Category Archives: Business and Finance

Alcohol pricing debate

New legislation to tackle alcohol misuse is “imperative” according to law-makers. Meadhbh Monahan outlines the key proposals. Alcohol misuse costs Northern Ireland approximately £900 million per year and the ministers for social...

Going for broke

With the emergency Budget looking to cut the deficit, Owen McQuade looks at the risks of such deep cuts in stalling the economic recovery. The UK’s emergency Budget of 22 June aims...

A right to training

A new Assembly law aims to make training for employees easier but plans are on hold until the economic pressure on business eases. Northern Ireland’s employees will have the right to ask...

Roundtable discussion

With the rise in mental health difficulties and stress problems in the workplace, HSENI brings together key professionals in occupational health to discuss how managers should respond. As well as its intrinsic...

In practice

As part of its well-being report, agendaNi looks at workplace initiatives taken across the UK to protect employees’ mental health. Anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, self- harm and dementia are some of the mental...

Businesses on the Budget

Businesses have been largely welcoming of George Osborne’s Budget, particularly the paper into rebalancing Northern Ireland’s economy. The reduction of corporation tax to 24 per cent over the next three years is...

Esmond Birnie Q&A

How hard were the hard choices? On 22 June 2010, just 90 days after Alistair Darling warned in his final Budget speech that “there are tough choices ahead”, his successor, George Osborne,...

Churches make fair banking call

Northern Ireland’s banks will meet church leaders after their claim that financial institutions were profiteering at the expense of small businesses. Poor lending, increased charges and unfair treatment of customers were among...

Paying our way

2010’s second budget makes a start on cutting the deficit but, as expected, proves unpopular. Supporters see it as a necessity but detractors warn that it will punish the poor. All parties...