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  • Fresh approach needed for new challenges - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    reality must now be converted into a new reshaped corporate development plan for Invest NI which must be ready for implementation in 2016 In the early weeks of 2016 Invest NI will be preparing for a new Programme for Government for the Executive and Assembly to implement after the May elections Invest NI shows that it is aware of these challenges How can Northern Ireland gain from more subtle measures to encourage the local application of R D and innovation How can NI more carefully and usefully add to the investment in personal skills for modern projects How can local businesses be incentivised to seek more and larger export markets to further build the local industrial and services base These challenges are an indirect source of stimulus to generating employment and higher value added Jobs still matter but better jobs will matter even more From the web Sponsored Videos Your Comments COMMENT RULES Comments that are judged to be defamatory abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator s decision is final It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases tribunals and active legal investigations We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse Problems with commenting customercare belfasttelegraph co uk Powered by Livefyre Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Livefyre Read More Why risks posed by Brexit don t add up for province By John Simpson The Prime Minister is right when he emphasises that a Brexit would be an irreversible single decision no amendment no second chance no going back First Minister Arlene Foster emphasises the UK decision Company Report Ulster Orchestra By John Simpson The annual report from the chairman of the Ulster Orchestra Society outlines the serious financial pressures faced by the orchestra but ends with a degree of reassurance Sir George Bain is more than a little optimistic That optimism is however tempered by evidence of the reduction in funding from two sources of financial assistance the Arts Council and the BBC Why Minister must consider a Translink price increase By John Simpson Translink is the parent company of Ulsterbus Metrobus and NI Railways These subsidiaries are normal trading companies whose performance can be gauged in terms of the overall acceptability of How strained health care system can be improved By John Simpson Health and social services in Northern Ireland have a unique organisational structure that should allow good integration of health and social services for people who need these services Two key starting Most Read Most Shared Most Commented Why Minister must consider a Translink price increase John Simpson Why risks posed by Brexit don t add up for province John Simpson Northern Ireland economy is vulnerable in long term John Simpson Why council chief needs bold plans for Belfast s future John Simpson Company Report Ulster Orchestra John

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  • Why details about Invest NI pose even more questions - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    for skilled people For whatever reasons their experience seems counter intuitive Also coming close to this group has been the experience of then North Down and Banbridge which came 21st and 22nd out of the 26 areas While every locality would wish to attract more new and growing businesses geographical evidence on unfair allocations is not easy to sustain In a parallel query Invest NI can be asked to stand over the distribution of its financial assistance The scale of Invest NI assistance to each of the two universities and to NI Screen is something of a surprise In the review period Queen s University has attracted 19m Ulster University 24m and Northern Ireland Screen is linked to a commitment of 64m from Invest NI The line to draw when deciding which University spin out projects merit support from Invest NI does not easily fit the viability tests that would apply to a trading business Is there a case for new clearer guidelines Similar considerations would also apply to decisions on social enterprise businesses The Detail Data investigations are a potent new source for critical review In the refreshed political arena this may be the right time to test the continuing effectiveness of each activity of Invest NI Should its budget be adjusted when corporation tax rates come down From the web Sponsored Videos Your Comments COMMENT RULES Comments that are judged to be defamatory abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator s decision is final It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases tribunals and active legal investigations We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse Problems with commenting customercare belfasttelegraph co uk Powered by Livefyre Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Livefyre Read More Why risks posed by Brexit don t add up for province By John Simpson The Prime Minister is right when he emphasises that a Brexit would be an irreversible single decision no amendment no second chance no going back First Minister Arlene Foster emphasises the UK decision Company Report Ulster Orchestra By John Simpson The annual report from the chairman of the Ulster Orchestra Society outlines the serious financial pressures faced by the orchestra but ends with a degree of reassurance Sir George Bain is more than a little optimistic That optimism is however tempered by evidence of the reduction in funding from two sources of financial assistance the Arts Council and the BBC Why Minister must consider a Translink price increase By John Simpson Translink is the parent company of Ulsterbus Metrobus and NI Railways These subsidiaries are normal trading companies whose performance can be gauged in terms of the overall acceptability of How strained health care system can be improved By John Simpson Health and social services in Northern Ireland have a unique organisational structure

    Original URL path: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/opinion/john-simpson/why-details-about-invest-ni-pose-even-more-questions-34267177.html (2016-02-15)
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  • Why social sciences won't help Northern Ireland fill the skills gap - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    skills and qualification For graduates with degrees the spectrum of over and under supply is stark The continuing shortages are largest in home grown supplies of STEM graduates particularly in maths and computer science and engineering and technology The potential surpluses are in occupations that have a reliance on the public sector Social studies graduates are expected to be in over supply The conclusions emerging from the occupational analysis of intermediate or medium skill levels 4 5 repeats the emphasis on STEM subjects Engineering manufacturing science and maths are at greatest risk of under supply The skills barometer offers a series of quantified benchmarks It gives guidance to the Minister of Employment and Learning Stephen Farry in setting objectives for a more ambitious skills qualifications and higher apprenticeship programmes Governing bodies for the FE colleges should be expected to report how their curricula are responding The barometer sets targets It is at risk of being over ambitious but that would be an invalid excuse for non delivery Young people preparing for the world of work deserve to be equipped for better jobs which if not available at home would be a passport to success elsewhere Better to be qualified to do better wherever opportunity exists than be unqualified and living a poorer lifestyle Related Content Company Report Merchant Hotel Ltd From the web Sponsored Videos Your Comments COMMENT RULES Comments that are judged to be defamatory abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator s decision is final It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases tribunals and active legal investigations We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse Problems with commenting customercare belfasttelegraph co uk Powered by Livefyre Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Livefyre Read More Why risks posed by Brexit don t add up for province By John Simpson The Prime Minister is right when he emphasises that a Brexit would be an irreversible single decision no amendment no second chance no going back First Minister Arlene Foster emphasises the UK decision Company Report Ulster Orchestra By John Simpson The annual report from the chairman of the Ulster Orchestra Society outlines the serious financial pressures faced by the orchestra but ends with a degree of reassurance Sir George Bain is more than a little optimistic That optimism is however tempered by evidence of the reduction in funding from two sources of financial assistance the Arts Council and the BBC Why Minister must consider a Translink price increase By John Simpson Translink is the parent company of Ulsterbus Metrobus and NI Railways These subsidiaries are normal trading companies whose performance can be gauged in terms of the overall acceptability of How strained health care system can be improved By John Simpson Health and social services in Northern Ireland have a unique organisational

    Original URL path: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/opinion/john-simpson/why-social-sciences-wont-help-northern-ireland-fill-the-skills-gap-34247154.html (2016-02-15)
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  • Bargain hunters benefit from Osborne's tax credits U-turn - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    local investors own residential buy to let property As a consequence of the Chancellor s announcements amateur investors in other words those with less than 15 buy to let properties will have to pay an additional 3 stamp duty on properties that they buy after April next year The measure will also apply to those who buy a second home In addition to raising tax revenues of over 600m this measure is expected to dampen the impact of the buy to let and second home market Buy to let investors have already had to come to terms with the previous announcement of a reduction in interest rate tax relief There will continue to be attractive buy to let opportunities but there is no doubt that the calculations on return and value will now have to be recalibrated From the web Sponsored Videos Your Comments COMMENT RULES Comments that are judged to be defamatory abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator s decision is final It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases tribunals and active legal investigations We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse Problems with commenting customercare belfasttelegraph co uk Powered by Livefyre Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Livefyre Read More Why risks posed by Brexit don t add up for province By John Simpson The Prime Minister is right when he emphasises that a Brexit would be an irreversible single decision no amendment no second chance no going back First Minister Arlene Foster emphasises the UK decision Company Report Ulster Orchestra By John Simpson The annual report from the chairman of the Ulster Orchestra Society outlines the serious financial pressures faced by the orchestra but ends with a degree of reassurance Sir George Bain is more than a little optimistic That optimism is however tempered by evidence of the reduction in funding from two sources of financial assistance the Arts Council and the BBC Why Minister must consider a Translink price increase By John Simpson Translink is the parent company of Ulsterbus Metrobus and NI Railways These subsidiaries are normal trading companies whose performance can be gauged in terms of the overall acceptability of How strained health care system can be improved By John Simpson Health and social services in Northern Ireland have a unique organisational structure that should allow good integration of health and social services for people who need these services Two key starting Most Read Most Shared Most Commented Why Minister must consider a Translink price increase John Simpson Why risks posed by Brexit don t add up for province John Simpson Northern Ireland economy is vulnerable in long term John Simpson Why council chief needs bold plans for Belfast s future John Simpson Company Report Ulster Orchestra John Simpson Pregnant woman booted off Belfast bus

    Original URL path: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/opinion/john-simpson/bargain-hunters-benefit-from-osbornes-tax-credits-uturn-34247326.html (2016-02-15)
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  • Company Report: Merchant Hotel Ltd. - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    Beannchor No 1 reflect a positive operating profit when impairment charges are excluded When the financial results of the other subsidiaries are added the group results show an increase in turnover by over 5 5m to total just under 17m last year From the web Sponsored Videos Your Comments COMMENT RULES Comments that are judged to be defamatory abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator s decision is final It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases tribunals and active legal investigations We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse Problems with commenting customercare belfasttelegraph co uk Powered by Livefyre Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Livefyre Read More Why risks posed by Brexit don t add up for province By John Simpson The Prime Minister is right when he emphasises that a Brexit would be an irreversible single decision no amendment no second chance no going back First Minister Arlene Foster emphasises the UK decision Company Report Ulster Orchestra By John Simpson The annual report from the chairman of the Ulster Orchestra Society outlines the serious financial pressures faced by the orchestra but ends with a degree of reassurance Sir George Bain is more than a little optimistic That optimism is however tempered by evidence of the reduction in funding from two sources of financial assistance the Arts Council and the BBC Why Minister must consider a Translink price increase By John Simpson Translink is the parent company of Ulsterbus Metrobus and NI Railways These subsidiaries are normal trading companies whose performance can be gauged in terms of the overall acceptability of How strained health care system can be improved By John Simpson Health and social services in Northern Ireland have a unique organisational structure that should allow good integration of health and social services for people who need these services Two key starting Most Read Most Shared Most Commented Why Minister must consider a Translink price increase John Simpson Why risks posed by Brexit don t add up for province John Simpson Political instability is causing damage to our economy John Simpson Why council chief needs bold plans for Belfast s future John Simpson FP McCann report shows continuing profitable expansion John Simpson Pregnant woman booted off Belfast bus in blizzard because she didn t have change Northern Ireland Woman s body found on the M2 in Belfast near Bellevue Bridge Northern Ireland Cannabis oil transformed life of terminally ill brain tumour man Kieran McCrory Northern Ireland The Troubles gallery 40 years of conflict in Northern Ireland from the Belfast Telegraph Events More than 500 000 watch Drumquin Northern Ireland men s sofa struggles Northern Ireland James McClean involved in a touchline spat with Everton fan at Goodison Park Sinn Fein Northern chair steps down and replaced by Gerry Adams ex

    Original URL path: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/opinion/john-simpson/company-report-merchant-hotel-ltd-34247152.html (2016-02-15)
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  • Why we need bright ideas to solve energy problems - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    the impact of energy costs on the economics of manufacturing industries has been painfully illustrated by the Michelin decision The minister now has a number of energy questions where he needs constructive help Will he commit local customers to 37m higher costs each year for renewables Will be do anything to avoid the 15m extra costs of NO north south interconnector Will he soon finish paying 24m each year whilst waiting to repair the Moyle interconnector Clear thinking required Company Report Ards Holdings Ards Holdings is the parent company for well established operational construction company Gilbert Ash The financial results are heavily influenced by the trading performance of that subsidiary In 2014 Ards Holdings registered a continuing if smaller operating profit The active workload in the construction sector has been falling The company reports that the group has been engaged in business throughout the UK as well as in Ireland and elsewhere in Europe In 2012 pre tax profit was affected by an exceptional cost of 5 2m which at that time was attributed to costs arising on a number of then current contracts Without those exceptional costs pre tax profit would have been 798 000 The group has recently also been involved in contracts in retail and commercial fit outs and has sought business in the sale of conservatories and sunrooms The group reports that market conditions remain highly competitive The directors are encouraged by the present order book and expect a significant increase in turnover in 2015 They point to a focus on developing the business in Great Britain where they have identified an increase in the number of tender opportunities In a further sign of a possible upturn in the construction market the directors point to the emerging risks of a shortage of skilled labour alongside long lead times for key material supplies in Great Britain The company has not allocated an dividends in the last two years In 2012 0 53m was paid but since then no further dividends have been recorded Average employment peaked in 2007 with an average of 192 staff Since then numbers have fallen steadily until 2013 when they reached 110 More recently the average number has risen to 119 people From the web Sponsored Videos Your Comments COMMENT RULES Comments that are judged to be defamatory abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator s decision is final It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases tribunals and active legal investigations We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse Problems with commenting customercare belfasttelegraph co uk Powered by Livefyre Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Livefyre Read More Why risks posed by Brexit don t add up for province By John Simpson The Prime Minister is right when he emphasises that a Brexit would be

    Original URL path: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/opinion/john-simpson/why-we-need-bright-ideas-to-solve-energy-problems-34227486.html (2016-02-15)
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  • A new era for business... if politicians can move forward - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    and delivery of public services now merits a substantial review Not least in building a successful profitable investment prospectus assurance on steps to minimise energy costs must remain on the agenda Northern Ireland now has a better opportunity to offer a stable business environment improving productivity managing costs efficiently and now on top lower company taxation For the ministers charged with improving the management of the economy the critical challenge is that the cost of implementing reduced company taxation should be resourced with minimal impact on critical aspects of the Stormont budget That choice remains to be made Most critical of all if these changes are to be effective the Stormont House Agreement must stick firm and rock solid From the web Sponsored Videos Your Comments COMMENT RULES Comments that are judged to be defamatory abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator s decision is final It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases tribunals and active legal investigations We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse Problems with commenting customercare belfasttelegraph co uk Powered by Livefyre Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Livefyre Read More Why risks posed by Brexit don t add up for province By John Simpson The Prime Minister is right when he emphasises that a Brexit would be an irreversible single decision no amendment no second chance no going back First Minister Arlene Foster emphasises the UK decision Company Report Ulster Orchestra By John Simpson The annual report from the chairman of the Ulster Orchestra Society outlines the serious financial pressures faced by the orchestra but ends with a degree of reassurance Sir George Bain is more than a little optimistic That optimism is however tempered by evidence of the reduction in funding from two sources of financial assistance the Arts Council and the BBC Why Minister must consider a Translink price increase By John Simpson Translink is the parent company of Ulsterbus Metrobus and NI Railways These subsidiaries are normal trading companies whose performance can be gauged in terms of the overall acceptability of How strained health care system can be improved By John Simpson Health and social services in Northern Ireland have a unique organisational structure that should allow good integration of health and social services for people who need these services Two key starting Most Read Most Shared Most Commented Why Minister must consider a Translink price increase John Simpson Why risks posed by Brexit don t add up for province John Simpson Northern Ireland economy is vulnerable in long term John Simpson Why council chief needs bold plans for Belfast s future John Simpson Company Report Ulster Orchestra John Simpson Pregnant woman booted off Belfast bus in blizzard because she didn t have change Northern Ireland Woman s body found on the M2 in

    Original URL path: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/opinion/john-simpson/a-new-era-for-business-if-politicians-can-move-forward-34210916.html (2016-02-15)
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  • Why we should scrutinise tax affairs of big investors - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    be more intense First this is because an understanding of what is happening is a basic requirement Second because there are international changes in contemplation which if they are effective will change the international rules and behaviour Even today there is no comfort in believing that Northern Ireland is not affected by the financial and legal manipulation of FDI There are significant numbers of businesses whose behaviour needs to be better understood Locally there are several businesses which have linked subsidiaries in the Virgin Islands the Netherlands Luxembourg the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man These linked companies are often important as a source of tax advantage through financial structures royalties and patent charges or transfer pricing The G20 meeting of Heads of Government has considered new guidelines on how the developed countries are expected to change the international codes of conduct to reduce the various types of artificial fiscal distortions In principle taxation should be based on where economic activity takes place Of course agreement at the G20 is only a first critical step There will not be an overnight change At present marginally Northern Ireland is a loser as big business exploits artificial arrangements Local agencies now need a better understanding of and anticipate what is happening Incidentally the Irish government will be following these developments closely Related Content Company report Kingspan Environmental From the web Sponsored Videos Your Comments COMMENT RULES Comments that are judged to be defamatory abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator s decision is final It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases tribunals and active legal investigations We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse Problems with commenting customercare belfasttelegraph co uk Powered by Livefyre Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Livefyre Read More Why risks posed by Brexit don t add up for province By John Simpson The Prime Minister is right when he emphasises that a Brexit would be an irreversible single decision no amendment no second chance no going back First Minister Arlene Foster emphasises the UK decision Company Report Ulster Orchestra By John Simpson The annual report from the chairman of the Ulster Orchestra Society outlines the serious financial pressures faced by the orchestra but ends with a degree of reassurance Sir George Bain is more than a little optimistic That optimism is however tempered by evidence of the reduction in funding from two sources of financial assistance the Arts Council and the BBC Why Minister must consider a Translink price increase By John Simpson Translink is the parent company of Ulsterbus Metrobus and NI Railways These subsidiaries are normal trading companies whose performance can be gauged in terms of the overall acceptability of How strained health care system can be improved By John Simpson Health and social services in

    Original URL path: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/opinion/john-simpson/why-we-should-scrutinise-tax-affairs-of-big-investors-34205980.html (2016-02-15)
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