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    Jan
    2014
    Funding: Up To £3.000+ To Help Get Creative
    The new Northern Ireland Creative Marketplace programme, funded by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, is offering up to 80 organisations from across the region vouchers of £3000+ each to help them get creative. You can spend your voucher to team up with one of dozens of creative industries companies and use it to revamp your image, create an app, update your website, prototype a new product or any other creative ideas you can think of. There are also additional Creative...

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  • 1

    Jan
    2014
    Seminar: Understanding Horizon 2020 (Energy) And How SMEs Can Access Funding
    Horizon 2020 is the successor to the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) for research and development, set to run from 2014-2020 with an estimated €70 billion budget. The Northern Ireland Executive continues to seek to increase the level of Research, Development and Innovation (RD&I) carried out in NI, especially by our SME’s. Horizon 2020 has an important role to play in stimulating investment in Northern Ireland and thereby generating economic growth and job creation. Hosted ...

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  • 31

    Dec
    2013
    MNI News: Retirement Of CEO, Bryan Gray
    Manufacturing NI's CEO, Bryan Gray, retired at the beginning of December. Bryan was a committed, talented and determined representative of MNI and our members helping many manufacturing businesses with complex issues particularly around industrial rates and energy. Incoming CEO, Stephen Kelly said "Bryan's contribution to MNI has been immense and this is widely recognised not only by the MNI Board but by member companies across NI, by departmental officials, politicians and other stakeholde...

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  • 30

    Dec
    2013
    Skills: Minister Farry - Company's Employees Are Its Greatest Asset
    A company's employees are its greatest asset was the message from the Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry during an address to staff at a Schrader Electronics, Manufacturing Operator Development Day. Over 75 staff from Schrader's Carrickfergus site attended the event at Corr's Corner Hotel, Newtownabbey including senior managers, manufacturing and production staff. Highlighting the importance of learning and developing new skills, the Minister said: "My Department is extremely...

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  • 20

    Dec
    2013
    Pensions Auto-Enrolement Clock Is Ticking
    Are You Ready? Manufacturing companies are being urged to get ready for the new pension auto-enrolment legislation which will come into force for thousands of local firms during 2014. The new reform requires every business in the UK to automatically enrol eligible employees into a qualifying workplace pension scheme and to pay contributions on their behalf. The largest employers across the UK have been complying since 2012 but the next six months will see auto-enrolment become a realit...

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  • 20

    Dec
    2013
    DETI Begin Work On Tackling Red Tape
    Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster has announced the launch of a comprehensive review of business red tape in Northern Ireland. The aim of review is to look for ways to reduce the regulatory burden on local businesses. Arlene Foster said: “Red tape or unnecessary and burdensome administrative requirements are a real handicap for businesses. Although regulation is necessary, business people, particularly owners of small firms, are forced to spend too much time complying...

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  • 9

    Dec
    2013
    Over £12,000 Raised At MNI Charity Lunch
    Almost 300 businesses and individuals joined Manufacturing NI at its 2nd Annual Charity Lunch at the Glenavon Hotel, Cookstown on 6th December raising over £12,000 and hundreds of toys for the work of children's charities in Northern Ireland. Stephen Kelly, CEO of MNI said "we are delighted to have hosted the event again and to have raised so much money in support of the NI Cancer Fund for Children and the Northern Ireland Children's Hospice and toys which are distributed by St Vincen...

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  • 8

    Nov
    2013
    STEM: Making Savings In Energy, Waste And Water
    The STEM Project (Sustainable Together through Environmental Management) is a two year project, part financed by the European ’s INTERREG IVA Cross Border Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.  It is designed to work with business, across 11 cross border Council areas, to help identify cost savings in Energy, Waste and Water.  They do this was helping businesses implement Environmental Management Systems (EMS) with the STEM Team helping you manage and funding the p...

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  • 8

    Nov
    2013
    Manufacturing NI Welcomes Competition Commission Decision On NIE Costs
    MNI has welcomed the Competition Commissions provisional decision in the appeal by NIE against the Utility Regulators decision to limit network charges for the five year period to 2017. The Competition Commission have further reduced the level of expenditure that NIE are allowed from £1078m to £1009m – a 6.4% reduction over the five year charging period. This means that network costs will be even lower for local companies than those proposed originally by the Utility Regulator....

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  • 8

    Nov
    2013
    Skills: Build A Foundation For The Future At Your Local College
    Access to and the development of a skilled workforce is critical for the success of our members in manufacturing in Northern Ireland.  As part of the mix of programme to develop skills, The Department for Employment and Learning recently launched a campaign to raise awareness and understanding of Foundation degrees and to promote this as an option to employers, employees and students.  Below we have allowed Dr Stephen Farry Minister for Employment and Learning to outline his views on F...

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