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Reaching across the public sector

Ed Brown, Managing Director of Capita Managed IT Solutions, talks to Owen McQuade about Capita’s business reach across Northern Ireland’s public sector and its plans for future expansion. While Capita is well known as the largest provider of business process and IT outsourcing in the UK, its presence in Northern Ireland until recent years has been more modest. The acquisition of the Managed IT Solutions business from Northgate in 2013...[full story]


Tough choices in Budget

Michael McKernan analyses the potential impact of the draft Budget on public services and the options available to ministers. Although Northern...[full story]

Legal challenges cast dark clouds over holiday pay

Craig Harrison explains some of the key consequences for over-time pay arising from the recent European Court of Justice and Employment Appeal Tribunal...[full story]

Closing the skills gaps

Leading labour economist John P Martin discusses Northern Ireland’s adult literacy and numeracy performance with Peter Cheney, and highlights...[full story]

Healthcare innovation priority for Craigavon

A recent conference at Craigavon Civic Centre has highlighted the district’s successes in healthcare R&D and facilitated links which will...[full story]

Northern Ireland’s public finance system

Tom Healy, Director of the Nevin Economic Research Institute, explains the budgetary framework and considers the general trends for spending on...[full story]

Phoenix joins utilities to launch winter readiness campaign

Phoenix is sharing resources with Northern Ireland’s other utility companies to prepare for potential emergencies this winter. Senior executives...[full story]

Contrasting fortunes

Gareth Hetherington highlights the prospects for private sector growth and considers the impact of spending reductions on the regional economy....[full story]

China’s potential for agriculture

Richard Halleron reflects on a successful trade mission to China and the prospects for reaching into its market. The annual statistics relating...[full story]

Reforming procurement

Des Armstrong, Director of the Central Procurement Directorate, outlined how more centralisation and prioritisation – and an outcome-focused culture...[full story]

Investing in Belfast: an urban strategy

Belfast City Council hosted a round table discussion on the future development of Belfast including how it develops its business infrastructure,...[full story]

Building on FDI success

fDi Intelligence’s Glenn Barklie talks to agendaNi about how Northern Ireland can make more progress on foreign direct investment. As the level...[full story]

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Matters arising

Rugby World Cup bid

The Irish Rugby Football Union has announced its intention...[full story]

Warm welcome to meteorologist

Met Office meteorologist Tony Baker has been seconded...[full story]

Business helps education

The CBI has released a report urging political leaders...[full story]

Giving something back

As we approach the end of another year, many of us...[full story]

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Business in brief

New NIE Managing Director

Nicholas Tarrant has been appointed Managing Director...[full story]

Business-friendly city

Belfast has been named as the world’s most business-friendly...[full story]

The Gateway to Ballymena

The potential creation of 1,000 jobs in Ballymena...[full story]

Technology jobs investments

A number of highly skilled jobs have been announced...[full story]

Lisburn’s inward investment plans

Lisburn City Council recently launched its new inward...[full story]

Lower water bills

Most business customers will see lower bills for water...[full story]

Innovating with waste resources

International Synergies NI has been officially launched...[full story]

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Health and care services report

Transforming health: the next steps

Neil Jordan, Microsoft’s General Manager for Worldwide...[full story]

Children’s heart surgery relocation

Effective cross-border working is vital in providing...[full story]

Meeting the challenges of ageing

How Fold services respond to the needs of older people...[full story]

Making progress on TYC

Amid a difficult financial climate, Transforming Your...[full story]

Health ICT in practice

Belfast Health and Social Care Trust CIO Paul Duffy...[full story]

Sexual health in the 21st century

In educating young people about sex and relationships,...[full story]

More action needed on AIDS

Norman Fowler led the UK’s first campaign against...[full story]

Transforming cancer follow-up

Macmillan Cancer Support’s Heather Monteverde explains...[full story]

Make empathy the priority

Ombudsman Tom Frawley explains how restoring trust...[full story]

Realtime rostering

Skills for Health is helping the UK and Ireland’s...[full story]

Beyond TYC: the case for radical reform

South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust Chief Executive...[full story]

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Planning and local government report

Planning for the future

Clyde Shanks takes stock of the local development...[full story]

Counting down to the handover

DoE Permanent Secretary Leo O’Reilly has outlined...[full story]

New council powers

The ‘super-councils’ will assume a range of responsibilities,...[full story]

Brave new world or a lawyer’s paradise?

Carson McDowell Partner Gary McGhee considers how...[full story]

Planning in transition

SOLACE’s planning spokesman David McCammick expects...[full story]

Council mergers create procurement challenges

New Councils need to be wary of avoiding procurement...[full story]

Local government reform: making the transition

eircom Business Solutions NI hosted a round table...[full story]

The southern perspective

Councillors need to take the whole community’s planning...[full story]

Planning reform: the business end

Michael Gordon, who heads up the Belfast office of...[full story]

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Energy report

Integrated and efficient electricity

Barriers at Europe’s borders need to fall if customers...[full story]

Pricing: a broader perspective

John French, Director of Regulation and Pricing at...[full story]

Bridge to 2025: Europe’s energy future

Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators Chairman...[full story]

Retail energy: making markets effective

The review of the effectiveness of competition in...[full story]

A comprehensive consultancy

Tony Doherty explains how Dalkia’s full integration...[full story]

Shaping the grid

SONI General Manager Robin McCormick outlines the...[full story]

Renewables: a call for certainty

RenewableUK’s Gordon Edge discusses the need to...[full story]

An energy crossroads

Michael McKernan sums up the main points of the Irish...[full story]

Market integration: rethink the process

Speaking to agendaNi, Eurelectric’s Anne-Malorie...[full story]

Poorest pensioners left out in the cold

Older people’s charity questions Northern Ireland’s...[full story]

Barriers for community energy

Kate Ruddock highlights the capacity and connection...[full story]

The global gas picture

Energy analyst James Henderson has warned that Europe...[full story]

Who’s who in energy

agendaNi takes a look at the key movers and shakers...[full story]

Renewable energy: think Denmark

Finn Mortensen, Executive Director of Denmark’s...[full story]

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Corporate governance report

Housing governance under scrutiny

agendaNi sums up the current inquiry into maintenance...[full story]

The Corporate Governance Code

Fiona McQuade reports on the key components of effective...[full story]

A healthy organisation needs a leading board

Joy Allen explains how an organisation’s effectiveness...[full story]

Auditors affirm whistle-blowing

Michael McKernan reviews the UK audit offices’ best...[full story]

Changing banking’s culture

John McCallister suggests that local banks are heading...[full story]

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ICT report

Local government’s IT potential

Roger Wilson is taking the lead on the local government...[full story]

An Amazon for government

The value of the G-Cloud in procurement and its relevance...[full story]

New ICT strategy for government

A summary of the Northern Ireland Civil Service’s...[full story]

ICT drives growth: Farry

The sector is making a major contribution to the economy...[full story]

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People agenda

Boxing builds bridges

Sport is helping to connect young people across the...[full story]

A force for change

Artist Rita Duffy talks to Owen McQuade about her...[full story]

Careers agenda: Alan Stout

Alan Stout has worked in general practice in East...[full story]

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Europe report

The R&D opportunity

agendaNi discusses Horizon 2020 with the European...[full story]

Barroso report takes stock

Seven years on from the launch of the Barroso task...[full story]

Focus on results

The EU’s official auditors have demanded better...[full story]

New Commission convenes

The newly constituted European Commission met for the...[full story]

Science dispute

Jim Nicholson has criticised the Commission’s decision...[full story]

Leading Europe

agendaNi summarises the personalities and priorities...[full story]

The European semester

Peter Cheney looks at how the European Commission...[full story]

Agriculture priorities in Europe

Director of the British Agricultural Bureau Maeve...[full story]

A maturing Parliament

Jim Nicholson sees the European Parliament becoming...[full story]

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Public affairs

DUP aims for national power

The DUP set out ambitious aims for Westminster at...[full story]

SDLP prepares for poll test

SDLP members are gearing up for a tough election campaign...[full story]

UUP regains confidence

Peter Cheney found an increasing mood of optimism...[full story]

Human rights and surveillance

Birgit Schippers examines how aerial and electronic...[full story]

The Iris Robinson report

An Assembly investigation into Iris Robinson’s conduct...[full story]

Education Bill approved

While the Education Authority is less ambitious than...[full story]

A society, if you can keep it

John O’Farrell warns that austerity will permanently...[full story]

Assembly round-up

Health became an increasingly high priority at Stormont...[full story]

Political Platform: Dolores Kelly MLA

SDLP MLA Dolores Kelly has represented Upper Bann...[full story]

Meet the Media: Ian Greer

As editor of the Tyrone Courier, Ian Greer’s circulation...[full story]

Consultation update

Details of significant consultation exercises currently...[full story]

Why planning matters

Greg Lloyd explains the rationale for planning and...[full story]

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