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  • 30

    Oct
    2012
    Notice Of AGM 2012
    Take notice that the Annual General Meeting of Manufacturing Northern Ireland, a company limited by guarantee, will take place on Thursday 22nd November 2012 in the Glenavon Hotel, Burn Road, Cookstown, at 4.00pm. The business of the Annual General Meeting shall be as follows: Chairman’s Introduction and Welcome Chief Executive’s Report Election of Directors Presentation of Annual Accounts Level of Membership Fees 2013/14 Appointment of Auditors Any Other Competent Business Sign...

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  • 21

    Oct
    2012
    English Revaluation Postponed To 2017
    The Department of Communities and Local Government in England recently announced the postponement until 2017 of the Non-Domestic Rates Revaluation for commercial properties in England on the grounds of giving businesses certainty over the next few years to concentrate on delivering growth. Locally the Department of Finance and Personnel have stated that the circumstances in England are different to those in Northern Ireland. The rest of the UK had a Revaluation in 2010 but NI has not undertaken ...

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  • 12

    Oct
    2012
    LPG Users Can Save £££'s By Switching Supplier
    Many Manufacturing NI members who are LPG users are under the false impression that switching suppliers will be a costly and disruptive exercise as their pipework and tanks are owned by their supplier. This is not the case, as the new supplier will generally install new pipework over the course of a weekend, or at a time when the disruption to production is minimal, and there is no cost involved for the energy user. One member who switched supplier recently said “ We have saved a majo...

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  • 21

    Aug
    2012
    Competition Commission Decision Is Bad News For Gas Users
    MNI has expressed its dismay at the recent provisional decision by the Competition Commission in the dispute between the Utility Regulator and Phoenix Natural Gas. Chief Executive Bryan Gray said "The Competition Commission's provisional decision indicates that they plan to allow Phoneix Natural Gas to enjoy the benefits of outperformance for the next 35 years - a total of 40 year in all, when the norm in regulated utility industries is only 5 years. This has the potential to put some 2-3% on th...

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  • 15

    Aug
    2012
    Book Now For Our Grand Charity Lunch
    Manufacturing NI are holding a Grand Charity Lunch in the Glenavna Hotel, Cookstown on Friday 7th December 2012 at 12.30pm for the benefit of the NI Childrens Cancer Fund, The NI Childrens Hospice and the St. Vincent de Paul/Salvation Army Family Appeal. The event will be attended by senior political figures as well as providing a good afternoons entertainment with the best of good food and wine and a prize draw for a mid-week break in the exclusive Chateau de la Ligne, Bordeaux. See the attache...

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  • 3

    Aug
    2012
    And Now For A Small Ray Of Sunshine...New Cooperative Energy Concept Comes To NI
    Drumlin Energy is a new concept to the local energy scene - a local energy cooperative with full planning permission to put up 5 small wind turbines. It is looking for investors – who may invest as little as £250 or as much as £20,000 – from anywhere in United Kingdom but preference will be given to investors from Northern Ireland as the motivation behind setting up the cooperative is to retain and circulate profits within Northern Ireland. The scheme, while a modest...

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  • 2

    Aug
    2012
    New Manufacturing Efficiency Programme In Belfast & Lisburn
    Modern manufacturing processes are often highly inefficient in their use of precious resources including energy, materials and man-hours. Manufacturers in Belfast & Lisburn can now benefit from a new Manufacturing Efficiency Programme, designed to support manufacturers to enhance competitiveness and productivity through a structured programme of analysis, workshops and implementation support. Why participate? • Receive one to one support from industry experts • Increase productivit...

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  • 31

    Jul
    2012
    MNI Supports Regulator On Lower Electricity Prices
    Manufacturing Northern Ireland which represents the interests of almost 500 manufacturers in Northern Ireland, have expressed their support for the Northern Ireland Utility Regulator in the present row with NIE over costs for the next period of price control. NIE have asked the Regulator to approve over £600m of investment over the next five years, but the Regulator has only agreed to £293m – an investment which is directly funded by NI electricity consumers. Chief Executive Br...

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  • 2

    Jul
    2012
    Electricity Tariff Briefing Predicts Little Change This Autumn
    The Electricity Regulators latest tariff briefing, which predicts the level of pass through charges for electricity bills from this autumn for the year 2012-13 reveals little change this year due to a number of factors. While some elements of the charges have increased, others have fallen, with the situation compounded by falling demand which means that the new charges will be applied to an ever smaller universe of users. NIE’s charges for Transmission and Distribution are set to rise by 0...

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  • 27

    Jun
    2012
    Free Energy & Resource Audits From Invest NI
    Invest NI’s Sustainability Branch are offering companies free resource audits to identify cost savings and reduce waste. The programme covers a review by technical experts covering a range of topics from raw materials to water and energy, which is fully tailored to the companies own priorities. A full report is produced following which an Invest NI Technical Advisor will discuss further technical support with the company including eligibility for interest free s or loans. Full details incl...

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