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Issue 455 - 25th Feb 2019
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Colly Graham from Salesxcellence tells us all about the company's new programme of sales training programmes.
In today's competitive business environment, you have to be highly skilled and motivated to increase your sales revenue.
Do you want to boost your sales and get outstanding results?
Are your sales not increasing at the rate you want for your company?
Salesxcellence will assist you to develop the skills necessary to overcome the barriers that are stopping you from your sales success.
Realise the success you deserve and grow your company's sales.

Compelling sales actions you can take to grow your sales
  • Gain an unfair sales advantage
  • Map your sales process
  • Create more sales opportunities
  • Win more face to face appointments
  • Discover how to sell value
  • Learn good time management
  • Remove buyer concerns and close more sales
  • Increase your sales productivity
Sales Accelerator Masterclass with International Sales trainer Colly Graham
This 3 day course will be held over 3 months and only £595 for 3 days invaluable training
Day 1 - Thursday 14th March 2019 - 10am - 4pm --- Creating Sales Opportunities
Your Sales Role, The Sales Process, Identifying Your Ideal Client, Understanding Buyer Persona, Lead Generation, Creating Sales Opportunities, Building a Case Study, Use of Social Media, Eliminate the fear of cold calling, Discover how to warm-up the cold call, Emails that get opened, Ten Mistakes made on the telephone, Getting Past the Gatekeeper, Qualifying the prospect, Opening the Conversation, Influencing the Decision, Identify and pre-empt objections, Selling The Appointment.
Day 2 - Wed 10th April 2019 - 10am - 4pm --- The Sales Strategy
Analysing the customer's short-term and long-term buying cycles, Insight Selling, Why People Buy, Discover Your Client’s Buying Strategy, Questioning Skills, Impact of the Client’s Problem, Conditions of Satisfaction, Exploring Pain-Envision a Solution, Discovering Buyer Needs, Recognising 3 levels of Buyer needs, Identifying Decision Making Strategies, Five Steps to Elicit Outcomes, Eliciting Value Criteria, Value Capability, Value v Benefits, Value Added Advantage, Why product knowledge is hurting you, Challenging Sales Conversation
Day 3 - Wed 8th May 2019 - 10am - 4pm --- Winning the Business
Creating an account plan, setting objectives and strategies for each account, focusing on the real needs, Developing competitive pricing strategies Measuring account profitability, Using CRM strategies to add customer value and build stronger and more loyal relationships, Focusing on customer-driven measures, Building an Account Plan, Understanding Sales Enablement, Differentiation, Competitive Advantage, Emotion Intelligence, Influencing Techniques, Presenting the Solution

In this 3 day workshop over 3 months Colly Graham will take you on a hands-on practical masterclass, covering all aspects of sales. There will be breakout sessions to help you get the most out of every module. At the end of each module you have the chance to go away and put what you learned into action and come back and talk to Colly on what worked well and what didnt and receive more valuable tips.
If you would like to find out more or if you have any questions please give us a call
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Belfast is blessed with fantastic pubs and our tour includes some of the most historic. You’ll hear how pubs and the “craic” became part of our culture as you discover many of our oldest and most original pubs in the city. You’ll have a fantastic experience and discover great pubs that casual tourists miss. Price includes 2 standard drinks (beer or wine).

Main locations and pubs visited:

  • Belfast City Hall

  • High Street

  • Cathedral Quarter

  • Garrick Bar

  • Henry’s Jail House

  • Duke of York

  • Kelly’s Cellars

  • The Crown Liquor Saloon


Councillor Donal Lyons, Chair of the City Growth and Regeneration Committee, congratulated staff and traders at Belfast’s St George’s Market after it was named as ‘Best Large Indoor Market’ in the Great British Market Awards.

During a visit to the May Street market he said: “It is great to see this recognition for St. George’s Market where the traders and staff work hard to ensure visitors get more than just a shopping experience.

It is a very relaxed atmosphere, with music and eateries, people can have a cup of tea, taste the wares, and pick up local craft and unique items,” said Councillor Lyons.

Staff and traders celebrated the award with (l-r)Market Managers, Gary Montgomery and Martin McCrea, Cathy McLavaty (trader) Councillor Lyons, Paddy Lynn (chair of the traders association) and manager Kate Martin.

Management and Leadership SuMMit 

We’re exhibiting at the Management and Leadership SuMMit on Friday 1 March, 8.15am – 1.30pm at the Titanic Belfast. Visit the Management and Leadership SuMMit website for more information and to book your ticket.

Planning and making money in social enterprises

This workshop will give you the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the financial barriers that both social enterprises and co-operatives face. Join us on Wednesday 13 March from 9.30am– 12.30pm at the Skainos Centre, Belfast.
Find out more and register.

How to get the best out of social media

Come along to this workshop on Thursday 16 May, 9.30am – 12.30pm, at the Social Economy Village, and learn how to use social media effectively to reach your target audience.  
Find out more and book your place.

Measuring social impact

If you are a social enterprise or cooperative, and would like to determine how social impact can be measured and evaluated, then come along to this workshop on Thursday 4 April from 9.30am –12.30pm at the Houben Centre, Belfast.  
Find out more and book your place.

Visit our business events web page for a full list of events. 

Go For It Information Evening
Thursday 28 February
6 – 8pm
CIDO Innovation Centre, 73 Charlestown Road, Portadown
Free to attend
Thinking of starting a business or becoming self-employed?
The Go for it programme run by local councils in Northern Ireland can help you get your business started.
Join us for our FREE information evening Thursday 28th February from 6pm-8pm.
Come along and get your questions answered by friendly business advisors and get advice from past Go for it clients.
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.
To find a list of all open evening locations please visit
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An Italian spin-off that produces innovative polymer-based nanocomposites materials for additive manufacturing technologies is looking for technological, industrial partner.

An Italian university spin-off, that designs, develops and produces innovative polymeric materials for additive manufacturing, is looking for: industrial and commercial partners under commercial agreement with technical assistance, to offer its products and transfer their technological features; industrial and technological partners, under technical cooperation agreement, for testing the innovation feasibility of new polymeric filaments and to find new applications of its resins.

Dutch software developer is looking for partners interested in joint development of a digital standard for transferring data from cash registers to accountancy software

The Dutch company specializes in developing accountancy software for companies wants to make registration easier by adopting cash receipts automatically in their accountancy software, skipping printing and reading steps. Both companies in the supply chain and expertise are sought to develop a shared non-profit digital standard to connect cash registers and software systems. A research cooperation agreement is envisioned. This innovation challenge is published on an open innovation platform.

Ukrainian wedding and evening dress manufacturer is looking for distributors

The enterprise was founded in 2006 and located on the southwest of Ukraine. The company offers high-quality corsetry wedding and evening dresses with a modern design under both own brand and client's brand. They are ready to develop a new collection for the client and can work on a give-and-take basis. The company is interested in entering the USA, Canada, Europe, and near east markets and offers commercial agency agreement, distribution services agreement or manufacturing agreement.

An Ukrainian producer of polypropylene packaging is offering its products under manufacturing agreement

An Ukrainian company is producer and exporter of polypropylene products in Europe and worldwide. It is offering its capacities to interested foreign partners in the framework of manufacturing agreement.

Belgian manufacturer of comfy glam wear is looking for distributors and/or agents

The Belgian company, a specialized manufacturer of classy luxury comfy wear, is looking for partners to establish long-term collaboration under a distribution services or commercial agency agreement.

A Croatian company specialized in manufacturing and selling of innovative microgranular and foliar fertilizers is looking for cooperation under the distribution services agreement and commercial agency agreement

A Croatian manufacturer and distributor of innovative microgranular and foliar fertilizers is searching for business partners – distributors of their innovative fertilizers. The company would like to initiate cooperation under distribution services agreement or commercial agency agreement.

A Cypriot manufacturer is looking for agents and distributors of paper products.

A Cypriot manufacturing company of paper consumable products is seeking potential partners from Europe and beyond in the frame of commercial agency and distribution services agreement. Agents and distributors should represent and sell the company’s products in their countries.

French company is looking for manufacturing agreement for natural and scented candles

A French company is creating and distributing scented and decorative candles for the French market. They are now searching a partner in order to produce 100% natural candles mainly made of vegetable waxes. Three types of candles would be produced with private label packaging: tealights, pillar candles, straight candles with a specific range of several colours/fragrances. A manufacturing agreement is proposed with long term partner.

Mica capacitors

A German SME offers tailor made developed mica capacitors used in professional applications where precision and high reliability are important. The products are used for research and development purposes by universities as well in industrial applications like automotive, space or electro mobility. The company is looking for partners for technical cooperation agreements.

URGENT | H2020-SC1-BHC-07-2019 – Project IMATE: Consortium of research institutes looking for an SME with expertise in the field of gene editing (miRNA,siRNA, CRISPR/Cas-9) and/or cell therapy

The aim of the project is to develop and test new tools and technologies that enable modulation of the functional properties of macrophages and T cells to support tissue repair, reduce fibrosis and accelerate integration of engineered tissues while supporting their functionality. For this purpose the German consotium partner looks for a partner (SME) with expertise in gene editing using CRISPR, siRNA delivery and preclinical expertise in cell-based therapies and injectable materials/hydrogels.

Smart thermostat for wet heating systems with load/weather compensation and wifi connectivity.

A Greek SME has developed an innovative thermostat with wireless thermometers which adjusts the power of the radiators, according to the real heating needed. The Greek company is looking for partners from the architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) sectors under a commercial agreement with technical assistance and/or investors under a financial agreement.

The Netherlands based designer is looking for a manufacturing agreement with a porcelain producer of small decorative items, like small custom porcelain flowerpots.

A product design studio in the Netherlands is seeking a porcelain manufacturer that is able to produce their special porcelain flowerpots. At the moment the studio is collaborating with a small local producer, but they have a limited production capacity. Therefore the company wants to explore new cooperation opportunities with EU porcelain manufacturers and is interested in a manufacturing agreement.

A Dutch importer, supplier and wholesaler of quality Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food products offers to act as distributor

The company based in the Netherlands and specialized in importing and trading food for the independent Supermarkets, Delis, Restaurants, and Cafes & Take-Aways across Holland is looking for new partners. Due to an increasing demand for specialty products of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean origin the company is looking for food producers that are willing to operate in the frame of a distribution services agreement for the Benelux.

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 Polish manufacturer of wooden stairs is offering its products to distributors and agents in the EU

A Polish company specialized in wood processing and manufacturing of wooden stairs is looking for new trade intermediaries like agents or distributors to develop their export activities in the EU countries.

A Polish metalworking company is offering a manufacturing agreement and services agreement to European Union partners

A Polish metalworking company located in the region of South-Central Poland has over 47 years of experience. The company is specialized in the production of machine tools, overhaul and upgrading of machine tools and has its own machine park, welding area, electrical workshop, assembly department and design office. In view of further development, the company is looking for new partners from the European Union based on manufacturing agreement and services agreement.

Portuguese glove maker seeks partners for manufacturing agreements.

This family business is one of the last remaining leather glove manufacturers in Portugal. With its own production facilities, the company is offering its capabilities to partners under manufacturing agreements. With over 25 years’ experience, it offers a selection of leather gloves for men and women, designed to suit all tastes, from casual and formal gloves, driving and motorcycle gloves to uniform and long leather gloves, all available in several choices of leather, colour and lining.

Off-grid solar charging system with stand-alone payment process

UK company providing bespoke technical solutions and consultancy services for sustainable energy generation is seeking collaboration for building an off-grid solar energy charging system with stand-alone “pay as you go” payment process designed for non-electrified areas in developing countries. The collaboration can be based on joint venture or technological cooperation agreement with other technological consultancies or solar systems manufacturers to customize.

A Scottish (UK) developer and manufacturer of air barrier technology is looking for distribution partners.

This Scottish (UK) company are developers and manufacturers of air barrier solutions. Air barrier technology is ideal for organisations that are seeking to reduce their carbon footprint, improve energy efficiency, indoor air quality and cleanliness in their building whether commercial, retail or industrial. This globally recognised technology is tried and tested across a range of businesses and sectors. The company looks for distribution partners to expand into international markets.

UK-based SME seeks partners for development of novel tidal turbine technology through joint venture or licensing agreement

A UK-based SME has developed a concept for a tidal turbine system designed to be fitted to the base of offshore wind turbines to ensure reliable electricity generation even in low wind. Following proof of viability work they are looking to partner with companies, universities and research institutions to develop the technology through proof of concept to commercialisation under a joint venture or a licensing agreement.

Greek company trading furniture is looking for children's furniture for distribution.

A Greek company based in Arcadia, manufacturing and trading quality kitchen furniture, children's furniture and bedroom closets, is looking for commercial agency agreement or distribution services agreement from European companies for children's furniture.
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.

146660 - 3SCC-001 - Tender for development / build of 22 metre passenger ferry
Publication date:  23-02-2019
Response deadline:  05-04-2019 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 2. Open Procedure (OJEU)
Buyer: Three Sisters Cruise Company Ltd

146673 - 2019/11 - Eurozone Training & Development
Publication date:  23-02-2019
Response deadline:  26-03-2019 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 2. Open Procedure (OJEU)
Description: Establishment of a Single Party framework agreement for The Design and Delivery of Training Supports, aimed at the Enterprise Ireland client base, to facilitate Market Entry into Core Eurozone Markets.
Buyer: Enterprise Ireland
146618 - HRIFEB19/1 - Provision of Concept, Design and Decoration of Marquees at Leopardstown Racecourse for Selected Race Days
Publication date:  21-02-2019
Response deadline:  21-03-2019 17:00   Irish time
Procedure: 2. Open Procedure (OJEU)
Description: The Contracting Authority intends to establish a single-party framework agreement for the concept, design and decoration of marquees to Leopardstown Club Ltd. This includes but is not limited to meeting with relevant stakeholders, adherence to a brief, design of concept, decoration of marquees, on site management and post event de- brief. There may also be a requirement for concept, design and decoration of marquees services to other HRI Racecourses. Please consult the tender document for a full description of the required services.
Buyer: Horse Racing Ireland (HRI)

146572 - - Audio Visual Services to include Equipment Hire and Audio Visual Technicians
Publication date:  20-02-2019
Response deadline:  01-04-2019 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 2. Open Procedure (OJEU)
Description: Audio Visual Services to include Equipment Hire and Audio Visual Technicians
Buyer: Office of Public Works (OPW)

146750 - Craft 2019 - Training & Mentoring Business Development Programme for Craft Makers
Publication date:  20-02-2019
Response deadline:  14-03-2019 17:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: The focus of this project is the development and implementation of a strategically designed professional training and development programme for the creative sector enabling enterprises in this sector to fully realise their talents - creatively and commercially. Key aspects to be delivered on include the necessary mentoring, training and development continuity supports required that will bring businesses from inception phase through to strong, customer-driven businesses that can market and sell locally, nationally and internationally
Buyer: Westmeath Community Development

146777 - - Certificate in Supply Chain Management (Level 6)
Publication date:  20-02-2019
Response deadline:  06-03-2019 17:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Bespoke Certificate in Supply Chain Management (Level 6) to be delivered part time over the course of an academic year, with the following key areas included in the programme: • Intro to models and frameworks for SCM • Forecasting and Scheduling • Supply and Demand Planning • Supply Operations Management • Strategic Management Case studies, course project and the building of a SCM skills portfolio are also essential components of the requested programme.
Buyer: BioPharmaChem Skillnet

Publication date:  18-02-2019
Response deadline:  15-03-2019 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: Iarnród Éireann - Non OJEU Contract Notice (Electronic)
Description: IÉ is seeking suitable expertise to support in the undertaking of their annual Level Crossings Communications Strategy. The required expertise will have experience in all aspects of community liaison, developing and implementing communication strategies and will ideally have experience in the rail industry. A keen understanding and appreciation of the safety critical nature of the associated work is also important. Background; Level Crossings, and in particular user worked level crossings represent the single biggest infrastructural risk on the rail network. Irish Rail are currently rolling out a 10 year Level Crossing Asset Strategy which has the objective of improving safety and reducing risk through crossing upgrades, elimination, introduction of technology, standardisation, education and enforcement. The strategy seeks to provide a framework for Irish Rail to develop and implement meaningful work programmes aimed at improving level crossing safety.
Buyer: Iarnrod Eireann-Irish Rail

146573 - MK/FSFFB/02/19 - ITT for A Futures Study on Functional Food and Beverages
Publication date:  18-02-2019
Response deadline:  04-03-2019 14:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Invitation to Tender for the Provision of A Futures Study on Functional Food and Beverages
Buyer: Bord Bia (Irish Food Board)


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