The Business Bulletin - Issue 263 - 8th September 2014

Take care at this car wash

on Belfast's Lisburn Road

Our correspondent Myler McGrath writes:
A couple of weeks ago, I dropped my car in to this car wash on Belfast's Lisburn Road for a freshen up and quick valet.
And then, with a cheery wave, I popped across the road to have a coffee in Arizona.
Thirty minutes later, I returned to pick up my car and was delighted to see the good job that had been done to smarten up what was earlier a slightly grubby vehicle.
Since then, this everyday event had disappeared from my memory - job well done, I thought....until...?
Until I took out my camera which was stored in the driver's door pocket....
And then I took out the memory card to upload some recent photos to my system only to find that someone in the car wash had taken out my camera and taken a few photos of themselves at work. Then they placed the camera back in the driver's door side pocket!




So the moral of the story is.....  if you're using this car wash, don't leave your camera in the car!

You might end up with images on your memory card that you didn't put there!


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SAGE 50 Accounts Stage 3 training

CIDO Innovation Centre tenants Mary Mackle Accountants/Thyme Training are hosting Official Sage 50 Accounts Stage 3 Training provided by Sage UK trainers at the i2 Innovation Centre.

This two day course helps you master the tools you need to take control of your stock and orders, including trading overseas.

Learn everything you need to know about managing a stock control system and processing sales and purchase orders. This course also covers sales invoices and credit notes, quotes and pro forma invoices, as well as foreign trading and Intrastat reports.

Dates: Thursday 11th and Friday 12th September
Official Sage Price £633+VAT
Thyme Training price  £450+VAT

Book by Thursday 4th September to receive an additional £60 discount.

To register please contact Thyme Training directly on 028 38392999 or

On behalf of the InterTradeIreland All-Island Innovation Programme
You are cordially invited to attend

Title: Harnessing the Innovation Potential of Your Team
Location: Moore Auditorium, UCD O'Brien Centre for Science, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4.

Date: 30 September 2014
Time: 10:30 am - 5:00 pm

Guest speaker: The international guest speaker is Dr Trish Gorman, an academic, author and leading business strategist
dditional information and registration:

Other speakers: Other guest speakers include Andrew Bolster, Founder, Farset Labs; Clare Dillon, Developer Experience Group Lead, Microsoft Ireland; Breda Moore, Technical Director, T.E. Laboratories; Dr Conor Hanley, President, Cardiology, Strategic Business Unit, ResMed Inc; and Dr Johnny Ryan, Executive Director, UCD Innovation Academy

Event hashtag: #innovationpotential

Twitter: @Inter_Trade and @UCDinnovation

Cost: Free to attend

Please feel free to circulate to your network.


Date: Tuesday 23rd September 2014
Time: 8.30am-1.30pm
Venue: Ramada Plaza, Shaw's Bridge

Wendy Cartwright, former HR Director for the Olympic Delivery Authority and Stanley McFarland, Technical Director, Whale, will be keynote speakers at the Northern Ireland HR Exchange, taking place on Tuesday 23rd September at Ramada Plaza, Belfast.

As well as keynote sessions, there will also be breakout sessions and an exhibition at which local and international suppliers will showcase their products and services.  In just a few hours, you'll see the latest innovative products, have your questions answered, learn new ways of doing things in breakout sessions, take inspirational insights from expert speakers and discover how the right contacts can drive your business forward.

The Northern Ireland HR Exchange is a must attend event for anyone who works within, or supplies to the HR function, as well as anyone who takes responsibility for staff development within organisations of any size or sector.  MLN members have the opportunity to attend this event for only £65+VAT, which is £10 off the early bird delegate rate. To activate this offer simply enter the promotional code TENOFF at the online checkout before Friday 15th August.

There are also still a limited number of exhibition stands available at the event so if you would be interested in profiling your business in this way, please contact Podiem immediately.  There are already over 20 exhibitors participating so don’t miss out on a great opportunity.


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A major all-Ireland marketing conference will be held in Belfast's Crumlin Road Gaol on October 1 organised by The Chartered Institute of Marketing.

The conference - Game Changers: Marketing with Impact - will include keynote speakers and presentations from well-known brands showing best practice in marketing.

Speakers include Cera Ward of Google Ireland, Elizabeth Sheenan of Lucozade Ribena Suntory and Colin O'Toole, who has worked with some of the world's biggest brands including Mars, L'Oreal, Colgate-Palmolive and Johnson & Johnson and Mondalez.

"This is a unique chance for marketers to hear from some of the most forward-thinking companies in Ireland.

We are very excited to give local companies the opportunity to learn from some of the leading players in the industry,"

Richard Houdmont, CIM Network manager in Ireland, said. The event is open to non-members as well.

Booking can be made at

Further information is available from cimevents@


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 MAPS Neutron Guide
Source Materials for a Molecular Beam Epitaxy Tool (MBE) at Lancaster University
UK SBS ITQ RE140156BIS Advanced Propulsion Centre
GB-Watford: Colosseum Roof Repairs
Testing of Water Pumps for compliance with Ecodesign Legislation
Source Materials for a Molecular Beam Epitaxy Tool (MBE) at Lancaster Universit
East Sussex Fracture Liaison Service
GB-Sea: Provision of Catering Services
GB-Liverpool: Full-Field Non-Contact Vibrometer (FFNCV)
GB-London: BFI DPI Data Centre Building Work
Analysis of Upstream Supply Chain Impacts
DUD - Glasshouse Development Project (Main Contractor Phase)
GB-london: Future System
GB-london: Health and Care - Future System
CLASP : Prospectus for Hosting and Management post March 2015
UKSBS FM140056 Building Management & Control Systems Upgrade
UK SBS FM140077 Supply and Installation of an additional fuel tank to existing stand-by generator
Refurbishment of Occupational Health Room 1C29-1C32
GB-Hemel Hempstead: Employers Agent Services
United Kingdom-Manchester: Super computer
United Kingdom-London: Computer equipment and supplies
United Kingdom-Manchester: Software package and information systems
United Kingdom-Southampton: Industry specific software package
United Kingdom-London: Supervision of project and documentation
United Kingdom-Warrington: Industry specific software package
United Kingdom-Chester: Project and design preparation, estimation of costs
United Kingdom-Hartlepool: Software package and information systems
United Kingdom-Liverpool: Building and facilities management services
United Kingdom-London: Software package and information systems
Intelligence Hub
For the Provision of Advice and Guidance to the Project Group at the NHS Litigation Authority for ISO 27001 Accreditation
United Kingdom-London: Computer-related services
Ideas management platform
United Kingdom-Belfast: Industry specific software package
United Kingdom-Middlesbrough: Software package and information systems
United Kingdom-Redcar: Industrial control software package
Internal Audit Software
United Kingdom-Sittingbourne: Contract administration services
United Kingdom-London: Personnel and payroll services
GB-Watford: Colosseum Roof Repairs
United Kingdom-Milton Keynes: Art gallery construction work
United Kingdom-London: Computer equipment and supplies
Norway-Molde: Construction work
Slovenia-?o?tanj: Works for complete or part construction and civil engineering work
DUD - Glasshouse Development Project (Main Contractor Phase)
GB-London: BFI DPI Data Centre Building Work
Refurbishment of Occupational Health Room 1C29-1C32
Norway-Bergen: Textile fabrics and related items
Norway-Kongsvinger: Repair and maintenance services of building installations
United Kingdom-Harrogate: Cabins
Norway-Gardermoen: Building construction work
Ireland-Maynooth: Construction work for university buildings
Luxembourg-Luxembourg: Project to extend and modernise the Konrad Adenauer Building in Luxembourg ? lots 53, 56, 58, 72 and 78 (technical lots, lots for interior work)
United Kingdom-Penistone: Building construction work
Kings Meadow House Lift Reconditioning
British Antarctic Survey (BAS) Innovation Centre
Replacement of ?Ruined Arch� Incoming Electrical Mains Infrastructure at Kew Gardens
United Kingdom-Derby: Construction structures and materials; auxiliary products to construction (except electric apparatus)
United Kingdom-Eastbourne: Miscellaneous repair and maintenance services
Belfast City Council Tenders are available at

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