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Issue 376 - 20th March 2017
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Business Advisers, how Brexit ready are you??

The UK’s decision to leave the EU has left many SMEs across the island of Ireland feeling concerned over their future, along with an undeniable feeling of the unknown. As respected sources of professional advice how prepared do you feel to advise and guide them through these uncertain times?

Please take 2 minutes to answer this short 5 question questionnaire
Niavac were proud to host an exclusive highly interactive session on achieving peak business performance featuring Ulster, Ireland & British Lion rugby star Tommy Bowe together with GAA All-Ireland winning captain and Sky Sports analyst Peter Canavan.
The panel event, hosted by broadcast legend Adrian Logan, explored business lessons we can learn from high performance sports strategies, such as innovation through marginal gains, to build a winning culture in your company in 2017 and beyond.

For those of you who missed our event, please Click Here to see our highlights video.
The 2017 economy is already presenting new and unique challenges for businesses of all sizes.  Do you want to keep your finger on the pulse of economic trends and identify opportunities for business growth?  Do you want to meet and hear more about how local organisations can support your business?  This event is your chance to listen, digest, and plan for the future with the help from experts and local stakeholders. 
Dr Eoin Magennis Senior Economist at the Ulster University Economic Policy Centre will present on the current economic trends and how these may affect the performance of local government, education and businesses in the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough.  Dr Paul Beaney, Business Development Manager at Ulster University, will also provide a short presentation about how you can access the right expertise and facilities to help your business navigate the challenges and identify opportunities for development.  The event will conclude with local stakeholder’s speed networking with local businesses. This is an excellent opportunity for attendees to engage directly and exchange information with the various organisations who will be represented on the day.
This event is sponsored by Causeway Chamber of Commerce, Ulster University, Chartered Management Institute, and supported by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Causeway Enterprise Agency and Invest NI.  We are delighted that Northern Regional College, North West Regional College, Roe Valley Enterprises, Connect to Success N.I, and The Carbon Trust will also be in attendance on the day to meet local businesses.
Date: Tuesday 4th April 2016
Time: 9.00am - 1.00pm
Venue: Ulster University, Cromore Road, Coleraine, BT52 1SA
            Refreshments and Lunch will be provided
Ticket Price: £10 (incl. Vat) 

Each week Nick O' Shiel, Chief Executive, Omagh Enterprise Company, blogs on issues related to enterprise, technology and the economy. This week Nick discusses the digital economy.
The digital economy is expanding rapidly as it generates jobs, creates fresh industries and disrupts old traditions. But it is also bringing new challenges not least in making sure local businesses don’t get left behind.

Digital economy
The digital economy is turning the mainstream economy upside down as it spawns new areas of activity and upends traditional careers and models of working.

The opportunities it provides are extraordinary and so are its trials, as it introduces a tsunami of change in established communities and business sectors.
The rewards it offers are spectacular but it enriches only those with the skills it needs while threatening to impoverish those without the talents it wants.

For those it doesn’t include it can bring isolation and even penury as it moves at a speed that allows little chance of reaction once it enters an area of interest.

The current generation of students already feel its chill winds as it uproots jobs on an industrial scale and alarms and accelerates those looking for work in equal measure.

The next generation will suffer from its damaging reality too, as they find succor only in the possession of skills that align with its agenda of extreme and rapid growth.
Like it or hate it, the digital economy lies at the heart of the mainstream economy and is expanding to a point where it will dominate every segment of the landscape. 

Digital Omagh
The good news is that local businesses can benefit from its opportunities and make sure they aren’t forgotten or left in its wake.

To this end, Digital Omagh supports a network of entrepreneurs and local businesses that connect with each other.

It provides a platform for different people from different sectors and disciplines to come together and share experiences.

It offers support to local companies and entrepreneurs of all ages interested in taking advantage of the possibilities created by the spread of the digital economy into all facets of society.

Digital Omagh organises local meet-ups, networking events, access to finance, links to affordable property, national and international connections, business incubation facilities, access to graduate-level talent and skilled staff.

It also offers access to super-fast broadband, links to colleges and universities, access to research bodies, links to sector clusters, business support programmes, access to a world-class broadband infrastructure and a supportive local business environment.

The digital economy is shaping our collective future and will increase its influence on the mainstream economy until all businesses are digitally driven as a matter of course.

In the future, economies will not be differentiated by being digital or non-digital as the influx of technology will make every business digital at its core. 

So, the digital economy has arrived with its creative disruption but local businesses can profit from the creative opportunities it presents.

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


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Distributors for solid wood furniture and production contractors wanted

A Polish SME specializing in manufacture of wooden furniture seeks distributors and offers production capacity and subcontracting services for partners from the EU.

French champagne grower is looking for distributors

This French champagne growing company is producing wine brands that exist since 1922. The vineyard surface is 18 ha located in the Marne river valley. The whole is cultivated in enlightened culture allowing high quality champagne production. The company is looking for distribution partners in Europe and also in third countries.

German SME offers logistic support, data, documentation, training during projects with armed forces, especially naval forces, as subcontractor

A German SME offers support during the planning, construction and reconstruction phase of vessels, as well as support in their use until disposal. In particular, cooperation with armed forces (focus on naval forces) is the daily business: specialised requirements are common and can be transferred into civil areas. The company is looking for shipbuilders, system- and equipment manufacturers or integrators to support them as a subcontractor or logistical partner

Manufacturers of dental and medical supplies, instruments and equipment interested in Romanian market required

A Romanian company specialized in distribution of dental and medical supplies, instruments and equipment for dental and medical offices, private clinics, hospitals, pharmacies and health centers all over the country is expending its products portfolio and is looking for manufacturers from Europe interested in Romanian market. The company is willing to operate under distribution agreement.

A Finnish software company is looking for distributors for education management system

A Finnish software company providing management systems for education is looking for distributors. The company's educational systems can be delivered as a Service as a Software (SaaS) or on-premise.

UK manufacturer of specialist bed linen to support independent and assistive living seeks distributors or agents

A UK SME specialised in the manufacture of bed linen to support independent living of individuals suffering from long term health and mobility conditions and the elderly seeks distributors and commercial agents for a niche range which improves independent movement and turning in bed.

A Croatian fashion designer of unique knitwear seeks representatives, agents or distributors

A Croatian fashion designer specialized in production of knitted pieces of clothes by using traditional techniques (weaving and knitting, crocheting and embroidery) and natural materials (wool, silk, cotton and linen) is looking for trade intermediary services.

Polish manufacturer of healthy and organic food products seeks distributors

A company from south west Poland is operating in the organic food branch and offering organic, natural and high quality products like packed Chia seeds, amaranth, Canihua, sesame seed snacks, packed quinoa, BIO coconut oils, BIO pastas, groats, flour. All the products have BIO certificates and their portfolio is constantly expanding. The company is looking for a cooperator to establish a long term distribution agreement in order to export its products and expand international coverage.

Croatian call centre offers its services to companies from German and English speaking countries

A Croatian call and contact centre offers its services of inbound and outbound calls as well as administration works to companies from German and English speaking countries through services agreement, outsourcing agreement or subcontracting.

New collaborative web-based platform, aiming at making communities of people work together to invent new products or services, or to transform processes and organization. Franchise and licence agreements are looked for.

French SME has developed a new web-based platform. The platform is in Saas mode. It has been designed to support innovation processes or transformation projects. The platform may be used by consulting firms to support their assignments, and by clients to permanently develop collaborative culture. Medium and large companies (R&D, innovation, marketing, communication…) and public corporations are targeted. The SME is looking for partners to sign franchise or licence agreements.

A Romanian company that provides a full range of indoor and outdoor advertising systems is interested to become subcontractor

A Romanian company specialized in advertising offers a wide range of services and customized products. The company provides a full range of advertising systems indoor and outdoor at high quality and is interested in establishing cooperation in a form of subcontracting.

An Armenian producer of canned fruits and vegetables is looking for distributors

The Armenian company produces canned fruits, berries and vegetables. The company is interested in distribution services agreement.

Italian classic and modern wooden furniture producer seeks agents and distributors.

An Italian company characterized by a careful research on functional and aesthetic aspects and with more than 40 years experience in classic and modern wooden furniture production, is looking for agents or distributors (wholesalers or retailers) within commercial agency or distribution services agreements.

Russian producer of reagent, water cleaning technologies and technological liquids is searching for partners abroad to conclude financial and joint-venture agreement.

Russian company specializes in development and implementation of the water cleaning technology, manufacturing of power systems using water as fuel and waste processing technologies is searching for partners abroad for cooperation in the framework of financial and joint-venture agreements.

German SME producing colour cosmetics is looking for a distribution services agreement

The company is a German producer who offers a wide range of colour cosmetics for the low-budget market. The company offers their own brand of products and is looking to increase its international presence. Therefore, partners are sought to form distribution services agreement in selected European countries.

A Polish SME, specialised in CNC machining-turning and milling, offers subcontracting, manufacturing and services agreements

A newly set up Polish company specializes in CNC machining. The company produces elements using a wide range of materials: free-cutting steel, structural steel, stainless steel, tool steel, non-ferrous metals, plastics and produces casings, bolts, screws, screw caps, pegs, fasteners, rings, railing elements, etc. The elements can be produced on the basis of technical drawings or using a template provided by the customer. The company offers subcontracting, manufacturing and services agreements.

A Turkish company specialized in manufacturing steel drying kilns, gad presses, working platforms is looking for distributors in Europe.

The Turkish company has been operating in the spare parts and machinery sector. The company manufactures transformers of all kinds for machinery and coil winding mandrels and side parts. Drying kilns, gad presses, working platforms ,air cushions shortly the firm produce what need a transformer factory. The company is looking for distribution partners.

A Romanian travel agency specialized in outgoing and incoming activities is looking for business partners within a services agreement

The Romanian company is specialized in the tourism sector and provides a range of services in the areas of outgoing and incoming tourism. The company has a wide network of dependable partners from all parts of Romania and provides a variety of price competitive services delivered at international standards. The company seeks for business partners within a services agreement.

Italian company leader in the sector of abrasive tools for ceramic, granite and marble is looking for agents and distributors.

Italian company specialized in the production of tools for ceramic, granite and marble would like to promote its latest product, an abrasive tool for ‘dry lappato processing’ and ‘mat lappato finishing’ to use on vetrified ceramic tiles. The company is looking for trade intermediary services, through commercial agency or distribution service agreement.

French company specialized in production of insulating felts- based products made from recycled fibers and textiles offers its products under manufacturing agreement

A French SME specialised in the production of felt-based finished products made from collected fibres and textiles is looking for commercial partners. With respect of the circular economy principles, most of the products are recyclable and made from post production recycled materials. The partners sought should be automotive companies , building companies and bedding companies. The company can provide its commercial partners with finished products and is interested in manufacturing agreements.

Spanish manufacturer of bags, garment covers and other advertising packaging in non-woven fabric and paper is seeking distributor partners

Spanish company manufactures and trades reusable bags and advertising packaging products of non-woven fabric, paper, raffia (pp woven), cotton and other materials. It is seeking partners to sell its products at new markets in the framework of distribution services agreements. The company will offer their distributors commercial training and trademark license of its products.

Make sure Thursday April 6th is in your diary!

The date for this year's BelTech Conference will be Thursday, April 6th, 2017 and will take place again in Titanic Belfast.

This years conference is set to be the biggest yet with two tracks running simultaneously covering a wider range of themes relevant to technology professionals.  Our first track will focus heavily on Software Engineering and our second track will cover machine learning/artificial intelligence, immersive technology, cyber security and connected learning.

We will announce our line up in the coming weeks but for now we hope that you save the date to join us.

Tickets are on sale now if you wish to book early and we're pleased to say that we have brought back our Company Pass, which offers great value for companies wishing to send 3 or more representatives.

Get in touch if you have any questions.

Connla & Orlaith
028 90 611916

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.

115743 - 2017/05 - Establishment of a Single Party framework agreement for Communications and Research Services to support Enterprise Ireland Client Companies
Publication date:  17-03-2017
Response deadline:  04-04-2017 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: Accelerated Restricted Procedure (OJEU)
Description: Enterprise Ireland wishes to tender for the provision of communications and research services from suitably qualified service providers and to establish a single party framework agreement for such services for a four year period.
Buyer: Enterprise Ireland

115587 - IE-EPA-2017-CRM-FA - The provision of CRM(xRM) Services in 4 Lots
Publication date:  16-03-2017
Response deadline:  28-04-2017 16:00   Irish time
Procedure: 2. Open Procedure (OJEU)
Description: The EPA is establishing a multi-operator framework agreement for the procurement of CRM services, under Framework Agreement EPA-2017-CRM-FA. It is divided into the following four (4) Lots: LOT TITLE 1 CRM (xRM) Solution Architecture Support 2 CRM (xRM) Business Analysis 3 CRM (xRM) Development 4 CRM (xRM) Testing The framework agreement has a term of four years and comprises a separate framework for each lot. The tenders will be evaluated separately in respect of each lot, both in terms of the eligibility criteria and the award criteria in Section 6. Tenderers can apply for admission for one or more lots. In each case tenderers will be required to provide evidence of the necessary experience and expertise.
Buyer: Environmental Protection Agency

115560 - 2017 Re Brand CSO - Rebranding service to the Central Statistics Office
Publication date:  16-03-2017
Response deadline:  13-04-2017 14:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: The Central Statistics Office (CSO) collects, compiles analyses and disseminates statistical information relating to the economic and social life of the country. It is also responsible for coordinating official statistics produced by other public authorities and for developing the statistical potential of administrative records. This document and accompanying appendices constitute a Request to Tender (RFT) for the contract in question. The contracting authority for this procurement is the CSO. SCOPE Note No draft proofs or visuals of potential logos are required for this Tender submission. The creation of a new CSO Logo is the primary output of the consultative process that the winning tenderer will be responsible for The Central Statistics Office (CSO) is seeking fully costed proposals from Public Relations and Marketing Agencies to develop a new corporate Identity. The requirements are as follows: • Consultation: With Key stakeholders in the CSO. Note primary site visits will take place in the Cork Office of the Central Statistics Office (Skehard Road Cork.) • Development of new Corporate Logo and Identity: Proposals submitted should allow for a minimum of 3 options. • Corporate Identity Guidelines for print and online requirements : To include Corporate Brandmarks, Headline & Bodytext Typefaces, Fonts and Colour Palettes in CYMK –RGB – Pantone –Hex values. • Corporate Stationery: To include Corporate Letterheads, Compliment Slips and Business Card Templates, Email signature, Word and Powerpoint templates. • Website requirements : Note a redesign of the CSO web site is to be undertaken after the new logo and publication guidelines are selected as part of the initial scope. An integrated draft of the proposed new logo as it would appear in the current web home page is required 3 options of updated web home page (Graphics only, HTML not required) • Publication Templates: Standard template options for published reports, information booklets an
Buyer: Central Statistics Office

115339 - HSE Project 8326 - Behaviour Based Culture Change Implementation Support
Publication date:  16-03-2017
Response deadline:  04-04-2017 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: Negotiated Procedure (OJEU)
Description: External expertise in behaviour based culture change is required to develop and roll out a social movement in the health services to make the values of care, compassion, trust and learning more visible in our everyday actions across the health services.
Buyer: Health Service Executive (HSE)

115635 - SSCON3119 - Media Monitoring, Reporting and Analysis
Publication date:  16-03-2017
Response deadline:  14-04-2017 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: OJEU Notice / PQQ
Description: Daily media monitoring is an essential service required by ESB Group. This service records all references to ESB and its businesses in print, broadcast, on-line and social media. It encompass all forms of media monitoring, analysis and reporting, providing ESB with data as fast and effectively as possible. As well as including in-depth media monitoring, a broad range of services may also be required including media analysis, value reports, industry-specific media analysis and research/reports on specific projects.
Buyer: Electricity Supply Board ( ESB )
115619 - NCP2017 - Provision of: the Science Foundation Ireland exhibit at the National Ploughing Championships
Publication date:  15-03-2017
Response deadline:  21-04-2017 13:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: the Services comprise the provision of the Science Foundation Ireland exhibit at the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Tullamore Co. Offaly, which is taking place from 19th to 21st September 2017. The duration of this contract will initially be for a period of one year. Subject to satisfactory review, an extension for a further two years will be awarded subject to annual participation at this event by the agency.
Buyer: Science Foundation Ireland

115365 - THRO22F - RFT for the Provision of Contracted Training Services to Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBIs).
Publication date:  13-03-2017
Response deadline:  19-04-2017 15:00   Irish time
Procedure: Restricted Procedure (OJEU)
Description: There are 15 Education and Training Boards (see Appendix 2) participating in this Framework Agreement. There are seventeen (17) regional Lots. For the purposes of this Competition the 15 Education and Training Boards (ETBs) are collectively referred to as the ‘Contracting Authorities’. However, each ETB will be the Contracting Authority for their individual ETB; Framework Contracts will be issued by respective ETBs to successful Tenderers.
Buyer: The Office of Government Procurement

115510 - MH-COMM-17-01 - Consultancy services for detailed design for Ashbourne Linear Park
Publication date:  13-03-2017
Response deadline:  04-04-2017 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Consultancy services for detailed design for Ashbourne Linear Park
Buyer: Meath County Council

115366 - Sport Ireland 5 - Sport Lifeskills (Lead Athlete Life Skills)
Publication date:  13-03-2017
Response deadline:  14-04-2017 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 2. Open Procedure (OJEU)
Description: 1. Deliver strategic leadership of the Sport Ireland Institute’s Performance Lifeskills Service 2. Manage the work of other performance lifeskills consultants that may be contracted by the Institute to deliver services 3. Deliver expert performance lifeskills coaching to elite athletes and coaches 4. Deliver performance lifeskills clinics and workshops at the IIS Abbotstown and other locations as required 5. Deliver onsite performance lifeskills support to nominated sports at training camps and competitions. 6. Build and maintain a network of relationships with the education and / or employer community 7. Collaborate with other consultants to deliver expert multi-disciplinary support services 8. Deliver other support services as agreed that fall within the competency of the consultant
Buyer: Sport Ireland

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