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Councils urged to prepare for surge in organics due to Covid-19

A huge upsurge in household food and garden waste is expected over the coming weeks and months due to the coronavirus pandemic, Northern Ireland’s leading organics recycling company has said. Natural World Products (NWP) processes organic household material which it converts into compost, delivering around half of all recycling from collected household waste streams in…

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Are you ready for a change in tides?

By Ian Davison, Associate Director, Restructuring at Grant Thornton “It’s only when the tide goes out that you learn who has been swimming naked”. As much as I would like to take credit for this quote, it was Warren Buffett who uttered these words. Buffet’s words of caution are a metaphor that should be remembered…

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Let’s work together to get through this

By Kirsty McManus, National Director, Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland It seems with every passing day currently, there is yet another ‘unprecedented’ development as our world keeps changing in a bid to cope with all that the coronavirus pandemic can throw at us. The most important message is that we will get through this…

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IoD NI: Government’s salary commitment could save hundreds of thousands of jobs

The Government’s commitment to subsidise the salaries of workers at risk of redundancy by up to 80 per cent is a “huge measure that could save hundreds of thousands of jobs across Northern Ireland,” the Institute of Directors has said. The leading business organisation’s National Director in Northern Ireland Kirsty McManus said: “The Chancellor described…

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NI Hospice chief calls for immediate Government action

The Northern Ireland Hospice has called upon the Northern Ireland Executive to provide urgent supplies of necessary equipment and financial support to ensure the continuance of its vital palliative care services. Chief Executive, Heather Weir, has highlighted that Hospice is experiencing difficulties accessing protective equipment for both the Adult and Children’s Hospice and warned that…

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Northern Ireland Business Alliance calls for government to support salaries

Government should consider introducing a scheme that subsidises the salaries of workers under threat of redundancy due to the COVID-19 crisis, the leaders of four leading business membership organisations in Northern Ireland have said. The call was made by the NI Business Alliance, a partnership between the Confederation of British Industry Northern Ireland (CBI NI),…

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Building a successful charity

By Claire Thomson, Manager, Risk Compliance and Professional Standards at Grant Thornton Building capacity through financial management is a vital way of achieving a stronger charity that is more able to proactively control its own affairs. Financial management is the use of financial information, skills and methods to make the best use of an organisation’s…

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Business Alliance Forms COBRA Style Committee

Northern Ireland Business Alliance discusses Covid-19

The leaders of four leading business membership organisations in Northern Ireland have announced that they have established a COBRA style committee aimed at supporting businesses through the COVID-19 crisis, whilst acting as a direct conduit to Government. The Business Alliance is a partnership between the Confederation of British Industry Northern Ireland (CBI NI), and the…

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Southampton route confirmed for Belfast City Airport

Eastern Airways has announced it will commence a George Best Belfast City Airport – Southampton service from Monday 23rd March 2020. The UK regional airline will operate up to seven flights a week reconnecting Belfast to the south coast of England. The Belfast City Airport – Southampton route was previously operated by Flybe until the…

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