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  • 10

    Mar
    2014
    Events: Energy Saving Workshop
    The Centre for Competitiveness are hosting a workshop for manufacturers which will look at ways in which Toyota and others have saved huge amounts on their energy bills by amending their manufacturing processes. In exploring further what measures have been taken by manufacturers locally participants will hear from two local manufacturers – NACCO Materials Handling Ltd, a multi-national company operating locally and Springfarm Architectural Mouldings Ltd, a local export manufacturing S...

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  • 10

    Mar
    2014
    Information Event: Review Of Apprenticeships Interim Report And Consultation
    In January 2014, the Minister for Employment and Learning, Dr Stephen Farry MLA, announced the findings of a review of apprenticeships. The review was commissioned to ensure that apprenticeship provision in Northern Ireland is at the right level and content to meet the needs of businesses; provides opportunities for young people to progress to the very top in their chosen career path; and delivers a sufficient supply of apprentices, especially in the key sectors for the economy. The review&...

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  • 3

    Mar
    2014
    Welcome For ETI Report On Electricity Costs
    Manufacturing NI welcome the recommendations outlined in today’s report by the Enterprise Trade and Investment Committee on Electricity Prices in Northern Ireland. We thank the Committee for launching, and reporting on, a very detailed investigation. It’s important these recommendations be actioned, now, in order to achieve the Executive’s Programme for Government commitment to grow the economy and get people into work. With the 2nd highest electricity prices in Europe for busi...

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  • 3

    Mar
    2014
    Growth In Manufacturing, But Energy Needs Sorted: Ulster Bank
    The Ulster Bank's Chief Economist has outlined the growth in Manufacturing in Northern Ireland but calls on the need for intervention to ensure we achieve our economic ambitions. In an article in the Belfast Telegraph, Richard Ramsey makes a clear call for cost competitiveness for NI manufacturers as they drive the recovery in our economy. "Fortunately NI’s manufacturing sector has reversed the trend of falling demand, and a meaningful, broad-based recovery is underway. So, deman...

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  • 13

    Feb
    2014
    ENERGY: Urgent Action Needed for NI to avoid having the most expensive electricity in Europe
    Manufacturing Northern Ireland is calling upon the Utility Regulator, Minister for Enterprise Trade and Investment and the ETI Committee in Stormont to take urgent action to address electricity costs as they fear it may derail the fledgling recovery in our Economy. Today, the NI Utility Regulator released its latest quarterly price comparison report for the first 6 months of 2013 which confirms that NI’s industrial and commercial employers are suffering from the 2nd highest electricit...

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  • 11

    Feb
    2014
    Water: Have You Been Charged Too Much?
    Water charges are an increasing burden on business with costs rising and a lack of understanding about the reason and levels of charging. The Consumer Council for Northern Ireland has a role in working with and for not only domestic but also business consumers. As part of their recent work on water, they've secured a repayment for Altnagelvin Hospital of some £286,616. This is obviously a headline grabbing figure for a major site, but we understand that the Consumer Council has a...

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  • 7

    Feb
    2014
    Skills: 100% Funding Available
    We have been contacted by a number of training organisations offering 100% DEL funded, free to business, courses for leaders and staff within member companies. Courses, including those up to £3000 in value, have been offered by organisations including Parity to cover everything from Executive Leadership, Project Management, Sales Leadership, Advanced First Line Management (for younger staff with promising careers) and Graduate Placements. These present excellent opportunities to ...

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  • 7

    Feb
    2014
    Energy: Additional 'Conveyancing' Charges
    We have been approached by a number of large manufacturers concerned about additional charges being applied to bills for gas. These conveyancing charges are said to be to recover under charging by one particular gas supply company. We are investigating with both the company and with the Utility Regulator. We have concerns about the timing of news of these charges, the amount and pace of this recovery, an apparent lack of clarity about why this is happening and the process involved which has...

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  • 31

    Jan
    2014
    Caterpillar Investment Welcomed
    Manufacturing Northern Ireland is delighted by the news of this investment by Caterpillar in Northern Ireland. It is testament to the hard work of the management team led by Robert Kennedy and the quality of the workforce. The investment proves that despite the challenges of location, we can be cost competitive on a European and global scale. Where a company invests its capital is really important. The decision to invest large, multi-million pounds sums isn’t an easy call. It is a lon...

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  • 13

    Jan
    2014
    Skills: Farry Outlines Blueprint For Apprenticeships
    Employment and Learning Minister, Dr Stephen Farry has outlined a blueprint for the future of apprenticeships in Northern Ireland and opened a consultation on 32 recommendations on taking Apprenticeships forward in a new economy. Key proposals contained within the consultation include: • An apprenticeship will commence at professional and technical level 3 (equivalent to A Level) or higher and will last for a minimum duration of two years. • Apprenticeships will be possible at any...

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