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Issue 504 - 15th June 2020
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Belfast and New York embark on economic recovery together

The New York - New Belfast Conference, a major transatlantic conference celebrating and forging links between Belfast and New York, will move online for the first time, bringing together some of the senior leadership tasked with the fight against coronavirus in both cities to look at economic recovery plans.

Belfast City Council is sponsoring the 11th annual ‘New York New Belfast’ conference which will take place virtually in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic and resulting travel restrictions. Usually held over three days in New York City, this year’s free to access conference will take place this Friday, 12 June with hundreds expected to log on to

This year’s conference takes the theme of ‘The Rebuilding Journey’, focusing on how the two cities can recover from the impacts of COVID-19 and learn from their unique experiences in combatting the disease and its implications for citizens.   

Belfast Lord Mayor, Alderman Frank McCoubrey, who will be addressing delegates said: “The New York New Belfast Rebuilding Journey conference will provide an important opportunity to strengthen the social and economic connections between Belfast and New York at this challenging time. As our cities work to recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s vital that we share our approaches, plans and insights to support one another."

Bringing together politicians, as well as business, tech, and cultural leaders from both sides of the Atlantic, the conference is an opportunity to exchange ideas and plans for the recovery of societies post-coronavirus.
Belfast will also have the chance to outline its plans to create world leading smart innovation districts with business clusters in growth sectors such as tech and health diagnostics and analytics through the city’s first Digital Innovation Partnership and with investment from the Belfast Region City Deal.
Confirmed speakers at the virtual New York – New Belfast’ Conference include:
  • Alison Metcalfe, Executive VP, USA & Canada, Tourism Ireland
  • Bill Mulrow, Co-Chair New York Forward Re-Opening Advisory Board
  • Conor Murphy MLA, NI Executive Finance Minister
  • Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), 25th District, New York City Council, and Chair Finance Committee
  • Diane Dodds, Economy Minister NI Executive
  • Jayne Brady, Belfast Digital Commissioner
  • Lord Mayor of Belfast, Alderman Frank McCoubrey
  • Michael J.Dowling, President and CEO of Northwell Health, New York
  • Suzanne Wylie, Belfast City Council Chief Executive
  • Tom DiNapoli, Comptroller, New York State
Registration for the conference is free but attendees are encouraged to donate to the conference’s COVID-19 appeals raising funds for healthcare workers: the Robin Hood Appeal in Belfast and Meitheal in New York. To register and for full programme information, visit
WORLDHOST2020 helps businesses get over that thorny problem of getting their people back to work aware of customer/client expectations and how they can help to meet them.
This is a short (60 minutes) ONLINE programme, certified and developed in collaboration with industry (People1st International, UK Hospitality, Visit Britain): it is a “kite mark” programme for Visit Britain/UK Hospitality.
It is applicable to any business that deals face to face with clients/customers.
At only £6 per head, it is great value and can be conducted on furlough.
A 10% discount is on offer to FSB members, Causeway Coast Cluster Members or Business Bulletin readers if they enrol 10 or more of the people in their business.   We are prepared to offer the same discount to other businesses or groups if they enrol 50 or more people.

Tesco to convert waste food into natural gas

Tesco plans to cut carbon emissions by converting waste food from the chain's Irish stores into natural gas. Until recently the grocery giant's Irish arm dumped surplus food that it did not give to charity or workers in landfills.

However, Tesco Ireland now intends supplying more than 6,400 tonnes of waste food a year to Kildare-based Green Generation, which will con­vert it to methane that will then be supplied to the Irish natural gas network.

This will produce enough natural gas to supply six Irish Tesco stores, effectively allowing the chain to cut carbon emissions by 1,200 tonnes a year while eliminating the need for the business to dump unsold food. Tesco will pay Green Generation to supply its business with natural gas. Independent energy company Naturgy will ship the fuel to the grocery chain.

The unsold food that Tesco will supply to Green Generation will amount to about 1 per cent of the chain's Irish sales. Nurney, Co Kildare-based Green Gen­eration spent €2.5 million building a plant that converts waste to gas using a system called anaerobic digestion. The material left after the gas is produced can be used as fer­tiliser.

According to Green Generation founder Billy Cos-tello, the company changes waste supplied by other high-profile businesses to gas, including Guinness owner drinks multinational Diageo.

Green Generation ships the gas to the supply network through a special injection point at nearby Cush, Co Kil-dare, installed by State company Gas Networks Ireland at a cost of €l. 7 million.

Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council’s Mentor Growth Programme enables local businesses to access essential business knowledge, expertise and impartial advice in areas including: sales & marketing development, strategic planning, digital marketing, branding and financial management through the provision of 1 to 1 mentoring; signposting support; workshops and networking opportunities. Businesses can avail of either 2 days, 3 days or 5 days of free mentoring support.

The Mentor Growth programme aims to:

  • Support the creation of new sustainable jobs in the council area
  • Refer businesses to Invest NI that are capable of accessing financial support from Invest NI.
  • Strengthen the local business base by assisting businesses to become more competitive in indigenous and export markets
  • Promote business growth and innovation
  • Provide accessible, need driven business support that is tailored to business requirements
  • Engage with key business support stakeholders to develop a portfolio approach to business support in the council area, ensuring that there is no duplication of effort.

Mentors are available right now to help your business.  They are selected based on the business needs to enable them to share appropriate advice, skills and knowledge from a range of specialisms including:

  • Strategic planning
  • Financial management, including accessing funding
  • Marketing & Sales
  • HR 
  • IP and Legal issues
  • Research and Development
  • Business Efficiency
  • Ecommerce and SEO
Who Can Apply?

Small to medium sized businesses with a registered business address in the Lisburn and Castlereagh City area.

To apply please click here 

This project is part funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the Investment for Growth & Jobs Northern Ireland (2014-2020) Programme and is available to new start-up or existing businesses with a registered business address in the Lisburn and Castlereagh City area.

As businesses continue to develop their online presence during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Tourism Team at Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council are offering another four-week training course to offer support and guidance for the days ahead.

Aimed at the Tourism and Hospitality sector within the ABC area, this course is free and will cover topics including Google Analytics, developing a web presence, using SEO and SEM as well an introduction to blogging.

This customised online digital marketing training will run each Thursday morning throughout the month of June at 10am – 18th and 25th.

The courses will last approximately two hours with plenty of opportunity for a question and answer session afterwards. To gain the full benefit of this sector specific training, it is recommended that you complete all four sessions – however you can also register for the courses individually.

All you need to get involved is either access to a laptop, PC, tablet or smartphone. You don’t need to have a microphone as you can type your questions which will then be added online. The training will be delivered by Emma Gribben, Digital by Emma, using GotoWebinar.

If you have never used GoToWebinar before please see this link for more information:

If you would like to take part, please register your interest by emailing

If you have a specific query or ongoing issue that you would like to have addressed during the training or as part of the Q&A session, please let Joanne know.

Places are limited so please register your interest by email to Joanne by 3pm on the following dates: Tuesday 2nd June for week one, Tuesday 9th June for week two, Tuesday 16th June for week three, Tuesday 23th June for week four.

Skilling up for a regionally balanced economy: Challenges and opportunities

10am, 24th June Free Online

The Centre for Cross Border Studies, in collaboration with InterTradeIreland, is hosting a policy seminar which will explore the current provision of skills and the needs of employers on the Island of Ireland. The event will consider new and emerging skills sets, and will highlight policies implemented by Government departments in Ireland and Northern Ireland. There will be a particular focus on the provision in border counties and the requirements of businesses trading cross-border, with the view to discern potential areas for future collaboration.

The seminar will last for 90mins and will bring together the following panel of speakers

• Annmarie O’Kane, Centre for Cross Border Studies
• Kerry Curran, InterTradeIreland
• Paul Healy, Skillnet Ireland
• Raymond Kelly, Department for Economy (NI)
• Kevin Daly, Future Jobs Ireland, Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (IRL)

The Zoom webinar is free to attend and online registration is now open.
The Policy Seminar will be delivered online via Zoom. Zoom is available on desktop and all mobile devices.

This is a free event, however, registration is required. Please Register Now!!

If anyone requires any further information, please contact


Italian entrepreneurs offer a digital ecosystem based on Building Information Modelling, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence and are looking for outsourcing or subcontracting agreement

Italian entrepreneurs have created a digital ecosystem based on the synergy between Building Information Modeling, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality which, with the digitalization of the entire process, opens up a change of perspective with respect to the traditional design, implementation and management, reducing possible design errors, costs and times, obtaining product/process optimization. The team is looking for partnership via outsourcing or subcontracting agreements.

Italian company specialized in the production of extra virgin olive oil is looking for distributors or agents

Italian company specialized of high quality olive oil production come from local farmers with modern and efficient technologies is interested in concluding as long-term cooperation with commercial agent or distribution service agreement.

Lithuanian vessels construction company seeks subcontracting partners

A Lithuanian company that carries out projects of vessel interior installation, refits turnkey projects and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) installation is looking for partners to expand their business abroad and to work under subcontracting agreements.

A Lithuanian PET blow molding machines and PET tare producer is looking for commercial agents and offers manufacturing agreement

A Lithuanian company specializes in the production of PET blow molding machines and completes PET packing solutions since 1994. PET blowing machines can be used for the manufacture of any shape of PET tare. The company also produces and supplies various shapes of PET tare (bottles, jars, hot fill containers, large size containers). The company is interested in finding commercial agents and also offers manufacturing agreements.

Lithuanian SME working in construction sector is looking for polyurethane mixing and spraying machine

Lithuanian SME, working in construction sector, is developing a technology for manufacturing modular buildings blocks. The technology combines geo-polymer, plastic and polyurethane in the same technological process. The SME is looking to buy a polyurethane mixing/spraying machine which will be used in a 3D printer to spray polyurethane layer upon layer. Partner sought should be the manufacturer or distributor of spraying machines and the expected partnership is technical cooperation agreement.

Italian company that produces high quality outerwear is looking for distibutors, commercial agents and manufacturing agreements

Italian company specialized in the production of high quality and luxury outwear is looking for distributors, agents and manufacturing agreements. It offers its production know-how to both Private Label and Brands, that wish to convert their ideas into outerwear garments for man and woman. The attention to detail and quality are the distinctive traits of a product that has its roots in the traditional craftsmanship of Tuscany.

Polish manufacturer of 100% cotton made baby clothes seeks distributors

A Polish manufacturer of clothing and underwear for children and babies, with an innovative, eco-friendly diaper in its portfolio, is looking for distributors of its products. The company has "Safe for children" and "Eko-Tex" certificates, which guarantee safe use.

An Armenian producer of bedding is looking for trade intermediaries or manufacturing activities

The Armenian company is specialized in the sphere of production of different kinds of bedding, such as blankets, pillows, mattress covers, as well as pillow covers, bed sheets, blanket sheets etc. The company also processes wool, cotton, plume, and polyester (sintepon) and uses it in its own production and offers it as a finished raw material. The company is looking for distribution services agreements or manufacturing agreements.

Armenian producer of herbal teas is looking for trade intermediaries or manufacturing activities.

The Armenian company is involved in the production of natural and herbal teas. The company’s production is already well known in the local market. The company wants to expand its production and sales and to enter into new international markets. The company is looking for a distribution services agreement or manufacturing agreement.

An Armenian producer of dried greens is looking for trade intermediary services and manufacturing activities

The Armenian company produces 4 types of naturally dried greens. The company is planning to enlarge its production and wants to enter into international market. The company is looking for a distribution services agreement or manufacturing agreement.

An Armenian producer of organic dried fruits is looking for trade intermediary services or manufacturing activities.

This Armenian company is involved in the production of organic dried fruits: apricot, peach, pear, plum, rosehip, as well as the production of naturally dried greens (rosemary, sorrel). The company's product is already represented in the international market, but the company wants to expand its sales and is looking for trade intermediary services under distribution services agreement or manufacturing agreement.

An Armenian producer of natural herbal teas is looking for trade intermediary services.

The Armenian company is specialized in the production of natural herbal teas. The company's production is already represented and is well known in local market. It also is exporting the products to foreign markets. The company is planning to expand its production in the near future and wants to enter new international markets. The company is looking for a distribution services agreement and commercial agency agreement.

A Belgian craft distillery with a production unit and a renowned know-how seeks to develop long-term partnerships to produce alcohols (eaux de vie, liqueurs, ...) through a manufacturing agreement or subcontracting

The craft distillery is one of the oldest distilleries in Belgium still in activity. The distillery produces eaux-de-vie, liqueurs, gin, etc. to its own brand but also for third parties. As the distillery has underused production capacities, it wishes to establish long-term development and production partnerships in the form of a subcontract or a manufacturing agreement.

Company from the Republic of Srpska, active in the field of tourism is looking for international partners for joint investment in a form of joint venture or financial agreement

A company from Bosnia and Herzegovina, established in 2007 is providing services for tourists. They run hotel garni offering bad and breakfast services to their guests. The company has plans to introduce additional services within the hotel: caffe shop, beauty and hairdressing salon, souvenir shop, exchange office and hall for meetings (8-50 places). They are looking for potential partners to invest in the future development of hotel services, in a form of joint venture or financial agreement.

Croatian producer of innovative wall planters seeks distributors

A Croatian designer and fabricator of foldable wall planters is looking for product distributors. The innovative product offered allows to realize vertical gardens in homes and offices. The product comes in three sizes and is completely waterproof, making it ideal for all kinds of surfaces.

COVID-19: Czech manufacturer of air purifier with improved capture of viral pollution is looking for distribution services agreement

Czech small company has developed and now manufactures a highly efficient air purifier suitable for use in homes, offices and hotels. The patented air purifier is based on innovative technology combining 3 types of filters. The filter combination ensures 99,9975% elimination of viral pollution. The company is searching for distributors to conclude distribution services agreements.

COVID-19: A Greek university with ultra rapid and sensitive test kit for the mass detection of SARS-CoV-2 virus seeks clinical research or manufacturing partners

A Greek university has developed a novel device for detecting COVID-19 in 1-3 minutes, costing € 2-3 per sample, with a capacity of 100 per hour, as well as catching infections early on. The Greek university is interested in finding partners for conducting clinical research under technical cooperation agreements and manufacturers for massive production and commercial exploitation.

Hungarian company is looking for business partners all over the wold to sell disc brakes and brake shoes under distribution services or manufacturing agreement

Hungarian company produces brakes, does laser cutting and laser machining and 3D measurements. Most of their customers work on spare parts market and they also deliver their products directly to the manufacturing industry. The SME is looking for international business partners under distribution services or manufacturing agreement.

Irish SME specialising in digital commerce platforms for e-commerce business seeks agency agreements

An Irish SME is focussed on planning, building, designing and implementing e-commerce solutions for content platforms across a number of sectors. The company is currently specialising in delivering services to key sectors pharmaceutical, food & beverage, construction, engineering, retail and government and is seeking to partner with companies under agency agreements in Europe and beyond.

Irish manufacturer of donkey milk soaps seeks distribution service agreement in all countries

The Irish company manufactures donkey milk soaps as small individual sculptures in the shape of farm and wild animals, birds, cars and other real life figures or ornaments. They now seek a distribution service agreement in all countries. Distributors should have good contacts with retail outlets such as department and gift stores, tourist and duty free outlets.

Romanian producer of traditional roasted vegetable spread is looking for foreign agents or distributors

A Transylvanian SME, with 7 years of experience in processing and preserving fruits and vegetables, is cooking and selling a Romanian traditional roasted vegetable spread called “zacusca”, which is made only of natural ingredients (no preservatives, no artificial flavours, no artificial colours). The SME is looking for foreign agents or distributors so as to promote and sell its authentic Romanian product abroad.
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.

170947 - P18311 - eCommerce Solution to deliver Customer Focused Airport Products & Services
Publication date:  12-06-2020
Response deadline:  10-07-2020 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: daa PIN
Description: As part of the development of the Dublin Airport Travel Services (DATS), daa is seeking to acquire a best in class eCommerce solution to support the continued growth of Dublin Airport Travel products; not only in terms of volume; but critically a robust and flexible platform that will facilitate a broader range of products and services, acting as an enabler for the strategic development of DATS.
Buyer: daa plc

171083 - MC/2020/07 - Brand and Visual Identity Agency
Publication date:  12-06-2020
Response deadline:  26-06-2020 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Fáilte Ireland are looking to partner with a Brand & Visual Identity Agency to assist in developing new brand guidelines and toolkits to support Fáilte Ireland’s existing regional experience brands.
Buyer: Fáilte Ireland-National Tourism Development Authority

170945 - AEC Hubs IT Systems 2020 - Procurement of IT systems (Website Platform, Booking Engine and Hubs Management System) to support the work of the Atlantic Economic Corridor
Publication date:  12-06-2020
Response deadline:  26-06-2020 15:00   Irish time
Procedure: PIN
Description: The AEC Enterprise Hubs project seeks to provide a suite of cloud based information technology systems to provide the following functionality for individual hubs: • Hub website platform • Online automated booking engine • Hub management system to assist with hub admin management portal, members portal, internal hub network collaboration, foster community development between other hubs. These tools will help to promote the hubs, ease the burden of hub management, and facilitate the creation of the hub network community and ongoing participation in it. The network will also help hub managers to support the businesses in the hubs, encourage participation at events and sharing of best practice in hub management. It will also provide clear routes to further supports and, in the longer term, build a pipeline of innovation in communities.
Buyer: Western Development Commission

170859 - HSE 13130 - Open Tender for Health Matters Magazine
Publication date:  11-06-2020
Response deadline:  10-07-2020 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 2. Open Procedure (OJEU)
Description: Open Tender for the Editing, Layout, Printing and Distribution (Soft & Hard Copy) of quarterly editions of the Health Matters Magazine
Buyer: Health Service Executive (HSE)

170906 - WCCC 20/249 Mount Congreve - Consultant for Development of Strategic Business Plan
Publication date:  10-06-2020
Response deadline:  24-06-2020 14:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Waterford City & County Council require the services of a competent business consultant with the appropriate specialist skills and experience in the commercial aspects of tourism businesses, particularly visitor attractions, to draft a Strategic Business Plan for the Mount Congreve Estate, for agreement by the various stakeholders. The consultant should have the following skill sets: 1. Experience in creating commercial plans for internationally significant visitor attractions. 2. Track record in working with stakeholders. 3. Competent in managing the process of drafting a Commercia lPlan with stakeholders to tight deadlines, delivering an agreed, achievable plan. The consultant will be responsible for: ◦ Stakeholder consultation and securing/ensuring agreement at all stages in the development of the plan ◦ Delivery of a Strategic Business Plan in MS word format. ◦ Delivery of the financial elements of the Plan (ten-year projected P&Ls and cash flows) in Excel format, reflecting the narrative in the Strategic Business Plan; ◦ Delivery of a Commercial Plan (comprising capacity planning; revenue generation; and sales activation) – a template for this aspect of the plan will be made available to the successful consultant Note: Tenders are to be submitted electronically only via the etenders web site portal, hard copies are not required and will not be accepted.
Buyer: Waterford City and County Council

170813 - SCC2020/025 - Wayfinding and Interpretation Strategy and Signage Scheme for the historic city centre of Sligo
Publication date:  08-06-2020
Response deadline:  29-06-2020 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Tenders are being invited from suitably qualified and experienced consultants to develop a Wayfinding and Interpretation Strategy and associated Signage Scheme for Sligo town. The key objective of this project is the delivery of a bespoke high quality signage strategy which will enhance the visitor experience and improve wayfinding around Sligo Town Centre. The strategy will address interpretation as well as orientation. This will require a comprehensive review of existing directional (vehicular and pedestrian) and interpretative signage in terms of sign location, comprehensiveness, completeness and functionality. An additional objective of the project is the identification of innovative ways in which Sligo could be made more visually attractive to motorists accessing the town from all main roads, the N4, N15, N16 etc. The consultants shall propose a family of way-finding signage for the town including as considered appropriate: • pedestrian signage - finger post, way finding etc. • interpretative signage, including amenity walks, heritage trails, biodiversity; All elements of the final Signage Plan must be fully detailed, specified and designed, appropriate for Sligo County Council to tender for their manufacture, purchase and installation. The Consultant, which would ideally be an architect-led team shall research, design and produce the Strategy and associated signage scheme. The team will provide all necessary consultancy design services including design, graphics, content editing, heritage/interpretation and other services necessary for the performance of the services described in this RFT. Tenders are being invited from suitably qualified and experienced consultants to develop a Wayfinding and Interpretation Strategy and associated Signage Scheme for Sligo city. 1. The key objective of this project is the delivery of a bespoke high quality signage strategy which will enhance the visitor experience and improve wayfinding
Buyer: Sligo County Council

170779 - AV Production Services - Design & Crafts Council Ireland are seeking AV production services as part of a 3 year framework
Publication date:  08-06-2020
Response deadline:  29-06-2020 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: DCCI are developing digital content for workshops, webinars and tutorials as well as digital content that profiles the design and craft sector. Due to COVID restrictions current footage is secured from DCCI clients and external sources using a mix of i-phone, i-pad and video camera. Requirements for the initial contract includes the development of circa 20 short video pieces of between 1-5 minutes. As audio quality can be challenging, it is expected that instructional and process based videos will use text titles and a sound-track.
Buyer: Design & Crafts Council of Ireland

170796 - 2686 - Multi-Party Framework for the Provision of Mentors on behalf of the Local Enterprise Office South Dublin
Publication date:  08-06-2020
Response deadline:  29-06-2020 16:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: A Multi-Party Framework for the provision of Mentors on behalf of the Local Enterprise Office South Dublin
Buyer: South Dublin County Council

170823 - - Commercial capability and field sales training post COVID-19 lockdown
Publication date:  08-06-2020
Response deadline:  23-06-2020 17:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Food Drink Ireland Skillnet are seeking a trainng provider to deliver training to Key Account Managers and Sales people in the Food and Drink sector in light of the changes that have been created by COVID-19. The primary objective of the training requirement is to upskill Key Account Managers, Sales Managers and Filed Sales Executives from across the Food and Drink sector to ensure they are best placed to address the changed needs of their customers as a result of COVID-19. Trainees will be experienced sales professionals from the sector, and will be currently be servicing either the FMCG, Hospitality or Foodservice channels. The proposal should include a number of programmes to ensure content is relevant to all customer channels and topics addressed may include areas such as: - Shopper insights - Customer insights - Account planning post COVID lockdown - Category planning - Engagement with the customer - Negotiating and Joint business plans Programme must be delivered online, however, an understanding of how learners learn in an online environment must be demonstrated in the proposal.
Buyer: IBEC - on behalf of the FDII Skillnet
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