The Business Bulletin - Issue 288 - 16th March 2015

Steaming Ahead for Growth?

Platform for Growth will focus on businesses and organisations as well as the individual. The programme will include exciting partnerships with enterprise bodies, our Universities, Regional Colleges and other regional professional bodies.

This will be the principal event for Chartered Management Institute, Women in Management and Institute of Consulting members and guests in 2015.

It will also be this year’s Regional Conference and Platform for Growth will take place in the Railway Gallery of the Ulster Transport Museum on Monday 18th May 2015.

The Railway Gallery is probably one of our best kept secrets – we’ll be meeting right in the middle of our industrial heritage – the wonder of its age and the information super highway of its time.

This is an inspiritational location which fits perfectly with our theme – Platform for Growth. Our railways certainly provided that platform at that time but what more do we need to do to build a Platform for Growth in our times?

Does Northern Ireland have a Platform for Growth?
Preliminary Notice - more on this event next week

Classes are a range of songs, movement, structured play, interaction and bonding with your child and of course lots of fun!

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10am Wee Signers    0-1 years 
11am  Wonder Tots   1-2 years 
12pm   Wonder Kids   2-4 years 

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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 your business is ready for the future.

Business and business models all around the world are changing, as technology helps organisations to harnesses the knowledge and power of customers. The traditional approach of controlling decision-making from a central headquarters is dated, as customers and trends from the fringes grow in influence.

Old Business Models, New Business Models  
Old models of doing business focus on what companies own, control, buy and sell; new models tap into the power, resource and ideas of customers and use their energy to effect and direct change.

The old way of doing business saw businesses manufacture, market and distribute products to largely passive customers who took what they are given with little question or complaint.

The new way of doing business sees businesses reach out to people and engage with them to share, shape, collaborate and create new products, services and experiences.

In the new world, businesses involve customers in testing ideas and developing and delivering new products through platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Snapchat.

Businesses share, explore and develop products in collaboration with customers through the crowd-sourcing of ideas; and even raise finance through online crowd-driven funding platforms rather than through traditional banks or financial institutions.

New business platforms encourage people to go further and create their own products with current examples like Youtube, Etsy and Airbnb leading the way; or make their own contribution on sites like Wikipedia as part of the process of tapping into and leveraging the knowledge of others.

Old Style Thinking, New Style Thinking
The shift from old business models is causing a similar shift in thinking, as people experience the power of sharing and organisations work with customers to bypass traditional hierarchies.

Even though businesses realise that such a shift is taking place many struggle to appreciate its significance or how to make the transition from old to new.

The starting point for any organisation lies in thinking differently and understanding what the new model means today and, more importantly, what it will mean tomorrow.

Thinking differently begins with asking some simple questions: what does our model look like? What should it look like? What do we want it to look like? How do we embrace change? How do we compete?

It also means moving from a competitive win-lose conflict-based state of mind to a collaborative win-win mindset that embraces ideas regardless of their origin or domain.

The next step highlights the need for common sense to ensure the new model retains aspects of the old particularly where they add value and are transferrable.
SO, new business models are replacing old ones and new thinking is replacing old thinking. Our challenge, therefore, is to prepare for a very different future.
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




Anne Lucey
at Kenmare District Court
A judge has ordered a publican to make sure there are extra taxis on standby in Sneem on busy nights after hearing how there were so many people partying in the Kerry tourist village on a weekend last autumn, the lone taxi driver had been overwhelmed and a publican could not clear his bar as a result.

When gardai called to Riney's Bar in the south square of Sneem on the Ring of Kerry in the early hours of Sunday, October 12, at about 2am, they found "50 to 60" people present in the bar an hour after closing time, Insp John Brennan outlined at Kenmare District Court yesterday.
Licence holder Daniel Riney told the court he had been a secondary school teacher in Cork but had taken over the running of the pub from his father, and had never been in trouble with his licence over the last five years. He pleaded guilty to the after-hours charge.
Solicitor Conor Murphy for Mr Riney in a plea for mitigation told Kenmare District Court yesterday: "It was a particularly busy night in Sneem. There was a birthday party, a hen party, and a golf outing at Parknasilla."
The hotels were full and there was only one taxi.
"He had difficulty clearing the bar because there was only one taxi on duty that night," the solicitor said.
Remarking that the taxi was probably going until 5am trying to ferry the people, and was probably doing far better than the pub, Judge James O'Connor said he would give Mr Riney, who had no previous convictions, the benefit of the Probation Act if a voluntary contribution was made to the court poor box and he accepted the offer of €800.
However, the judge also ordered: "The next time there are three parties in Sneem, make sure taxis are brought in from Kenmare in the east and Caherciveen on the other side."

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.

Office refurbishment including construction, demolition and fitting out at Etal Lane Police Station
GB-STOCKTON: SP1163 - PS150-2.15 Refurbishment of Podium Corridors - The North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust
Reactive and Planned Maintenance for High Level Gutter Cleaning, Fascias and Soffits
NHS Wakefield CCG Community Low Vision Aid Services AQP
Provision of plumbed and freestanding water coolers
GB-LIVERPOOL: Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) System
To support delivery of Wolverhampton's Visitor Economy Marketing and Communications Plan to grow the number and range of events coming to the city
Heating Upgrade For Downsway Primary School
Printing for Elections and Electoral Registration 2015/2018
Support to early years providers incorporating a framework agreement for short term childcare provision
BPM Consultancy
ESPH CN Supply of Pre-Printed Envelopes (ESPH51)
Removal and Reinstatement of BXXX Floor
Pitched Roofing Works - Hinton
Any Qualified Provider (AQP) for Primary Care Psychological Therapies Services (Adults) / IAPT - East Surrey CCG, North West Surrey CCG, Surrey Downs CCG and Surrey Heath CCG
Grounds Maintenance and associated works
Mobility Assessments for Blue Badges
Rapid Evidence Review
United Kingdom-Bradford: Software package and information systems
United Kingdom-Cardiff: Helpdesk and support services
United Kingdom-Edinburgh: Maintenance and repair of mainframe computers
United Kingdom-Carlisle: Library software package
United Kingdom-Worthing: Software package and information systems
United Kingdom-Clydebank: Industry specific software package
United Kingdom-London: Fire-alarm systems
United Kingdom-Glasgow: Works for complete or part construction and civil engineering work
United Kingdom-Derby: Computer equipment and supplies
United Kingdom-Bridgend: Office furniture
United Kingdom-Kirkintilloch: Document management system
United Kingdom-Birmingham: Clinical information system
United Kingdom-Edinburgh: Diagnostic supplies
United Kingdom-Exeter: Miscellaneous business and business-related services
United Kingdom-Lincoln: Educational software package
United Kingdom-London: Parking enforcement services
United Kingdom-Sheffield: Time accounting or human resources software development services
United Kingdom-London: IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support
United Kingdom-Lyndhurst: Miscellaneous software development services and computer systems
United Kingdom-Basildon: Procurement consultancy services
Norway-Troms?: Waste-treatment plant construction work
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia-Skopje: Pneumatic hand tools
Norway-Trondheim: Building construction work
Norway-Drammen: Carpentry installation work
Norway-Troms?: Telecommunications services
Norway-Troms?: Ventilation installation work
Norway-Harstad: Landscape gardening services
Norway-Kirkenes: Ground investigation work
Norway-Kjeller: Military uniforms
Norway-Molde: Road tunnel construction work
Norway-Sandnes: Construction work
United Kingdom-Milton Keynes: Overhead electrical equipment
United Kingdom-Milton Keynes: Bolts
Sweden-Stockholm: Facade work
United Kingdom-Falkirk: Gas appliance maintenance services
United Kingdom-Guildford: Construction work for buildings relating to education and research
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia-Skopje: Limestone
Norway-Stavanger: Electrical installation work of heating and other electrical building-equipment
Norway-?lesund: Waste transfer station
Norway-Stavanger: Purification plant equipment

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