Category Archives: Economy

Work and learning for all abilities

Now Chief Executive Maeve Monaghan talks to Peter Cheney about the social enterprise’s beginnings, growth plans and the difference it makes to people with a range of abilities. From small beginnings, Belfast-based...

Assembly endorsement for social economy

agendaNi summarises the Stormont parties’ commitments to the sector. All parties in the Executive have highlighted the benefits that the social economy can provide – and the need to support the sector...

Global Irish Economic Forum

Michael McKernan looks at how the event has generated new economic links with the Irish diaspora. The Global Irish Economic Forum, convened by the Irish Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade...

UK-Irish joint trade initiatives

Michael McKernan considers the pros and cons of joined-up trade missions, as part of increasing co-operation between London and Dublin. When Queen Elizabeth II made her state visit to Ireland in 2011,...

Northern Ireland’s exports in numbers

agendaNi sums up the official figures for export trade. The overall recovery in Northern Ireland’s exports has been impressive and is being driven by three key sectors: machinery, transport and agri-food. In...

Export outlooks: India, China and Russia

Three speakers shared their insights into travelling and doing business in India, Russia and China at the Northern Ireland Economic Conference. India: contrasts and signs of progress Journalist Oliver Balch is the...

Creative tourism

Northern Ireland Screen’s Richard Williams emphasised how film and TV production can draw visitors and present a strong positive image of the province. ‘Set-jetting’ may be a relatively new term for Northern...

Why skills matter in economic development

Stephen Farry MLA • Minister for Employment and Learning Higher skills levels will give Northern Ireland a better competitive edge and would also complement lower corporation tax, Stephen Farry writes, as he...

The Treasury teams

As a new term of Parliament commences, 14 key parliamentarians are responsible for the UK Government’s fiscal policies and holding ministers to account. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has overall responsibility...