The Business Bulletin - Issue 208 - 15th July 2013

Earlier this week, we received this convincing looking email from - the address used is a PO Box number at an accommodation address.

Under no circumstances should anyone respond to this scam.

Dear Madam/Sir,

In order to have your company inserted in the EU Business Register for 2013/2014, please print, complete and submit the attached form (PDF file) to the following address:

P.O.BOX 3079

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Updating is free of charge.

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Is Technology Taking Over Your Life?

Technology has always caused change and helped mankind to progress. The steam engine, electric light bulb, telephone, television and, more recently, computers and the internet have all changed the world. Computers are getting smarter as machines today are able to carry out many of the jobs people did in the past.
In the future, computers and robotics will help us to plan ahead, drive our cars, carry out surgeries, develop bionic suits, create new jobs and improve our health.
Mobile computing is already changing the way we search for information and purchase goods and will develop further to influence our choices.

Computers will become familiar with our habits and, scarily, given the amount of information they hold about us will be able to predict our behaviour.
Computer-driven cars are already being tested as a way to save energy, reduce costs and minimise accidents through the safer and more efficient flow of traffic.

In a recent development between mobile computing and driverless cars, it is suggested we will be able to use smartphones to summon our cars from where they are parked to collect us.

In this context, the real benefits of smart machines are harnessed when they have the ability to communicate with each other ‘machine-to-machine’ to improve the quality of our lives.

Robotic surgery is already taking place in operating theatres around the world, as a way to reduce costs and improve patient outcomes with both surgeons and patients embracing its benefits.

Military research has always triggered advances in technology and the ‘ironman’ bionic suit in the form of a wearable exoskeleton is now being developed commercially and to help patients with rehabilitation, disability and mobility.

Technology will destroy jobs in many areas and create jobs in unlikely industries such as the use of non-military unmanned drones in civilian and commercial life and data collection and analysis.

Medicine is combining with technology as wafer-thin, flexible, light-weight, wearable computers are enmeshed in clothing to provide feedback on our health to prevent disease and prolong life.
SO, technology is playing a greater role in all areas of our life and the challenge is to make sure we, rather than it, remain in control.

What do you think? Is technology taking over your life? Get in touch, we would love to hear your views contact Nick on 028 8224 9494 or via Twitter 

Belfast Tech Mission to Silicon Valley

We are seeking applications from Belfast-based companies working in the technology and digital-led industries to be part of a special trade mission to San Francisco and Silicon Valley, California, in October 2013.

Through the trade mission, up to 20 local companies will have the opportunity to showcase some of the new technologies and products being developed in Belfast to leading companies, investors and venture capitalists from the west coast of America.

In addition to promoting Belfast as one of the leading digitally connected cities in Europe, and a prime location for international investment, the mission aims to:
  • increase the number of Belfast technology companies selling and doing business America
  • increase the knowledge of Belfast Tech companies in what it takes to establish and secure venture capital funding in the US
  • improve business networks and partnerships between companies in Belfast and America
  • raise the profile of Belfast as an investment location and digitally connected city.
Participating companies will also have the opportunity to take part in a Belfast Tech demonstration event in conjunction with Invest NI, at which US tech executives and investors will be present.
FINANCIAL SUPPORTFinancial support of up to 50% of travel and accommodation costs (up to a maximum of £1000) will be made available to selected companies.
HOW TO APPLYThe Belfast Tech Mission is aimed at Belfast based digital media, software and hi-tech IT companies which offer a globally focused product or service and are considering expansion or increasing sales and investment opportunities in the west coast of America.

To qualify, your business must be located within the Belfast City Council boundary.
The mission will take place from 14 to 18 October 2013 (inclusive).

Completed applications must be returned by 4pm on Friday 26 July by email to or by post to:

Belfast Tech Mission application
Economic Development
Development Department
Belfast City Council
Cecil Ward Building
4 - 10 Linenhall Street

Any amateur geologists out there?

In the course of a recent ramble around some back roads in West Donegal, our correspondent, Myler McGrath came across this very interesting insight into the geological history of this location over the last 10 or 20 million years. 

In this cut-away bank, Myler can see clear evidence that this particular place was under sea level at one time. Working from the bottom up, we can clearly see sand with further signs of a marine environment - these include sea shells mixed in with the sand and note also that all rocked are smooth and rounded as a result of tidal action.

Moving up through the layers, we see a brownish layer - this is a layer of soil probably laid down by glacial action or soil depositerd into the sea from nearby rivers. When the sea receded, this left the top soil which in turn became home to a forest and as that forest grew, matured and decayed, it then, in turn turned to peat which today is just below the surface.

And today, we're left with a covering of rushes, grass and glorious heather....  some history!


For Northern Ireland specific contracts, there are a number of sources of information specifically for contracts within Northern Ireland. The Central Procurement Directorate (CPD) handles contracts for a number of government departments. You can find a list of current tender opportunities on the CPD website. Again, there is no email alert facility that we can find which makes the content difficult to adapt to the Bulletin format.
Please see for the current list of Northern Ireland opportunities.

Sustainability Lighting
Centre for Social Action – Rehabilitation Social Action Fund
Supply and installation of Dust extract systems
GB-London: 501-169 VE Email Service Provider
GB-Leamington Spa: Replacement & Maintenance of Rural Footway Lighting Columns and Lanterns
Costs and Benefits to Member States of EU 2030 Climate and Energy Targets
GB-London: Exploring caste in Britain
Debt, Benefit and Consumer Information and Advice Services
Earth Observation Instrumentation and Space Technology Development Programme
ITT for the provision of Information Technology Training Services
GB-London: 502-156 VE Image Library Management RfQ
HMP Northumberland - Woodwork – Wood Assembly Joiner
Advertising Cards & Leaflets
Pregnancy Testing Kits
DECC Refining and Fuel Imports Commercial Research 2013
Halley Station, Antarctica - Tower Raising Components
GB-Scotland: EHRC Good Relations in Schools
Vertical Table Lift
Inspections of Play and Ball Games Areas on Housing Estates Managed by Lambeth Living
GB-London: 501-169 VE Email Service Provider
United Kingdom-Belfast: System and support services
United Kingdom-London: Electric sensors
ITT for the provision of Information Technology Training Services
United Kingdom-Leeds: Data equipment
United Kingdom-Edinburgh: IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support
United Kingdom-Leicester: Data collection and collation services
United Kingdom-Derby: Fire engines
United Kingdom-Caerphilly: Content management software development services
United Kingdom-Newcastle upon Tyne: Passenger information system
United Kingdom-Warrington: Information technology services
United Kingdom-Warrington: Engineering-design services for industrial process and production
United Kingdom-Lincoln: Project management consultancy services
United Kingdom-Lincoln: Business development consultancy services
United Kingdom-Tiverton: Software programming and consultancy services
United Kingdom-Liverpool: Medical software package
United Kingdom-London: Computer network services
United Kingdom-Treharris: World wide web (www) site design services
United Kingdom-Liverpool: IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support
United Kingdom-Hamilton: Security software package
Build Tender 'Only in England' Media Space
Sustainability Lighting
Norway-Ã…lesund: Hanging rails or holders
United Kingdom-Belfast: Floor-covering work
Iceland-Reykjavik: Waste disposal site construction work
United Kingdom-Shrewsbury: Central-heating installation work
United Kingdom-Hull: Urban development construction work
United Kingdom-London: Electric sensors
Norway-Vikersund: Construction work for water and sewage pipelines
Norway-Ã…ndalsnes: Project management consultancy services
Norway-Lillehammer: Construction, foundation and surface works for highways, roads
Norway-Bergen: Construction materials and associated items
Norway-Ski: Engineering works and construction works
United Kingdom-Llantrisant: Special-purpose electrical goods
Norway-Bodø: Construction work for pipelines, communication and power lines, for highways, roads, airfields and railways; flatwork
United Kingdom-Aberdeen: Repair and maintenance services of building installations
United Kingdom-Lowestoft: Scaffolding dismantling work
United Kingdom-Nottingham: Installation of doors and windows and related components
Ireland-Loughrea: Construction work
United Kingdom-London: Construction work
Belfast City Council Tenders are available at

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