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Issue 451 - 28th Jan 2019
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If you are looking to start up your own business in 2019, but don’t know where to start - check out our ‘Be your own boss’ sessions and discover a wealth of business support on your doorstep.
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Don’t miss the opportunity to hear first-hand from serial entrepreneur and Dragons’ Den star Eleanor McEvoy at the next BEN event on Thursday 17 January from 5.30pm-7.30pm at the Innovation Factory. Eleanor will be discussing how knowledge sharing and entrepreneurial networks both locally and overseas can drive your business forward.
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Introduction to Tendering
Are you a small business that could benefit from receiving free advice about tendering? We’re working in partnership with InterTradeIreland to deliver a practical workshop on Tuesday 5 February from 9.30am-1pm at Belfast City Hall for small businesses who want to learn more about tendering.
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Singapore manufacturer of animal-free make-up brushes seeks distributors in Europe via distribution services agreement(s)

The Singapore company was founded in 2013, with a mission to create synthetic brushes that are kind to animals. As Singapore's leading cosmetic brush brand, the company craft a wide selection of cruelty-free brushes at affordable prices. The make-up brushes are sustainable and animal-free, designed in Singapore, and the brushes are handcrafted. The company is looking to enter overseas markets and would like to seek the expertise of experienced European distributors.

A Slovenian company, producer of food supplements for the active and athletes is looking for distributors abroad

A Slovenian company established in 2008 as a supplier of nutraceutical ingredients and producer of food supplements for humans and pets, has developed a new product line of food supplements for the active and athletes and is looking for distribution agreements worldwide.

Slovenian company specialized in production of concrete cleaners, impregnation and ice-melting products is looking for importers and distributors.

A Slovenian company developing and manufacturing products for cleaning of concrete and cement products, concrete impregnation, and ice melting products, cooperates with big Slovenian wholesale and retail companies and wants to expand its business outside of Slovenia. The company is seeking to establish long-term distribution agreements with importers and distributors interested in expanding their range of eco-friendly concrete cleaning and impregnating products and snow/ice melting products.

Slovenian manufacturer and designer of recycled bicycle inner tube bags seeks distributors

A Slovenian start-up company that specialises in the recycling of waste materials has developed bicycle bags made out of discarded bicycle inner tubes. Bags come in various shapes and sizes and are suitable for all types of bicycles. Bags are equipped with velcro strips or leather straps, which allow an easy attachment on any kind of bicycle. The company now seeks to establish new distribution services agreements.

Slovenian manufacturer of metal structures and parts offers its manufacturing services

A Slovenian company active in the fields of metal processing and machine building is offering their services in the terms of manufacturing agreement or as a subcontractor. The company is specialized in producing transport equipment, amusement park constructions, cranes, hydromechanical systems equipment, equipment for ironworks, ship rudders, steel bridges and other steel constructions.

H2020: Looking for European industries using large industrial equipment (>150kW of power) from these sectors: chemical and petrochemical, machinery production, paper and pulp, food, metal, textile, electric power generation, water treatment, cement

A Spanish research centre is preparing a proposal for the call H2020 DT-FoF-06-2019 aimed to develop, test, demonstrate and market uptake of an innovative solution for extending the lifespan of large industrial equipment at least a 20%, increasing the return on investment from major machinery. The partner sought is a (big, European) industry that uses large industrial equipment and its role in the project will be to pilot the developed solution.

H2020- DT-TRANSFORMATIONS-02-2019: Research institutions with expertise in digital transformation and public services

A Spanish SME company, specialised in ICT solutions and with wide experience in the coordination of European projects, is looking for a university or research centre to participate in an H2020 proposal to the call DT-TRANSFORMATIONS-02-2019 “Transformative impact of disruptive technologies in public services”. The project will assess the impact of disruptive technologies in public administration. Researchers with expertise in digital transformation and public services are sought.

H2020-FETOPEN-01-2018-2019-2020: SMEs with expertise in reproductive tissue engineering in 3D sought for a project on improving animal and human reproductive performance and health

A Spanish research centre working in agriculture and husbandry is preparing a proposal for the call H-2020-FETOPEN-01-2018-2019-2020: FET-Open Challenging Current Thinking. The project will develop a 3D cell culture model of the female reproductive system (human, bovine, porcine and dog) with the aim of improving animal and human reproductive performance and health. The partners sought are SMEs with expertise in reproductive tissue engineering in 3D.

Development of fungal biotechnological platforms for the production of natural products by means of synthetic biology

A Spanish biotechnological research organization offers its innovative biotechnological fungal platforms for the production of terpenoid-or peptidic-nature compounds. The advantage of the platforms, versus prokaryotic ones or chemical synthesis, is the production of certain metabolites mainly those naturally occurring in plants. Partners sought are SME,R&D institutions or universities, in order to achieve service agreements or research cooperation agreements to submit to European programmes.

A Turkish company manufacturing cattle, sheep and poultry feed is looking for suppliers of raw materials required in their activity.

The Turkish company specialized in manufacturing cattle, sheep and poultry feed has expanded its production capacity. The company seeks international partners able to supply raw materials required in their activity such as cereals, oilseeds, brans & meals.

A technology (an installation) for production of ultrapure hydrogen and oxygen

Ukrainian research laboratory for special instrument engineering offers a technology (an installation) for production of ultrapure hydrogen and oxygen from water steam by electrochemical electrolysis with solid electrolytes. The advantages of this offer are technological (the ultrapure products, compact size of installation, ability to work from a standalone power source) and competitive (quality of the products, price). Cooperation type is likely to be licensing or technical cooperation.

Preheater of cold air before heat pumps and ventilation systems

The SME from Kyiv (Ukraine) offers an air-heater for reducing the energy consumption in ventilation systems and increasing the coefficient of transformation heat pump (HP) of air-air or air-water type at temperatures below minus 5 °C using the heat of crystallization of water. Installed power of HP is reduced. The organization is looking for partners to implement this offer in the form of a commercial agreement with technical assistance or technical cooperation agreement.

Heparin albumin containing adsorbents for hemoperfusion

Ukrainian R&D center offers new hemoadsorbent for clinical application comprising nanostructured carbon matrix ,immobilised albumin and heparin for removal of bilirubin, bile acids, bacterial endotoxin, anti-inflammatory cytokines with hydrophobic toxins and DNA-tropic components from blood. This hemoadsorbent enhances biocompatibility and increases its adsorptive capacity towards aforementioned substances. Looking for industrial partners and universities for research cooperation.

UK SME providing a security related device is looking for distributors

The UK based company have devised a simple but effective wall mount security device and are currently looking for distribution channels for this particular item on the basis of a distribution services agreement. The purpose of this product is to limit opportunist thefts of consumables contained within any outbuildings such as bicycles, petrol lawnmowers, strimmers, chainsaws, or commercial / household high value electrical items such as laptops.

Urban connected autonomous vehicle (CAV) test bed demonstrator offered by a UK council for trialling and developing new technologies

A UK local authority has developed a connected autonomous vehicle (CAV) test bed and are seeking partners to test innovations in order to accelerate deployment in the real-world. The test bed will give open access to all organisations types, targeting developers of software, sensors, roadside units, emerging wireless communications such as 5G, on-board units (OBU), smart parking, electric/hybrid vehicles and cyber security systems under technical cooperation agreements.

Licensing of high-resolution pocket microscope

A UK company has developed a portable pocket microscope that delivers laboratory grade images. The microscope displays and stores 1 micron resolution images and HD videos on a smartphone or tablet. The product allows scientists, engineers, health professionals and educators to use a microscope in remote locations for the first time. The company is seeking partners with a global presence in science and technology vertical markets to license this unique product as part of their global offering.

Software company from North-East Bulgaria offers creative web design, software development and hosting services under subcontracting, outsourcing and services agreements

The company, located in North-East of Bulgaria, provides a full website services - custom creative website design services, software development and business hosting solutions. The company looks for companies in need of web design and hosting solutions under subcontracting, outsourcing and services agreements in EU.

A Croatian application for optical character reading of personal documents and passports offered under commercial agency agreement

A Croatian developer of a mobile applications for optical character reading (automatic data entry) of personal documents and passports intended for private accommodation hosts and travel agencies, is offering its mobile application to partners in the form of a commercial agency agreement.

French company manufacturing formworks for construction sites is looking for distributors.

The French company has been manufacturing a wide range of made in France alumimiun and steal formworks for construction sites since 1986. It is looking for distributors to expand its market in Europe.

German manufacturer of 100% organic ‘to go’ cutlery, plates and bowls is looking for distribution or commercial agency agreements

The German company is a manufacturer of design products for kitchen, living, bath and storage made of 100% organic material. They are looking for contacts to bring their newly developed design tableware and cutlery collection into supermarkets and department chain store. They offer distribution services or commercial agency agreements.

Intelligent control system in electric power substations of the transmission and distribution grid, improving voltage quality and reducing power losses.

A Greek company that offers software engineering services has developed an innovative system in order to control the voltage quality and power losses of the transmission/distribution grid. The company wishes to collaborate with power system integrators under commercial agreements with technical assistance so as to install the system and launch the technology abroad.
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.

You can find a list of current tender opportunities on the CPD website. Again, there is no email alert facility that we can find which makes the content difficult to adapt to the Bulletin format.

145184 - ENQEIR656 - Oracle Middleware Support & Maintenance
Publication date:  24-01-2019
Response deadline:  26-02-2019 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: EirGrid Negotiated Procedure (OJEU)
Description: As part of the European Market Integration Project (EMIP), EirGrid invested in the Oracle Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) suite utilising the Oracle Service Bus (OSB), Oracle Business Process Execution Language (BPEL) Process Manager, Oracle Business-to-Business (B2B), and Oracle Applicability Statement 2 (AS2) products to integrate the various I-SEM market systems. The Oracle SOA suite was used in the I-SEM Market Trial and is being supported by the programme for one year post deployment into production from 1st October 2018. Both I-SEM and the Oracle Middleware are high availability systems. Candidates are invited to submit a qualification application for inclusion on the tender list in accordance with this PQQ. EirGrid intends to establish a single supplier framework. The Framework Agreement period will be for an initial duration of three years with the option to extend annually for up to an additional five years, subject always to the satisfactory performance of the supplier. The Scope of Requirements is expected to include, but is not limited to: A. Application Maintenance and Support Services B. Project and Consultancy delivery C. Continual Service Improvement
Buyer: EirGrid plc

145342 - ACC 20190148 - Air Corps Pilot Cadet Assessment
Publication date:  24-01-2019
Response deadline:  22-02-2019 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: The Irish Air Corps requires the services of recruitment assessment specialists to conduct a selection competition containing psychometric assessment with aptitude, cognitive, personality, psychomotor and competency based interview components for the Air Corps Pilot Cadetship in 2019.
Buyer: Air Corps Contracts Section

145304 - Squash Coaching - Provision of Professional Squash Coaching
Publication date:  23-01-2019
Response deadline:  18-02-2019 17:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Provision of professional coaching in Ballina, County Mayo. The coaching will take place in time blocks of 6 hours and will consist of sessions for; • Players of different abilities, skills and experience varying from beginners to players who compete in the Connaught Squash tournaments. • Training of Ballina Stephenites Squash coaches to improve their coaching methods. • Training of children. • Maintaining an attendance record. • Compiling a brief report (no more than 3 pages) of the training delivered.
Buyer: Ballina Stephenites Squash Club

145073 - 2019/02 - Tender for Audio and Visual production Services at Kylemore Abbey and Gardens
Publication date:  18-01-2019
Response deadline:  11-02-2019 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: As part of the development of new interpretive displays, Kylemore Abbey is seeking to appoint a Software Production Company, to create eight (8) film, interactive and Audio elements. The successful contractor will be appointed directly by the Kylemore Abbey.
Buyer: Kylemore Abbey and Gardens Ltd

145345 - EEE058C - DCU-Request for Tenders for the supply of A Unified Communications System
Publication date:  26-01-2019
Response deadline:  25-02-2019 14:00   Irish time
Procedure: 2. Open Procedure (OJEU)
Description: In summary, the Goods comprise: To procure a communications and collaboration platform which supports “open standards” thereby allowing DCU to provide best in class services using a mix of new and existing technologies from a platform which has the capability to deliver future emerging communications, PBX, video conferencing and collaboration tools.
Buyer: Education Procurement Service (EPS)

145362 - - The Supply of a Computer Storage Area Network Infrastructure
Publication date:  26-01-2019
Response deadline:  08-03-2019 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 2. Open Procedure (OJEU)
Description: The supply of Computer Storage Area Network Infrastructure and associated Data Management Tools and Infrastructure.
Buyer: Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

145380 - Coiltle - Provision of Agency Services to Coillte CGA
Publication date:  26-01-2019
Response deadline:  24-02-2019 14:00   Irish time
Procedure: 2. Open Procedure (OJEU)
Description: Coillte invites responses to this Request for Tender (RFT) from economic operators (‘Tenderers’) for the provision of Agency Services to Coillte CGA . The title of this Request for Tender Is, Provision of Agency Services to Coillte CGA. It is Coillte’s intention to set up a framework agreement for each service area required as outlined in Section 4 Specification of Requirement. To access the tender documentation for this competition please log on to Coillte’s Supplier Management System (SMS) Proactis by going to ( go to Suppliers - click on SMS or use the link below:
Buyer: Coillte CGA

145385 - 2019/05 - Establishment of a Single Party Framework Agreement for the Provision of Business Advisor/Coaching Services to support CEOs of Irish SMEs through their development journey
Publication date:  26-01-2019
Response deadline:  05-03-2019 24:00   Irish time
Procedure: 2. Open Procedure (OJEU)
Description: Enterprise Ireland wishes to engage in a competitive process for the establishment of a single-party framework for the provision of Business Advisory Coaching (‘BAC’) services and the award of an initial contract for the Provision of Business Advisory /Coaching Services to support CEOs of Irish SMEs through their development journey on Enterprise Ireland’s Leadership 4 Growth (L4G) programme.
Buyer: Enterprise Ireland


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