• Engagement, Agreement and Certainty: Priorities for the new PM

    Today, after a summer dominated by the Conservative leadership election, Liz Truss will assume the role of Prime Minister with…

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  • Why childcare is key to positively progressing women in the workplace

    In a recent interview on BBC’s Inside Business programme, I was asked about the significance of holding the position of…

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  • People, Prices and Political Uncertainty

    Recently, we published the findings of NI Chamber’s latest Quarterly Economic Survey with BDO and while it was encouraging to…

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  • New President shares priorities for year in office

    Last month, I had the great privilege of becoming the 176th President of NI Chamber. It is a personal and…

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  • View from the Chair

    Paul Murnaghan, President, Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry Right now businesses in Northern Ireland are being tested like…

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  • Chancellor must act now to ease ‘cost of doing business’ crisis

    When Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivers his Spring Statement this week, businesses in Northern Ireland and across the UK will need to see bold and decisive action to address what is now an escalating ‘cost of doing business’ crisis.

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  • A vision for education in the 21st century

    From a business perspective, we know that the world’s most competitive economies have forward looking and resource efficient education systems.

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  • Businesses need certainty, support and the right conditions for sustainable growth

    In my New Year message at the start of this month, I set out why addressing issues including skills challenges,…

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  • Time to shake off the shackles and focus on opportunity

    Last week, I had the pleasure of hosting NI Chamber’s annual President’s Banquet. At the event, we were joined by…

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  • Tackling barriers to business growth

    Paul Murnaghan, President, Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry Last week, Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled his autumn budget and…

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  • Now is the time for climate action

    Paul Murnaghan, President, Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry As preparations for COP26 ramp up, businesses are more focused…

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  • View from the Chair

    Paul Murnaghan, President, Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry Over the past year, NI Chamber has consulted heavily with…

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  • Time to get back to issued based policy making

    As businesses across all sectors open fully, Northern Ireland’s economy is showing signs of recovery and there are real grounds…

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  • Stability, not chaos, required over coming months

    Given the COVID-19 pandemic, the initial impact of Brexit and the recent unrest and its associated reputational damage to the…

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  • Investing in infrastructure is key to economic recovery

    Infrastructure has a central role to play in economic growth, so it follows that investing in it should be a…

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  • Programme for Government must take managed risks

    As many readers will know, earlier this year, the Executive launched the public consultation on its Programme for Government (PfG)…

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  • Budget must be based on strategic, long-term objectives

    Last month, Finance Minister Conor Murphy announced the Draft 2021-2022 budget, which is out for consultation until later this week…

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  • Long term solutions and support required

    Businesses are now almost four weeks into working with new customs and international trade procedures, and it is starting to…

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  • Making the business case for sustainability

    2020 has presented business with challenges which just a year ago, could have been considered insurmountable. And while NI Chamber continues to prioritise supporting companies through COVID-19 challenges and Brexit preparations, the time is also right to forward plan our policy priorities for 2021 and beyond.

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  • Thrive! Recovering a better, greener future for Northern Ireland

    COVID-19 and the measures designed to tackle it have had dramatic effects on how we live, work and do business…

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  • View from the Chair: No amount of government support can compensate for an open, fully-functioning economy

    The intensified restrictions announced by the NI Executive last week are a real blow to many businesses who have put hard work and money into ensuring that they are COVID-secure.

    The need for additional restrictions cannot be blamed on a lack of care by hardworking people in businesses, who have worked tirelessly to implement government guidance and create a safe environment for their employees, visitors and customers. Despite these conscientious efforts, many are now in the midst of a four week period of trading restrictions. At NI Chamber, we will fully support our colleagues in hospitality, retail and close contact services over these coming weeks.

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  • View from the Chair: The important role of infrastructure in recovery

    Infrastructure is a critical long-term societal investment that can make Northern Ireland a more efficient, better functioning society and boost…

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  • Firms need bolder and ambitious action

    By Ian Henry, President, Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry Labour market figures published by the Northern Ireland Statistics…

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  • Amid uncertainty, businesses urgently need answers

    VIEW FROM THE CHAIR Ian Henry, President, Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry Many businesses depend on trade with…

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