Need for clear economic strategy, says Dickson

There needs to be a clear and future-proofed economic strategy for Northern Ireland, in which manufacturing can play a key role, Alliance Economy spokesperson Stewart Dickson MLA has said. Mr Dickson was speaking after the Assembly heard a motion calling for an Executive manufacturing strategy to help the sector recover and grow following the pandemic. […]

Dickson says business support scheme application process a shambles

Alliance Economy spokesperson Stewart Dickson MLA has said the application process for a new Department for the Economy grant scheme for small businesses is “a shambles”. The COVID Restrictions Business Support Scheme was launched last night by Economy Minister Diane Dodds. It allows applications for £600 a week from businesses who don’t pay business rates, […]

Businesses need certainty in an uncertain time, says Dickson

Businesses in Northern Ireland need certainty in an uncertain time, Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson has said. The East Antrim MLA was speaking after the Assembly backed an Alliance amendment to a motion on the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, calling on the UK Government and EU to work constructively within the context of the Northern Ireland Protocol […]

Support businesses now to avoid cut-price lockdown, says Muir

Alliance Finance spokesperson Andrew Muir MLA has called on the Economy Minister to urgently support businesses and workers during the second wave of COVID-19, to avoid a “cut-price lockdown” which would leave many excluded from the necessary assistance required to support livelihoods. Speaking in the Assembly this afternoon, Mr Muir asked the Minister whether she […]