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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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  • 26

    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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