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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.

175548 - Tender 021/2020 - Youth Leadership Seasonal Projects CYP
Publication date:  02-09-2020
Response deadline:  16-09-2020 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Newry, Mourne and Down District Council have secured EU funding for the PEACE IV Local Authority Action Plan – Beyond Tolerance. As a delivery partner, Newry, Mourne and Down Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) will be responsible for the delivery of some actions within the PEACE IV action plan which will promote peace and reconciliation in the local area. Newry, Mourne and Down PCSP is seeking to appoint a competent supplier to deliver a Youth Leadership Programme under the Children and Young People theme. Enhancing the capacity of children and young people to form positive and effective relationships with others of a different background and make a positive contribution to building a cohesive society. The Programme will invest in children and young people so that they can reach their potential and maximise their contribution to a cohesive society. In particular, the programme will bring about change in the form of clear, meaningful and sustainable "distance travelled" for individual young people in terms of good relations, personal development and citizenship. Three indicators have been identified: • An increase in the percentage of 16-year olds who socialize or play sport with people from a different religious community ‘very often’ from 43% to 50%, ‘sometimes’ 24% to 28%. • An increase in the percentage of 16-year olds who think relations between Protestants and Catholics are better than they were 5 years ago from 45% to 50%. • An increase in the percentage of 16-year olds who think relations between Protestants and Catholics will be better in 5 years’ time from 38% to 45%. Aim of Programme To provide cross community contact opportunities for young people aged 10-24 where young people from different traditions, cultural background or political opinion can meet and develop positive relationships through the provision of diversionary activities. These cross-community contact opportunities should be meaningful, sustained and purposeful.
Buyer: Newry, Mourne and Down District Council
175510 - RFQ: D25 Q2224 - Re-Tender - Building Positive Relations – Newry, Mourne & Down Intercultural Forum Development Coordinator
Publication date:  03-09-2020
Response deadline:  11-09-2020 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Newry, Mourne and Down District Council is seeking to appoint a competent supplier to design, develop and deliver a comprehensive ethnic minority cultural and integration programme across the Council area. Building Positive Relations Specific Objective 3 The overall aim of the programme is as follows: • promotion of minority ethnic cultures in order to address existing myths, stereotypes and negative attitudes; • facilitation of meaningful engagement between BME and indigenous communities; • building the capacity of BME communities; • enhancing cultural understanding between communities. Building Positive Relations Specific Objective 3.8 involves support for BME engagement mechanisms in Newry, Mourne & Down District Council area. The Newry Mourne & Down Intercultural Forum is an interagency partnership committed to working together towards an inclusive community to create opportunities that embrace diversity and is being supported by PEACE IV as a now established BME engagement mechanism. AIMS of the FORUM: 1. Adopt a strategic approach to identify real needs of BME communities. 2. Maximise resources and opportunities to promote equity, diversity and interdependence. 3. Develop communication channels to encourage people to live, learn, work and play together. 4. Embrace a partnership approach encompassing all sectors of the community to create a shared future for all residents of Newry, Mourne and Down through positive action.
Buyer: Newry, Mourne and Down District Council
175724 - Riverine Legal Services - Riverine Legal Services
Publication date:  04-09-2020
Response deadline:  18-09-2020 16:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Provision of Legal Services for the delivery of the Riverine Community Park, Lifford, Co. Donegal.
Buyer: Donegal County Council

175769 - - Brexit and Customs training for the Food and Drink sector
Publication date:  04-09-2020
Response deadline:  21-09-2020 17:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: The primary objective of the training requirement is to upskill manufactures / processors of Food and drink products in Ireland with a comprehensive understanding of the key issues, timelines and immediate actions required due to the impact of Brexit on their business. Content will need to be applicable to a range of functions within industry including finance, supply chain, manufacturing, procurement, logistics and customs, and compliance within the food and drink sector. As the programmes are targeted specifically towards food and drink manufacturers, proposals must demonstrate a deep understanding of the needs of industry and the complex supply chains that many of these companies operate in. The ability to effectively deliver the programme online is essential.
Buyer: IBEC - on behalf of the FDII Skillnet

175533 - 21LDRLOU113817 - Community Media Training Programme
Publication date:  03-09-2020
Response deadline:  23-09-2020 16:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Louth LEADER Partnership (LLP) on behalf of Louth Local Action Group wishes to appoint a trainer/facilitator to deliver a ‘Community Media Training Programme’ Training Course within Co Louth. The courses would be delivered in four venues in County Louth; one on the Cooley Peninsula, one in the Dundalk area, one in Mid-Louth area and one in the Drogheda area of the County. The training programme is aimed at community groups and small business including tidy towns groups, residents associations, volunteer groups etc. and the general population who have an interest in learning how to get an online presence and how they can apply this learning in their community group or small business in their local area.
Buyer: Louth Leader Partnership

175513 - CCC07420 - Psychometric Testing for Probationary Fire Fighters
Publication date:  02-09-2020
Response deadline:  23-09-2020 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Psychometric Testing for Probationary Fire Fighters
Buyer: Cork City Council

175577 - CCC/068/20 - Cork CityCouncil seeks tenders for the design, install and de-install of a site specific outdoor festive lighting installation in Cork City Centre.
Publication date:  02-09-2020
Response deadline:  23-09-2020 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Cork City Council seeks tenders for design, install and de-install of a site-specific outdoor festive lighting installation in Cork City Centre for the Christmas 2020 season. The tender includes the development of a concept, the design, delivery and implementation of this festive lighting installation, plus ongoing maintenance as required. The installation will be free to the public as part of the overall city’s Christmas celebration
Buyer: Cork City Council

175550 - FCC/315/20 - Provision of Pyrotechnic Displays at 11 different locations as part of the Fingal Festival of Flame 2020
Publication date:  02-09-2020
Response deadline:  23-09-2020 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Fingal County Council seeks the setup, safety and successful firing of Pyrotechnic Displays for the Fingal Festival of Flame 2020. This event will be subject to public health advice from the Department of Health and HSE guidelines and instructions.
Buyer: Fingal County Council

175174 - BBPIN01 - EU Funded Mushroom Promotion in UK, Ireland and Germany
Publication date:  02-09-2020
Response deadline:  31-10-2020 20:00   Irish time
Procedure: PIN
Description: This Prior Information Notice is for the Promotion of Mushrooms in UK, Ireland and Germany. This project will only be tendered if the application for EU funds is successful which will be notified in October 2020. If successful in receiving the funds, a tender notice will be published in October/Nobember 2020.
Buyer: Bord Bia (Irish Food Board)

175445 - - Bulk eMail and SMS System
Publication date:  01-09-2020
Response deadline:  23-09-2020 17:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: The purpose of this document is to describe the Teaching Council’s requirement for the provision of a bulk eMail and SMS management system that is natively built into/integrated with Microsoft Dynamics 365 and that is also capable of being used in a standalone capacity for communications that are sent to contacts outside Dynamics.
Buyer: The Teaching 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.

Bulgarian bio and organic cosmetics producer is looking for distribution service agreements

A Bulgarian dynamically growing company from the heart of the Rose Valley is operating in the field of production of natural cosmetic products. The company seeks potential partnerships under distribution service agreements.

Bee colony monitoring system based on predicting bee conditions through acoustic monitoring of bees offered via commercial agency agreement

A Czech SME focused on software development and its commercialization has developed a bee colony monitoring system based on predicting bee conditions via acoustic monitoring of bees. The product is currently available in Czech, English and German versions. The company is looking for entities with good links at bee keepers and bee keeper associations for closing commercial agency agreement.

Danish company offers outsourcing for virtual and augmented reality productions

A fast-growing Danish full-scale production studio specialised in virtual and augmented Reality (VR/AR) content and applications is specialised in producing high-end content using 360 degree video and 3D animations. In order to continue their expansion, the company is looking for private and public partners, including companies, education establishments, and museums under an outsourcing agreement

French laboratory specialized in rheumatology is looking for European partners to distribute their high quality natural products

French laboratory specialized in the conception, development and commercialisation of natural products in rheumatology and second generation viscosupplements such as highly concentrated cross-linked and linear hyaluronic acid combined with mannitol is looking for reliable partners in Europe with a focus on Spain, Italy and Germany under an exclusive distribution agreement.

German SME specialized in data management for precision farming is looking for subcontracting agreements

A German SME has developed a GIS-based (geographic information systems) economic and environmental feedback and report system for precision farming and is looking for farmers and companies in the agricultural sector interested in a subcontracting agreement.

Wastewater purification by ozonation via membrane contactors

A German technical university renowned for its advances in water treatment technologies has developed a novel ozone reactor for the purification of process- and wastewater. The main innovation versus conventional technologies lies within its reduced spatial requirements, modular structure and scalability, as well as its low operating costs. The institute is interested in a cooperation in the framework of a license or a research cooperation agreement to advance the technology from TRL 5 onward.

Condition monitoring and predictive maintenance of facilities in steel factories

A German research institute is offering research and development services as well as software solutions for the condition monitoring and predictive maintenance of facilities in steel factories. A modular software that can be tailored to individual needs has been developed for steel-mill drives/ powertrains, slitting line blades, etc. to reduce the maintenance cost and unplanned downtime. Cooperation is envisaged in terms of commercial, license and/or research agreements.

Greek producer of biological clover, hay and straw, is looking for commercial agency or distribution services agreements.

A Greek farmer based in Central Greece since 2010, produces biological forage such as clover and hay for the feeding of horses, cattle and other livestock, as well as straw for bedding purposes of livestock. The producer is able to provide large quantities, in a wide variety of packaging which can meet all quality-quantity demands in competitive prices, in the frame of commercial or distributional agreements. The potential partner should have an established network in the animal feed market.

A Greek company that cultivates pomegranate trees and produces 100% organic pomegranate juice is looking for distributors or agents.

A Greek family-owned company located in Karditsa, Central Greece, is engaged with the organic cultivation of pomegranate trees and the production of 100% natural pomegranate juice, since 2015. The company is interested in expanding its sales to foreign markets through collaborations in terms of distribution services or commercial agency agreements.

H2020-EIC-FTI-2018-2020: Hungarian company developing, manufacturing and marketing retail security solutions is looking for a partner to carry out semiconductor development

A Hungarian manufacturer of retail security solutions is developing a novel theft prevention system for fashion retailers. The system is a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) based Electronic Article Surveillance solution using a novel RFID chip concept. The company seeks a partner for under a proposal for the H2020 EIC-FTI-2018-2020 call to design and fabricate the custom RFID chip to be used in the system.

COVID 19: Emergency Lung Ventilator

Latvian engineers and medical experts has developed a non-expensive, automated lung ventilator used during COVID-19 pandemic. It is designed to be assembled from easily available components. Team is close to finalizing product development and looking for manufacturing partners interested in production of device. Certification of ventilator as a medical device is needed as well. They are open for commercial agreement with technical assistance, licencing and technical cooperation agreement.

Spanish global organic certified textiles company offers manufacturing agreements of organic cotton fabrics to independent designers

Spanish company offers manufacturing agreements to produce organic certified cotton fabrics for independent designers and brands through a cooperative platform which sums up tissue production needs.There is no minimum order requirement. The company is also offering manufacturing agreements of knitted and woven clothes for other brands with pure organic certified cotton.Finally, the company is looking for distribution or commercial agreements for products manufactured under its own brand.

A Spanish company, specialized in the production and sale of medical devices that improve the comfort of living of the sick and disabled users, is looking for manufacturers of manual and electric wheelchairs to expand their portfolio.

A Spanish company, producer of medical devices that improve the comfort of living of the sick and disabled users, offers distribution services in Spain. The company, well known in the country, is looking to expand their product portfolio and is looking for manufacturers of manual and electric wheelchairs. Other products offerings will be studied.

Use of boron and its derivatives for the treatment of muscular dystrophies

A Spanish research centre has developed a new treatment for muscular dystrophies based on the administration of boron or a compound of boron, They seek license, research cooperation or technical cooperation agreements with both the industry and academia.

Lightweight, high dynamic and programmable electric motion devices to halve assembly costs while doubling machine productivity and energy efficiency

A Swiss high-tech SME produces electric motion devices, which are highly efficient, lightweight and programmable, with comparable price and dimension than actual pneumatic actuators. Since the company also offers consulting services, commercial agreements with technical assistance are sought. For the mass production of its electric direct-drive gripper, it is looking for a manufacturing agreement. Last, a technical cooperation agreement is sought for the improvement of its controller.

Energy saving technology using artificial intelligence seeks commercial agreement with technical assistance

A UK SME is using machine learning and artificial intelligence to provide highly scalable energy demand management products for the UK and international energy markets. The UK company is seeking commercial agreements with technical assistance so they can trial their new product with facilities managers, operations directors, finance directors etc, to deliver lower energy bills and potentially create new revenue streams for building owners and operators.

Technologies to upcycle waste-derived carbon (especially from the pyrolysis of end-of-life tyres)

On behalf of a consortium building a new tyre recycling plant, a small UK company is seeking opportunities in upcycling or valorising the carbon yielding from pyrolysis. There is no specification for the technology or its readiness level, as long as it targets growth or profitable applications. The types of cooperation may include research or technical cooperation, licensing, commercial agreements with technical assistance.

Romanian gourmet coffee company seeks distributors in Europe to cooperate under distribution services agreement

A Romanian company is seeking to develop sales on international markets by finding business partners interested in distributing its products under distribution agreements. The company is offering a wide range of fresh roasted coffee and coffee blends from all over the world.

Custom-made formulations of polyherbal nutraceuticals in various delivery formats

A Singapore SME has developed a database of clinically useful herbs and functional herbal blends designed for targeted health benefits, using specific ratios of herbs for effective outcomes. The SME seeks to partner food and nutritional supplements SMEs in R&D, licensing or manufacturing agreements for the supply of ingredients. The partner is sought from Germany or a EUREKA country with bi-lateral funding arrangements with Singapore.

Slovenian company is looking for producers/suppliers of disposable PE (polyethylene) gloves in mini bag

A Slovenian company that specializes in production and distribution of plastic parts for different segments would like to establish co-operation agreements with new producers/suppliers of disposable PE (polyethylene) gloves under distribution services agreement or supplier agreement.

Subcontractors sought for tailormade, natural, ecological solutions for water pollution abatement and soil/sludge remediation from Slovenia

A small company from Slovenia is offering services for treatment, abatement and remediation of polluted waters and soil/sludge based on natural, tailormade ecological solutions. Their services entail all steps from early research to implementation of the chosen solution, applying co-natural ecosystems for environmental protection and restoration. They wish to establish international partnerships through subcontraction.

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