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  • 7

    Oct
    2013
    Book Now For MNI's Grand Charity Lunch
    MNI’s Grand Charity Lunch will be held once again this year on the 6th December in the Glenavon Hotel, Cookstown, following the tremendous success of last years event, which raised more than £12,000 for local childrens charities. In 2012 members from more than 60 local companies enjoyed a great day out, being entertained by combined choirs from local Cookstown primary schools and local entertainer Gene Fitzpartick. Proceeds from the event totalling more than £12,000 were s...

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  • 7

    Oct
    2013
    Welcome To Our New Chief Executive, Stephen Kelly
    Stephen arrives at MNI having been Head of Strategy and Special Projects for international marketing and communications firm, Velocity Worldwide where he was responsible for delivery across all accounts, partnerships and company development. Before joining in 2008, he was CEO of the Federation of the Retail Licensed Trade in Northern Ireland and former CEO of City Centre Initiative, the public ~ private regeneration partnership for the development of Derry City Centre. For 5 years, Stephen was a...

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  • 4

    Oct
    2013
    New Consultation On Rocs For Ground Mounted Solar PV
    DETI have launched a new consultation on proposals to support ground mounted solar PV panel generating stations above 250kW installed capacity. Commenting on the consultation Energy Minister Arlene Foster said: “Historically, solar PV generating stations here have tended to be small in nature, however falling costs over the last few years have made Northern Ireland a much more attractive investment location for large scale solar. It is important that we embrace this opportunity, not only t...

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  • 18

    Sep
    2013
    Electricity Network Charages Fall From 1st October
    The Utility Regulator has now released details of electricity network and other pass through charges which will apply to commercial users from 1st October 2013. ManufacturingNI estimate that these will lead to a modest reduction for the average industrial user of something in the region of 0.5%-1.0%. There has been a variety of changes in the range of elements which make up the pass through element of bills. While Use of Service charges have remained largely unchanged there has been a reduction ...

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  • 11

    Sep
    2013
    Bombardier Boss Flies High With Apprenticeship
    Colin Elliott outlines the value of the apprenticeships route to his career which coincides with the Department’s for Employment and Learning’s current review of ApprenticeshipsNI to ensure the programme benefits both the economy and society in Northern Ireland. Colin Elliott could scarcely have imagined when he opted for an apprenticeship that he’d eventually be involved in the design of some of the world’s most successful aircraft. Today, Colin is Vice President of Engi...

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  • 24

    Jul
    2013
    Make An Input To The Future Of Skills Training
    RSM McClure Watters have been appointed to conduct research into the skills needs for the Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Services Sector in Northern Ireland for the Department for Employment and Learning and the NI Advisor for Employment and Learning. A key aspect of the research is to ascertain the views of companies in the sector with regard to their skills needs and the need for government intervention to address any skills imbalances which may exist now or in the future. As such, RSM...

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  • 23

    Jul
    2013
    Climate Change Levy Increase Will Put 3% On NI Commercial Gas Prices
    DETI Minister Arlene Foster has written to Manufacturing NI to explain that her Department has failed to secure an extension from HMRC to the low rate of Climate Change Levy applied to gas supplies in Northern Ireland over the past 2 years. This will mean that the rate of Climate Change levy paid by Northern Ireland companies will increase from .00064p/kwh to .00182p/kwh. Northern Ireland was originally ed an exemption for CCL on commercial gas back in 2001 to promote the expansion of the d...

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  • 22

    Jul
    2013
    Huge Margins For Electricity Generators In The SEM
    A report published by the All Island Project, a joint exercise between the NI Utility Regulator and the Commission for Energy Generation, has revealed the huge margins made by electricity generators in the Single Electricity Market. The report shows that in 2011 wind generators in Ireland made a huge gross margin of 79%. Gross margins for other generators ranged from 62% for hydro to 24/25% for more conventional coal or gas generators, although these power stations accounted for the vast bulk of...

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  • 22

    Jul
    2013
    Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme Will Add Burden To Large Manufacturers
    The latest proposals from the Department of Energy and Climate Change to introduce a so called “Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme” will force large companies with a workforce greater than 250 to conduct formal “energy audits” every four years beginning in December 2015, adding to the administrative burden on manufacturers. Government say that this system, introduced as a result of Article 8 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU) which requires all Member State...

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  • 27

    Jun
    2013
    Membership Renewals 2013
    As MNI members are aware we do not issue renewal invocies to members on an annual basis, but rather when funds become depleted and need to be replenished. The last occasion when members were invoiced for fees was June 2011. The Management team have now decided to issue invoices once again this July. If you have any queries about your membership please contact info@ manufacturingni.org or call Bryan Gray on 0771 8658665. ...

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