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  • IoD begins search for leading manufacturing business directors
    11 December 2018


    The Institute of Directors (IoD) is inviting business leader from across the manufacturing sector to enter the prestigious IoD NI Director of the Year Awards 2019.   The awards seek to honour the best performing directors in the private, public and third sectors across the region, but also afford business leaders the opportunity to be recognised on the national stage.   Entries and nominations for the awards, which are sponsored by First Trust Bank, are now open.   Gordon Mi...

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    Dec
    2018
    We need your help- Manufacturing NI & Tughans Survey
    We are conducting a survey of businesses in the manufacturing sector in Northern Ireland, the aim of which is to provide a deeper understanding of the needs, experiences and issues facing businesses. We would be very grateful if you could spare a few minutes to answer some questions.  Responses will be held securely and confidentially in aggregate form so that no individual will be identifiable.Perceptive Insight has been commissioned by Manufacturing NI and Tughans Solicitors to under...

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    Dec
    2018
    Nuprint's Lauren Crowned Apprentice of the Year
    A young print technician from Derry who’s just been crowned Apprentice of the Year at the 2018 Irish Print Awards says more women should apply for STEM apprenticeship roles. Lauren Harkin, who works as a pre-press technician at Nuprint Technologies in Derry, joined the company as an apprentice in 2017 after completing A-Levels in Engineering and Double Award Applied Science. Also a student at Belfast Met, she beat off stiff competition from 74 of her peers to win the Irish Print Awar...

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    Nov
    2018
    GOV.UK update – Grants for businesses that complete customs declarations
    From early December 2018, you can apply to get funding to help your business complete customs declarations, in preparation for the UK leaving the EU. You can apply to get funding for: training that helps your employees to complete customs declarations and processes IT improvements to help your business complete customs declarations more efficiently Who can apply You can apply if your business completes customs declarations and is established in, or has a branch in the UK. This includes ...

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    Nov
    2018
    Northern Ireland’s business community has united as never before to make sure it is heard and the consequences of crashing out of the EU next March are understood.
    Stephen Kelly is the Chief Executive of Manufacturing NI, he writes for Slugger about why the Withdrawal Agreement from the European should be supported. A community has found it voice. Reluctant, yet determined, Northern Ireland’s business community has united as never before, to make sure is heard, and that the consequences of crashing out of the EU next March are understood. Some may have been frustrated that Northern Ireland’s businesses and their representatives have been too ...

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  • 19

    Nov
    2018
    UK/EU Withdrawal Agreement
    We all watch the news, so I’m sure you’ve seen the latest developments in the negotiations for the UK to leave the EU.  Below is an update, plus a request for your help right at the end of this (long!) post.MNI have been actively engaged with negotiators from both sides for a number of months making it clear that any potential Backstop must work for our firms and offering suggestions on how to make that happen.  Indeed we offered push back on some elements of the EU’s...

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    Nov
    2018
    MNI Statement- AES Contract
    Northern Ireland has some of the highest business electricity prices in Europe and some of the highest levels of fuel poverty so today’s news that struggling families and firms will be lumped with an additional £14m on their electricity bills is unacceptable and proves once again that it is the poacher generators and not the gamekeepers who hold all the power when it comes to our electricity market.Our electricity system operator, SONI, and Utility Regulator have folded at the threat...

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  • 6

    Nov
    2018
    Manufacturing, Hospitality & Retail Sectors Call On Councils Not To Increase Business Rates
    Manufacturing NI, Hospitality Ulster and Retail NI have jointly called upon Northern Irelands eleven Local Councils not to increase business rates. Their joint call comes as the Councils begin considering what level to set their business rates at for next year’s budget.The three business organisations will be jointly writing out to the Mayors and Chairs of all eleven councils.The Chief Executives of Retail NI, Hospitality Ulster and Manufacturing NI, Glyn Roberts, Colin Neill and Stephen K...

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  • 5

    Nov
    2018
    Consultation on Seasonal Clock Changes- Department of Justice and Equality
    The Dept. of Justice in the Republic of Ireland is holding a consultation about whether to do away with seasonal clock changes- which could have an impact on manufacturing businesses in Northern Ireland.The questionanaire is brief, and contains a specific question for Northern Ireland businesses. To take part and share your view- please click here....

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    Oct
    2018
    Manufacturing NI Comments on Budget 18
    It a real concern that the OBR believes the UK economy will only grow by 1.6% in 2022.  This is sluggish and at a time where is major disruption to the UK’s economic model when it leaves the EU.“an economy not for the few or the many, but an economy working for everyone” may be a decent line in a Budget statement, but relationships between business and Government have not been worse thanks for the approach to Brexit.  He could save the additional £500m to help D...

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