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  • 15

    Dec
    2010
    Industrial Rates Capped For 4 Years In Budget
    Finance Minister Sammy Wilson has announced as part of today’s budget that the present cap of 30% on industrial rates is to continue for another 4 years saying “We are extending the liability cap on Industrial de-rating for the next four years protecting jobs in our vital manufacturing sector.”. Northern Ireland Manufacturing has welcomed the announcement that the 30%  cap, introduced by Peter Robinson several years ago is to be continued for at least another four yea...

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  • 10

    Dec
    2010
    Gas Prices Could Increase By 5%
     NI Manufacturing have been notified by Energy Branch of the Department of Trade and Investment that their initial bid to secure a further exemption from the climate change levy on natural gas supplies in the Province until October 2013 has been turned down by the European Commission. This means that the Department will now have to go through a much more lengthy procedure which is likely to take 6-9 months, or even longer, and will not be in place when the current exemption runs out on 31st...

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  • 19

    Nov
    2010
    NI Manufacturing Meet DETI Minister And ETI Committee On Renewables
    During November representatives met with both the Minister for Enterprise Trade and Investment and with the Assembly Enterprise Trade and InvestmentCommittee about the need to grow the Provinces renewable sector. On 2nd November a delegation comprising Chairman, Michael Wightman from Cubis Industries, Con O’Neill from Harland & Wolff Heavy Industries, Richard Hogg from Limavady Gear Co and Chief Executive Bryan Gray met with Arlene Foster in Parliament Buildings about the urgent n...

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  • 24

    Sep
    2010
    NIM Calls For Stable Cost Base To Promote Growth In Private Sector Jobs
    NIM Chief Executive Bryan Gray has called on the NI Executive to provided a stable cost base for manufacturers here to promote the growth of private sector jobs and lead the recovery from the recession. In a hard hard hitting article in the local press he said: “These are hard times, with job losses and the fear of public spending cuts permeating every corner of the economy and our society. But while the prospect of the looming cuts may be fearsome, my sympathies lie with the 9,500 wo...

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  • 20

    Sep
    2010
    New National Minimum Wages Rates From 1st October
    From 1 October 2010, new national minimum wage (NMW) rates will come into force.The NMW applies to nearly all workers and sets hourly rates below which you must not allow pay to fall.For pay reference periods (PRPs) beginning on or after 1 October 2010, you will have to pay all eligible workers the following:·         £5.93 an hour to workers aged 21 and above ('the main rate')·         £4.9...

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  • 12

    Aug
    2010
    Utility Regulator Announces A Reduction Of Over 10% In Electricity Network And PSO Tariffs
    The Utility Regulator has published an information note explaining the changes to electricity regulated network and Public Service Obligation (PSO) tariffs in Northern Ireland that will take effect from 1 October 2010. On average, these tariffs will decrease by over 10%.These charges, together with wholesale energy and capacity costs, the climate change levy, supplier charges and VAT make-up the total cost of electricity charged to businesses. For domestic customers (i.e. householders), the anno...

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  • 4

    Aug
    2010
    Purchasing Power: Download Your Copy Today
    “Helping manufacturing companies in Northern Ireland buy and use electricity efficiently.” NI Manufacturing and Carbon Trust have launched  Purchasing Power , an interactive publication designed to help  members improve their electricity procurement practices and drive down costs.  In addition the publication highlights electrical energy efficiency measures which could provide NI Manufacturing members with 5-10% savings on electricity bills.  DOWNLOAD YOUR CO...

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  • 3

    Aug
    2010
    Plug Into The Future - Electric Vehicles In Northern Ireland
    Could you ‘plug into’ Northern Ireland’s exciting plans to install electric vehicle charging posts? Electric vehicles offer a clean, green and economical alternative to petrol and diesel powered transport.  Electric motoring is no longer something for the future. It is here now, and will become an increasingly common method of transport. Northern Ireland is applying to become one of the 3-6 cities/regions in the UK to install electric charging infrastructure.&nbs...

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  • 7

    Jul
    2010
    Enquiry Into Barriers To The Renewables Sector
    NIM have been consulted by the Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment which is examining the barriers to the development of renewable energy production and its associated contribution to the Northern Ireland economy. Specifically the Committee will: ·         Consider the current mechanisms at national, regional and local level to support and assist renewable energy production;·   &nb...

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  • 28

    Jun
    2010
    Regulator Forecasts Drop In Autumn Energy Prices
    At the latest briefing for Northern Ireland energy users the Electricity Regulator forecast a drop in energy prices this autumn. He predicted a 5% reduction in regulated transmission charges for electricity from 1st October 2010, together with a forecast 7.5% reduction in regulated wholesale energy costs. Members should remember that this is only a forecast which is subject to confirmation when tariffs for the forthcoming year are published at the beginning of August. We will of course keep memb...

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