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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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  • 21

    Jun
    2013
    How Do You Engage With Local Schools?
    Our colleagues in CBI are presently conducting a survey on businesses’ views on the level and nature of their engagement with primary and secondary schools in Northern Ireland. Specifically the survey will find out how many businesses have formal or informal partnerships with schools and how effective these partnerships are, both for the schools and for the local businesses. CBI have commissioned KPMG to undertake independent research in this area with both employers and with schools. ...

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  • 20

    Jun
    2013
    Find Out How Industrial Symbiosis Can Save You Money!
    Check the Case Studies section of our website for new case studies showing how the Industrial Symbiosis Programme has helped a range of local companies from Dale Farm to TK Aerospace maximise efficiencies, minimise waste and reduce costs. ...

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  • 12

    Jun
    2013
    Skills Exchange Set For Expansion Throughout NI
    Skill Exchange UK looks to help employers cope with peaks and troughs in today’s challenging climate. Skill Exchange UK has announced that regional Skill Exchange hubs will be set up across Northern Ireland between now and December, which will enable employers to second staff to other organisations. The hubs are designed to help employers retain employees and skills in the challenging economic times by sharing their staff with other organisations. The first regional hub in the UK was launc...

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  • 12

    Jun
    2013
    Manufacturing NI Calls For Action On Energy Costs
    Manufacturing NI, which represents almost500 businesses in the manufacturing sector across Northern Ireland brought its case to the DETI Committee today, asking for the establishment of a ‘Forum of expertise’ to help address a crisis which threatens to stifle the economy. The organisation, which was represented by Harland and Wolff, Bombardier, Michelin and Irwin’s Bakery, told the committee that the lack of a strategy to deal with rising costs is no longer acceptable, and that...

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  • 21

    May
    2013
    Manufacturing NI Welcomes Review Of Commercial Electricity
    Manufacturing NI have welcomed the announcement by the Enterprise Trade and Invest Committee that they are to hold a review into commercial electricity prices in Northern Ireland. On 6th June the association brought its case to the DETI Committee asking for the establishment of a ‘Forum of expertise’ to help address a crisis which threatens to stifle the economy. The organisation, which was represented by Harland and Wolff, Bombardier, Michelin and Irwin’s Bakery, told the comm...

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  • 30

    Apr
    2013
    Farry Launches Advanced Manufacturing And Engineering Services Working Group
    Employment and Learning Minister, Dr Stephen Farry, has announced the creation of an Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Services Working Group.The Working Group brings together a range of local employers from the advanced manufacturing sector together with employer representative bodies, government officials and representatives from local colleges and universities. Its purpose is to identify skills shortages and gaps within the sector and put in place actions that will help address these iss...

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  • 30

    Apr
    2013
    Free Management & Leadership Programme For Businesses
    Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry today announced a package of free leadership and management programmes for local businesses. The Department for Employment and Learning will provide 100% financial support to businesses and social economy enterprises that utilise the Department's leadership and management suite of programmes. The Minister said "Leadership and management skills are a key factor in fostering innovation, unlocking the potential of the workforce, increasing productiv...

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  • 30

    Apr
    2013
    Farry Aims For Gold Standard Apprentice And Youth Training System
    Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry, announced in February 2013 a major review of apprenticeships and youth training in Northern Ireland.Following a statement to the Assembly, the Minister said: “Existing apprenticeship and youth training schemes have served Northern Ireland businesses well, but the types of economic activity in which they engage and the goods and services they produce are changing rapidly. There is a clear need to invest in higher level skills across a broad...

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