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    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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  • 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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