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Issue 452 - 4th Feb 2019
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#NewYear #NewYou - BSc Hons Management Practice

The BSc Hons Management Practice is a part-time degree designed to help you make a difference.  Transform your management and leadership ability with high impact learning.   Learn to inspire and lead others by better understanding yourself and how you relate to people and situations in your organisation.  The programme can be completed in 28 months.

A stimulus for change, the programme design and delivery are intensive and challenging.  At the same time the format takes cognisance of busy schedules and the importance of work-life balance.   Working in small highly interactive groups participants drawn from a diverse range of organisations ensure an enhanced learning experience.

Practically orientated, the programme includes the latest research and training in Mindfulness.   Throughout the programme the application of newly acquired knowledge and competencies is encouraged.   Increased personal effectiveness potentially drives impact for the organisation, community and the economy.

Based at the Ulster University’s Jordanstown campus, participants will undertake several learning modules which may include: Future of Work, Entrepreneurship in Practice, Change Management, Improving Organisational Performance, Finance, Marketing and Leadership Practice and two Management Practice study visits.  The final assessed element is an in-depth piece of individual research on an agreed topic chosen by the participant.   Work-based assignments capture the immediate application of theory to practice.   There are NO exams.

“Partaking on the BSc programme has given me the rare opportunity to learn on subject matters relating to my work and future work, guiding me on my way to a degree which I can obtain while still being able to work full time” Conall McQuaid, Class of 2018/19
This programme is tailored for anyone . . .
  • who would like to reflect on their leadership effectiveness and take steps to develop further as a leader and manager, or
  • who wants an academic management qualification, or
  • who wants to develop existing management and leadership competencies
  • with experience in a management or leadership role, possibly involving leading teams, managing projects, bringing about change and managing individuals, or
  • where the requirement to lead and influence people is becoming increasingly significant in determining success, or
  • who would like support and development to climb the managerial ladder.
For further Information please contact:
Dr Joy Taylor                      E:                T: 07702871441
Janette Sheerman           E:     T: 07793539280

Be your own boss 
If you are looking to start up your own business in 2019, but don’t know where to start - check out our ‘Be your own boss’ sessions and discover a wealth of business support on your doorstep.
Register your place today: BEN – Belfast Enterprise Network
Don’t miss the opportunity to hear first-hand from serial entrepreneur and Dragons’ Den star Eleanor McEvoy at the next BEN event on Thursday 17 January from 5.30pm-7.30pm at the Innovation Factory. Eleanor will be discussing how knowledge sharing and entrepreneurial networks both locally and overseas can drive your business forward.
Find out more and register.
Introduction to Tendering
Are you a small business that could benefit from receiving free advice about tendering? We’re working in partnership with InterTradeIreland to deliver a practical workshop on Tuesday 5 February from 9.30am-1pm at Belfast City Hall for small businesses who want to learn more about tendering.
Find out more and book your place.
Visit our business events web page for a full list of events. 
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That means that Disney, Celebration and Old Town can be reached in around 10 - 15 minutes, Seaworld, Universal and I-Drive in about 25, Tampa and Busch Gardens in less than an hour and the east coast (Cocoa Beach, Daytona, Kennedy Space Centre) in about an hour and a half. The area is well served with golf courses, with the Greg Norman designed ChampionsGate courses only minutes away and 12 courses within 10 miles.  ChampionsGate also has gas stations, supermarket, restaurants, carry-outs, bank and pharmacy.

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Applications are open for Ireland Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) Competition 2019 and we would really appreciate your help in finding Cavan’s Best Young Entrepreneurs!
We are inviting people from Cavan aged between 18 and 35 with a brilliant business idea for a start-up or already running their own  business to apply now at
Please help us reach Cavan’s Young Entrepreneurs by:
  • Emailing your network of contacts, family, friends, neighbours who you feel would be an ideal candidate. Use the content of this email and/or the attached poster.
  • Sharing the attached social media graphics on your social media channels and connecting with the target audience online.
  • Word of Mouth – Please encourage any eligible individuals you come into contact with before Friday 15th March to apply.
Applicants could win valuable investment, expert mentoring and support, great media exposure and networking opportunities with other young entrepreneurs.  Completing the application only takes 10 minutes. The closing date is March 15th.
Local Enterprise Office Cavan has a prize fund of €50,000 to share between the Winner and Runner Up of each of the three competition categories – Best Idea, Best Start-Up Business and Best Established Business.
For more information and to apply online visit

A Serbian company specialized in architectural, promotional and industrial marking visual communication enamel panels is looking for commercial agents.

A Serbian company specialized in architectural, promotional and industrial marking is looking for commercial agents for its enamel panels for visual communication applications. The company offers high quality products and designer solutions created by a team of artists according to client's requests.

Hungarian manufacturer of office, home, outdoor and shop furniture is looking for manufacturing opportunities

Hungarian manufacturer of furniture offers full range of services from design to delivery of ready products with its own means of transport. The company has a wide range of furniture products such as: home - especially kitchen -, office, shop, outdoor - garden seat, tables, chairs, window boxes. The manufacturer is ready to expand new markets and looking for manufacturing agreements and offering subcontracting services to partners worldwide.

A Polish company specialized in heating system seeks distributors around the world.

A Polish company is a manufacturer of high quality hybrid heating system. Hybrid heating system is a full-fledged, autonomous electric heating system intended for heating of private houses, office flats and other residential premises. It consists of ceramic panels hybrid and autonomous temperature controllers. The company wants to export its products to foreign markets and is looking for distributors around the world.

Serbian company offers service agreements for certification, testing, inspection, and training

A Serbian testing and certifying company provides services in compliance with a number of certification marks that are recognized worldwide and in particular European standardization system (New Approach Directives) requirements. The company is offering testing, inspection, certification, and training under a services agreement to enterprises under the EU technical legislation for CE (conformity) marking. Potential partners are importers or the electrical and machinery industry.

Non-combustible plastic door with excellent heat resistance and insulation

A Korean company developed a non-combustible plastic door which has superior heat resistance and insulation to minimize the loss of human life and to secure evacuation space due to fire. The company wishes to expand its overseas markets through license agreement and commercial agreement with technical assistance, so the partnership would enable for their technology to be manufactured at lower cost than existing fire doors even they save lives by staying in the room closing the doors.

Stress and metabolic monitoring system to improve fish production

Spanish researchers have developed a novel smart system which warns about changes on fish behaviour responding to external factors which are controllable in a fish farm. The system is a small, less invasive and harmless device that allows fish farmers to identify stressed fish and to perform selective breeding in a more efficient manner. Industrial partners dedicated to the manufacture or development of fish farming products are sought to collaborate through a patent license agreement.

Low cost delamination process to isolate high quality graphene

Spanish researchers have developed a novel, simple procedure to isolate highly crystalline graphene so that it can be transferred from its growth silicon carbide (SiC) substrate to arbitrarily another one, such as a dielectric for electronic device applications. This novel transfer method has been experimentally proven, showing good performance and reproducibility. Graphene or SiC producers and device makers are being sought to exploit the know-how through a patent license agreement.

Turkish manufacturer of scaffolding systems is looking for distributors.

A Turkish company based in Antalya is looking for distributors in for scaffolding systems, slab panels, telescopic prop systems and formwork systems. The company is already working with high profile clients in Turkey. It is now looking to expand its distribution network by finding new partners for a distribution services agreement.

European media/game/immersive production company sought to join Eurostars project: which will develop a system to improve media sound quality by exploiting sound effects synthesis in the media production workflow. EOI by 20th Feb 2019.

A UK R&D sound production company is preparing a proposal for Eurostars funding. The project aims to develop an intelligent media content creation tool with a focus on improving easily and automatically the sound quality in games, media and immersive production by exploiting sound effects synthesis in the media production workflow. They require a European (but non UK) media, games and immersive production company or a commercial partner who can target the gaming and immersive production market.

New materials to simplify the creation, manufacturing and end of life processing of polyolefins

A UK company and a European company are jointly seeking new technologies to facilitate the improved manufacturing and improve the functionality of polyolefins and polyols. The materials must have proof of concept and they should enable use in markets including construction, food, healthcare, automotive. Dependent on the stage of development the agreements may include licensing, joint venture, technical cooperation or commercial agreement with technical assistance.

German provider of advanced solutions for automatic text generation is looking for commercial agencies

A German company provides solutions for automatic text generation especially for the creation of new reports such business, financial and stock markets reports, including customized automation solutions. The company is looking for partners for commercial agency agreement.

Advanced process for efficient hydrogen production through photoelectrochemical solar water splitting based on a new photoelectrochemical cell design and a new module architecture

A German university research team specialized in photoelectrochemical processes has advanced the method of solar water splitting which generates energy dense hydrogen without harmful waste products. The invention refers to a new photoelectrochemical cell design with a novel arrangement of electrodes and membranes and thus, an improved, much more efficient module architecture for the photoelectrochemical solar water splitting process. Seeking technical cooperation / patent licensing or purchase.

A clean energy company with materials for energy generation and storage offers collaboration opportunities in manufacturing, research and development.

A Greek company develops, markets, and manufactures materials and components for a range of clean energy applications. It seeks energy systems developers to improve and/or adopt the company’s technology (joint venture or commercial agreement with technical assistance) and universities/R&D institutions to develop next generation materials technologies (technical or research cooperation agreement).

Greek SME offers modular lighting device adapted for retrofitting existing lighting units

A Greek company specialized in the development of innovative relamping products (lamps and modules) is offering a modular lighting device that can retrofit any existing lighting fixture that utilizes high intensity discharge (HID) or incandescent lamp and upgrade them to LED technology. Industrial partners active in lighting sector are sought with an interest in establishing a commercial agreement with technical assistance.

Greek manufacturing SME has developed a pre-cooling technology for fruits and vegetables and is looking for commercial agreement with technical assistance

The Greek SME is active in equipment manufacturing for fruit and vegetables, covering all stages of production. It has developed a technology that permits direct cooling of the fresh fruits and vegetables after the harvesting process. The SME is looking for partners for a commercial agreement with technical assistance.

First 100 % plastic based solar thermal system

An Austrian SME developed a solar thermal system (collectors, pumps,...) made completely from polymer materials which is producible on a large scale. A unique product design made it possible to manufacture these products at up to 50 percent lower economical as well as environmental costs compared to customary solar system components. This allows solar heating to become more affordable, accessible and sustainable than ever before. License agreements with manufacturers and distributors are sought.

R&D company seeks non toxic insect glues to be tested and spread on specific materials (cardboard/plastics)

In the frame of a new product development, a Brussels-based R&D company specialized in the development of ecological devices trapping domestic pests is looking for non toxic a hot-melt glue with a high-tack adhesive adapted to different insect species. The glues will be tested on different insect species. The SME seeks commercial agreement with technical support to spread the glue on specific materials (cardboard/plastics).

Croatian company seeks distributors in the fields of energy obtained from waste

The business activity of Croatian company is waste treatment and transport of non-hazardous waste materials. Also, they produce energy from non-hazardous waste like waste to energy (W2E) technology using sludge, RDF (Refuse derived fuel), SRF (Solid recovered fuel) and 19 12 12 (code for other waste from mechanical treatment of waste) materials. The company is looking to sign distribution services agreements and/or joint venture agreement.

A Croatian mechanical and electrical engineering company is offering its services through subcontracting, outsourcing and services agreements

A Croatian company, specialized in consulting, developing and designing products in the field of mechanical engineering and electrical engineering, is looking for partners abroad under a subcontracting, outsourcing or services agreement. The company provides engineering, design, simulation as well as testing of products prior to series production. The production of prototypes is also offered.

Czech producers of ski trainers and sliding slopes for “All Year Skiing” is looking for partners based on commercial agency agreement, distribution services agreement or license agreement.

A small Czech innovative company developing, producing and installing the ski trainers and artificial sliding slopes in the Czech Republic for all year skiing seeks partners based on commercial agency agreement or distribution services agreement or license agreement. Technology using a special nanomaterials for polymer modifications is suitable for ski, snowboards or cross country skiing.

Production machine for semiconductor and nanotechnologies production offered for commercial agreement with technical assistance or research cooperation agreement.

A Czech company offers an equipment for a Chemical Vapour Deposition (CVD) for both mass production and/or for demanding R&D. The tools can be used for process development and materials growth in many areas of research including semiconductor, photovoltaic (PV), and other nanotechnological applications. The company is looking for a cooperation based on a commercial agreement with technical assistance or a research cooperation agreement.
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.

145760 - 2019Mgmt - LEO Laois/Offaly Owner/Manager Development Programme 2019
Publication date:  01-02-2019
Response deadline:  26-02-2019 16:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Local Enterprise Offices Laois and Offaly wish to engage a service provider to deliver a Management Development Programme for the Owner/Managers of microenterprises located in Counties Laois and Offaly. The programme will consist of 15 weekly 5 hour classroom based training sessions (8 am – 1 pm) plus a total of 3 one-to-one mentoring meetings per participant of between 1½ - 2 hours. It is anticipated that the programme will run from early September through to mid December. The post programme report submitted accompanying the request for payment must include a report on each individual mentoring session including the date and location of the session, the issued discussed and the key actions arising. Training may take place in a number of venues in Counties Laois and Offaly. The venues for the training element of this programme will be provided by Local Enterprise Offices Laois and Offaly and should not be included in the tender price. It is expected that the mentoring element of this programme will be conducted in the participant’s premises and therefore venue hire should not be included in the tender price. If the service supplier makes a decision to undertake mentoring in a venue outside of the participants’ premises for exceptional reasons, the cost of venue hire (if any) will be borne by the service supplier.
Buyer: Local Enterprise Office

145776 - Skills to Success - Skills Connect - Skills Audit Programme 2019
Publication date:  01-02-2019
Response deadline:  15-02-2019 17:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: The aim of the programme is to assist long term unemployed clients to explore natural skills and abilities that are relevant to potential employment. Suggested format: • Discuss the various types of intelligences. • Facilitate self-assessment exercises/tests which will assist the clients in identifying their strengths in an experiential way. • Assist the clients to explore new ways to pair their identified strengths with potential employment. If the client is not job ready pairing their identified strengths with past times will allow them to develop so that it is employment relevant. • Assist the clients to set SMART objectives which with the aim of utilising their strengths to gain employment or start a new past time. • We will have people from lots of different backgrounds, so we want the experience to be warm, accessible, interactive and fun. It is important that this workshop be accessible to clients of varying literacy levels. It is anticipated that each programme will be 3 hours in duration with 15 to 20 clients per workshop at various locations in County Sligo. Venue and refreshments will be provided by County Sligo LEADER Partnership CLG. It is anticipated that the workshop will be delivered 10 times. If course is oversubscribed/undersubscribed contract maybe extended/reduced subject to funding. SLPC will be responsible for: Participant recruitment, Participant registration, Pre and Post Workshop Publicity. Anticipated Outcomes: At the end of the workshop the participants will have an understanding of the benefits of exploring new activities, both from a personal development and an employment point of view. The Successful facilitator will be responsible for: workshop content and delivery, distribution & collection of SLPC-devised forms, and a written final report for each workshop detailing qualitative outcomes/General comments etc.
Buyer: Sligo LEADER Partnership Co. Ltd.

145757 - 2019/06 - Design & Delivery of Customs and Export Training
Publication date:  01-02-2019
Response deadline:  21-02-2019 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Design & Delivery of Customs Export & Import Procedures workshops for businesses and clients of the Local Enterprise Offices
Buyer: Enterprise Ireland

145759 - MK/ILTP/02/19 - A Insight Led Training Programme
Publication date:  01-02-2019
Response deadline:  15-02-2019 14:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Invitation to Tender for the Provision of A Insight Led Training Programme
Buyer: Bord Bia (Irish Food Board)

145762 - Development & Delivery of a Besp - Development & Delivery of a Bespoke Marketing and Communications Plan for the CatchmentCARE Project
Publication date:  01-02-2019
Response deadline:  08-03-2019 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Donegal County Council as Lead Partner of the CatchmentCARE Project wish to appoint a Marketing Consultant to develop & deliver a bespoke Marketing & Communications Plan The development of an effective bespoke Marketing and Communications Plan is essential to facilitate the successful delivery of the project throughout its lifetime. The plan must ensure that the project and its outputs are widely recognised, understood and appreciated across all relevant stakeholders and the wider public. The objective of the marketing and communications plan is to inform and engage key interest groups, stakeholders, and local communities within the project areas as to the activity of the CatchmentCARE project over a 4-year period starting in 2019.
Buyer: Donegal County Council

145763 - MK/AVSB/02/19 - Audio Visual Services for Bloom 2019+
Publication date:  01-02-2019
Response deadline:  21-02-2019 14:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Invitation to Tender for the Provision of Audio Visual Services for Bloom 2019+
Buyer: Bord Bia (Irish Food Board)

145769 - Rural Food Skillnet - Direct Contract for Delivery of 2019 Training.
Publication date:  02-02-2019
Response deadline:  15-02-2019 16:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: The objective of this request for tender (RFT) is to offer a direct contract for delivery of various training programmes for the Rural Food Skillnet and its member companies, once specific needs arise and subject to availability of funding. - see attached RFT.
Buyer: Rural Food Skillnet

145606 - MK/BB2019/01/19 - Brexit Barometer 2019
Publication date:  29-01-2019
Response deadline:  12-02-2019 14:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Invitation to Tender for the Provision of Brexit Barometer 2019
Buyer: Bord Bia (Irish Food Board)

145553 - SPF Agreement 2019 / 04 - Design and Development of Websites and Online Forms for various Funded Projects
Publication date:  29-01-2019
Response deadline:  20-02-2019 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Enterprise Ireland is seeking suppliers to tender for above Framework for Design and Development of Websites and Online Forms for various Funded Projects, the award of an initial contract for Project #1 - LEO Innovation and Investment Fund (LIIF)
Buyer: Enterprise Ireland


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