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  • 20

    Mar
    2013
    Where's Your Council On The Rates League Table?
    Rates bills for the 2013/14 rating year will be coming your way soon. Business rates charged by local councils in Northern Ireland vary greatly from district to district with charges differing by as much as from 51.3p in the pound to 64.6p - a huge variation of 25%.Manufacturing NI have already raised the issue of council consolidation under the Review of local government with the Department of Finance. Some members in council areas which are amalgamating are likely to see major increases in the...

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  • 12

    Mar
    2013
    New Supplier In Local Electricity Market - LCC Power
    MNI member Lissan Coal Co. who supply many other members with both solid and liquid fuels have now expanded into the electricity supply market.With a successful background in the coal and oil areas of energy supply and anextensive and loyal customer base, the company have most recently taken the natural progression into the complex area of electricity supply and in April 2012 we were ed an electricity supply licence.Through their electricity supply business, LCC Power Limited, they provide indus...

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  • 11

    Feb
    2013
    Foster Launches New Loan Fund For Small Businesses
    Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster today announced a new £5million NI Small Business Loan Fund as part of Invest Northern Ireland’s Access to Finance Strategy.The Fund which will be delivered by Ulster Community Investment plc (UCI), a subsidiary of Ulster Community Investment Trust Ltd (UCIT), will help bridge a gap where other funding options have been exhausted.Arlene Foster said: “The fund will provide loans to individuals, private companies and social enterprises in the SME...

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  • 7

    Jan
    2013
    Are You Ready For New Pensions Regulations?
    New Pension regulations have recently been introduced making it compulsory to enrol your employees in a workplace pension scheme.Manufacturing NI are recomending that members seeking a simple solution should consider the scheme presently operated by the construction Employers federation in Northern Ireland. Details are below:- Pensions Auto-EnrolmentBackgroundNew legislation introduced from 1 October 2012 makes it compulsory for all employers to enrol eligible workers into a qualifying work...

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  • 19

    Dec
    2012
    Decision On Gas Prices Will Have Major Impact On Costs
    Manufacturing NI have expressed dismay at the announcement this week by the Competition Commission of their final determination on the Phoenix Natural Gas price control which shows little change from their preliminary decision published earlier this year.MNI Chief Executive Bryan Gray said “Despite the fact that the Competition Commission’s preliminary determination was universally opposed by groups representing gas users, including Manufacturing NI, the Consumer Council, Bryson Ener...

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  • 18

    Dec
    2012
    Regulator Gives Green Light To £44m Renewable Investment
    The Utility Regulator has given the go ahead to over £44 million of investment to facilitate renewable wind generation.  The investment will increase the amount of renewable generation in the north and west of Northern Ireland that can access NIE’s transmission network.The investment package comprises:• £26 million of capital expenditure to increase the capacity of the Tamnamore sub-station to accommodate renewable generation;• £2.6 million for upgrades to ...

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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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