Category Archives: Economy

An economy in numbers

Five years after the credit crunch, Northern Ireland remains a complex economy with an openness to outside markets but also continued high dependence on the public sector. agendaNi sums up the region’s...

Is the economy finally turning the corner ?

Kerry Houston and Alan Mitchell present Oxford Economics’ updated medium-term forecast for the Northern Ireland economy. Export-led growth must be accompanied by a domestic stimulus and the Executive must design a solid...

Expanding businesses into new markets

Craigavon Borough Council is helping to extend the supply chain in the life sciences sector. Businesses within Craigavon and six other council areas across the East Border Region have a unique opportunity...

Ministerial profile: Simon Hamilton

Six years after his election to Stormont, Simon Hamilton will now influence the whole Executive in his role as Finance Minister. Peter Cheney reviews his career to date. A love of America...

Public finance: the way ahead

Northern Ireland needs to consider raising more revenue locally and must spend capital allocations to avoid building up debt, Victor Hewitt writes. The rising cost of breaking with parity could also lead...

Economic outlooks

Four leading commentators share their perspectives on the current and future performance of the Northern Ireland economy. Policy proposals for the Executive cover employment law, public works, the abolition of business rates...

Visitor numbers approach 2 million

Almost two million external tourists visited Northern Ireland in 2012, according to figures released by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency. A review of tourism statistics was commissioned after the previous...