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Issue 532 - 22nd Feb 2021
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23 Feb 2021    10am – 11.15am    HR Spotlight
Current & Future HR Trends in 2021 - Catherine Kane  
 
 
This practical HR webinar will shine a spotlight on HR Trends in 2021 that your business needs to know about and prepare for.

During this webinar, we will address:
The Pandemic & your business - providing a recap on Chancellor’s review of the CJRS in January 2021. Assessing impact on your business (furlough, childcare, vaccinations, isolation, travel, restructuring/ redundancies); planning for business continuity

In the Pipeline - Pending laws/reforms; National Living Wage/Statutory increases; IR35 & Employment Status; Redundancy protection for maternity emp extension; Technical amendments to employment  law following the exit from EU; Tips and gratuities to staff; Increase in length of time for continuity of employment; New right for workers to request a more stable contract

The Future world of Work - Hybrid - Health & Wellbeing; Employee eXperience (EX)/recruitment; Learning/development/Digital capacity; implications of outcomes V's Activity work focus.
 
WEBINAR
USING AR & VR TECHNOLOGIES TO HELP SELL ARTS & CRAFTS
 

At this Webinar Cathal & Kieran will discuss:
  • How to use Art Beamer as a sales tool for selling arts and crafts
  • How to set and use the FYUSE application for sales
  • How to establish your own Virtual Reality Art Gallery
Friday 26th February at 9.30am

Click here to register for the Webinar

Armagh City Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council

TRANSFORM YOUR BUSINESS - GROW YOUR BUSINESS INTO 2021 AND BEYOND

This new programme of support will launch in mid-February and is designed to help you grow your business through a number of elements: 
•    Young Entrepreneurs Support
•    Early Export Support / First Steps to Exporting
•    Digital Transformation Action Plans for traditional businesses
•    Support for Digi-Tech firms
•    Social Enterprise Support
Target Audience 
Eligible businesses should be based in the Borough, employ less than 50 people and not be an Invest NI client company.
 
To register your interest and receive more information please email: transform@innovate-ni.com

BT & DIGITAL BOOST - FREE MENTORING PROGRAMME
BT and Digital Boost launch free mentoring programme for small businesses in Northern Ireland

BT has launched a new mentoring programme to support small businesses in Northern Ireland during the pandemic, in partnership with Digital Boost, a free non-profit platform which unites digital experts with leaders of small businesses.  The new mentoring programme forms part of BT’s Small Business Support Scheme to assist small business during the pandemic and beyond by boosting their connectivity, cashflow and confidence

Small businesses interested in mentoring support can book a free one-to-one coaching session now by visiting: https://www.digitalboost.org.uk/
InterTradeIreland Venture Capital Virtual Conference 2021
What can we do to increase availability of Seed Capital for start-ups on the island of Ireland?
 
THREE WEEKS TO GO!
Thursday 4th March 2021
9am – 1.15pm
Online : Free of Charge

 

For event queries, please email: intertradeireland@morrowcommunications.com
MICRO BUSINESS FOOD SCHEME
 
The Micro Food Business Investment Growth Scheme will support existing micro food and drink manufacturing businesses who have been trading for over two years and are processing primary agricultural and horticultural produce. It is intended that projects funded under this scheme will provide direct benefits to the supply chain by improving commercial links between Northern Ireland food processors and the farmers and growers, who produce the raw materials, particularly the local farmers and growers.The purpose of the grant is to enable businesses to:
  • commence supplying to the retail or distribution industry; or
  • increase the quantity of products being sold to the retail or distribution industry; or
  • move into sales outside of Northern Ireland.
Grants of between £5,000 and £50,000 will be available.

The Scheme will open to Expressions of Interest from 8 March 2021
 
For more information: http://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/articles/micro-food-business-investment-scheme
The closing date for submission of Expressions of Interest will be Thursday 15 April 2021.
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.


www.sparklingmaidscommercial.co.uk mob O7795242173
 
TENDERS
 
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.
185036 - SCC2021/004 - Management Services for Sligo International Chamber Music Festival
Publication date:  18-02-2021
Response deadline:  11-03-2021 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: On behalf of the Festival Producer, Sligo County Council Arts Service, the Festival Manager will: • Plan the core Festival Programme with the Artistic Director • Liaise with Quartet in Residence Vogler Quartet • Liaise with Festival Musicians and issue contracts • Organise Venues • Liaise with Box Office Service Provider • Book Artist Flights & Accommodation • Manage all aspects of Print & Publicity and distribution of same: • Manage Website • Manage all aspects of Festival Weekend • Attend Planning & Review Meetings with Festival Producers, Artistic Director and Festival Partners, such as the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Music Generation National Development Office and Sligo Office • Manage Income & Expenditure according to available budgets The Festival Manager will be expected to have the Festival Programme in place in November annually with a view to managing the above roles and responsibilities between October and June annually.
Buyer: Sligo County Council

185035 - SCC2021/003 - The provision of services to facilitate, co-ordinate and administer the Arts Participation Programme and Artist Continual Professional Development Programme.
Publication date:  18-02-2021
Response deadline:  11-03-2021 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Tenders are sought from suitably experienced artist-facilitators to work closely with Sligo County Council Arts Service to facilitate, co-ordinate and administer the Arts Participation programme in the areas of · Arts and Health: Care and Promotion · The Bealtaine Festival · Co-ordination of the Artist Panel · Management of the Continual Professional Development Programme for Artists
Buyer: Sligo County Council

184798 - Digital Marketing Services - RFT for the Provision of Digital Marketing Services for Ordnance Survey Ireland
Publication date:  16-02-2021
Response deadline:  03-03-2021 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Ordnance Survey Ireland has a requirement for Online Marketing to drive its inbound marketing efforts aligned to our business objectives as outlined in our business plan for 2021. In addition, we want to drive sales in our online shop, grow brand awareness and engagement with our users on our blog, social media channels and email with quality content at the heart of this drive. We are also keen to showcase the work of OSi to specific Government and Public sector audiences.
Buyer: Ordnance Survey Ireland

184833 - WA/2021/01 - Killarney Brand Proposition
Publication date:  16-02-2021
Response deadline:  05-03-2021 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Fáilte Ireland is seeking proposals from suitably qualified suppliers for the provision of the following services: Develop a brand proposition for Killarney creating a unified destination marketing approach supported by a narrative that defines the destination ambition for Killarney, delivered with the resources required to create an impactful world class tourism destination brand recognised domestically and internationally. Create a fully formed brand identity for use across all platforms and marketing collateral that can be used by both the local authority, Failte Ireland, NPWS/OPW and Killarney industry. Killarney is a Gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way and needs to align itself to the overarching Wild Atlantic Way brand but retain its own unique selling point which is Killarney.
Buyer: Fáilte Ireland-National Tourism Development Authority

184852 - Bord Iascaigh Mhara 2021-14 - Provision of a suitably qualified and experienced service provider to deliver Invasive Alien Species consultancy services for the Irish Aquaculture industry
Publication date:  16-02-2021
Response deadline:  08-03-2021 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: The services comprise of the appointment of a suitably qualified and experienced service provider to deliver invasive alien species consultancy services and provide ongoing support and advice to the Contracting Authority, its working group, and the aquaculture sector through a multifaceted suite of measures. These include targeted and responsive monitoring and survey work, training and awareness building and the provision of reports that combined will help to fulfil the overall objectives.
Buyer: Bord Iascaigh Mhara - Irish Sea Fisheries Board ( BIM )

184702 - Design & Craft Council Ireland - Strategic Business & Operational Plan for the Years 2021-2026
Publication date:  15-02-2021
Response deadline:  17-03-2021 18:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: The Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI) has put in place an 18-month strategic plan as a road map for the organisation. DCCI is beginning the process of developing a new five-year strategy (for the period 2021 – 2026). The development phase will take place throughout 2021 and the Council requires a professional entity to assist with the strategy development, co-ordination and support with a long-term approach and meaningful ambition for growth. The purpose of this document is to shape the long-term direction and priorities of DCCI over the next five years, whilst also delivering a three-year corporate plan from January 2022. The 5-year plan should seek to strengthen the organisation by providing a platform for growth. We need to be ambitious and add more value to the Craft and Design sector. DCCI can then focus on the most important priorities and opportunities and plan for funding and the support necessary to respond to future demands.
Buyer: Design & Crafts Council of Ireland

Austrian trade and export company seeks manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors of European supermarket food products

COMMERCIAL PROFILE / AUSTRIA / BRAT20210211001
A young Austrian company exports products from the European market to the Middle East and Africa, with focus on Arab Gulf countries. Therefore, the Austrian company is looking for manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors of FMCG food products (except for fresh goods) throughout Europe in order to establish distribution services or supplier agreements. The aim of the agreements is to extend and complete the range of products that the Austrian company intends to export.

Belarusian University offers a technology for analyzing and predicting the level of electromagnetic environmental pollution by 2G/3G/4G/5G mobile communication systems under a commercial agreement with technical assistance

TECHNOLOGY PROFILE / BELARUS / TOBY20210215001
Belarusian University has developed and verified a technology for analyzing and predicting the level of electromagnetic pollution of the environment by 2G/3G/4G/5G mobile communication systems. They are interested in technology transfer under a commercial agreement with technological support. Potential partners can be mobile operators, companies that develop software and specialized expert systems, local authorities, research centers.

Bulgarian producer of patented linear and rotary high accuracy actuators for industrial robots and precise machine building is looking for commercial agreement with technical assistance and manufacturing agreements in Germany, Austria, Slovenia and UK.

TECHNOLOGY PROFILE / BULGARIA / TOBG20210216001
Bulgarian manufacturer of linear and rotary actuators and computer numerical control (CNC) machining centers and CNC milling machines has successfully patented a rack & pinion mechanism that eliminates the backlash during changing the direction of travel. The actuators offer high accuracy, ease of adjustment and low operating costs. The desired partnerships are commercial agreement with technical assistance or manufacturing agreement. Target countries: Germany, Austria, Slovenia and UK

A Czech company offers contract manufacturing and/or contract development of food supplements, with focus on user-friendly forms (tablets, sticks/sachets, powder mixtures) under manufacturing agreement or subcontracting.

COMMERCIAL PROFILE / CZECHIA / BOCZ20190222003
A Czech company is producer of user-friendly food supplements for humans and pets, advanced products, verified with scientific studies. The company disposes of own research & development and certified high-quality production facilities that are available also for contract manufacturing for third parties. They are able to make food supplements in a form of tablets, powders or sticks/sachets. Manufacturing or subcontract agreements are offered to partners seeking a reliable contract manufacturer.

Danish solution for controlling and monitoring decentralized solar power seeking partners

TECHNOLOGY PROFILE / DENMARK / TODK20210112001
A Danish SME offers technology that contributes to the global transition towards green energy. This is done by creating easy to use and universal energy management controls, in cooperation with industrial suppliers. The company has taken on the role as the universal energy management system which is both efficient and easy. The SME is looking for technology partners from all over the world to run projects in countries with either weak utility supply or no utility supply at all.

A French company is proposing its secure online platform for collaborative diagnosis with many functionalities from tele-expertise to multidisciplinary meetings, under a commercial agreement with technical assistance.

TECHNOLOGY PROFILE / FRANCE / TOFR20210122001
A French SME based in the south of France has developed a secure online platform for healthcare professionals. This platform includes services like tele-expertise, multidisciplinary meetings, and teleconsultation. It is a platform where health professionals can communicate, create private groups in order to facilitate the healthcare pathway and the interactions. They are looking for health facilities in EU countries to collaborate under a commercial agreement with technical assistance.

A French producer of organic ciders free from added sulphites and carbon neutral is looking for distributors

COMMERCIAL PROFILE / FRANCE / BOFR20210126001
A France based producer of apple-based beverages such as ciders, Calvados (apple brandy) and Pommeau (classic cocktail liqueur) is searching for new partners able to represent their organic products under distribution services agreements.

An Italian producer of energy saving technologies is looking for distributors, commercial agents or final user companies

COMMERCIAL PROFILE / ITALY / BOIT20200212001
An Italian company, with 25 years of experience and expertise, designs, produces and commercializes, in Italy and abroad, instruments and software for energy measurement, saving and consumption and energy production management. To further expand abroad the company is looking for cooperation partners via commercial agency or distribution services agreements. Alternatively, big final user companies to cooperate with as original equipment manufacturer.

Italian SME looking for solutions for cleaning small components in optical measuring machines

TECHNOLOGY PROFILE / ITALY / TRIT20210204001
A northern-Italy company is active in the production of optical measuring machines for mechanical and medical industries. The SME is looking for efficient technology solutions to integrate automated cleaning of small components in its measuring machines. Partners will act as suppliers under commercial agreement with technical assistance.

A Lithuanian company manufacturing polymerizing vinyl chloride windows, doors and aluminium constructions is looking for trade intermediaries

COMMERCIAL PROFILE / LITHUANIA / BOLT20200302002
The Lithuanian manufacturer of polymerizing vinyl chloride (PVC) windows, doors, sliding and folding systems, winter gardens and other aluminum constructions is offering its production. The company is looking for trade intermediaries and is seeking to work under commercial agency agreements or distribution services agreements with them. A subcontracting agreement could be offered to potential partners as well.

Maltese company that has developed a customisable large data intelligent platform for the pharmaceutical and labware industries seeks international partners for commercial agency or distribution services agreements

COMMERCIAL PROFILE / MALTA / BOMT20210203001
The Maltese company has developed an intelligent software solution for structuring, cleaning and enriching large amounts of data. It has been heavily tested in industry and can be customised to various businesses and integrated into the existing business processes. The company is seeking partners that have contact with pharmaceutical companies and businesses selling lab equipment, glassware or internet of things measurement sensors, for commercial agency or distribution services agreements.

Maltese company offers online team development and remote communication training and seeks agents in touch with large English speaking workplaces to represent their services via a commercial agency agreement.

COMMERCIAL PROFILE / MALTA / BOMT20210122001
Maltese company offers virtual team building events and experiential online training for employees to help bring together teams in a fun way and enhance teamwork, collaboration and effective communication. They are seeking agents that have links to English speaking human resource departments with companies, offices, universities, schools with many employees to offer their services via a commercial agency agreement on commission or retainer basis.

A Maltese company focused on sustainability and renewable energy offers customised solutions under distribution or commercial agency agreements

COMMERCIAL PROFILE / MALTA / BOMT20210125001
A Maltese company specialised in sustainable solutions and the implementation of renewable energy is offering its customised solutions to interested parties. They are focused on technologies such as solar energy, energy storage, LED lighting, cogeneration, heat pumps and water management. Services include building energy, energy auditing and performance, feasibility studies, resource management and environmental standards. The company is looking to conclude commercial or distribution agreements.

Dutch distiller of alcoholic drinks is looking for distribution partners

COMMERCIAL PROFILE / NETHERLANDS / BONL20210115002
This distiller from the Northern part of the Netherlands produces, besides tradional Dutch alcoholic drinks (genever and beerenburger), a number of high quality spirits, suitable for both retail and cafes, hotels and restaurants (CHR). The organization is looking for distribution partnerships to expand its reach. The organization is interested in partners from Portugal, Spain, Austria, Italy, France, Ireland, Switzerland, South-America, African countries and Asia.

Dutch paint powder producer is looking for distributors in Europe.

COMMERCIAL PROFILE / NETHERLANDS / BONL20210216001
The Dutch company produces mineral paint powder for various surfaces, inside and outside. Adding water at the time of actual painting creates a strong two-component paint. Because water is not used in our production process or in transport, a lot of CO2 emissions are saved. For their export to other European countries, the Dutch company is looking for distributors under a distribution services agreement.

Polish company specialised in electrical installations and industrial solutions is willing to become a subcontractor and participate in implementation of complex projects

COMMERCIAL PROFILE / POLAND / BOPL20190830002
Polish company operating since 2008 in the field of electrical installations and industrial solutions and also installation, relocation and renovation of industry machines is offering their services to general contractors and subcontractors. Employing high class engineers together with over 100 skilled workers, the company is willing to become a subcontractor and participate in implementation of complicated projects.

The Polish company offers outsourcing in the field of packaging food products and dietary supplements

COMMERCIAL PROFILE / POLAND / BOPL20210205002
The Polish company offers a packaging service for food products, dietary supplements and lyophilisates. The offered form of cooperation will be based on an outsourcing agreement. Partners are sought in all European Union countries and United Kingdom.

Romanian manufacturer of handmade women knitwear seeks international business partners under distribution or manufacturing agreements

COMMERCIAL PROFILE / ROMANIA / BORO20210114001
A Romanian company specializes in handmade women knitwear including sweaters, cardigans, tops, blouses etc. Products are available as unique or small series items and are manufactured using natural fibers (i.e. wool and different fiber mixes). The company is interested in identifying international business partners. Cooperation with the partners identified will be based on distribution or manufacturing services agreements.

Singapore health supplement manufacturer seeks European distributors via distribution services agreement.

COMMERCIAL PROFILE / SINGAPORE / BOSG20200117001
A Singapore health supplement manufacturer, has developed a supplement that is designed to protect and strengthen the human body. The supplement contains no chemicals and it is a blend of 9 natural bioactive ingredients. The Singapore company is actively seeking European partners to sign distribution service agreements for this product.

Singapore manufacturer of anti-corrosion film seeks European partners via distribution service agreements.

COMMERCIAL PROFILE / SINGAPORE / BOSG20200122001
A Singapore anti-corrosion film manufacturer, established in 1992, has developed a film that uses poly vinyl alcohol (PVA) as carrier for non-toxic anti-corrosion inhibitors. The film is environmentally friendly and biodegradable. The main feature of the product is that it can be dissolved in water, thus creating zero waste. The Singapore manufacturer is currently looking for European partners under distribution services agreements.

Slovak company offers engineering services in the oil and gas, chemical, automotive and energy industry via outsourcing agreement

COMMERCIAL PROFILE / SLOVAKIA / BOSK20201103001
The Slovak company specialized in industrial projects is offering comprehensive EPC (Engineering, Procurement, Construction) + EPCM (Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management) services ranging from feasibility studies up to handover documentation. The company is looking for partners to cooperate preferably via outsourcing agreement.

 

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