NI Chamber News

Quarterly Economic Survey (QES)

Business growth slows as cost pressures continue to impact

Most key business indicators around sales and jobs remained positive in Q2 2022 but growth appears to have slowed 72%...

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Festival of business takes flight

Dublin Airport is set to be the headline sponsor of NI Chamber’s Festival of Business, which returns to St George’s...

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NI Chamber Public Affairs Update

It has been a busy month on the Public Affairs front with the Northern Ireland Protocol dominating much of the...

NI Chamber President calls for an Executive that “focuses on what they agree on, rather than what divides them”

The President of Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) has called for the return of an NI...

Tee up for NI Chamber Annual Golf Day

Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) is set to host its popular Annual Golf Day on Friday...

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Enter the 2022 NI Chamber Awards

NI Chamber is inviting businesses across Northern Ireland to enter the 2022 Chamber Business Awards before the deadline of 8...

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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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Response to publication of NI Protocol bill

Commenting on the publication of the Northern Ireland Protocol bill, Stuart Anderson, Head of Public Affairs, Northern Ireland Chamber of...

Planning System Key to Successful Clean Energy Transition

The planning system has a key role to play in facilitating Northern Ireland’s clean energy transition. That was the message...

NI Chamber’s annual lunch returns to Belfast City Hall

Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) is set to host its flagship Annual Lunch in Belfast City...

Outsource and Re-Gen Waste to speak at NI Chamber event in Newry

Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) will host an event focusing on digital transformation in Newry on...

Gillian McAuley is new NI Chamber President

Gillian McAuley, HR Director at agri-tech company Devenish is the newly elected President of Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and...

NI Chamber to host event in Dungannon for growing businesses

Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) is inviting ambitious businesses in all sectors to learn how CK...

Statement on behalf of Northern Ireland Business Brexit Working Group

Commenting on the proposals announced today (17 May 2022) in respect of the Northern Ireland Protocol, a spokesperson for the...

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

NI Chamber welcomes Grand Central Station progress

Translink has welcomed representatives from the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry on-site to a briefing on Belfast Grand...

Statement from NI Chamber on the failure to elect a Speaker

Commenting on the failure to elect a Speaker today (Friday), Paul Murnaghan, President of Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and...

Diageo MD to speak at leadership conference

Catherine Toolan, Managing Director at Diageo Irish Brand Homes will address local businesspeople at a leadership event in Belfast on...

Stuart Anderson is new Head of Public Affairs at NI Chamber

Stuart Anderson has been appointed as Head of Public Affairs at Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber)....

Distilling the marketing mix

Michael Morris, International Sales Director at Hinch Distillery is set to be one of three guest speakers at NI Chamber’s...

NI Protocol: Why a united political voice is key

Gillian McAuley, Vice-President, Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry Next week, voters across Northern Ireland will head to the...

Get ready to Meet the Buyer

Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) and Bank of Ireland UK are inviting procurement professionals and suppliers...

Quarterly Economic Survey (QES)

Mounting costs leads to challenging start to the year for NI businesses

Inflation is a concern for 86% of NI Chamber members 77% of respondents expect to raise prices in next 3...

Sinn Fein on plans for jobs and the economy

Sinn Fein Vice President Michelle O’Neill addressed an audience of businesspeople today (Tuesday), where she outlined her party’s economic mission....

Alliance on plans for jobs and the economy

Alliance leader Naomi Long addressed an audience of businesspeople today (Monday), telling them that “Despite the challenges facing us, Northern...

UUP on plans for jobs and the economy

Ulster Unionist Party Leader, Doug Beattie addressed an audience of businesspeople today (Friday), where he discussed the party’s election manifesto,...

SDLP on plans for jobs and the economy

Claire Hanna addressed an audience of businesspeople today (Thursday), where she outlined the SDLP’s core principles ahead of the assembly...

Cautiously Optimistic about Energy Reform

Patrick Anderson, Chair of NI Chamber Infrastructure sub-committee It may seem unorthodox to be discussing long term policy development at...

DUP leader sets out plans for jobs and the economy

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson addressed an audience of businesspeople today (Monday), where he outlined his party’s five-point plan for Northern Ireland ahead of the assembly election.

NI Chamber responds to the Chancellor’s Spring Statement

Responding to the Chancellor’s Spring Statement, Ann McGregor, Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) said:

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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.

NI Chamber Energy Forum to discuss rising costs

NI Chamber and SONI are hosting a special edition of the Energy Forum, focusing specifically on energy costs and the impact on local businesses.

NI Chamber launches pre-election series

NI Chamber is providing businesspeople with the opportunity to engage directly with party leaders ahead of the Assembly election.

NI Business Alliance: ‘Restoration of Political Stability Should Be Paramount Concern’

Restoring political stability should be a “paramount concern” to enable a litany of urgent issues to be addressed, the Northern Ireland Business Alliance has said.

NI Chamber hosts breakfast for HR professionals

NI Chamber is inviting those working in HR roles to start their day with a Business Breakfast on Friday 25 March.

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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.

Learn about manufacturing growth from Wrightbus

Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) is inviting those working in the manufacturing sector to learn how Wrightbus has successfully grown in new markets.

Statement from the President and Chief Executive

In a joint statement following the resignation of First Minister Paul Givan, NI Chamber President Paul Murnaghan and Chief Executive Ann McGregor said:

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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,...

UK launches India negotiations to kick-off Year of Trade

The UK and India will today (Thursday 13 January) launch negotiations on an ambitious Free Trade Agreement at an event...

Business confidence holds up despite significant cost pressures

All key economic indicators positive in Q4 21, signaling improving trading conditions 70% of NI Chamber members expect their business...

NI Chamber President delivers 2022 business priorities

Political stability, the completion of negotiations between UK Government and the EU, the upcoming review of education and the UK...

Brexit, one year on: New report assesses the costs and opportunities for business

84% of NI businesses have experienced an increase in the price of goods and services 89% have experienced an increase...

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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...

NI Chamber President: It’s time to shake off the shackles and focus on opportunity

The President of Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber), Paul Murnaghan has hailed the benefits of dual...

Sowing the seeds for global business growth

Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) and Danske Bank are inviting export focused businesses to learn from...

Sir Mo Farah to address NI Chamber President’s Banquet

Inspirational Olympic, World and European Champion Sir Mo Farah CBE is set to be guest speaker at NI Chamber’s 2021...

Have your say: Quarterly Economic Survey for Q4 2021

NI Chamber and BDO have opened the Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) for Q4 2021. We will use the results to tell the NI...

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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...

Statement: Response to the Autumn Budget

Commenting on the Chancellor’s autumn budget and spending review, Ann McGregor, Chief Executive, NI Chamber said: “The Budget contains some...

NI Chamber strikes gold at Pride Awards

The Communications & Policy team at NI Chamber picked up the Gold award for ‘Corporate and Business Communications Campaign of...

Political Strategist Alastair Campbell to speak at NI Chamber leadership event

Well-known political strategist and media commentator, Alastair Campbell will speak to business leaders at an NI Chamber event in the...

NI Chamber to host business networking event in Dungannon

Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) and Mid Ulster District Council are inviting businesspeople in all sectors...

NI’s business recovery risks losing momentum as price pressures mount

1 in 3 companies are performing better than before the pandemic 58% of businesses have seen costs rise by 6%...

NI Chamber Responds to EU Proposals on NI Protocol

Following the EU’s proposals announced yesterday, Paul Murnaghan, President of Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber), said: ...

Political leaders address all-island climate change event in Belfast

The First and deputy First Ministers were joined by An Taoiseach in Belfast today (8 October 2021) to share their...

Meet the Buyer puts the fizz in new business pitches

Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) is inviting suppliers to register for its annual Meet the Buyer...

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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...

Chambers of Commerce to co-host all-island climate change event

First Minister, Paul Givan MLA and deputy First Minister, Michelle O’Neill MLA will be joined by Taoiseach Micheál Martin for...

Exporters to learn from success of Glen Dimplex at NI Chamber event

New, aspiring and currently exporting businesses will have the opportunity to learn how Glen Dimplex Heating and Ventilation has grown...

NI Chamber announces partnership with AWARE

NI Chamber Chief Executive Ann McGregor (left) and President Paul Murnaghan (centre) with Clare Galbraith, Head of Fundraising at AWARE...

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

NI Chamber conference to host a perfect blend of digital and business leaders

Transformative leadership and digital innovation are set to be the key topics of conversation at NI Chamber’s upcoming Annual Conference....

Have your say: Quarterly Economic Survey for Q3 2021

NI Chamber and BDO have opened the Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) for Q3 2021. We will use the results to tell the NI...

The Chamber Business Awards are back for 2021… Enter now!

Recognising and rewarding excellence in local business, the Chamber Business Awards are one of the UK’s most contested and prestigious...

Chamber Champion to lift trophy at Annual Golf Day

Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) is set to host its popular Annual Golf Day on Friday...

NI Chamber welcomes two new board members

Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) has announced the appointment of two new board members. Peter Russell,...

New President's cause for optimism

At the end of June I was honoured to be elected as President of Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and...

NI Business Alliance welcomes establishment of independent infrastructure commission

The Northern Ireland Business Alliance has welcomed a commitment by the Northern Ireland Executive to set up an independent Infrastructure...

Survey: Have your say on a new Skills Strategy for Northern Ireland

NI Chamber is currently preparing its response to the Department for the Economy consultation paper for a new Skills Strategy for...

Cause for optimism as NI’s economic recovery gathers pace

Business confidence improved strongly in Q2 2021 More businesses are now making plans to invest, particularly manufacturers 67% believe that...

NI Chamber: Government’s ability to move at speed key to success of future NI Energy Strategy

The government’s ability to move at speed, particularly in making key strategic planning decisions, will be key to the success...

NI Chamber and Pinsent Masons announce new international partnership

Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) has announced that Pinsent Masons is its newest International Champion. This...

NI Chamber President’s Annual Lunch 2021

Almost 100 people from business and government joined Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry at the online Annual President’s...

Head of BT in Northern Ireland elected President of NI Chamber

The Head of BT in Northern Ireland, Paul Murnaghan, was today (18 June 2021) elected as President of Northern Ireland...

Leadership event gets back to the future

Business people across Northern Ireland are invited to join NI Chamber and Electric Ireland for a live broadcast designed to...

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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...

Business Breakfast Series to set NI managers up for more than just the day

Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) and Bank of Ireland UK have launched a new Business Breakfast...

Survey: Have your say on a new Energy Strategy for Northern Ireland

The Department for the Economy is consulting on a new Energy Strategy for Northern Ireland – available at https://consultations.nidirect.gov.uk/dfe/energy-strategy-for-northern-ireland-consultation-1/consultation/ This...

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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...

Barclays Sector club focuses on agri-food industry

On 27 April, NI Chamber, in partnership with Barclays, hosted an online agri-food event as part of the NI Chamber...

Innovative electricity transmission grid needed to power ‘Green Recovery’

Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) members have been told of the fundamental changes needed to Northern...

Encirc is new NI Chamber Patron

NI Chamber is delighted to announce that Fermanagh based Encirc is the latest business to join its group of Patron...

NI Chamber President: Stability, not chaos, required over coming months

The President of Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber), Ian Henry, has urged political leaders to commit...

NI Chamber hosts Business Discussion with the Taoiseach Micheál Martin

An Taoiseach Micheál Martin was the guest speaker at a Business Discussion held last week by Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber), in partnership with SSE Airtricity. A video of the broadcast of this event is available to watch here.

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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...

NI Chamber and BDO survey shows further signs of recovery but rising price pressures emerge in Q1

53% of manufacturers are expecting to raise prices over the next quarter Confidence around turnover and profitability is improving for...

Northern Ireland Business Alliance calls for end to recent violence

The Northern Ireland Business Alliance comprises of the Confederation of British Industry, the Centre for Competitiveness, Institute of Directors,  and...

New training academy to solve emerging skills needs

Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) has launched a new training academy designed to help companies meet...

Randox is new NI Chamber Patron

Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) has announced that Randox, the UK and Ireland’s largest diagnostics company,...

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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)...

Ulster Carpets and NI Chamber announce new partnership

Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) has announced that Portadown based Ulster Carpets is the latest organisation...

Brush up on your export knowledge

Chief Executive of Bangor-based manufacturer Denroy Group, Kevin McNamee will share the company’s international growth story with Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) members later this month. Broadcast live from Niavac’s virtual studio in Belfast, Kevin will be joined by Frances Courtney, Global Marketing Manager of Denman International, a leading distributor and manufacturer of hairbrushes, combs and hair accessories and one arm of the Denroy Group.

UK’s Net Zero Champion hears from NI business leaders

Andrew Griffith MP, the recently appointed UK Net Zero Business Champion, addressed a group of senior business leaders at this...

NI Chamber responds to Chancellor’s Budget statement

Responding to the Chancellor’s Budget statement, Ann McGregor, Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) said:...

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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...

NI Chamber Coronavirus survey: extension of business support mechanisms critical

Results from the latest Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) survey on the impact of Coronavirus confirm...

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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...

Tough trading conditions hit confidence and investment hard

69% of survey respondents believe prospects for the NI economy in 2021 are weak 38% believe prospects for their own...

NI Chamber responds to Chancellor’s announcement of new business support 

Commenting on the support measures for business announced by the Chancellor Rishi Sunak, Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry...

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