The Business Bulletin - Issue 279 - 12th Jan 2015


Alan and Garry Keery are identical twin brothers from Belfast whomopened their Cereal Killer Cafe in the East End of London just before Christmas.

They offer customers a choice of 120 cereals from around the world.
So far, the venture has been a huge success and the boys are now considering further expansion in London and other UK cities.

Their success has not gone un-noticed in their own home town and the "wacky" idea of a choice of 120 cereals from around the world being available by the bowl and with your own choice of milk (brands and dairies) really got the attention of the city's quick witted twitterati.

When they heard that two brothers from Belfast were opening a cereal cafe in London, the team at The Ulster Fry satirical website, thought it was the perfect subject for a feature.

But when they posted their spoof article (which you can read
here) about a crisp sandwich cafe called Simply Crispy opening in Belfast, the reaction took them by surprise.

Not only did people think it was a real, but they couldn’t wait to get down there.

Then, days later, they were contacted by Andrew McMenamin, owner of
That Wee Cafe in Belfast, saying he wanted to make their spoof a reality.

Andrew explained: ‘When I read the article I immediately thought, we could make that joke into a reality, and got in touch. The lads at the Ulster Fry thought it would be fun, so from Monday we’re rebranding the café under the ‘Simply Crispy’.’

And the rest, as they say, is history.

It may have started out as a spoof, but Simply Crispy – the world’s first crisp sandwich cafe – has now opened in Belfast.

The Management & Leadership Conference 2015

Former Commanding Officer of the Red Arrows
Confirmed to Speak

We are delighted to reveal that Jas Hawker, Former Commanding Officer of the Red Arrows, will speak at the Management & Leadership Conference on the morning of Friday 27th February 2015 at Titanic Belfast. Jas will be joined by an expert panel of world class speakers, more details of which will be released in the coming weeks.

Booking for the conference is now open. Thanks to the generous support of MLN's partners, all conference tickets are offered at the significantly subsidised rate of only £60+vat.

Click here to book your place now.

Jas Hawker - In Pursuit of Excellence
As the Commanding Officer and leader of the Red Arrows, Jas steered the development of the world-class high performance team.

During his time in this unique role he was responsible for all aspects of Red Arrows’ operations and led the team on tours across 4 continents, amassing well over 500 public displays.

Now the Operations Director of Mission Excellence, an organisational performance consultancy, Jas will use his wealth of experience to draw clear parallels with the commercial world and offer tangible and practical insights into delivering high performance teams, debriefing and prioritising under pressure.

A NEW and FREE Business Tourism Initiative managed by BTS in partnership with Green Tourism, on behalf of Ards, Banbridge, Down and Newry & Mourne Councils, is launching in January 2015.

The Objective
To develop the Mourne Mountains & Ring of Gullion and Strangford Lough  region as a ‘green’ visitor destination, to attract the growing numbers of visitors who  rate sustainable and environmental locations as high on their list of holiday preferences.

The Research
Increasing numbers of international visitors are swayed by environmental factors when it comes to making holiday and travel choices. 32% say that they are influenced by green or sustainable credentials from businesses and destinations.

The Project
Limited to 100 tourism businesses and service providers the Green Tourism Project will direct, mentor and work with the businesses selected  in a series of local workshops in preparation for assessment by project partner Green Tourism.
Validated by the highly-regarded International Centre  for  Responsible Tourism, the Bronze, Silver and Gold Green Tourism awards carry weight with industry peers and most importantly, with eco-savvy holidaymakers and tour operators.

A significant marketing campaign will boost the profile of the region as a green tourism destination, and businesses who sign up to the scheme will reap the benefits of this campaign, at absolutely No Cost to the Business.

Key benefits of joining

•    Access to new and growing green tourism visitors
•    Increased sales, profit
•    Lower your costs
•    2 years free membership to Green Tourism
•    Ability to proudly showcase your new green credentials with the distinctive green branding
•    Be awarded a Gold, Silver or Bronze award depending on the level achieved
•    Be advantaged by participating FREE OF CHARGE in the planned dedicated advertising and promotional campaign
•    Receive a tailored marketing plan
•    Raise your business profile with a presence on green-orientated websites
•    Extensive worldwide networking potential with the green tourism community

Beyond Networking Event 16 Jan in Castlewellan :
Marketing on a Shoestring with Mentor Barbara Whitfield

Local Business?
Complete the Newry & Mourne and Down Councils Good Relations Survey -

Check in Jan for new events and mentoring support.

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 you happy in your work.

Working in the right environment makes people happier and companies more productive. Managing the mix between open-plan and private office space is crucial for employers and employees.

Many organisations believe shared office space encourages collaboration and reduces costs. Critics, however, argue that the opposite is true.

The idea of working in an open-plan office has become more popular in recent years, as a way to boost morale, increase interaction and encourage shared learning between people and teams from different parts of the organisation.

The move to open-plan working can, however, create difficulty, as some people prefer private space and value private time for periods of quiet work removed from any surrounding chaos.

Others see it as a mercenary way for companies to cram and crush people into smaller spaces and save money on rent and overhead costs.

Private offices give people a sense of ownership and the comfort of having their own domain; it provides them with a feeling of not being too closely managed or controlled or spied upon.

A private office offers the opportunity for calm reflective time and space removed from others and the demands of others where focussed and concentrated work can be undertaken.

Finding the right balance between open and private office space is challenging for managers, designers and workforce planners, as people differ in what they want and how they like to work.

Technology too plays a role as it enables mobile and remote working without the need for a permanent fixed space: it also provides greater access and reduces the costs of employing staff in static or expensive locations.

Too much mobility, however, can cause difficulties as teamwork, the sharing of information and collaborative working between different parts of the organisation can suffer with a resultant negative effect on performance and productivity.

The secret, of course, is to achieve a balance that allows a mix of open-plan and private office space to suit the tasks that need to be done and the people who need to do them.

It is also important to consider the culture of the organisation and the personalities and skills of individuals, as different people want different types of space at different times to perform to their best.

To accommodate individual preferences and specific tasks the best approach is to provide a range of spaces, so managers can choose what works for people and best suits the organisation.

Work environments should, ideally, be designed in different shapes and sizes and formats, as getting the balance right has significant long-term benefits for employers and employees.

SO, creating the right working environment is a challenge and never more so than today given the need for a productive and happy workforce.

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



Business Information Breakfast

Join us over breakfast to learn more about the support available to businesses in Belfast. You’ll also have the opportunity to network with a range of businesses and organisations from across the city.
Speaker(s) on the day will be representative(s) from Department for Employment and Learning who will provide information on their range of support including employer subsidies, recruitment support, trainee and apprenticeship schemes and employee training support.
You will also be able to find out about Belfast City Council’s support initiatives and the council’s procurement processes and buying opportunities.
When:  Friday 23 January 2015
Time:   8am (registration), 8.30am – 9.30am
Venue: Reception hall, Belfast City Hall

How to register:

If you are interested in attending this event you must register in advance. Simply email: with your name, business/company name, full address, email and contact telephone number. Alternatively you can telephone 028 9027 0229.
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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.

GB-Telford: Gazetteer Management Systems
Nottingham City CCG Community Ophthalmology Service
Waste Removal at Brewhouse Cafe, Kenwood House
The Provision of an ECG and ECG Interpretation Telehealth Service - NHS Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group
Felling of Tree, scrub and rhododendum at Roudsea Woods NNR
UK SBS RE140270 - High Voltage Bias System
Security Services
Slide Sheet 200cm X 75cm
Tender for Block 26 Sample reception; Bee relocation to temporary accommodation
UK SBS RE140266 - Mirror Guide
Camden Mental Health Crisis Care Feasibility Study
Entonox Exhalation Valves
Purchase of Telescopic Handler and Maintenance Agreement
102 Petty France catering
UK SBS RE140274ACAS Assessing the Economic Impact
PHE Scientific (Porton Down) - Clinical & Medical - NC 200 cell counter
UK SBS RE140253HEFCE Employer demand for intermediate technical education
United Kingdom-Manchester: IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support
United Kingdom-London: Computer support services
United Kingdom-Oxford: Network infrastructure
GB-Telford: Gazetteer Management Systems
United Kingdom-Glasgow: Information technology requirements review services
United Kingdom-London: Telecommunications equipment and supplies
United Kingdom-Didcot: Internet services
United Kingdom-Newcastle upon Tyne: Research and development services and related consultancy services
United Kingdom-Winchester: Business and management consultancy and related services
United Kingdom-Belfast: Computer support and consultancy services
United Kingdom-Belfast: Civil engineering consultancy services
United Kingdom-Warrington: Software package and information systems
United Kingdom-Belfast: Web page editing software development services
United Kingdom-Stretford: Internet services
United Kingdom-Glasgow: Data services
United Kingdom-Colchester: Building and facilities management services
United Kingdom-Matlock: IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support
360? Projection and Data Visualisation
United Kingdom-London: Computer-related management services
United Kingdom-East Kilbride: Project management consultancy services
United Kingdom-Durham: Water-treatment plant construction work
United Kingdom-Newtown St. Boswells: Aggregates
Norway-Sandefjord: Construction work
Ireland-Dublin: Electrical installation work
Ireland-Dublin: Mechanical installations
Ireland-Dublin: Buildings of particular historical or architectural interest
United Kingdom-Dunfermline: Works for complete or part construction and civil engineering work
Ireland-Dublin: Lift and escalator installation work
Ireland-Dublin: Facade work
United Kingdom-Northallerton: Repainting work
United Kingdom-Uxbridge: Installation of fitted kitchens
United Kingdom-Glasgow: Buildings of particular historical or architectural interest
United Kingdom-Belfast: Lift-maintenance services
Ireland-Dublin: Airport equipment
Norway-Sauda: Ambulance station construction work
Ireland-Dublin: Building construction work
United Kingdom-London: Bus shelters
United Kingdom-Maidstone: Installation of street furniture
United Kingdom-Giffnock: Gas appliance maintenance services
United Kingdom-Bodmin: Construction materials and associated items

Belfast City Council Tenders are available at

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Townsend Enterprise Park, Townsend St., BELFAST BT13 2ES 

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