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    Aug
    2011
    Energy Hikes 'A Disaster For Manufacturing Sector' - MNI
    Manufacturing Northern Ireland has said that rising electricity prices will have a massive impact on its members and will further slow any recovery from the recession. Speaking in response to today’s announcement of an 18.6% rise in electricity costs, MNI chief executive Bryan Gray said today’s news is a disaster for the manufacturing sector.“MNI have warned that these increases have the potential to cost jobs and hinder recovery as companies struggle to get out of recession. R...

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  • 22

    Aug
    2011
    Intertrade Ireland - Engineering Sector Masterclass
    InterTradeIreland All-Island Entrepreneur Network are running an...  Engineering Sector Masterclass        Thursday 20th October 9.30am-4.00pm        Buswells Hotel, DublinInterTradeIreland have developed a network of some of the island’s most successful entrepreneurs with the objective of using their skills and expertise to assist growth companies.  These entrepreneurs have agreed to dedicate some of their tim...

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  • 16

    Aug
    2011
    Maximising Efficiencies - Free Industrial Symbiosis Workshops
    International Synergies will be running a series of three morning Synergy Workshops that aim to match businesses that have unused resources such as waste, spare production capacity, excess energy & heat, skills, transport etc, with other businesses that could use those resources. Both businesses benefit from reduced costs and the sustainability of the businesses is enhanced. The workshops will be hosted by: BE Aerospace, Kilkeel on 19th September; Invista, Maydown on 22nd September; Belfast ...

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  • 14

    Jun
    2011
    Condensing Natural Gas - Download Your Free Copy Today
    Manufacturing NI in partnership with Carbon Trust have published  "Condensing Natural Gas", a guide designed to help members buy and use natural gas more efficiently. Bryan Gray, Chief Executive of MNI said "The cost of energy in the local market can make the difference between success and failure for a business.Northern Ireland manufacturers now spend over £30 million annually on natural gas. This new guide to buying natural gas together with our existing guide to buying electricity,...

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  • 10

    Jun
    2011
    Interest Free Energy Efficiency Loans Up To £100k For Northern Ireland SMEs
    SMEs in Northern Ireland can now borrow £3,000 - £100,000 at 0% from the Carbon Trust to help organisations finance and invest in energy saving projects. The funding is available to companies with less than 250 full time employees and turnover below €50m. Some examples of the type of project which can be funded are:-Compressed air fittings;Air Conditioning; Heating Motors;Heating controls;Materials handling equipment;Building insulation;Power factor correction;Heat recovery...

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  • 9

    Jun
    2011
    Energy Efficient Finance For Business
    Investing in energy efficient equipment makes sound business and environmental sense, especially with the easy, affordable and flexible Energy Efficiency Financing scheme brought to you by Carbon Trust Implementation Services (CTIS) and Siemens Financial Services.Carbon Trust Implementation Services and Siemens Financial Services have combined forces, and together are offering leases, loans and other financing options to all types of organisations seeking to reduce their energy use. New, more ef...

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  • 29

    May
    2011
    Energy Hikes Could Cost Jobs And Hinder Recovery
    Manufacturing Northern Ireland has said that rising electricity prices have the potential to undo any advantage which the lowering of Corporation tax might bring to Northern Ireland. Speaking ahead of a seminar for large energy users, MNI Chief Executive Bryan Gray said that the NIAUR has warned commercial users that they will face increases this autumn of 30% on energy prices and 8% on other elements of power bills.“MNI have warned that these increases have the potential to cost jobs and ...

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  • 28

    May
    2011
    Foster Launches Consultation On Extension Of Natural Gas Network
    Energy Minister, Arlene Foster today announced the launch of a public consultation on the potential for extending the natural gas network in Northern Ireland.The consultation seeks views from the natural gas industry, energy consumers, and the public on how the existing natural gas network might be extended to new areas. Commenting on the consultation Arlene Foster said: “This consultation document will support the Strategic Energy Framework (SEF 2010) which recognises that there shou...

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  • 24

    May
    2011
    Secretary Of State On Corporation Tax - "Idiotic To Jack Up Rates" - See The Interview
    Secretary of State Owen Patterson MP was recently interviewed by the FSB as part of the Grow NI campaign to have Corporation Tax powers devolved to the NI Assembly. Allaying fears over any threat to the industrial rates cap he said it would be “idiotic to use one tool to grow revenues, then wreck its effect by jacking up rates”. You can see the full interview here:-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXnWmFrSWSs...

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  • 20

    May
    2011
    Industrial Rates Not Under Threat To Fund Corporation Tax Cuts - Wilson
    Finance Minister Sammy Wilson MP MLA affirmed last week that business rates will not increase to fund any potential cut in Corporation Tax. Speaking at a Northern Ireland Assembly Business Trust event, and in answer to a direct question on industrial rates by Manufacturing NI Chairman Michael Wightman, the Finance Minister stated that Northern Ireland Executive have never suggested that this might be the case, but that such proposals have come from commentators outside of Government. Earlier thi...

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