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  • 28

    Feb
    2011
    A New Approach To Resolving Workplace Disputes
    The Department for Employment and Learning’s Employment (No.2) Bill has  passed its final stage in the Assembly.The Bill is the culmination of a three-year review of systems for resolving disputes in the workplace. It repeals the current procedures associated with raising a grievance and sets in place a less legalistic approach, allowing greater focus to be placed on addressing conflict rather than on legal compliance.In addition, the Bill makes changes to improve the operation of ind...

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  • 11

    Feb
    2011
    Does Merlin Reach Into Northern Ireland?
    Businesses in Northern Ireland face a serious disadvantage because the British government’s breakthrough deal to release funds for industry does not apply to three out of the four main banks here, according to Manufacturing Northern Ireland.Earlier this week Chancellor George Osborne announced Project Merlin, an historic deal with the banks which will see £190 Billion of lending to businesses this year, of which £76 Billion has been earmarked for small businesses.Yet of the fou...

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  • 10

    Feb
    2011
    The Door To The Renewable Energy Industry Opens For Local Companies With The Launch Of The Global Energy Supply Chain
    The recent announcement by the Belfast Harbour Authority, of the plans to create a facility for the pre-assembly of wind turbines for Dong Energy at Belfast Harbour is a progressive step towards putting the City firmly on the map as a foremost hub for the renewable energy industry. There is no doubt within the renewable energy sector, that, aside from the actual harnessing of energy, the biggest opportunity lies in fulfilling the needs of the supply chain. In light of this, CMS Global Ltd h...

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  • 9

    Feb
    2011
    Manufacturing Northern Ireland Call For 'Common Sense' On District Rates
    Manufacturing Northern Ireland  have called on District Councils in the Province to follow the lead of the Northern Ireland Executive in limiting increases in business rates to inflation this year, following reports that Belfast City Council are considering an increase of as much as 4.5%. MNI Chief Executive Bryan Gray said:“While we appreciate that District Councils may be facing a shortfall in their income from rates this year, we understand that the reduction in income is in a...

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  • 8

    Feb
    2011
    Manufacturing Can Help Pull NI Economy Through Difficult Times
    Manufacturing Northern Ireland has said that the manufacturing sector has a ‘bright green future’, despite a difficult two years. Launching the organisations’ manifesto this morning at Stormont, economist Philip McDonagh praised the resilience of the sector, adding that if government takes the necessary steps to work closely with manufacturing, then it has the potential to help bring the local economy through the economic downturn. The manifesto document focuses on a serie...

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  • 4

    Feb
    2011
    New Programme For Companies In Craigavon
    Towards Business Growth!The Craigavon Borough Council Product Transfer Programme is an exciting new initiative designed to assist 10 companies per year (20 in total) to develop and transfer new Products, Services, Systems and Technology into their business. Each programme will run over a nine month period and work predominantly on a one to one basis using experts in a variety of industry and new market fields. Who is the Programme for?The programme is open to all businesses in the Craigavon...

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  • 31

    Jan
    2011
    Foster Welcomes Reduced Climate Change Levy On Gas
    Energy Minister Arlene Foster has welcomed today’s announcement to reduce the climate change levy charges on gas supplies for Northern Ireland businesses.The announcement to replace the climate change levy exemption for supplies of gas in Northern Ireland to a lower rate from 1 April 2011, was made today by the Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Justine Greening MP.Northern Ireland’s current exemption from the climate change levy (CCL) on gas supplies to business and the public sect...

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  • 15

    Dec
    2010
    Industrial Rates Capped For 4 Years In Budget
    Finance Minister Sammy Wilson has announced as part of today’s budget that the present cap of 30% on industrial rates is to continue for another 4 years saying “We are extending the liability cap on Industrial de-rating for the next four years protecting jobs in our vital manufacturing sector.”. Northern Ireland Manufacturing has welcomed the announcement that the 30%  cap, introduced by Peter Robinson several years ago is to be continued for at least another four yea...

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  • 10

    Dec
    2010
    Gas Prices Could Increase By 5%
     NI Manufacturing have been notified by Energy Branch of the Department of Trade and Investment that their initial bid to secure a further exemption from the climate change levy on natural gas supplies in the Province until October 2013 has been turned down by the European Commission. This means that the Department will now have to go through a much more lengthy procedure which is likely to take 6-9 months, or even longer, and will not be in place when the current exemption runs out on 31st...

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  • 19

    Nov
    2010
    NI Manufacturing Meet DETI Minister And ETI Committee On Renewables
    During November representatives met with both the Minister for Enterprise Trade and Investment and with the Assembly Enterprise Trade and InvestmentCommittee about the need to grow the Provinces renewable sector. On 2nd November a delegation comprising Chairman, Michael Wightman from Cubis Industries, Con O’Neill from Harland & Wolff Heavy Industries, Richard Hogg from Limavady Gear Co and Chief Executive Bryan Gray met with Arlene Foster in Parliament Buildings about the urgent n...

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