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Issue 527 - 18th Jan 2021
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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 
£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
New Year brings new support for Belfast businesses

As 2021 gets underway, Belfast businesses are being urged to register for a new, free programme of business support.

Belfast City Council has developed a new package of support for businesses to encourage growth, sustainability and resilience, enhance high growth potential and develop tendering and digital skills as part of its Belfast: Our Recovery plan.

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.

Belfast businesses can benefit from free mentoring in the following areas and more:

  • Business planning, improvement and efficiency
  • Digital transformation including website development, e-commerce, customer relationship management, online marketing and cyber security
  • Export development
  • Improving tendering and procurement skills so you can win more contracts
  • Marketing and social media
  • People and human resource management
  • Product or process development and commercialisation
  • Sales development
  • Securing finance and financial planning

There will also be a series of online workshops to complement the mentoring – details will be published at (search business events).

To register for this free support programme, go to email or call 028 9027 0482.

Get to grips with all the latest information, support and guidance available to local businesses and the self-employed on our dedicated Business Support Hub here:
For the most up to date information -

Invest NI Business Support Team: 0800 181 4422

To contact the ABC Business Support Hub for free independent advice from experienced mentors visit
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.
Covid Restrictions Business Support Scheme Parts A & B have reopened
Support | Applications for the Covid Restrictions Business Support Scheme Parts A & B have reopened. The scheme is targeted at businesses, and those in their supply chain, required to close/cease trading due to recent health regulations.

Fully funded course OCN NI Level 4 in Social Media & Digital Marketing – this course is free for anyone impacted by Covid-19.

To register CLICK HERE
Leadership Team Programme

Support | The next Leadership Team Programme will launch on 19 January for applications with an info webinar. The Programme focuses on developing the skills, strategic focus and relationships of the top team in order to achieve business growth.

Find out more
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

During this Webinar you will explore the concept of DFM - Design for Manufacture and discuss 5 factors that affect manufacturability:
  • Manufacturing
  • Design
  • Material
  • Environment
  • Testing
Friday 22nd January at 9.30am

Click here to register for the Webinar

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
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.

182968 - 21/001 - Louth Co Co PEACE IV Adapting Aftermath Archives
Publication date:  13-01-2021
Response deadline:  03-02-2021 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: The development and coordination of a Youth Project – Adapting Aftermath Archives, a follow on from the PEACE III project Aftermath. See appendix 5. This is an informal educational programme in collaboration with a Young Person’s Advisory Group (YPAG). The project will engage 110 12-18 year olds from a range of community backgrounds. There will be a youth centred approach to the programmes design and delivery aimed at educating young people from both sides of the border about conflict, its legacy and transition to peace.
Buyer: Louth County Council

182975 - SecurityServices-Battle of Boyne - Security Services for Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre
Publication date:  13-01-2021
Response deadline:  24-02-2021 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Security Services for Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre
Buyer: Office of Public Works (OPW)

182936 - E-learning Design Services - E-learning Design Services for PDST Technology in Education (DWEC)
Publication date:  12-01-2021
Response deadline:  12-02-2021 17:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: RFT for e-learning design of two courses for PDST Technology in Education, procured through its parent organisation, Dublin West Education Centre.
Buyer: Dublin West Education Centre (DWEC)

Bulgarian company is looking for foreign partnership for producing skydiving and paragliding equipment under manufacturing and distribution services agreements

A Bulgarian company, specialized in the production of skydiving and paragliding equipment, seeks partners who need such an equipment to be manufactured for them under manufacturing agreements, as well as distribution services agreements for selling their products abroad. The companies that would be interested in a manufacturing agreement should be experienced in the manufacturing of similar type of goods and have the possibility of their subsequent distribution through their own channels.

Biomass cogeneration unit is offered for licensing

Czech R&D Institution have developed a cogeneration unit for biomass based on the principle of Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) which generates electricity (3 kW) in addition to heat (50 kW) that can be installed in a container design with the ability to run on poor quality fuel intended for clients looking for energy independence. The technology is offered on the basis of a license agreement.

A German recycler of brewing residual products is looking for distribution agreement partners

A German company working in the field of processing and refinement of brewing residual products for the purpose of animal nutrition and feed ingredients, food ingredients and functional food is looking for distribution service agreements.

Italian trade company specialised in espresso coffee capsules is looking for distributors in selected EU countries

Italian young, fast-growing company located in Piemonte region (Northern Italy) and devoted to high-quality espresso coffee trade, is willing to enlarge its distribution network within the EU. Distributors located in selected EU countries, holding connections with local food stores, retails stores on small scale and the HO.RE.CA (Hotellerie-Restaurant-Café) sector are sought (no large-scale retail channels and/or mass retailers). Cooperation is foreseen under distribution services agreement.

Distributors for cosmetics are requested by an Italian company

An Italian family owned company produces high-quality organic certified cosmetics with natural ingredients. It is looking for distributors with partners selling to pharmacies, organic specialized shops and beauty shops in Europe. The products of the company include hair care, skin care and body care.

A Kosovar company offering digital transformation solutions is seeking partners to collaborate under outsourcing or subcontracting agreement

They are a company involved in shaping digital information to transform it into an easily comprehensible format, located in Prishtina, Kosovo. The services they offer include: web designing and developing, creating web applications, customizing WordPress or creating bespoke content management systems, creating e-commerce platforms, and providing custom digital solutions to managing information. The company is looking for outsourcing or subcontracting agreement partnerships.

A company from Kosovo offering software-based solutions for networks, file servers, database servers, web application servers, system management servers and others is seeking partners under an outsourcing agreement

The Kosovan company focuses on software-based solutions for networks, file servers, database servers, web application servers, system management servers, content management, e-security, and a host of other solutions, including storage and backup management from one place itself and also features patching up different vendors or integrators. They are looking for an outsourcing agreement where they could gather around groups of IT engineers to finish specific tasks set by the agreement.

A brewery plant from Eastern Moldova that produces alcohol-free drinks, low-alcohol drinks, craft beer and strong drinks is looking for distributors

The company located in Moldova has been manufacturing products using high-quality natural ingredients for 160 years since the day the plant was established. It produces: - Craft beer; - Low-alcohol drinks; - Strong drinks. The company seeks partners to work under a distribution services agreement.

Licence agreement sought for a web and mobile application for grocery stores and food consumers allowing to search and buy near-expired food products at lower prices

A start-up from Poland is offering a web and mobile application for grocery stores and food consumers promoting the Zero-Waste trend and sustainable consumption. The app will allow to share information on near-expired food products available at discount prices in grocery stores. The company is offering license agreements.

A Polish producer of smart, adaptive and decorative LED Lighting is looking for distributors

A Polish company established in 2015 as a technology manufacturer offers its own internationally developed IoT products. One of them is intelligent, adaptive and decorative LED lighting, aimed at both B2B and B2C sectors. As a system producer, the company guarantees a flexible approach to international cooperation with the possibility of introducing quick product upgrades in line with the requirements of individual customers. The company is looking for distribution agreements.

Joint venture sought for Romanian hardwood production plant

A Romanian company, working in hardwood fabrication, seeks a partner interested to invest in a joint venture. The main objective will be the exploit of a patent, owned by the company, for a modular wood wall system, popular with clients. The high demand for this product needs the development of new production capacities.The company has the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certificate for their entire supply chain.

Method for the synthesis of metal molybdates and tungstates from molybdenum and tungsten carbides and nitrides

A Slovenian public research organization has developed a method for the synthesis of large amounts of metal molybdates and tungstates from molybdenum and tungsten carbides and nitrides. Metal molybdates and tungstates are used in several areas - for example catalysis, moisture sensors, for scintillation detectors, optical fibres and solid-state lasers, water purification, etc. Industrial partners are sought for licensing and technical cooperation agreements.

Rapid fluorescence lifetime measurement system

A Slovenian public research organization has developed a novel method for measuring the fluorescence lifetime instead of or in addition to its intensity. The method enables the fluorescence lifetime of a sample to be determined without lengthy data acquisition and photobleaching of the sample. Partners are sought among optical instrumentation manufacturers for licensing and technical cooperation agreements.

Wetting-control polymeric surface-layer for printed electronics

A Slovenian public research organization has developed a method of improving the wetting properties of surfaces by modifying the contact angle appropriately. In printed electronics applications the formation of nano-textured polymeric layers providing well-defined wetting conditions is required for high printing resolution and high stability upon drying. Partners are sought for licensing, technical and research cooperation agreements.

A superconductor-based memory device using a switchable resistive element suitable for superconducting computing

Slovenian researchers, experts in the superconductor materials, have developed a memory device for superconducting computing that combines a switchable resistive element with a superconductor element to control the switching between the memory states. The device is highly scalable. Partners are sought for technical and/or research cooperation agreements.

Innovative passive linear robot tracks without sensors and actuators available for license agreement

Slovenian researchers have developed an innovative passive linear robot tracks for use in industrial manufacturing processes. Solution enables the movement of the robot without the need of sensors and actuators. This primarily lowers the costs of assembling and manufacturing of the robot and later makes the robot purchase more accessible to companies to use it for the production of smaller series of (diversified) products. Researchers are looking for robot manufacturers for a license agreement.

Conflation of datasets into higher quality Digital Elevation Models, at low cost

Slovenian researchers have developed an intelligently conflated Digital Elevation Model (DEM). Instead of a single data source, the algorithm uses a multi-data approach. In this way, elevation models of unprecedented quality can be created. The associated cost saving (factor 25!) gives the tool another decisive competitive advantage. Industrial partners in topography are sought for licensing and commercial agreements, with technical assistance.

A Korea-based Vision AI company offering AR (Augmented Reality) software and contents is looking for global partners who can create greater value with its AR features in their services under license and/or outsourcing agreements.

A Korean company provides Augmented Reality (AR) software/contents that allow its clients to develop a new service or integrate with an existing service system. It’s seeking global partners who can create greater value with its AR features in their services under license and/or outsourcing agreement. The company's AR software development kit* has the following main features: Face detection/tracking, real-time beautification, virtual makeup, 2D/3D AR content/sticker, real-time segmentation etc.

Spanish company producing an e-scooter backrest which provides control stability and comfort looks for commercial partners to distribute its products and/or joint ventures.

Spanish company specialized in automotive parts and accessories is looking for commercial partners to distribute its patented e-scooter backrest, to open new European markets and consolidate in those in which it is already present. Also looking for joint ventures with partners that are willing to run pilot programs, foster cross-selling and differentiate among competitors within the micromobility field, in particular those oriented to excel in comfort, control and safety.

Spanish family business dedicated to the artisan production and sale of meat products seeks distribution, agency or manufacturing agreements

A Spanish family business, with a long tradition in the totally handmade production of meat products, seeks to establish distribution, manufacturing or commercial agency agreements. The company is a leading producer of high quality fresh and processed meat. The company produces a wide range of products such as chorizo, bacon, rib, hamburger meat, loin, and sausages. All the products are handmade, and the company guarantees the best quality.
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