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Digital innovator

Niall Lavery, PwC’s Digital Director in Northern Ireland, talks to Owen McQuade about the importance of innovation in overcoming the challenges facing the Northern Ireland economy and details three innovation paths for business and government to follow. “We are entering a world in which just about everything will be connected – your phone, your car, your house, your clothes, your workplace and even your personal identity. In addition...[full story]


New look Northern Ireland Affairs Committee

As the dust begins to settle on the new composition of the latest UK Parliament, the Committee of Selection has approved the membership of the new...[full story]

Being serious about safety is good for business

Chantal Hemphill, Health, Safety & Environmental Manager at Phoenix Natural Gas, outlines the positive impact of the company’s focus on safety...[full story]

Regulating lobbying

Experienced public affairs consultant Neil Johnston looks at regulating lobbying and the need for transparency over the funding of political parties...[full story]

Politics of the economy

Sinn Féin MLA and former Minister Conor Murphy talks to Owen McQuade about the economy, north/south cooperation and the devolution of fiscal powers. Sinn...[full story]

Bringing business back to Northern Ireland

Andrew Cowan, Chief Executive of Northern Irish Connections, reveals the influence held by our diaspora around the world and the power that they...[full story]

Growing local democracy & economies: Northern Ireland’s councils, beyond 100 days

NILGA Office Bearers and Executive Members – Ald Alan McDowell, Cllr Seán McPeake, Ald Carla Lockhart, Cllr Dermot Curran and Ald Jim Dillon...[full story]

Hogan sets out his priorities for the future

EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan outlines what he wants to achieve during his time in office. Who said Phil Hogan was going to have an easy...[full story]

Legal governance: Separating representation from regulation

agendaNi asks if it is time to reform governance in the legal services industry in Northern Ireland. The recent controversy around the US investment...[full story]

Budget reaction

Northern Ireland’s business community broadly welcomed George Osborne’s Budget. Reaction to the budget from Northern Ireland’s business community...[full story]

Untangling the NAMA controversy

Claims made by independent TD Mick Wallace set off a media storm around the sale of NAMA’s Northern Ireland assets. Colm Heatley looks at the...[full story]

Launch of Gaelectric energy storage

A hundred guests attended the launch of Gaelectric’s compressed air energy storage (CAES) project at the Merchant Hotel, Belfast, in early June. ...[full story]

Flexibility essential for the future

Our panel discussion points to the need to adapt to changing market conditions and technologies. The need for flexibility in a time of considerable...[full story]

Larne CAES: a project update

A breakthrough in technology by Gaelectric’s partner company, Dresser-Rand, has led to the company choosing a site at Islandmagee. The deep salt...[full story]

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Matters arising

Top tourist attractions revealed

The Giant’s Causeway has been named as Northern Ireland’s...[full story]

New Victims Commissioner appointed

The Office of the First and Deputy first Minister has...[full story]

New US Consul General arrives in Belfast

The United States Government has appointed a new head...[full story]

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Business in Education

Guiding young people into work

Careers guidance is being adapted so that young people...[full story]

Our People, Our Journey

The Housing Executive’s Director of Corporate Services,...[full story]

A place for business in education

Education Authority Chief Executive Gavin Boyd draws...[full story]

Part-time higher education: Vital for economic success

The Open University’s John D’Arcy explains why...[full story]

Capitalising on corporation tax

A robust skills base could unlock new opportunities...[full story]

Skills build economic success

  Minister for Employment and Learning Stephen...[full story]

Delivering results from education spending

Education Minister John O’Dowd puts forward the...[full story]

The reconciliation priority

Twenty years after the ceasefires, deep sectarian...[full story]

Skills: the devolution difference

Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry talks...[full story]

Exam results trends

A summary of the 2013 GCSE, AS and A-level results. GCSE The...[full story]

Further education: cuts are unsustainable

Colleges NI outlines the impact of cuts to the further...[full story]

Inner city innovation

Scoil an Droichid in South Belfast is working creatively...[full story]

Acting Together To End Bullying

The Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying Forum (NIABF) is...[full story]

Learning by iPad

Peter Cheney visits St Colman’s College, Newry,...[full story]

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New Public Procurement

The road to collaborative procurement

The Northern Ireland Audit Office wants the public...[full story]

Lessons in procurement from Wales

Eighteen months since the creation of the National...[full story]

Reforming health and social care procurement

David Bingham, Chief Executive of Business Services...[full story]

Belfast’s innovation and collaboration drive

The city council is improving its approach to procurement...[full story]

Innovation in the aerospace supply chain

Bombardier Aerospace’s Stephen Cowan discusses improving...[full story]

EU procurement reform

The European Commission’s Marta Laszuk discusses...[full story]

Fostering innovative partnerships

The Central Procurement Directorate’s Des Armstrong...[full story]

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Enterprise & Economic Development

Infrastructure investment Conference

Northern Ireland’s annual infrastructure investment...[full story]

Economic targets exceeded

Four out of the five economic development targets set...[full story]

Enterprise work builds regeneration

Ballymena Business Centre has been making an impact...[full story]

Time to champion social enterprises

Juliet Cornford, Director of Social Enterprise NI,...[full story]

Partnership is key to enterprise in 2015

So far, 2015 is shaping up to be another great year...[full story]

Ready for reduction

The Corporation Tax (Northern Ireland) Act will enable...[full story]

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Tourism & Conference Report

Open for business?

Extending the licensing hours for pubs, clubs and...[full story]

Trade shows on the move

Redevelopment plans for the King’s Hall site in South...[full story]

Belfast attracts major air routes conference

A major aviation conference will be hosted in Belfast...[full story]

A day in the Mournes

The Mourne Mountains in County Down offers a wide range...[full story]

Providing the environment for local tourism

Businesses in the Carrickfergus area are growing by...[full story]

Unlocking Belfast’s full potential

Belfast Waterfront’s extension, to open next May,...[full story]

Growing business tourism

New facilities and a drive to attract national conferences...[full story]

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Social economy report

Defining the ‘ask’

Juliet Cornford, Director of Social Enterprise NI,...[full story]

Community asset transfer

agendaNi looks at how former government properties...[full story]

Social finance for social impact

Isabelle de Grave speaks to Patrick Minne about Charity...[full story]

Social enterprise hubs back entrepreneurs

Government policy has placed renewed emphasis on social...[full story]

Support for social enterprise

agendaNi explores the UK Government’s approach to...[full story]

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People agenda

William Massey’s war years

A Limavady farmer went on to lead New Zealand throughout...[full story]

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Europe agenda

Oireachtas Committee raises ‘Brexit’ concerns

With the Conservative Party marching back into Government...[full story]

Grexit is still an option

Peter Cheney assesses how Greece’s debt crisis could...[full story]

Investment Plan for Europe

Europe’s economy is recovering but investment remains...[full story]

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Public affairs

Progress on infrastructure needs

Gerry McGinn discusses supporting evidence-based investment...[full story]

Consultation update

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

Meet the MEDIA

Paul Reilly is a video journalist and news presenter...[full story]

Political Platform

Gary Middleton is a DUP MLA for Foyle, having replaced...[full story]

Expenses reform recommended

The Independent Financial Review Panel (IFRP) has...[full story]

Northern Ireland’s new MPs

As the House of Commons prepares for a full session...[full story]

Addressing Northern Ireland’s productivity puzzle

Paul MacFlynn, economist with the Nevin Economic Research...[full story]

Our place in Europe

Colette FitzGerald outlines how a strong partnership...[full story]

Meet the Media

Alistair Bushe is Regional Editor for the Portadown...[full story]

Assembly round-up

Divisions over welfare reform came to a head in May. ...[full story]

Media in transition

George Brock discusses the changing media landscape...[full story]

Political Platform

Belfast councillors Graham Craig (UUP) and Declan Boyle...[full story]

Election 2015: a numbers game

The local parties fought the general election on relatively...[full story]

Defending frontline fire services

Jim Quinn calls for investment in firefighters and...[full story]

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