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Issue 374 - 6th March 2017
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From Liam Hannaway, Chief Executive
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council

This is a quick reminder if you haven't already done so to please click on the link below and complete a survey of how the local business community feels about Brexit and its impact on the local economy. We want to to determine the nature and extent of the challenges facing businesses in this area, so that these can be brought to the attention of government.

This is your opportunity to contribute directly to this historic debate and make your voice heard. We estimate that the survey will take 5-10 minutes to complete.
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Business leaders are becoming increasingly aware of the critical need to evolve their organisations, considering significant digital innovations within the arenas of cloud, data, analytics, security, mobile, social media and financial technologies. What This pioneering programme, accredited by Ulster University, will provide you with an understanding of both the emerging challenges and the significant opportunities presented by digital technology. This unique programme will blend academic thinking with some of the sharpest and most successful strategic business minds who will share their thoughts and experiences directly with participants.

Harnessing Digital Disruption

Find out what opportunities digital technology creates and discover how to harness emerging solutions that improve efficiency for your organisation.

This programme will provide you with the knowledge to transition your organisation, harnessing digital technology in a manner that keeps up with the revolutionary pace of change.

Delivering Strategically

You will explore how a versatile strategy takes account of the evolving digital landscape and how it can be applied to improve the organisational performance. You will also consider your current company strategy and explore how new, emerging technologies can align with, and deliver significant gains in growth and value from existing models and resources.

Leading with Purpose

For decades, businesses have been adopting digital technology to drive efficiency, reduce complexity, improve products and services and develop new business models. But the recent pace of technological change is unprecedented and presents huge challenge and opportunity.

Understand how to lead a diverse & mobile workforce by utilising tech enabled management tools to coordinate and control every aspect of your organisation.

Contact us for more information:
Steve Pollard Course Director T: 028 9036 6572 M: 077 1071 7161

Click on a link below to view some of our programme details: 
Featured Programmes for Leaders and Managers:  CPD for Your Entire Team Leadership and Management Quality, First Aid and Health & Safety Sector-specific Programmes
 Programmes for all Levels To reserve your place on any of the programmes above, please register online, call Fiona on 02890 447655 or email her using
Each week Nick O' Shiel, Chief Executive, Omagh Enterprise Company, blogs on issues related to enterprise, technology and the economy. This week Nick asks where all the jobs come from.
Technology in all its forms has been replacing jobs in the workplace for centuries. But employment is rising as more people find work. What is happening?

The age of machines
Computers and other machines have traditionally led to a demand for more people in manufacturing and other sectors. It happened as automation engulfed the factory floor and the farmyard to replace industrial and agricultural duties.

Countless inventions have fruitfully swamped the workplace to carry out tasks previously done by humans yet the demand for workers has grown. Jobs have been replaced by technology for an age and people adapted to new and different demands by developing new and different skills.

Entrepreneurs will always innovate and invent products and services that require more recruits. The problem is the changing nature of work and the quality of jobs flooding today’s workplace.

At one end of the spectrum are well-paid jobs offering attractive perks and benefits; at the other end are poorly paid jobs that offer little. The first style of job comes with a sense of inclusion and the expectation of a long and rewarding career; the second comes with the promise of little and the hope of less.

It offers low pay, little security, scant hours, endless frustration and a never-ending game of trying to catch up with a world that is simply moving too far and too fast. 

In the meantime, millions of middle level jobs that sustained families and communities over generations are disappearing, as computers replace them beyond rescue.

The age of people
Similar scenarios have happened in the past as employees migrated to more rewarding occupations and easier lifestyles.

And it is happening again but in a different way as people struggle with an uncertain transition to a world of machines that are now thinking for themselves.

In the past, education was used to absorb those threatened by technology as people reacted to such personal and societal upheaval. But on this occasion different thinking is required to address the traipse of technology as it grows to a scale and intensity previously unknown.

Many of today’s jobs were unimaginable only a decade ago and the jobs of our daughters and sons are similarly beyond imagination.

New ideas, new products, new services, new ways of doing things will create work in areas of activity that don’t yet exist.
Humans have always yearned for change and such yearning improves our ability to conjure a better life.

But the battle between man and machine will persist and the only solution is to reconcile what we create with how we manage.

So, technology has always created and destroyed jobs in unequal measure but finding the right balance will be crucial in the future.

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



5 ways to improve your teaching workshop

Teachers, Trainers and Lecturers
Join us for an afternoon event to explore the immense potential of mobile and digital learning!

How will you benefit?
  •  Learn intuitive powerful tools for engaging students.
  •  Hear about the latest innovations in teaching methods and pedagogy.
  •  Improve your digital literacy enormously.
  •  Experience fantastic new collaboration tools.
Who needs to attend?
This event will be highly valuable for anyone involved in teaching/ training in vocational, adult and higher education or who works with external collaborators.

Who are we?
We are MODERN (The Mobile & Digital E-learning project). We aim to:
  • Provide educators with a convenient and highly usable audit of the most innovative mobile learning tools available today.
  • Offer clear guidelines on which tool offers the best solution to achieving pedagogical objectives.
  • Educate educators on innovative teaching methods and practices. 

Romanian company, specialised in web solutions and mobile applications development is interested in establishing cooperation in the form of subcontracting and outsourcing agreement

Romanian software development company focused on development of custom software that is specifically designed for client’s particular requirements and needs. The company has a strong experience in developing enterprise software, web, mobile and embedded solutions using various technologies. The company offers outsourcing activities to companies needing software development services and is looking for collaboration with other companies in the IT sphere as a subcontractor.

Manufacture of industrial valves for oil, gas, energy and processing industries.

A Russian company, specialized in the production of industrial valves and accessories for chemical, oil, gas and other industries, steel mills, thermal and nuclear power plant, is looking for trade representatives under commercial agency agreement and distributors under distribution services agreement as well in EU-countries for long-term cooperation.

Slovenian company developed an electro antifouling device to prevent the fouling of the marine algae (seaweed) and is looking for joint venture partners

A Slovenian company has developed electro antifouling device to prevent the fouling of the marine algae (seaweed) on the underwater parts of a vessels, floating fenders or lighting signs. The company is looking for a joint venture partner to start the production and to put the product in the EU and world markets.

Solution for Integrated Healthcare IT needs/ Health Care Information Management Systems

An Italian company, leader in ICT solution for healthcare information systems, web applications and e- government solutions for government agencies, has developed an innovative software able to satisfy all the organizational and medical care needs of neonatology wards, managing patient’s entire care pathway. The software can assess efficiency, audit and evaluate care activities and specialized care protocols. The company seeks commercial agreements.

Earplugs are offered for distributors of pharmaceutical and drugstore products

A Polish production company manufactures earplugs. They are looking for companies which distribute pharmaceutical and drugstore products.

Ready-to-use colloidal solutions of nanoparticles (silver, gold, copper) in various concentrations of the metal component depending on customer requirements

A Polish company from Lower Silesia, very active in the chemistry sector, offers ready-to-use colloidal solutions of nanoparticles (silver, gold, cooper) in various concentrations of the metal component, depending on individual customer requirements. Possible form of cooperation - commercial agreement

Taiwanese manufacturer of PCBs, capable of large-scale production, seeks partners

A Taiwanese professional printed circuit board (PCB) company has more than 10 years of experience in the industry. They have been supplying the USA market for the past 10 years and the majority of their partners are from North America and Europe. They are currently looking for new partnerships from Europe who require a PCB manufacturer.

A Russian manufacturer of working clothes and tourist equipment is looking for partners under distribution services agreement.

A Russian company from the Krasnoyarsk region, specialized in the production of down clothes, tourist equipment (tents, sleeping bags, jackets, hats, mittens, socks) and working clothes (waterproof and water-repellent gear for fishing, hunting, mountaineering and etc.) from eco-friendly and natural materials, is looking for partners to conclude a distribution services agreement.

Austrian company is looking for a general distribution partner for its food supplements

An Austrian company specialised in hypoallergenic food supplements and additional cosmetics is looking for a general distribution partner with very good contacts to the target groups (doctors, pharmacists as well as people who work in the area of health).

Russian manufacturer of thermal equipment seeks distributors or agents

A Russian company producing a range of thermal equipment such as fan heaters, air curtains, infra-red heaters and electric convectors is looking for partners in other countries under commercial agency or distribution services agreements.

Finnish company turning ordinary spaces into interactive experiences is looking for event and experience producers

A Finnish company has developed an innovative and cost-effective way to turn any ordinary space into an interactive experience. The company's solutions are ideal for events, exhibitions, installations and public displays. The company is looking for event and experience producers that would take the company's solutions in use, providing an innovative and interactive experiences to their customers. The cooperation would be in the form of services or subcontracting agreement.

Portuguese company specialized in fixing systems seeks distributors

Portuguese company active in the area of fixing and assembly systems, for all kinds of industry and trade, in compliance with the most strict quality criteria is looking for partners to distribute and represent their products.

Romanian label manufacturer is offering to collaborate as a subcontractor or under a manufacturing agreement

The Romanian manufacturer produces roll labels for almost any industry such as: food, automotive, textiles, heavy industry, retail. They use different matrixes, they print both on paper and on different synthetic materials (PET-Polyethylene terephthalate, PP-Polypropylene, PE - polyester). The company is offering to produce labels under manufacturing agreement. As a subcontractor the company is able to produce customized labels on request for different industries that need labelling.

A Bulgarian manufacturer of upholstered and modular furniture is looking for distribution, manufacturing or commercial agency agreement

A Bulgarian company, specialised in manufacturing of upholstered and modular furniture, is looking for new partners within the EU market. The company has its own store and brand, but works also on individual projects. The factories are equipped with advanced CNC centers, edging machines and saws. The most desirable forms of cooperation are: distribution, manufacturing or commercial agency agreement.

French interior designer and furniture manufacturer specialised in connected furniture looking for partners

A French interior designer and furniture manufacturer with expertise in smart home projects offers its products and services to partners with complementary activities. It is interested in working under a manufacturing, a services, a subcontracting, a reciprocal production or an outsourcing agreement with partners. It is also interested in joint-venture opportunities.

Bulgarian company of premium nuts is looking for distributors or agents to expand its business in EU countries

Bulgarian family-run company is specialized in processing and trade with different types of roasted, fried and raw nuts, dried fruits and muesli bars, produced using various techniques. The company expects a long-term partnership and seeks to establish agreements with distributors or agents for its high-quality products with the aim of expanding to other EU countries.

Bulgarian company, offering audits, consultations and solutions in the energy efficiency field, is looking for new partners.

Bulgarian company specialized in preliminary studies, consultations and development of solutions in the field of energy efficiency, is looking for new reliable European partners in order to further develop its business. Joint venture or services agreement is the most desirable form of cooperation but other types of agreements could also be discussed.

A Lithuanian company specialized in manufacturing of ship accommodation furniture is looking for subcontracting, services or manufacturing agreements in foreign countries.

A Lithuanian company specialized in manufacturing of ship accommodation furniture and interior details is looking for services or manufacturing agreements and also can act as a subcontractor and produce required furniture and goods under the subcontracting agreement according the drawings and specification of the partner. Also, the company is interested in cooperation with reliable representative (trade intermediary).

Turkish steel casting company is offering its service as a subcontractor.

A Turkish company specialized in steel casting for general machinery, mining, construction, cement, incineration, marine and dredging industries is offering its service as a subcontractor.

Hungarian water treatment company is looking for system building works

A Hungarian company specialized in water treatment systems from design to putting into operation and maintenance is looking for subcontracting or service agreement.

Romanian manufacturer of video information collection systems is looking for distributors

The Romanian company is an private owned stock company founded in 2000 in the field of optoelectronics. The proposed product removes the shortcomings of the current video systems concerning the size of the visual field covered by a single sensor. The current video sensors cannot cover a field of view of 360 degrees, that’s why it is necessary at least 4 sensors that involves the transmission element of 4 streams. The company is looking for distributors on external markets.

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.

115088 - NUIG/CON434/17 - Single Party Framework for Manufacture of percutaneous carotid artery access and closure device prototypes
Publication date:  03-03-2017
Response deadline:  21-03-2017 10:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: This tender relates to an early stage medical device project being executed in the School of Medicine, National University of Galway. The project is funded by Enterprise Ireland, leveraging funding from the European Strategic Investment Fund, the European Regional Development Fund and Enterprise Ireland. The goals of the project are to deliver advanced prototypes and execute early pre-clinical work to technically de-risk the product development process.
Buyer: National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway)

115062 - FITpanel - Panel of Training Experts
Publication date:  03-03-2017
Response deadline:  19-03-2017 00:30   Irish time
Procedure: Restricted Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: The objective of this request for tender (RFT) is to establish a panel of qualified Trainers / Lecturers with expertise in one or more of the following: Manufacturing, Software Development, Systems & Networks, Cyber Security and Data Analytics/Big Data. Applicants should have extensive experience in assessment and be familiar with City & Guilds ICT awards, QQI ICT common awards and vendor/industry awards. Selection will be on the basis of demonstrated capacity to carry out assessment, external evaluation tasks, creation of assessments and tutor evaluation. Other tasks may be allocated to panel members related to their knowledge and expertise. It is important to note that experts included on this panel are not guaranteed a contract.
Buyer: Fast Track Into Information Technology Ltd.
115074 - 2017PR146 - Request for Tenders (RFT) for the provision of Legal Services under the laws of England and Wales and the laws of Scotland to the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA)
Publication date:  02-03-2017
Response deadline:  16-03-2017 16:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: The National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) as controller and manager of the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) is seeking tenders for the provision of Legal Services under the laws of England and Wales and the laws of Scotland.
Buyer: National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA)

115084 - - The Provision of High Quality Managed Irish Translation Services
Publication date:  02-03-2017
Response deadline:  23-03-2017 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: The Office of the Revenue Commissioners invites tenders from economic operators for the provision of a high quality Managed Irish Language Translation Service for the translation of approximately 600,000 (600K) words from English to Irish as part of its major website redesign project.
Buyer: Office of the Revenue Commissioners

115064 - 17P012 - Audience Selection Panel
Publication date:  02-03-2017
Response deadline:  16-03-2017 13:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: RTÉ is seeking to set up a list of suppliers (Panle) to undertake the selection and assembly of representative audiences for live programmes to be aired during General Election and Presidential Election campaigns and any other Programmes relating to Political affairs.
Buyer: Raidió Teilifís Éireann ( RTÉ )

114985 - ITT17-005 - Marquee Hire
Publication date:  01-03-2017
Response deadline:  22-03-2017 15:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: A requirement exists for a single supplier framework for Marquee Hire Services 2017-2019. Drawdown of services for marquee hire will be on an event requirement basis. It is anticipated that Services will be procured as a requirement arises through over the 2 year framework period. Minimum Service Requirement: Fabric Sided marquees of sizes: 6m x 3m marquee with floor, 3m x 3m marquee with floor, Carpeting per square metre. Full details are available in the attached Invitation to Tender document.
Buyer: Marine Institute

114861 - Co-In/03/2017 - Recruitment of SMEs onto the Co-Innovate Programme in the Border Counties of the Republic of Ireland
Publication date:  01-03-2017
Response deadline:  31-03-2017 14:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: The services of consultant/s are sought to recruit SMEs onto Strand 1 of the Co-Innovate Programme in the following counties - Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan, Monaghan and Louth on behalf of the Local Enterprise Offices within these counties. Strand 1 is crucial to the success of the programme as a whole as a high percentage of SMEs must be capable of availing of supports within other strands of the programme. The tender consists of six independent parts. Each part covers one of the following border counties of Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan, Monaghan and Louth. Tenderers may submit a tender for one or more of the parts, but each part requires a separate tender submission.
Buyer: InterTradeIreland

114986 - ITT17-006 - Event Services
Publication date:  01-03-2017
Response deadline:  22-03-2017 15:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: A requirement exists for a panel of suppliers to be included in a Multi Supplier framework of Services for SeaFest, Galway. There are 16 Lots in the Framework. Tendering companies can apply for as many Lots that they can fulfil. Each Lot will be evaluated separately. Lots 1. Security 2. Bus Hire 3. Design & Print 4. Fire extinguishers 5. Barriers 6. Generators 7. Electricians/electrical services 8. Lights and equipment hire 9. Cleaning 10. Waste Removal 11. Portaloo’s/Toilets 12. Staging 13. Merchandising 14. Screens 15. Furniture 16. Flags Full details are available in the attached Invitation to Tender document
Buyer: Marine Institute
114758 - 2017-021 - Management Development - 360 Development Programme
Publication date:  28-02-2017
Response deadline:  14-03-2017 16:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: HIQA Executive Team and Senior Managers have completed 360 Development Programme. We are seeking to extend this development to include an additional group of c.25 Line Managers & Team Managers. This Learning & Development Programme will be supported internally by Corporate Learning & Development Specialist.
Buyer: Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA)

114806 - 2017/03 - Provision of Design Services
Publication date:  27-02-2017
Response deadline:  28-03-2017 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 2. Open Procedure (OJEU)
Description: This is a contract for the provision of Design services and the overall scope of the contract will be to provide the following design services to the FSAI: • Brand strategy development • Communications design • Digital/online media design services • Management of corporate identity • Design services for printed material Please refer to the attached Request for Tender (RFT) document for detailed information.
Buyer: Food Safety Authority of Ireland

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