The Business Bulletin - Issue 310 - 14th Sept 2015

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Platform for Growth – Portstewart Thursday next - 17th Sept

Causeway Enterprise Agency in association with the Chartered Management Institute, Ulster University and Causeway Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce a great FREE event.


Platform for Growth – Omagh – 24th Sept 2015


Social Media For Business:
What You Need To Know Right Now!

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)

House for Sale

Belfast Metropolitan College
The following job(s) are now recruiting on our web site
Job Reference:  2015/067A   Title:  Chef Supervisor/Team Lead Temporary (3 posts)
Job Reference:  2015/068A   Title:  Commercial Catering Assistant Temporary Part-Time/Term-Time
Job Reference:  2015/069A   Title:  Casual Chef Supervisor – Commercial Catering and Events Register
Job Reference:  2015/074A   Title:  Technician Electrical Services
Job Reference:  2015/077A   Title:  Temporary Learning Support Officer Register
Job Reference:  2015/073A   Title:  Trainer Assessor Horticulture (Temporary) at Maghaberry
Job Reference:  2015/076A   Title:  Temporary Assistant Team Leader Princes Trust Part-Time
Job Reference:  2015/070A   Title:  Catering Assistant - Commecial Catering
Job Reference:  2015/072A   Title:  Temporary Organisational Development Manager
Job Reference:  2015/071A   Title:  FTPL in Programmes for Students with Moderate to Severe Learning Difficulties incl Employability and/or Enterprise Skills
Job Reference:  2015/066A   Title:  Head Chef Supervisor Temporary
Job Reference:  2015/075A   Title:  Learning Support Worker/Driver (Term-time)

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.
Click HERE for more details. 

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 Entrepreneurs Network

Belfast Entrepreneurs Network (BEN) brings local businesses together in an informal environment that can help to generate new contacts, create new business opportunities and allows great business ideas to be shared.
Our next BEN event will take place on Thursday 17 September 2015 in
Clayton Hotel, 22 Ormeau Avenue, Belfast, BT2 8HS from 5.30pm – 7.30pm.
How to make more sales from your digital marketing
Andy Hill from
Dokoo Digital will facilitate this session, helping you to understand social media and how you can make it work for you and your business. During this session Andy will explore the most cost effective social media channels, successful advertising opportunities through social media and any new online platforms that are available whilst also highlighting some key success stories.
The speaker:
Andy Hill is an expert in digital marketing. He owns Dokoo Digital, an award-winning digital marketing agency and is also a member of the board of the Chartered Institute of Marketing Ireland. Andy has worked with clients such as Tourism Ireland, BT, Argento, Natwest Bank, Tayto and numerous others by helping them develop and implement global digital strategies. Andy was a recent recipient of the prestigious top 40 under 40 award and his business, Dokoo Digital, has been named one of Belfast's top 50 businesses. 
5.30pm: registration and refreshments
6.00pm: welcome
6.05pm: Andy Hill, Dokoo Digital
7.00pm: Q&A
7.20pm: soap box slot
7.30pm: close
Clayton Hotel, 22 Ormeau Avenue, Belfast, BT2 8HS
How to register:
If you’re interested in attending this event you must register in advance, please click
*Please note a delegate list of registered attendees will be handed out upon arrival at this event.*
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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

Contact Conor
O’Kane Resourcing Ltd.
Carnbane Business Centre
MJM Group Building
Carnbane Industrial Estate
BT35 6QH
T:   028 302 52407
M: 079 681 60122

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:

The BASE Enterprise Centre/AIB Competition
As part of their commitment to Backing Brave, AIB have teamed up with The BASE Enterprise Centre to offer one entrepreneur the perfect package to kick start their business.
Entrepreneurs are asked to submit a written proposal (max 150 words) as to why their business/ business idea should be selected. The competition is not limited to any particular sector but we are looking for a brilliant idea, a niche product/ service or a novel way of approaching an existing market. There should also be a focus on community, how will the business benefit the community as it grows and matures?
The competition is for new business Start-Ups (less than 3 years in business) and prospective entrepreneurs who have yet to take the leap to starting their business.
The top three selected entrants will be invited to pitch their business idea at an event in The BASE.
Prize includes €1,000 cash prize to invest in the business* and
6 months FREE accommodation in The BASE with access to all the added extras the centre has to offer, high speed broadband, access to meeting rooms, training facilities, free parking etc.
Applications can be found on the website:
Terms and conditions apply
The deadline for entries is 23nd October 2015.

Lord Mayor launches Belfast 89FM


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 ready for the next wave of technology.

Technology brings change and traditionally creates more jobs than it destroys. Ever since the Industrial Revolution, however, people have resisted such change even though standards of living have steadily soared.

Today’s technology is creating new change but this time there is a growing fear that more jobs will be lost than found.

This time it’s different
Today’s economy is going through extraordinary change, as technology, for the first time, replaces more jobs than it makes.

Factory, manufacturing, office, retail and countless other jobs will be lost as technology provides lower cost and better value in many areas of commercial life.

Economists and other experts fret and workers worry that technology will negate the need for millions of jobs in the next decade.

The usual solution is to identify the jobs technology can’t do and reskill people but there are few areas that technology doesn’t affect in today’s digital environment.

Driving cars, playing chess, hoovering the house, and even filling the dishwasher were once thought to be the preserve of humans.

But given the rate of increase in computing power it is likely that machines will carry out more jobs in more areas in future years.

What’s the solution?
One solution is to identify the jobs we want to keep within our control, regardless of whether or not technology can do them effectively.

It seems reasonable we will want to stay in charge of making high-level decisions; so politicians, entrepreneurs, community leaders, senior judges and law-makers are safe.

Governments, communities, organisations and groups where large numbers of people work with common cause will always need leaders to provide vision and direction.
Interacting socially and working closely with others in a trusting and caring way will remain the domain of humans rather than technology.

What does it mean?
Employers already want employees who excel at leading teams of talented people that perform well in changing and uncertain environments.

Jobs based on interacting with colleagues and clients are growing at a time when production jobs are disappearing with scant hope of a return.

In yesterday’s workplace employees had to cost less and outperform machines to add value; in today’s workplace employees have to do what machines can’t.

Developing new skills is not a new phenomenon, as people have always learned new ways of doing things to survive and succeed.

But this time the skills required are decidedly different, as they exist in a state of flux and constant change.

They also differ because the ability to build relationships, collaborate with others and provide leadership are about who you are rather than what you know.

And this provides us with a distinct advantage.

So, for the first time, technology will destroy more jobs than it creates but the solution is simple: we must focus on what technology can’t do.

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.

99462 - - Request for Tenders (RFT) for appointment to a framework for the provision of HR consultancy services to the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA)
Publication date:  11-09-2015
Response deadline:  22-10-2015 16:00   Irish time
Procedure: 2. Open Procedure (OJEU)
Description: The National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) is seeking tenders for appointment to a framework for the provision of HR consultancy services. Please see the RFT attached to this notice for further information.
Buyer: National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA)

99454 - 2015/35 - Single Party Framework Agreement for Business Process Review Services
Publication date:  11-09-2015
Response deadline:  09-10-2015 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Enterprise Ireland wishes to enter into a single-party framework agreement with a suitably qualified service provider to undertake a review of existing grant management processes supported and provided to industry and third level institutions in Ireland.The contract will run for an initial twelve months period with the option to extend the contract for a further twelve months, subject to satisfactory performance, business needs and budgetary constraints.
Buyer: Enterprise Ireland
99417 - DI/2015/03 - Multi-Party Framework Agreement for Digital Content Maintenance
Publication date:  10-09-2015
Response deadline:  05-10-2015 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: Copy of Open Procedure (OJEU) post PIN
Description: This is a tender to establish a Multi-party Framework of suppliers to be drawn upon by Fáilte Ireland to contribute to the top-level design of the suite of digital platforms and the ongoing maintenance of site content, with a particular focus on the ways in which the strategic goals for the sites and the needs of users can be met.
Buyer: Fáilte Ireland-National Tourism Development Authority

99282 - LDS1 - Preparation of County Louth Local Development Strategy 2014-2020
Publication date:  10-09-2015
Response deadline:  25-09-2015 17:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Louth Leader Partnership on behalf of Louth Local Community Development Committee wishes to invite tenders from suitably qualified individuals/companies to undertake research, consultation and facilitation towards the drafting of The County Louth Local Development Strategy 2014-2020. Since its launch in 1995, LEADER has provided rural communities, across the EU, with a method and the resources for local partners to actively engage and direct the local development of County Louth, through a community-led local development (CLLD) approach. The Local Development Strategy (LDS) is a community-led plan, which is developed by rural communities, to achieve a particular vision and support the sustainable development of County Louth. The overall aim of this approach is to secure a robust, high quality and participative LDS that effectively targets and addresses the needs and development potential of County Louth. The new programming period has identified a number of strategic objectives and priorities for EU rural development. In the Irish context, LEADER has been programmed under priority 6 of the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 (RDP); promoting social inclusion, poverty reduction and economic development in rural areas.
Buyer: Louth Leader Partnership

99344 - - Establishment of a single party framework agreement for Public Relations Services in Republic of Ireland (ROI) and Northern Ireland (NI)
Publication date:  10-09-2015
Response deadline:  12-10-2015 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: Restricted Procedure (OJEU)
Description: Safefood proposes to engage in a competitive process for the establishment of two single party framework agreements as follows : 1. Framework Agreement for the provision of Public Relations Services for the Republic of Ireland (ROI) 2. Framework agreement for the provision of Public Relations Services for Northern Ireland (NI). Interested parties may apply for one or both lots.
Buyer: Food Safety Promotion Board
99406 - LAB2015/002 New Website and CMS - Request for Tenders for the supply, installation, commissioning, maintenance and support of a new website and content management system for the Legal Aid Board
Publication date:  09-09-2015
Response deadline:  08-10-2015 12:30   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: The Legal Aid Board was established under the Civil Legal Aid Act, 1995. The Act makes provision for the granting by the State of legal aid and advice to persons of insufficient means in civil cases. Please note that the Legal Aid Board is a registered charity and as such is entitled to any charitable discounts (or pricing structures) which are applicable. The Board invites tenders for the supply, installation, commissioning, maintenance and support of a new website and content management system, as outlined in the attached RFT document. The current version of the Board’s website was launched in 2007, and now requires a complete redesign to avail of new technologies, to make the website more accessible and the content more relevant to its clients. The Board sees the implementation of a new website and content management solution as essential to the future development of the organisation. The Board is striving to offer its clients a high standard of excellence both in terms of customer service and legal practice. It is the Board’s intention that the proposed Solution will improve the usability of its online content and thereby make information about its services much more accessible to all of its stakeholders, in particular potential applicants, clients and staff as well as barristers and solicitors on the Board’s panels.
Buyer: Legal Aid Board

99361 - Ls/2015/05 - Single party framework for the provision of a Managed Training Service
Publication date:  08-09-2015
Response deadline:  08-10-2015 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: Restricted Procedure (OJEU)
Description: Fáilte Ireland provides business supports to tourism businesses to increase their capabilities. These supports can be delivered by mentors, trainers or business advisors for a range of categories, including those outlined below. Fáilte Ireland proposed to establish a single party framework agreement for a Managed Training Service on a countrywide basis. Fáilte Ireland operates through both a national and a regional structure involving FOUR key Programmes (Wild Atlantic Way; Ireland’s Ancient East; Dublin & Lakelands). Any solutions proposed must take account of the recurring industry training planned by the Leisure Sales Directorate throughout the country in the areas outlined in the Invitation to Tender doucment available for downloading with this notice.
Buyer: Fáilte Ireland-National Tourism Development Authority
99352 - - Design and Implementation of an Evaluation of the Suitability, Effectiveness and Relevance of the JobBridge Activation Programme
Publication date:  07-09-2015
Response deadline:  19-10-2015 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 2. Open Procedure (OJEU)
Description: The successful Tenderer will be required to carry out a programme of evaluation and analysis of the impact and effectiveness of the JobBridge internship programme.
Buyer: Department of Social Protection

99266 - UCCAL 2015/006 - Tender for Organisational Structure and Design Advisory Services for the Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research
Publication date:  03-09-2015
Response deadline:  16-09-2015 17:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Following a period of high growth, INFANT requires a review of its strategic plan and a recommendation for an optimal organisational design, and structure to ensure that the centre achieves its research, outreach and industry liaison objectives.
Buyer: UCC Academy Ltd

99252 - RFT Financial Accounting Service - Provision of Financial Accounting Services RFT
Publication date:  02-09-2015
Response deadline:  13-10-2015 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 2. Open Procedure (OJEU)
Description: RFT for Provision of Financial Accounting Services to the National Oil Reserves Agency (NORA)
Buyer: National Oil Reserves Agency

Belfast City Council Tenders are available at

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

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