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  • 11

    Jun
    2012
    Meet The MNI Board
    The Board of Manufacturing NI has changed recently. New Chairman Con O'Neill welcomed a number of new Board members at the last AGM. Find out who represents you on the MNI Board:...

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  • 23

    May
    2012
    MNI Welcomes Positive Outcome On Carbon Levy
    Manufacturing Northern Ireland has welcomed the news that the Irish Government is to set the Carbon Levy to zero. The Irish Government had introduced a levy on all electricity generators in the South of Ireland pushing up wholesale energy prices across the island by in the region of 0.2p/kWh. This additional revenue – approximately £45m per annum – would have gone to support Large Energy Users in the South and consequently NI companies would have been effectively helping to sub...

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  • 9

    May
    2012
    Are You In Ards, Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon, Down, North Down, or Newry & Mourne Council Areas? Can Innovation Make Your Business More Competitive Or More Profitable?
    East Border Region (Representing 10 Local Authorities detailed below) hopes to secure EU INTERREG IVA funding for a range of Business Support activities focusing on Innovation and advising small businesses how Innovation can assist them on a very practical level to become more competitive, develop new products, or to enter new markets. The programme will be implemented on a cross border basis across the Council areas of; Ards, Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon, Down, North Down, Newry & Mourne, L...

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  • 2

    Apr
    2012
    Support The Fair Fuel Campaign Now!
    Petrol and diesel have dominated the news headlines over the last few days. Here is how the Fair Fuel Campaign sees it: 1. The real ‘fuel crisis’ is not the current particular dispute between the tanker drivers and their employers. Important as it is to see this dispute resolved fairly and quickly, the real ‘fuel crisis’ is the scandalously high price that families and businesses are having to pay for petrol & diesel. This will be made worse by the fact that the Gover...

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  • 2

    Apr
    2012
    Cost Of Energy 'A Major Impediment To Recovery' - MNI, QPA, NIFDA, NIMEA
    Manufacturing Northern Ireland has written to the Department of Enterprise Trade & Investment challenging it to recognise the seriousness of rising energy costs for local manufacturing, and to develop innovative solutions which address the issue as a matter of urgency. The call has been supported by the Quarry Products Association, the Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association, and the NI Meat Producers Association. MNI’s Chief Executive Bryan Gray says that a study carried out by MN...

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  • 21

    Mar
    2012
    More Support For Exporters From Invest NI
    Northern Ireland exports to Saudi Arabia, the most dynamic market in the Middle East, grew by 30 per cent in 2011 compared to 2010. Other markets producing business for local companies last year included China, India, Brazil, Russia, South Africa, Romania, Turkey, Finland and even Mongolia and the Antarctic. These successes show that Northern Ireland companies, both large and small, are increasingly pursuing business leads beyond longer established markets in Europe, particularly the Republic of...

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  • 13

    Mar
    2012
    Call For Evidence On ETS Trading Scheme/Carbon Floor Pricing
    The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (Vince Cable) has issued call for evidence in relation to implementation of measures to reduce the impact of policy on the costs of electricity for the most electricity intensive industries. This would begin in 2013 and be worth around £250m over the current spending review period. It is extremely important that NI manufacturing companies make every effort to provide full responses to the questions asked and back this with rob...

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  • 12

    Mar
    2012
    Energy Renewals Are Due Soon! M&C Energy Can Help
    M&C Energy Group has been working with MNI clients over the past year and has successfully cut the cost of renewals for over 60% of the companies we have worked with. If you spend £30,000 + per annum on either your Electricity or Gas, M & C Energy Group should be able to drive down your costs. M&C Energy Group is the world leader in energy procurement and compliance services, with over 35 years' experience of helping clients save money and improve energy efficiency. M&C Ene...

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  • 12

    Mar
    2012
    Power NI 'Back In The Game'
    Power NI is celebrating several prestigious contract wins that have really stirred up the local electricity market. A recent easing of restraints by the Energy Regulator has, for the first time in many years, enabled the local electricity supplier to compete head on with other suppliers in competitive tenders to supply ‘large users’ across many sectors, including the burgeoning manufacturing industry. These restrictions had effectively ruled Power NI out of tendering for higher value...

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  • 9

    Mar
    2012
    Survive & Thrive In Fermanagh & Omagh
    Fermanagh District Council in partnership with Omagh District Council received funding in 2010 from the LED Competitiveness Programme under the European Regional Development Fund to implement a Business Survival And Growth project in the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council areas. To date the programme has assisted over 123 businesses with signposting, action plans and expert mentoring. The Survive & Thrive Programme works throughout the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council areas seeking bus...

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