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Issue 512 - 14th Sept 2020
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Changing children’s futures through innovative new mental health & wellbeing initiative!

Hope 4 Life NI is a local charity that strives to make good mental health a reality for everyone.

Over the past two decades we have delivered invaluable WRAP© programmes (Wellness Recover Action Plan) to thousands of businesses and communities and undoubtedly contributed to improving the mental health of so many across Northern Ireland.  In 2015, we also developed a totally unique and innovative initiative to specifically help promote positive mental health and well-being among children.  Through specially created superheroes – Uberheroes® comics, we have worked with over 15,000 schoolchildren in the past 4 years to deliver facilitated workshops to help them explore areas that most affect them such as cyber bulling, abuse, grief, manipulation and anxiety.

Recent events and the impact of COVID-19 mean that as a charity however, we have encountered difficulties in accessing vital funding that will enable us to reach so many more young people and make a positive impact on communities.  However, we have an amazing opportunity that you and/or your organisation can get involved in to help us achieve our vision!

We have joined with Belfast City Council & Crowdfunder to try and raise £10,000 for a new programme called “Uberheroes® - My Origin Story”, all superheroes have an origin story that has led to them becoming who they are and giving them their superhero powers.
Our financial goal is £5,000, which will be match funded by Belfast City Council achieve £10,000… You can do this through a donation or choosing one of the corporate rewards where you can donate and receive work wellbeing training programme for up to 16 members of staff.

Please visit our Crowdfunder page via this link

We want to empower our children through the stressful transition from Primary into Secondary education, where there are many stressors for them to have to navigate and our research has shown that many of them have issues with worry and anxiety, disrupted sleeping patterns, increasing levels of unhappiness, and concerns about the pressure they are under to over perform.

Based on our experiences of liaising with pupils, teachers and Principals we plan to deliver an innovative 2 year pilot later this year supporting 3,000 children as they prepare for and navigate through transition.  “Uberheroes® - My Origin Story”,  will focus on building their self-esteem, self-confidence & capacity to handle stress and anxiety, improving resilient thinking, mindfulness, perceived verses realistic expectation levels as well as helping them through disappointments or perceived failures.

The 2 year pilot will be working with 40-50 schools across the country and eventually with your help we will deliver this programme, like Uberheroes® to all schools.

To read more and donate please visit our Crowdfunder page at


InterTradeIreland Funding Advisory Service for Established SME’s

Trilogy of Funding Webinars 2020

InterTradeIreland together with our partners Grant Thornton are delighted to announce a trilogy of funding webinars taking place between September and December 2020.

The purpose of the webinars is to explore the full range of funding options open to business including government supports, bank supports, private equity and alternative funder's. 

The webinars will include presentations and panel discussions and will be as interactive as possible.

Businesses based in Northern Ireland can register for the trilogy of webinars by clicking here.

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.

176116 - - A national campaign to drive awareness for the 100+ digital hubs/co-working spaces along the Atlantic Economic Corridor
Publication date:  11-09-2020
Response deadline:  02-10-2020 10:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: We require an agency to develop a communications strategy plan and assets for the AEC Hubs project to deliver both initial marketplace awareness and sustained consideration in a way that matches potential visitors’ online behaviour. The successful agency will need to have a team to deliver in house video content, PR support, written content, imagery, and website design
Buyer: Western Development Commission

174927 - 21-08- 20 TTC - Taste the County Revised 2020-2021
Publication date:  11-09-2020
Response deadline:  02-10-2020 17:30   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Delivery of Taste the County - programme of 25 food events in 2020-2021.
Buyer: Festival Savour Kilkenny Food Limited

176112 - TEN2000031 (Re-issued) - Cavan County Council on behalf of the LEOs in the North East Region are seeking tenders for the delivery of an Export Development Programme for 2020 under the Border Brexit Stimulus Package.
Publication date:  10-09-2020
Response deadline:  24-09-2020 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Cavan County Council on behalf of the LEOs in the North East Region are seeking tenders for the delivery of an Export Development Programme for 2020 under the Border Brexit Stimulus Package. This Programme will be led by LEO Cavan on behalf of the North East Region covering Counties Cavan, Monaghan and Louth. Refer to RFT for further details.
Buyer: Cavan County Council

175887 - LEO 20/18 - Donegal LEAN for Micro Programme Delivery Tender Request
Publication date:  09-09-2020
Response deadline:  28-09-2020 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Donegal County Council, on behalf of the Local Enterprise Office Donegal is seeking to appoint a suitably qualified consultant/consultancy to deliver the LEAN for Micro programme to small businesses in 2020 & 2021. The contracting authority proposes to run the LEAN for Micro Programme in Donegal where the objective is to increase the awareness of the benefits of LEAN as a management process to allow companies to become more efficient, effective and sustainable. Supporting the companies as they apply the learning and implement a key LEAN project in a practical and measured way. The Programme will involve the following steps for companies that are successful in securing a place: 1: Workshop/s - Introduction to the fundamentals of LEAN and how it can be applied. Propose up to 1.5 days to cover this. Delivered to a group of potential programme participants 2: Company Review – a review of current practices and processes to identify areas (up to 3) where LEAN can be applied. Key Metrics to be noted at this point for further reporting & benchmarking. This will be done by successful contractor at each business. 3: Selection of Project – identify one key project, where LEAN principles will be applied and implemented with the support of the successful contract over 4 half day meetings/onsite visits. Metrics to be noted as project progresses. This should be done in terms of priority and sequence to allow for further continuous improvement. 4: Final Review & Report – upon completion of the project and application of LEAN, key metrics captured and report noting key changes and impact of the changes on the business. Noting further areas to allow the company to continue to progress the project. Enterprise Ireland LEAN report template can be utilised for this. Final report should be agreed between the contractor and the participating company.
Buyer: Donegal County Council

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.

A representative optical fiber producer in Korea is looking for medical equipment companies for licensing and technology cooperation of fractional flow reserve (FFR) system using optical sensor

A Korean manufacturer of optical cable, optical components and sensor own Asia’s biggest optical cable manufacturing machine. In order to expand the application of their optical technology, they have developed a fractional flow reserve (FFR) system using their core technology in the optical sensor. The company is looking for licensing and technical cooperation with medical device developer in the field of cardiovascular diseases.

Green cutting of metals

Slovenian researchers developed a novel supplying system, which allows the pre-mixing of liquid carbon dioxide and desired lubricant in precisely defined quantities and thus decreases CO2 and energy consumption. The research institution is looking for an industrial partner, active on the field of manufacturing processes; cutting processes; cutting of difficult-to-cut materials; cryogenic cutting to sign licence, manufacturing and/or research cooperation agreement.

Manufacturer of lamps and bactericidal devices with UV-C ultraviolet light, is looking for international distributors in order to sign a distribution service agreement.

A leading Romanian manufacturer is producing integrated systems of ecological biosecurity based on UV-C technology, which allow the complete approach of the ecological disinfection of air, surfaces, water and equipment. The company is looking for partners in order to sign a distribution service agreement.

Spanish gourmet extra virgin olive oil producer seeks distributors for their products in European countries

Spanish company specialized in the production of gourmet extra virgin olive oil is looking for distributors for their products in European countries. The extra virgin olive produced is of single-varietal and native regional varieties of the Mediterranean coast and comes in different sizes and packages. The aim for the distributors is to on-sell to specialized gourmet retail shops and HORECA (Hotel, Restaurant and Catering) channel with the aim to reach a gourmet final customer.

Turkish machine parts producer seeks partners for manufacturing and subcontracting agreements

A Turkish company was established in Kayseri/Turkey and has been active in the sector for almost 40 years. The company produces machine parts especially for the automotive sector and is looking for foreign companies to provide subcontracting and manufacturing contracts.

A Turkish pipe bending and profile bending machine producer is seeking commercial agency agreements

The Turkish company is producing pipe bending and profile bending machines since 1979. The company wants to expand its business by entering foreign markets. The company is looking for commercial agency agreements.

A Ukrainian SME seeks cooperation in the form of a financial or commercial agency agreement for the implementation of equipment for utilization of domestic and industrial waste

The Ukrainian SME is looking for partners to implement equipment for the utilization of wastes of a wide morphological composition in form of financial or commercial agency agreement. The main advantage of the equipment is the ability to dispose of various types of combustible household and industrial waste, for example, worn-out car tires or plastic waste, and obtain heat energy in compliance with the European standards of ecological safety.

Online platform for faster, broader, and more collaborative experimental psychology

A spinout from a renowned university in the UK has successfully launched a new platform for designing and executing behavioural experiments online. Not only does it speed up research but it lifts the quality and ease of teaching. Research and educational organisations (but also industry) are invited to subscribe to the SAAS platform under commercial agreements with technical assistance to build and deploy their own experiments.

UK manufacturer of wide range of marine paints seeks distributors

This well-established UK company specialises in the manufacture of high quality marine paints, covering most applications in the leisure and work boat sector. The products are distributed via chandlery shops and other stockists, as well as direct to customers via online sales. The company already exports to a number of countries but is keen to grow its distribution network overseas and therefore seeks new partners under a distribution agreement.

An Austrian SME is looking for natural or deep frozen high quality organic broccoli and/or cauliflower (supplier agreement)

An Austrian SME producing and trading with organic vegetables (fresh and deep frozen) is looking for high quality organic cauliflower and/or broccoli (100 tons each per year) offering a longterm supplier agreement.

French company specialized in treatments for mineral materials is looking for commercial agents

A French company operates on the water-repellent and waterproofing industry market. It proposes products free of organic chemicals to protect stones, concrete blocks and all cement based surfaces, slate, restored paving, drying of damp foundation walls, bricks... It is looking for commercial agents to develop the sales of its products in Europe.

German company specialized in the distribution of electronics and electric components is looking for manufacturers of radio frequency components or sensors to cooperate under a commercial agency or distribution services agreement

The German company is specialized in sales and distribution of electronics and electric components. They are looking for manufacturers of radio frequency components or sensors for Internet of Things or industry 4.0 applications. They offer their services to increase their partners' sales in Europe, Middle East and Africa. They are looking for industry partners with commercial or technical advantages to become their sales partner under a commercial agency or distribution services agreement.

Manufacturer of solar-powered, IoT-interconnected smart waste bins seeks investors and trade intermediaries

A German startup company produces solar-powered, IoT-interconnected smart waste bins that can significantly reduce waste collection costs and lower waste collection derived carbon emissions in cities through route optimization. As the bin have built-in displays, they serve as both a highly optimized waste receptacle and a valuable information/advertising tool. The company is looking for investors under financial agreements and trade intermediaries under distribution services agreements.

An SME Instrument beneficiary from Germany developed a multi-use forecasting solution and looks for partners from industry for commercial, research or joint adventure agreement

A German IT startup developed an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered high-resolution short-to-long-term atmosphere forecasting system for vertical applications. By using this, the company addresses societal challenges in the intersection between satellite, earth observation data, forecasting and inductive modeling technologies. It looks for partners for commercial, research or joint venture agreement in order to adapt the prediction tool to the multitude of use cases and bring it to market.

Automated clamping system which prevents the deformation of large and thin-walled workpieces

A German SME developed an automated, modular and flexible clamping system which prevents the deformation of large and thin-walled workpieces. Advantages include its reusability, rapid provision time and the steadiness of workpieces. This reduces defect production and allows for cost and time savings. Machining and manufacturing companies from various fields are sought for commercial agreements with technical assistance. Research agreements with industrial or research partners are also possible.

A Lithuanian metalworking company is looking for foreign partners to work under manufacturing, subcontracting or distribution service agreement.

A Lithuanian metalworking company is operating as manufacturing, repair, design and engineering service provider. The company is offering to cooperate with metalworking sector companies, interior designers, real estate developers under manufacturing, subcontracting or distribution agreements.

A smart monitoring device of photovoltaic systems

A Macedonian company offers a solution for advanced forecasting, monitoring, optimization and proactive management of the output of photovoltaic systems. The solution measures irradiation, temperature and humidity in more precise manner and uses meteorological data from various sources for predictions’ modelling. Partnership for evaluation and testing the solution under the terms of technical cooperation agreement is sought.

Polish software house seeks agents for its IT services

A Polish IT company based in Lublin, is specialized in conducting new systems, applications and building internet services. The company is searching for new cooperation possibilities among foreign companies under commercial agency agreement and license agreement. The company develops systems and applications addressed to many different sectors, so every company, entrepreneur could be a potential partner.

The Polish meat factory is searching for meat distributors abroad for poultry parts and cold cuts

The Polish family company, located in Lublin region with a long tradition in meat processing, is looking for cooperation possibilities among foreign meat distributors abroad. The cooperation should be based on a distribution services agreement.

German manufacturer of organic icecream is looking for distributors and resellers

A German manufacturer of organic icecream produces 100% plant-based and soy-free frozen desserts. Due to expanded production capabilities and an uprising demand for lactose-free / vegan assortment, the company is now expanding into new markets. Fourteen different types of icecream are offered, also suitable for a calories-reduced and conscious nutrition (Nutri-Score® food label). Commercial agency agreements and distribution services agreements with partners worldwide are considered.

A French based company creating small household appliances is looking for new distributors in Germany, Spain, Italy and possibly other EU countries under distribution agreement
The company based in northern France has about 10 years of experience in producing small household appliances and works with various retail companies in France and abroad. It has a wide range of product from vacuum robot to tea / coffee machines. The company is now searching for new distributors (stores and retailers) to be referenced in mainly Northern and Western Europe under distribution agreement.
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