Category Archives: Business and Finance

Better evaluation

Angela Hodkinson, who leads Deloitte’s policy evaluation team, talks about how effective evaluation can strengthen policy-making and the need to make sure this task is more than just an ‘add-on’. The ‘standard’...

Brendan Clarke

Brendan Clarke is Chief Executive of Open College Network Northern Ireland. In a changing time for the learning sector, he tells agendaNi about his plans for the charity. Please describe your current...

Best laid plans

Businesses can take their emergency plans for granted until trouble hits. agendaNi finds out what makes for better preparation from the Continuity Forum’s Russell Price. The adage common sense is not so...

Continued investment?

Gary McDonald looks at how Northern Ireland could capitalise further on investment from the US and India. Either side of the millennium, Northern Ireland indisputably punched above its weight in terms of...

A good cut

The Economic Reform Group has called for Northern Ireland to follow the Republic with a cut in corporation tax to 12.5 per cent. While there will be an initial shortfall, the region...

Star companies

TG Eakin Being prepared to go where the squeamish will not has paid off in spades for Comber-based TG Eakin, which is arguably Northern Ireland’s most profitable yet media under-exposed business. Northern...

Banking in the storm

Gary McDonald takes stock of the current state of banking and weighs up how much influence the local banks have amid the blame game. The financial services sector, above all others, has...

Retail round-up

Local retailing stays dynamic but new opportunities are limited after a decade of growth. Few things illustrate the recent transformations in Northern Ireland’s fortunes better than retailing. Following 25 years of stunted...

A media snapshot

Downward financial trends for print and broadcast outlets do not cancel out some good news. Gary McDonald gives a survey of the state of Northern Ireland’s media after a tough year for...