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March 2015

Need a £4000 Innovation Voucher? – Call open 1st April 2015

What could a £4000 Innovation Voucher do for your business?  Alot more than you might imagine if you’re a small or medium sized business wanting to get that extra edge, or struggling with an issue that needs expert help to solve. You can apply for an Innovation Voucher* worth £4k to allow you to work with one of our 39 highly respected universities colleges or research bodies. It will help …Read More

Farm Business Improvement Scheme – Farmers…Don’t Miss Out!

DARD is currently developing proposals for a Farm Business Improvement Scheme (FBIS) as part of the Rural Development  programme (RDP) 2014 – 2020.   The proposed FBIS is a package of schemes which aims to improve competitiveness and productivity of farm businesses through increased efficiency, up-skilling on farm, farm modernisation and a commitment to working with supply chain partners to improve performance. Completion of this survey will help us gather the …Read More

New limits for unfair dismissal and redundancy payments

Payments and awards made to workers in employment rights cases are rising in line with inflation An Order made by the Department for Employment and Learning brings new limits for unfair dismissal and redundancy payments into operation from 22 March 2015. The increased limits relate to a range of employment rights including: statutory redundancy payments the basic and compensatory awards for unfair dismissal the limit on guarantee payments made when …Read More

INVENT 2015 competition – £33,000 prize fund

The search is on for Northern Ireland innovations with the greatest commercial potential Launched by Northern Ireland Science Park – NISP Connect in 2014, INVENT is a proof-of-concept stage competition for Northern Ireland inventors, scientists, entrepreneurs and students. Entrants pitch their inventions in front of experienced leaders from within the Northern Ireland technology and commercial sector and compete for a share of the £33,000 prize fund. They also get an …Read More

Lisnaskea Chamber Early Bird Business Networking Breakfast

Lisnaskea Chamber  are holding our annual “Early Bird Business Breakfast” on Thursday 26th March 2015 in Donn Carragh Hotel , Main Street, Lisnaskea at 7.00am Sharp Guest Speaker: Fergal McCormack, Managing Director of PKF–FPM Accountants Theme: “Growing Your Own Business – Sharing the PKF-FPM Experience” Admission: £10.00    RSVP: Friday 20th March 2015 to President:  Shane Wilson, Wilson Insurance Brokers, Tel No:  028 677 23366 Secretary: Annette Murphy, Bank of Ireland, …Read More

Budget 2015 – How does the Budget affect N Ireland businesses?

The Chancellor, George Osborne, announced his Budget on Wednesday 18 March 2015. We have summarised the key points including the state of the economy, personal tax and savings from the Budget and highlight issues affecting Northern Ireland businesses. Growth Growth forecast for the next few years: 2.5% in 2015 2.3% in 2016 2.3% in 2017 2.3% in 2018 2.4% in 2019 Employment Unemployment forecast to fall to 5.3% in 2015. Government …Read More

SDA Group Provides Course For Young Farmers – “Young Farmers Top-Up”

The SDA Group have received written clarification on the conditions which young farmers are going to have to meet to receive the “Young Farmers” top up. The released booklet details the scheme and the requirements to enter. The details, according to SDA Group, are relatively straight forward although careful planning is required to ensure that any agreements will stand up to scrutiny if your business is selected for inspection. The …Read More

Peter Quinn Blog – Fermanagh’s Economy – We Should Be Building On Our Strengths

Contrary to the ‘lies, damned lies and statistics’ view of the world, real statistics rarely lie.  When they tell us that we have a population of just over 60,000 in this county and that we have one of the highest rates of new business starts in Northern Ireland, they are right; we do indeed have a good, strong and well-established culture of successful entrepreneurship in this county and in the …Read More

New Agri-Food Marketing Body Announced

Tony O’Neill, Chair of the Agri-Food Strategy Board (AFSB), has welcomed the Enterprise Minister’s support for establishment of a new industry led Agri-Food Marketing Body. Mr O’Neill said “Northern Ireland has an outstanding agri-food product whose quality and provenance is second to none. For the sector to continue to grow we must maximise how we sell this product, both at home and outside Northern Ireland. That is why Going for Growth recommended …Read More

Rate reliefs extended to assist local businesses to March 2016

Extension until March 2016 of Empty Premises Relief and the rates exemption for stand-alone ATMs in rural areas Both rate relief schemes which were due to end in March 2015 will now be extended until March 2016. The Empty Premises Relief (also known as the Empty Shops Rates Concession) was introduced to help reduce the number of empty units on our high streets. The rates exemption for stand-alone ATMs in …Read More