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Issue 529 - 1st Feb 2021
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02 Feb 2021    10am – 11.15am  Future Proof Your Business
‘Tips, tools and techniques to plan for 2021”    
Susan Hayes - The Positive Economist 

For anyone who may not know Susan, aka The Positive Economist, all around gee-er-upper, insightful, resourceful, no nonsense CFA and Managing Director of the Hayes Culleton Group, with clients across Europe and the USA,  then follow her on twitter @SusanHayes.

Join this webinar with the Positive Economist, Susan Hayes for insights, top tips, tools and techniques for confidence boosting and planning for the year ahead. You'll come away with a mixture of financial and operational planning tips & tools to help  supercharge you & your business. 

Fully Funded Level 2 & Level 4 Social Media courses for businesses with under 250 employees & Social Enterprises.
Registration required: CLICK HERE
£20million will be available for the Limited Company Directors Support Scheme (LCDSS). The scheme will open for applications at 6pm on Thursday 21 January. 

The scheme will be delivered by Invest Northern Ireland on behalf of the Department for the Economy.

A £1,000 grant will be paid to eligible limited company directors. At scheme closure, any underspend will be distributed equally amongst approved applicants in the form of a top-up grant, up to a maximum of £3,500.

More information and eligibility criteria for the scheme are available at
Exploring Enterprise Programme  
This is a free programme that helps you take the first steps to gaining employment or exploring your business idea.
You will achieve an accredited qualification within the programme. This will improve your CV and help break down barriers  to self-employment or employment.
Eligibility: You must be either unemployed or working/ in education less than  16hrs a week. You must be 16 or over.

The Exploring Enterprise Programme will help you:
•    Gain a QCF Understanding Business Enterprise qualification
•    Improve your skills for business or employment
•   Meet new people
•   Get back on track

If you are interested in taking part in the Exploring Enterprise Programme, please contact Kirsty Watson on 028 38396520 or 
How secure is your business against cyber crime?                                                             
Cyber crime costs the Northern Ireland economy millions of pounds annually, with affected businesses experiencing problems like prolonged down time, loss of earnings, data loss or leaks, or loss of intellectual property.
Cyber criminals can target any business – regardless of size, sector or location – but there are ways to help defend against serious damage.
Implementing cyber security measures will help protect your valuables in the ‘cyber’ world from digital attacks – including your physical devices like desktop computers and mobile devices that are connected to the Internet, and the files, data, images or financial information stored on them.
About the NI Cyber Security Centre
The NI Cyber Security Centre works to make Northern Ireland cyber safe, secure and resilient for its citizens and businesses. We work with public, private, and third sector organisations and citizens to improve their ability to defend against cyber attacks, increase their knowledge of cyber threats, and become more cyber resilient.

Find out about other cyber threats and how you can protect your business, with advice and guidance from the NI Cyber Security Centre.
The Open University has partnered with Invest Northern Ireland to provide local businesses with online training and learning resources to support upskilling in industry.

The courses provide access to best practice learning across three core themes:
  • Leadership and management.
  • Entrepreneurship development.
  • Digital skills.
The courses are free, and access is unlimited for all businesses and their employees. For more information go to:
Breaking the infection cycle… Re Covid -19 disinfection 30-day treatment.

We are specialising in high level disinfection of buildings. The system is micro particle fogging, a very fine mist applied in a dry state. Safe with computers, paper and electronics. Safe and nontoxic in kitchens and dining areas. We are supported with COSHH and laboratory performance data for the products and procedures used.

During the application we open commonly used items that are easily accessible like fridges, microwaves, key & broom cupboards to expose Covid to the disinfection. Some dust disruption will be caused by the power of the fogging. We use two machines, a revolving standing unit and a mobile unit to ensure complete access and speed of application. This strategy ensures a comprehensive aerosol coverage and miniscule detail coverage. With 2 units working simultaneously we can cover the area of a tennis court in an hour, it typically takes between 1 to 3 hours to complete a treatment. If well ventilated the building can be re-entered in 1 hour. Charged at £100 (plus VAT) per hour per unit working inclusive of materials and 7 days a week call out. To put it in perspective traditional hand cleaning would take 10 times longer and is still not as comprehensive.

The product we use (Sterizar) will kill Covid 19 immediately on contact and will continue to work on non-porous surfaces for up to 30 days. After our treatment normal Covid precautions and cleaning routines need to be observed as friction and handling will wipe off the treatment.
We are currently treating actual instances of Covid and doing preventive treatments in schools, doctor’s surgeries, banks, gyms, laboratories, offices, places of worship, farms, pubs and hotels.
To help break the chain of infection we are offering high level disinfection to small shops and barber shops for as little as £20 for a room. mob O7795242173

Act now - advice and support worth £2000/€2250

Are you a business looking to navigate your way through Brexit and are unsure what to do next? InterTradeIreland offers 100% financial support up to £2000/€2250 (inclusive of VAT) towards professional advice in relation to Brexit matters. This support can help your business get advice on specific issues such as movement of labour, goods, services and currency management.

Are you eligible?

To qualify for financial support your business must:
  • Be located on the island of Ireland (North or South)
  • Trade across the border (NI/ROI)
  • Employ less than 250 employees
  • Have an annual turnover of less than €50m (sterling equivalent)
  • Have a satisfactory trading history (we reserve the rights to request submission of financial accounts)
Note: There are certain exclusions in line with specific State Aid guidelines, such as primary agriculture – please contact the Brexit Team at InterTradeIreland for further information.
The Voucher is provided under the European Commission Regulation on De Minimis Aid as stated in the documentation for the Brexit Start to Plan. The business must provide InterTradeIreland with details of all other De Minimis aid which has been granted to the business within the past three years. It should be noted that a false declaration by a business resulting in the threshold of €200,000 being exceeded could later give rise to the aid being recovered with interest.

For more information and to apply CLICK HERE

Albanian producer of extra virgin olive oil offers its products under distribution services agreement

This Albanian company, with a 30 year experience in producing extra virgin olive oil, seeks distributors to cooperate under a distribution services agreement.

Bosnian company offers thermal insulation glass, PVC and aluminum windows and doors under distribution or manufacturing agreement

A company from the Republic of Srpska region, Bosnia and Herzegovina, is looking for new partners who would buy their products under distribution or manufacturing agreement. The company offers thermal insulation glass, PVC, and aluminum windows and doors.

Bulgarian company dealing with manufacturing of plastic products looks for distribution or manufacturing agreements.

This Bulgarian manufacturer of plastic products is looking for EU distributors from food industry and is offering to them distribution services agreements of products like plastic crates for storage and transportation of food, bags etc. Manufacturing agreements are offered to breweries, soft drinks producers, manufacturers of car batteries, bakeries, butcher's and confectionery shops, that are looking for a manufacturer of specific products for their businesses.

Croatian company is looking for distribution services agreement for their edible color powder for cakes and pastries

A small Croatian company, manufacturer of edible color powder for cakes and pastries, is looking for business partners in the EU market. The company is interested in distribution services agreement.

French start-up specialised in designing and marketing outdoor sports equipment is looking for distributors

French company that designs and markets specific multi-sport equipment for outdoor playgrounds is looking for partners. The company has developed patent protected equipment that allows the practice of several different sports on a single playing field. Primarily interested in distribution agreements, the company could also consider cooperating with manufacturers under a licence agreement where this may prove more cost-effective, namely in distant countries.

German company seeks distributors for sustainable textiles and working clothes for hospitals and care homes

A small German company offers medical workwear (scrubs, lab coats, trousers, polo shirts) made from environmentally friendly fibers and fabric. A transparent value chain guarantees sustainability and safety. Distribution partners or commercial agencies are sought.

Maltese SME offers their design expertise and additive manufacturing services to international partners including those from medical and dental sectors who are willing to enter into manufacturing agreements

Maltese company offers customised design and 3D printing services using a wide variety of materials, colours, textures, and mechanical properties. The company offers different additive manufacturing services, including fused deposition modelling, digital light processing and selective laser sintering. They are seeking international clients who require their services to build prototypes, including medical and dental products, and who are willing to enter into manufacturing agreements.

Maltese company offers customised design and development services related to automation and robot-based systems to industry under a subcontracting agreement

The Maltese company develops customised solutions for various industrial sectors that require automation, robotic systems and automated guided vehicles. It is seeking international clients from the pharmaceutical, automotive, aviation, logistics and manufacturing sectors who require their customised services under a subcontracting agreement.

Macedonian leader in production and sale of construction chemicals is looking for new partners and distributors working on the EU market

Macedonian company specialized in production and sale of additives and other chemical building materials is looking for reliable distributors and partners working on the EU market to whom it can offer products and solutions, even to the most specific problems of the modern construction industry.

Renowned Macedonian company is looking for new clients for its design and printing services based on distribution services agreement

Macedonian printing house offering a complete suite of printing services with fast turnaround times and delivery is looking for new clients worldwide to offer its wide range of design and printing services under distribution services agreements. Offered products and services include design and preparation of printing materials, printing, book finishing and transport (depending on the destination).

Polish company offering innovative financial assistant for entrepreneurs is looking to sign a license agreement

A Polish company has designed an artificial intelligence bot, whose role is to be a financial assistant for entrepreneurs and whose task is to search for financial offers available on the market and adjust the offer to the company's needs. The company is searching for partners to sign a license agreement in Europe and beyond.

A Polish IT company offers long-term professional support for embedded systems testing processes under outsourcing agreement

A company from Poland offers complex software validation services. They specialize in external software testing, as well as consulting on testing issues. Software testing is performed at every stage of software development, which improves its quality, performance, and reduces the risk of customer errors. The company is interested in supplying testing services under outsourcing agreements for several partners.

Polish company which organizes pre-season football camps through its Internet portal in over 200 destinations in Poland is looking for commercial agents.

Polish company provides services of organization of football camps for teams playing on different levels on advancement. They use professional Internet portal by which they join football teams with providers of sport and hotel infrastructure (mainly owners of hotels and football pitches or gyms). They search for representatives or agents that will find new locations for camps’ organization mainly in Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary under commercial agency agreement.

Romanian company specialised in geotechnical investigations, topography, structural design and technical assistance for civil and industrial construction is interested in cooperating internationally under distribution services or subcontracting agreements.

The Romanian SME offers specialised technical services in the construction sector, ranging from geotechnical investigations and topographical surveys to structural design projects. They would like to expand on foreign markets and, as such, conclude distribution services and/ or subcontracting agreements with European partners.

Russian company is looking for robotic medical rehabilitation equipment

The Russian technology integrator is looking for various robotic medical rehabilitation equipment for commercialization in Russia. The company is looking for foreign manufacturers to localize the production of their technology in Russia as part of a joint venture or license agreements.

EMFF-BEW-2020: Looking for for-profit SMEs as project partners in the commercialization of the tourism data driven tool in France, Ireland and UK.

A Slovenian IT SME, is preparing a project proposal under the call EMFF Blue Economy Window (EMFF-BEW-2020) for the commercialisation of its comprehensive tool for modelling and optimisation of the tourism impact on a local ecosystem through fostering collaboration between different stakeholders. The company is composing project consortium and is looking for suitable partners: for-profit SMEs from France, Ireland, UK with experience in digitalisation, tourism and R&D under research cooperation.

Spanish company that produces Mediterranean fresh fruits and vegetables as well as organic and not from concentrate juices looks for commercial and manufacturing partnerships

Spanish company, established in 2014, that manufactures concentrate and not from concentrate (NFC) juices in bulk or packaged, also purees, esential oils, pulp and Mediterranean fresh citrus, fruits and frozen vegetables (organic or not) is looking for trade partners to access new markets, such as distribution services or commercial agents all over the EU. The company offers also fresh/frozen fruits and vegetables to big supermarket chains and to agrifood companies for manufacturing agreements.

Spanish company dedicated to the development of creative digital products seeks partners for cooperation under license, subcontracting and outsourcing agreements

The Spanish company is specialized in the creation of audiovisual storytelling experiences, narrative design for video games, art for video games and 2D / 3D animation, as well as the development of all kinds of applications such as serious games, industry 4.0, etc. The company is looking for suitable partners to offer subcontracting and outsourcing agreements. Also, the company is looking for partners to sign license agreements.

A Spanish company that offers mainstream school and host family placements is looking to establish commercial agency agreements.

A Spanish company offers school and homestay placements for overseas students (12-17 years old) that want to learn Spanish in Spain. Students are placed in the Spanish public education system for total immersion. The stays could be for a few weeks to a full academic year in the city of Santander. The company is seeking commercial agents, experienced educative partners like international language schools and language agencies to offer its services directly to schools, families and students.

A Software Development Kit for personalized mood recognition through video analysis of facial expressions

A Spanish research group in computer science has developed a new method capable of recognizing the mood of a person through a video analysis of facial expressions. This method has been embedded in an Software Development Kit (SDK) for developers (web and mobile) in fields such as market research, education, gaming. Commercial agreements with technical assistance, and license agreements are being sought.

Spanish producer of new foldable 20 feet dry container for transport, capable of packing 5 empty containers in the space of a standard container, looks for a commercial agreement with technical assistance.

A Spanish company, born to bring innovation to the transport and logistics sector, has developed a new generation of foldable container to make transport more sustainable. They are searching for companies that normally use containers for transport, and who have unbalanced routes with need of empty containers’ repositioning. The value proposition is to rent them one or more groups of foldable containers for their use, under a commercial agreement that will include its technical assistance.

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