The Business Bulletin - Issue 264 - 15th September 2014


Townsend Tunes Up for the Future

Pictured at the recent Townsend TuneUp session are Townsend Directors and Staff.

"The traditional Local Enterprise Agency business model is now in need of a radical overhaul" according to Townsend Group Chairman John Palmer who was speaking at the recent "Townsend TuneUp" event involving Townsend Directors and Staff.

"All around us, the business environment is changing and while the traditional role of the enterprise agency, that of offering value for money business space for small businesses will remain for some time to come, we do need to look at other business opportunities which will help us to carry out our remit."

Already Townsend has recognised the need for change and has established CORE-VISION  Ltd as a sister company which concentrates on the development and delivery of business skills development programmes. CORE-VISION Ltd is now an accredited ILM centre.

"Further opportunities to develop the Townsend group are currently being assessed as part of a programme for growth and the intention is to build on the experience, skills and expertise built up over the years by the business" added John.

Townsend Enterprise Park Ltd has also been nominated as a contender for The Belfast Business Top 50 2014 Awards which will be held on 26th September 2014 in Titanic Belfast when 50 of the top individuals and companies who have pioneered business in Belfast will be honoured at the Tenth Annual Belfast Business Top 50.

The awards will be unveiled at a luncheon during the Belfast Homecoming/One City Conference in Titanic Belfast on Friday 26 September, 12:30pm.and they are a celebration of the best and brightest of Belfast's entrepreneurs and business leaders.

Guest speaker at the tenth annual Top 50 Awards will be Simon Hamilton MLA, Minister for Finance and Personnel and the guest of honor will be Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.

You can see more about the event at this link 


Each week Nick O' Shiel, Chief Executive, Omagh Enterprise Company, blogs on issues related to enterprise, technology and the economy. This week Nick asks if flexible working can change your life.
Given the increase in levels of access to the Internet in recent years, the practice of flexible working has grown. Employers like it because it reduces costs and improves staff recruitment and retention; employees like it because it reduces travel time and improves health and well-being.

The tradition of always having to travel to one place to work is changing, as new technologies create new rules and new habits for people and companies.

The idea of working from a location other than the traditional office is gaining in popularity, as the practice spreads across all sectors and types of organisation.

The trend looks set to grow as more companies look for ways to reward and engage staff and employees search for ways to find a better work/life balance.

Flexible-working, shared-working and remote-working can all be done by people in part-time or full-time roles, as flexibility is matched to suit the needs of employer and employee.

The ideal mix is a balance between office time to develop relationships, maintain contact and attend meetings; and away from the office time to reduce travel, provide flexibility and improve quality of life.

The practice has grown to include the self-employed and start-up businesses without fixed locations, as smart phones and mobile technology combine to make it possible to work from almost anywhere.

Business centres, shared offices, hot-desks and coffee shops are increasingly used for carrying out business and holding formal and informal meetings.

The ability to be flexible means working from a traditional office is becoming less relevant, as staff work from wherever they are with whatever they have at times that suit.

From a manager’s point of view, it is likely they are already managing people who work flexibly and dealing with the issues that arise from such arrangements.

The issues for employers include the need to keep in touch with staff and the development of a structure to ensure interaction and feedback, so employees don’t feel isolated or excluded.

The issues for employees include the need for discipline and structure in their work and staying in touch with what is happening in the company, so they feel involved and connected.

SO, the Internet is changing the way we work and creating opportunities for those who embrace flexible working.

What do you think?

Can flexible working change your life?

Why not join the conversation and leave a comment?

Nick O'Shiel,
Omagh Enterprise
Great Northern Road, Omagh, Co. Tyrone, BT78 5LU
Tel: +44 (0) 28 8224 9494  Fax: +44 (0) 28 8224 9451




The GREAT (Growing Renewable Energy Applications and Technologies) EU Project is delighted to invite you to their Smart Grid Technology Watch Conference on 18th September 2014 in the McWilliam Park Hotel, Claremorris, Co Mayo.
This conference is aimed at companies operating in the renewable energy, smart grid and distributive generation sectors.  The conference will look at current Irish and European policy, and will feature speakers from progressive companies such as Schneider, Siemens, Parsons Brinkerhoff, DNV GL and GE Digital Energy, as well as an exhibition of cutting edge smart-grid technologies from Ireland and abroad.
There will be opportunities for SMEs to network with buyers, technology providers and policy makers during the conference.
A full agenda for the conference is attached with this email, or click on this link for further information
This event is free but registration is essential.  Due to limited space, priority will be given to companies currently operating in the renewable energy, smart grid and distributive generation sectors, and those interested in accessing international markets.  To register, contact Orla de Búrca at (097) 81418 before the 5th of September 2014.



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On behalf of the InterTradeIreland All-Island Innovation Programme
You are cordially invited to attend

Title: Harnessing the Innovation Potential of Your Team
Location: Moore Auditorium, UCD O'Brien Centre for Science, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4.

Date: 30 September 2014
Time: 10:30 am - 5:00 pm

Guest speaker: The international guest speaker is Dr Trish Gorman, an academic, author and leading business strategist
dditional information and registration:

Other speakers: Other guest speakers include Andrew Bolster, Founder, Farset Labs; Clare Dillon, Developer Experience Group Lead, Microsoft Ireland; Breda Moore, Technical Director, T.E. Laboratories; Dr Conor Hanley, President, Cardiology, Strategic Business Unit, ResMed Inc; and Dr Johnny Ryan, Executive Director, UCD Innovation Academy

Event hashtag: #innovationpotential

Twitter: @Inter_Trade and @UCDinnovation

Cost: Free to attend

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For Northern Ireland specific contracts, there are a number of sources of information specifically for contracts within Northern Ireland. The Central Procurement Directorate (CPD) handles contracts for a number of government departments. You can find a list of current tender opportunities on the CPD website. Again, there is no email alert facility that we can find which makes the content difficult to adapt to the Bulletin format.

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Multiple AQP - Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)
Repair works at Severn Beach Flood Defence, Clewer Pumping Station and St Georges Depot
Community Pain Management Service
CPI Tender 386 - Supply of Nitrogen to CPI NETPark Site
UK SBS RE140173UKEF - Direct Marketing Brief
Sandwell Council PR Support
Main Works Contract at Kennington Park, London
NHS England Wessex Area Team Any Qualified Provider Cytology Sample Taker Training
Senior Management Leadership Coaching Request for Quote
CPI Tender 426 - Supply of Speciality Chemicals
Wessex Rec - Hamworthy, Nottington and Meadowcourt
Iford and Gillingham Flood Wall Repair
GB-Leicester: Inpatient medically assisted withdrawal drugs and alcohol services for adults in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland
Respite Care Services
RM4103 ? L0486 MSP ? Phase CIC
GB-London: Q0548 - South London Care Homes Training Needs Analysis
Domestic Electrical Works (Rewires)
Whole System Costs of Electricity Generation Technologies
Document Archiving and Records Retention Service
Cravings Exhibition Citizen Science and Quick Fire Quiz
United Kingdom-London: Computer support and consultancy services
United Kingdom-Colchester: Architectural, construction, engineering and inspection services
Vibration Characteristics Study
Neighbourhood Planning Templates and Resources
United Kingdom-Worcester: Software programming and consultancy services
United Kingdom-Liverpool: Computer-related services
United Kingdom-Leeds: Business and management consultancy services
United Kingdom-Hull: Data storage services
United Kingdom-Selkirk: Customer Relation Management software package
United Kingdom-Sheffield: Information systems
United Kingdom-Abingdon: Enterprise resource planning software package
United Kingdom-Belfast: IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support
United Kingdom-Middlesbrough: Educational software package
United Kingdom-London: Computer equipment and supplies

United Kingdom-Manchester: Super computer
United Kingdom-Manchester: Software package and information systems
United Kingdom-Southampton: Industry specific software package
United Kingdom-London: Supervision of project and documentation
United Kingdom-Warrington: Industry specific software package
Norway-Oteren: Pipeline, piping, pipes, casing, tubing and related items
Rewiring programme for Canterbury City Council and Dover District Council
United Kingdom-London: Modular and portable buildings
Domestic Electrical Works (Rewires)
Norway-Halden: Road-maintenance works
Norway-Oslo: Security cameras
Norway-Brumunddal: Construction work for water and sewage pipelines
United Kingdom-Portsmouth: Bus station construction work
Ireland-Dublin: Local area network
United Kingdom-Dudley: Tools
United Kingdom-Ayr: Landscaping work for playgrounds
United Kingdom-Newcastle upon Tyne: Lighting equipment and electric lamps
United Kingdom-Elgin: Construction work for multi-dwelling buildings and individual houses
United Kingdom-London: Flats construction work
Norway-Oslo: Police station construction work
United Kingdom-Basildon: Electrical installation work
Austria-Krems-Stein: Drinking-water treatment plant construction work
Norway-Oteren: Geographic information systems (GIS or equivalent)
United Kingdom-Pontyclun: Museum construction work
Belgium-Geel: Renewal of 10 linear accelerator (Linac) flight path cabins at the JRC-IRMM

Belfast City Council Tenders are available at

First Edition Publications, The Technology Centre,
Townsend Enterprise Park, Townsend St., BELFAST BT13 2ES 

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