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Issue 508 - 13th July 2020
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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.

172356 - PCO/047C - Provision of a Sustainable Managed Print Service to Maynooth University
Publication date:  05-07-2020
Response deadline:  22-07-2020 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: Negotiated Procedure (OJEU)
Description: Shortlisted candidates will be invited to propose best-in-class, innovative and sustainable print management solutions for a managed print service for all University staff. The solution will include for the provision of the necessary hardware, software, licenses, and consumables.
Buyer: Maynooth University

172202 - CON/0014/2019 - Next Generation Software Defined Radio (1)
Publication date:  05-07-2020
Response deadline:  10-08-2020 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: Competitive Dialogue (OJEU) for Defence Directive
Description:  The Defence Forces of Ireland are considering the purchase of Software Defined Radios (SDR) as the next generation of tactical radios for the Irish Defence Forces. It is envisioned that the SDR platform will provide enhanced capabilities to include as a minimum high bandwidth data and voice transmission for ISR applications. Software Defined Radios, which operate in the VHF, UHF and HF bands are considered as optimal. Characteristically the SDR must provide Commsec and Transec communications for both voice and data communications. Consideration will be given to the SDR's suite of narrow band wide band waveforms. Interoperability with partner nations will be a potential requirement for the Irish Defence Forces. Therefore, the SDR's ability to port different waveforms will be viewed as a potential benefit for the Defence Forces. The ability to generate and create waveforms for different tactical applications will be researched as part of this programme. Any purchase of an SDR will be expected to remain in service for the next 15 to 20 years. SDR's for review must be tactically fielded and have a proven maintenance and support capability.
Buyer: Department of Defence

172364 - RFT CSO CATI 2021 - RFT for the Provision of Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) Services
Publication date:  05-07-2020
Response deadline:  03-08-2020 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 2. Open Procedure (OJEU)
Description: The utilisation of Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) is an integral component in the ongoing collection of data for statistical services. Currently this is used in the collection of data for the Labour Force Survey (LFS). The LFS consists of five interviews, as a respondent who agrees to participate in the survey is interviewed for five consecutive quarters. The Tenderer will perform household interviews for the 2nd - 5th interviews of the LFS by CATI. The first interview is performed using Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) on a face-to face basis by the team of interviewers employed by the CSO. This approach to LFS data collection may change or be modified throughout the duration of this contract and any subsequent extensions; as such, CSO will require flexibility from the successful tenderer in incorporating such amendments if required during the contract.
Buyer: Central Statistics Office

172248 - 2706 - Design and delivery of a sustainable high quality medium density neighbourhood for a new community at Killinarden, Dublin 24.
Publication date:  05-07-2020
Response deadline:  06-09-2020 16:00   Irish time
Procedure: Competitive Dialogue (OJEU)
Description: The project is for the development of a site at Killinarden, Tallaght, Dublin 24 for a sustainable, mixed tenure housing development in accordance with the Killinarden Masterplan (“Masterplan”), the South Dublin County Council Development Plan 2016-2022, Rebuilding Ireland, an Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness and planning legislation. The development site has an estimated capacity for 500 units (subject to planning permission), with the exact number to be explored during the dialogue stage. The required tenure mix is anticipated to be 20% social housing units to be sold to the Council, 60% affordable housing to be sold to eligible persons under the Scheme of Priority for Affordable Dwellings and 20% private residential housing units. The Council is seeking to identify an economic operator that has all of the right skills and is considered most capable of working in collaboration with the Council, to identify the optimal solution for the development site in accordance with the Masterplan and the Council’s requirement and to deliver it as efficiently as possible.
Buyer: South Dublin County Council

172235 - - Provision for Lettings and Licence Management System for Coillte CGA
Publication date:  05-07-2020
Response deadline:  04-08-2020 14:00   Irish time
Procedure: Competitive Dialogue (OJEU)
Description: Provision for Lettings and Licence Management System for Coillte CGA Coillte are embarking on this Procurement process for a new IT solution to meet current and future business needs for a lettings and licences management system, ensuring we maximise the benefits of technological advances. The new solutions delivered will need to be future proofed to support the business needs. Coillte CGA (Coillte, or the Company) therefore is requesting proposals from suitably qualified suppliers with relevant experience for delivery of a Lettings and Licences Mangagement System (similar to an online purchase and shopping software platform and application). To access the tender documentation for this competition please log on to Coillte’s Supplier Management System (SMS) Proactis by going to (, click on ‘Our Business’ – ‘Forestry’ – ‘Suppliers’ - ‘SMS Portal’, or use the link below: LINK to SMS Portal:
Buyer: Coillte CGA

172782 - 21LDRLOU - Appreciation of the Hills
Publication date:  13-07-2020
Response deadline:  05-08-2020 16:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Louth LEADER Partnership (LLP) on behalf of Louth Local Action Group wishes to appoint a trainer/facilitator to deliver a ‘Level 1 Mountain Award and Appreciation of the hills Co Louth. The course is to be delivered in a venue in North County Louth. Venue to be confirmed in consultation with LLP. Full responsibility for the organising of the initiative, recruiting participants and advertising the programme will rest with the trainer / facilitator. The training programme is aimed at community groups including walking groups, tour guide groups, and the general population who have an interest in Hill walking and appreciation of the hills and how they can apply this learning in their local area.
Buyer: Louth Leader Partnership

172714 - CRKC1002 - Community Radio Kilkenny City (CRKC) is a community radio station licensed by the BAI to serve Kilkenny City and Environs. CRKC is now upgrading the studio facilities and upgrading the underlying
Publication date:  14-07-2020
Response deadline:  10-08-2020 23:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Community Radio Kilkenny City (CRKC) is a community radio station licensed by the BAI to serve Kilkenny City. Since being awarded its full time licence, the station has been steadily upgrading its facilities, many of which dated back to the 1990s. CRKC is now upgrading the studio facilities and as part of that work it is also upgrading the underlying technology and infrastructure, setting the direction of development for the coming years.The station has three working studios as well as the use of a shared room for bigger groups. The studios are On Air Studio1 (Main), Studio 2 (Production), Studio 3, and the shared room is a large meeting room upstairs, shared with Boardroom users. The latter room currently has wiring in place to contribute programming via Studio 1 when larger groups need to be accommodated. In such cases, a portable audio mixing desk (see below) is used to pre-mix the microphones being fed to the Main Studio. Studio 1 will be rebuilt and re-equipped with modern sound-proofing incorporated throughout during the building works. Studio 3 will be moved, enlarged and re-built; some existing materials to be re-used, eg current sound-proofed glazing. This tender process is to purchase both the equipment required and to obtain the expertise of the vendor during the delivery of the entire project. Consultancy at the planning phase, supervision at the building phase and inspection on handover are the services we will require to be delivered by the successful tenderer as part of the works being quoted for. This liaison requirement should be included in the response to the tender. Post-project support requirements are detailed below under “Services Required”.
Buyer: Kilkenny Community Communications Cooperative Society Ltd, T/A Community Radio Kilkenny City
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Ulster University Business School is providing a series of Digital Transformation online events with partners Marvel Marketers.
The webinars include:
  • Insights from industry thought leaders all over the world
  • Hands-on learning opportunities
  • The fundamentals of today's top marketing technologies
  • The digital components that are vital for a successful marketing strategy
  • The data sources that lead to actionable decision-making
  • Expert tips to help you become a more marketable job candidate


The Department of Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs has announced a new COVID–19 fund for the Agricultural sector in NI.

Breakdown of the £21.4m (indicative figures) is as follows:
Support for the Beef Sector - £7m (100% losses covered)
Support for the Dairy Sector - £11m (80% losses covered)
Support for the Sheep Sector - £232k (100% losses covered)
Support for the Potato Sector - £1.2 – 1.6m (80% losses covered)
Support for the Ornamental Horticulture Sector – £1.2m - £1.6m (80% losses covered)

For further information on this announcement please follow the link below:

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.

Armenian producer of canned food is looking for distributors and agents

This Armenian cannery is engaged in the production of canned fruits and vegetables, jams, and compotes. The company is looking for distribution services and commercial agency agreements.

Armenian producer of beverages and canned food is looking for distributors and agents

An Armenian company produces fruit compotes, juices, alcoholic drinks, jams, marmalade and a wide range of preserved vegetables, marinades made of natural, organic fruits, berries, and vegetables grown in sunny Armenia. The company doesn't use any dyes, preservatives, stabilizers in its products. This company is looking for distribution services or commercial agency agreement.

Croatian family owned company offers its carob flour and similar products in order to sign distribution services agreement

The Croatian family owned company is a company which main business is cultivation of carob trees, olive trees, grapes and production of premium quality carob flour and powder, extra virgin olive oil and wine. Apart of their own carob trees, they are buying carob pods from other island families and within their olive mill the company is processing olives for the families of neighboring two islands. The company is looking for carob powder distributors mainly in EU market and Serbia.

Cosmeceuticals, based on Pythium oligandrum reducing more than 40 fungi on skin and nails, are offered for distribution.

A Czech biotech company developed biological preparation based on microorganism that reduces more than 40 mycotic fungi affecting skin or nails. The microorganism, after reducing a fungi, it disappears without side-effects. The company utilized it in development of the set of cosmeceuticals, designed for various parts of the body. They seek distributors supplying to medicine and cosmetic industries to sign distribution services agreements.

R&D partners sought for an electromechanical transducer based on sliding nano-actuator with applications in medicine, robotics and engineering

The researchers from the Czech university have developed an electromechanical transducer based on sliding nano-actuator. The application potential is in areas of robotics (micro- and nanoelectromechanical systems, electronics, automotive, aerospace, defence), medicine (surgery and orthopaedics, cardiac surgery, ophthalmology) and general engineering. The researchers are looking for partners interested in research or technical cooperation.

Finnish diagnostic SMEs offer their Upconverting Nanoparticles (UCNP) technology chemistry and detection tools to sales partners

Two Finnish SMEs have developed Upconverting Nanoparticles (UCNP) technology chemistry and detection tools to utilize in healthcare, environment and pharma assay. The companies are looking for sales partners to collaborate with, in the form of own equipment manufacturing or distribution agreements.

A German company, specialised in sales and engineering in the automotive sector, is acting as a sales agency. They are looking for manufacturers and suppliers (principals) to the automotive industry under a commercial agency agreement.

A German established sales agency represents suppliers to the automotive OEM, 1st and 2nd tiers. They request manufacturers of seat structures, stampings, synthetic greases or rubber, large plastic parts and other products interested in a commercial agency 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.

A German utility company is looking for an IT or ICT company or start-up for the collection and transmission of customer data

A German utility company from North Rhine-Westphalia is looking for a company or start-up for the award of a service agreement to implement a project to collect customer and visitor data in shops and to transfer the data via LoRaWAN (Long Range Wide Area Network). In addition to the collection of customer data for corona purposes, conclusions regarding marketing and personnel deployment may also be made.

Greek company, producing natural cosmetics made of natural and organic ingredients, seeks wholesale importers and distributors.

The company is based on the island of Crete in Greece. Since 2012, they produce innovative body/skin/hair care products using meticulously selected natural, innovative ingredients, and achieving the highest quality by combining the Cretan tradition with the contemporary global cosmetology trends. They seek wholesale importers and distributors or partners to work under a Joint Venture Agreement in Europe and beyond.

An Israeli company, designing and manufacturing automation solutions for ecological and environmental problems, is looking to sell their machines for commercial, industrial and ecological use through distribution services or joint venture agreements

This Israeli company designs and manufactures automation solutions for ecological and environmental problems, with a specialization in handling losses of livestock on farms, losses of agricultural products, and solutions for waste products from industrial kitchens. Following the requirements of the Ministry of Environment to reduce environmental hazards in livestock growth, this company is looking for partners to sign distribution services or joint venture agreements.

Innovative carcinogen-free lubricant gel for pharmaceutical sector seeks distribution services agreements

An Israeli SME has developed a new lubricant gel, which can be used in medical applications on the level of pharmaceutical substance. Advantages over those on the market include: content with no carcinogenic elements, ability of being packed in both unit and multi dose volumes, high cost-efficiency etc. The company is looking for distribution services agreements.

Services and expertise in the field of protein science, structural biology and drug design

An Italian University spin-off is specialised in the study and analysis of biochemical, biophysical and structural features of proteins aiming at the development of inhibitors. This relates to drug design and downstream specific pharmaceutical processes. The small company is interested in technical cooperation agreements with R&D institutions and the pharmaceutical industry.

Italian industrial carpenter of tanks and containers is offering subcontracting or manufacturing agreement.

An Italian company specialized in industrial carpentry works and manufacturing of ISO tanks (standardised large-capacity containers) for different uses, is looking for subcontracting / manufacturing agreements with companies located in selected countries inside and outside the EU.

A Lithuanian light-emitting diode (LED) manufacturing company is looking for trade intermediaries and is offering manufacturing or outsourcing services

A manufacturer of light-emitting diode (LED) lighting products (flexible strips, modules, linear led luminaires, etc.) from Lithuania, which has more than 10-years of experience in the lighting sphere, is looking for partners. The company is offering its manufacturing or outsourcing services and is looking for trade partners to work under distribution services agreement and commercial agency agreement.

A Dutch manufacturer of precision parts for the semiconductor industry is looking for planarization, chemical mechanical polishing or lapping partner

A Dutch SME develops, manufactures and supplies micro-precision parts to suit the semiconductor industry. The Dutch SME looks for partner that offers a planarization, chemical mechanical polishing, fly cutting or lapping technology. Most important requirement is downsizing the non-planarity or thickness variation to about 1 micron. The Dutch SME looks for a technical cooperation agreement with a partner offering equipment and expertise to downsize non-planarity.

Polish manufacturer of professional stage lighting offers its products for distribution

A Polish company from the electric lighting equipment industry specialises in the development and production of professional stage lighting. The firm has in its assortment Par LED lights with various number of diodes (from 1 up to 48), LED bars, moving heads, blinders, laser and strobe lights. It is interested in the partnership within the framework of the distribution services agreement.

Polish company with expertise in wide-format, textile and offset printing offers manufacturing agreement to advertising agencies and other firms looking for marketing materials

A Polish SME with over 25 years of experience in the printing industry is offering to print marketing materials, such as catalogues, brochures, flyers, banners, stands, flags, advertising tents etc. Mid- to long-term cooperation in the form of manufacturing agreement is offered to advertising agencies, publishing houses, chain stores and entertainment industry.

Polish company offers to produce metal elements under manufacturing agreement and subcontracting

A Polish company from the metal industry has specialised in the field of metalworking. It is offering to manufacture various metal elements made of metal sheets and aluminium profiles. Range of works the firm performs includes cutting, bending, painting and powder coating, mounting push-fit couplings and many other methods. The company is interested in the partnerships within the framework of subcontracting or manufacturing agreement.

Polish company offers eco seeds and grains for distribution

A Polish company from the agriculture industry offers a wide selection of seeds including oats, barley, wheat, triticale, rye and lupine blue. Moreover, they also provide grains suitable for consumption and feeding animals. The firm is looking for distributors with contacts among local farmers. They can also supply farmers associations with seeds and grain within the framework of subcontracting agreement.

A Polish producer of cold-pressed oils, nuts and seed is looking for distributors in EU

A Polish producer of nuts, seeds and cold-pressed oils made of various kind of rare seed plants is looking for distributors in EU. The products are sold under their own brand which has been created to meet the current market trends and demand for healthy food. As most kinds of oil are made of plants typical for Poland and used in the Polish traditional medicine they may benefit from the status of novelty on other EU markets with no direct competition
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