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  • 18

    Sep
    2009
    Business Paying £46 million Higher Taxation Than Before Recession Began - NIM To Begin Local Lobbying Campaign
    NI Manufacturing is to embark on a series of factory meetings with MLAs designed to highlight how business’ local tax burden has risen by over £45 million a year through the imposition of sewage charges. The meetings, which begin in Portadown on Friday 18th of September, will aim to brief MLAs on the real experiences of Northern Ireland’s manufacturing sector during the downturn, and the need for the Executive to understand how local companies are now paying substantially more ...

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  • 16

    Sep
    2009
    NI Assembly Goes On The Road
    The Northern Ireland Assembly is taking to the road in the first of a series of community road shows. Starting in East Belfast on 22nd September, the road shows will travel to 11 venues across Northern Ireland. This will provide a real opportunity for members to talk directly to local politicians about their concerns and put their questions directly to a panel of local MLAs. For more information on the road shows, visit www.yourassembly.com The venues and dates of the roadshows are:&nb...

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  • 8

    Sep
    2009
    Microgeneration To Be De-rated Under New Proposals
    Under new proposals the Department of Finance and Personnel have announced that Microgeneration Plant and Equipment will not be assessed for rates in accordance with the current valuation list.  This is essentially a harmonising measure with similar legislation already enacted within GB and is not an NI initiative. In the  March 2008 Budget, the Chancellor announced a range of measures to promote sustainable growth. Included in the measures announced for England was one relating t...

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  • 19

    Aug
    2009
    Call For Action: The Need For A Rates Break
    Background     150,000 jobs are in manufacturing itself or directly depend on it in NI      One family in 5 gets a wage packet from a Manufacturing employer     Manufacturing drives 25% of the local economy     Recent months have seen job losses in the sector as high as 1,000 in a week     NIM support the wide ranging proposals made by other trade bodies in recent months particularly those relatin...

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  • 13

    Aug
    2009
    Rising Unemployment and further job losses highlight need for rate cap to continue – NIM
    Northern Ireland Manufacturing have said today the news of further job losses combined with rising unemployment figures are grim proof the sector is in extreme need of an extension on the industrial rate cap. Kilkeel-based B/E Aerospace announced that they would be cutting 88 jobs, reducing their workforce from 651 to 563. The company has struggled like many other manufacturing companies in the recession, and the latest plans for redundancies follow the loss of almost 100 jobs at its Kilkee...

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  • 12

    Aug
    2009
    Blueprint Specialist Appointments - New Associate Member
    BluePrint Specialist Appointments are delighted to be Associate members of NI Manufacturing. Manufacturing places a critical role in the NI economy and whilst the sector has seen many changes, the search for and attraction of talent has remained constant. What has changed is the focus on the skills required. BluePrint Specialist Appointments are therefore central to many of the organisations recruitment needs in this sector and by supporting this association, we are reflecting our commitment to ...

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  • 10

    Aug
    2009
    Firmus Energy – New Associate Member for NIM
    Paving the way for true competition in Northern Ireland’s energy sector, firmus energy is already making a significant impact on the local market.  In 2005, the company was awarded supply and distribution licences for the development of a natural gas network across 10 key towns in Northern Ireland, now supplying natural gas to Industrial and Commercial customers (I&C) and domestic customers along the North-West and South-North pipelines. The company credits its success in the...

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  • 30

    Jul
    2009
    NIM Disappointed On 'Rates Break' But Not Giving Up
    NI Manufacturing has said that it is disappointed that the Finance Minister has at least initially rejected their call for speedy and direct action by the Executive to support manufacturing jobs and companies through the dark days of the recession. Speaking after a meeting with Sammy Wilsion, where the NIM asked for a rates ‘break’ to act as an adrenaline shot directly into the heart of manufacturing, Bryan Gray said that the group would now be stepping up its campaign. “W...

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  • 16

    Jun
    2009
    Short Term Aid For Companies
    Businesses in Northern Ireland face significant challenges in the current  economic climate. Many are experiencing difficulties in securing the viability of their businesses. To help alleviate these pressures, Invest NI launched a £15 million Short Term Aid Scheme to provide eligible businesses with financial assistance to  enable the retention of key staff while businesses plan, and where necessary, restructure for the future  so they are ready to take advantage of the...

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  • 15

    Jun
    2009
    Top Manufacturers Will Help Shape Skills
    Senior executives from leading Northern Ireland manufacturers have been appointed to a new independent advisory group, which will help ensure that Northern Ireland businesses have the talent to compete in global markets and deliver faster economic growth. The new group, announced by Bill McGinnis, chairman of McAvoy Group, a leading off-site manufacturer of modular buildings, includes Graham Whitehurst, director of Michelin in Ballymena, and Donald Hackett, managing director of Ballygawley-...

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