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  • 29

    May
    2011
    Energy Hikes Could Cost Jobs And Hinder Recovery
    Manufacturing Northern Ireland has said that rising electricity prices have the potential to undo any advantage which the lowering of Corporation tax might bring to Northern Ireland. Speaking ahead of a seminar for large energy users, MNI Chief Executive Bryan Gray said that the NIAUR has warned commercial users that they will face increases this autumn of 30% on energy prices and 8% on other elements of power bills.“MNI have warned that these increases have the potential to cost jobs and ...

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  • 28

    May
    2011
    Foster Launches Consultation On Extension Of Natural Gas Network
    Energy Minister, Arlene Foster today announced the launch of a public consultation on the potential for extending the natural gas network in Northern Ireland.The consultation seeks views from the natural gas industry, energy consumers, and the public on how the existing natural gas network might be extended to new areas. Commenting on the consultation Arlene Foster said: “This consultation document will support the Strategic Energy Framework (SEF 2010) which recognises that there shou...

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  • 24

    May
    2011
    Secretary Of State On Corporation Tax - "Idiotic To Jack Up Rates" - See The Interview
    Secretary of State Owen Patterson MP was recently interviewed by the FSB as part of the Grow NI campaign to have Corporation Tax powers devolved to the NI Assembly. Allaying fears over any threat to the industrial rates cap he said it would be “idiotic to use one tool to grow revenues, then wreck its effect by jacking up rates”. You can see the full interview here:-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXnWmFrSWSs...

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  • 20

    May
    2011
    Industrial Rates Not Under Threat To Fund Corporation Tax Cuts - Wilson
    Finance Minister Sammy Wilson MP MLA affirmed last week that business rates will not increase to fund any potential cut in Corporation Tax. Speaking at a Northern Ireland Assembly Business Trust event, and in answer to a direct question on industrial rates by Manufacturing NI Chairman Michael Wightman, the Finance Minister stated that Northern Ireland Executive have never suggested that this might be the case, but that such proposals have come from commentators outside of Government. Earlier thi...

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  • 11

    May
    2011
    Small Companies Can Work Together With Pooled Innovation Vouchers
    Invest NI are now offering small local companies the opportunity to work together under the Innovation Voucher scheme. Invest Northern Ireland’s Innovation Vouchers are designed to enable small Northern Ireland registered enterprises to access knowledge and expertise to develop innovative solutions to business issues. The programme provides a voucher of up to £4000 to enable small enterprises to engage with one of the 41 universities, colleges and other publicly funded research ...

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  • 29

    Mar
    2011
    Renewing Your Energy Contract? - MNI Launch New Interactive Tool
    Manufacturing Northern Ireland and Carbon Trust have produced a new interactive tool for the use of members who are renewing their electricity contracts. Just enter the data from your last twelve months energy bills and the spreadsheet will produce a standard format template which you can send to the various energy companies tendering for your supply. This avoids the problems members have had in the past with different companies quoting in different formats resulting in complete confusion f...

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  • 3

    Mar
    2011
    New Online Funding Resources For Business
    Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has urged businesses to explore all sources of support to help them sustain and grow their business.The Minister was highlighting a new section on Invest Northern Ireland’s nibusinessinfo.co.uk website which signposts small and medium sized enterprises to a comprehensive list of local and national sources of funding and loans. The web pages offer a structured gateway to information about hundreds of local and national sources of support. Businesses ca...

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  • 28

    Feb
    2011
    A New Approach To Resolving Workplace Disputes
    The Department for Employment and Learning’s Employment (No.2) Bill has  passed its final stage in the Assembly.The Bill is the culmination of a three-year review of systems for resolving disputes in the workplace. It repeals the current procedures associated with raising a grievance and sets in place a less legalistic approach, allowing greater focus to be placed on addressing conflict rather than on legal compliance.In addition, the Bill makes changes to improve the operation of ind...

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  • 11

    Feb
    2011
    Does Merlin Reach Into Northern Ireland?
    Businesses in Northern Ireland face a serious disadvantage because the British government’s breakthrough deal to release funds for industry does not apply to three out of the four main banks here, according to Manufacturing Northern Ireland.Earlier this week Chancellor George Osborne announced Project Merlin, an historic deal with the banks which will see £190 Billion of lending to businesses this year, of which £76 Billion has been earmarked for small businesses.Yet of the fou...

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  • 10

    Feb
    2011
    The Door To The Renewable Energy Industry Opens For Local Companies With The Launch Of The Global Energy Supply Chain
    The recent announcement by the Belfast Harbour Authority, of the plans to create a facility for the pre-assembly of wind turbines for Dong Energy at Belfast Harbour is a progressive step towards putting the City firmly on the map as a foremost hub for the renewable energy industry. There is no doubt within the renewable energy sector, that, aside from the actual harnessing of energy, the biggest opportunity lies in fulfilling the needs of the supply chain. In light of this, CMS Global Ltd h...

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