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    Aug
    2019
    Mid Ulster Businesses Encouraged To Get Tender Ready!
    Is your business ready to tender or do you need help to get started? This week sees the new Mid Ulster Tender Ready Programme open for applications.   Designed to provide expert support to 130 growth oriented micro and small businesses from Mid Ulster, it will help successful applicants to identify ‘live’ tender opportunities and provide ‘hands-on’ support in the preparation of tenders, helping them to compete more effectively for public and private sector cont...

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  • 22

    Aug
    2019
    EU citizens and freedom of movement
    From the Home Office:   There have been reports in media and on social media regarding the rights of EU citizens resident in the UK after we leave the European . Some inaccurate reporting has suggested that, once freedom of movement ends after Brexit, EU citizens resident in the UK will be left in “legal limbo”. However, EU citizens and their families are welcome to stay and there are no changes to the deadline to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. This scheme covers all ...

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  • 20

    Aug
    2019
    Trade Agreement Continuity
    Trade Agreement ContinuityThe EU currently has over 40 free trade agreements in place with third countries and trading blocs across the world.  As part of the EU exit process the UK Government is seeking to transition these into UK law to minimise disruption to business.  It is unlikely however that all these agreements will be transitioned and businesses may lose access to preferential tariffs and other benefits gained from these agreements.  The up-to-date status of this process...

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  • 10

    Aug
    2019
    Protect Your Credit Rating- with Willis Towers Watson
    Nigel Birney, Head of Trade Credit Northern Ireland for Willis Towers Watson, has advice for MNI Supporters: Dear Manufacturing NI member, I am writing to you today with a very important message. This message is relevant for almost every company based in Northern Ireland that relies on credit from their trade suppliers  WTW Trade Credit & Surety have tried to be reasonably circumspect about forecasting possible outcomes for our clients as a result of Brexit. It is far too hard t...

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  • 10

    Aug
    2019
    Opportunity to participate in research on Mobility for Short-Term Business Travelers - Belfast - 16th August 2019
    the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) ) is currently gathering evidence from businesses on their short-term travel to the European and wished to conduct interviews with businesses in Northern Ireland to ensure regional perspectives are captured. This is taking place in Belfast on August 16th.From BEIS: We are writing to you to advise that the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is currently gathering evidence from businesses on their...

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  • 9

    Aug
    2019
    Important Energia Group announcement
    Following the recent rebranding of Energia Group (previously known as Viridian Group), and as part of a corporate restructuring, all Energia commercial customers with a supply address in Northern Ireland will be transferring to Power NI, Energia’s sister company, on 1 October 2019.   Why is this change happening? Following privatisation in the 1990s, the regulatory framework encouraged the development of two competing supply companies in the local marketplace, despite being part of...

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  • 8

    Aug
    2019
    Small Business Research Initiative funding competition – applications open
    The Department for the Economy’s Careers Service has launched a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition aimed at supporting businesses develop solutions to help provide careers advice for young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).Up to £117,000 funding is available and the department welcomes applications from organisations developing the use of interactive technology to help young people, between the ages of 11–19 with additional educational needs, make de...

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  • 6

    Aug
    2019
    Career Encode- Reimagining the talent dynamic
    Re-imagining the talent dynamic - developing an inclusive culture to successfully integrate young people into your teams Tuesday August 13th 2019, ECOS Centre, Ballymena. 10am to 2pm.   You're invited! Attend this event to hear from a range of speakers to inspire you to think differently about your workplace productivity and how others have succeeded in building an inclusive working environment where everyone thrives! Lunch will be served. Speakers include: Fiona Rooney, Managin...

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  • 5

    Aug
    2019
    Trade NI Meets With Shadow Chancellor
    Trade NI, Northern Ireland’s largest business coalition, representing Manufacturing NI, Hospitality Ulster and Retail NI has today met with the Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell who is visiting Belfast.  Trade NI representatives Colin Neill, Glyn Roberts and Mary Meehan said: “This was an excellent meeting with the Shadow Chancellor, covering Brexit, Business Rates, Infrastructure and other challenges facing our members. We outlined our ideas to reboot economic policy in Northe...

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  • 1

    Aug
    2019
    Tightening rules mean R&D Tax Credit specialists are invaluable
    R&D Tax Credits are a hugely valuable asset for companies, helping fund innovation and give Northern Ireland a world-class edge in manufacturing and many other industries. Proof of that statement’s worth comes from HMRC’s own research which found that for every £1 of tax forgone, between £1.53 and £2.35 of research and development is stimulated. That’s quite a return in anyone’s book and is the main reason why the government is putting considerable...

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