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The ability to develop a strategic perspective has been identified in several studies as the one competence where men outscore women significantly when assessing outstanding leadershipIn this inspiring, practical and thought-provoking masterclass Anne Dargan from Rapid Change Consultancy shares the inside track on how to be a bold strategic leader.

This event is ideal for experienced and aspiring leaders alike.

Councillor Dónal Lyons, Chair of Belfast City Council’s City Growth and Regeneration Committee has picked up eight accolades on behalf of Team Belfast at the fDI Magazine awards ceremony recently at MIPIM, Cannes.

Belfast’s Foreign Direct investment strategy
is second only to Hong Kong

Belfast’s Foreign Direct investment (FDi) strategy is second only to Hong Kong, according to the Financial Times FDI Magazine Editor’s Choice Awards.

The announcement was made at MIPIM, the world’s top property development and investment event in Cannes, France, where Team Belfast was celebrated on a worldwide stage after collecting eight accolades.

This is the fourth consecutive year that Belfast has picked up awards at the fDI Magazine awards ceremony. 2019 is proving to be the city’s most successful to date. Also among the eight accolades was first prize for business friendliness. Belfast’s position is also secured in the Top 25 emerging and developing global markets,

North's first e-commerce conference launched

NORTHERN Ireland is to host its first ever dedicated e-commerce conference in May, aimed at retailers - including both those already selling online and those who are keen to start - digital agencies, e-commerce professionals, entrepreneurs and marketeers.

eComm Live 2019 (www., which will take place at the Life Church in Belfast on May 2, was founded by entrepreneur and experienced digital marketing professional Kevin Traynor, to provide a resource for the fast-growing number of businesses selling online in the north.

It is estimated that e-commerce revenues hit $69 billion in the UK last year, with some 80 per cent of people having bought something online and fashion representing the largest percentage of sales.

"The event will be a celebration of excellence across the entire e-commerce industry in the UK and Ireland. It will be our first conference dedicated entirely to e-commerce professionals, entrepreneurs, product and platform providers, digital marketers and agencies - or anyone who wants to learn about selling online," he said.

"Digital commerce is booming and given the explosive growth of e-commerce there is a need for an event to give the professionals working in the industry up to date information, insights and analysis on key e-commerce trends."

Speakers will include Gemma Spence, CEO of Omnicom Media Group's e-commerce division, and local e-commerce experts including IRP Commerce, Ground-swell, Origin Digital and Airpos. The event is being endorsed by trade body Retail NI, whose chief executive Glyn Roberts said: "While online shopping has undoubtedly changed the landscape for smaller independent retailers and high street chains, we are increasingly seeing retailers find new opportunities by adding e-commerce channels to their offer.

"How we interact, discover, purchase and return goods has become much more integrated and this conference represents a great chance for retailers who might be thinking about linking their digital and in-store experiences to learn from their peers and industry experts."
BelTech 2019, which takes place on April 11, is the premier technology event for local software practitioners, business leaders, entrepreneurs and young people aspiring to break into the industry. 

The event is curated by Northern Ireland-based digital solutions provider Kainos Software and will feature influential international speakers from the worlds of Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, and Design. 
Sponsors of BelTech 2019 also include Allstate, Hays Specialist Recruitment and Unosquare.

The conference is hosted by prominant members of Northern Ireland’s tech community including Aislinn Aislinn McBride (Kainos), David Anderson (Liberty IT) Joe McKavanagh (Kainos), Rachel Gawley (PwC) Austin Tanney (Kainos), Kathryn Harkin (Allstate), and Gemma Crothers (Kainos). Local speakers include Chris Johnston of Adoreboard, Oliver Lennon of Syndeo, with headline speakers set to be confirmed next month. 

Conference passes are available for £75 +VAT for a single ticket, with a Tech Tribe ticket for three delegates available at £200 +VAT. Early bird tickets are available until March 31.

For more information please visit  or find BelTech on Twitter @Beltech2019 or #Beltech2019.
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Portuguese manufacturer of metal enclosures seeks partners for manufacturing agreements.

This Portuguese based company is a manufacturer of high quality metal electrical enclosures that can be customized for a wide range of indoor and outdoor applications, from electronics to traffic control, telecommunications, energy and industrial units. The company is now looking forward to expand its sales by working with partners under manufacturing agreements.

Portuguese company that provides industrial processes from design, metallic construction and electromechanical assembly works and robotics seeks for partners for manufacturing or services agreement

Company from Aveiro, Portugal active in construction and precision engineering, welding, electromechanical assembly, commissioning and start-up for different industrial technologies, strictly complying with the mechanical, electromechanical, pneumatic and hydraulic requirements is looking for foreign partners to establish a manufacturing or services agreement.

A Romanian company specialising in custom software solutions seeks partners to conclude services agreements

A Romanian company specialises in developing custom software and automation solutions, as well as database management, mobile apps and websites for companies in all fields of activity. The company covers the entire cycle of software development including architecture, design, implementation and further support services. The Romanian company is interested in identifying international business partners for concluding services agreements.

A Serbian R&D organization offers its internet of things solutions through licensing and commercial agency agreements.

A R&D company from Serbia is specialized in providing internet of things (IoT) solutions and blockchain data fabric across various smart spaces verticals (smart cities, smart buildings, smart homes etc.). It offers IoT platform for smart spaces which enables solutions for context aware smart actuation, integrated with smart contract and blockchain technologies. The company seeks partners through licensing and commercial agency agreements.

Partner sought for AI Smart-Farm System Technology Development and Application to Robotics Engineering

A Korean SME is seeking for partners for technology related to agricultural farming with monitoring and IoT system. Development is on-going stage, and the company is interested in robotics and AI. Partners are sought from companies and research institute specialized in development of robotics and agricultural technology. Several types of co-operation are sought, both research, technical and commercial.

A Spanish natural jam producer is looking for international cooperation in the framework of distribution services agreement

Spanish family business specialized in the production of a wide range of natural jams seeks partners to sell, distribute and promote their products in new markets within a distribution services agreement.

Spanish gourmet extra virgin olive oil producer seeks distributors for their products in European countries

Spanish company specialized in the production of gourmet extra virgin olive oil is looking for distributors for their products in European countries. The extra virgin olive produced is of single-varietal and native regional varieties of the Mediterranean coast and comes in different sizes and packages. The aim for the distributors is to on-sell to specialized gourmet retail shops and HORECA (Hotel, Restaurant and Catering) channel with the aim to reach a gourmet final customer.

Virtual reality based evaluation of mental disorders

A Spanish company, a beneficiary of the SME Instrument (phase 1 and phase 2), has developed a virtual reality platform for the diagnosis of mental conditions that create immersive environments. The platform can provide the patients with a combination of multiple stimuli and can also measure real-time multiple data generated by the patients’ reactions to the latter. The company looks for a partner to do, under a collaboration research, the neuropsychological test via the VR platform.

Treatment of Teat Stenosis with Veterinary Argon Plasma Coagulation Device in Cows

The Company established in 2017 in Turkey to do research and development for veterinary devices: Teat stenosis is a serious problem in stockbreeding causing an important amount of economic loss. The Veterinary Argon Plasma Coagulation Device(VAPCD) has been developed and used on live animals for the treatment of teat stenosis. The device is at TRL6 level which means that field tests are under go. Current success rate in live animals is over 80% .

Ukrainian researchers developed technology and equipment for geo-holographic exploration of minerals

Ukrainian researchers developed and tested a new technology and equipment for remote search and identification of mineral deposits. The technology was successfully tested for the search of deposits of hydrocarbon, coal, uranium, gold, copper, underground sources of drinking and geothermal water etc. The cost of exploration work appears 10 times lower than traditional geological exploration methods. Various types of cooperation are possible in prospecting projects.

Multilayer coatings as functional materials

A Ukrainian university offers the technology of multilayer functional coatings deposition by electrochemical method. A great attention is paid for ecological aspect of coating deposition and the possibility of using them in green technologies. The technology of copper-nickel coatings is at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 4. The technology of other coatings is at TRL 3. The University seeks industrial partners and academia and is open for research and technical cooperation agreements.

An Ukrainian company is offering unique clothes from natural fabrics under distribution services and commercial agency agreements

The Ukrainian company founded in 2014 is a producer of high-quality clothes with antique designs and accessories. The company is looking for distributors and sales representatives, especially from Europe and the Middle East. The firm has cutting or sewing capacity to fulfil specific requirements, producing clothes to order.

Ukrainian company specializing in animal breeding is looking for partners to cooperate under commercial agency agreement

The Ukrainian company being an expert in animal breeding, such as animal nutrition and management, seeks to expand its sales geography and implement its export potential. The company is looking for partners to establish long-term partnership relations under commercial agency agreement.

UK-based SME seeks manufacturers for their functionalised non-metallic nanoparticles

A UK-based SME is developing a range of functionalised non-metallic nanoparticles with enhanced properties which can be replaced with metallic counterparts at a lower cost. The SME is looking for a partner to manufacture these nanoparticles for applications in the medical sector with the partnership envisage as a manufacturing agreement.

UK company needs nutritional testing and analysis for a vegetable product under a service agreement

The UK company is in the process of bringing a vegetable sprouts powder product to the consumer market. The company is looking for an EU accredited laboratory that can test for the compound sulforaphane in fresh sprouts, powder, and mature broccoli. The UK company is interested in entering into a services agreement with the laboratory.

UK company offers software to convert PowerPoint presentations into interactive dialogues and capture meaningful data from large connected audiences under license agreement

A UK London based education technology company is offering software to events and conference organisers that converts PowerPoint presentations into interactive dialogues with audiences. The software allows the conference organisers to engage with audiences without any password or log in. The software turns the audiences' hand-held devices into an asset to be leveraged during the conference. The company is looking for long term users of the product under license agreements.

Bulgarian exporter of natural herbs and botanical extracts is looking for international cooperation under manufacturing and distribution agreement

The Bulgarian company was established in the heart of the Bulgarian Rose Valley. It is one of the leading exporters of rose oil and natural rose water. Recognized and trusted partner in trading with herbs, best essential oils, floral waters, plant extracts and cosmetics. The company is looking for a manufacturing agreement by supplying different industries (cosmetics, perfumery, pharmaceutical) with its products or finding distributors for its portfolio of products.

Bulgarian company specialized in the production of cardboard cups for hot, cold drinks and vending machines, is looking for distributors

The Bulgarian company, specialized in the production of high-quality design cardboard cups for hot, cold drinks and vending machines, is looking for food service distributors under a distribution services agreement. The partner sought must operate in the food& bevarage sector and have knowledge of Ho.Re.Ca. market.

Croatian game development studio is looking for investors

A Croatian company, active in the field of game development, is looking for partners under a financial agreement to support development of their new game

French company specialized in the sale of foodstuffs is offering its distribution activity.

French supermarket located in the center of France is specialized in the sale of food (grocery, meat, delicatessen, cheese, fish, fruit and vegetables). So as to diversify its range of products it is looking for manufacturers of new products.Company offers their distribution activity to European and south american producers.

A German SME is offering its business development services in the European and US healthcare market on the basis of a services agreement

A German SME offering consulting services like strategic and operational advice on market access, reimbursement, public affairs, public relations and business development to the healthcare industry is looking for partners interested in a services agreement. Their focus is on the European and the US market.

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.

147963 - Midlands Export Programme 2019 - Organisation of export development trade trip
Publication date:  15-03-2019
Response deadline:  29-03-2019 16:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Organisation of "Export to Netherlands" trade customer development trip with associated export related training and one to one business mentoring
Buyer: Laois County Council

147950 - 0086 - Provision of Learning Management System
Publication date:  15-03-2019
Response deadline:  03-04-2019 15:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Buyer: Pobal

147869 - Safe Pass training - SOLAS Safe Pass training for Housing Agency technical personnel
Publication date:  14-03-2019
Response deadline:  29-03-2019 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Provision of SOLAS Safe Pass training for Housing Agency professional and technical personnel, in-house training for no more than 12 staff at offices of Housing Agency
Buyer: Housing Agency

147864 - - RFT - Technology Training - Technology Training draw-down for Central Statistics Office Cork
Publication date:  14-03-2019
Response deadline:  29-03-2019 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: The CSO Applications Division is seeking to procure training services on a draw-down basis to up-skill both existing and newly recruited developers in Software Development Fundamentals, C# , Microsoft SQL Server and Web technologies.
Buyer: Central Statistics Office

147620 - TCD-18-96 AV Rental - Rental of Audio Visual, Staging and Videography Services
Publication date:  13-03-2019
Response deadline:  10-04-2019 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 2. Open Procedure (OJEU)
Description: Trinity College Dublin hosts a diverse range of bespoke events which require rental of audio visual (AV), staging, lighting and videography services to complement the existing campus infrastructure. The requirement includes equipment operator and ICT support services to deliver the AV solutions. A Framework of vendors will be appointed (maximum 5 no.) to provide a complete solution for each event. To this end, we wish to obtain tenders for the specification and requirements for a specific event, the launch of the Trinity Business School (TBS), set out at Appendix 1.
Buyer: Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin

147789 - - Development of Brand Proposition for the Galway Cultural Tourism Project
Publication date:  13-03-2019
Response deadline:  15-04-2019 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: The service comprises the appointment of brand consultants to develop and design an overarching brand proposition and visual identity for Galway Cultural Tourism Project
Buyer: Galway City Council

147661 - RFT 01/19 - RFT 01/19 - Graphic Design Services
Publication date:  11-03-2019
Response deadline:  01-04-2019 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) seeks tenders for admittance to a framework agreement for the provision of Graphic Design Services. This public procurement competition will be divided into two lots as described below. Each Lot will result in a separate framework agreement. Lot 1: Strategic Graphic Design Services Lot 2: Operational Graphic Design Services Tenderers may bid for appointment to the framework agreement for one or more lots.
Buyer: Letterkenny Institute of Technology

147633 - RFT 03/19 - RFT 03/19 - GP Services
Publication date:  11-03-2019
Response deadline:  12-04-2019 15:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Letterkenny Institute of Technology seeks tenders for the provision of on-campus GP services to its student poplulation throughout the academic year.
Buyer: Letterkenny Institute of Technology



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