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Issue 530 - 8th Feb 2021
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09 Feb 2021    10am – 11.15am    Content is King - 
Maximising Results/engagement with Social Media planning
Dan McCarry, Counter Digital 

Join us to learn effective tips on how to maximize your social media engagement with action items that you can implement right away!

The endless cycle of posting day after day on social media can be time-consuming enough. But, what if, despite a consistent post routine, your business is seeing little to no engagement from your followers? Do you feel it a struggle to know what content will engage your audience?

During this webinar, we will address:
•    What to Post Including Engaging Content Ideas & Best Practice
•    How to Engage with Others on Social media
•    How to Analyse Your Insights for Better Results

Armagh City Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council


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:

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:
At this Webinar Darren will:
  • Discuss considerations for taking better photographs
  • Explore different camera capabilities
  • Provide a short Photoshop tutorial on common business requests
Friday 12th February at 9.30am 

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

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

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

Find out about other cyber threats and how you can protect your business, with advice and guidance from the NI Cyber Security Centre.
		Digital Strategy Workshop for 2021 - What has changed & what works! image
The Open University has partnered with Invest Northern Ireland to provide local businesses with online training and learning resources to support upskilling in industry.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Are you eligible?

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

For more information and to apply CLICK HERE
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.

184137 - - Provision of Services to undertake an Economic Appraisal on the development of a cross border Enterprise Space in Letterkenny and Derry.
Publication date:  04-02-2021
Response deadline:  26-02-2021 16:30   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Carry out an Economic Appraisal to contain the following elements: • Economic Appraisal of the proposed establishment of a 4,000m2 building (the Beta building). This project will be managed by Donegal County Council. • Economic Appraisal of the proposed 4,000m2 building based at the Fort George location in the centre of Derry City. This project will be managed by the Catalyst company. • Identify and demonstrate the cumulative value in evolving and linking both of these projects through a collaborative approach to achieve greater outcomes for the North West City Region.
Buyer: Donegal County Council
183892 - - Local Enterprise Office, Donegal County Council is seeking tenders for the provision of service for the Passpartool Project- funded by Interreg Europe
Publication date:  02-02-2021
Response deadline:  23-02-2021 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: The Local Enterprise Office/Donegal County Council along with 7 European Partners is taking part in Passpartool Project an Interreg Europe funded project. The Partners are: • ARTI (Regional Agency for Technology and Innovation, Italy LEAD PARTNER • LIC ( Lithusnisn Innovation Center), Lituania • FUNDECYT–PCTEX (Foundation FUNDECYT Science and Technology Park of Extremadura , Spain • SNN (Northern Netherlands Alliance), Netherland • RARR ( Rzeszow Regional Development Agency), Poland • Regional Council of North Karelia, Finland • The University of Groningen actsas an Advisory Partner. The competitiveness of SMEs and their resilience with respect to the global economic turmoil is strongly linked to their capacity to innovate. However, innovation dynamics aren’t only dependent on R&D and technological change, but often rely on less evident, less formalized and more difficult to assess factors, mainly involving organizational and relational dimensions. This is relevant both for those regions in which medium and low-tech sectors and very small/micro businesses lead the local economy and for those territories with a strong presence of economic sectors related to social innovation, less dependent on formal R&D. The Passpartool project was formed out of a recognized regional and European need to devise new tools and indicators which would allow the Partners to better understand and assess non-R&D-driven innovation dynamics, with a strong emphasis on the direct involvement of the policy beneficiaries in the process of policy design, monitoring and evaluation. The overall project objective is to improve the capability of public policy makers to develop efficient policies to support non-formal, soft and open innovation processed in each of the European partner’s region, with a focus on non-R&D -driven and social innovation.
Buyer: Donegal County Council
183941 - IRCG - Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) for the Irish Coast Guard
Publication date:  06-02-2021
Response deadline:  05-03-2021 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: PIN
Description: Please note that this is not a competition and we are not seeking tenders at this stage. It is purely an information notice and an information gathering exercise seeking the views of market operators on possible approaches for the supply of PLBs for the IRCG.
Buyer: Department of Transport

184194 - CWP/2021/01 - Social Media Training for Tourism and Food Businesses 2021
Publication date:  05-02-2021
Response deadline:  26-02-2021 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: County Wicklow Partnership is seeking tenders from suitably qualified organisations / individuals to prepare, organise and deliver a Social Media training course to tourism and food businesses in Co. Wicklow in 2021. This course will be targeted at existing businesses intending to further integrate social media marketing into their business.
Buyer: County Wicklow Partnership

183960 - EV/2021/01 - Multi Party Framework Agreement for Specialist Services relating to Delivery of Design-Thinking Services
Publication date:  04-02-2021
Response deadline:  04-03-2021 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 2. Open Procedure (OJEU)
Description: Fáilte Ireland is seeking to establish three Framework Agreements for the provision of Design Thinking Services. The successful tenderer will comprise a highly experienced team with an extensive track record which can comprehensively provide all the inputs and expertise necessary to deliver the requirements to the highest quality.
Buyer: Fáilte Ireland-National Tourism Development Authority

184178 - ACoC202101 - Digital Hub Concept, Design, Feasibility Consultancy
Publication date:  04-02-2021
Response deadline:  10-03-2021 17:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Tender for the provision of multi-disciplined consultancy services to complete a Concept, Design and Feasibility study into the development of Athlone Digital Hub and Co-working Centre in Athlone. Co. Westmeath.
Buyer: Athlone Chamber of Commerce

183321 - - Provision of a Digital Mapping Platform and related services - Single Party Framework Agrement
Publication date:  04-02-2021
Response deadline:  05-03-2021 17:00   Irish time
Procedure: DPC Negotiated Procedure (OJEU)
Description: DPC wish to procure a 3D digital mapping system of the Dublin Port estate and River Liffey fairway/channel to capture and reconstruct all land and marine geographic conditions including topography, bathymetric, all buildings, infrastructure, road and rail including marine related assets. • The digital mapping solution must be cloud based and have capability to accept all relevant Li DAR dataset formats. • Capability through an API or similar to access and use relevant data from DPC systems such as PEMAC, Laser fiche, Engage EHS etc. • At all times the data entered and retained by the solution remains the property of DPC. • The solution needs to be scalable to cater for future requirements of the business. • The system should have the capability to permit multiple users and user rights • The solution needs to be scalable to cater for future requirements of the business. • A system availability of at least 99% should be required
Buyer: Dublin Port Company

184190 - 20P012 - RTÉ YouTube Channel Management
Publication date:  04-02-2021
Response deadline:  04-03-2021 13:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: RTÉ invites submissions, from suitably qualified Tenderers to supply YouTube Channel Management Services for the Young People’s Department of RTÉ The successful contractor will be responsible for editing, producing and managing all elements around two RTÉ YouTube Channels.
Buyer: Raidió Teilifís Éireann ( RTÉ )

183889 - CENPUB2022 - Managed Service to deliver all aspects of the 2022 Census Publicity Campaign
Publication date:  03-02-2021
Response deadline:  23-03-2021 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 2. Open Procedure (OJEU)
Description: The development, design, management and delivery of a comprehensive, nationwide publicity campaign for Census 2022, including brand development, strong PR focus, advertising (on all relevant platforms) and development and maintenance of the Census 2022 website.
Buyer: Central Statistics Office

184111 - MK/MRSGPHLS/01/21 - Market Research into the Size of the Gardening Products and the Household Landscape Services Markets in Ireland – 2021
Publication date:  03-02-2021
Response deadline:  17-02-2021 14:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Market Research into the Size of the Gardening Products and the Household Landscape Services Markets in Ireland – 2021
Buyer: Bord Bia (Irish Food Board)

Publication date:  03-02-2021
Response deadline:  25-02-2021 16:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: FORUM Connemara CLG is seeking suitable, qualified specialist(s) to provide Water Biodiversity Training and Facilitation to the Connemara Community. Please refer to the provided tender documentation and full Specification of Requirements This contract is subject to funding
Buyer: FORUM Connemara Ltd

Distributors and agents are sought by Armenian wine producer

The Armenian company specialized in production of wine is located in one of the most popular wine area of Armenia - Vayots Dzor region. The wine is made from local endemic grape varieties. This company would like to sign a distribution service and/or commercial agency agreement with a distributor and/or agent having comprehensive experience in wine sector.

A Bulgarian company produces refined, high quality sunflower-seed oil and is looking for distributors

A Bulgarian company is specialised in production of refined sunflower-seed oil where only clean raw materials are used in the technological process. The company owns also a plant for the production of own PET (polyethylene terephthalate) pre-forms and PET bottles for bottling the oil. This company needs distributors for the different types of the bottled oil or in bulk.

Bulgarian plastic packaging manufacturer seeks agents and distributors

A Bulgarian company, specialized in the production of high and low density polyethylene packaging such as bags, sacks and plastic films is looking for agents and distributors to expand their sales in other countries.

A Bulgarian producer of hydraulic cylinders and small machinery equipment is looking for distributors and is offering manufacturing agreements

The major activity of a Bulgarian company is metal processing and it is specialized in two main branches: manufacture of hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders and parts for them and manufacture of middle-sized equipment for small garages and workshops. The company is looking for distributors abroad and is offering manufacturing agreements, so that it could reach new markets and new clients

Hydrogen Drones & Expertise

Estonian SME provides bespoke EU-made highly customisable long endurance hydrogen drones with flight time of 1-2 hours for demanding tasks and operations. On-board processing allows for custom AI and machine learning algorithms. Payloads up to 2kg can be fitted allowing for a wide range of mission parameters ranging from survey and mapping up to surveillance and security with long flight endurance and minimal down-times. The company is open for commercial agreements with technical assistance.

A Finnish energy and gas technology installation and service company, including hydrogen, biogas and hospital gas systems, is looking for European suppliers for distributorship and service agreements

The Finnish company, with a long tradition in sales, installation and maintenance of energy and water systems that are used for process industry, municipal, healthcare, heating applications and overall handling, is looking for suppliers for components, equipment and systems or system parts from all over Europe, working under distributor agreement. Service agreements may also be considered.

Automatic stabilisation control system for hydrofoil boats, watercraft or vessels

A French startup has developed an electronic system which can automatically control the stabilisation of a watercraft using sensors, electronics and mechatronics. This system has been tested with very good results on the different watercrafts: sailing catamarans and motor boats. The SME is now looking for naval architects, hydrofoil manufacturers or project leaders working on hydrofoils with best performance watercrafts, under commercial agreements with technical assistance.

A French SME specialised in computational biology and Artificial Intelligence is seeking partners in health and drug-related sectors that need this specific knowhow to initiate or develop the use of Artificial Intelligence in their activities

A French SME with know-how in computational biology and artificial intelligence is developing an AI-Core based on the combination of machine-learning, deep-learning and knowledge-base systems technologies. The SME is seeking partnerships with health and drug-related companies which need to initiate or scale-up the use of AI in their activities or with IT companies interested in expanding their client-base in the health and drug-related sectors under technical or research cooperation agreements.

French manufacturer of electronic sports equipment is looking for distribution partners in Europe

French manufacturer specialized in the conception and production of an electronic coach gear dedicated to the physical preparation for football, basketball, tennis, boxing, volleyball, handball etc. is looking for a distributor of sporting goods.

Bioprocesses for sourcing sustainable ingredients and (bio)chemicals

The French company is a European leader in bio-processes, industrial biotechnology and synthetic biology. It enables medium and large players in the processing industries (chemicals, pharma, food, cosmetics...) to source and produce their ingredients and chemicals in a cost effective and sustainable way. It helps them to expand their pipeline and renew value proposition. With such players, technical and research cooperation agreements are sought.

Commercial agency or distribution agreements sought for innovative venous tourniquet

A German company offers the first hygienically reusable venous tourniquet that reduces time, costs and the risks of infection. With the innovative venous tourniquet, every routine blood sample is taken time-efficiently and under hygienic conditions, without changing current treatment procedures. The company is looking for commercial agency or distribution agreements, particularly in Europe and the USA.

Innovative lehr (oven) loader for hollow glass production, looking for partner under commercial agreement with technical assistance

A German SME has developed an innovative lehr loader. Lehr ovens are used in the production of hollow glass to decrease mechanical stress of the material. The device pushes the produced glassware in a soft movement at right angles into the lehr. Due to the innovative mechanical layout of the device, the machine has one motor less than state of the art products, leading to lower maintenance and energy costs. Targeted cooperation types are commercial agreements with technical assistance.

URGENT Erasmus+ : companies sought to host post-graduate researchers for semestrial training

A university and a research centre in Greece are looking for companies to host researchers of a post-graduate programme on bio-entrepreneurship for training under a funded ERASMUS+ project. The companies should have expertise in research in the fields of life sciences, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics diagnostics or food. Students should be hosted by the research & development or marketing/business planning departments. Trainee costs will be covered by the project.

LED lighting systems and software for raising chickens, rabbits, pigs and cows

A high-tech start-up, born in Northern Italy in 2016, has developed in collaboration with research centres and universities an innovative system of LED lamps and software applied to the poultry and zootechnical sector which helps to increase the quality and quantity of farms, reducing mortality and improving animal welfare. Organisations and companies operating in the poultry and zootechnical sector are sought after for commercial agreements with technical assistance.

Italian company specialized in quality systems security is looking for distributors or agents

Italian company, specialized in supplying high quality video surveillance systems and other niche products, is seeking distribution services and commercial agency agreements. The product range includes systems for access control; systems for the detection of alarms; systems for the protection against theft with security fog machines; systems for the detection of fire; systems for home automation (every device can be managed remotely with smartphone).

A Japanese plastic products manufacturer is looking for partners in the EU that can provide food-loss prevention technologies and is specifically interested to co-develop a bottle cap with measuring capabilities

This Japanese company established in 1917 manufactures plastic products including advanced airless bottles which are used for food, cosmetics, and personal care product packaging. The company is looking for an EU partner that is willing to co-develop or produce a bottle cap that can also function as a measuring tool. The company is generally interested in technologies that prevent food-loss and wiling to engage in license, technical & research cooperation, and commercial agency agreements.

Food and confectionery producer from Kosovo is looking for worldwide business partners in wholesale and retail under the distribution services agreement and commercial agency agreement

With extensive expertise in food processing and production since 1991, this Kosovar company is looking forward to the new business opportunities and partners around the world such as supermarket chains, food importers, distributors and commercial agents in order to establish a long term business relationship through distribution services or commercial agency agreements.

Kosovan company offering programming language training to young ICT enthusiasts seeks partners under a franchise agency agreement

The company was founded in 2015 with the first location in Prishtina, Kosovo and is structured in the form of an educational institution, specialized at teaching the younger generations (ages 7 to 18) different levels of programming in various programming languages. They are looking for potential partners through which the company could expand the activities of their educational structure through a franchising agreement.

Call-center from Lithuania is looking for cooperation partners to work under outsourcing agreement

Call-center from Lithuania is offering inbound calls, outbound sales, SMS/Emails response and many other services for businesses in English, Russian and Lithuanian languages. The company is looking for cooperation partners under the outsourcing agreement.

A Dutch company specialized in the development of liposomal powders and food supplements is looking for commercial partners, to cooperate with in a commercial agency or a distribution services agreement

A Dutch company develops and commercializes a range of liposomal food supplements and liposomal powders. The liposomal products show superior absorption characteristics by the body when compared to other food supplements. The company would like to expand their commercial activities and is looking for commercial partners. The company aims at a commercial agency agreement or a distribution services agreement.

A Dutch design company is looking for a partner that can manufacture and assemble high-quality leather, so called "ancient Greek" women’ s, sandals.

The Dutch SME designs, produces and sells handmade leather women’s bags, belts and accessories. All products are individually handmade from high-quality materials. Due to an increase in demand for a new product line - so called ancient Greek women’ s, sandals - the company is now searching for producers of these footwear products within the frame of a manufacturing agreement.

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