A&O and Herbies share £3m of public funding for Belfast launches

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  • Hmm, what a perverse world we live in. Labour gets trashed for diverting public spending to poorer parts of the country to create jobs, but when drippingly-rich businesses cream a few badly-needed millions from the public purse to do it, it's good old-fashioned capitalism at work.
    I'm not usually one of those "think of how many nurses..." people, and this wouldn't pay for many, but when I read of Citizens' Advice Bureaux, youth clubs and rural transport networks closing down, this kind of thing really makes me wonder about what kind of country we live in.
    As Rousseau and Voltaire (love it!) point out, this is subsidising business cost-cutting, not stimulating growth in any meaningful sense.

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  • "(Derry for example is the only city (technically) in the UK with no motorway connections)"
    Er, St David's? Elgin? Bangor? Ely? Brighton? Armagh? Newry? Norwich? Inverness? Etc. etc.

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  • @Anonymous | 4-Feb-2011 4:07 pm
    And just how much of the firm's revenues are managed through "tax-efficient" arrangements? My guess is not an insignificant amount

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  • I wouldn't be so opposed to these Belfast sausage factories if they were actually offering a realistic career path of any kind. Instead, as many people have pointed out, the salaries are rock bottom and the opportunities to progess are non-existent. These offices are very analogous to a certain blue NI conveyancing factory.

    As for spending the salary locally, once taxes, student debt and travel costs are paid there won't be much of that ten grand a year to go around.

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  • Herbert Smith's recruitment ads proclaimed "invest in yourself", seems like they don't want to follow their own advice.

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  • The management at A&O have sold their soul for a fistful of dollars - what are they going to sell for a few dollars more? I think it's time the fat cats had a heart attack - if this goes on there will be an uprising.

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  • So now they have launched the new "brand" and spent thousands promoting it and training London staff in all the ins and outs they're outsourcing to Belfast - nice one. Note to all BS staff - "go the extra mile" -you'll be rewarded with redundancy.

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  • How very sad that a firm such as A&O that once had such high principles when it came to looking after its staff,now sees fit to betray people who have given years of hard work, loyalty and expertise for the sake of adding couple or so thousand to the pockets of those who may not even notice that it's there.

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  • Money well spent! Much better than funding LSC help for benefits scroungers and so called "disableds".

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  • Oh dear, this is a bit of a mess. Are our PR people on strike? Are we northshoring them as well? Somebody please do something!

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