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British Irish Chamber calls for ‘Shared Islands Fund’ to Reboot the UK–Ireland Economic Relationship

    British Irish Chamber calls for ‘Shared Islands Fund’ to Reboot the UK–Ireland Economic Relationship

The British Irish Chamber of Commerce has today unveiled its Budget 2022 submission calling for the establishment of a ‘Shared Islands Fund’ to reboot the economic relationship between Ireland and

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Irish construction firms see further sharp rises in activity and new orders

    Irish construction firms see further sharp rises in activity and new orders

The Ulster Bank Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index® (PMI®) – a seasonally adjusted index designed to track changes in total construction activity – dipped to 57.5 in August from 62.8 in July. Although the

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British Irish Chamber welcomes UK Government announcement to delay import controls for EU goods

    British Irish Chamber welcomes UK Government announcement to delay import controls for EU goods

The British Irish Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the announcement by the UK Government that it will delay the introduction of import controls for EU goods entering Great Britain. Speaking

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UK Food and drink exports recovering in non-EU markets

    UK Food and drink exports recovering in non-EU markets

Sales of UK food and drink to non-EU countries were up 13%, accounting for 46.6% (£4.3 billion) of all UK food and drink exports in the first half of 2021,

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5 Key Reasons Behind the HGV Driver Crisis

    5 Key Reasons Behind the HGV Driver Crisis

As the current shortage of HGV drivers causes widespread chaos across multiple sectors, the fragility of our national supply chains is laid bare. Nandos have shut some 75 outlets, M

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Post-Brexit products certification postponed to avoid supply crisis

    Post-Brexit products certification postponed to avoid supply crisis

Manufacturers have won an extra year to get products tested to comply with new UK certification rules originally due to replace CE marking in January 2022. International and domestic manufacturers

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Latest UK seafood sector review shows Brexit and Covid-19 impacts

    Latest UK seafood sector review shows Brexit and Covid-19 impacts

Seafish has published its latest review into how the impacts of Covid-19 have been felt across the UK’s seafood supply chain. The latest report from the public body that supports the UK seafood industry covers January

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Irish Manufacturing sector maintains rapid growth in July

    Irish Manufacturing sector maintains rapid growth in July

Business conditions at Irish manufacturers continued to improve markedly in July, according to the latest AIB PMI® data. New order growth hit a new record high for the third month

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Resource and staff shortages constrain growth and drive up costs at UK manufacturers in July

    Resource and staff shortages constrain growth and drive up costs at UK manufacturers in July

The UK manufacturing upturn remained solid in July. Although rates of expansion in output and new orders slowed, they remained among the best in the survey history amid robust sales

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2 Sisters founder’s empty shelves warning as perfect storm grips food sector

    2 Sisters founder’s empty shelves warning as perfect storm grips food sector

The founder of one of Britain’s biggest food producers claims UK supermarket shelves will be bare and panic buying will intensify unless critical issues currently threatening UK food supply are

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British industry’s dependence on EU ebbs away

    British industry’s dependence on EU ebbs away

Britain’s manufacturers were seeing their dependence on the EU as an export market decline even before the impact of full departure and the agreement of a trade deal, according to

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Cause for optimism as NI’s economic recovery gathers pace

    Cause for optimism as NI’s economic recovery gathers pace

Northern Ireland’s economic recovery strengthened during Q2 2021 with signs of confidence returning to both the manufacturing and services sectors, according to the most recent Quarterly Economic Survey from Northern

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Irish builders concerned at impact of increased cost of building materials on affordability of homes

    Irish builders concerned at impact of increased cost of building materials on affordability of homes

A survey carried out by the Irish Home Builders Association (IHBA) of its membership has found that increased timber prices and supply chain issues, exacerbated by Covid-19 and Brexit, have

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75% of Irish food SMEs expect revenue growth in the year ahead

    75% of Irish food SMEs expect revenue growth in the year ahead

Irish food SMEs are optimistic about their growth prospects, according to new research by Love Irish Food and PwC, which found that 75% of companies operating in the sector are anticipating

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Confidence around turnover and profitability is improving for both Northern Ireland manufacturing and service sectors

    Confidence around turnover and profitability is improving for both Northern Ireland manufacturing and service sectors

53% of Northern Ireland’s manufacturers are expecting to raise prices over the next quarter, the highest share recorded since the time of the financial crash.  According to results from the

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New service to help UK manufacturers move goods smoothly in and out of EU

    New service to help UK manufacturers move goods smoothly in and out of EU

Make UK, the manufacturers’ organisation, has launched a partnership with leading certification company SGS to offer a simple customs brokerage service to help companies fill in complex customs declarations correctly

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Bank of Ireland Economic Pulse rises in February

    Bank of Ireland Economic Pulse rises in February

The Bank of Ireland Economic Pulse came in at 68.6 in February 2021. The index, which combines the results of the Consumer and Business Pulses, was up 7.0 on last

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First Call for €100 million Brexit Scheme for Irish Agri-food Sector

    First Call for €100 million Brexit Scheme for Irish Agri-food Sector

The Irish Government has opened the first call for applications under its €100m Scheme for the Agri-food sector. The Scheme agreed by Government at the end of 2020, has been

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Tough trading conditions hit confidence and investment hard in Northern Ireland

    Tough trading conditions hit confidence and investment hard in Northern Ireland

The latest Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) published by Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) and BDO shows that almost 7 in 10 members (69%) believe that prospects

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Fears over new relationship with EU cloud outlook for manufacturers

    Fears over new relationship with EU cloud outlook for manufacturers

Fears over the impact of the UK’s new trading relationship with the EU and the attractiveness of the UK for both investment and talent are clouding the outlook for manufacturers

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€100 Million Brexit Scheme For Irish Agri-food Sector

    €100 Million Brexit Scheme For Irish Agri-food Sector

The Irish Government has launched a new €100 million Scheme for the food processing sector, in recognition of the sector’s unique exposure to the impact of Brexit. The new Capital

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UK Border with the EU – New Government Guidance

    UK Border with the EU – New Government Guidance

Following the conclusion and provisional ratification of the UK EU Trade & Cooperation Agreement, which came into force on 1 January 2021, the UK Government has published updated guidance on

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Irish economy to grow by 3.4% in 2020

    Irish economy to grow by 3.4% in 2020

The latest Commentary by the ESRI (Economic and Social Research Institute) highlights a significant recovery in the Irish economy in Q3 coinciding with the easing of restrictions over this period.

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Irish food and agribusinesses turn to automation to help solve manufacturing challenges, mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and get ready for Brexit

    Irish food and agribusinesses turn to automation to help solve manufacturing challenges, mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and get ready for Brexit

Ifac, Ireland’s farming, food and agribusiness professional services firm, and Reliance Automation have joined forces to support Irish food businesses

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Food Drink Ireland publishes new economic analysis Brexit report

    Food Drink Ireland publishes new economic analysis Brexit report

Food Drink Ireland (FDI), the Ibec group that represents the food and drink industry in Ireland, has published new economic

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Scottish Food and Drink Industry sends open letter to British Prime Minister

    Scottish Food and Drink Industry sends open letter to British Prime Minister

Leaders in Scotland’s food and drink industry have written an open letter to the Prime Minister urging him and the

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New Brexit Readiness Checker launched in Ireland

    New Brexit Readiness Checker launched in Ireland

The Irish Government has launched the new online Enterprise Ireland Brexit Readiness Checker to help businesses get ready for the UK’s

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Enterprise Ireland survey reveals customs a major issue as Brexit deadline approaches

    Enterprise Ireland survey reveals customs a major issue as Brexit deadline approaches

A new Enterprise Ireland survey of 600 companies on the PMI panel in Ireland, conducted in recent weeks for Enterprise

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EPAL warns on Brexit pallet delays

    EPAL warns on Brexit pallet delays

Open-loop pallet pooler EPAL UK & Ireland has warned businesses exporting and importing to and from the UK to ensure

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Strong export sales by Irish exporters in 2019

    Strong export sales by Irish exporters in 2019

Enterprise Ireland, the state agency responsible for helping Irish companies export to international markets, has reported strong levels of export

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Softer Rise in Construction Activity Amid Storm Disruption

    Softer Rise in Construction Activity Amid Storm Disruption
The Ulster Bank Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index® (PMI®) – a seasonally adjusted index designed to track changes in total construction activity – posted
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Enterprise Ireland Survey Reveals Irish Exporters Remain Optimistic About the UK Market – 92% See Growth Opportunities Post-Brexit

    Enterprise Ireland Survey Reveals Irish Exporters Remain Optimistic About the UK Market – 92% See Growth Opportunities Post-Brexit
A survey conducted by Enterprise Ireland of client companies exporting to the UK has revealed that 92% see opportunities for
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GDP Growth Revised Upwards Thanks to Strong Domestic Economy and Potential Increase in Government Spending

    GDP Growth Revised Upwards Thanks to Strong Domestic Economy and Potential Increase in Government Spending
EY has revised upwards its forecasts for the Republic of Ireland (ROI) in the firm’s latest EY Economic Eye report, thanks to
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Continued Rise in Construction Activity as New Order Growth Quickens to Seven-month High

    Continued Rise in Construction Activity as New Order Growth Quickens to Seven-month High
The Ulster Bank Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index® (PMI®) – a seasonally adjusted index designed to track changes in total construction activity – posted
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Still Time to Register to Attend The 2020 National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition – 29-30th January, Citywest Exhibition Centre, Dublin

    Still Time to Register to Attend The 2020 National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition – 29-30th January, Citywest Exhibition Centre, Dublin
There is still time to register to attend the 2020 National Manufacturing and Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition, which has
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A Comprehensive EU-UK Free Trade Agreement Could Reduce Brexit Harm to the Irish Economy by Half

    A Comprehensive EU-UK Free Trade Agreement Could Reduce Brexit Harm to the Irish Economy by Half
The Government has published a study, commissioned by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, which examines the economic impact
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Record Performance by Irish Food and Drink Exports

    Record Performance by Irish Food and Drink Exports
Bord Bia’s Export Performance and Prospects report 2019/2020 reveals a stand out 2019 performance by Ireland’s food, drink and horticulture
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Record Number Now Employed by Enterprise Ireland Supported Companies

    Record Number Now Employed by Enterprise Ireland Supported Companies
The Government has reported the creation of 16,971 new jobs by Enterprise Ireland supported companies in 2019. 221,895 people are
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€28 Million Economic Stimulus Package For the Border Region

    €28 Million Economic Stimulus Package For the Border Region
The Government has announced details of a special €28 million economic stimulus package for the Border region. The package, which
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New Brexit Business Survey – SMEs Urged to Ramp Up Preparations

    New Brexit Business Survey – SMEs Urged to Ramp Up Preparations
The Department for Business, Enterprise and Innovation has published the findings of a new Brexit survey. The Behaviour & Attitudes
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Economic Growth Set to Continue in 2020 But at a Reduced Rate

    Economic Growth Set to Continue in 2020 But at a Reduced Rate
The Irish economy looks set to register strong growth again in 2019 with GDP likely to increase by almost 6
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British Irish Chamber of Commerce Reacts to Outcome of UK General Election

    British Irish Chamber of Commerce Reacts to Outcome of UK General Election
The British Irish Chamber of Commerce has congratulated UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson on his election win and urged elected
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British Irish Chamber of Commerce Appoints New President

    British Irish Chamber of Commerce Appoints New President
The British Irish Chamber of Commerce has appointed Peter O’Shea, Head of Corporate and Regulatory Affairs at ESB, as its
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Irish SMEs Struggling More With Rising Costs Than International Competitors

    Irish SMEs Struggling More With Rising Costs Than International Competitors
Small businesses around the world have described rising costs as their greatest challenge, and the problem is particularly acute in
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Economic Growth Set to Continue in 2020 But Significant Risks on the Horizon

    Economic Growth Set to Continue in 2020 But Significant Risks on the Horizon

The Irish economy looks set to perform robustly in 2019 with the headline GDP rate forecast to increase by 4.9

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Over 222,000 Companies Urged to Prepare For Brexit

    Over 222,000 Companies Urged to Prepare For Brexit

The Government has started the process of directly contacting over 220,000 companies through the Companies Registration Office highlighting the need

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GDP Growth Revised Downwards Based on Gloomier Global Outlook But Labour Market Continues to Beat the Odds

    GDP Growth Revised Downwards Based on Gloomier Global Outlook But Labour Market Continues to Beat the Odds

EY has revised downwards its economic forecast for 2020, from 3.3% to 3.0% on the back of weaker global outlook

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ACCA and Bank of Ireland Issue Warning Amid Foreign Currency Fluctuations

    ACCA and Bank of Ireland Issue Warning Amid Foreign Currency Fluctuations

Many Irish companies that deal in foreign currency are exposing their businesses to significant and unnecessary profitability risks due to

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New Government Initiative to Help Customs Capacity Post-Brexit

    New Government Initiative to Help Customs Capacity Post-Brexit

The Irish Government, in association with key industry partners, has launched a new support measure to help customs agents, intermediaries

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Enterprise Ireland Urges Businesses to Prepare For Brexit With its Currency Calculator Amid a Sharp Dip in Sterling

    Enterprise Ireland Urges Businesses to Prepare For Brexit With its Currency Calculator Amid a Sharp Dip in Sterling

As part of its Brexit response, Enterprise Ireland is continuing to proactively engage with client companies nationwide to confront the

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Brexit Preparedness at Food and Drink Firms Jumps to 93%

    Brexit Preparedness at Food and Drink Firms Jumps to 93%

Three years since the UK voted to exit the European Union, Brexit preparedness is widespread amongst Ireland’s food and drinks

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Economic Growth Set to Continue in 2020 But at a Reduced Rate

    Economic Growth Set to Continue in 2020 But at a Reduced Rate

Despite operating in the presence of a considerable degree of uncertainty, the Irish economy continues to grow at a robust

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Derry is the Most Exposed Region in Ireland Post-Brexit

    Derry is the Most Exposed Region in Ireland Post-Brexit

The newly appointed Chair of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) in Ireland has said that Derry is hugely

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The Impact of Various Brexit Scenarios on the Irish Economy

    The Impact of Various Brexit Scenarios on the Irish Economy

A new study from the ESRI and the Department of Finance finds that GDP in Ireland ten years after Brexit

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OPW Prepared For No Deal Brexit

    OPW Prepared For No Deal Brexit

“If there is a ‘crash-out’, we will be ready. We are working 24/7,” said Maurice Buckley (pictured), Chairman of the

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Irish Builders Face Cost Hikes in UK Materials

    Irish Builders Face Cost Hikes in UK Materials

The vast majority of building materials used in the Irish construction sector are either sourced in the UK or enter

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52% of SMEs in ROI and 56% in NI Have Yet to Begin Brexit Planning

    52% of SMEs in ROI and 56% in NI Have Yet to Begin Brexit Planning

The AIB Brexit Sentiment Index for Q4 2018 reveals that 35% of SMEs in the Republic of Ireland (ROI) and

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Manufacturing Sector Represents Almost a Third of the Irish Economy

    Manufacturing Sector Represents Almost a Third of the Irish Economy

The Irish manufacturing sector employs over 250,000 people and accounts for 32% of Ireland’s GDP – significantly higher than the

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