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    Jun
    2015
    Big step towards a smaller footprint from local biomass manufacturer
    Blackburn’s Volkswagon dealership, part of leading UK automotive retailer and distributor Lookers plc, has installed the UK’s first small-scale biomass heating and cooling system, manufactured by local company BS Holdings, in a bid to save over £40,000 a year on energy consumption and outgoings. The long-established car dealership has made the move to renewable technology in a bid to reduce its impact on the environment in which they operate, and to allow for additional focus ...

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    May
    2015
    Energy Update - May 2015
    Demand Side Units/Aggregating Generating Supply A number of companies will this week receive approval from the Utility Regulator to provide this service.  If you have some form of back-up generation on site you could receive several thousands of pounds for simply making this available.  There is no cost to you as the DSU/AGU companies will provide the necessary approvals, equipment etc. for free.  Manufacturing businesses are well placed given their electricity load and hours of ...

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  • 17

    Feb
    2015
    MNI launch call to action for manufacturing
    “CORPORATION TAX ONLY PART OF WHAT’S NEEDED” INDUSTRY ISSUES A CALL TO ACTION ON ENERGY COSTS, RATES AND SKILLS TO GROW THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR An overarching Manufacturing Strategy aimed at reindustrialising Northern Ireland is required to maximise the benefits of reducing Corporation Tax says Manufacturing Northern Ireland. The umbrella body which represents over 500 of Northern Ireland’s leading manufacturing companies has called on the Executive to work closely wi...

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  • 29

    Jan
    2015
    SEMINAR: Corporation Tax and manufacturing
    Patsy McGlone MLA, Chair of the NI Assembly Committee on Enterprise Trade and Investment is hosting a Corporation Tax Seminar on February 19th at 7.30pm in the Glenavon House Hotel Cookstown. Our CEO, Stephen Kelly, will explore the opportunities for manufacturers should Corporation Tax powers be passed to the Assembly and a reduced rate set. Also on the panel are Dr Esmond Birnie and Martin Fleetwood from Price Waterhouse Cooper (PWC) and Carolyn Brown from Federation of Small Business (FSB)....

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    Dec
    2014
    Minister called to intervene on electricity prices
    Minister urged to take control as NI’s business now endure most expensive electricity in Europe Manufacturing Northern Ireland is today calling upon the Enterprise Trade and Investment minister to immediately call a crisis summit as the Utility Regulator confirms business here endures some of the most expensive electricity in Europe. The Utility Regulator published its latest quarterly transparency report which confirmed that customers were now experiencing electricity costs at the upper...

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  • 14

    Nov
    2014
    Rates Reval Revealed - Some Winners, Some Losers
    Reval 2015 NI is the process by which Land & Property Services (LPS) revalued all non-domestic properties for rates. The intention is to restore 'balance' by redistributing the rate burden between business ratepayers in a fairer way. The overall amount of money to be raised through rates will not change.   What stage is the Revaluation at now? LPS valuers have produced a draft rateable values for 73,000 non domestic properties. The total values have been provided to the Departmen...

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  • 5

    Nov
    2014
    £100k fund secured for Executive Leadership Programme
    £100k fund has been secured for "Leaders in Industry - Manufacturing Sector".  MNI have been working with the William J Clinton Leadership Institute at QUB for this important executive leadership programme.  Read on and secure your place now! The Department for Employment and Learning has agreed to include a new programme for middle and senior executives within its Management and Leadership Development Programme (MLDP) suite for MNI members and manufacturing business. This excit...

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  • 7

    Oct
    2014
    Statement on the potential closure of JTI in Ballymena
    News of the potential closure of the JTI Plant near Ballymena is a devastating blow to the 800 workers, North Antrim and the wider NI economy.  It will mean almost £60m in annual wages and £20m in their local supply chain potentially lost.  When you consider that 800 jobs leaving the Ballymena is the equivalent to around 7,900 jobs in Belfast, you begin to get a sense of the scale on the impact this potential closure will have.    JTI have indicated that stricte...

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  • 12

    Aug
    2014
    Manufacturing NI launches 'Manifesto roadshow'
    Manufacturing Northern Ireland is taking its draft ‘Manufacturing Manifesto’ on the road this summer. The manifesto is an invitation to politicians and policymakers to create the conditions which will see manufacturing thrive and as a result transform every constituency in Northern Ireland through creating jobs, a strong local supply chain and internationally competitive businesses. The organisation, which is the main umbrella body for the manufacturing sector in Northern Ireland, i...

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  • 7

    Aug
    2014
    Have your say on our Manufacturing Manifesto
    MNI have developed a draft Manufacturing Manifesto. This calls on our Government to create the conditions which will allow our manufacturing companies to survive and thrive in increasingly competitive markets at home and abroad. Our ambition is to create the most competitive region in Europe in which tostart, sustain and grow a manufacturing business, thus creating wealth and work – growing manufacturing from being 12.5% of our GDP to the European target of 20%. This will transform our ec...

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