Covid-19 Summit Is Needed to Move Forward-Business Leaders

Trade NI, Northern Irelands largest business coalition, which includes Hospitality Ulster, Manufacturing NI and Retail NI has today written to the First and deputy First Ministers to request an urgent ‘summit’ of business leaders and Executive Ministers to chart an agreed way forward on Covid-19. The Chief Executives of three groups, Colin Neill (Hospitality Ulster), Stephen Kelly (Manufacturing NI) and …

Business Recovery Survey shows significant levels of concern about the year ahead

CONCERN ABOUT THE YEAR AHEAD A new survey has shown that 50% of businesses across the retail, hospitality and manufacturing sectors in Northern Ireland are ‘concerned’ or ‘very concerned’ about their performance in the year ahead, with a further 29% saying they are ‘uncertain’.  Over one third of respondents (35%) believe that their trading and profitability levels will not return …

Lockdown Is Not an Option Without Proper Business Support Says NI’s Largest Business Coalition – Trade NI

Trade NI, the Alliance of Hospitality Ulster, Manufacturing NI and Retail NI has warned the NI Executive to avoid a lockdown scenario, saying that it will cripple Northern Ireland’s economy and potentially set it back decades. The group makes up the three biggest sectors of industry and the majority of businesses in Northern Ireland, employing around 300,000 people collectively.  In …

Trade NI meets Taoiseach to discuss North-South Economy

Trade NI, the alliance of Hospitality Ulster, Retail NI, and Manufacturing NI, which represents over 5,000 businesses in Northern Ireland met with the new Taoiseach, Micheál Martin TD in Dublin this afternoon to discuss developing the all island economy, Brexit and Covid-19 economic recovery. The group also met the Sinn Fein Seanad Leader Niall Ó Donnghaile. Trade NI Chief Executives …

“New Executive must reboot economic policy” says Trade NI

Trade NI, the alliance between Hospitality Ulster, Manufacturing NI and Retail NI held the first major business event, ‘Northern Ireland Economy – What Now?’ at the Long Gallery, Stormont today. The event was held to highlight the urgent and pressing issues felt by the business community, following the restoration of the Assembly, including the need to boost the Northern Ireland economy. Addressed by the Chair and …

Trade NI Reacts to news that a Deal has been tabled to restore Devolution.

Reacting to the news that a deal has been tabled by the Secretary of State and Tánaiste to restore devolution, Trade NI (the alliance of Retail NI, Manufacturing NI and Hospitality Ulster) in a joint statement commented: “We welcome the draft deal published by the British and Irish Governments in the final round of talks to restore devolution. We strongly encourage …

Trade NI adds voice to call for the introduction of a Forum for Social Dialogue

As the local political parties gather today for discussions to try to restore the NI Executive and Assembly, Trade NI, an alliance of three of the largest sectors of industry, manufacturing, hospitality and retail, which represents the majority of businesses in Northern Ireland, has joined the call from Trade Unions to introduce a Forum for Social Dialogue to ensure space …

Trade NI Launch Manifesto for General Election

Trade NI, the alliance of three of the largest sectors of industry and the majority of businesses in Northern Ireland, has launched their Westminster General Election manifesto with an appeal to create the conditions for a rapid growth in the local economy, leading to more wealth and work being created in every constituency. Hospitality Ulster, Manufacturing NI and Retail NI …

Business Must Be Bolder Than Ever

Following on from the launch of Vision 2030 in Westminster, Glyn Roberts has shared his thoughts on what needs to come next for Northern Ireland business. Just under two weeks ago, Trade NI (comprising of Retail NI, Hospitality Ulster and Manufacturing NI) led the largest ever business delegation to receptions at the House of Commons and 10 Downing Street. Local …

Trade NI meet with Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell

Trade NI, Northern Ireland’s largest business coalition, representing Manufacturing NI, Hospitality Ulster and Retail NI has today met with the Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell who is visiting Belfast.  Trade NI representatives Colin Neill, Glyn Roberts and Mary Meehan said: “This was an excellent meeting with the Shadow Chancellor, covering Brexit, Business Rates, Infrastructure and other challenges facing our members. We …

Trade NI members co-sign statement to Secretary of State ahead of meeting

Today, the members of the Trade NI alliance, Hospitality Ulster, Manufacturing NI and Retail NI co-signed a statement, along with 18 other business groups to the new Secretary of State, Julian Smith calling for political representatives to redouble efforts to restore The Assembly and The Executive. “Two and a half years on from the collapse of the Executive, and now …

Trade NI react to new Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

Reacting to the news that Julian Smith has been appointed as the new Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Trade NI (the alliance of Retail NI, Manufacturing NI and Hospitality Ulster) in a joint statement commented: “We welcome the appointment of Julian Smith as the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and expect to meet with him in the coming …

“Do the Deal” –Trade NI Call To Stormont Talks

As the political talks to restore devolution reach a critical phase and three months since the tragic murder of Lyra McKee, Northern Irelands largest business coalition, Trade NI has urged the parties to ‘Do the Deal”. Trade NI is a coalition of Retail NI, Hospitality Ulster and Manufacturing NI, representing the majority of private sector employers in Northern Ireland. The …

Trade NI Sets Out Proposals for Business Rates Reform at Key Meeting

At the start of the two-day key Department of Finance Policy Lab at PRONI looking at reform of Business Rates in Northern Ireland, Trade NI has set out its proposals for change. Trade NI which is the alliance of Retail NI, Manufacturing NI and Hospitality Ulster is taking part in the two-day meeting of business organisations and senior Civil Servants. …