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Issue 459 - 25th March 2019
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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."

Antrim Enterprise in partnership with a number of local accountants have organised a serious of demonstration seminars on some of the leading Making Tax Digital compatible software packages.

These highly interactive sessions will allow participants to see how user friendly these systems are and will cover all the mandatory requirements such as timelines, exemptions and what these changes will mean to your business. #tax #softwarepackaging #digitization #demonstration #userfriendly #business

April Dates:
5th April 2019 XERO
9th April 2019 SAGE
11th April 2019 QuickBooks
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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[Eurostars2 Project] Cloud based English negotiation learning platform

A South-Korean SME is looking for R&D partners to develop a software program which deals with training and consulting business negotiation in English. The proposal will be submitted in the Eurostars2 call (deadline 15th Sep 2019) and is looking for partners to work on the e-learning system as well as negotiation document management system and develop the business model for commercialization of the service.

Nanoporous microneedle array technology for intradermal delivery of drugs and vaccines

Dutch SME developed a technology platform for intradermal delivery of pharmaceutical compounds.Ceramic nanoporous microneedle arrays (npMNAs) are integrated in a patch for easy and safe usage. The patch is applied on the skin by using a simple applicator to ensure reproducible application. The SME is looking for technical cooperation with companies developing (proprietary) drug compounds/vaccines and/or out-licensing agreements for participation in grant applications.

Slovenian manufacturer of springs and spring elements offers subcontracting and distribution agreements

A Slovenian company with 28 years of experience and specialized in production of springs and spring elements is offering subcontracting and distribution agreements to foreign companies active in the field of machine building, warming and heating technology, electro and automotive industry and interested to work with a qualified partner. Production of springs and their parts. Tensional springs. Stretching springs. Torsion springs. Springs made from steel coil.

Platform for analysing global competition in different digital marketing channels

A Spanish ICT company has developed a solution for analysing global competition in the different digital marketing channels. It provides insights about the competitors strategies allowing the user to define the best digital marketing strategy according to that. The company is looking for partners for license agreements.

A Spanish company, specialized in the production and sale of medical devices that improve the comfort of living of the sick and disabled users, is looking for manufacturers of manual and electric wheelchairs to expand their portfolio.

A Spanish company, producer of medical devices that improve the comfort of living of the sick and disabled users, offers distribution services in Spain. The company, well known in the country, is looking to expand their product portfolio and is looking for manufacturers of manual and electric wheelchairs. Other products offerings will be studied.

Spanish biotechnology company, developing new skin care formulations based on CBD, is looking for European distributors

The Spanish biotechnology company has developed a series of biotechnological platforms designed to screen and combine natural ingredients, in order to generate novel dermo-cosmetics and skin care products with synergistic activities based on CBD (cannabidiol) compounds . They are looking within the skin care products industry for commercial agents and distributors, to work under commercial agency or distribution agreements, and small to medium manufacturers to work under services agreements.

Spanish manufacturer of 100% ecological thermal insulation coating made of natural cork is looking for distributors or commercial agents for its innovating product worldwide.

A Spanish company has developed innovative ecological thermal insulation coating, with projected cork, for the façades of buildings with excellent results. The company is looking for distributors or commercial agents partners in the field of construction in any country.

A Turkish company producing light stones is looking for trade intermediaries.

A Turkish company specialized in producing special production borders, decorative light stones and LED lighting is looking for distributors for its products in EU countries.

Ukrainian company engaged in manufacturing of baby food is looking for partner for cooperation under the distribution services agreement.

Ukrainian company manufactures baby food (fruit and vegetable puree, juice, pablums). The company has proven itself as a reliable partner on the Ukrainian market and abroad. The company has long-term and successful export activity experience and would like to expand the export area, looking for cooperation on the distribution services agreement basis.

UK SME offering manufacturing and re-manufacturing services seeks manufacturing and/or services agreement

A UK company offers an assembly manufacturing, re-manufacturing and warranty processing service for electro-mechanical equipment and is seeking partners for manufacturing and/or services agreements.

A UK women’s leadership network is seeking similar organisations to develop new programmes.

A women's empowerment network founded to empower and inspire women to become intentional and conscious leaders in business, career and public life through collaboration with private organisations, SMEs, charities and universities across the UK and globally. The organisation is looking to extend their reach to other EEN countries and collaborate with similar networks, businesses, universities and other organisations to offer their current leadership programmes and develop new ones.

Services or manufacturing agreements for prototype & test center for transport, military, space & wind industries

A major Belgian industrial player created a Prototype & Test Center to support all innovation, R&D, technology & certification activities in aerostructure and space. They offer their know-how for prototyping, test engineering and tests in fields like transport, aerospace, defence and wind industries. Services or manufacturing agreements and subcontracting are offered to companies/research centers/universities which are looking for cost-effective solutions.

A Croatian fashion design company is looking for distributors of their unique women coats and other women garments

A Croatian company, active in the fashion industry, is offering its unique clothing items for women under the distribution services agreement. The clothing items include dresses, skirts, blouses, jackets, trench coats, wedding dresses and coats, all adorned with designer’s signature frills.

French company offers truffles for distribution or commercial agency agreement

French company specialised in distribution of high quality truffles is looking for sales agents and distributors in European Union countries.

French company specialized in the electric motor and generator design, offers its services, solutions and products to a sales agent in European countries

A French company with expertise in electric motor and generator design offers customized products with different options matching to the customers’ requirements (such as complete laboratory dynamometer kit, tailor made components, industrial brushed motor, …) to a sales agent located in European countries in the same sector.

Subcontracting in injection moulding and compression moulding is offered

French company specialized in injection and compression of thermosets and composite as well as thermoplastic injection, is offering its services as a subcontractor to European companies. The French company is an established, independent and medium-sized manufacturer for the train, aeronautics, energy, lightning, building, medical and sport sectors or the electrical industry.

A French producer of handcrafted chocolates is looking for distributors

A French company manufacturing handcrafted chocolates is looking for partners that could distribute its brand under distribution service agreement across Europe, North America and Japan. The company is also interested to work under private label under manufacturing agreement.

Innovative controller for converting excess current into thermal energy is offered for distribution

A German company has designed an electrothermal station including a controller for converting excess current produced by a photovoltaic system into heat. The station contains all the vital hydraulic components and can be retrofitted into all heating and domestic hot water systems. CO2 emissions and heating costs are reduced. Partners for a commercial agency or distribution services agreement are sought.

German engineering, IT and consulting company offers full-stack business services related to innovative projects, product development and marketing, seeks partners for services agreements

The German innovation agency deals exclusively with the development of innovative products, new business areas, strategic branding and the related marketing activities. Service agreements are sought with partners for the development and marketing of innovative products. Furthermore, the company seeks to enter new markets.

Greek producer of biological clover, hay and straw, is looking for commercial agency or distribution services agreements.

A Greek farmer based in Central Greece since 2010, produces biological forage such as clover and hay for the feeding of horses, cattle and other livestock, as well as straw for bedding purposes of livestock. The producer is able to provide large quantities, in a wide variety of packaging which can meet all quality-quantity demands in competitive prices, in the frame of commercial or distributional agreements. The potential partner should have an established network in the animal feed market.

Italy based digital marketing agency providing innovative business development and digital growth services is looking for partners for commercial agency / service / subcontracting agreements.

The Italian digital marketing company is an innovative start-up that provides dynamic strategies for business development, online advertising, social media management, big data analytics and digital innovation to client companies interested in increasing their market share. The company is seeking opportunities to build relationships under commercial agency agreements, service agreements and subcontracting with partners in Europe and outside Europe.
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.

147991 - LEODCPIN1 - Prior Information Notice with the Purpose of Inviting Market Consultation with regard to the Provision of Mentoring Services on behalf of Local Enterprise Office Dublin City
Publication date:  23-03-2019
Response deadline:  09-04-2019 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: PIN
Description: The Local Enterprise Office Dublin City (LEO) Mentor Programme is designed to match the knowledge, skills, insights and entrepreneurial capability of experienced business practitioners with new and existing entrepreneurs, micro-enterprises and small business owner/managers who need practical and strategic advice and guidance. Mentors are required to use their knowledge, skills, insights and entrepreneurial capability to provide practical advice and guidance to as well as contribute independent, informed observations and advice to aid decision making. The Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Dublin City delivers Mentoring Services to on average 1000 participants annually through group Business Advice Clinics and one to one sessions (50:50 ratio). This Prior Information Notice (PIN) is being used to invite interested economic operators to participate in market consultation in relation to the provision of such services. Interested parties should refer to the attached document for additional information.
Buyer: Dublin City Council

148145 - MSLETB Website - The Provision for Website Development, Hosting, Support and Maintenance for Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim Education and Training Board
Publication date:  21-03-2019
Response deadline:  11-04-2019 15:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: The Provision for Website Development, Hosting, Support and Maintenance for Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim Education and Training Board
Buyer: Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim ETB

148080 - Tour Guiding Training - Regional Tour Guiding training programme (County Cavan)
Publication date:  20-03-2019
Response deadline:  11-04-2019 15:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: The purpose of this tour guiding programme is to enable the learner to acquire the relevant knowledge, skills and competence to provide tourist-guiding activities in designated regions. The region is unspecified, but is expected as a minimum to include County Cavan and thereafter neighbouring counties in accordance with applicant’s preferences. The programme will emphasize opportunities for applicants within Ireland’s national tourism brand’s for the area Ireland’s Ancient East, Irelands Hidden Heartlands and locally ThisisCavan tourism brand & the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark UNESCO designated area. It is proposed that the training would commence in autumn 2019. The need to assist the development and growth of tourism in County Cavan is identified as a need in the Cavan Local Development Strategy (LDS 2014-2020).
Buyer: Breffni Integrated CLG

147988 - - Project Management Services For Heritage Week 2019
Publication date:  19-03-2019
Response deadline:  09-04-2019 16:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Working to the Head of Education and Communications, the Heritage Council invites tenders from suitable qualified person(s) with four or more years of experience of event management at national level as well as experience of marketing, website and social media management, and building stakeholder and community releationships, to undertake responsibility for the coordination of Heritage Week 2019. The Heritage Council’s role is primarily to coordinate and promote the week.
Buyer: The Heritage Council

148008 - 7224 - Risk Assessment Training
Publication date:  19-03-2019
Response deadline:  19-04-2019 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: Iarnród Éireann - Non OJEU Contract Notice (Electronic)
Description: The Railway Undertaking and Infrastructure Managers Department of Iarnród Éireann (IÉ) has, in line with company policy, a training requirement for; Risk Assessment Training based on their internal safety management system standards for hazard identification & risk assessment. The tender is for formal training of IÉ staff on the understanding and application of organisational and departmental safety standards pertaining to the practical application of hazard identification and risk assessment techniques. The training course must be developed to take account of a number of different departments within IÉ. Four separate courses will be required based on four separate departmental safety standards pertaining to hazard identification and risk assessment. These departmental standards, as well as the organisational standards that govern these standards, will be provided to the successful training provider. The main location for the delivery of the courses will be in Inchicore Dublin 8, however, requirements for training may also arise in Athlone, Limerick Junction, Mallow and Drogheda. The training course should focus on the practical drafting and development of occupational and operational risk assessments based on tasks conducted at various IÉ locations. The successful training provider must provide all training equipment required and all materials used e.g. manuals, notes, copies of slides and or/ presentations etc. It is envisaged that the maximum size of any one training group will be 12 persons. Ideally the courses should be one day courses and will be delivered as required over the duration of the contract period.
Buyer: Iarnrod Eireann-Irish Rail


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