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Issue 465 - 6th May 2019
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We've made a great start to our Resource Matching workshop in Coleraine; many thanks to Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council and Invest Northern Ireland for all of their support.

For those who couldn't make it on the day and are interested in exploring the potential for resource and cost efficiencies within their own businesses get in touch with us for details of our next sessions. Tel: 028 3833 3438
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“Lenses on Leadership Now and in the Future”
Ulster University Business School invites you to a panel discussion on 7th May 2019 focusing on the topic of leadership.  The event will draw on the experience, research and expertise of academics and practitioners, and provide delegates with insights which will help them reflect on their own leadership within the context of business environment now and in the future.  This event is a unique opportunity to hear from thought leaders and participate in interactive activities that will challenge thinking on leadership. 

The panel members
Dr. Robert Mauro- Director Global Leadership Institute, Boston College 
Paul Levy- Senior Researcher in Innovation and Management, University of Brighton 
Sarah Havlin – Certification Officer, NI Independent Press Standards Organisation 
Who should attend this event? 
  • Proven business leaders who have aspirations to progress their career and or to take their business to the next level;
  • Senior executives and or HR executives with an interest in talent retention and development; 
  • Alumni who wish to expand their networks and contacts;
The Masterclass is FREE of charge, places are limited to 60 delegates. Pre-registration is essential at



Steam & Jazz

Fridays 14th, 21st & 28th June, 5th July, 23rd & 30th August

Yes, we’re looking forward already to the balmy summer evenings!!

The dates for this year’s Jazz trains have just been announced.

Tickets are now on sale for the June and July dates..

Ticket details.

Management Development Designed Specifically For Women Working In The Field Of Logistics.

Build Your Competencies For Effective Leadership!
  • Optimise Personal Influence
  • Make Decisions for Supply Chain/Logistics Efficiencies
  • Create Successful Strategies for Staff Engagement
4 Sessions over 4 weeks - 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Starting Wednesday, 29th May at CILT 1 Fitzwilliam Pl. Dublin
Fee: € 800. inc. VAT Supported by Skillnet Ireland.

Skillnet Ireland operates a national training network in which CILT can offer discount up to 25% on Professional Development Courses to individuals and companies in the Transport, Logistics and Supply Chain Management sectors in Ireland.

Awards Certificate in Logistics – Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport, Ireland.

Full information on and

Contact Eileen at CILT: 00353 1906 8453 Email:
Kate at TBSP: 048 4173 9863
Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Business Awards 2019

CIDO are once again delighted to be involved in the Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Business Awards organised by Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council in association with Power NI. CIDO are joint sponsors of the Best New Business Award along with Armagh Business Centre and Banbridge District Enterprise. 
Entries for the awards are now open and we would encourage all local businesses to enter and get the recognition they deserve. Please note that the deadline for entries is 5:00pm on Friday 10th May 2019.  
The Awards are free to enter and you can enter as many categories as you like. The categories are listed below so take a look and see which are the best fit for you.
  • The Sir Allen McClay Young Business Person Award
  • Best New Business Award
  • Commitment to Responsible Business Award
  • Best Hospitality Business Award
  • Excellence in Manufacturing Award
  • Excellence in Customer Service Award
  • Best Exporting Business Award
  • Best Innovation Award
  • Best Social Enterprise Business Award
  • Best Business Growth Award
  • Best Family Business Award
  • Outstanding Woman in Business Award
  • Best Apprentice Employer Award – NEW
Please click here to view detailed information on each of the award categories.
This area is home to over 8,000 businesses and growing the local economy is the council’s number one priority.  The Business Awards give local companies the opportunity to be recognised for their hard work and commitment to business excellence. Get involved and get the recognition that you, your employees and your business deserve

The Awards will take place on Wednesday 12th June at the Craigavon Civic & Conference Centre.

For more information on the Awards or how to enter contact

Franchisees sought by Danish developer of flexible fertilizer concept

A Danish developer of a flexible fertilizer concept which benefits farmers who grow common crops, such as wheat, barley, potato, maize, grass, broccoli, onion and rape is looking for partners who are interested in entering franchise agreements.

Serbian company developing complex information and telecommunication systems seeks commercial agency or outsourcing agreements

A Serbian software company is offering ICT solutions, beginning with the development of embedded software support of secure mobile communication devices, up to the complex industrial and information systems. The company is developing prototypes, challenging solutions and provides support in the field of ICT, data security, real-time systems, internet/intranet applications. The company wishes to expand its market through commercial agency and outsourcing agreement.

Monitoring of the dynamic behavior of civil and building structures

Infrastructures and construction area of Spanish technology centre is offering a monitoring of dynamic behaviour of civil and building structures system to companies and administrations interested in using new methods to control their buildings and civil infrastructures so their lifetime increased. Partnerships sought are services agreement with public administrations and companies, and research cooperation with any type of entity in the field of construction engineering.

Humidity measurement system on the terrain for remote multi-sensing and mentoring

Spanish technology centre is offering its humidity measurement system to companies and public administrations interested in developing new products and technologies to measure the quality and the security of their roads, being able to improve road safety. Partnerships sought are services agreement for companies and public administrations specialized on road infrastructures and research cooperation agreement with any type of entity in the field of road infrastructure.

Industry inspection system

Industry solutions division of Spanish technology centre is offering its industrial inspection system to companies interested in developing new technologies to control industry production. Using these technology methods allows the control of commercial production in factories and detection of possible production failures. Partnerships sought are service agreement (mainly in automotive but open to any kind of sector) and research cooperation with any type of entity in the field of industry.

Spanish manufacturer of methacrylate multi-product displays is looking for distribution, agency or subcontracting agreement.

The company is dedicated to the manufacture of high quality methacrylate products. One of their top products are multi-product displays manufactured in casting methacrylate for the food industry and perfect for big shopping areas and candy shops. They offer high quality products at very competitive prices and also create new models following customers’ specifications and requests. The company looks for distributors or agents abroad and for subcontracting the manufacture of methacrylate products.

Spanish manufacturer of system for regulating luminous flux with two charge voltage levels looks for commercial or manufacturing agreement.

An experienced manufacturing company based in the north of Spain offers an innovative, high performance, patented energy regulation system based on the combination of diverse electromagnetic elements for the lighting of public areas. This system is able to efficiently reduce the luminous flux of lamps by reducing the voltage. The company is looking for a commercial or manufacturing agreement.

Production full management system and traceability for small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

A Spanish technology centre offers a full management system, capture and follow up all kind of production data to SMEs interested in managing their production plans. The tool helps companies to control their own premises at real time, allowing take staff decisions at time on production. Partnership sought is a commercial agreement with technical assistance, mainly on agrofood, and research cooperation agreement for future calls related with revalorisation of by-products in Horizon 2020.

Procedure and fuzzy control multi-agent electronic device for lateral cerebral ictus detection

A research group of a Spanish technology center that offers electronic advanced technology services has developed and patented a method and an electronic device with multi-agent fuzzy control for detecting lateral cerebral stroke (ictus) in real time. The research and development (R&D) center is looking for partners as non-profit entities, hospitals and patients associations for testing the new device and further developments, through technical cooperation agreements.

Biodegradability test: Determination of aerobic biodegradability of plastic materials or residual plastic materials by measuring the amount of carbon dioxide evolved.

A Spanish research centre specialised in plastics and composite materials offers analysis services of biodegradability or standard test for determining aerobic biodegradation in contact with soil or mature compost, under laboratory conditions. Research, technical and service agreements are sought with research institutes and industrial actors involved with bioplastics or residual plastic, interested in knowing the behaviour of their materials at end of life.

Tailored materials development for 3D printing with Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) technology.

A Spanish research centre, specialised in plastics and composite materials, offers development of tailored polymer materials for 3D printing. The centre is equipped with high performance single-spindle extrusion equipment and a twin-screw extruder for mixtures.It is looking for partners as 3D additive manufacturers coming from a wide range of sectors (automotive, aeronautics, etc) and 3D printing machine manufacturers, interested in research, technical cooperation and services agreements.

Marker for the non-invasive diagnosis of renal fibrosis

A Spanish research group of the public health system has developed a marker for the non-invasive diagnosis of renal fibrosis. It allows detection, diagnosis, prediction and/or prognosis of renal fibrosis in an individual, as well as following the efficacy of a treatment for this disease. A license agreement or a technical cooperation agreement is sought.

Use of mesenchymal stromal cells of adipose tissue for the treatment of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD).

A Spanish research group of the public health system has developed a new therapy for the treatment or prevention of GVHD through a kit composed of an immunosuppressive agent and mesenchymal stromal cells of adipose tissue. The therapy improves and facilitates the processing and accessibility of the donor tissue. A license agreement or a technical cooperation agreement for a public or private partnership for the further development of the patented technology is sought.

A Spanish company, specialized in solar photovoltaic technologies is looking for distributors or agents for its solar trackers

A Spanish company based in Manresa (Catalonia-Spain) manufacturer of solar photovoltaic (PV) mounting systems and solar trackers is seeking new international partners. The SME is looking for distribution or agents for its solar trackers. The SME has large experience, being one of the five oldest companies in the sector around the world.

Spanish city council is looking for smart mobility solutions under research, technical or commercial agreement

A Spanish city council aims to move forward on sustainable and smart mobility solutions. Consequently, this city council is seeking for urban, sustainable and smart (eco) mobility initiatives, agreements or partnership, whereas innovation leads the way and simultaneously meets social challenges. It offers an open innovation ecosystem, creates a living lab, which are used to add value to the innovation process. Research, technical cooperation or commercial agreement are sought.

Swedish sock brand seeks distributors for its high quality GOTS certified and ethically produced organic cotton socks in colourful design

An SME from Northern Sweden is offering a distributorship of organic socks which are produced ethically and with respect for the environment. They have an appealing and positive design with humour, at a competitive price. The socks are also more durable than the average products on the market with a longer life span. The SME is looking for distribution service agreements with retailers and distributors in selected European and non-European countries

Turkish manufacturer of fabric seeks distributors

A Turkish company that is specialized in the textile sector and produces men’s & women’s outerwear fabrics in different compositions is looking for distributors.

A Turkish company specialized in rubber spare parts for construction machines looks for distributors, commercial agents and offers manufacturing agreements

A Turkish company which has been specialized in manufacturing rubber spare parts for construction machines is one of the leading companies nationwide. The company has also the capacity to manufacture specially designed orders. Spare parts made out of polyurethane, polyethylene and plastics are also within the scope of the company. It looks for distributors and commercial agents and offers manufacturing agreements.

Ukrainian company specializing in manufacturing of upholstered furniture is looking for distributor

Ukrainian producer of upholstered furniture offers a wide range of upholstered furniture - sofas, sofa-beds, modular sofas, armchairs, beds and mattresses to distributors and aims to contract a long-term distribution agreement with potential partners. The company is able to offer the European level of quality and design by using European components and production equipment.

The Ukrainian agricultural company specializing in growing berries, is looking for a business partner to create a joint venture for processing berries

The Ukrainian agricultural company which is specializing in growing berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries) is interested in creating a joint venture with companies with modern technological equipment for drying and freezing in accordance with European standards and certificates.

Liquid concentrate extender for short-time preservation of boar semen

An old Czech animal breeding institute has developed a liquid form of an extender concentrate for the dilution and preservation of boar semen that is primarily intended to facilitate and simplify its preparation compared with present extenders that are predominantly in powder form. The client looks for companies breeding pigs and/ or a partner dealing with boar semen usage. Co-operation should be based on a commercial agreement with technical assistance or a license 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.

149984 - Tender 14/2019 - Building Positive Relations - Cross-community and Intercultural Events
Publication date:  29-04-2019
Response deadline:  20-05-2019 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: The Council is seeking to appoint a competent supplier to develop and co-ordinate the delivery of cross-community workshops and events across the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council area. The aim of the workshops is to explore good practice in inclusive celebrations leading to events organised by the community. The cultural, music & sporting events organised across the district (each DEA) will create opportunities for people from different cultural backgrounds to socialise together. The successful supplier will be required to: • Recruit participants to the programme in liaison with District Electoral Area (DEA) Co-ordinators. • Design and deliver 6 programmes of cross-community workshops to explore good practice in inclusive celebrations leading to events organised by community in 6 District Electoral Areas (DEA) in Newry, Mourne and Down. • Work with community groups to design and deliver 6 cross-community and intercultural events with a min.50 participants per event. • Procure, arrange and cover the costs of all necessary third-party suppliers in relation to the delivery of the events. • The workshops and events will create opportunities for sustained & meaningful contact between groups of different backgrounds. • A minimum of 26 hours (total) of meaningful cross-community engagement must be provided per participant. Participants must complete the programme in full with a minimum of 26 hours’ cross community engagement to be counted towards the agreed targets. • Cross-community balance: The supplier must ensure that significant pro-active effort is made to maintain adequate cross-community balance on the project. 45% CNR / 35% PUL / 20% BME with a maximum differential of 20% allowable on CNR/PUL identities. (CNR = Catholic / Nationalist / Republican; PUL = Protestant / Unionist / Loyalist; BME = Black and Minority Ethnic / Other) • Deliver all promotional activities related to the recruitment of participants and delivery of the programme. SEUPB Publicity and Marketing toolkit
Buyer: Newry, Mourne and Down District Council

149980 - RFQ Ref Q2087 - Shared History and Culture Programme - Facilitator for Downpatrick Gaol History Project
Publication date:  29-04-2019
Response deadline:  20-05-2019 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: The Council is seeking to appoint a competent facilitator to provide a programme of engagement to raise awareness of the history of crime and punishment in County Down and the role of the County Gaol in the period 1796-1830 which falls under the Building Positive Relations theme. This programme is aimed at dispelling myths and perceptions to provide understanding on how our past links to our future. This is aimed at taking learning from the past and building it into our future learning & approaches to culturally clashing situations. Down County Museum, as part of its ‘Building Positive Relations’ programme funded by the EU PEACE IV initiative, is seeking a facilitator to deliver in order to assist participating individuals to: • Dispel myths and perceptions • Provide understanding of how our past links to our future • Take learning about the past to help build a shared future Purpose: • To raise awareness of the history of crime and punishment in County Down and the role of the County Gaol in the period 1796-1830 • To increase awareness of the impact of developments in law, order and justice on society in the past and today • To encourage meaningful debate around the issues arising • To bring communities from different backgrounds together to learn about the Gaol, crime, punishment and justice • To increase awareness of local cultural traditions and cultural diversity • To encourage participants to engage in active learning about the period and produce their own learning resources • To provide learning opportunities for participants to engage in creative activities • To generate creative responses to the history of the topic and the historic building • To provide interpretative solutions for displaying the history of the Gaol and its prisoners in the cell block of the museum • To collect oral history relating to the history of the old Gaol site in the recent past
Buyer: Newry, Mourne and Down District Council

149931 - RFQ Ref Q2086 - Building Positive Relations - OCN Accredited Civic Leadership Programme for Women
Publication date:  29-04-2019
Response deadline:  20-05-2019 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Newry, Mourne and Down District Council is seeking to appoint a competent supplier to develop, deliver and manage an OCN accredited civic leadership programme for women. The programme will aim to raise the profile of female voices, equipping women with knowledge and skills to enable them to take an active role in civic, community and political life.
Buyer: Newry, Mourne and Down District Council

149946 - Tender 13/2019 - “Hands on History” Summer Scheme, Under Shared History & Culture Programme for Young People, Newry, Mourne and Down PEACE IV Local Action Plan
Publication date:  29-04-2019
Response deadline:  20-05-2019 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Newry, Mourne and Down District Council is seeking to appoint a competent facilitator to provide Cross Community Summer Schemes with a focus on shared history and culture. This is part of the Shared History and Culture theme, which falls under the Children and Young People theme. The Shared History and Culture Programme is aimed at Children and Young People of primary/secondary school age. The Programme will offer the opportunity for exploration of local areas/sites, shared Christian heritage, shared maritime heritage, different faiths and cultural roots, hate crime and exclusion, exploration of museum and other cultural/heritage collections to explore the shared and diverse history of the district and the cross-border areas, local cultural traditions and the arts. The “Hands on History” Summer Scheme aims to provide cross community engagement for young people aged 10-16 years. The young people will be involved in working together to explore shared history and culture, working together on history, archaeology, arts and drama activities.
Buyer: Newry, Mourne and Down District Council

149867 - DLR 2019/20 - Business Consultancy (Brexit)
Publication date:  02-05-2019
Response deadline:  23-05-2019 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: The Contracting Authority proposes to engage in a competitive process for the appointment of a suitably qualified business consultancy provider to work with identified Clients in relation to Brexit. The successful tenderer will work exclusively with LEO DLR portfolio clients who are growing, failing to reach their potential or losing market share as well as with other small and micro enterprises identified as at risk from Brexit.
Buyer: Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

150225 - LEOBA19 - Provision of Business Advisory Services to Local Enterprise Office Clients in County Roscommon and County Mayo
Publication date:  02-05-2019
Response deadline:  16-05-2019 15:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Roscommon County Council is seeking expressions of interest, on its own behalf and on behalf of Mayo County Council, from suitable contractor/s with experience in Business Advisory Services in the various disciplines of engineering, manufacturing, internationally traded services, export potential, food and IT for a significant client engagement project to be completed during 2019. The chosen contractor will work with Local Enterprise Office Roscommon and Local Enterprise Office Mayo portfolio clients who are either growing, failing to reach their potential or losing market share as well, as with other small and micro enterprises identified as at risk from Brexit.
Buyer: Roscommon County Council

150293 - - Patrick Kavanagh Centre - Technical rig, Lighting & Projection Systems
Publication date:  02-05-2019
Response deadline:  23-05-2019 16:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Monaghan County Council is seeking a suitable supplier to provide the following for the new Patrick Kavanagh Exhibition & Events Centre: Technical stage rig Lighting system and infrastructure installation Projectors and media players Truss and curtain track system
Buyer: Monaghan County Council

148899 - TCC00604 - LEAN Business Programme
Publication date:  03-05-2019
Response deadline:  31-05-2019 16:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: A programme giving participants the knowledge and skills to enable them undertake small lean projects in house resulting in continuous improvement. The programme will comprise workshop training to introduce Lean concepts and mentoring support in undertaking a short in-company lean assessment. The workshop training will cover, introduction, overview and benefits of lean principles, lean tools and techniques and how they relate to business, road map for lean in clients business, understanding the nature and scope of lean projects and project selection and scoping for participants. The programme will be delivered over 2 full days, one week apart. Participants will receive regular support throughout their assignment over a 12 -20 week period. It is envisaged that each participant will receive up to a minimum of 7 support visits lasting 3.5 hours each to the clients premises over the twelve week period. On completion of the programme participants should have gained a sound understanding of lean concepts, know how to identify suitable lean projects, have implemented their initial lean assignment and identify base cost improvement figures.
Buyer: Tipperary County Council

150222 - - Civil / Structural Engineering Led Urban Design Team Consultancy Services (Multi-Disciplinary Design Team) for South Dublin Street and Backlands Regeneration Scheme in Monaghan Town.
Publication date:  03-05-2019
Response deadline:  06-06-2019 16:00   Irish time
Procedure: 2. Open Procedure (OJEU)
Description: Monaghan County Council (Contracting Authority) are seeking to appoint a suitably qualified Civil / Structural Engineer Led Urban Design Team, to provide full design team services and related services for all design, project management, procurement, contractor appointments, contract management, final certification and all ancillary requirements for the proposed South Dublin Street and Backlands Regeneration Project in Monaghan Town. The appointed consultants shall be responsible for performing the roles of Assigned Certifier, Designer and PSDP throughout all stages of the project and for performing the role of Employers Representative (ER) during the construction contract. This is a multi-disciplinary project and as such the urban design team consultancy services required will involve a range of disciplines and expertise during the life cycle of the project. Tenderers shall refer to the Project Brief Document and other relevant Tender Documents for a full detailed description of the project and all associated service requirements.
Buyer: Monaghan County Council

150341 - 21LDRLOU110392 - Introductory Training in Renewable Energy Technologies in County Louth
Publication date:  03-05-2019
Response deadline:  24-05-2019 13:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Louth Leader Partnership(LLP) wishes to appoint an independent trainer/facilitator to deliver 3 ‘Introduction to Renewable Energy Training’ courses within Co Louth. It is envisaged the courses will be delivered in 3 locations in County Louth - one in the Cooley Peninsula, one in the Dundalk area and one in the Drogheda area. LLP will confirm locations and venues depending on where participants come from. Full responsibility for the organising of the event will rest with the trainer / facilitator. The training programme is aimed at community groups and enterprises who have an interest in developing their understanding of different types of renewable energy technologies and how they can apply them in their facilities. This course must be of practical application and beneficial to community groups/enterprises who have an interest in this area and who would be considering renewable technologies as an energy source.
Buyer: Louth Leader Partnership

150444 - TROC/PE/EOI/2019/03 - Expressions of Interest to tender for Website Design
Publication date:  03-05-2019
Response deadline:  31-05-2019 00:00   Irish time
Procedure: Request For Information (NON OJEU)
Description: Trócaire is seeking an experienced agency to redesign and develop The successful agency will deliver (from concept and design through to build and go live) a new website for Trócaire. This will be built to the highest standards of user experience and will be fully optimised for mobile and search engines. Once this project is complete and signed-off the website design and all its contents, software and architecture will become property of Trócaire
Buyer: Trócaire

150418 - Irish Lights Mercury & Asbestos - Provision of Mercury and Asbestos Monitoring & Reporting
Publication date:  03-05-2019
Response deadline:  20-05-2019 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Provision of Mercury and Asbestos Testing/Monitoring & Reporting Services for approx 26 lighthouse around the 32 counties of Ireland.
Buyer: Commissioners of Irish Lights

150388 - TCD-19-61 - A mobile application for the rehabilitation of dizziness, vertigo and balance problems.
Publication date:  03-05-2019
Response deadline:  27-05-2019 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Trinity College Dublin is tendering for development of a mobile health and wearable-sensor based exercise application for the rehabilitation of dizziness, vertigo and balance problems.
Buyer: Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin



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