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    May
    2009
    Foster Announces £15 million Scheme To Help Businesses
    Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster today announced a £15million scheme by Invest NI, to help businesses currently in difficulty to retain key skills.Under Invest Northern Ireland’s Short Term Aid Scheme, qualifying businesses in the manufacturing and tradable services sectors will be able to receive support of up to approximately £450,000 at current exchange rates, enabling them to retain key staff while they plan and restructure for the future. To be eligible, a firm in difficu...

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  • 20

    May
    2009
    Write To Your MLA Today - Support Our Call For Industrial Rates Break
    Northern Ireland Manufacturing has called on the Executive to provide the manufacturing sector with an ‘adrenaline shot’ to protect jobs in the recession by bringing forward a rates ‘break’. The group, which campaigned successfully for a cap in the rate, put the proposal to the DETI Committee and will be seeking a meeting with the DFP Minister Nigel Dodds and DETI Minister Arlene Foster to discuss the idea. NIM Chief Executive Bryan Gray said that a rates ‘brea...

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  • 18

    May
    2009
    Is your business ready for Swine Flu?
    Invest Northern Ireland’s nibusinessinfo.co.uk website, which offers free, practical advice and support to local businesses, is encouraging businesses in Northern Ireland to consider their continuity planning and crisis management in the light of possible further swine flu outbreaks. In recognition of the possible impact on business, nibusinessinfo.co.uk has collated relevant guidance at www.nibusinessinfo.co.uk/swineflu “With good planning, businesses can minimise the impa...

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  • 18

    May
    2009
    New support to help smaller food companies grow sales
    Smaller food and beverage manufacturing companies are being assisted by Invest Northern Ireland to exploit sales opportunities through a new market intelligence service and advice on how best to get their products to Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland. Announcing the new support, Maynard Mawhinney, Invest NI’s Food Director, said: “Our objective is to encourage more of our client companies to look seriously at the sales opportunities that exist outside Northern Ireland an...

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  • 18

    May
    2009
    Skills key to manufacturing growth
    Manufacturing companies have been urged by Bill McGinnis, Northern Ireland Adviser on Employment and Skills, to position themselves for the inevitable economic recovery by investing in their employees. Dr McGinnis, recently appointed to the new role as the Northern Ireland Adviser and Commissioner to the UK Commission on Employment and Skills, pledged his support to local manufacturing. Dr McGinnis, chairman of the McAvoy Group in Dungannon, said: “Investment in skills will suppo...

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  • 18

    May
    2009
    New venture capital fund open for business
    Invest Northern Ireland has announced that a new suite of initiatives to support start-up and early stage businesses in Northern Ireland is now open for applications.. The support includes a £5 million venture fund element to focus on seed and early stage businesses, typically investing from £50,000 to £250,000. A £3 million proof of concept fund will provide funding to very early, non-university projects. In addition, this initiative will assist young companies thro...

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  • 10

    Apr
    2009
    SDC - Executive Should Embrace A Sustainable New Deal
    The Sustainable Development Commission today launched ‘A Sustainable New Deal’ – the Commission’s recommendations on how government should tackle the current economic downturn, creating jobs and tackling inequalities, whilst at the same time moving toward the low carbon economy of the future.  Commenting on the report, Head of the Sustainable Development Commission in Northern Ireland, Jim Kitchen stated:“Governments around the world are struggling to kick-star...

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  • 8

    Apr
    2009
    Technical Assistance for Small Companies
    Invest NI’s Technical Advisory Unit (TAU) manages the Technical Development Incentive (TDI) scheme. The scheme can assist small companies with technical problems or issues relating to product development, or production and process operations. Areas that are considered for support include investigating new technologies or processes, product & process problem resolution, product approval & compliance, quality/integrated management systems, Intellectual Property and improved prod...

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  • 31

    Mar
    2009
    Are you Wasting Your Resources?
    NISP is designed to help you make the most of your resources and prevent waste. NISP (National Industrial Symbiosis Programme) is a business opportunity programme that delivers bottom line, environmental and social benefits to its members and is the first industrial symbiosis initiative in the world to be launched on a national scale. Operating across the UK, NISP is funded in Northern Ireland by Invest NI and therefore membership is free for all companies regardless of size, turnover or se...

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  • 2

    Mar
    2009
    Manufacturing wins Assembly Backing
    Calls to the Northern Ireland Executive to safeguard the future of manufacturing as the primary engine of economic growth were made by Assembly members. Leslie Cree and Alan McFarland proposed: “That this Assembly notes with concern the growing negative impact of the current economic downturn on small and medium sized enterprises; recognises that global economic circumstances have significantly restricted the flow of Foreign Direct Investment; and calls on the Minister of Enterprise, ...

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