The Business Bulletin - Issue 322
11th Jan 2016

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Creating a global phenonomen is not easy.  Moya Doherty, Director of Riverdream Productions, the company behind Riverdance, was employed and juggling many of the challenges that working women face before enjoying the success of the now world-renowned act.

Enlightening delegates on the story behind her journey, Moya will share the successes, opportunities and challenges presented to her throughout her career and discuss how she embraced them in line with her work ethic and values.

This event will allow delegates to be inspired and encouraged to achieve their ambitions by one of the most successful business women in Ireland. 

Facilitated networking sessions, rounds table discussions and a networking lunch will allow you to grow your business connections and develop new business relationships.

Moya Doherty’s career includes theatre, radio and television journalism and an award-winning track record in television production, both in Ireland and the UK. 

Moya was the Commissioning Producer and originator of Riverdance for the Eurovision Song Contest of 1994 and is a founding director of both Tyrone Productions and Today FM, as well as being Chair of RTÉ.

She is a writer and broadcaster and has co-presented a number of radio arts documentaries.



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 are canny or crazy enough to be an entrepreneur.

Starting your own business was, for many years, considered to be an odd occupation: one reserved for the canny or the crazy. How times have changed as entrepreneurship is now the preferred career choice of millions of people young and old.

Being your own boss
Being your own boss and working for yourself is in vogue, as many people choose to create their own job rather than assume someone else will provide them with one.

Entrepreneurship strengthens the economy as the number of people in work increases, even as austerity remains the preferred choice of governments and policy makers alike.

The idea of looking for a steady job with a pension has given way to the reality of a frail and fragmented jobs market and the need to take personal responsibility.

The time to start a business, however, has rarely been better as advice on how to get into business and how to meet and learn from other similar souls is plentiful.

The costs of starting a business have fallen and opportunities have increased with the advent of the internet; access to finance too is easier than in previous years and a network of enterprise support has evolved.

Many people who think about starting a business, however, never find the right time or opportunity and rightly resist stepping into the unknown and the unnerving.

Overcoming the barriers
For others, barriers abound too but they are blessed with the ability and, perhaps, the stubbornness needed to go around or simply plough through them.

Finance, of course, can be a barrier but for those with the right idea money is always available when their story resonates and is genuinely told and sold.

Traditional banks and financial institutions complement government backed funding, soft loans, venture capital and even business angels in a genuine effort to engage entrepreneurs.

Generating sufficient money to live in the early stages poses another barrier, as entrepreneurs must manage meanly during the initial years of scarcity and struggle.

But for those driven beyond reason and who discount the voices of caution it is a price worth paying, as they bring themselves and their business to life.

Finding the right idea is often difficult as many would-be entrepreneurs wait for the perfect product or offering that will make everything work wonderfully well.

Reality, however, is often simple as the best ideas are the ones that use the skills you have to make products or provide services for customers willing to pay.

Fear of failure is, of course, a commonly cruel barrier as it is understandably easy to worry about the endless things that can go wrong, and therefore never begin.

But entrepreneurs will always advise that they learned most from the early strife of starting a business, as they had to plan and persevere to reach success.

SO, if you want to be an entrepreneur, remember there is never a right time or a wrong time to make it happen. But it may help if you’re a little canny or crazy.

Each week Nick O' Shiel, Chief Executive, Omagh Enterprise Company, blogs on issues related 
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



Karen McLean made the decision to leave full time employment in Feb 2015 and set up Giggles and Jiggles which offers quality baby massage classes for mums, dads and all those involved in caring for children. The programme caters for babies 8 weeks to one year and is delivered over 5 weeks lasting an hour per session with questions and answers afterwards should parents wish to enquire about a particular issue, to share tips, gain advice and develop new friendships.

Infant massage encourages parents to connect with their babies on many levels so that they can understand their babies’ non-verbal language and respond with love and respectful listening.

The benefits of baby massage are endless, it is far more than a luxurious, sensual experience, and rather it is the tool for maintaining a child’s personal well-being on so many levels. Parents gain a sense of security and satisfaction in knowing they have the ability to do something positive for their baby and also gain a positive response back.

As a Certified Infant Massage Instructor Karen facilitates relaxed, nurturing weekly baby massage sessions. Each participant and baby is made to feel welcome. Ice-breakers and feedback on the previous sessions allow opportunities for parents to discuss positive stories on how their baby responded to their massage.

Karen currently delivers classes in Belfast, Carrickfergus and Crumlin. For more information about Giggles and Jiggles, please check out:

Armagh Ambassadors

An exciting new initiative has been launched in Armagh to make the iconic city an even more attractive must-see destination for tourists.  

The city’s historic past met the future recently as details were revealed about the first-ever Armagh Ambassador programme which is designed to develop pride in what the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland has to offer.

The ground-breaking initiative is being pioneered by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council to showcase the wide range of arts, culture, heritage and visitor attractions which are available at the very heart of Armagh.

Twenty five people will be trained up in February and March 2016 to become ‘Armagh Ambassadors’ to promote the city which has a history extending to 6500BC, making it an already established  draw for visitors.

Find out more here

Pitch your business to win an investment share of £5000.
Show me the money!

The Prince’s Pitch – a ‘Dragons Den’ style event – cordially invites budding entrepreneurs to pitch to an expert business panel with Alison Campbell of ACA Models, in order to ‘win’ 10 X £500 grants.

The Pitch will take place on 12th February to a panel of Northern Ireland’s most successful business leaders at The Prince’s Trust Centre, Weavers Court, Belfast.

For your chance to win, please register your details via Facebook messenger,
or 028 9089 5000.

The Prince’s Pitch comes to you as part of the Enterprise programme which offers support and funding to help young people to start their own businesses.

Register by Friday 5th February 2016

• If you haven’t already set up a business with the Prince’s Trust you must be between 18 – 30 and unemployed.
• You are eligible to apply if you have an existing Prince’s Trust Supported Business.
• You will be sent a one page application form to complete and if invited to pitch you will have a 5 minute time slot to present your pitch.
• Partnerships are welcome but both partners must be eligible.

Join Kenny Tosh on "Wake Rattle & Roll" Great music and features including Bitz file, Hits & Headlines and the popular 405 line spot, with a classic TV theme.
Join Kenny Monday to Friday he's on Air from 7am.


R&D tax credits are very generous and relatively small claims can generate large corporation tax savings.

Corporation tax of £2,600 can be saved for every £10,000 of R&D expenditure incurred. Lossmaking or grant-funded companies can also benefit and it can be surprising what activities can qualify.

In Northern Ireland a lot of companies are not taking advantage of this valuable relief.

Is your company or client missing out on the lucrative savings that are available?

CIDO is delighted to host a FREE seminar to help small businesses and advisers understand R&D tax credits.

The seminar will be hosted by Ian Farley of IF Tax Consultancy Limited.

Ian previously specialised in this area at PwC and BDO in Belfast and he will cover the following areas:
  •  Highlight the· benefits that are available
  •  Provide practical examples·
  •  How a company· can make a claim
  •  Outline how loss-making or grant-funded companies can· benefit
  •  Patent Box - provide a quick overview·
When: Thursday 25th February 2016
Where: CIDO Innovation Centre
Time: 12.30pm - 2pm (light lunch included)
Cost: FREE
Please contact Kirsty Watson on 028 3839 6520 or at to reserve your place
Belfast Metropolitan College

The following job(s) are now recruiting on our web site
Job Reference:  2016/003A   Title:  Temp IT & Emerging Technologies Specialist Assessor Advisor
Job Reference:  2016/002A   Title:  Full Time Permanent Lecturer in Hairdressing
Job Reference:  2016/001A   Title:  Full Time Permanent Lecturer in Chemistry

  • Technical Sales Consultant NI – this position will suit someone with a technical food background. This role is less sales and is more technical consultation.
  • Operations Manager – Food produce Manufacture Monaghan
  • Production Manager – Food produce Co. Monaghan
  • Supply Chain Administrator – Monaghan
  • General Manager – Construction / Engineering related Co. Tyrone
  • Head of Finance Co. Louth
  • Financial Controller – Co. Monaghan
  • Engineering Sales Project Manager – Belfast
  • Project Engineer – Food manufacturing Co. Armagh
Contact Conor
O’Kane Resourcing Ltd.
Carnbane Business Centre
MJM Group Building
Carnbane Industrial Estate
BT35 6QH
T:   028 302 52407
M: 079 681 60122


The first event of Management Month 2016 will be held from 9.00am - 11.45am on Thursday 4th February at Mossley Mill in Newtownabbey.

To reserve your free place email
or telephone Jean/Dawn on 028 9034 0017

New international partnership opportunities

Brought to you by the Enterprise Europe Network
Bulgarian company which is manufacturing, packaging and delivering the full range of medical and technical gases offers its products


Bulgarian manufacturing company is specialized in production and trade with technical and medical gases and liquids, design and construction. The company provides accessories for technical and medical gases /gas bottles, containers, valves, oxygen concentrators, welding accessories etc./. The company is offering its products to foreign distributors.

Bulgarian company active in design and build of automated systems for monitoring and control of technological processes in various industries would like to act as subcontractor


Bulgarian company specialized in the design and building of automated systems for monitoring and control of technological processes in various industries, as well as automated systems for energy management, offers to be a subcontractor in auto-sourcing design, installation and implementation of technical systems for automation in various industrial sectors.

Provider of children’s e-books and virtual toys is seeking a financial agreement partnership.


This Canadian company provides a global virtual world for children ages 6 - 11. The products and services offered include books, toys and virtual entertainment. They produce toys ethically and teach sustainability practices to children through the virtual platform. This company is seeking a financial agreement with partners in the UK, Germany, New Zealand, US or India.

A Czech company specialized in embedded applications is looking for a commercial or distribution agreement


A Czech company specializes in the design, development and manufacturing of embedded devices, printed-circuit board design and made-to-order electronics assembly. The SME would like to enter new markets and establish cooperation with new partners based on commercial agency agreement and/or distribution services agreement.

Distribution of shelving systems for shops


A Czech design and engineering company manufacturing industrial products, interior design products and shelving systems for shops / markets is looking for distributors / representatives and is offering its free manufacturing capacities.

Czech company active in control systems and electronic equipment for rail vehicles is seeking representatives and distributors


A Czech SME develops, manufactures and installs control, monitoring and communication systems and electronic equipment for railway vehicles. The company is looking for trade cooperation partners (agent, distributor).

French SME offers civil security risk & crisis management solutions


This French SME is a telecommunications specialist that develops fully integrated civil security risk and crisis management solutions for multinational and territorial civil security agencies. It is willing to expand the deployment of its risk & crisis management solution through commercial agency and license agreements.

Commercial representation offered in France for suppliers of souvenirs and gift objects under the animal theme


French sales agent selling souvenirs and gift objects to zoos’ and aquariums’ gift shops is looking for new products to commercialize on the French market (see description further). The sales agent is looking for commercial agency agreement only.

Supplier of 36 volts lithium batteries sought for French electric carriers manufacturer


This French SME develops electric carriers for logistics professionals. For one of its new products' pre-industrial prototype, the enterprise is looking for a supplier of 36 volts lithium batteries accompanied with a rapid charger. The company is thus looking for a production partner acting as a subcontractor.

French manufacturer of precision wire components (pins, needles) offers manufacturing services.


A French SME specialised in manufacturing of precision wire components for various markets such as furniture, cars industry, medical, music, food, fishing, haberdashery and stationery, aerospace or electronics would like to collaborate with manufacturers under a manufacturing agreement or a subcontracting agreement.

A Greek company specialized in production of traditional Cretan textiles is looking for distributors


A Greek company based on the island of Crete is specialized in production of traditional Cretan textiles, table cloths and aprons .The decorative motifs, apart from sundry geometric-based patterns, are images borrowed from nature and everyday human activities. The company is looking for distributors.

Greek company seeks suppliers of aloe vera barbadensis miller plants.


A Greek company active in the field of aloe vera production is looking for original aloe vera barbadensis miller plants to produce aloe vera gel. In order to increase their supplied quantity, they seek European producers (occupying up to 500 employees) of those plants high on nutritional value who are willing to enter into Greek market. The company would like to sign manufacturing agreement.

Hungarian company specialised in business intelligence software for data analysis and datamining is offering itself as a subcontractor,and looking for services agreement opportunities, and distributors


Hungarian company active in the enterprise resource planning (ERP) market, specialised in web-based business intelligence (BI) system, is offering itself as a subcontractor, in the frame of services, or subcontracting agreement. It is also looking for distributors to market the Hungarian company's system (distribution agreement).

The Hungarian company manufacturing tubs, massage-tubs, shower cabins, hyro-and steam cabins, and it is looking for distributirs for its products.


A Hungarian company specialised in the manufacture of tubs, massage-tubs, shower cabins, hyro-and steam cabins is looking for trade intermediary services, such as agents, representatives, distributors, in order to distribute their products.

Hungarian touristic company is looking for touristic partners, such as travel agencies, hotels, and offering its training organizational services.


An Eastern Hungarian company specialised in services in tourism sector is looking for collaboration with touristic partners, such as travel agencies, hotels in order to promote their services, in the frame of distribution agreement. The company is looking for joint venture, in order to popularize each services, also in the frame of acquisition agreement. The company is also offering its extensive services for bigger companies and offering training organizational activities as a subcontractor.

Visual, interactive and digital graphics technologies development company offers its services


Lithuanian company is specializing in visual technologies and systems development including: - interactive 3D web/mobile systems, - augmented & virtual reality applications, - computer vision solutions, - digital industrial, scientific & medical 3D visualizations, - 2D/3D graphics & animation. Company services are widely used in energetics, robotics, production, architecture, medicine. Company would provide services under outsourcing, services agreement and subcontracting.

A Lithuanian company specialized in production of wooden log houses and frame houses offers production services for partners in Denmark, Sweden, Germany, United Kingdom and other markets.


A Lithuanian company specialized in production of wooden log houses, frame houses and structures offers manufacturing agreement, production under the subcontracting or services agreement in Denmark, Sweden, Germany, United Kingdom and other markets.

A Dutch SME specialized in wireless telemetry systems looks for commercial agency agreements with suppliers of fleet management solutions that have access to transportation companies


A Dutch SME is specialized in wireless telemetry systems for transportation companies. The SME offers a wireless modular monitoring infrastructure. This infrastructure enables wireless monitoring of temperature, relative humidity and gas composition of precious cargo. The Dutch SME looks for commercial agency agreements with suppliers of fleet management solutions that have access to transportation companies.

A Dutch SME specialized in wireless telemetry systems looks for commercial agency with sales representatives that have access to the petrochemical industry and/or offshore installations


A Dutch SME specializes in wireless telemetry systems for the petrochemical industry and/or offshore installations. The SME offers wireless monitoring solutions for the supervision of petrochemical plants and offshore logistics. The systems are used for the monitoring of personnel safety, environmental hazards, process control and whereabouts of people, equipment and containers. The Dutch SME looks for commercial agency agreements with agents that have access to the petrochemical industry.

A Dutch SME specialized in wireless telemetry systems looks for commercial agency agreements with sales agents that have access to greenhouses


A Dutch SME is specialized in wireless telemetry systems for greenhouse horticulture environment monitoring. The SME provides versatile wireless measurements of all parameters relevant to horticultural products, like temperature, air humidity, gas composition and light. The Dutch SME looks for commercial agency agreements with sales agents that have access to greenhouse horticulture networks.

Polish foundry is looking for trade intermediaries


A company from Western Poland (foundry) specialised in casting and die-casting of various aluminium alloys is looking for agents and representatives across Europe.

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.

102122 - - Request for Tenders for Provision of Training and Support Material for Coaching and Mentoring Programme in Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
Publication date:  08-01-2016
Response deadline:  01-02-2016 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation invites proposals from qualified providers for the development and provision of customised training and support materials for elements of a Coaching and Mentoring Programme for all staff in the Department.
Buyer: Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

102137 - BusEx2016 - RFT for provision of Training Services to Business Excellence Skillnet
Publication date:  08-01-2016
Response deadline:  31-12-2016 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Request for Tender for provision of Training Services to Business Excellence Skillnet, which is funded by member companies and the Training Networks Programme, an initiative of Skillnets funded under the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills
Buyer: The Irish Centre for Business Excellence

101982 - CSPCH 2016 - Provision of Cleaning, Security, Pest Control and Hygiene Services at the OPW Building, Claremorris, Co. Mayo
Publication date:  08-01-2016
Response deadline:  12-02-2016 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Provision of Cleaning, Security, Pest Control and Hygiene Services at the OPW Building, Claremorris, Co. Mayo
Buyer: Office of Public Works ( OPW )

102094 - MMP020F - Prior Information Notice for the establishment of Framework Agreements and / or Contracts for the provision of Creative & Communications Services to the Irish Public Sector.
Publication date:  06-01-2016
Response deadline:  07-01-2017 16:00   Irish time
Procedure: PIN
Description: This is a Prior Information Notice (PIN) and not a call for competition – a call for competition may be placed within the next 12 months. The Office of Government Procurement intends to invite submissions from companies / organisations with expertise and capability relating to the provision of Creative & Communications Services. This process is a statement of potential frameworks or contracts during the next 12 months but is not a commitment to purchase. Details of individual procurements pursuant to this notice will be advertised in due course. The Office of Government Procurement does not require a response to this Prior Information Notice.
Buyer: The Office of Government Procurement

101996 - - Design and Printing of an Explanatory Handbook for a Department Scheme including personalised cover letter, and presentation for delivery
Publication date:  23-12-2015
Response deadline:  04-02-2016 17:30   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: design and printing of the Department's handbook for the Cross Compliance Scheme handbook, personalised cover letter and envelope as detailed in Appendix 1 of this RFT. It is currently estimated that in the region of 143,500 booklets will be required to be printed by the successful tenderer. The successful tenderer will also be required to arrange for the presentation of the completed documentation to An Post for delivery of in the region of 133,500 farmers. The successful tenderer will also be required to deliver in the region of 10,000 copies to the Department.
Buyer: Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

101991 - BAI PSB Annual Review - BAI tender for Public Funding Review of Public Service Broadcasters
Publication date:  23-12-2015
Response deadline:  08-02-2016 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 2. Open Procedure (OJEU)
Description: The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) wishes to award a contract to assist in conducting its Public Funding Reviews of Public Service Broadcasters, pursuant to section 124 of Broadcasting Act 2009. The contract is being awarded initially for the 2015 and 2016 reviews to be carried out in 2016 and 2017 respectively but may be extended to include the review to be carried out in 2018 also. A decision in this regard will be made following a review of the 2017 process. Further information on the specification of requirements is contained in Appendix 1. The envisaged duration of each annual review process is twelve weeks. The first review process is expected to commence on February 28th 2016. The BAI is using the open procedure for the award of this contract and a quarantine period of six months after delivery of the review will apply to the consultant entering into any formal agreements with a PSB in the State.
Buyer: Broadcasting Authority of Ireland

101964 - Education Apps Maintenance - Education application maintenance & support
Publication date:  22-12-2015
Response deadline:  28-01-2016 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: This RFT relates to the maintenance and support and/or enhancement of Teagasc Education applications which are a combination of Client server and Web based applications
Buyer: Teagasc

Please see for the current list of Northern Ireland opportunities.

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