The Business Bulletin - Issue 249 - 2nd June 2014


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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 highlights the importance of having the right skills.

Technology is continuing to change the workplace and highlight the need for companies and employees to be more flexible in what they do and how they do it.

The tradition of training for a single career and working for a single company until retirement is over. In its place is a new model based on having the right skills, different jobs and a number of careers.

The make-up of the workplace is changing, not least because older people are working for longer, technology is changing everything and the number and influence of women continues to increase and create workplace change.

For those, however, with the right skills there are many opportunities, rich rewards and a better work-life balance given their value to employers.

For those with no skills or the wrong skills there are fewer opportunities, as a lack of demand, short-term contracts, low pay and insecurity of employment dominate the work place.

Businesses continue to reduce their core full-time staff and use external contractors, agency workers and freelance agents in flexible ways to manage periods of extra demand.

Technology, robots and the introduction of artificial intelligence is making mid-level jobs obsolete and, therefore, companies will become more efficient and profitable and, ironically, less dependent on people.

Businesses will have to be more resilient to changes in the environment and develop the flexibility to move jobs between locations, as markets become more global and interconnected.

Given the detail of the recent UK budget it is apparent that government will continue to restrict spending, even as the economy recovers and businesses grow again.

Demand from emerging countries around the world will continue to increase, as hundreds of millions of people experience and enjoy the consumer society for the first time.

But such demand will force businesses to put greater emphasis on creativity and innovation and compete for people with the skills they need, as a way to stay relevant to customers.

As a result, the workplace as we know it is changing dramatically and increasingly rewards companies with the right people and people with the right skills.

Even though there are few certainties in life it is becoming more evident that the world of work is changing and will, in the years ahead, change beyond recognition.

So, if you have the right skills you are ready for the new world; if not, there is still time but the clock is ticking.

What do you think?
Do you have the right skills?

I look forward to your comments.

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



Procurement Workshop:

An Introduction to Procurement with Belfast City Council
The next in our series of procurement workshops will focus exclusively on the Council’s approach to purchasing goods and services.
This workshop will give participants:
  • An overview of our procurement process
  • Information on how to find out about upcoming tender opportunities
  • An insight into how to use the Council’s procurement portal eSourcing
Workshop Details
An Introduction to procurement with Belfast City Council      
Thursday 19 June 2014
9.30am – 4.30pm
The MAC, Saint Anne’s Square, 10 Exchange Street, Belfast BT1 2NJ
This event is free of charge but advance registration is essential as registered businesses will be contacted before the workshop session to identify the level of procurement knowledge.
To register for this event please email with your name, business name, full business address including postcode and telephone number.
This workshop is open to businesses based in the Belfast City Council area only.
Places to attend are limited and will be allocated on a first come basis.
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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.

UK SBS Multi-mode Microplate Reader with fully configured computer
GB-Trent: Consultant Energy Efficiency Strategy Policy
Refurbishment of Prion Laboratory
Laboratory Testing Services including sample collection and electronic reporting for standard medical pathology investigations and specialised toxicology screening and analysis
NRM: Miniature Railway_Locomotives and Carriages
UK SBS FM140040 - UKATC Management Building ? WC Installation
Dressings - various
GB-Leeds: Replacement Air Conditioning
GB-Watford: Watford Health Campus Business Units South
A Review of evidence to inform NICE Public Health Guidance for adult nursing and residential care homes on promoting oral health, preventing dental health problems and ensuring access to dental treatment
Children and Adolescence Mental Health Services - Hampshire CCG's
Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programme in Staffordshire
GB-London: Provision of Parachute Ancillaries
GB-Stevenage: The Provision of Preventing Substance Misuse in At Risk Groups in Broxbourne
Low Carbon & Environmental Goods and Services SME engagement
Architectural & Building Consultants Services for Improvements & Repairs to White Rock Baths Hastings
Trapps Hill GP Practice
GB-Manchester: Religion or belief: call for evidence
Internal Painting and Decorating of University House and Bowland North

Housing Maintenance & Improvement Works Programme - Structural Repairs ? Godric Place Ph: 1
United Kingdom-St Asaph: Refuse and waste related services
United Kingdom-Uxbridge: Telecommunications network
United Kingdom-Rotherham: IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support
United Kingdom-Greenock: Architectural and related services
United Kingdom-Belfast: Miscellaneous software development services and computer systems
United Kingdom-Coventry: Software package and information systems
United Kingdom-Guildford: Software package and information systems
United Kingdom-Birmingham: Software package and information systems
United Kingdom-Manchester: Passenger information system
GB-Watford: Programme and Project Management Support
Tees Valley and North East England Hydrogen Strategy
United Kingdom-Maidstone: Software package and information systems
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service PSN IPVPN replacement
United Kingdom-Reading: Billing system
United Kingdom-Caernarfon: Engineering services
United Kingdom-London: Internet service providers ISP

United Kingdom-Winchester: Business and management consultancy and related services
United Kingdom-Leicester: IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support
GB-Bicester: Tachograph Analysis Software Service
United Kingdom-Middlesbrough: Environmental issues consultancy services
United Kingdom-Glasgow: Modular and portable buildings
Refurbishment of Prion Laboratory
GB-Watford: Watford Health Campus Business Units South
Internal Painting and Decorating of University House and Bowland North
Housing Maintenance & Improvement Works Programme - Structural Repairs � Godric Place Ph: 1
GB-Watford: Re-Roofing Project for Watford Museum
Remodelling of 181 Laboratory Suite, NOC, Southampton
Roofing Repairs
GB-Bath: STV Changing Room Refurbishment/New Dance Studio
GB-Bath: Lift replacement for Thornbank Gardens
Pitching Stone - On River Bank of River Nene, Spalding, Lincolnshire
Bus Station Refurbishment
Iceland-Reykjavik: Road tunnel construction work
Norway-Fredrikstad: Subsea drilling work
Norway-Holmestrand: Floating structures
Norway-Sandvika: Surveillance and security systems and devices
Norway-Fredrikstad: Water mains
Norway-Kristiansund: Secondary school construction work
Norway-Oslo: Installation services of railway real-time departures and arrival display screens or boards
United Kingdom-Coalville: Asbestos removal services


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