Category Archives: Business and Finance

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,...

NAMA looks north

The Northern Ireland NAMA Advisory Committee has begun its task of protecting the value of the region’s property and assets that are due to be taken into the National Asset Management Agency....

A modest recovery

Economic recovery will be “sluggish by historic standards”, according to Ian McCafferty. Speaking at the annual CBI economic briefing, McCafferty reminded delegates that recovery induced by a financial crisis tends to be...

Quinn cuts

Over 900 redundancies have been announced at Quinn Insurance following three months of turmoil at the company. Meadhbh Monahan reports. After it was taken out of control of the wider Quinn Group...

Thompson’s farm priorities

North Antrim dairy farmer John Thompson is the new President of the Ulster Farmers’ Union. He was elected unopposed at the organisation’s recent AGM. Speaking to agendaNi directly after the meeting, he...