Each year I enjoy sitting down to write my thoughts on the latest Top 100 Northern Ireland businesses because it reminds me just how many local companies are moving from strength-to-strength despite the challenging backdrop.
For two years, I was responsible for Northern Ireland’s rating system in my then role as Finance Minister. I remember, during one of the many Assembly debates about rates, paraphrasing Winston Churchill’s famous quote about democracy by describing our rates system as the worst form of local taxation except for all the rest.
The special Northern Ireland Fiscal Commission will shortly issue its awaited first report. It’s been charged with considering how devolution to Stormont of further powers to vary the application of taxation in Northern Ireland might be used to generate better outcomes.
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