Category Archives: Economy

Reshaping tourism policy

The restructuring of Tourism NI is designed to save money and promote Northern Ireland as part of a single economic brand. John Hunter’s review of the Northern Ireland Tourist Board was published...

Skills build economic success

Minister for Employment and Learning Stephen Farry explains how Northern Ireland’s skills and apprenticeships strategies are giving the region a new economic edge. My department has a key role to play in...

Expanding air access

George Best City Airport hosted a round table discussion on air access as a key facilitator for business and tourism in Northern Ireland. How important is connectivity to the Northern Ireland economy?...

Valuing apprenticeships

Stephen Farry MLA • Minister for Employment and Learning The Employment and Learning Minister explains how the new apprenticeships strategy for Northern Ireland will broaden the range of placements available and raise...

Would you invest in Northern Ireland?

Mark Thompson, Head of office at A&L Goodbody in Belfast, affirms Northern Ireland’s economic positives and the case for investing in its future. There has never been a more important time for...

Broad recovery but pressures on the horizon

Neil Gibson, Director of the Northern Ireland Centre for Economic Policy, predicts that low consumer demand and increased austerity will dampen the recovery. Inward investment trends and an improved housing market are...

Towards a job-rich recovery

During a visit to Belfast, Employment Commissioner László Andor answers Peter Cheney’s questions on the European economy and youth guarantee policy, which seeks to tackle unemployment among under 25s. What is your...

An enterprising state

The Nevin Institute’s Paul MacFlynn contends that R&D investment by the state – rather than traditional grants and tax incentives – can deliver a major economic step change and generate more inward...

Construction trends

agendaNi considers the latest construction output and employment figures. The construction sector in Northern Ireland has been the most severely impacted in the UK since the economic downturn, both in terms of...