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  • 22

    Nov
    2016
    Welcome for Finance Minister's Commitment on the Rates cap
    Manufacturing NI has warmly welcomed confirmation from the Finance Minister that he intends to continue with the industrial derating through the rest of the current Assembly term and hopes both the Executive and Assembly will provide its support. Stephen Kelly, Chief Executive said "MNI secured industrial derating and have continued over the past 3 years to demonstrate to the Executive and Assembly that this policy is not simply about avoiding harm but doing some good. The Relief has allowed in...

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  • 16

    Nov
    2016
    MNI Call on Assembly Finance Committee on secure Industrial Derating
    Manufacturing NI provided evidence to the NI Assembly Fiance Committee on non-domestic rates on 16 January. The Committee are taking evidence from business associations in its role in providing scrutiny on the plans and policy of both the Minister and the Department of Finance. CEO, Stephen Kelly, outlined the importance of retaining the Industrial Derating policy secured by Manufacturing NI in 2007 which sees all manufacturers rates capped at 30% of the property value.  Despite this, loc...

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  • 20

    Oct
    2016
    MNI and Unite launch campaign for Northern Ireland Industrial Strategy
    Manufacturing Employers group joins with lead manufacturing to launch campaign for Northern Ireland Industrial Strategy Northern Ireland Executive must adopt Strategic approach to grow Manufacturing base Unite Regional Secretary, Jimmy Kelly, will join today [Thursday October 20th] with the Chief Executive of Manufacturing NI, Stephen Kelly, at the ’s Antrim Road offices to formally launch a joint campaign calling on the Northern Ireland Executive to adopt an Industrial Strategy for the...

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  • 24

    Mar
    2016
    Oxford Economics analysis of the value of manufacturing to the NI Economy
    The Next Executive Must Raise Their Ambition to Reindustrialise our Economy Manufacturing NI, today launched a detailed report on the economic contribution of manufacturing here and called on the next Executive to ‘raise ambitions and drive reindustrialisation of our economy’. The detailed report by Oxford Economics highlights the robust nature of the sector and its immense importance to the overall economy, but also outlines the historic opportunity which exists to see a step chang...

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  • 16

    Mar
    2016
    Mediation: Resolving Conflict in the Workplace
    Mediation seems to be everywhere these days. Everyone’s heard of it, but not everyone understands it; and according to latest CIPD research, too few HR professionals are making use of it. Mediation is a non-adversarial way of resolving difficulties in the workplace. The mediator is an impartial third party. What makes them different is that they are trained in mediation and they don’t take sides. They help the disputing parties to have an open and honest dialogue and secure a mutual...

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  • 8

    Feb
    2016
    R&D Tax Credits Roundtable
    Manufacturing NI recently held a roundtable discussion event in partnership with Jumpstart, the UK’s leading R&D tax specialist, at Keylite Roof Windows in Cookstown. The purpose of the event was to help local businesses gain a better understanding of the R&D tax credit scheme and the wealth of opportunities that it offers to manufacturing firms across Northern Ireland with the potential of making significant tax savings. Alongside representatives from its parent company, the Keys...

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  • 15

    Dec
    2015
    Panel to examine energy costs for manufacturers
    From the BBC on 15 December 2015   Stormont Enterprise Minister Jonathan Bell has appointed an advisory group to make recommendations about tackling energy costs in the manufacturing sector. In November, tyre manufacturer Michelin cited high electricity prices as one reason for closing its Ballymena plant in 2018, with the loss of 860 jobs. The group will be chaired by Dale Farm chief executive David Dobbin. It will report back to the minister by 1 March. Its terms of reference are to...

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  • 15

    Nov
    2015
    United Call for a Manufacturing Strategy
    MNI and Unite the Renew Calls for a Manufacturing Strategy on news of redundancies at a number of manufacturersIt has been a difficult month for manufacturing companies and workers with news of job losses in North and East Antrim, Belfast and the North West.The impending closure of Michelin in Ballymena is a particularly devastating blow to the workforce, the Mid, East and North Antrim area and NI’s reputation as a manufacturing base.  Coming on the back of the closure of Patton&rsquo...

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  • 9

    Sep
    2015
    MNI Call on parties to "find a way"
    MANUFACTURING NI LAUNCH DRIVE TO BUILD PARTNERSHIP WITH GOVERNMENT, CALLING ON POLITICAL PARTIES TO ‘FIND A WAY’ Manufacturing Northern Ireland today held an event at Stormont to celebrate the achievements and diversity of the manufacturing sector and called on the parties about to enter into negotiations on the future of power sharing here to ‘find a way’ towards stability and progress. Speaking as he thanked the Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment Minister J...

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  • 20

    Jul
    2015
    Leadership Development Funding
    Improved management and leadership skills are proven to be a highly effective way for businesses to gain a competitive edge. The Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) offers practical assistance to businesses in Northern Ireland through a range of leadership and management support programmes. These programmes are delivered by accredited training providers and include structured programmes for individual managers as well as tailored company-focused programmes. This guide provides an ove...

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