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The Business Bulletin - Issue 323
18th Jan 2016

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Creating a global phenonomen is not easy.  Moya Doherty, Director of Riverdream Productions, the company behind Riverdance, was employed and juggling many of the challenges that working women face before enjoying the success of the now world-renowned act.

Enlightening delegates on the story behind her journey, Moya will share the successes, opportunities and challenges presented to her throughout her career and discuss how she embraced them in line with her work ethic and values.

This event will allow delegates to be inspired and encouraged to achieve their ambitions by one of the most successful business women in Ireland. 

Facilitated networking sessions, rounds table discussions and a networking lunch will allow you to grow your business connections and develop new business relationships.

Moya Doherty’s career includes theatre, radio and television journalism and an award-winning track record in television production, both in Ireland and the UK. 

Moya was the Commissioning Producer and originator of Riverdance for the Eurovision Song Contest of 1994 and is a founding director of both Tyrone Productions and Today FM, as well as being Chair of RTÉ.

She is a writer and broadcaster and has co-presented a number of radio arts documentaries.

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IS THE DIGITAL ECONOMY HARMING SOCIETY?

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 the digital economy is harming society.

Digital technology is disrupting jobs and reshaping industries in its frantic drive for efficiency in the workplace. The shift to a digital economy is creating a winner-takes-all attitude and hardship for those on the wrong side of the clash.

The downside of the rush to technology is leading to lower taxes, fewer jobs, less individual choice and the concentration of power in the hands of fewer organisations.

The digital economy encourages the growth of big businesses with big market shares and the generation of enormous profits for relatively few companies.

Free market capitalism should work for everyone but the digital version is working to the advantage of those in control of markets and technology.

In previous times, big businesses created enormous profits too but they employed thousands of people, invested in the economy and to a large degree paid their share of tax.

Today’s big business in the guise of Apple, Facebook, Google and countless others make huge profits, employ relatively few people and minimise the amount of tax paid.

As leading edge technology companies they collect the private details of millions of people, extract huge quantities of cash from the economy, and pile it in tax shelters.

To criticise the digitally driven sharing economy is to be branded a luddite and dismissed as being out of touch with reality and living in the past.

It is, nevertheless, worth raising a note of caution as the economy moves towards the control of the digital conquerors and away from the grasp of people and governments.

Policy-makers and regulators are unable to keep up with the speed of digital change or influence the new rules that are being fashioned in corporate boardrooms.

Entire industries through the guise of the sharing economy are being dismantled, as traditional employees are decoupled from employers and transferred to self-employed contracts.

Competition too is stifled as the winner-takes-all approach is encouraged to the detriment of thousands of small businesses employing millions of people.

Free markets foster competition and competition naturally brings disruption but it should happen in a way that encourages new enterprise and benefits society.

Not in a way that damages the majority of businesses and stifles initiative while creating monopolies for the owners of technology and gatekeepers of the prevailing markets.

A free market should reward investment and allow new entrants to compete with incumbents, regardless of their size or profitability or ownership of the levers of power.

A free market should create and distribute wealth to ensure fairness while protecting against the spread of market monopolies.

A free market should protect the interest of people above the interest of business and the interest of society above the interest of those who hold power.

SO, the digital revolution is to be welcomed for the good it does but it must be managed and properly regulated to ensure it benefits society.

 
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

Email:
Nicholas.Oshiel@omaghenterprise.co.uk
Website: www.omaghenterprise.co.uk


 

Karen McLean made the decision to leave full time employment in Feb 2015 and set up Giggles and Jiggles which offers quality baby massage classes for mums, dads and all those involved in caring for children. The programme caters for babies 8 weeks to one year and is delivered over 5 weeks lasting an hour per session with questions and answers afterwards should parents wish to enquire about a particular issue, to share tips, gain advice and develop new friendships.

Infant massage encourages parents to connect with their babies on many levels so that they can understand their babies’ non-verbal language and respond with love and respectful listening.

The benefits of baby massage are endless, it is far more than a luxurious, sensual experience, and rather it is the tool for maintaining a child’s personal well-being on so many levels. Parents gain a sense of security and satisfaction in knowing they have the ability to do something positive for their baby and also gain a positive response back.

As a Certified Infant Massage Instructor Karen facilitates relaxed, nurturing weekly baby massage sessions. Each participant and baby is made to feel welcome. Ice-breakers and feedback on the previous sessions allow opportunities for parents to discuss positive stories on how their baby responded to their massage.

Karen currently delivers classes in Belfast, Carrickfergus and Crumlin. For more information about Giggles and Jiggles, please check out:

www.gigglesandjiggles.co.uk
and www.facebook.com/gigglesandjigglesni
Next Level Impact has been exploring newly emerging standards and frameworks of good practice.  We will be running introductory overview sessions on 2 newly emerging standards in Belfast on 23 February, 2016:
 
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Customer Service Excellence  
-         
BS 76000 Human Resource Standard: Valuing People 
 
NB – If anyone attends both sessions, we can offer them a 20% and a 2-course lunch in The Mount, Belfast!
 
Please let our colleagues know that they can register their interest online or with 
fiona@nextlevelimpact.com.  Just make sure you register asap - we're inviting organisations from all sectors and expect to be over-subscribed!

Also - give me a call if you would like to discuss options and find out more.
 
Hopefully chat soon and best wishes for every success in 2016!

Martin Rice MBA FCIPD FIC CMC CBA FCMI CMgr
CEO
Mobile +447831096332 

 

Pitch your business to win an investment share of £5000.
Show me the money!

The Prince’s Pitch – a ‘Dragons Den’ style event – cordially invites budding entrepreneurs to pitch to an expert business panel with Alison Campbell of ACA Models, in order to ‘win’ 10 X £500 grants.

The Pitch will take place on 12th February to a panel of Northern Ireland’s most successful business leaders at The Prince’s Trust Centre, Weavers Court, Belfast.

For your chance to win, please register your details via Facebook messenger,
General.NorthernIreland@princes-trust.org.uk
or 028 9089 5000.

The Prince’s Pitch comes to you as part of the Enterprise programme which offers support and funding to help young people to start their own businesses.

Register by Friday 5th February 2016

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
• If you haven’t already set up a business with the Prince’s Trust you must be between 18 – 30 and unemployed.
• You are eligible to apply if you have an existing Prince’s Trust Supported Business.
• You will be sent a one page application form to complete and if invited to pitch you will have a 5 minute time slot to present your pitch.
• Partnerships are welcome but both partners must be eligible.


R&D TAX CREDITS WORK SHOP

R&D tax credits are very generous and relatively small claims can generate large corporation tax savings.

Corporation tax of £2,600 can be saved for every £10,000 of R&D expenditure incurred. Lossmaking or grant-funded companies can also benefit and it can be surprising what activities can qualify.

In Northern Ireland a lot of companies are not taking advantage of this valuable relief.

Is your company or client missing out on the lucrative savings that are available?

CIDO is delighted to host a FREE seminar to help small businesses and advisers understand R&D tax credits.

The seminar will be hosted by Ian Farley of IF Tax Consultancy Limited.

Ian previously specialised in this area at PwC and BDO in Belfast and he will cover the following areas:
  •  Highlight the· benefits that are available
  •  Provide practical examples·
  •  How a company· can make a claim
  •  Outline how loss-making or grant-funded companies can· benefit
  •  Patent Box - provide a quick overview·
When: Thursday 25th February 2016
Where: CIDO Innovation Centre
Time: 12.30pm - 2pm (light lunch included)
Cost: FREE
Please contact Kirsty Watson on 028 3839 6520 or at kirsty@cido.co.uk to reserve your place
 
  • Technical Sales Consultant NI – this position will suit someone with a technical food background. This role is less sales and is more technical consultation.
  • Operations Manager – Food produce Manufacture Monaghan
  • Production Manager – Food produce Co. Monaghan
  • Supply Chain Administrator – Monaghan
  • General Manager – Construction / Engineering related Co. Tyrone
  • Head of Finance Co. Louth
  • Financial Controller – Co. Monaghan
  • Engineering Sales Project Manager – Belfast
  • Project Engineer – Food manufacturing Co. Armagh
Contact Conor

O’Kane Resourcing Ltd.

Carnbane Business Centre

MJM Group Building

Carnbane Industrial Estate

Newry BT35 6QH
T:   028 302 52407
M: 079 681 60122
W: www.okaneresourcing.com

 


The first event of Management Month 2016 will be held from 9.00am - 11.45am on Thursday 4th February at Mossley Mill in Newtownabbey.

To reserve your free place email events@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk
or telephone Jean/Dawn on 028 9034 0017

New international partnership opportunities

Brought to you by the Enterprise Europe Network

Spanish gourmet extra virgin olive oil producer seeks distributors for their products in European countries
COMMERCIAL PROFILE / SPAIN / BOES20140625001
Spanish company specialized in the production of gourmet extra virgin olive oil is looking for distributors for their products in EU countries . The extra virgin olive produced is of single-varietal and native regional varieties of the Mediterranean coast and comes in different sizes and packages. The aim for the distributors is to on-sale to specialized gourmet retail shops and HORECA (Hotel, Restaurant and Catering) channel with the aim to reach a gourmet final customer.

Spanish company specialised in medicinal herbs and teas is looking for distributors.COMMERCIAL PROFILE / SPAIN / BOES20151124002
Spanish trade company specialised in medicinal herbs and teas with more than 200 references is looking for partners wanting to introduce this products in their portfolio/catalogue either with the company brand or their own brand. They are offering commercial and distribution agreements to partners dealing already with complementary health/medicinal products.

A Singaporean distributor would like to seek manufacturers of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages from European region.COMMERCIAL PROFILE / SINGAPORE / BRSG20151217001
A Singapore beverage distributor with many existing local clients is seeking manufacturers of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. The company is able to assist the supplying European company, whom may lack the necessary knowledge/expertise to export to Singapore, in establishing a customer base in Singapore. The SME would like to request a distribution services agreement.

Hungarian company manufactures gluten-free products, and cold pressed corn oil is looking for distribution services and commercial agency agreementCOMMERCIAL PROFILE / HUNGARY / BOHU20151116001
A Hungarian company specialised in naturally gluten-, egg- and dairy-free products ,as well as products free from Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO-free) is looking for distributors and agents in order to find new markets in the EU for these products. The products are high in fibre and processed with chemical free technology. Furthermore the company is also offering cold pressed corn oil for distribution in foreign countries.

Spanish manufacturer of food freeze drying equipments and vacuum pumps looking for commercial agents/distributorsCOMMERCIAL PROFILE / SPAIN / BOES20151126002
A Spanish company specialised in vacuum technology offers innovative equipment for freeze drying (food applications and others) and different vacuum systems. This technique allows drying natural products to keep their properties unaltered: size, flavour, colour and active nutrients. The SME is looking for reliable commercial agents and distributors.

Spanish company specialized in manufacturing natural organic wines through the permaculture system is looking for distributors and commercial agents from other EU countries.COMMERCIAL PROFILE / SPAIN / BOES20140709002
Spanish company specialized in the production and commercialization of natural organic wines produced by a permaculture system is offering its products to distributors and commercial agents from other countries of the European Union, which could help the Spanish company introduce its products into their respective local markets.

Spanish company specialized in manufacturing artisanal pasta and gourmet ice-cream is looking for distributors and commercial agents.COMMERCIAL PROFILE / SPAIN / BOES20140711001
Spanish company specialized in the production and commercialization of artisan pasta and gourmet ice-creams is offering its products to distributors and commercial agents from other countries, which could help the Spanish company introduce its products into their respective local markets.

Spanish company specialized in manufacturing and commercializing dry cured and cooked meat products is looking for distributors and commercial agents.COMMERCIAL PROFILE / SPAIN / BOES20140717001
Spanish company specialized in the production and commercialization of dry cured and cooked meat products such as dry cured sausages, cooked ham and Serrano ham is offering its products to distributors and commercial agents, which could help the Spanish company introduce its products into their respective local markets.

Spanish company specialized in the production and commercialization of extra virgin olive oil and complementary products is looking for distributors and commercial agents.COMMERCIAL PROFILE / SPAIN / BOES20140724001
Spanish company specialized in the production, packaging and distributing high quality extra virgin olive oil and innovative products made with olive oil is offering its products to distributors and commercial agents with experience in the gourmet sector which could help the Spanish company introduce its products into their respective local markets.

Spanish company specialized in manufacturing and commercializing anchovies from L'Escala is looking for distributors from France, UK, Netherlands and Germany.COMMERCIAL PROFILE / SPAIN / BOES20140725002
Spanish company specialized in the production and commercialization of different types of anchovies, such as the ones macerated in olive oil, salt and vinegar, as well as olives stuffed with anchovies is offering its products to distributors from France, Netherlands, UK and Germany which could help the Spanish company introduce its products into their respective local markets.

Italian company specialized in the distribution of high quality food is looking for agents, distributorsCOMMERCIAL PROFILE / ITALY / BOIT20140718003
The Italian company is specialized in selection and trade of Italian high quality food, such as handmade pasta, canned food, preserved tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, Mediterranean fish, jam, honey. The product selection is carried out in all Italian regions (especially in Campania region). The company is looking for distributor and agents.

Italian food trading company based in Campania area is looking for distributors willing to export typical Italian food products abroadCOMMERCIAL PROFILE / ITALY / BOIT20131004001
Italian food trading company based in Campania area is looking for distributors to export Italian typical products all over Europe. Their main products are: canned beans, tomatoes, vegetables, pasta, virgin olive oil, vinegars, wines and spirits. The company offers Italian products guaranteed by quality certifications.
U
K company offers manufacturing (blending, packing and distribution) services for tea
COMMERCIAL PROFILE / UNITED KINGDOM / BOUK20151215009
Long established UK company with expertise in black, green & speciality tea and fruit & herbal infusions, offers its UK manufacturing (blending, co-packing and distribution) services.

Distributors sought for traditional British pork piesCOMMERCIAL PROFILE / UNITED KINGDOM / BOUK20150513001
A leading UK manufacturer of Melton Mowbray pork pies, established over 150 years ago, is looking to find distributors all over Europe with sales to well known, major food retailers.

Italian company specialized in the production of citrus concentrated juices looks for trade intermediary services.COMMERCIAL PROFILE / ITALY / BOIT20131024001
Italian company, located in Sicily, processes oranges, lemons and mandarins produced exclusively in Sicily, as well as the well-known bergamots and grapefruits from Calabria. The production includes: not from concentrated and concentrated juices, clear and cloudy juices, cold and hot extracted essential oils, candied peels. dried peel for pectin extraction, dried peel for cattle feed. The company is looking for trade intermediary services in Russia, United States and North Europe.

UK manufacturer of soya and potato chip snack products is looking for agents and distributorsCOMMERCIAL PROFILE / UNITED KINGDOM / BOUK20150423001
Experienced UK food company that produces a range of soya and potato chip snack products for mass retail consumption is looking for agents and distributors in Europe.

UK supplier of innovative organic carob-based spreads, snacks and powders seeks distributors in EuropeCOMMERCIAL PROFILE / UNITED KINGDOM / BOUK20150818001
This UK company has created a range of organic sweet spreads, based on carob and sesame, which offer a natural new alternative to jam, chocolate spread and nut butters and are suitable for vegetarian, vegan and other special diets. The company also offers carob-based snacks and powders. It now wishes to expand its activity into the rest of the European market by concluding distribution agreements with suitable partners with experience in the health food sector

A Turkish company specialized in manufacturing fruit extractors is looking for distributors.COMMERCIAL PROFILE / TURKEY / BOTR20141215002
A Turkish company with over 50 years of experience is specialized in manufacturing fruit extractors and presses as well as kitchen equipments. The company is looking for distributors.
TENDERS
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.

102236 - RM - Records Management
Publication date:  14-01-2016
Response deadline:  05-02-2016 17:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Development of Records Management Policy, Information Audit and Solution Identification
Buyer: Safefood

102259 - - Request for information - Coillte Training and Safety Services
Publication date:  14-01-2016
Response deadline:  08-02-2016 15:00   Irish time
Procedure: Request For Information (NON OJEU)
Description: The purpose of this request for information is to identify service providers who can meet our future requirements in relation to specific training and safety services. This is a request for information (RFI) and not an official tender competition.
Buyer: Coillte Teoranta

102198 - SKS 016 - Provision of Training Services to South Kerry Skillnet 2016
Publication date:  14-01-2016
Response deadline:  05-02-2016 17:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: South Kerry Skillnet is seeking to form/establish a panel of qualified trainers for the delivery of various training programmes in 2016 (Outlined in Appendix 1 of the RFT document attached) for the South Kerry Skillnet and its member companies. Full details are set out in the attached Request for Tender document.
Buyer: South Kerry Development Partnership Ltd
 
102199 - EXRCT2016 - Executive Recruitment Consultant Services
Publication date:  13-01-2016
Response deadline:  03-02-2016 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: The appointed executive recruitment organisation will be required to support the Governing Body and its appointed Selection Board to perform the duties outlined in the selection procedures for the post of President, per the attached tender document.
Buyer: Limerick Institute of Technology

102254 - - Irish Film Board Inward Production Manager Consultancy Contract
Publication date:  13-01-2016
Response deadline:  29-01-2016 05:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: The Irish Film Board promotes Ireland as an international destination for film production as part of the Board's statutory remit, as part of this strategy the Board wishes to engage an Inward Production Manager. The person taking up this position will play an important role in the growth of the Irish film and TV sector over the next number of years. The role involves the marketing of Ireland and its urban and rural locations and landscapes. The role will also involve the promotion of our first class crew base, the film and television production tax incentive, screen talent and the infrastructure for screen content production in Ireland. The successful candidate will also work with local and international filmmakers to ensure Ireland remains a film-friendly location by providing on-the-ground logistical support via partnerships with key urban and rural partners.
Buyer: Irish Film Board

102195 - SIMI SKILLNET PROGRAMME - SIMI Skillnet is a training network which works with Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) members to deliver training solutions which will improve business performance.
Publication date:  11-01-2016
Response deadline:  29-01-2016 17:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: The focus of SIMI Skillnet is to provide relevant motor industry training for its members at a reasonable cost and to assist members to increase their competitiveness through enhancing the skills and expertise of their employees. Objectives of the SIMI Skillnet programme include strategic management development, technical up-skilling, and training for the sales and after sales areas.
Buyer: Society of the Irish Motor Industry

102178 - TUS Trainers Panel 2016 - TUS Trainers Panel 2016
Publication date:  11-01-2016
Response deadline:  08-02-2016 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: TUS Trainers Panel 2016
Buyer: Trade Union Skillnet

102012 - HRIJAN16/1FD - Event & Exhibition Services
Publication date:  11-01-2016
Response deadline:  02-02-2016 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) is looking to engage in a competitive process to implement a single party framework agreement to appoint a suitably qualified supplier to meet our Event & Exhibition needs. This requirement covers, but is not limited to The National Ploughing Championship & The Cheltenham Festivals. Please see the tender document which gives a detailed specification of our requirements.
Buyer: Horse Racing Ireland (HRI)

102050 - ILSSRFT2016 - Tender for training provision for Innovation, Lean and Six Sigma Programmes
Publication date:  11-01-2016
Response deadline:  29-01-2016 13:30   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: The INNOVATION & LEAN SIGMA SKILLNET is funded by member companies and the Training Networks Programme, an initiative of Skillnets Ltd funded under the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills. In 2016, funding will be received from Skillnets to provide training and skills development programmes for member companies.
Buyer: Innovation and Lean Sigma Federation (ILSF)

Please see https://e-sourcingni.bravosolution.co.uk/esop/toolkit/notice/public/opportunities.do?reset=true for the current list of Northern Ireland opportunities.
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