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Issue 507 - 6th July 2020
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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.

172230 - PCO/151F - Multi-Party Framework Agreement for the Provision of Audio-Visual Equipment and Services
Publication date:  04-07-2020
Response deadline:  03-08-2020 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 2. Open Procedure (OJEU)
Description: Open Competition for the Establishment of a Multi-Party Framework Agreement for the Provision of Audio-Visual Equipment and Services in Three Lots: (1) Supply and Installation (2) On Site Service and Support (3) Event Support
Buyer: Maynooth University
172354 - WCCC 20/283 - Creation & Production of the 2020 Winterval Illuminations 3D Lightshow
Publication date:  03-07-2020
Response deadline:  23-07-2020 15:00   Irish time
Procedure: 02 WCCC - Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Winterval is Ireland’s Premiere Christmas festival with over a million visitors since 2012. The Winterval Illuminates 3D light show is the marquee free event for the festival with the light show projected onto the historic Deanery building in Cathedral Square, the centre of the Viking Triangle, Waterford’s historic heart. In 2020 Waterford City & County Council require a suitably qualified and creative company or individual to create, produce and operate a unique animated projection show with content based on a theme to be agreed with the festival team.
Buyer: Waterford City and County Council

172368 - AC/2020/10 - Adoption and Integration Office 365 toolset within The Arts Council
Publication date:  03-07-2020
Response deadline:  23-07-2020 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: • Successful adoption and integration of the Office 365 toolset within the Arts Council • Promote collaboration and data sharing internally within Arts Council, and externally within the Arts Sector • Provide a secure, stable environment which supports employee mobility • Provide a better environment for meetings, making it easier for people to meet and connect online • Ensure the Arts Council is cloud readiness in line with Government Cloud First guidelines. • Ensure staff are trained both in use of Cloud Technology but also in use of Microsoft Tools. • Support for highly secure data and records management across the organisation.
Buyer: Arts Council
172016 - - Tourism Town Skills Programme
Publication date:  30-06-2020
Response deadline:  21-07-2020 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Louth LEADER Partnership (LLP) on behalf of Louth Local Action Group wishes to appoint a trainer/facilitator to deliver a pilot ‘Tourism Town Skills Programme’ Training Course in Ardee Co Louth. The courses would be delivered in Ardee town in County Louth. Location for training will be decided at a later date. Venues to be confirmed in consultation with LLP. Full responsibility for the organising of the initiative, recruiting participants and advertising the programme will rest with the trainer / facilitator. The training programme is aimed at business owners, traders associations and community groups who have an interest in developing and promoting their town as a tourist destination and how they can apply this learning in their local area.
Buyer: Louth Leader Partnership

172062 - BE/SE/14/05/2020 - Provision of Ongoing Customer Service Support and Advice
Publication date:  30-06-2020
Response deadline:  31-07-2020 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: Negotiated Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: We are developing an approach towards customer service which will be sustainable beyond the next 12 months and create a legacy for Bus Éireann and our customers. As such, we are looking for advice across a range of areas both on a strategic and practical level. This might involve assistance in the cultivation of a strategy for service delivery, through to help in re-defining our customer service proposition and initiating “quick win” improvements that help us in our pursuit of a step change in customer satisfaction. This might also be in tandem with longer term improvements, which you might help us articulate in a compelling manner and make the case for as part of any future business development activity for Bus Éireann.
Buyer: Bus Eireann/Irish Bus

171954 - - Monitoring and Mentoring of Safe Pass Courses
Publication date:  29-06-2020
Response deadline:  22-07-2020 13:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: The SOLAS Safe Pass Health and Safety Awareness Training Programme is to ensure that, over the course of time, all workers in construction will have a basic knowledge of health and safety, and be able to work on-site without being a risk to themselves or others who might be affected by their acts or omissions. From a health and safety perspective, construction workers are bound by law to hold a valid Safe Pass card. The aims of the programme are focused mainly around health and safety awareness, while the benefits include an improved safety culture. In order to achieve the objectives set by the Social Partners and the Construction Industry Group, it is important that the SOLAS Safe Pass Programme is delivered by accredited Safe Pass Tutors to a consistent standard. The delivery of the Programme to this consistent standard will ensure that all workers in Construction will receive the same standard of Health and Safety training and will use this knowledge to improve safety practice on site. With this in mind SOLAS are seeking to establish a framework agreement for the provision of Safe Pass monitors to provide a monitoring and mentoring service that: • Demonstrates to Safe Pass stakeholders that SOLAS is committed to implementing Monitoring/Mentoring programmes that provide for the maintenance of standards. • Use results of Monitoring/Mentoring as a basis to: a. Enhance communications with SOLAS approved training providers and Safe Pass Stakeholders. b. Provide feedback to programme designers on matters relating to the delivery of programmes and assessment procedures. c. Facilitate the achievement of the aims of the Safe Pass Programme. d. Achieve a consistent approach to delivery and assessment methods that come within the scope of the SOLAS Safe Pass Programme. e. Identify any non-conformances, record and report in keeping with the required standards.
Buyer: Solas

171381 - DLR-2020-9 - The Delivery of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Development, Advisory & Support Services - Multiparty Framework (Cascade System)
Publication date:  28-06-2020
Response deadline:  10-08-2020 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 2. Open Procedure (OJEU)
Description: Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is seeking to create a Multiparty framework (Cascade System) for the drawdown of Development, Advisory & Support Services for Microsoft Dynamics 365 and related Office 365 products. It is envisaged that Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council will require access to professional services for a range of Microsoft Dynamics 365 and related Office 365 products requirements including, but not limited to, the following: -Systems/Business Analysis -Solutions Development -Systems Maintenance -Dynamics 365 Support -User Adoption, Knowledge Transfer, Change Management and Training. -Mobile Solutions -Trusted Advisor -Documentation -Build to Share -End of contract handover
Buyer: Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

171919 - UCC/2020/07 - Finance Management Software System
Publication date:  28-06-2020
Response deadline:  27-07-2020 12:01   Irish time
Procedure: 2. Open Procedure (OJEU)
Description: The Irish Management Institute are seeking to replace the current finance system with a modern off-the-shelf FMS solution that supports the following high-level capabilities: • Purchasing • Accounts Payable • Bank & Cash • Project costing • Accounts Receivable • Workflow and Transactions Processing • Budgeting / Forecasting • General Ledger • KPI and management reporting / Dashboards • Time Reporting (optional) • Fixed Assets (optional) • Interfaces to CRM, Sage Payroll, and the e-Commerce website • Strong security • Remote access support The ideal solution should be SaaS based and allow single-sign-on capability. It should interact closely with Microsoft technologies and products.
Buyer: University College Cork ( UCC )
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.

Ulster University Business School is providing a series of Digital Transformation online events with partners Marvel Marketers.
The webinars include:
  • Insights from industry thought leaders all over the world
  • Hands-on learning opportunities
  • The fundamentals of today's top marketing technologies
  • The digital components that are vital for a successful marketing strategy
  • The data sources that lead to actionable decision-making
  • Expert tips to help you become a more marketable job candidate


The Department of Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs has announced a new COVID–19 fund for the Agricultural sector in NI.

Breakdown of the £21.4m (indicative figures) is as follows:
Support for the Beef Sector - £7m (100% losses covered)
Support for the Dairy Sector - £11m (80% losses covered)
Support for the Sheep Sector - £232k (100% losses covered)
Support for the Potato Sector - £1.2 – 1.6m (80% losses covered)
Support for the Ornamental Horticulture Sector – £1.2m - £1.6m (80% losses covered)

For further information on this announcement please follow the link below:

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.

[DELTA 2] A Korean company specialised in high precision processing technology is looking for a Czech partner, capable of developing high-speed auto-array distributor and conveyor control system

A Korean company specialised in high precision processing technology is looking for a partner for a Czech-Korea bilateral co-funding R&D project. The main goal is to develop loading/unloading collaborative robot, aiming at handling atypical and handle-with-care freights. Thus, a Czech company specialised in high-speed auto-array distributor and conveyor control system could be possible. The deadline of proposal submission is 15 July 2020.

Intelligent Lighting Control System based on LED technology

An engineering research group from a Spanish university proposes an intelligent control system of the activity of street lighting luminaires based on LED technology. This system is intended to start / stop / mitigate conveniently the lights located primarily on highways. The research group is looking for manufacturing agreements and commercial agreement with technical assistance.

Powerful composite sorbent for the removal of contaminants from water

Established Slovak scientific research institute has developed a highly effective composite sorbent for the removal of contaminants from water for drinking purposes. These are mainly heavy metals such as arsenic, antimony, chromium, cadmium, lead and others. The composite sorbent can be also used in wastewater treatment, including wastewater from chemical and electronic industry. The cooperation types they would like to cooperate via are license agreement or research cooperation agreement.

Reliable, cost-effective condition monitoring, prognostics and health management of rotational machines and drives

A Slovenian public research organization has developed a platform built on a portfolio of hardware and software modules for diagnosis and prognosis of the remaining useful time of rotational machinery. The employed algorithms are completely new to the industry. The solution is capable of non-invasive monitoring on a wide range of classic industrial drive components. Partners are sought for licensing and technical cooperation agreements.

Novel luminescent probes of lanthanide complexes for sensing of biomolecules

A research institution and a university from Spain have developed a new family of antenna chromophores able to sensitize effectively luminescence of lanthanides to be applied as labelling probes for biomolecules. Industrial partners specialized in probes for biological research are being sought for patent licensing and/or research collaboration.

UK transport company is searching for subcontracting companies in Western and Central Europe and Central Aisa

The UK company is active in freight transport, management and logistics in Europe and Central Asia. The company has facilities in the UK, Netherlands and Germany. Due to growing demand for their services, they are looking for transport companies in West and Central Europe and companies shipping from/delivering to Central Asia with free vehicle capacity for subcontracting.

Armenian producer of natural and organic herbal teas is looking for trade intermediaries or manufacturing activities

This Armenian company is producing around 30 types of natural and organic herbal teas and tea mixes. The company’s products are already well known in the local market and are being exported to Germany and France. The company wants to expand its sales in foreign markets and is looking for a distribution services agreement or manufacturing agreement.

COVID 19 : Payment card allowing local authorities to distribute emergency food aid and helicopter money to support economic recovery.

A Belgian SME offers a payment card dedicated to local authorities so they can support people to recover from the Covid-19 sanitary and economic crisis. It allows local authorities to distribute emergency food aid, distribute helicopter money and sustain economic recovery with public support. Thanks to a special partnership with Visa, the card is deployed quickly (2-4 weeks) and allows to restrict how the money is used. They are looking for commercial agreements with technical assistance

Biocollection of tissues and associated data focused on metabolic disorders offered under licence agreements

A French Technology Transfer Office offers to pharmaceutical companies, diagnostics manufacturers or biomarkers researchers a licence agreement for the access to a biobank focused on metabolic disorders. This biobank includes human samples and associated data to allow the discovery and the preclinical validation of biomarkers and therapeutic targets associated with the onset of metabolic troubles.

A German service company is looking for 1st or 2nd Tier suppliers for automotive parts to offer its engineering services on the basis of outsourcing agreements

Since more than 25 years the German company provides ?its services for well-known 1st and 2nd Tier ?suppliers of the German, European and ?international automotive industry. It would like to ?extend its partners' base by outsourcing agreements. It offers its services, ?especially resident engineers for comprehensive ?and intensive project management to other Tier 1/2 suppliers. Additionally, engineering and development work, project management and ?project assistance is offered as well.?

An Irish SME has developed camera management software designed to enable time-lapse & project management features for construction projects seeking licensing agreements

An Irish company has developed software to turn an internet protocol camera (closed-circuit television) into a time-lapse & project management camera specific for the construction industry. The time-lapse videos and live streaming gathers data from an internet protocol camera for various project management teams and building information modelling for the design team. The company is looking for partners to establish a licensing agreement within the construction industry preferably.

Polish company from fashion sector offers design and production services

A Polish company is offering design and production services. The services portfolio includes: garment design and development, sample production, preparation and production management. The company can advise on the technical aspect of design and helping go from paper idea to fabric production. Clients receive solutions tailored to their requirements. The company is looking for clients in design under outsourcing agreement or production under subcontracting.

A Polish manufacturer of hats and scarves is looking for partners to establish distribution agreements or manufacturing agreements

The Polish manufacturer of casual and premium cashmere products such as hats, scarves and bespoke caps is looking for experienced partners, in order to conclude distribution agreements or manufacturing agreements.

Polish designer and manufacturer of jewellery offers its manufacturing services

Polish company producing an extensive range of jewellery from high-quality gold and silver is interested to sign a manufacturing services agreement.

IT company from South West Poland, with software for industrial automatics, offers subcontracting agreement

Since 2002 the Polish company focuses on services based on programming dedicated software and hardware development for industrial applications. A small team of experienced, educated, creative programmers meets development orders coming from industrial customers. The company specializes in development and implementation of tailor-made solutions for industrial applications. The expected form of cooperation is under a subcontracting or outsourcing agreement.

Automated car parking systems are requested under manufacturing agreement

A Polish company specialised in real estate development is looking for automated car parking systems for their current and future investments. Cooperation in a form of manufacturing agreement is requested.

[Eureka/Eurostars] Dutch SME is seeking partner for development of non thermal plasma (NTP) air cleaning reactor with focus on removal of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in the petrochemical industry for research cooperation

A Dutch company is looking to further develop its non thermal plasma (NTP) technology that has proven to greatly reduce the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAC) emissions from the petrochemical industry. The company wants to submit a Eurostars proposal and is looking for research cooperation with a cleantech and petrochemical company focusing on development of the technology and its integration in the production processes.

Italian company, located in Sicily, producer of gourmet organic olive oil, vinegar and sea salt seeks distributors

Italian company, located in Sicily and specialized in the production of high quality extra virgin olive oil, lemon olive oil, wine vinegar and sea salt is looking for distributors for their products in many European countries (Belgium, Holland, Finland, Sweden, Poland), in Switzerland, Singapore and China. The extra virgin olive produced is of native regional varieties of the western Mediterranean coast and comes in different sizes and packages.

Identification of therapeutic agents for treatment of Covid-19

An Italian University is working on a research project aimed at identifying new therapeutic agents for Covid-19 through poli-pharmacological approach and could be interested in further developing the project, and in starting discussion with other research organisations through technical or research collaborations, also by providing expertise to join european projects.

Italian company, specialized in the production of wristwatches is interested in finding distributors abroad

Italian company, established in 1998 and belonging to fashion sector, is specialized in the production and the trade of wristwatches. It is looking for distributors in other countries.

A Lithuanian company active in trade is looking for non-sterile medical creped paper distribution partners

The Lithuanian company has exclusive distribution rights of non-sterile medical creped paper and is looking for business partners to work under the distribution services agreement.
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