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  • 11

    May
    2011
    Small Companies Can Work Together With Pooled Innovation Vouchers
    Invest NI are now offering small local companies the opportunity to work together under the Innovation Voucher scheme. Invest Northern Ireland’s Innovation Vouchers are designed to enable small Northern Ireland registered enterprises to access knowledge and expertise to develop innovative solutions to business issues. The programme provides a voucher of up to £4000 to enable small enterprises to engage with one of the 41 universities, colleges and other publicly funded research ...

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  • 29

    Mar
    2011
    Renewing Your Energy Contract? - MNI Launch New Interactive Tool
    Manufacturing Northern Ireland and Carbon Trust have produced a new interactive tool for the use of members who are renewing their electricity contracts. Just enter the data from your last twelve months energy bills and the spreadsheet will produce a standard format template which you can send to the various energy companies tendering for your supply. This avoids the problems members have had in the past with different companies quoting in different formats resulting in complete confusion f...

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  • 3

    Mar
    2011
    New Online Funding Resources For Business
    Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has urged businesses to explore all sources of support to help them sustain and grow their business.The Minister was highlighting a new section on Invest Northern Ireland’s nibusinessinfo.co.uk website which signposts small and medium sized enterprises to a comprehensive list of local and national sources of funding and loans. The web pages offer a structured gateway to information about hundreds of local and national sources of support. Businesses ca...

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  • 28

    Feb
    2011
    A New Approach To Resolving Workplace Disputes
    The Department for Employment and Learning’s Employment (No.2) Bill has  passed its final stage in the Assembly.The Bill is the culmination of a three-year review of systems for resolving disputes in the workplace. It repeals the current procedures associated with raising a grievance and sets in place a less legalistic approach, allowing greater focus to be placed on addressing conflict rather than on legal compliance.In addition, the Bill makes changes to improve the operation of ind...

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  • 11

    Feb
    2011
    Does Merlin Reach Into Northern Ireland?
    Businesses in Northern Ireland face a serious disadvantage because the British government’s breakthrough deal to release funds for industry does not apply to three out of the four main banks here, according to Manufacturing Northern Ireland.Earlier this week Chancellor George Osborne announced Project Merlin, an historic deal with the banks which will see £190 Billion of lending to businesses this year, of which £76 Billion has been earmarked for small businesses.Yet of the fou...

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  • 10

    Feb
    2011
    The Door To The Renewable Energy Industry Opens For Local Companies With The Launch Of The Global Energy Supply Chain
    The recent announcement by the Belfast Harbour Authority, of the plans to create a facility for the pre-assembly of wind turbines for Dong Energy at Belfast Harbour is a progressive step towards putting the City firmly on the map as a foremost hub for the renewable energy industry. There is no doubt within the renewable energy sector, that, aside from the actual harnessing of energy, the biggest opportunity lies in fulfilling the needs of the supply chain. In light of this, CMS Global Ltd h...

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  • 9

    Feb
    2011
    Manufacturing Northern Ireland Call For 'Common Sense' On District Rates
    Manufacturing Northern Ireland  have called on District Councils in the Province to follow the lead of the Northern Ireland Executive in limiting increases in business rates to inflation this year, following reports that Belfast City Council are considering an increase of as much as 4.5%. MNI Chief Executive Bryan Gray said:“While we appreciate that District Councils may be facing a shortfall in their income from rates this year, we understand that the reduction in income is in a...

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  • 8

    Feb
    2011
    Manufacturing Can Help Pull NI Economy Through Difficult Times
    Manufacturing Northern Ireland has said that the manufacturing sector has a ‘bright green future’, despite a difficult two years. Launching the organisations’ manifesto this morning at Stormont, economist Philip McDonagh praised the resilience of the sector, adding that if government takes the necessary steps to work closely with manufacturing, then it has the potential to help bring the local economy through the economic downturn. The manifesto document focuses on a serie...

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  • 4

    Feb
    2011
    New Programme For Companies In Craigavon
    Towards Business Growth!The Craigavon Borough Council Product Transfer Programme is an exciting new initiative designed to assist 10 companies per year (20 in total) to develop and transfer new Products, Services, Systems and Technology into their business. Each programme will run over a nine month period and work predominantly on a one to one basis using experts in a variety of industry and new market fields. Who is the Programme for?The programme is open to all businesses in the Craigavon...

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  • 31

    Jan
    2011
    Foster Welcomes Reduced Climate Change Levy On Gas
    Energy Minister Arlene Foster has welcomed today’s announcement to reduce the climate change levy charges on gas supplies for Northern Ireland businesses.The announcement to replace the climate change levy exemption for supplies of gas in Northern Ireland to a lower rate from 1 April 2011, was made today by the Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Justine Greening MP.Northern Ireland’s current exemption from the climate change levy (CCL) on gas supplies to business and the public sect...

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