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The Business Bulletin
Issue 183 - 14th January 2013



Imagine yourself as the Marketing Manager for John Lewis?

Here's the dilemma......   if there was the option to establish a store in Sprucefield, Belfast City Centre or somewhere on Dublin's M50, which would you plump for?

Both Northern locations would have a catchment area of about 2m potential personal shoppers within a two hour drive but if it was decided to locate on Dublin's M50, then the potential customer base within the two hour journey time would be over 3m.

Bundle this with the store's extremely successful "click and collect" web strategy and the overall corporate strategy for the future as outlined by John Lewis senior management (see below), then it's difficult not to form the view that neither Sprucefield nor Belfast City Centre are likely to feature in the company's plans anytime soon.

John Lewis set to woo Europe

by Kathryn Cooper (Sunday Independent - 6th Jan 2012)


JOHN LEWIS, the department store synonymous with middle England, is to start selling its brand of Britishness to shoppers in France and Germany.

After noticing a sharp rise in foreign traffic to its English-language website, the retailer is preparing to launch sites in French and German that will accept payment in euros later this year.

The store launched an international delivery service in June 2011 and some of the customers using the English website since then have been expats. But French and German nationals have also been ordering items.

The French and Germans are particularly fond of the store's own-brand bed and bath linen and have also been snapping up British brands such as Cath Kidston, which specialises in home furnishings, and Viyella, the womenswear retailer.

Sean O'Connor, head of online sales, said: "We think we will find success precisely because of our Britishness. We will be targeting a similar middle-class demographic in Europe."

John Lewis is also hoping to benefit from the boost to the British image provided by last year's Olympic Games and Paralympics. At present it ships merchandise to 33 countries and said that international traffic in the year to November was up by 56%.

Last week it reported sales of £684m in the five weeks to December 29, nearly 15% higher than the previous year.


How John Lewis use "Click and Collect"

Both John Lewis and Next, the country’s second biggest fashion chain, have reported pretty good Christmas business – and both have hailed click and collect as the reason. Next said online sales rocketed by 11.2 per cent, while trading in its shops fell slightly. And those companies without a slick click and collect service, such as Marks & Spencer, which has only recently embraced the phenomenon, are thought to have had a less sparkling Christmas.

For John Lewis the service has turned out to be a godsend. The company has only about 40 stores, but click and collect allows customers to pick up any items bought from the John Lewis website from its sister company, Waitrose. This adds 300 outlets. As I was picking up a parcel at John Lewis yesterday, I bumped into Fiona Mehta, from Harrow, who was collecting four baking trays and a table cloth. “I much prefer to shop from the comfort of my sitting room, avoiding the crowds,” she told me. “I’ve got more time to browse. But I work, so I can’t wait at home for the delivery. This just makes sense.” But the greatest innovation has been developed by online-only shops. They have been forced to tie up with a third party.

Read the full article here


 


WorldHost Customer Service Training helps businesses gain a competitive advantage

With Northern Ireland currently hosting an impressive series of events, celebrations and new visitor attraction launches, we need to provide worldclass customer service to our visitors. For just £20 per participant, this practical, activity-based, 2-day customer training course will help businesses gain a competitive edge and build repeat business through customer service excellence and providing a world class welcome to all visitors. It also includes a half-day trip to local tourist attractions.

Who is WorldHost Training for?
Private businesses in the retail, tourism, hospitality, leisure and passenger sectors with under 250 employees

How much does the course cost?
Only £20 per person - discounted from the full £190 cost as the Department of Employment and Learning (DEL) are paying 90% of the course cost (£170). The Northern Ireland Tourist Board, the sector skills council People 1st and the Department of Employment and Learning are working in partnership to provide this WorldHost customer service training.

Course Dates and Venues

Newtownabbey - 8 & 15 January
Cushendall - 14 & 21 January
Lurgan – 21 & 28 January
Antrim - 4 & 11 February
Lisburn - 5 & 12 February
Ballymena - 18 & 19 February
Banbridge and Cookstown - 25 Feb & 4 March

To find out more, please call Lynda Willis on 07773 423675 or email Lynda@customersensetraining.co.uk.

Mobile customers living in the border region can pay up to £300 a year in accidental roaming charges

From Journal.ie

THE NORTHERN IRELAND Assembly’s committee on communications has agreed to contact its Oireachtas counterpart to investigate whether roaming can be abolished within the island of Ireland.

The Assembly committee will look to work with the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications and Transport to investigate whether coordinated legal moves can be brought about to abolish the charges within Ireland.

The contact comes on foot of a report by British telecoms regulator Ofcom, which found that Northern Irish mobile customers living in the border region can pay up to £300 a year in accidental roaming charges.

“It is unacceptable that companies such as O2, Vodafone and 3, which operate across the island of Ireland, continue to impose unacceptable roaming charges on unsuspecting consumers,” said Sinn Féin MLA Phil Flanagan, the committee’s deputy chairman, who added:

These excess premiums imposed by the same parent company is pure and simple profiteering as there is no additional operating costs incurred by the companies.

It is likely that any action in the short-term would focus on the four network operators in Ireland – Vodafone, O2, Meteor and Three – and seek to prohibit those companies from levying roaming charges when customers travel into Northern Ireland.

The Northern Ireland Assembly does not have power in the field of telecommunications – with competence in that area being reserved by Westminster – so any attempt to block UK networks from levying roaming charges within the Republic would be a matter for the government in London.

Flanagan said any co-operation between the Assembly and Oireachtas committees would “exert greater pressure on the operators to remove all roaming charges, deliver a fair deal to consumers in Ireland and improve coverage in rural and border areas”.

“It is time that the operators stopped ripping consumers off,” he said.

Separate rules being pursued by the European Commission will mean that from next year, mobile customers will be able to change their domestic mobile provider for the purposes of roaming – effectively allowing them to take out separate mobile subscriptions for domestic and foreign services.

Rules already in place limit the price of a voice call to 29c per minute while on roaming, with text messages costing a maximum of 9c each.

Last summer, for the first time, the EU also brought in a limit on prices for data downloads while abroad – with a cap of 70c per megabyte of data downloaded.



Members of IC and CMI in Northern Ireland are reminded about a recent email from Ann Francke, CMI Chief Executive and John Morgan, Chair of the CMI Forum Chairs’ Committee inviting members to to express an interest in becoming members of the new CMI Regional Boards.

CMI is about to enter an exciting new phase in its development through the launch of a strategy focussed specifically on growth. This strategy supports our mission of increasing the number and standard of professionally qualified managers and promoting the art and science of good management and leadership.

These Boards will have responsibility for supporting the development and execution of the overarching strategies of CMI, Institute of Consulting (IC) and Women in Management (WiM) at a regional level including delivery of member, employer and learning centre engagement activity. There are also plans to broaden these to include special interest networks based on topics and sectors as well as activities such as mentoring in order to be more relevant and reflective of CMI's diverse communities.

The deadline to express your interest in the position of the local Board member is on the 17th January 2013 and we are keen to ensure that as many members as possible are given an opportunity to support CMI’s growth in Northern Ireland.

The first stage in this process will be the appointment of the Chair Northern Ireland Board who will then work with the Northern Ireland Forum and CMI Support Team, to facilitate the election of the Northern Ireland Board Members. Activity in Northern Ireland and its network of Branches will continue as normal up until 1st October 2013, at which point the new Regional Board will be in place and begin the process of developing Networks based on geography, i.e. reflecting current Branch groupings and potential growth throughout the whole of Ireland; but they may also group together members by function, sector and/or specialist interest.

Full details of how to register your interest as a Member of the Board, including background information, can be found at: www.managers.org.uk/engageforthefuture.

We hope you will join with us in moving CMI forward and welcome your interest.

Should you have any comments or questions please contact CMI via email to memberengagement@managers.org.uk




When grey hairs matter.....

Most of those who stay at their workplace past the age of 65 have been there for 10 years or more, according to the Institute for Employment Studies, and the bulk (69 per cent) will end up working part-time. That means workplaces have to change in order to keep up with them, and we can expect to hear more about how companies must help staff plan their later working life, just as they’ve had to adapt to mothers staying in the workforce.
 
In Germany, BMW has led a charge among manufacturers to keep their precious skilled workers as long as possible, introducing special floors to soften painful hip movements, rotating, rather than repeating, tasks to focus attention, and piping in more daylight.

Read more here...





Google immersion
25 January 2013, 09:30, Dublin 2, CPD 2.5 hours.
This event has been designed to enhance marketers' understanding of various aspects of digital marketing including search, pay per click, display, video, mobile and the future according to Google. It also includes a behind-the-scenes tour of Google headquarters.


Business change in a digital age
19 February 2013, 12:00, Belfast, CPD 1 hour.
Múirne Laffan, managing director at RTÉ Digital, through innovative examples will show how RTÉ is placing content at the core of its development. Krishna De provides practical guidance on how to integrate social technologies into your marketing and PR communications. In association with CIPR Northern Ireland.


The Pitch NI
22 February 2013, 17:00, Belfast, CPD 1 hour.
The competition grand final in which the remaining three teams of marketing students present a potential marketing strategy for a brief provided by our sponsor, Subway. Will you agree with the judges' decision?



NEED EXPERT HELP IN

RAISING BUSINESS FINANCE?

In partnership with Invest Northern Ireland, six local Councils in the North East are launching a Raising Finance for Small Firms Programme. The Programme will be delivered by Full Circle Management Solutions and is funded by the European Regional Development Fund under the European Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland.

The Programme incorporates skills development workshops, tailored one to one consultancy support and launches with a series of Meet the Funder Events. These events will provide an excellent opportunity to meet with a range of financial providers and gain practical advice in accessing finance to develop and grow your business.

Meet the Funder Events will take place on:
• Wednesday 23rd January 2013, 14:00-18:00 Sheskburn Hall, Moyle District Council Offices
• Wednesday 13th February 2013, 14:00-18:00 The Bushtown Hotel, Coleraine


To register your interest and for further information on the Programme, contact Claire Grant of Full Circle Management Solutions on 028 9069 1027, claire@fullcircle.eu.com



 
First Edition Publications specialises in the management, publication and production of books, booklets, company reports, calendars, feasibility studies, manuals and specialist handbooks.

The company has particular expertise in the area of short runs of publications – this can range from as few as twenty to a few thousand. This means that, as far as authors are concerned, the financial risk can largely be taken out of publishing, especially for those authors active in areas of specialist interest.

If you are a professional speaker with an archive of resource material, then First Edition Publications can help you maximise your earning potential. By simply converting these resources into a published work, your audience will have access to a permanent record of your session and what’s more, you will be in a position to command a higher fee by virtue of the fact that you are a published author.

Published speakers, with a published track record, command a premium fee. In many cases, speakers can also offer a copy of the published work at a preferential rate for each participant in the session thereby increasing their yield from a speaking engagement.  Published speakers also generate most of their business from referrals which means that their level of repeat business is also significantly higher than the nor.

In this way, the speaker gains in two ways – the first is a premium rate as a published speaker and the second is an additional margin on the publications supplied as a support resource to the session concerned.

And this is where First Edition Publications can help the professional speaker, business trainer and business coach maximise each speaking and training opportunity.

After all, isn’t your published work the ultimate calling card

Contact Joe at joe@firsteditionpublications.com - 0044 7970 430 155


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.

Please see https://e-sourcingni.bravosolution.co.uk/esop/toolkit/notice/public/opportunities.do?reset=true for the current list of Northern Ireland opportunities.Ref: AUG374716Ref: OCT397775

71033 - Birr Workhouse - Birr Workhouse Business Plan
Publication date: 10-01-2013
Response deadline: 18-01-2013 13:00 GMT
Description: This consulting tender process aims to scope a feasibility and business plan for a National Genealogy Campus in Birr. In submitting to this tender we request you to identify new fresh and interesting opportunities to create a solution to satisfy this market, and generate tourism traffic to Ireland. This centre is to include a significant online capability as a single gateway to the country’s archived material from all sources. A family and educational attraction aimed at the Diaspora, families, schools, educational institutions, overseas coach tours and independent holiday makers. This tender requires significant detail and use of an experienced consulting team. It is hoped to identify suitable candidate projects with whom there will be engagement to develop from feasibility to business plan and implement a signature project intending to become a significant player in the family, educational and genealogy markets in Ireland.
Buyer: Danore Ltd
 
70239 - - Rural Female Entrepreneur Business Training Programme
Publication date: 08-01-2013
Response deadline: 22-01-2013 16:00 GMT
Procedure: Open Procedure (NON OJEU)Description: The Rural Female Entrepreneur Training Programme proposes to provide a needs responsive training programme for rurally-based Sligo businesses, aimed at showing the participant ways of developing their idea, doing market research and developing the skills to run a successful business.
Buyer: Sligo LEADER Partnership Co. Ltd.
Matching CPV codes (categories):
 
Isabella Plantation Access Project (IPAP) Infrastructure Works
PCH ATRIUM ALTERATIONS
Financial Modelling for the Science and Technology Facilities Council Enabling Great Science Project
Meet Birmingham Exhibition Stand
GB-Sea: MAINTENANCE OF ILLUMINATED STREET FURNITURE INCLUDING NEW WORKS
Future Leaders Program
Public Finance Workshops
Provision of Thermographic Survey
Replacement Air-Cooled Chiller System
GB-TELFORD: LSBU5/0081 TRANSMISSION FILTER
GB-Sea: ROADMARKING OF CARRIAGEWAYS AND COUNCIL CAR PARKS
Policy Acceptance System
GB-Southend on Sea: ROADMARKING OF CARRIAGEWAYS AND COUNCIL CAR PARKS
Provision of Window Cleaning Service to South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust
GB-London: VE Merlin Campaign TV Post Production Services
GB-Stevenage: Business Support for the Private/Voluntary and Independent Childcare Sector
GB-Hertford: Provision of a Framework Agreement of Family Group Conference Coordinators/Advocates for the Family Group Conference Service
Clearance of vegetation from the Inner Purfleet waterway
GB-Stockton: T13-02 P1033 Alteration To Form Single Bedroom Accommondation North Tees And Hartlepool NHS Trust
Conference Aston Furniture
UK-Didcot: Custom software development services
UK-Sheffield: Training facilities
UK-Durham: Software package and information systems
GB-Stevenage: Business Support for the Private/Voluntary and Independent Childcare Sector
GB-Southend: Tender for the Council Chamber Public Address System
UK-Bridgend: Diagnostic systems
UK-Wakefield: IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support
UK-Oxford: Financial systems software development services
UK-London: Technical testing, analysis and consultancy services
UK-Wembley: Programming services of packaged software products
UK-Oxford: Local area network
UK-Grays: Project management consultancy services
UK-Nottingham: IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support
UK-Didcot: Internet services
UK-Hereford: Clinical information system
GB-Leicester: Supply/Maintenance of a Hosted Electronic System for Admin of Disclosure and Barring Service Checks (formerly Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) )
UK-Brighton And Hove: Data supply services
UK-London: External service providers for software applications: provision of resources for online analytical processing and reporting systems — EMA/2012/13/ICT
Redesign and development of Science Museum Visit Us section online
UK-Norwich: Architectural, construction, engineering and inspection services
UK-Preston: Radiators and boilers
PCH ATRIUM ALTERATIONS
UK-London: Cleaning products
NO-Bodø: Repair, maintenance and associated services related to roads and other equipment
UK-Wakefield: Waste and rubbish containers and bins
UK-Oldham: Building construction work
UK-Dukinfield: Scaffolding work
NO-Bergen: Metal roof-covering work
UK-Campbeltown: Repair, maintenance and associated services related to roads and other equipment
NO-Trøgstad: Excavating work
NO-Bergen: Tools
UK-Clowne: Doors
NO-Tana: Sludge removal services
Replacement Air-Cooled Chiller System

Belfast City Council Tenders are available at www.belfastcity.gov.uk/tenders


First Edition Publications

 

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The Department for Employment & Learning has introduced the new Youth Employment Scheme (YES)

What are the benefits to you, as employer:

You will get financial assistance to either provide the ideal candidate with work experience (£250), with a skills development programme (up to £750); or with an enhanced employer subsidy for giving the right person employment (£5,000 towards their salary).

As you know, the current financial climate makes it ever-more difficult for our youth to find employment and if you have any desire to fulfil a moral obligation to help the workforce of the future YES offers a cost-effective way of 'try before you buy' - ensuring you have the right candidate for any job opportunity that may arise.

The advantage for the Employment Service will be that the young person who volunteers for this opportunity is given some real work experience, gaining knowledge, skills and trialling specific job roles; and also you, as employer, will be able to provide a much-sought after reference at the end of the programme.

I can assure you there is no cost to you should things not work out; and because candidates are not under obligation to apply for these opportunities, you are more likely to meet the right person for the opportunity, someone who will fit into your team and enhance your workforce.

In order to provide you with further information on this a briefing session will be held in Townsend Enterprise Park Belfast on Wednesday 23rd January between 10 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. Staff will in available for you to drop in and have a chat with them .

If you are unable to make it on that date you contact Jacqueline Adamson directly by e-mail:
Jacqueline.adamson@delni.gov.uk

O’Kane Resourcing can now offer an extended range of services including the following:

Executive search & selection (includes technical positions)

Organisational executive outplacement and career support for individuals

Interim management solutions

Senior Electronics Engineer – Belfast
Senior Software Engineer - Belfast
Travel Co-Ordinator – Handle all in-house travel and related logistical requirements
Operations Manager Foodservice – Dublin
Head of Procurement – Food sector
Warehouse Manager – Dublin
Human Resources Manager - Manufacturing GB
Engineering Project Manager – Armagh
Mechanical Design Engineer – Antrim
Logistics Manager with HMRC Import / Export experience, Co. Down
Buyer – Antrim area
Manufacturing Engineer – Fibre Optic based in Dublin
Engineering Manager – Senior Management Position
Senior Product NPD Technologist – based in GB
Cost Accountant –Manufacturing Armagh
Business Unit (Production) Manager - Dungannon
Technical Manager – Mechanical engineering / manufacturing / R&D
Contracts Manager - Belfast
Sales Manager with German – Engineering £40k base plus excellent commission

Contact: Conor MacNamara
Partner
O’Kane Resourcing
M: 079 681 60122
T: 028 308 29707



OPPORTUNITY?

Catalan (Spanish) company specialised in developing IT solutions for processing visas and passports for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain has more than 20 years of experience in this field. The companys experience and knowledge enables it to lead complex projects with high technological value in cooperation with Public Institutions and large firms. Part of the companys R & D has been destinated to develop solutions that have been used to capture biometric passport issued by the EAC and EU visa under the VIS project. The company is looking for trade intermediaries (agents, representatives) and partners for joint-ventures or franchise in Europe, United States and Chile.The company also offers its services for subcontracting services. MORE INFORMATION HERE

SOCIAL MEDIA ESSENTIALS WORKSHOP
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH BILL McCARTNEY, NET4WISEOWLS
Northern Ireland’s only Official LinkedIn® EMEA Talent Solutions Partner
 
Thursday 14 January 2013
9.00am Registration & Coffee
9.30am - 1:00pm Workshop with Bill McCartney
Midtown Business Center, 21 Talbot Street, Belfast BT1 2LD
 
COST ONLY £79 + VAT - STRICTLY LIMITED TO 25 PARTICIPANT
FOR MORE INFORMATION & TO RESERVE YOUR PLACE, PLEASE CLICK HERE......
 
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Steve Jobs
 
Are you new to social media or still not sure which social media sites are best for you? In 2013 get back to the social media essentials and focus on fewer things done better.
 
Discover how to pick the one social media site that is best suited to your unique business needs. We have teamed up again with Bill McCartney, Northern Irelands top social media trainer. His workshops are legendary and he is Norothern Ireland’s only Official LinkedIn® EMEA Talent Solutions Partner. Check out Bill’s LinkedIn Profile http://ie.linkedin.com/in/net4wiseowls.

Sales Training

The process for converting suspects into prospects, prospects into leads, leads into customers is a process.

Can you perfect it?


See the video here

www.salesxcellence.co.uk


Reader's Digest UK, the staple of doctors’ waiting rooms, is facing administration

By Helia Ebrahimi - 04 Jan 2013
 
The company, founded in 1922, has seen the sales of books and CDs collapse since 2010, leading to a dramatic decline in its main catalogue business.

Better Capital, Mr Moulton’s listed private equity firm, is proposing creditors vote for a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) in order to stave off administration. The deal would see 95 of 125 staff lose their jobs. The CVA needs to be voted on by creditors, including printers and publishers. However, a CVA would allow Better Capital to rescue the 225,000-circulation magazine business, which has been more successful.

Nick Sanders, head of portfolio at Better Capital, said: “In the last two to three years the catalogue business has really moved against us because people just don’t buy hard copy books or CDs anymore. Given the traditional market for books has decreased so rapidly, the business has just become unsustainable. We have tried everything but it is not enough. We do believe that the magazine business can be profitable.”

Mr Sanders said that since Better Capital bought Reader’s Digest for £14m, the firm had invested £23m into the company. In 2010, Better Capital bought the UK division out of administration after its US parent refused to support the £120m pension fund liability.


Procurement Opportunity for Business Advisory Services

We are hosting an information session in the City Hall next week for businesses wanting to find out more about a procurement opportunity with Belfast City Council.

The event will inform companies including business advisory providers of a procurement opportunity relating to the council’s new Manufacturing Diversification Programme.

This is the first time the council will run the programme which is aimed at helping local manufacturers take advantage of new growth and emerging commercial opportunities. The programme is open to 45 small businesses in the Belfast City Council area.

To deliver the programme, the council will be inviting applications for inclusion on a select list of mentors in the following areas:
Ø Product development
Ø Technical support
Ø Supply chain support and development
Ø Intellectual property protection
Ø Trade development

The call for applications from interested parties to deliver this programme will open on Friday 18 January and close on Friday 1 February.

This event has been organised to inform businesses of the upcoming procurement opportunity.
Wednesday 16 January
9.30am-10.30am
Reception Hall, City Hall

This event is free to attend. However registration is essential as places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

The Manufacturing Diversification Programme is funded by Belfast City Council in partnership with Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland 2007-2013.

To register
If you wish to attend the information event, please RSVP to
economicdevelopment@belfastcity.gov.uk by Monday 14 January.

Selling to Belfast City Council
Every year we purchase approximately £55 million of goods and services, from paper supplies to new bin lorries or building work. All of our tenders are advertised online on the
e-sourcing portal.

If you are interested in tendering for this or any other business opportunity with Belfast City Council, you should register your company details with eSourcingNI at
www.e-sourcingni.bravosolution.co.uk

To find out more about future tendering opportunities visit www.belfastcity.gov.uk/tenders


We provide a range of programmes to help businesses in Belfast enhance their own competitiveness and growth potential. Find out more about our business programmes
Contact us
Economic Development Unit
Telephone: 028 9027 0482
Email:
economicdevelopment@belfastcity.gov.uk

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Are you.....

A Graduate entering the career/job market?
A School leaver entering the career/job market?
Are you a Job Changer?
Are you planning a Career change?
Are you aJob returner?
Are you affected by redundancy?


For us all, seeking employment and the opportunity to put newly, hard won qualifications in practice, is a serious business in a very competitive environment and while academic or vocational achievement is much sought after by employers, this is far from the whole story.

Increasingly, employers find it difficult to differentiate candidates on the grounds solely of academic achievement and this means that a well structured and appropriate CV is a must to get yourself into the frame and on the road to a career.Thereafter, performance at interview becomes the game changer.

And unfortunately, that’s where many excellent job applicants have difficulties – Our colleges and Universities excel at the academic side and while they do their best to embed the importance of a strong CV and an understanding of the interview process on their students, the effort fails in the face of more pressing priorities.


If you need help in this area, then contact Bernadette Hendron right away - she can help with personal coaching on how to present your CV and improve your interview skills. She can provide coaching on a one to one basis either office based or on-line via SKYPE.

Bernadette Hendron
 - Managing Director
Breakthrough Recruitment Ltd
02838 396 544
07970 875 039

www.breakthroughrecruitment.com



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ABOUT THIS PROGRAMME

The current economic downturn has affected us all to a greater or lesser extent. No one has been left untouched and while those involved in the construction sector have been probably the most affected, the impact has rippled far beyond that.

Many others have felt the cold breeze of recession recently and there is clear evidence that there are many who previously provided professional services to this sector, such as lawyers, architects, surveyors who have also been profoundly affected.

Cuts in the public sector are also contributing to an ever increasing group of professionals from all sorts of backgrounds who are competing for employment in a rapidly contracting economic environment.

Many are competing for jobs that they would never have considered previously and at a much reduced wage or salary. Many are also young people who do not have the buffer of an occupational pension but the common denominator across gender and age is that they all have a choice of five options:

Walk away and smell the coffee
Move elsewhere
Retrain for another skill
Complete for employment in another area at a reduced rate of reward
Consider self employment


The Professionals into Business Programme has been specifically developed to assist those former professionals who wish to pursue self employment as an option.


The programme will also include free business premises at Townsend Enterprise Park for a limited period.While the previous InvestNI “Go for It” programme was very successful, its main weakness was the one size fits all approach.

The five session basic training model does not fit all by any means and theProfessionals into Business Programme recognises and addresses this important shortfall. It is very difficult for even the most motivated aspirant to self employment to produce a detailed business plan after five short training sessions of three hours duration.

Townsend Enterprise Park Ltd has always fully supported business development initiatives which have the potential to create employment and prosperity.
Register your interest in this programme

                                                   
Kick off 2013 with Bizcamp Craigavon, a great Unconference for business people.
CIDO are delighted to be hosting Bizcamp Craigavon 2013, an exciting drop in Business Networking Event being held on Saturday 19th January 2013.

Bizcamp aims to provide a forum for entrepreneurs and business professionals to share experiences, network and discuss the latest developments in business, retail, technology and digital media.

The event, with a unique mixture of professional & peer speakers offers user generated content, provides a platform for innovating entrepreneurs, business people and techies to compare notes, brainstorm and collaborate.
When: Saturday 19th January 2013
Where: CIDO Innovation Centre
Time: 9am - 4pm ( Drop in)
Cost: Free!
To register: www.bizcampcraigavon.biz
For further information contact Karen Adamson on 02838 396520 or adamsonk@cido.co.uk
 
Running an Online Business
The CIDO "Running and Online Business Programme" will help you understand the basics of planning, implementing and measuring an online business.
The Programme will be run over two workshops
The next course will run on the following dates:
When: Friday 25th January and Friday 1st February
Where: CIDO Innovation Centre
Time: 10am - 12pm
This course is free to attend and is limited in numbers. To apply please contact Karen Adamson on 02838 369520 or
adamsonk@cido.co.uk

 

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