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Issue 503 - 8th June 2020
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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.

City for business - Belfast City Council
Council helps Belfast businesses trade online
Belfast based businesses are being offered a series of free webinars to help them trade online.
Belfast City Council is offering this support in a bid to help businesses affected by Covid-19 restrictions successfully transition to online business.

Chair of Belfast City Council’s City Growth and Regeneration Committee, Councillor Ryan Murphy said: “Since the beginning of the pandemic, we’ve adapted our support to provide digital advice and mentoring for Belfast based businesses. Feedback is telling us that our webinars are proving to be really popular and valuable – and we want to continue to provide relevant, practical advice and guidance during these challenging times so that our city’s businesses can survive this period and adapt to begin growing sales once again.   I’d encourage any business seeking support in trading online to sign up for this series of webinars.”
The sessions will cover the following:

4 June: Keeping customers engaged with captivating content – giving guidance on keeping customers engaged and informed during COVID-19.

11 June: Using Facebook Ads to reach new customers – how to convert more people into paying customers.

18 June: Reach more customers with Google Ads - getting in front of customers when they’re searching for businesses like yours.

25 June: Making your website work - providing practical tips and guidance to turn a business website into a lead and sales generating machine.

For further information and to register, go to
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 each Thursday morning throughout the month of June at 10am – 11th, 18th and 25th.

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


The Fund aims to help businesses with less than 10 employees who do not qualify for the £10K and £25K grants and require financial support due to COVID-19.

Applications close on 12 June, 6pm. More here:
For the most up to date information -

Invest NI Business Support Team: 0800 181 4422

To contact the ABC Business Support Hub for free independent advice from experienced mentors visit

To request a call back from ABC Business Support Team please visit

Belgian company looking for suppliers of Xylit (wood fibers) from lignite mine under a manufacturing agreement

The Belgian SME is active in the sustainable construction industry and is looking for Xylit for one of its prefab product. The Xylit is a raw material present in lignite mines. It only needs to be processed by a mill to have the good texture for the company. The Belgian partner is looking for providers of this raw material under a manufacturing agreement.

A new generation of culture plates for in vitro 2D cell-based assays, that provides a biomechanical physiological micro-environment.

A French startup has developed soft matrices for in vitro 2D cell culture that offer mechanical features as close as possible to those found in vivo in animal or human tissues. These innovative and patented technology allows the elaboration of either uniform or patterned rigidity culture plates, which provide a new and more physiological microenvironment for cell culture. Partnerships can be considered via commercial agreement with technical assistance or research cooperation agreement.

Italian fashion metal accessories producer is looking for manufacturing and service agreement

An Italian company specialized in designing and producing a wide range of metallic accessories for the fashion and footwear industry combines high technology manufacturing process with creative design by using specific materials such as ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene- thermoplastic), brass, zamak and aluminum. The company is offering to manufacture accessories for start-up companies and fashion brands and offers its services in order to develop new products (service agreements).

Advanced solar LED Lighting systems for street lighting and street furniture

A UK company has developed an advanced intelligent solar lighting system that integrates into two of its products – a solar bollard and a rapid-mounted solar panel system for street and area lighting. It is the only such product on the market that is guaranteed to provide illumination from dusk to dawn in European climates. They are seeking distribution agreements for both products from companies working with street lighting or street furniture.

Internet-based configurator for industrial processes offered within the framework of a commercial agency, distribution or services agreement

A SME from Germany in the field of advertising is focussing on web development. The tasks of recent years led to a technology mix that enables the transfer of order processes for industrial products into classical e-commerce. The software maps all parameters that are needed at the start of production and has no limitations of typical shop software. The target is to find partners for a commercial agency agreement and/or distribution services agreement or a services agrement.

Albanian company gathering and packaging medicinal plants seeks partners

An Albanian company is specialized in gathering and packaging medicinal plants. The company gathers and exports medicinal plants, such as sage, folia rubi, fructicosa, folia saturea montana, folia urtica. The company is looking for trade agents or/and distributors to widen its activity.

A Turkish company active in the field of industrial digital transformation is looking for partners to cooperate under service agreement.

The Turkish company is providing vertical integration, condition monitoring, big data optimization and predictive maintenance in the scope of digital factory solutions. The company aims to increase its partner’s profitability, performance, and profit from production costs. The company is offering its services under service agreement.

German medical technology company is looking for highly innovative medical technology devices under a distribution services agreement

A German medical devices distribution company is looking for new medical technology products in the field of in-vitro diagnostics, point-of-care diagnostics and related fields to be distributed by them in Germany under a distribution services agreement. Their clients are German hospitals and clinics.

Dutch contract manufacturing company in China offers manufacturing solutions for medical devices

Based in Haarlem this Dutch SME offers manufacturing or outsourcing agreement for development and production of medical devices in their assembly facility in Shanghai, China, under European management. Components are manufactured in their audited network and they assemble and test the sub-assemblies and final products in-house in Shanghai. The SME is looking for brandowners who need a manufacturing partner to reduce total cost and ensure stable and reliable quality.

German company offering innovative ways of strategy consulting, management services and trainings in the fields of business, digital transformation, artificial intelligence and innovation based on subcontracting or outsourcing agreement

The German company delivers consulting and management services to clients in Europe. The company has end-to-end capabilities in management consulting from strategy analysis and definition to project (portfolio) management and change management. It is looking for organizations of all sectors in need of expertise and experience in business, digital, artificial intelligence and innovation under outsourcing or subcontracting agreements.

German cyber security company offers a completely new product (both Software-as-a-Service or On-Premises) for SMEs to secure their entire IT landscape under licensing agreements

This German enterprise helps SMEs in Europe and beyond to autonomously monitor and secure their entire IT landscape. Their unique product enables their customers to close security risks before they become a problem and identify faults before a customer realises them. They are looking for partners to cooperate under licensing and distribution agreements for software and hardware respectively.

German recruitment specialist is offering collaboration with international partners under subcontracting or outsourcing agreements

This German recruitment agency, specializing in the placement of qualified individuals throughout industries is offering its services to similar agencies and/or companies in need of recruitment services worldwide under subcontracting or outsourcing agreements.

German consulting business with a novel approach to strategy and sales consulting is offering their services to international clients under outsourcing agreements

This German consultancy uses a novel approach to visualise complex decision scenarios and/or products and services to enable businesses to avoid misunderstandings and, thus, to overcome internal blockages to their strategy development or to sell faster. They are looking for partners under outsourcing agreements in the European arena and, subsequently, in Asia.

A Turkish company which produces gypsum based construction materials looks for distributors and commercial agents

A Turkish company, which is located in Ankara, has been involved in the production of gypsum-based construction materials for about 13 years. The company offers distribution services agreements and commercial agency agreements in order to increase its market share in foreign markets.

German recruitment agency is looking for international recruitment partners to collaborate under services agreement to recruit workforce for the German job market

This German recruitment agency recruits employees for its clients in Germany in various sectors (among others health care, engineering, agriculture, production/manufacture, logistics). They are looking for reliable European partners in the recruitment sector, under services agreements, in order to provide sufficient workforce for Germany.

R&I living lab in desalination technologies

A Spanish research and development company based in the Canary Islands and specialized in designing, developing and testing water desalination systems, has create a living lab. It is an open-access research-ecosystem for testing, experimentation and demonstration of desalination-related technologies, products or services. The company offers collaboration to private and public sector for technical cooperation agreement, commercial agreement with technical assistance, research cooperation or join

Customised high precision multi-component plastic injection moulds offered by a German tool manufacturer/tool maker

This German tool maker specializes in the manufacture of high precision multi-component plastic injection moulds. Their products range from two- and three-shot tools, to precision injection moulding tools, over-moulding tools, blow-moulds for Polyethylene Terephtalate products, metal injection moulding tools, and welding and measuring devices for injection moulding parts. They offer their services under commercial agreements with technical assistance and manufacturing agreements.

German company active in the field of visualization, marketing and business consulting offers their services to international clients under subcontracting or outsourcing agreements.

This German company uses visualization techniques to record events and make content visible in a fast to grasp manner. They use this technique also to design unique marketing toolkits and have lately started to support companies by providing them with web-based and in-house training in the field of visualization as well as hands-on support for complex decision scenarios or development projects.They are offering their services under subcontracting or outsourcing agreements to clients worldwide.

German provider of recruitment and training services offers collaboration with international partners under subcontracting or outsourcing agreements.

This German recruitment and training provider with subsidiary offices in various countries worldwide offers services to companies looking for skilled personnel. Services include recruitment, training, professional recognition and integration of foreign personnel into the German labour market. They are looking for partners to collaborate with under outsourcing or subcontracting agreements.

Dutch event venue seeks joint venture for new business models

The Dutch company is an event and exhibition venue in the middle of the Netherlands. Due to Covid-19 the Dutch government has cancelled all public events until September 1st. The company is looking for concepts, business models and partners for safe commercial events, alternative use of their square meters and parking-space and solutions to make large scale events safe. The company prefers to share risks and revenues in a Joint Venture. This request refers to an open innovation platform.

COVID-19: Pre-assessment app for outpatients to provide virtual triage for hospitals to reduce backlog following the pandemic

A UK company has developed an app that provides surgical and anaesthetic teams with clinical information derived from remote initial consultation, pre-operative assessment and uplifted by digital technology, to create a complete perioperative digital pathway and discharge. The app is part of a broader secure virtual clinic to speed up outpatient care in the wake of COVID-19. They are seeking hospitals to integrate the system via commercial agreement with technical assistance.
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.

170573 - 170573 - IDA Ireland invites Tenders from economic operators for appointment to a single-supplier framework agreement for the supply of Website Services .
Publication date:  05-06-2020
Response deadline:  10-07-2020 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 2. Open Procedure (OJEU)
Description: The IDA Ireland main site and accompanying foreign language sites attract approximately 500,000 visitors a year – our top priority is making Ireland the first country on anyone’s FDI list. The website is a key mechanism for initial engagement of IDA Ireland’s target market and audience. In addition to providing existing clients ongoing information and needs we would like an incoming provider to • assess our current website, • create a strategy with our goals in mind, and • design/implement the necessary features/changes. - Hosting and management - Support, Maintenance and Improvement Some of our more minor requirements include social media integration (LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram), ensuring the current site meets accessibility requirements, usability testing, categorisation and internal searches, integrate marketing automation software, GDPR management, and various hosting requirements.
Buyer: IDA Ireland

170699 - MHC/CO/20/005 - Provision of Migration Services to Microsoft 365
Publication date:  05-06-2020
Response deadline:  06-07-2020 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: The MHC requires a Microsoft gold certified partner to migrate services from an on-premises Microsoft ecosystem to Microsoft 365 Enterprise and provide training and project management services. The tenderer should set out their recommended migration path to move from on premises to Microsoft 365 bearing in mind that moving Exchange and SharePoint to Microsoft 365 at an early stage is the main priority. Ensure best security practices are incorporated in the migration.
Buyer: Mental Health Commission

170709 - EI/2020/03 - A Comparative Analysis of Tourism Supports Internationally
Publication date:  05-06-2020
Response deadline:  12-06-2020 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Failte Ireland are seeking to appoint a suitably qualified supplier to conduct a Comparative Analysis of Tourism Supports Internationally.
Buyer: Fáilte Ireland-National Tourism Development Authority

170745 - TCD-20-55 Life Sciences Course - Design and Delivery of Training Services in Future of Work - Life Sciences Digital Transformation
Publication date:  05-06-2020
Response deadline:  23-06-2020 14:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Tenders are invited for the Design and Delivery of Training Services in Future of Work - Life Sciences Digital Transformation. Tangent is the Innovation and entrepreneurship centre for Trinity College Dublin.
Buyer: Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin

170639 - Tender 008/2020 - Preparatory Programme for Disengaged Communities and Local Leaders
Publication date:  04-06-2020
Response deadline:  24-06-2020 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Newry, Mourne and Down District Council have secured EU funding for the PEACE IV Local Authority Action Plan – Beyond Tolerance. As a delivery partner, Newry, Mourne and Down Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) will be responsible for the delivery of some actions within the PEACE IV action plan which will promote peace and reconciliation in the local area. Newry, Mourne and Down PCSP is seeking to appoint a competent supplier to deliver a Preparatory Programme for Disengaged Communities and Local Leaders under the Shared Spaces and Services theme The main objective of the programme is the creation of a more cohesive society through an increased provision of shared spaces and services One of the visible aspects of the conflict is the high level of segregation within society. This is evidenced by residential segregation, peace walls, sectarian graffiti, public display of flags and emblems in a manner aimed to mark territory and intimidate. As well as increasing social division and tension, segregation also inhibits the potential for economic development and the efficient delivery of public services. This project will involve changes in both attitudes and behaviour with a corresponding reduction in segregation. Aim of Programme Engage individuals and communities not normally engaged with the Peace Process on issues of contested space. This programme will provide cross community contact opportunities to help build capacity within disengaged communities, leading to the creation of shared vision and removal of psychological barriers in local neighbourhoods Aim of Programme Engage individuals and communities not normally engaged with the Peace Process on issues of contested space. This programme will provide cross community contact opportunities to help build capacity within disengaged communities, leading to the creation of shared vision and removal of psychological barriers in local neighbourhoods
Buyer: Newry, Mourne and Down District Council

170594 - Provision of Training Services - Panel for the provision of training services to the Taste 4 Success Skillnet
Publication date:  04-06-2020
Response deadline:  26-06-2020 17:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Panel for the provision of training services to the Taste 4 Success Skillnet
Buyer: Taste 4 Success Skillnet
170560 - Audio_Equip - Supply and Installation of Audio Equipment
Publication date:  03-06-2020
Response deadline:  24-06-2020 15:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: The Supply and Installation of Audio Equipment, including Line Array PA System Speakers, Subwoofers, Amplifier, Mixing Desk, Monitors, Microphones, Microphone Stands, Cables, Leads, Ancillary Equipment and Production Software for Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair at Ard na gCeapairí, Na Doirí Beaga, Leitir Ceanainn, Co. Dhún na nGall
Buyer: Amharclann Gaoth Dobhair

170434 - 2020 TETB 018 - The supply, delivery and installation of Projectors and Associated Products
Publication date:  03-06-2020
Response deadline:  24-06-2020 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: The supply, delivery and installation of Projectors and Associated Products to Tipperary ETB
Buyer: Tipperary Education & Training Board
170519 - - Research Study: Electronic Sector Resources & Skills Needs
Publication date:  02-06-2020
Response deadline:  10-06-2020 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: The objective of this RFT is to deliver on-site classroom training for MIDAS Electronic Systems Skillnet member companies in the electronics sector in Ireland. The aim is to upskill employees engaged in full time employment in the Irish electronics industry. Please see RFT document for training course details.
Buyer: MIDAS Electronic Systems Skillnet

170539 - 0150 - Graphic Design Services
Publication date:  02-06-2020
Response deadline:  03-07-2020 15:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: The Contracting Authority seeks responses in order to establish a single party framework agreement for the provision of graphic design services.
Buyer: Pobal
169692 - PROJ000005301 EMS051F - Framework for Interpretation Services (excluding Irish Language Services)
Publication date:  30-05-2020
Response deadline:  01-07-2020 15:00   Irish time
Procedure: 2. Open Procedure (OJEU)
Description: (The Contracting Authority invites tenders (“Tenders”) from economic operators (“Tenderers”) for the award of four (4) single supplier framework contracts (each a “Framework Contract”) for the provision of the services as described in Appendix 1 to this RFT (“the Services”). In summary, the Services comprise: Interpretation services (excluding Irish Language) The spoken language interpretation services required are: 1. Face to Face Interpretation Services 2. Telephone Interpretation Services 3. Video Remote Interpretation Services
Buyer: The Office of Government Procurement

170377 - UCDOPP5035 - Supply of Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS
Publication date:  30-05-2020
Response deadline:  29-06-2020 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 2. Open Procedure (OJEU)
Description: University College Dublin(UCD) wishes to procure UPS units for installation at UCD's primary data centre at Belfield campus, Dublin 4. Ireland. Full information available to download from - free of charge
Buyer: University College Dublin ( UCD )
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