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Issue 377 - 27th March 2017
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Each week Nick O' Shiel, Chief Executive, Omagh Enterprise Company, blogs on issues related to enterprise, technology and the economy. This week Nick asks if Snapchat can survive.
Snapchat was founded in 2011 and its claim to fame, and likely fortune, is its ability to allow users to send images and short videos that quickly vanish. But will it be able to compete with other social media giants?

Snapchat went public recently and despite a turnover last year of $404m, a loss of $515m and never having made a profit it was valued at $24bn.

One reason for such a generous valuation is its appeal to young people aged 13 to 24, as it allows them to take photographs with their phones, add fun features and send to their friends with the comfort of knowing it will soon disappear.

For an advertiser, Snapchat captures an attractive and potentially lucrative audience although it has not yet figured out how to deliver the kind of access advertisers want.

It has, however, passed Facebook and Instagram (now owned by Facebook) in popularity amongst the teenage audience, which is a huge achievement given their respective reach and resources.

Snapchat is different from other social media companies as it provides an environment for (mainly) young people to talk to each other by sharing photographs: Facebook and Instagram are, however, now offering similar features.

It responds to the desire of most people who want to simply talk to their friends safe in the knowledge their thoughts and conversations will remain private.

Other social media platforms encourage users to show off their ideal selves, whereas, Snapchat allows users to chat via snaps while knowing what they share will soon be forgotten.

Its real value is the way in which it matches what we do in real life with what we do online, rather than feel peer pressure to present a perfect profile of ourselves.

It also provides a private space free from distraction and interruption, as it is not linked to external apps, websites or even the Internet.

Snapchat allows users to be relaxed and informal by not collecting or holding a history of the thoughts they express, unlike other forms of social media.

But this gain for users means the company has to figure out how to make money from advertisers in future years.
Snapchat has a tremendous opportunity, as there is a huge appetite for another player in an online advertising market so completely dominated by Facebook and Google.

Facebook too can learn from Snapchat as its success is based on the opposite of what Facebook does, which is to try to be all things to all people all of the time.

But the most important thing Snapchat does, and why it may just be worth its outrageous valuation, is to provide a way to share who we really are with close friends for a moment, rather than with a world of strangers for all time.
So, Snapchat provides a new way to talk to each other online that reflects how we talk offline, which gives it a real chance of success.

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

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Serbia producer of briquettes and pellets from biomass seeks distributors and commercial representatives for its products

A Serbian company produces briquettes and pellets from biomass and waste wood. The current operating capacity is about 800 tons of briquettes per month which can be doubled at short notice. The briquettes are packed into several different ways: cardboard boxes of 20 kg, foil of net weight 10 kg or strong PP (polypropylene) bags of 25 kg and 30 kg. The company is looking for commercial representatives and distributors of its products in Europe.

Hungarian furniture manufacturer is looking for trade intermediary partners

A Hungarian company specialized in manufacturing of office furniture, hospital furniture, school furniture and several other types of furniture is interested to find partners to sign distribution services or commercial agency contracts in Europe.

A French company is searching for European partners for its new concepts of sports equipment.

A French company has developed games that allow young and old to practice a sport game together. The concept is new ball sports which are played in an enclosed space with a net. The company would like to export its products by distribution agreements in Europe though an agency agreement may also be considered.

Serbian company offers rubber extrusion profiles, moulded rubber and plastics products, and brake hoses, and maintenance services.

The company is founded in 2007, in central Serbia. The company produces rubber and plastic based automotive products: extruded sealing rubber profiles, brake hoses and hydraulic clutch hoses, and technical rubber products. The company has exceptional business results and rapid growth. The company is looking for commercial representatives or distributors from EU countries of its final rubber and plastic parts for cars and molds, and offers maintenance services for the production equipment.

A Taiwanese cable assembly manufacturer is offering audio, video, communication and electronic cable assemblies and wire harnesses for use in automotive, medical and industrial equipment industries.

This Taiwanese company, which specializes in audio, video, communication and electronic cable assemblies and wire harnesses for use in automotive, medical and industrial equipment industries, is seeking companies or private entrepreneurs who are interested in entering into a distribution agreement with the company, to help it expand its market into Europe. The company exports mainly to Asia, America, Australia, and Europe.

A Serbian pharmaceutical company offers preclinical development, biocompatibility testing for medical devices, and biological testing for quality control purposes of finished pharmaceutical products

The Serbian company offers preclinical development (set of toxicology testing, pharmacokinetics, and some of pharmacodynamics investigations) for human and veterinary medicines and newly synthesized substances according to pharmacopoieal, OECD and GLP standards. The company also offers biocompatibility testing for medical devices, and biological quality control testing of pharmaceutical products. The company offers potential partners its services through subcontracting or service agreement.

Distributors and agents of grains and leguminous plants sought

The company based in Lublin region in South-East Poland is searching for partnership opportunities with companies - distributors and agents interested in various types of organic grain and legumes.

Hungarian company producing blue grape seed (and skin) micro-powder and grape seed oil is looking for distributors

Hungarian company producing blue (red) grape seed (and skin) micro-powder and blue (red) grape seed oil is seeking to establish partnership with foreign health food stores, health food wholesalers, grocery stores, super- and hyper-markets, pharmacies or online health food stores who would undertake to distribute its products in the given country.

A French producer of beverages is looking for distributors

This French company is producer of organic fruits beverages, ciders, beers and original tastes sodas. They are looking for distributors in Europe.

Processor of timber and manufacturer of pallets is looking for foreign agents and customers in Europe under manufacturing agreements or subcontracting

A long-since established German company, specialized in the processing of timber and the manufacturing of special pallets, wants to expand its business, primarily to EU countries. The company also runs a sawmill and is very flexible regarding customized production. The company seeks cooperation through manufacturing agreements and subcontracting.

Spanish manufacturer of customized metal trimmings and craftwork for the is looking for partners in the luxury fashion sector willing to cooperate under subcontracting agreement

A Spanish metal company, specialized in the manufacture of customized metal trimmings and craftwork of high quality is looking for partners in the luxury fashion sector, in need of this kind of products. The kind of partnership sought is subcontracting agreement.

Tailored seats for automotive vehicles and tubular structures are offered by Portuguese company via joint venture, subcontracting or commercial agency agreements

A Portuguese company with more than 30 years of experience in the conception and development of ergonomic seats for the automotive industry, is looking for partners with expertise in polymers to develop new products. Different models of cooperation are possible: joint venture; subcontracting or commercial agency agreements.

A Singapore manufacturer specializing in safety and professional workwear, uniforms and safety equipment is looking to acquire companies in Europe through an acquisition agreement and partner with brand principals to supply in Asia.

The Singapore company manufactures the ultima brand of safety and professional work wear, uniforms and safety equipment. They are interested to acquire companies in The Netherlands, Germany, the UK, France and Norway through an acquisition agreement .They are also interested to partner with brand principals keen to supply to Asia in the framework of a commercial agency agreement.

Producer of vulcanized rubber and rubber-metal products is offering a subcontracting agreement

A German producer of vulcanized rubber and rubber-metal products with clients in the railway industry and automotive sector is offering its manufacturing capacities for a long-term collaboration. Partners are sought for a subcontracting agreement.

A Polish distributor of natural cosmetics is offering cooperation based on sales agency agreement

A Polish distributor of natural cosmetics and personal care products is interested in establishing business cooperation with certified manufacturers and companies possessing new and innovative cosmetics products based on sales agency agreement

Web-based real time supervision system for monitoring of energy generators and early detection, prevention and prediction of related failures offered for licensing by Portuguese SME.

A Portuguese SME specialized in advanced consulting and training in lean thinking has developed, together with a Portuguese software house and a German provider of security solutions, a web-based platform that controls and supervises in real time energy generators, preventing potential failures, guaranteeing their operational capacity over time while reducing maintenance costs. Mode of cooperation sought with potential partners is that of a license agreement.

A Greek software company for conferences and events organization over the Cloud is seeking distribution partners and value added resellers internationally

Greek IT company offers a platform that can help the effective organization of any event including conferences, general events, scientific conferences, presentations, even guided tours. The company is looking for event organisers for services provision or other companies dealing with events organization for distribution of the platform. In both cases, the events will be managed by the Greek company over the Cloud.

Greek company producing high quality furs is looking for commercial partners in UK, Switzerland, France, Germany and Austria

A Greek based SME, which has high quality furs and a strong presence in the international market, is looking to expand its network to UK but also to Switzerland, France, Germany and Austria by finding partners and traders. Its luxury products reach countries such as Russia and Ukraine and are of premium quality. The ideal partners should mainly be stores selling their products and the payment should be upon sales. The cooperation type considered is the commercial agency agreement.

A Turkish SME is looking for distributors for its metal facade systems.

A Turkish company experienced in manufacturing metal facade systems is looking for partners from network countries under distribution services agreement. The company offers 3 different metal facade products which are expanded metal, perforated metal and sliding - folding facade systems.

A Polish company offering natural skincare products combining top-quality dermocosmetic agents with traditional Polish-grown herbal ingredients, is looking for distributors in the EU countries

A family-owned company from Poland, offering natural skincare products combining top-quality dermocosmetic agents with traditional Polish-grown herbal ingredients, is ready to start with mid- to large-scale export production and is looking for distributors having contacts and knowledge of the natural cosmetics market in their region. Target markets: EU countries. Expected form of cooperation: distribution services agreement.

A Spanish company specialised in producing metal armoured solutions for road safety products offers manufacturing agreement

A Spanish SME specialized in the manufacture of steel barriers, parking covers, fences, metal workshop tables, containers and providing on demand manufacturing of all kind of steel works, is looking for contructions and civil engineering companies in Europe that request road safety solucions, in order to close manufacture agreement.
The 2017 economy is already presenting new and unique challenges for businesses of all sizes.  Do you want to keep your finger on the pulse of economic trends and identify opportunities for business growth?  Do you want to meet and hear more about how local organisations can support your business?  This event is your chance to listen, digest, and plan for the future with the help from experts and local stakeholders. 
Dr Eoin Magennis Senior Economist at the Ulster University Economic Policy Centre will present on the current economic trends and how these may affect the performance of local government, education and businesses in the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough.  Dr Paul Beaney, Business Development Manager at Ulster University, will also provide a short presentation about how you can access the right expertise and facilities to help your business navigate the challenges and identify opportunities for development.  The event will conclude with local stakeholder’s speed networking with local businesses. This is an excellent opportunity for attendees to engage directly and exchange information with the various organisations who will be represented on the day.
This event is sponsored by Causeway Chamber of Commerce, Ulster University, Chartered Management Institute, and supported by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Causeway Enterprise Agency and Invest NI.  We are delighted that Northern Regional College, North West Regional College, Roe Valley Enterprises, Connect to Success N.I, and The Carbon Trust will also be in attendance on the day to meet local businesses.
Date: Tuesday 4th April 2016
Time: 9.00am - 1.00pm
Venue: Ulster University, Cromore Road, Coleraine, BT52 1SA
            Refreshments and Lunch will be provided
Ticket Price: £10 (incl. Vat) 

Click on a link below to view some of our programme details: 
Featured Programmes for Leaders and Managers:  CPD for Your Entire Team Leadership and Management Quality, First Aid and Health & Safety Sector-specific Programmes
 Programmes for all Levels To reserve your place on any of the programmes above, please register online, call Fiona on 02890 447655 or email her using

Make sure Thursday April 6th is in your diary!

The date for this year's BelTech Conference will be Thursday, April 6th, 2017 and will take place again in Titanic Belfast.

This years conference is set to be the biggest yet with two tracks running simultaneously covering a wider range of themes relevant to technology professionals.  Our first track will focus heavily on Software Engineering and our second track will cover machine learning/artificial intelligence, immersive technology, cyber security and connected learning.

We will announce our line up in the coming weeks but for now we hope that you save the date to join us.

Tickets are on sale now if you wish to book early and we're pleased to say that we have brought back our Company Pass, which offers great value for companies wishing to send 3 or more representatives.

Get in touch if you have any questions.

Connla & Orlaith
028 90 611916
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.

116011 - NPA 2017 - Tender for the Provision of Event Staging at National Ploughing Championships 2017
Publication date:  24-03-2017
Response deadline:  19-04-2017 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Tender for the Provision of Event Staging at National Ploughing Championships 2017 Date: 24th March 2017 Buyer Name Kieran Comerford Tel. No. (059)-9129783 Email Address Closing Date: 19th April 2017 Local Enterprise Office Network The Local Enterprise Office provides advice, information and support to start up and growing business in Ireland. With 31 dedicated teams across the County Council network in Ireland, Local Enterprise Offices offer a wide range of experience, skills and services. The Local Enterprise Office is for people interested in starting up a new business or already in business including entrepreneurs, early stage promoters, start-ups and small business looking to expand. Local Enterprise Village As part of its National Schedule of Events for 2017 the Local Enterprise Office Network in association with the Centre of Excellence in Enterprise Ireland is hosting a Local Enterprise Village at the National Ploughing Championships which is being held in Screggan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly from September 20th – 22nd, 2016. This exhibition will feature either 32 client stands and LEO Information Stand.
Buyer: Carlow County Council

115934 - 2017PR150 - Request for Tenders for the provision of an Online Jobs Advertising Service to the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA)
Publication date:  23-03-2017
Response deadline:  18-04-2017 16:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: The National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) is seeking tenders for the provision of an Online Jobs Advertising Service. Please see the RFT attached to this notice for further information.
Buyer: National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA)
115838 - TG4 Social - Social Media Services Coordinator
Publication date:  22-03-2017
Response deadline:  25-04-2017 15:00   Irish time
Procedure: 2. Open Procedure (OJEU)
Description: This Invitation to Tender (ITT) invites tender submissions from suitably qualified professional companies to provide a coordinator for Social Media Services to TG4.
Buyer: TG4

115833 - DVCSD2017-CRM & Scanning Support - Customer Relationship Management (CRM) & Scanning Development & Support Services
Publication date:  22-03-2017
Response deadline:  18-04-2017 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: Restricted Procedure (OJEU)
Description: The Department invites expressions of interest from companies interested in tendering for the provision of an integrated scanning and CRM Solution to enhance the management of customer relationships, reduce manual handling and replace key functionality of an existing application.
Buyer: Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport

115852 - - Provision of design and print management services to SEAI
Publication date:  22-03-2017
Response deadline:  13-04-2017 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has a mission to play a leading role in transforming Ireland into a society based on sustainable energy structures, technologies and practices. The objective of this RFT is to invite proposals from suitably qualified service providers to establish a design and print panel of six services providers for Design and Print Management services to SEAI. Design The succesful service providers will be required to carry out individual design tasks based upon a comprehensive brief from SEAI. As SEAI operates across a variety of different audiences various design styles will be required for different projects. The SEAI brand guidelines must be adhered to in all design projects. Print Management For some projects, the successful service providers will also manage the associated print requirements, ensuring sustainable paper stock is utilised. The design agency will be required to comply with public procurement guidelines and request three written quotations for each print job and provide these to SEAI. The design agency will be required to ensure value for money in the procurement of print services for SEAI. In some cases design and print tasks may be separated with SEAI identifying a particular printer to be used for the job. For more information, please refer to the RFT published on
Buyer: Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
114194 - - Invitation to Tender for Event Programming, Production & Promotion Services for the Bram Stoker Festival 2017-18
Publication date:  20-03-2017
Response deadline:  20-04-2017 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: DCC Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Dublin City Council invites interested parties to tender for an initial two year contract, with the option, at the sole discretion of the awarding authority, to extend for a further two periods of one year each (max 4 years total), for the provision of Event Programming, Production and Promotion Services for the Bram Stoker Festivals, beginning with the 2017 festival. For four days between 27th and 30th October 2017, Dublin City will celebrate the life and legacy of Bram Stoker and his most famous novel ‘Dracula’. The Festival will comprise of a collaborative programme of literary, cultural, contemporary and family events, staged across the October Bank Holiday weekend that will engage with a broad audience, promoting Dublin as the premier destination for a Bram Stoker/Gothic/Halloween break. Please see the attached tender documents for more information.
Buyer: Dublin City Council

115790 - ACC 20170261 - Operational Risk Management Course
Publication date:  20-03-2017
Response deadline:  05-05-2017 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Operational Risk Management Course for up to 30 students conducted over a 5 day period (40 hrs) in Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel, Dublin in Q3 2017.
Buyer: Air Corps Contracts Section

115657 - IWAREHTraining Panel '17 - Panel of Qualified Trainers - IWA & Rehab
Publication date:  20-03-2017
Response deadline:  19-04-2017 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: The Irish Wheelchair Association & Rehab Group invite tender responses from suitable candidates to establish a panel of qualified trainers, from which companies will be selected to participate for specific contract for the design or delivery of training programmes outlined in Appendix 4. Period of Contract: This panel will be established for the duration of 3 years. The scope of the training programmes to be run over the duration of the panel will depend on demand. Only tenderers who score a minimum of 700 points (70%) will be shortlisted to present to review panel in order to secure a place within the framework. Tenderers are requested to submit responses via eTenders postbox only, ensuring to allow sufficient time to upload tender documents.
Buyer: Irish Wheelchair Association

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