20th October 9.30am-4.00pm        Buswells Hotel, DublinInterTradeIreland have developed a network of some of the island’s most successful entrepreneurs with the objective of using their skills and expertise to assist growth companies.  These entrepreneurs have agreed to dedicate some of their tim...

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  • 16

    Aug
    2011
    Maximising Efficiencies - Free Industrial Symbiosis Workshops
    International Synergies will be running a series of three morning Synergy Workshops that aim to match businesses that have unused resources such as waste, spare production capacity, excess energy & heat, skills, transport etc, with other businesses that could use those resources. Both businesses benefit from reduced costs and the sustainability of the businesses is enhanced. The workshops will be hosted by: BE Aerospace, Kilkeel on 19th September; Invista, Maydown on 22nd September; Belfast ...

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  • 14

    Jun
    2011
    Condensing Natural Gas - Download Your Free Copy Today
    Manufacturing NI in partnership with Carbon Trust have published  "Condensing Natural Gas", a guide designed to help members buy and use natural gas more efficiently. Bryan Gray, Chief Executive of MNI said "The cost of energy in the local market can make the difference between success and failure for a business.Northern Ireland manufacturers now spend over £30 million annually on natural gas. This new guide to buying natural gas together with our existing guide to buying electricity,...

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  • 10

    Jun
    2011
    Interest Free Energy Efficiency Loans Up To £100k For Northern Ireland SMEs
    SMEs in Northern Ireland can now borrow £3,000 - £100,000 at 0% from the Carbon Trust to help organisations finance and invest in energy saving projects. The funding is available to companies with less than 250 full time employees and turnover below €50m. Some examples of the type of project which can be funded are:-Compressed air fittings;Air Conditioning; Heating Motors;Heating controls;Materials handling equipment;Building insulation;Power factor correction;Heat recovery...

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  • 9

    Jun
    2011
    Energy Efficient Finance For Business
    Investing in energy efficient equipment makes sound business and environmental sense, especially with the easy, affordable and flexible Energy Efficiency Financing scheme brought to you by Carbon Trust Implementation Services (CTIS) and Siemens Financial Services.Carbon Trust Implementation Services and Siemens Financial Services have combined forces, and together are offering leases, loans and other financing options to all types of organisations seeking to reduce their energy use. New, more ef...

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