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  • 21

    Dec
    2018
    The UK’s future skills-based Immigration System
    The UK Government have published the Immigration White Paper. It sets out the Government’s proposals for the design of a new immigration system. The key elements of this are: *   a skilled workers route open to all nationalities; *   lowering of the skills threshold on the skilled workers route to include medium-skilled workers (to RQF 3-5, equivalent to A-Levels), with a retention of the £30K salary threshold, but businesses will be consulted on this &n...

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  • 21

    Dec
    2018
    Manufacturing NI’s Year of Success with The Momentum Group
    In August of this year, Manufacturing Northern Ireland announced its partnership with The Momentum Group, the multi-award-winning R&D Tax Credit advisory firm based in Bangor. With reports indicating that manufacturing represents 14% of the total economic output, this partnership marks a significant opportunity for the manufacturing industry. Statistics published in 2018 revealed that the UK manufacturing industry benefitted by £990m from UK Government’s R&D Tax Credit Fund....

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  • 17

    Dec
    2018
    We regret to announce the passing of MNI Treasurer Niall Irwin
    It is with deepest regret that we learnt on Sunday morning about the passing of Niall Irwin, Director at W. D. Irwin & Sons Ltd. and Treasurer of Manufacturing Northern Ireland.Niall had been ill for some time but throughout he maintained a passion for ensuring our local manufacturing across sector was valued, celebrated and supported.  He understood the value of work and how that created strong families and communities.Niall revelled in a self-penned, playful reputation of &l...

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  • 11

    Dec
    2018
    IoD begins search for leading manufacturing business directors
    The Institute of Directors (IoD) is inviting business leader from across the manufacturing sector to enter the prestigious IoD NI Director of the Year Awards 2019.   The awards seek to honour the best performing directors in the private, public and third sectors across the region, but also afford business leaders the opportunity to be recognised on the national stage.   Entries and nominations for the awards, which are sponsored by First Trust Bank, are now open.   Gordon Mi...

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  • 6

    Dec
    2018
    We need your help- Manufacturing NI & Tughans Survey
    We are conducting a survey of businesses in the manufacturing sector in Northern Ireland, the aim of which is to provide a deeper understanding of the needs, experiences and issues facing businesses. We would be very grateful if you could spare a few minutes to answer some questions.  Responses will be held securely and confidentially in aggregate form so that no individual will be identifiable.Perceptive Insight has been commissioned by Manufacturing NI and Tughans Solicitors to under...

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  • 5

    Dec
    2018
    Nuprint's Lauren Crowned Apprentice of the Year
    A young print technician from Derry who’s just been crowned Apprentice of the Year at the 2018 Irish Print Awards says more women should apply for STEM apprenticeship roles. Lauren Harkin, who works as a pre-press technician at Nuprint Technologies in Derry, joined the company as an apprentice in 2017 after completing A-Levels in Engineering and Double Award Applied Science. Also a student at Belfast Met, she beat off stiff competition from 74 of her peers to win the Irish Print Awar...

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  • 30

    Nov
    2018
    GOV.UK update – Grants for businesses that complete customs declarations
    From early December 2018, you can apply to get funding to help your business complete customs declarations, in preparation for the UK leaving the EU. You can apply to get funding for: training that helps your employees to complete customs declarations and processes IT improvements to help your business complete customs declarations more efficiently Who can apply You can apply if your business completes customs declarations and is established in, or has a branch in the UK. This includes ...

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  • 30

    Nov
    2018
    Northern Ireland’s business community has united as never before to make sure it is heard and the consequences of crashing out of the EU next March are understood.
    Stephen Kelly is the Chief Executive of Manufacturing NI, he writes for Slugger about why the Withdrawal Agreement from the European should be supported. A community has found it voice. Reluctant, yet determined, Northern Ireland’s business community has united as never before, to make sure is heard, and that the consequences of crashing out of the EU next March are understood. Some may have been frustrated that Northern Ireland’s businesses and their representatives have been too ...

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  • 19

    Nov
    2018
    UK/EU Withdrawal Agreement
    We all watch the news, so I’m sure you’ve seen the latest developments in the negotiations for the UK to leave the EU.  Below is an update, plus a request for your help right at the end of this (long!) post.MNI have been actively engaged with negotiators from both sides for a number of months making it clear that any potential Backstop must work for our firms and offering suggestions on how to make that happen.  Indeed we offered push back on some elements of the EU’s...

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  • 9

    Nov
    2018
    MNI Statement- AES Contract
    Northern Ireland has some of the highest business electricity prices in Europe and some of the highest levels of fuel poverty so today’s news that struggling families and firms will be lumped with an additional £14m on their electricity bills is unacceptable and proves once again that it is the poacher generators and not the gamekeepers who hold all the power when it comes to our electricity market.Our electricity system operator, SONI, and Utility Regulator have folded at the threat...

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