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  • 19

    Apr
    2017
    80 Belfast jobs supported as Harland and Wolff exports to German windfarm project
    Marine manufacturer Harland and Wolff (H&W), based in Northern Ireland, has been chosen by jacket foundation supplier ST3 Offshore to supply suction buckets for DONG Energy’s Borkum Riffgrund 2, an offshore windfarm being built off the German coast. The 56 turbine windfarm will use two types of steel foundations, suction bucket jackets and monopiles.The innovative suction bucket design consists of three legs welded together in a jacket structure, standing on top of three giant suction...

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  • 19

    Apr
    2017
    Business and Civic Leaders Make Urgent Appeal to local politicians
    During the month of April nineteen years ago, people across Northern Ireland were presented with an amazing agreement which would deliver a path for peace and prosperity in the years ahead. That Agreement won overwhelming support in a referendum one month later.  The business community and civic society are united in our gratitude to the UK and Irish governments of that time and of course international support from President Bill Clinton and Senator George Mitchell. Similarly, we recognise ...

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  • 19

    Apr
    2017
    Response to Industrial Strategy Green Paper
    Manufacturing is the engine which drives the private sector in Northern Ireland. 1 in 4 families are directly or supported by the jobs and wages which the sector provides. Half of all investment and two thirds of private sector investment in R&D is delivered by the sector and its productivity levels are 38% higher than the Northern Ireland average with Advance Manufacturing contributing 27% more.  The bulk of Northern Ireland’s exports (c7bn) and a huge proportion of external sal...

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  • 16

    Mar
    2017
    GES Group Celebrate National Award Win
    Manufacturing NI member, GES Group recently received a national award in recognition of their commitment to staff, innovation, and skills development, outperforming organisations many times their size.   Competing against heavyweights like Transport for London, Dell Global Support, and BT Openreach, GES Group won the Bronze Award in the Training Journal Awards ‘Best Change Management’ category , and was the only company from Northern Ireland, as well as the only...

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  • 1

    Mar
    2017
    Business and Civic Society Call for Compromise and Mutual Respect
    BUSINESS AND CIVIC SOCIETY CALL FOR COMPROMISE AND MUTUAL RESPECT  Business groups, civil leaders and the higher education sector have come together to urge the public and our politicians to fully support devolved government in Northern Ireland.  In a powerful open letter published on the eve of the election, an unprecedented coalition of business representative bodies, the voluntary sector and the higher education sector identify three specific “asks” for our politicians...

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  • 21

    Feb
    2017
    Manufacturing NI- Response to Apprenticeship Levy
    Manufacturing NI have been campaigning hard for our members on the question of the Apprenticeship Levy, and have published our response to Finance Minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir and Economy Minister Simon Hamilton's Consultation on the topic, highlighting the impact that the levy will have on our members. To read the our response, click here. What does the Apprenticeship Levy mean for Manufacturing NI members? The Apprenticeship Levy is changing the way in which apprenticesh...

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  • 16

    Feb
    2017
    Manufacturing NI - Rates Rethink: Spurring Economic Growth
    Manufactuing NI have today published their response to the #Rates Rethink Consultation: "We believe that this proposal will penalise rather than incentivise bringing vacant factory properties more quickly into economic use, resulting in damage to our economy, jeopardising jobs throughout NI and undermining efforts to rebuild the NI economy." To access the whole report click here....

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  • 7

    Feb
    2017
    Made in Northern Ireland Awards 2017
    We're partnering with Insider Media on the Made in Northern Ireland Awards 2017. The awards will recognise and reward manufacturing companies based in Northern Ireland that have demonstrated success in innovation, product development and growth in domestic or overseas markets. In previous years, the Made in Northern Ireland Awards have formed part of Insider's Northern Ireland Dealmakers Awards. However, the 2017 event will be a dedicated separate lunchtime event. This, together with the ...

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  • 7

    Feb
    2017
    Huge Power Profits Hitting Business Consumers Heavily
    The problems with the ill-fated Renewable Heat Initiative have dominated headlines pre-Christmas and since the New Year. With a potential cost overrun of some £490m over 20 years, it rightly gained the focus of the public and politicians concerned about the impact these costs may have on public services and the need to take action to pull costs into line. During the 'heat' of the RHI debate, energy regulators in Northern Ireland and the Republic published a report on how well th...

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  • 7

    Feb
    2017
    Broadband Speeds Impacting Members
    In the last few weeks, we've had a number of enquiries from members about their broadband provision and noting the impact that it was having on their businesses, especially in rural areas. We've been talking to infrastructure providers and the relevant department about potenital solutions that can aid companies in rural areas. Northern Ireland Better Broadband Scheme The Northern Ireland Better Broadband Scheme is aimed at providing subsidised broadband installation to homes and business...

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