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Northern Ireland’s Corporation Tax challenge: Business Month

Posted on October 1st, 2011 · Posted in Business Month

The argument over whether the Republic of Ireland should have raised its corporation tax rate as a condition for receiving European Union bail-out support shows just how important the tax.. read more

Gone missing – Northern Ireland’s capital budget: Business Month

Posted on October 1st, 2011 · Posted in Business Month

Back in 2008, it all looked so promising. With a fanfare and all round delight, the 10 year Investment Strategy for Northern Ireland was published. It may not have promised.. read more

Will Northern Ireland have its Big Society?: Business Month

Posted on October 1st, 2011 · Posted in Business Month

Public sector administration and public service delivery are being reshaped – in Great Britain. But as the UK Government adopts radical policies to create a ‘Big Society’ in which charities.. read more

Telecoms – NI’s surprising USP: Belfast Telegraph

Posted on October 1st, 2011 · Posted in Business Month

Infrastructure is usually a barrier for Northern Ireland’s businesses that creates a competitive disadvantage. But with telecoms, Northern Ireland is actually moving ahead of the rest of the UK and.. read more

Mutualising water: Business Month

Posted on October 1st, 2011 · Posted in Business Month

Northern Ireland Water has had a difficult time since it converted to a Government-owned company – GoCo – in 2007. It has been mired in a series of controversies: problems.. read more

Project Merlin shows little magic in Northern Ireland: Business Month

Posted on October 1st, 2011 · Posted in Business Month

The main UK banks have reached agreement with the Treasury to increase lending to small and growing businesses – providing an extra 15% in loans, while also supporting the UK’s.. read more

Enterprise zones not enough to rescue economy: Business Month

Posted on October 1st, 2011 · Posted in Business Month

Chancellor George Osborne announced in the Budget that 21 new enterprise zones would be created in England, offering up to 100% discounts on council rates, access to new superfast broadband.. read more

Care home crisis hits Northern Ireland: Business Month

Posted on October 1st, 2011 · Posted in Business Month

The UK’s largest provider of residential care homes, Southern Cross, is struggling to survive. The company operates 751 care homes across the UK, accommodating about 31,000 residents. Over 20 of.. read more

Skills deficit: Business Month

Posted on November 9th, 2010 · Posted in Business Month

To suggest that Northern Ireland has a skills crisis might sound melodramatic, yet the description is accurate.  The word ‘crisis’ often infers a sudden event, an instantaneous problem.  By contrast,.. read more

Northern Ireland business news round-up: Business Month

Posted on November 9th, 2010 · Posted in Business Month

Going up – going down   Cotton prices [going up]   Increased demand for cotton from Chinese manufacturers has pushed up cotton prices to a record high.  The United States’.. read more

Investment conference could deliver: Business Month

Posted on October 8th, 2010 · Posted in Business Month

Some of the world’s largest and best-known companies may invest in Northern Ireland as a result of the forthcoming investment conference in Washington, the US economic envoy Declan Kelly told.. read more

Not planning for the future: Business Month

Posted on October 8th, 2010 · Posted in Business Month

The latest high profile attack on Northern Ireland’s planning system came from Ryanair as it pulled out of Belfast City Airport.  The airline wants an extension to the runway, enabling.. read more