22 September 2015

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CBI Northern Ireland Policy Roundup - September 2015

The latest on engagements with local political representatives - and the chance for members to input into draft responses. Find out the latest on our business manifesto, migration policy, long term energy issues and what the Enterprise Committee had to say about CBI and Corporation Tax...

CBI Northern Ireland Policy Roundup - September 2015

Strategic business priorities for the next five years

Our manifesto ‘Punching above our weight: 12 steps to create a more prosperous Northern Ireland’ will be published in mid-October and will be circulated to all members. Engagement with political representatives is already underway with roundtables with senior DUP and Sinn Fein representatives set for next week and engagement with all political parties in October. We hope members will use the document in their own way to help influence the political agenda. To get involved and let politicians know your views contact iain.hoy@cbi.org.uk 

Migration policy – members give their views on Tier 2 workers

Last week around 25 members participated in a roundtable discussion with the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), hosted by Concentrix in Belfast. This provided an excellent opportunity to convey to the MAC details of the NI labour market and how UK migration policy, and in particular restrictions on highly skilled workers, is threatening economic development in Northern Ireland. CBI will be formally responding to the current consultation on Tier 2 (closes on 25 Sept). For more information contact: iain.hoy@cbi.org.uk

Longer term energy issues

We have initiated a series of roundtables to review longer term energy issues, with the first of these held at Cleaver Fulton Rankin in early September. The objective is to develop a short paper outlining what a longer term energy strategy for Northern Ireland needs to cover – we have already raised concerns with DETI that the review of the Strategic Energy Framework (up to 2020) is too short term in nature. Policy contact: nigel.smyth@cbi.org.uk

Enterprise Committee highlights need for 20 year vision and strategy
The Assembly’s Enterprise, Trade and Investment Committee published its inquiry into maximising the impact of a lower Corporation tax rate earlier this month, with extensive references to the CBI written and oral evidence. The Executive summary and recommendations are available here 

For information on CBI's policy work in Northern Ireland, please contact Iain Hoy, Senior Policy Advisor