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  • 14

    Dec
    2012
    Water & Sewerage Charges To Fall By 6%
    Utility Regulator publishes NI Water price control determinationThe Utility Regulator has  published its final price control determination for NI Water for the period 2013-15.Key features of price control determination are:• Lower charges for consumers - charges will fall by an overall average of 6% below inflation in each of the two years (2013-15).• Investment in water and sewerage assets - £324 million will be invested on prioritised and targeted areas to deliver specifie...

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  • 12

    Dec
    2012
    MNI Grand Charity Lunch A Great Success
    Manufacturing NI’s Grand Charity Lunch held in the Glenavon Hotel Cookstown on 7th December proved to be a huge success. Almost 300 representatives of local companies enjoyed a great day out addressed by the Chairman of the Enterprise Trade & Investment Committee, Patsy McGlone MLA, who emphasised the importance of manufacturing companies in Mid-Ulster to delegates. Members were also entertained by local comedian Gene Fitzpatrick. More than £12,250 was raised for local chari...

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  • 12

    Dec
    2012
    CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme Reformed
    Manufacturing NI have welcomed the publication by DECC of the changes to the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme . announced by the Chancellor in his Autumn Statement.  Members affected by this scheme found it onerous and expensive to operate, while the removal of any incentive to reduce carbon made a nonsense of the energy efficiency rationale.Changes to the scheme include:-     Reducing the number of fuels that participants have to report against from ...

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  • 15

    Nov
    2012
    Reduce Your Overhead Business Costs By Up To 10% - Business Improvement Programme Recruiting Now!
    The next wave of recruitment is now open for the successful ‘BITES’ business improvement programme commencing in January 2013 for companies located in Befast, Carrickfergus, Newtownabbey and Lisburn council areas. The programme is designed to assist your business to reduce overhead costs (such as waste, water, materials and energy) by up to 10% and increase your competitiveness in the market place. The programme will also assist you put the main foundations of an environmental manage...

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  • 31

    Oct
    2012
    NIE Decision Hikes Commercial Energy Costs
    The final decision from the Northern Ireland Utility regulator on the next round of NIE price control which covers the next five years could mean major cost increases for the Provinces manufacturers. Although the Regulator has cut the allowances to Northern Ireland Electricity by significant amounts from their original bid, the cost impact of the North-South interconnector and the grid revisions necessary to accommodate growing renewable energy generation may mean increases of as much as 9% on n...

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  • 30

    Oct
    2012
    Notice Of AGM 2012
    Take notice that the Annual General Meeting of Manufacturing Northern Ireland, a company limited by guarantee, will take place on Thursday 22nd November 2012 in the Glenavon Hotel, Burn Road, Cookstown, at 4.00pm. The business of the Annual General Meeting shall be as follows: Chairman’s Introduction and Welcome Chief Executive’s Report Election of Directors Presentation of Annual Accounts Level of Membership Fees 2013/14 Appointment of Auditors Any Other Competent Business Sign...

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  • 21

    Oct
    2012
    English Revaluation Postponed To 2017
    The Department of Communities and Local Government in England recently announced the postponement until 2017 of the Non-Domestic Rates Revaluation for commercial properties in England on the grounds of giving businesses certainty over the next few years to concentrate on delivering growth. Locally the Department of Finance and Personnel have stated that the circumstances in England are different to those in Northern Ireland. The rest of the UK had a Revaluation in 2010 but NI has not undertaken ...

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  • 12

    Oct
    2012
    LPG Users Can Save £££'s By Switching Supplier
    Many Manufacturing NI members who are LPG users are under the false impression that switching suppliers will be a costly and disruptive exercise as their pipework and tanks are owned by their supplier. This is not the case, as the new supplier will generally install new pipework over the course of a weekend, or at a time when the disruption to production is minimal, and there is no cost involved for the energy user. One member who switched supplier recently said “ We have saved a majo...

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  • 21

    Aug
    2012
    Competition Commission Decision Is Bad News For Gas Users
    MNI has expressed its dismay at the recent provisional decision by the Competition Commission in the dispute between the Utility Regulator and Phoenix Natural Gas. Chief Executive Bryan Gray said "The Competition Commission's provisional decision indicates that they plan to allow Phoneix Natural Gas to enjoy the benefits of outperformance for the next 35 years - a total of 40 year in all, when the norm in regulated utility industries is only 5 years. This has the potential to put some 2-3% on th...

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  • 15

    Aug
    2012
    Book Now For Our Grand Charity Lunch
    Manufacturing NI are holding a Grand Charity Lunch in the Glenavna Hotel, Cookstown on Friday 7th December 2012 at 12.30pm for the benefit of the NI Childrens Cancer Fund, The NI Childrens Hospice and the St. Vincent de Paul/Salvation Army Family Appeal. The event will be attended by senior political figures as well as providing a good afternoons entertainment with the best of good food and wine and a prize draw for a mid-week break in the exclusive Chateau de la Ligne, Bordeaux. See the attache...

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