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Issue 337 - 2nd May 2016

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Exporting is GREAT aims to inspire and support 100,000 additional UK exporters to sell their goods and services overseas by 2020.

In support of the Exporting is GREAT campaign, the Export hub touring truck will visit Northern Ireland as part of it's UK tour.
The hub will visit:
  • 16 May - Titanic Slipways, Belfast
  • 17 May - The Lakeland Forum, Enniskillen
  • 18 May - Ebrington, Derry~Londonderry
  • 19 May - Junction One, Antrim
  • 20 May - The Outlet, Banbridge
Exporting is GREAT can provide advice and expertise to support businesses at every step on their exporting journey, from initial interest to selling in market.

Come along to our launch event to find out more about Exporting is GREAT and hear from successful local exporters.


Ulster University Business School Business Institute is delighted to invite you to a one day conference entitled ‘Perspectives on the creation and development of effective entrepreneurship ecosystems in Northern Ireland.’

Date: Thursday 16th June 2016
Venue: W5, SSE Arena
Time: 9:30am- 4:30pm
The Conference aim is to contribute to the development of the entrepreneurial capacity of Northern Ireland. It will seek to achieve this through the bringing together of key entrepreneurship stakeholders to examine ways in which the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Northern Ireland can be further developed.

Speakers include: Ulster University Business School, EY, Invest NI, LEDCOM plus International perspectives from Denmark and Sweden.

Workshops will focus on regional development, harnessing the power of the private sector, education and clusters development
Register for this free event here

Wedding season 2016 gifts and tax relief

27 Apr 16

With wedding season fast approaching, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) is reminding guests of the tax relief available if they choose to make a gift to a married couple.

Gifts to married couples or civil partners are exempt from inheritance tax (IHT) as long as the couple have a UK residence.

The tax relief available on wedding gifts varies depending on the relationship between the giver and the recipient. 

The following applies for wedding gifts:

  • each parent can give up to £5,000 tax free
  • grandparents can give up to £2,500 each
  • relatives and friends can give up to £1,000.

All gifts must be made on or before the date of the wedding ceremony.

Anita Monteith, technical tax Manager at ICAEW, said:

“With more and more couples living together before marriage, it is becoming increasingly common for newlyweds to request gifts of cash rather than more traditional gifts such as a kettle or toaster for their new home.  

“Whatever the gift, all or part of it will be exempt from IHT provided the gift is made on or shortly before the date of the wedding or civil partnership ceremony.”

This Facebook for Business workshop will help you grow your audience and reach more people using the largest global social media network.
Lisa McGarry is a Digital Media Consultant with over 15 years experience in the industry.  She founded the popular entertainment news website Unreality TV, which attracts more than 1.5 million readers every month.  During the workshop Lisa will cover:
▪    What are the benefits of Facebook
▪    Creating an optimised Facebook Page
▪    Facebook Pages – key functions
▪    Developing Content – what works best?
▪    Growing your Facebook community
▪    Advertising and Promoted Posts
▪    Facebook PR:  Events, PR, Competitions & Offers on Facebook
▪    Facebook Insights & Metrics
▪    Managing risk on social media
▪    Integrating Facebook with your digital media strategy
▪    Case Studies:  Best practice use of Facebook from your sector
When:       Wednesday 18th May 2016
Where:      CIDO Innovation Centre, 73 Charlestown Road, Portadown. 
Time:        10.00am – 12.00pm  (Tea/Coffee  provided)
Cost:         FREE
Contact:    Kirsty Watson/Allyson Morrow  - By phone: +44 (0) 28 3839 6520
e-mail:  or


New international partnership opportunities

Brought to you by the Enterprise Europe Network, we can put you in touch with these businesses and help you promote your own partnering requirements in Europe too.

A Croatian producer of strawberries,raspberries and fruit wine seeks distributors and joint venture partners


A Croatian producer of fresh fruit -- strawberries and raspberries, as well as wine that is made of those fruits, is looking for distributors and partners for joint venture.

Romanian dairy producer is looking for distributors and/or representatives abroad of cheese, mozzarella, sour cream, butter


Located in Transylvania, a Romanian company with tradition in the field of dairy and cheese making is specialized in producing various assortments of cheese, mozzarella, sour cream, butter, etc. The company is interested in promoting and selling its products abroad and therefore it is looking for trade intermediary services under distribution services agreement.

A Polish company specialized in confection and production of cereal products looks for intermediary services and offers company's shares


A Polish company specialized in confection and production of cereal products is looking for new markets for their products so it is interested in finding distributors/agents/representatives. The company is also offering acquisition agreement (sale company’s shares) and is interested in commercial agency agreement.

A Dutch producer / distributor of food product concepts seeks (biological) healthy snacks for on the go, events, catering, foodservice, canteens and offers distribution agreements


The Dutch SME is active in the high quality food sector. They are interested in contacts with potential partners who can produce (biological) healthy food products (ambient/frozen) which perfectly match with snack moments. The Dutch company is in the position to negotiate different kinds of commercial distribution agreements.

A French company manufacturing and distributing organic baby food is looking for trade intermediaries: importers, distributors, agents or retailers, in order to develop its presence abroad.


A French company manufacturing and distributing organic food for babies is looking for trade intermediaries in the EU as well as in third countries including the USA, Canada, China, South Korea, Japan, Brazil, and Russia, among others.

A French brewery specialised in the production and marketing of specialty beer is looking for agents, distributors and importers to develop its activity abroad.


A French manufacturer of specialty beer is looking for agents, distributors and importers to develop its activity abroad. The brewery proposes a wide range of products including strong beers, seasonal, non-alcoholic or organic beers.

Romanian wine producer is looking for distributors on European markets.


The exceptional natural environment of its vineyards, combined with the skills of its wine growers and the craftsmanship of its winemakers, was the success recipe for turning this company into one of the most prestigious wine producers in Transylvania. Wine distributors and retailers across Europe are invited to enrich their wine portfolio by adding this taste of Transylvania to their offer, a distribution service agreement is sought.

Bulgarian company, producer of traditional dairy products is looking for distributors


Bulgarian milk-manufacturing company produces traditional Bulgarian yoghurt as well as various types of fruit flavoured yoghurt. It is specialized in the production of white Bulgarian cheese, yellow cheese, butter, cream and other milk delicacies. That is why they are not only delicious but also very wholesome when it comes to stomach problems or weakened immunity. The company needs distributors and dealers to offer its products abroad.

French manufacturer of sweet and salty specialty pastry products looking for trade intermediaries and offering to develop new products for clients.


A French manufacturer of sweet and salty specialty pastry products is interested in establishing distribution services or commercial agency agreements with trade intermediary partners, including retailers. It can also adapt existing products or develop new products for its clients under a manufacturing or a subcontracting agreement.

A French manufacturer of waffles looking for distributors


A French manufacturer of sweet and salty waffle products is interested in establishing distribution services agreements with trade intermediary partners, including retailers.

Maltese manufacturer of sauces, dips and delicatessen seeks trade intermediaries in Belgium, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece and the UK


A Maltese food manufacturer of various sauces, dips and delicatessen, is looking for agents and/or distributors, to promote and supply the company's products to various types of food retail outlets, such as corner-stores and supermarkets. Agents and/or distributors are sought in Belgium, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece and the UK. Private label production is also offered to other food manufacturers requiring complementary products.

Italian wholesaler and retailer of typical gastronomic specialties (also for vegan consumer) is looking for trading and distribution partners


An Italian, e-commerce based, company operating in wholesale and retail selling of Sicilian typical gastronomic products offers specialities (also for vegan consumers) from the most southern and Mediterranean region of Italy. It is now looking for reliable wholesalers, agents and distributors in all European countries. Commercial agency or distribution services agreement is sought. Also, the company is interested in joint venture.

An Italian company, producer of sweet and savory products, is looking for new importers in Austria, Germany and Denmark


The italian company is a producer of sweet and savory products such as shortbread, yeast and puff pastry, breadsticks, crackers and croutons. The company is looking for new importers (large scale retailers) in Austria, Germany, Denmark.

Italian producer of alcohol-free premium drinks is looking for distributors and retailers.


Italian company, which has developed a new method of production of alcohol-free drinks, is looking for distributors with experience in food and beverage sectors in order to expand its business abroad. The company produces three different premium drinks: Aromatic Sparkling Cuvée, alcohol-free vodka and gin flavoured drinks. The company is looking for distribution agreement.

French company offers organic beverages for distribution or commercial agency agreement.


French start-up that created 100% organic beverages, is looking for sales agents and distributors in Europe.

Icelandic SME that offers collagen skincare products and supplements from 100% pure marine collagen from wild Icelandic fish


An Icelandic SME that produces collagen skincare products and food supplement from 100% pure marine collagen from wild Icelandic fish is looking for distributors. The skincare products help maintain skin elasticity and researches have shown that consumption of hydrolysed collagen can help reduce pain in joints and decrease wrinkles and fine lines. The company is looking for distribution- and/or commercial agreement with businesses that have established market presence.

New Dutch cheese snack is looking for distributors/agents in and outside Europe


A company in the Netherlands is producing a unique and innovative snack, made of 100% cheese. The cheese snack is made from freshly 100% Gouda cheese, in a traditional way, without additives. Unique is the production process: the cheese is cut, dried and popped. New in its assortment is their crispy grated cheese, made from Cheddar, Gouda and Emmental cheese. The company seeks distributors and/or sales agents for countries worldwide.

Distributors and agents of award-winning fine Douro wines are sought by Portuguese wine producer


A Portuguese company located in Oporto and owning a property of old and new vineyards in the Douro region - one of the best terroirs in the world - has been producing, since 2008, a portfolio of award-winning red and white Douro wines, placed in the market at very competitive prices. Wine distributors / agents from all over the world are sought to conclude either distribution or commercial agency agreements.

A well-established Polish producer and buyer of dairy products is looking for producers and exporters


A company from Western Poland, a producer and distributor of dairy products is looking for producers and exporters of such products as milk products, powdered milk products, Anhydrous Milk Fat – AMF, cheese, milk and whey proteins, casein and caseinates. The company keeps widening the offered range of products and enlarging the list of cooperation partners.

A Spanish company specialized in shellfish and octopus is looking for importers and distributors of frozen food


A Spanish company specialized in cooking, processing and packaging all types of seafood (mainly shellfish and octopus) is looking for distributors of frozen food. The company imports high quality products and give them the added value of 20 years experience in working with shrimp, octopus and jumbo squid.

A Portuguese company manufacturing traditional jams, is looking for distributors.


A small Portuguese company, based in the south of Portugal, in the Alentejo region, in the small village of Aljustrel, working in the field of processing and preserving of fruit is looking for commercial and distribution agreements for their products.


Each week Nick O' Shiel, Chief Executive, Omagh Enterprise Company, blogs on issues related to enterprise, technology and the economy. This week Nick asks if today’s pensioners are the lucky ones.

Society is growing older as people live longer and enjoy extended periods of retirement. Those still working feel the effects as health care and other costs spiral and are paid for through taxation. But will such issues cause friction between pensioners and workers?

An ageing population
Demographics examine how the structure of the population changes and although it is a subject seldom in the limelight it has never been more important.

The population profile has changed in recent decades from one dominated by young people to one increasingly populated by older and elderly people.

The economy as a result is different and governments and politicians are mindful of the effects on how people live and work and even choose to die.

A number of other important shifts have also taken place: wages in many areas have fallen, private sector trade union membership has dropped, inequality within populations has risen, and interest rates have fallen to historic lows.

As a result change is everywhere and everything is in flux as the number of people in work relative to those retired or about to retire drops to worrisome levels.

The capacity of a shrinking workforce to pay for a rising and retired cohort of older people with associated medical, social care, housing and pension costs is in question.

And the consequences of such upheaval for a group of people more active than any previous generation have yet to be considered or calculated.

A changing environment
Such demographic swings are significant as they have the economic potential to affect inflation, interest rates and the inequality trends of recent decades.

Inflation may climb as additional demand is placed on service provision in health and other areas leading to increased taxation for those in work.

Interest rates may increase as employment levels rise to prompt a reversal of the low interest anomaly of recent years.

Equality may increase as full employment causes wages to surge as the economy expands and rewards greater numbers of people.   

The extent of the changes depend on how older people adapt and whether or not they choose to work longer or retire to avail of their hard earned rewards.

They may, for instance, choose to extend their working life as the costs of longevity sting and sway decisions about whether or not to embrace retirement.

Government and its inclination to tackle a niche of vocal voters used to getting their own way will also play a role, as it mulls how to lift the age of retirement and reduce health and pension benefits.

But the greatest influence will be the slow burn of demographics as it works its way into the economy and our everyday lives.

SO, today’s pensioners are the lucky few, as the next generation will have to work for longer for less while picking up the bill.

Each week Nick O' Shiel, Chief Executive, Omagh Enterprise Company, blogs on issues related to enterprise, technology and the economy. This week Nick asks if you can survive in the new economy.

The global econom

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

Stockman's Lane in the mid 60s....
Kabosh is going out to tender for consultancy services to undertake a review of the Kabosh business model which will make the company more efficient, resilient and sustainable.

To review the current business model, business plan and strategic plan and present strategic suggestions and ideas for the future.

Meet with existing staff members, board members and other key stakeholders for further input.

Review the fundraising strategy in place, alongside the existing business model, and identify suitable core funders going forward.

Create an updated business plan incorporating new strategic, organisational and fundraising aims.

Kabosh is a Belfast-based independent theatre company, founded in 1994.

The company employs three full-time members of staff and over 100 freelance staff each year. The annual total income for the company ranges between £200k and £300k.

Beyond creating theatre purely with artistic intent Kabosh creates work for tourism providers, post-conflict community groups and businesses.

For more information on past and current projects please visit our website where you will also find links to the company Facebook and twitter pages.

More details from:
Dominic Montague
Project Facilitator
Imperial Buildings
72 High Street, Belfast BT1 2BE
+44 (0) 28 9024 3343

Start by doing enterprise initiative: Activate workshop
Tuesday 17 May, 6pm – 9pm
City East Business Centre,
68-72 Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 1GW

Activate is a business-based workshop designed to help you develop a mini business plan. This workshop is aimed at individuals who have a specific and definitive business idea.
During the session you will:
  • develop a mini business plan using a business model canvas
  • gain a better insight into how you understand both your customers and your competitors
  • learn how to tailor your product to suit your target markets
  • learn about various legal implications that may affect your business
  • conduct business resource planning
This workshop is open to individuals who are based in the Belfast City Council area.
To register to attend this workshop please complete the following
registration form.
For more information please contact Economic Development at or 028 9027 0482.


New Business Community Kickstarts a New Funding Campaign

Belfast business community WabiSabi is opening a new coworking space in September 2016.

It will be a place where entrepreneurs, freelancers, consultants, microbusiness and SME owners can work, meet with each other and clients in a professional, productive environment.

They will launch a crowdfunding campaign very soon on Kickstarter.

Read more about it here:

Gary Anderson in conversation with Professor Paul Moore

Ulster University is delighted to present a Life Stories event with renowned Formula One car designer and commentator, Gary Anderson.  A Coleraine native and Honorary Graduate of the University, Gary has spent his life working in motorsports.

In 1990, Gary was asked by Eddie Jordan to join Jordan Grand Prix car helping it achieve its first podium position in the 1994 Pacific Grand Prix.  Gary subsequently joined the Stewart team, designing the winning car for the 1999 European Grand Prix.

Since 2003 Gary has been in semi-retirement, working as a consultant to Dallara and as a commentator on motorsports.

Life Stories is a series of interviews with prominent Ulster University graduates and honorary graduates who have excelled in their chosen career.

Life Stories with Gary Anderson is supported by the Development and Alumni Relations Office and the Riverside Theatre. Please note reservations are required for this free event.

To reserve a seat:

Monday May 9 at 7pm
Room U123, U Block
Ulster University
Coleraine campus

Health and Safety Practice

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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.

104848 - - Provision of Managed Print Services to DDLETB Schools and Centres
Publication date:  28-04-2016
Response deadline:  10-06-2016 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 2. Open Procedure (OJEU)
Description: This tender concerns the Supply, Installation & Commissioning of Multi-Function Devices (MFDs) - Print, Copy, Scan, Finishing; On-going support, management and servicing of the MFD’s provided under this contract for the life of this contract; Supply and management of all consumables, excluding paper; Floor servicing of the MFD’s supplied through the presence of an onsite maintenance and support technician; Print Management software solution for the control of print across all devices installed at local level; Provide Swipe Card Reader for each device.
Buyer: Dublin & Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board

104866 - - RFT for a Foodworks Panel of Business Advisors
Publication date:  28-04-2016
Response deadline:  20-05-2016 14:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: This public procurement competition relates to Teagasc requesting tenders from suitably experienced and qualified service providers to provide a Food Works Panel of Business Advisors.
Buyer: Teagasc

104873 - SAS Tech Support and Maintenance - Request for Tender for SAS Technical Support and Maintenance
Publication date:  28-04-2016
Response deadline:  20-05-2016 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Request for Tender for SAS Technical Support and Maintenance
Buyer: Central Statistics Office
104861 - TSEP16 - Tullamore Street Enhancement Project
Publication date:  27-04-2016
Response deadline:  09-06-2016 16:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: This project is to rejuvenate and redevelop the public realm of the retail core of Tullamore town. The proposal includes undergrounding cables, new paving, lighting, street furniture, planting, new layout of public areas including wider footpaths and increasing pedestrian priority within O’Connor Square and on High Street. The project also includes provision for a new pedestrian bridge and walkway to link the modern Millennium Square with the historic and retail core of the town. This document contains the design brief for the consultant team to be appointed.
Buyer: Offaly County Council

104855 - Clerical Officer online tests - PAS is looking for a supplier of for online tests for the clerical officer role
Publication date:  27-04-2016
Response deadline:  20-05-2016 17:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: PAS is looking for a supplier of for online tests for the clerical officer role
Buyer: Public Appointments Service

104814 - ET1602 - Provision Of Public Relations Services To The Road Safety Authority
Publication date:  26-04-2016
Response deadline:  27-05-2016 16:00   Irish time
Procedure: Restricted Procedure (OJEU)
Description: This public procurement competition is for the Provision of Public Relations Services to the Road Safety Authority. The expected term of the Contract will be for an initial period of four years. The successful agency will be required to develop public relations solutions to support the requirements of the RSA. Candidates should have a strong understanding of the RSA’s functions, road safety campaigns, possess expertise in the areas of media relations, event management, writing, media training, corporate PR, internal communications, social media management, video production, public consultation / stakeholder relations, research, sponsorship and crisis management. An understanding of the psychology techniques in social marketing would also be useful. The Contract is intended to comprise, but is not limited to, the following Services: a. Public Relations services; b. Media Relations; c. Event Management; d. Public Consultation; e. Crisis Management, f. Sourcing Sponsorship; g. Social Media Support and Management; h. Stakeholder Relations; i. Media / Presentation Skills Training, j. Research; k. Writing / Proof-reading; l. Corporate PR / Internal Communications,; and m. Video production (VOD & Short Form Content). Candidates should be familiar with the road safety campaigns implemented by the RSA to date.
Buyer: Road Safety Authority (RSA)

104791 - NAMA/Asset Search - For appointment to a panel for the provision of Asset Search/Credit Verification Services to the National Asset Management Agency
Publication date:  26-04-2016
Response deadline:  08-06-2016 16:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: This is a call for competition to tenderers for the establishment of a suitable panel of asset search/credit verification providers for NAMA. A complete scope of services can be found in the attached Request for Proposals document.
Buyer: National Asset Management Agency (NAMA)

104835 - RFT Development of ICT Strategy - RFT for the Provision of the Development of a Three Year ICT Strategy to the Irish Human Right and Equality Commission and associated ICT Consultancy Services
Publication date:  26-04-2016
Response deadline:  23-05-2016 17:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: RFT for the Provision of the Development of a Three Year ICT Strategy to the Irish Human Right and Equality Commission and associated ICT Consultancy Services
Buyer: Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission
104786 - HSE 6768 - P3M3 Maturity Assessment
Publication date:  25-04-2016
Response deadline:  16-05-2016 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: The HSE invites tenders for the supply of an Axelos accredited Portfolio, Programme and Project Maturity (P3M3) full diagnostic assessment. The organisational scope is the Office of the Chief Information Officer.
Buyer: Health Service Executive (HSE)

104730 - 2016/11 - Provision of stand build services for Ireland Pavilion at the Farnborough Air Show
Publication date:  25-04-2016
Response deadline:  16-05-2016 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Enterprise Ireland wishes to enter into a contract with a suitably qualified single supplier for the provision of exhibition build services for the construction, installation and dismantle of the Ireland Pavilion at the Farnborough Air Show which will take place from 11 – 17 July 2016 at the Farnborough International Limited Show Centre Hampshire in the United Kingdom.
Buyer: Enterprise Ireland

104796 - UCCAL 2016/002 - UCCAL, a 100% owned subsidiary of University College Cork (“UCC”), wishes to appoint a service provider to provide Accounting and Payroll Services.
Publication date:  25-04-2016
Response deadline:  09-05-2016 17:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: UCCAL is a wholly owned subsidiary of UCC. It is a start-up, not-for-profit company which has been incorporated to promote the interests and strategic aims of UCC.UCC Academy has been in operation for over 2 years and currently has operations in Ireland, New York, Delhi and Shanghai. Turnover in the 12 months to 30th September 2015 was c. €1m, and expenditure €1.3m. Staff costs comprise 70% of expenditure and it currently has 29 staff on contracts ranging from 3 weeks to 3 years. This invitation to tender is comprised two lots, Lot 1 Accounting Services and Lot 2 Payroll services. Tenderers can submit proposals for one or both lots. • The Invitation to Tender is on the basis that the appointment of a service provider will be for a period of three years (the “Term”), subject to general conditions of contract. The contract may be extended by two periods of 12 months.
Buyer: UCC Academy Ltd

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