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Issue 505 - 22nd June 2020
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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.


Last week the government announced the approach to border controls on GB-EU trade in 2021 and it formally notified the EU that it will not accept or seek an extension to the Transition Period.
In recognition of the unprecedented impact that coronavirus has had on all aspects of life, border controls are being introduced in stages, to give businesses more time to prepare. The stages are:
  • From January 2021: Traders importing standard goods will need to prepare for basic customs requirements and will have up to six months to complete customs declarations. Tariff payments can be deferred until the customs declaration has been made. Traders moving controlled goods such as tobacco and toxic chemicals will be required to complete a customs declaration. Businesses will also need to consider how they account for VAT on imported goods. There will also be physical checks at the point of destination on all high-risk live animals and a proportion of low-risk live animals.
  • From April 2021: All products of animal origin (POAO) and all regulated plants and plant products will also require pre-notification and the relevant health documentation.
  • From July 2021: Traders moving all goods will have to make declarations at the point of importation and pay relevant tariffs. Full Safety and Security declarations will be required, while for Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) commodities there will be an increase in physical checks and the taking of samples.
This approach does not apply to the flow of trade between Northern Ireland and Ireland, or between Northern Ireland and GB.
To support businesses with the new processes taking effect next year, the government has developed a new £50m package to boost the capacity of customs intermediaries – including customs brokers, freight forwarders and express parcel operators – providing businesses with further support. This funding will support intermediaries with recruitment, training and supplying IT equipment to help handle customs declarations.
Rules will also be changed to remove barriers for intermediaries taking on new clients. The government intends to remove the financial liability from intermediaries operating on behalf of their clients and allow parcel operators to continue declaring multiple consignments in a single customs declaration. This will help intermediaries increase their operations.
Additionally, the government has committed to building new border facilities in Great Britain for carrying out required checks, as well as providing targeted support to ports to build new infrastructure. They are consulting with ports across the UK to agree what infrastructure is required.
This announcement is another important step towards getting the country ready for the end of the Transition Period, but there is still more work to be done by both government and industry to ensure we are prepared for January 2021.

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 on Thursday morning 25th June at 10.00am.

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


Bulgarian producer of silver jewelry offers its products under distribution, manufacturing or subcontracting agreements

Bulgarian company, manufacturing original silver jewelry – various bangles, bracelets, rings, earrings with or without stones, chains, necklaces, pendants and crosses, offers its models to distributors. In the company's capabilities is to produce items on customer's request. Targeted partnerships – distribution services agreement and/or manufacturing or subcontracting agreements.

A Czech developer and manufacturer of vibro-diagnostic instruments is looking for trade intermediaries under a commercial agency agreement

A Czech company producing diagnostic industrial measuring instruments for vibrations is looking for partners. The company is offering its high quality digital products to new distributors of measuring equipment worldwide under very good financial conditions. The cooperation can be based on commercial agency agreement.

Czech distributor and importer of healthy food and dietary supplements is looking for new foreign products to include into their portfolio and introduce them on the Czech and Slovak market.

A company from Brno, Czech Republic, a distributor and importer of goods such as healthy food, snacks, sports and athletes nutrition and dietary supplements, is looking for new products that it could introduce on the Czech and Slovak market. The company is interested in cooperation on the basis of distribution services or commercial agency agreement.

COVID-19: Personal protective equipment reusable half-mask with an P3 exchangeable external filter made by mould-injection offered for a licence or commercial agreement with technical assistance

A Czech start-up in cooperation with industrial and university partners has developed a protective half-mask with an exchangeable P3 filter meeting the highest degree of protection. The set consists of the body of the mask manufactured by injection moulding and an external filter, which meets the same or higher degree of protection as an FFP3 respirator. The company is looking for a license or a commercial agreement with technical assistance.

German producer of fertilizers, animal feed additives and agricultural chemicals seeks distributors

The German company is a producer of innovative, effective products for crop production, animal nutrition, animal husbandry and aquaculture and searches for distributors of its products. Envisaged cooperation is under a distribution services agreement.

A Greek ICT company offers an integrated system that automates and simplifies the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance procedure and monitoring and looking for distribution services agreement

A Greek IT SME is presenting a platform that helps companies or organizations to deal effectively with the GDPR requirements. The platform is an easy to use IT tool combined with human help-desk manned with specialized advisors. The task is to deal with all the complex GDPR requirements easily. The platform is already used by 800 clients. The company is looking for consulting firms or IT companies for distribution services agreements.

Polish distributor seeks manufacturers of 3D printers under a distribution services agreement

The company from Poland specialized in distributing 3D (three dimensional) printers and now wants to further strengthen this business field. The company looks worldwide for manufacturers of 3D printers. The organization wants to establish long-term business cooperation in the framework of a distribution services agreement.

Graphene for various applications offered

A company from Western Poland specialised in production of graphene is looking for industrial and R&D partners interested in further development of the product (e.g. looking for new applications as well as testing the existing ones in real-life conditions). The offered graphene products are characterised by much better properties than the ones obtained in traditional way. The cooperation will be in the form of research or technical cooperation agreements.

Portuguese company offers its monitoring sensors to producers and distributors of equipment for wine production. Distribution services agreement or commercial agency agreement are sought.

Portuguese company developed an innovative technology that is a real time and remote monitoring platform that allows winemakers to monitor different processes of winemaking, including press, fermentation and maturation. The company is looking for producers and distributors of equipment for wine production, such as vats, interested in introducing this innovation (monitoring sensors) in their products. Distribution services agreement or commercial agency agreement are sought.

Portuguese company active in legislation for cosmetics, medical devices, food supplements, biocides and chemical substances is looking for industrial partners. Services agreements are offered.

Portuguese company is specialised in legalisation for cosmetics, medical devices, food supplements, biocides and chemicals substances. The Portuguese team ensure that products comply with regulations and quality standards, across different markets, in order to legalize products, saving their partners ‘money and time to market. Service agreements are offered to industrial partners who are producing in the areas of cosmetics, food supplements, biocides, medical devices and chemicals.

An established Slovak research institute has developed cheap and stable polymer nanocomposite with antibacterial properties for medical applications, clean pharmaceutical and food industry, households and others and is looking for licensees or investors

An established Slovak research institute has developed polymer nanocomposite with antibacterial properties.The novel hybrid nanomaterial is composed of hydrophobic carbon quantum dots (hCQD) mixed with a polymer of choice (e.g polyamide, acrylics, butadiene, dialkylphtalate, dimethylsiloxanes, isoprene, etc.) in processes allowing manufacturing of different forms - coating, flexible film, foil, fiber and sheet. The research institute is looking for licensees or investor.

Method for determination of radiation hardness of electronics/materials against neutron and gamma irradiation

A Slovenian research organization has developed a method for determination of radiation hardness of electronics/materials against neutron and gamma irradiation. All electronics are affected by the radiation including housing, screws, gaskets, etc. The method provides qualitative and quantitative assessment of the radiation hardness and the lifetime of the equipment exposed to radiation. Partners from the nuclear and medical sectors are sought for commercial agreements with technical assistance.

Organization sought for the management of an international entrepreneurial centre in Bilbao for 2022

A regional development organization in the Basque Country is looking for an international operator with a view to directing and managing an entrepreneurial centre under a services agreement type of cooperation. The selection process will involve a public tender procedure

System for endoscopic spatial orientation

A Spanish healthcare research institute has developed a system for endoscopic spatial orientation that can be used in endoscopic surgery.Its main characteristic is the configuration through an inertial sensor and a computer system, to control the spatial position. The institute would like to talk to companies interested in commercializing this system or developing it under a license agreement or research agreement.

Test and develop agricultural technology prototypes in a test bed region in cooperation with local and national research and business partners

A Swiss organisation for economic promotion offers a platform to provide companies with the possibility to test and develop their innovation and technology in smart farming on real farms. This enables companies to develop their technology faster than testing in lab conditions and supports the acceptability of end users through joint tests. The Swiss organisation is looking for smart farming companies for research cooperation agreements.

Turkish manufacturer producing healthy, natural, organic, traditional and mostly hand-made desserts, jam, marmalade, sauce, snacks and paste, is seeking for trade intermediary services.

The Turkish company produces traditional Turkish vegan desserts, a mix of dried fruits with spices having no preservatives, nor additives. The products are gluten and GMO free, fat and sugar free and contain no flour. The company is offering organic and additive-free jams and marmalades, organic sloe extract - antioxidant, diabetic - pastes, snacks, sauces and other types of desserts and desires commercial and distribution agency agreement. Private labelling is also possible.

Established Slovak company active in metal production offers their services under outsourcing agreement

An established Slovak company active in powder coating offers their solution. The company would like to provide services such as 3D Design with 3D Rendering and powder coating in metal parts/cabinets production. The company is looking for partners for long- term cooperation, preferably via an outsourcing agreement.

System and device for positioning medical needles in radiation oncology techniques

A Spanish healthcare research institute has developed a system and device for positioning medical needles into body tissue with accurate control of both position and penetration depth. They are particularly applicable for use in brachytherapy and different radioactive sources into various different tissues.The institute would like to talk to companies interested in commercializing this radiation oncology technique, or in a research cooperation agreement to develop it.

Qatari paper manufacturing company producing paper with 100% recycled content is looking for distributors and trade agents.

This company is Qatar's largest Kraft paper manufacturer. It produces 100% natural recycled Kraft paper. This SME is looking to expand its international presence through commercial partnerships with distributors and / or trade agents having a good portfolio of clients in these types of markets.

Russian manufacturer of sweets is looking for distributors abroad

A Russian company specializing in the production of sweets (cream, jelly, carbonated sweets, as well as assorted sweets with different fillings). For the manufacture of sweets, only natural products are used, without the addition of preservatives, food additives, and palm oil. The company wants to find reliable foreign partners to conclude a distribution services agreement.

Russian seller of healthy food products is looking for foreign distributors

A Russian company that sells healthy food products (cereals, flour, butter, honey, herbs) that do not contain additives, preservatives or GMOs. The company is looking for partners to conclude a distribution services 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.

171544 - - Carrickmacross Online Trading Platform
Publication date:  19-06-2020
Response deadline:  22-07-2020 17:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Monaghan County Council invites proposals from suitable independent companies to develop a new commercial online trading platform for the Carrickmacross area. The Online trading platform will provide local businesses with an opportunity to market and sell their products online and will be operated on a day to day basis by Carrickmacross Chamber of Commerce once development and launch has been completed.
Buyer: Monaghan County Council

171252 - HLG 2020-6 - Invitation to Tender for Contract to Provide a New Brand Identity and Logo for the Hugh Lane Gallery
Publication date:  19-06-2020
Response deadline:  24-07-2020 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: DCC Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Dublin City Council seeks to establish a contract to develop an impactful brand identity and logo for the Hugh Lane Gallery which will clearly communicate the gallery’s unique offering as a flagship cultural institution of Dublin City Council and a leading visitor attraction in the city. The new identity will reflect the gallery’s unique identity and its contemporary focus underscoring its importance as a Dublin institution with a strong international reputation. The contract is for the “Provision of New Brand Identity And New Logo For The Hugh Lane Gallery”. A contract will be awarded for a period of up to 6 months from the awarding date and the work must be completed within that period. The Hugh Lane Gallery brand identity and logo must - have clear vision and identity - be impactful and exciting - appeal to domestic and international audiences. - clearly communicate the unique contemporary character of the Hugh Lane Gallery. The successful tenderer must create a comprehensive suite of guidelines (including typography, colour palette) for the new brand identity for use across all communication platforms (print and digital media) including website, advertising, signage, catalogues, brochures, merchandise and social media.
Buyer: Dublin City Council

171377 - - 100 Cisco Webex Licences
Publication date:  18-06-2020
Response deadline:  26-06-2020 15:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: The Department currently uses the Cisco WebEx software to allow users to connect using video and voice across the internal network and the external internet. It is also used to communicate with external organisations when required. The Department requires purchase of user licences for the Cisco WebEx suite of software.
Buyer: Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

171442 - - ID 2915937 DfE - InterTradeIreland - Go-2-Tender Phase 8
Publication date:  18-06-2020
Response deadline:  22-07-2020 15:00   Irish time
Procedure: PIN
Description: A Tender opportunity has been published on the following procurement portal: Any interested Suppliers can access this opportunity and submit a tender response via 'eTendersNI'. In order to submit a tender bid, you must be registered as an active user on 'eTendersNI'. PLEASE NOTE - The Prior Information Notice (PIN) on is only a signpost, and therefore no tender documents are accessible on this site. For accessing the tender documents, and submitting a tender bid, please access eTendersNI at the above-mentioned link. If you continue to have difficulties with accessing the tender documents via eTendersNI, please contact the helpdesk on or telephone 0800 240 4545.
Buyer: Construction and Procurement Delivery (CPD)

171225 - Hosting & Co-Location - Contract for the Provision of a hosting & Co-location Facilities to Horse Racing Ireland & Subsidiaries
Publication date:  18-06-2020
Response deadline:  27-07-2020 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 2. Open Procedure (OJEU)
Description: Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) was formally established by the Horse and Greyhound Racing Act 2001. Its mission is to develop and promote Ireland as a world centre of excellence for horse racing and breeding. Its primary functions include the development and promotion of the Irish horseracing industry, the development of authorised racecourses, the administration of prize-money at race fixtures and the control of the operation of authorised bookmakers. Subsidiaries of HRI include Tote Ireland Ltd., HRI Racecourses Ltd., and Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Ltd. HRI Racecourses Ltd. owns and operates Leopardstown, Fairyhouse, Navan and Tipperary Racecourses. Background to Requirement HRI have their websites and racing administration system hosted in a data centre for the past 5 years. The systems hosted consist of the following: • Shared infrastructure platform virtual servers • Co-located servers and network equipment The services provider is responsible for providing the infrastructure to host these systems and to ensure the network and physical security of the systems. The HRI IT team will be responsible for the applications hosted on each server, and the maintenance of updates etc. HRI are issuing this tender for a contract to host these systems for a duration of up to 10 years. The technical details of these details are outlined in the attached Invitation to Tender Document
Buyer: Horse Racing Ireland (HRI)

171315 - NACO2020 - Natural Future of Cosmetics (NACO) Project
Publication date:  17-06-2020
Response deadline:  08-07-2020 17:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: The aim of the Irish-Finnish collaboration project, Natural Future of Cosmetics (NACO), is to identify and address the industrial needs of rurally based cosmetic companies in both Ireland and Finland. Despite a high consumer demand in Europe for natural cosmetics, limited support structures can restrict rural SME’s competitiveness in this sector. In particular, the project will focus on supporting rural cosmetic SMEs whose products utilise natural extracts, sourced regionally or nationally, in each of the participating nations. Upskilling of, and knowledge transfer between, the participating partners and their respective SMEs will be a key aspect of the programme. The project will run as a collaboration with Finland and the successful applicant will help design a programme of targeted training, networking and innovation support activities. This will involve upskilling between the Irish and Finnish partners and the dissemination of existing and newly acquired knowledge/capabilities to their respective SME clients. The programme will be implemented over 2 years with the aim to increase the capabilities and connectivity of the companies in question, supporting their development and growth as well as stimulating innovation and enterprise in Irish and Finnish rural areas.
Buyer: NEWKD

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