The Business Bulletin - Issue 313
5th Oct 2015

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Platform for Growth


This Thursday 8th Oct 2015
CIDO Innovation Centre Charlestown Road, CRAIGAVON 5.30 for 6pm start
Light catering will be provided – 7.30pm finish
“Platform for Growth” will explore some of the tools now available to business owners and management in their search for that extra piece of profitable business and our principal guest speaker will be Daryl Conway from Purple Dot Dungannon.
Daryl believes that digital communications is the single most valuable and immediate opportunity available to every Northern Ireland business and enterprise. It is the future of growth for Northern Ireland plc, for success in the private and public sector and its potential to drive export is a phenomenally exciting prospect.
In the past five years, Daryl’s role as Digital Marketing Manager/ Digital Ambassador has allowed him to inspire and positively impact over 1,000 businesses and support 15 council economic development initiatives in Northern Ireland, within a vibrant, digital marketing consultancy.  Within that time frame he has been recognised as the SEED Digital Champion, Northern Ireland Digital Hero and have won the best Digital Initiative Award at the Mid Ulster Business Awards 2015.

Joe McCormack from Core-Vision Ltd will also speak at this event. Joe’s theme will focus on how organisations can gain maximum commercial and competitive benefit from their investment in digital tools.

This teatime event is free and open to all local businesses but registration is required in order to plan light catering.
You can register on-line here and if you need any further information, please contact
Kirsty Watson, Project Officer
Craigavon Industrial Development Organisation
i2 CIDO Innovation Centre
73 Charlestown Road
Craigavon  Co. Armagh BT63 5PP
Tel no. 028 38 396520    E-mail:

New course dates and registrations now available...


L&M Essentials
Award in Management

Introduces the core leadership and management capabilities through a “no nonsense”  1 day masterclass.  Complete this programme and gain an Award in Management from the Chartered Management Institute.
Click HERE for more details.

Unleashing Potential Programme
Certificate in Management

Two x 1 day master classes covering core leadership and management capabilities together with the identification of potential improvement projects to implement within your organisation. Learn to think differently and unleash your potential within the workplace.
Click HERE for more details. 

Maximising Effectiveness Programme
Diploma in Management and the opportunity to become a Chartered Manager
Three x 1 day master classes designed to maximize leadership and management capabilities together with practical implementation of improvement projects within your organisation.  Make a real difference and at least double your return on investment by implementing sustainable changes to your organisation.
Click HERE for more details.
New international partnership opportunities

 A Turkish underwear manufacturer is looking for distributors or partners interested in subcontracting services.
A Turkish textile company specialized in manufacturing of underwear for men, ladies and kids is looking for a distribution partner or companies interested in subcontracting services.

Mechanical devices and testing instruments for paints and varnishes COMMERCIAL PROFILE / GERMANY / BODE20140723001
A German company produces mechanical devices and various testing instruments for paints and varnishes to test the adhesive strength of coated surfaces according to DIN EN ISO 2409. The company is looking for a distribution service agreement.

High quality fresh seafood for high end restaurants and delicatessen shops COMMERCIAL PROFILE / FRANCE / BOFR20131128002
French company based in Brittany producing Gigas oysters and flat oysters and providing high quality fresh seafood (shellfish and crustacean) seeks sales representative (agents, wholesalers...) abroad to sell their ready-to-serve products notably to high end restaurants and delicatessen shops. Trade intermediary services are requested (commercial agency agreements or distribution services agreements).

Polish SME, a data recovery IT company, is offering its services COMMERCIAL PROFILE / POLAND / BOPL20150330001
The Polish SME, an IT company active in the field of data recovery, is offering its services as a subcontractor. The company is ready to become a contractor for a larger company which can extend its capabilities. Alternatively it could use the Polish partner as a complementary solution to their products/services,especially concerning data retrieval (or recovery) from damaged data carriers (hard-drives).

Distributors in energy efficiency solutions sought. COMMERCIAL PROFILE / ITALY / BOIT20150508002
Italian engineering company specialized in design of energy efficiency solutions for businesses and private individuals is looking for distributors for its electricity storage system.

A Slovak producer of wires for photovoltaic panels is looking for distributors and subcontracting opportunities COMMERCIAL PROFILE / SLOVAKIA / BOSK20150702001
The Slovak company offers free capacity in production of tin coated flat or round copper wire for miscellaneous application mainly in photovoltaic industry. The company is looking for potential business partners in Europe interested in a distribution agreement or subcontracting.

Maltese neuroscience SME searching for distributors preferably in Europe for medical device that relaxes the minds of children with autism COMMERCIAL PROFILE / MALTA / BOMT20150729001
Maltese client seeks to expand its distribution/reseller base for innovative neuroscience home-use medical device that uses neurological feedback technology to relax the minds of children with autism, enabling them to focus better and positively engage with the world.

Polish clothing company specializing in the design of unique models of wedding and evening dresses is looking for partners for trade cooperation in the European markets. COMMERCIAL PROFILE / POLAND / BOPL20150424006
Polish clothing company specializes in designing and sewing unique patterns of wedding and evening dresses. The company operates on the Polish market and wants to develop its international activity. The company is seeking for business partners, mainly distributors, trade intermediaries and sellers, based on commercial agency agreement and distribution services agreement.The company is looking for partners on the European market.

Distributor required for speciality real ale and cider COMMERCIAL PROFILE / UNITED KINGDOM / BOUK20150908002
UK wholesaler of real ale and cider is looking for European distributors with links to large pub chains, hotels and restaurants. The distributor must be experienced in the speciality ale market as the products are branded speciality bottled and cask beers and ciders.


Trader - bulk foodstuffs & related commodities
Senior Procurement Manager – Manufacturing Belfast
HR Generalist – South Down maternity cover
Quality Manager – Manufacturing (engineering) – Co. Armagh
Maintenance Manager (electrical) – Manufacturing Co. Armagh
Retail Business Development Manager
Operations Manager - Manufacturing Mid Ulster
Operations Manager  Engineering Services based in NW England
Sales & Marketing Executive FMCG - Belfast
Senior SW Engineer – Co. Down
UED Graphic Design – Co. Down
Finance Manager – Co. Down
Sales  / Business Development Manager – FMCG Leinster
Affinity Partnerships Manager / Technical Sales - Belfast
Senior Technical Manager – Food sector Co. Armagh
Production / Process Engineer – Co. Monaghan

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


House for Sale

The BASE Enterprise Centre/AIB Competition
As part of their commitment to Backing Brave, AIB have teamed up with The BASE Enterprise Centre to offer one entrepreneur the perfect package to kick start their business.
Entrepreneurs are asked to submit a written proposal (max 150 words) as to why their business/ business idea should be selected. The competition is not limited to any particular sector but we are looking for a brilliant idea, a niche product/ service or a novel way of approaching an existing market. There should also be a focus on community, how will the business benefit the community as it grows and matures?
The competition is for new business Start-Ups (less than 3 years in business) and prospective entrepreneurs who have yet to take the leap to starting their business.
The top three selected entrants will be invited to pitch their business idea at an event in The BASE.
Prize includes €1,000 cash prize to invest in the business* and
6 months FREE accommodation in The BASE with access to all the added extras the centre has to offer, high speed broadband, access to meeting rooms, training facilities, free parking etc.
Applications can be found on the website:
Terms and conditions apply
The deadline for entries is 23nd October 2015.

Exploring Enterprise3 Programme 

Introducing the Exploring Enterprise3 Programme from Enterprise Northern Ireland.
This is a free programme that helps you take the first steps to gaining employment or exploring your business idea.
You will achieve an accredited qualification within the programme. This will improve your CV and help break down barriers  to self-employment or employment.
Eligibility: You must be either unemployed or working/ in education less than  16hrs a week. You must be 16 or over.

The Exploring Enterprise3 Programme will help you:
•    Gain a QCF Understanding Business Enterprise qualification
•    Improve your skills for business or employment
•   Meet new people
•   Get back on track

If you are interested in taking part in the Exploring Enterprise3 Programme, CIDO are holding a drop in event on Wednesday 29th October 2015 from 8.30- 4.30pm.

For more information please contact Kirsty Watson on 028 38396520
When: Wednesday 29 October 2015
Where: CIDO Innovation Centre, 73 Charlestown Road, Craigavon, BT63 5PP.
Time: Drop in any time between 8.30am- 4.30pm

Grow your sales to the Greater Dublin area

and throughout the Republic of Ireland

With over 30 years of combined experience working with InterTradeIreland, Willie Maxwell and Michael McElroy are best placed to access and deliver cross border sales. The highly experienced duo set up SalesPlus in 2013 and developed ambassadorial selling to provide immediate business wins for fast growing SMEs.

We work with you to establish and verify your business proposition. We identify who you should be selling to. Then with your support and your material we do the tough piece by going out and doing the selling for you. When sales begin to flow, we step back and hand over to you.

This is the success of SalesPlus.

So if your company is at a growth stage and is thinking of:

•  Beginning to sell in Greater Dublin/ROI for the first time
•  Wanting to move up to supply multiples
•  Launching a new product or service
•  Wanting to look at new product or new market opportunities

Or you are just plain dissatisfied with current sales team performance?

We would be delighted to have an initial chat on the telephone and then to come to meet with you at your office, for a more detailed discussion.

Willie Maxwell
Marketing Director
00 353 86 1727200
00 353 1 8434044

Michael McElroy
Operations Director
00 353 87 2855007

Siobhan Brennan
Operations Manager
00 353 86 0141577


Each week Nick O' Shiel, Chief Executive, Omagh Enterprise Company, blogs on issues related to enterprise, technology and the economy. This week Nick discusses how entrepreneurs are creating the future.

Technology and the digitisation of the world are affecting all types of businesses and jobs. Some workers feel the pain more than others as those with good jobs succeed and those without suffer disproportionately. Entrepreneurs, however, are the real winners from the advance of technology and spread of digital.

The growth of the digital world is creating enormous wealth and boundless opportunity for those with enterprise and entrepreneurial endeavour.

Technology and the digital economy are changing the structure of employment, as millions of jobs become temporary in nature, insecure in tenure and poorly paid.

At the same time, ironically, great wealth is generated as technology enables new business openings for entrepreneurs with the ability to take advantage of such plunder.

Entrepreneurs can operate more easily in the digital world as barriers crumble and the costs of starting a business and breaking into new markets tumble.

Traditional businesses and employees are hurt as work patterns alter the structure of the economy and extinguish the practice of lifetime employment.

Entrepreneurs and those with specialist skills in specific sectors profit, as the world moves toward the new, the informal, the creative, and the temporary.

But the stakes are high as businesses fail or fall prey to takeover with the resultant rewards flowing to the few as rebirth and restructure take their toll.

The digital economy with all its glitz and promise is quietly and not so quietly shifting the economic centre of gravity by causing celebration and concern in equal measure.

But its uncertain influence is only starting to become visible to the majority who have always relied on a supportive economy for a job, a career, and a life.

The challenges
The personal challenges that arise include the nature of employment and the affordability of housing, as both issues grow more worrisome for greater numbers of people.

Many jobs will vanish as technology takes control and the tradition of working for a single employer disappears, as freelance, part-time, contract work and the ‘gig-economy’ becomes the new norm.

Entrepreneurs too are growing in influence as government provides support to start new businesses and create new jobs in all sectors of the economy - old and new.

The main challenge, however, is to ensure a smooth transition for millions of workers from the old world of security and stability to a new one of flux and flexibility.

In the new world, entrepreneurs will play a vital role as they rove digital frontiers and see opportunity where others see only danger.

So, technology and digital are striking at the heart of the economy and entrepreneurs are positioned to profit as they naturally venture where others dare not go.

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

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

Further information on the programme can be found at


or contact Janette Sheerman, Course Director

T: 07718248921

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.

99959 - - Training, Marketing and Feasibility Study to develop Speciality Food Enterprises in Bunclody Town – Pilot Rural Economic Development Zone Initiative.
Publication date:  02-10-2015
Response deadline:  16-10-2015 13:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: artisan food business expertise who would be interested in: 1) A feasibility study to exam the economic viability of developing Speciality Food Incubation Units, a shared Commercial Kitchen, Food Laboratory Facilities and Food Training Centre in Bunclody Town. 2) Delivery of Speciality Food Training Course in Bunclody Town. 3) Marketing, Branding and the Organising of two Speciality Food Showcase Events.
Buyer: Wexford County Council

99964 - RFT: Review of Functions - Request for Tender: Research Project to Review Functions of Former Bodies
Publication date:  02-10-2015
Response deadline:  23-10-2015 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (‘the Commission’) is now seeking tenders from parties interested in conducting a review of the historical engagement of certain statutory functions of the legacy bodies of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, whose functions have now been re-enacted.
Buyer: Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission
99895 - Support Services for EU Projects - Support Services for EU Projects
Publication date:  01-10-2015
Response deadline:  11-11-2015 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 2. Open Procedure (OJEU)
Description: 1. CIT wishes to appoint an external resource to support it in identifying EU funding sources; to support the Institute to prepare and submit successful applications and to manage, where requested, the delivery of successful awards. In addition, the external resource will support the Institute’s research and entrepreneurial activities.
Buyer: Cork Institute of Technology

99903 - Systems Support and Maintenance - Provision of Systems Development Resources to Support and Maintain CRO Registry (Database & Web-Services)2015
Publication date:  01-10-2015
Response deadline:  16-11-2015 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 2. Open Procedure (OJEU)
Description: Provision of Systems Development Resources to Support and Maintain CRO Registry (Database & Web-Services)
Buyer: Companies Registration Office

99800 - Graig FS - Design - Design Consultancy Services for a proposed new Fire Station at Graiguenamanagh, Co. Kilkenny.
Publication date:  30-09-2015
Response deadline:  28-10-2015 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: The Works consist, in general, of Kilkenny County Council requiring a consultant to lead a Design Team (including the provision of all services associated) for the design, planning and construction stages of a proposed new two-bay Fire Station and Training yard at, Graiguenamanagh, Co Kilkenny. The services required include the provision of an environmentally sustainable designed Fire Station and includes all Structural/Civil, Building Services/M&E Engineering, Quantity Surveying and Project Supervisor Design Process for the Design, Planning and Construction stages of the project.
Buyer: Kilkenny County Council

99842 - DFHQ J7 01/2015 - RFT for the Provision of On-Site Level 9 Postgraduate Diploma in Adult Guidance Counselling to the Defence Forces
Publication date:  29-09-2015
Response deadline:  30-10-2015 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: RFT for the Provision of On-Site Level 9 Postgraduate Diploma in Adult Guidance Counselling to the Defence Forces
Buyer: Defence Forces Ireland
99822 - 2015.27 - PRINT MANAGEMENT.
Publication date:  28-09-2015
Response deadline:  24-10-2015 17:00   Irish time
Procedure: Negotiated Procedure (OJEU)
Description: Dublin Bus wish to appoint a Print Management Company to manage its print requirements for a period of three years.
Buyer: Dublin Bus / Bus Atha Cliath

99829 - 15058 - Audience Selection
Publication date:  28-09-2015
Response deadline:  05-10-2015 17:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: As part of its remit to engage with the public and enable national participation in major events, RTÉ is seeking to undertake the selection and assembly of a representative audience for a live programme to be aired during the general election campaign. Three lots will be assessed but only one lot will be purchased.
Buyer: Raidió Teilifís Éireann ( RTÉ )

Please see for the current list of Northern Ireland opportunities.

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