The Business Bulletin - Issue 309 - 7th Sept 2015

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Platform for Growth - Autumn series of free events

Growing a successful business is a key priority for owners and managers and despite our economic ups and downs, the search for competitive advantage remains a daily challenge.

“Platform for Growth” is the theme for our Autumn programme of events across Northern Ireland which will explore some of the tools now available to business owners and management in their search for that extra piece of profitable business.

These “Platform for Growth”  events been organised in association with CIDO, Townsend Business Centre, Omagh Enterprise, LedCom and Causeway Enterprise.

This series of teatime events are free and open to members, their guests and all local businesses but registration is required in order to plan light catering.

We look forward to seeing you there and helping you build a “Platform for Growth” for your business.

What is it?
The New Director’s Boot Camp has been specially designed by the Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland in partnership with NISP CONNECT to provide an introduction to the role of the director.  
Delivery will be mostly informal through ‘masterclass’ sessions with experienced directors talking about their personal experiences.  You will be able to assess your knowledge level in the role of director, including legal and financial responsibilities and learn how to avoid issues that can lead to spectacular corporate governance failures.
Who is it for?
The boot camp is for new Directors, anyone soon to be appointed to a board, anyone running a business that has not yet established a formal board, and any Directors who would like to brush up on their responsibilities.  It will be appropriate for Directors in any sector – private, social enterprise, charity and public.
How much does it cost?
Thanks to the sponsorship of Arthur Cox Solicitors and the hospitality of CIDO, there is no charge to attend the event.

How do you register?
Go to and follow the links

A reminder to reserve your place at the Early Bird Rate for the IMCA 'Consulting in a Changing World' conference at Aviva Stadium on October 1st.

See profiles of our exciting list of speakers.   The afternoon conference includes the IMCA Medal presentation to Liam Casey CEO of PCH and will be preceded by a morning Workshop on the 'Consulting in a Changing World' theme led by Calvert Markham the renowned expert and author on management consultancy.

This represents an excellent opportunity for you to hear high calibre presentations in an iconic location. The rates include attendance at the morning Workshop; afternoon Conference and IMCA Medal Award; buffet breakfast, lunch and tea / coffee refreshments; networking opportunities and exhibition area; and an optional guided tour of the Aviva Stadium.

Members may bring guests at the member rate and non-members can avail of free membership of IMCA for the remainder of 2015.

The Aviva Stadium is adjacent to Lansdowne Road DART Station and parking is available at the stadium at €6 for the full day.

Please register here to avail of the Early Bird rates (until September 4):
• Member Early Bird rate €75 per person;
• Member Early Bird rate - tables of 8 at €480 (practices or groups of consultants);
• Member full rate €95 per person.   .
• Non-member Early Bird rate €100 per person (full rate €150)

Trader - bulk foodstuffs & related commodities
Senior Procurement Manager – Manufacturing Belfast
HR Generalist – South Down maternity cover
Quality Manager – Manufacturing (engineering) – Co. Armagh
Maintenance Manager (electrical) – Manufacturing Co. Armagh
Retail Business Development Manager
Operations Manager - Manufacturing Mid Ulster
Operations Manager  Engineering Services based in NW England
Sales & Marketing Executive FMCG - Belfast
Senior SW Engineer – Co. Down
UED Graphic Design – Co. Down
Finance Manager – Co. Down
Sales  / Business Development Manager – FMCG Leinster
Affinity Partnerships Manager / Technical Sales - Belfast
Senior Technical Manager – Food sector Co. Armagh
Production / Process Engineer – Co. Monaghan

Don't miss out on our special relaunch rate of £25!

If you haven't already joined Northern Ireland's largest network for business women and avail of our special £25 relaunch offer there's still time!  

5 Top Reasons to Join WIB

1. Achieve your Ambitions
Unique networking opportunities help you achieve your ambitions by empowering you with inspirational speakers, developing your skills with Masterclasses and encouraging business connections through networking.

2. Connect
Build and develop professional relationships to impact positively on your bottom line.

3. FREE Marketing
Members can feature a press release or news story in our monthly ezine which is delivered to over 7,000 business contacts across NI, offering you the prefect platform to promote your business!  Featuring in our quarterly magazine is also free of charge to Members.

4. Personal and Professional Development
Develop your career by attending WIB events. Experts deliver seminars on a wide range of subjects from finance, marketing and PR to legal topics, social media, customer service and employee engagement.

5. Events
WIB events have evolved to ensure everyone benefits! Regular breakfast, lunch, evening and social events now offer you the opportunity to network informally at a time that suits you!
*Our new event schedule launches next month!

To see the full list of membership benefits please visit our website.

New course dates and registrations now available...


L&M Essentials
Award in Management

Introduces the core leadership and management capabilities through a “no nonsense”  1 day masterclass.  Complete this programme and gain an Award in Management from the Chartered Management Institute.
Click HERE for more details.

Unleashing Potential Programme
Certificate in Management

Two x 1 day master classes covering core leadership and management capabilities together with the identification of potential improvement projects to implement within your organisation. Learn to think differently and unleash your potential within the workplace.
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Maximising Effectiveness Programme
Diploma in Management and the opportunity to become a Chartered Manager
Three x 1 day master classes designed to maximize leadership and management capabilities together with practical implementation of improvement projects within your organisation.  Make a real difference and at least double your return on investment by implementing sustainable changes to your organisation.
Click HERE for more details.

Belfast 89FM was successfully launched on Tuesday 30th June and is now broadcasting across greater Belfast. Our target market is the Baby Boomers – the 55 plus age group which equate to over 100,000 – almost 24% of the adults in the Greater Belfast Area and a growing section of the population.

An influential group of people  - who are either at the top of their career, possibly retired or about to. Their mortgages are paid off. They have more disposable income. They have more ‘ME TIME’ and more money to enjoy life. Children already have flown the nest. They are simply living life without the stresses! Listening to Radio is a big part of that - they weren’t brought up with Daytime TV.  Previously the over 55s  in greater Belfast had no radio station specifically catering for them, yet they are the 'Radio Generation' this age group currently listens to over 22 hours of radio a week.

Playing music from the 60s and 70s, and currently being heard across Newtownards through Carryduff to Lisburn, Newtownabbey,  Carrickfergus to Whitehead and from Dundonald to Holywood, and Crawfordsburn, 

It is envisaged that Belfast 89FM will become a huge success very quickly.
Special Showcase Offer Up to end of September Belfast89 FM  is offering an opportunity for you to showcase the very best your business has to offer at quite amazing prices.

We are also in the fortunate position to be able to occasionally ask local businesses to come into the station and chat live on air about what special events they are planning around their business and how they do it!

The Logos / Slogan of the first on air advertisers shall appear on all our pre-launch promotional literature before September.
For further information please contact
David Stewart  on 07710 527 063
Belfast 89FM
Merrion Business Centre,
58 Howard Street,
Belfast, BT1 6PJ.

Omagh Enterprise Company in partnership with UnLtd, Comic Relief and Spirit of 2012 are delivering Do It For Real, an exciting new youth programme to help people in Northern Ireland  become social entrepreneurs. The programme will give young people (aged 16-30) the skills to develop their social ideas while having fun and helping to improve their community. 

If you are a young person with a social enterprise idea that will benefit your community, Omagh Enterprise Company wants to provide you with the tools, support and funds required to Do It For Real. We currently offer two support packages:
1. Test It Award - Apply for £500 cash and receive mentoring from one of our dedicated Award Managers to explore, plan and try out your social idea. 
2. Do It Award - Turn your idea into a real venture by applying for up to £2,000 cash funding and receive one-to-one support and expert advice to help create a positive social impact.  

The first round of Do It For Real opens on 1st July 2015 and will close at 5pm on 31st August 2015. You can find more information about the Do It For Real programme, including how you can apply, eligibility criteria and FAQ on our website:


Each week Nick O' Shiel, Chief Executive, Omagh Enterprise Company, blogs on issues related to enterprise, technology and the economy. This week Nick asks are we doing enough to look after our young people.

In an ideal world, young people should be able to enjoy life while studying, looking for a job and building a career. Since the end of the Second World War the next generation has always enjoyed a good standard of living and held a reasonable expectation of being able to buy a home. But the world has changed.

Getting to this point
In recent years young people are less concerned with enjoying life and more consumed with looking for a way through the maze of job uncertainty and financial insecurity.

Young people are one of the biggest losers from the financial crash because the recession and associated austerity measures hit them hard as they pay for education and look for jobs.
Jobs have become less plentiful, careers more unpredictable, and buying a home is now beyond the reach of many, as evidenced by the number of young people living at home or returning to save and survive.

Today’s breed of winner-takes-all capitalism requires less people to achieve its goal of creating wealth for an ever-shrinking elite minority.

Young people, as a result, are becoming more careful in their choices as the labour market shrinks to make finding a job more difficult and less lucrative.

Today’s economy doesn’t sufficiently support young people as the expectation of living the life enjoyed by their parents and grandparents disappears from their grasp.

Change within the current system is needed before the pressure climbs to toxic levels and spills over to damage families, communities and society.

In the past, young people have always proved resourceful when faced with adversity but this time the challenge is significant and different.

Looking ahead
In the absence of a solution young people will mature with little hope and a sense of despair, as realising their potential will loom cruelly beyond their grasp.

Intervention is crucial to ensure greater numbers of young people get the opportunity to take an active role in the economy for themselves and their families.

The dynamic of excluding a generation from normal economic life will continue as capitalism concentrates on rewarding a few at the expense of the many.

Previous versions of capitalism supported the young and encouraged them to succeed; the current version doesn’t.

Without a different approach to capitalism and to organising the economy the young will fall behind and not get where they want to be or where they should be.

SO, life for young people has become too much of a challenge and help is needed to navigate what has become a frazzled and fragmented world. 

Why not join the conversation and leave a comment
Nick O'Shiel,
Omagh Enterprise
Great Northern Road, Omagh, Co. Tyrone, BT78 5LU
Tel: +44 (0) 28 8224 9494  Fax: +44 (0) 28 8224 9451

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. You can find a list of current tender opportunities on the CPD website. Again, there is no email alert facility that we can find which makes the content difficult to adapt to the Bulletin format.

Please see for the current list of Northern Ireland opportunities.

99237 - PLI058C - Request for Tenders for the Provision of Stenography and Transcription Services for the Private Residential Tenancies Board
Publication date:  03-09-2015
Response deadline:  24-09-2015 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: This procurement competition relates to the provision of stenography and transcription services required by the Private Residential Tenancies Board on an as required basis. The PRTB will require stenography, data logging and transcription services for hearings which will be held principally in Dublin and also in various locations around the country. Additional ad hoc stenography, data logging and transcription services may also be required from time to time. (This competition is being conducted by the Office of Government Procurement on behalf of the Contracting Authority)
Buyer: The Office of Government Procurement

99277 - RFT/IT/3915 - Request for Tenders for the provision of Scanning and Data Capture Services
Publication date:  03-09-2015
Response deadline:  09-10-2015 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: Open Procedure (OJEU) post PIN
Description: This public procurement competition relates to scanning and data capture services to select a company to digitise Post Primary Teacher Payroll data currently held on approximately 11,400 Paper based files by means of scanning, indexing and data capturing certain key fields for the Department of Education and Skills (DES) Pensions Section based in Athlone.
Buyer: Department of Education and Skills

Publication date:  03-09-2015
Response deadline:  28-09-2015 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: The Contracting Authority intends to establish a single-party framework agreement for photography services Leopardstown Club Ltd. There may also be a requirement for photography services to other HRI Racecourses namely Fairyhouse Club Ltd., Navan Races Ltd. and Tipperary Races PLC
Buyer: Horse Racing Ireland (HRI)
99225 - Quality Audit - Auditing of Quality Management and Health & Safety Systems
Publication date:  01-09-2015
Response deadline:  22-09-2015 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: The Arterial Drainage Maintenance and Flood Relief Service of the Office of Public Works currently have NSAI certification for ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System and Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) 18001:2007 Standard Management System. Tenders are being invited for the provision of Internal Auditing Services for a three-year period and to report on compliance so as to ensure continued certification.
Buyer: Office of Public Works ( OPW )

99243 - 2015/1007 - RFT for the supply of a High-Speed Digital Colour Printer & related Support Services
Publication date:  01-09-2015
Response deadline:  12-10-2015 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 2. Open Procedure (OJEU)
Description: This Publc Procurement relates to the provision of a High-Speed Colour Printing System with Finishing Equipment and Support Services for the Houses of the Oireachtas Print Facility.
Buyer: Houses of the Oireachtas Service

98683 - - JAAS Application development and deployment support services in an n-tier Environmen
Publication date:  01-09-2015
Response deadline:  15-10-2015 13:00   Irish time
Procedure: 2. Open Procedure (OJEU)
Description: This competiton is for the provision of a full time, onsite resource who is (a) highly skilled in the design and coding (using JAAS standards) of authenticaton and authorisation modules (used in a single sign on application) deployed in a complex n-tier application server environment (b) an expert in Oracle Application Server technologies (iAS and Weblogic) and who will work as part of a team to manage the application server environment
Buyer: Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

99202 - NCH Brand Review - Brand Review and New Brand Identity for the National Concert Hall
Publication date:  01-09-2015
Response deadline:  18-09-2015 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: The National Concert Hall wishes to undertake a brand review to inform a blueprint for brand strategy, brand positioning and brand identity and the delivery thereof for the next decade and beyond.
Buyer: National Concert Hall

99216 - C/01/2015 - Refurbishment of Horse Walker
Publication date:  01-09-2015
Response deadline:  02-10-2015 12:30   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Refurbishing present Horse walker to allow horses be paraded inside walls on a tarmaced surface, existing walls will be retaining and repaired where appropiate, present control panel and motor to be retained. Walker walking area surface to be lifted, leveled and a concrete base installed and existing bricks to be relaid on top. Existing surface on Walkway up to Walker and entrance area to be lifted, surface leveled and relaid, Rainwater Management programme to be examined.
Buyer: Defence Forces Ireland

99221 - MK/MODOGP/09/15 - ITT for Management and On-going Development of the Origin Green Platform
Publication date:  01-09-2015
Response deadline:  25-09-2015 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: Open Procedure (OJEU) post PIN
Description: Invitation to Tender for the provision of Management and On-going Development of the Origin Green Platform
Buyer: Bord Bia (Irish Food Board)

99224 - Tender No 99224 - This competition relates to the Production, Overprinting and Bureau Service for Safepass Cards, Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) Cards, Quarries Skills Certification Scheme (QSCS)
Publication date:  01-09-2015
Response deadline:  22-10-2015 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 2. Open Procedure (OJEU)
Description: SOLAS has national responsibility for the development, monitoring and administration of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS), the Quarries Skills Certification Scheme (QSCS) and the Safe Pass health and safety awareness training programme. The Safety, Health & Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2001 and subsequently the 2006 and 2013 Regulations designated SOLAS as the authority with responsibility for the administration of registration cards in respect of CSCS and Safe Pass. The Safety, Health & Welfare at Work (Quarries) Regulations 2008 also designated SOLAS as the authority with responsibility for the administration of registration cards in respect of QSCS. Apprenticeship is the recognised means by which people are trained to become craftspeople in Ireland. The main craft trades have been designated by SOLAS and come within the scope of the Statutory Apprenticeship system, which is organised in Ireland by SOLAS in co-operation with the Department of Education and Skills, employers and unions. Description/object of the contract 1. Initial Production of Base Registration Cards – Safepass/CSCS/QSCS • Credit Card “size and type” Registration Card to include printing samples (Front and Rear colour coded) • Face Full Colour plus 2 dimensional Hologram (Safepass/CSC/QSCS) • Reverse – Full Colour (As per samples) • Dimensions 85.6mm x 54mm with 3mm radius corners Initial Production of Base Craft Cards – National Craft Card • Credit Card “size and type” Craft Card to include printing samples (Front and Rear colour coded) • Reverse – Full Colour (As per samples) • Dimensions 85.6mm x 54mm with 3mm
Buyer: Solas

Belfast City Council Tenders are available at

First Edition Publications
Townsend Business Centre, Townsend St., BELFAST BT13 2ES 

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