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January 2015

SBRI Masterclass – Find out how to compete for £200 million worth of government contracts.

SBRI Masterclasses in Belfast and Omagh.  Would you like to find out how to compete for £200 million worth of government contracts?  Invest Northern Ireland (Invest NI) are holding two free Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) masterclasses this February in Belfast and Omagh. What is SBRI? SBRI is a process that enables government departments to connect with technology organisations and find innovative solutions for specific public sector challenges and needs.  Through …Read More

Two Tourism Competitions Announced – Fermanagh Businesses Encouraged To Enter!

The Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) has launched the Northern Ireland Tourism Awards which recognise outstanding achievements in the tourism industry, whilst the biennial Irish Tourism Industry Awards showcase the country’s most successful and innovative tourism products, services and experiences. Both will gala events in April and May, the competitions encourage tourism organisations of all sizes to enter in an effort to win recognition for their hard work, dedication and …Read More

The Northern Ireland Renewable Heat Incentive 2015

Since the Renewable Heat Incentive, (RHI) was launched in November 2012, there has been a significant interest in renewable heat  technologies, particularly in Biomass Heating by farmers. Many within the poultry sector have made the conversion from gas-based heating to water based biomass heating systems.   Most have found not only a saving in energy costs, plus the value of the RHI payment which can amount to several thousand pounds …Read More

Sustainable Utilisation of Poultry Litter (SUPL) Loan Scheme – Are You Eligible?

Sustainable Utilisation of Poultry Litter (SUPL) Loan Scheme for poultry litter processing – second call The SUPL Loan Scheme supports the construction of demonstrator plants to trial new ways of processing poultry litter. On behalf of the Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Invest Northern Ireland is administering the Sustainable Utilisation of Poultry Litter (SUPL) Loan Scheme. The £12 million loan scheme will …Read More

InterTradeIreland launches new Funding for Growth advisory service

InterTradeIreland launches new Funding for Growth advisory service – register now for launch events Why attend? Find out about alternative/additional sources of growth finance Meet directly with funders including representatives from the Banking, Government and Private Equity industries Hear directly from companies who have already raised new growth finance and their funding providers In addition, a range of key funders will also be exhibiting and showcasing their offerings at the …Read More

Belleek’s WorldHost Village status

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster has congratulated Belleek on becoming Northern Ireland’s first WorldHost Village. The award is made to towns or villages where at least 25% of businesses have achieved WorldHost Recognition by delivering excellent customer service and which have trained 50% or more of their front-line staff using any of the WorldHost training programmes. Welcoming the announcement, Arlene Foster said: “Businesses in Belleek have rightly recognised …Read More

New Year – New Skills?

Do you fancy learning some new skills over the next few of months? Could you do with learning how to repair that leaking tap yourself?  Or make yourself a garden gate? South West College Skills Centre are running a variety of evening classes starting this month to help you do this and more! Part time courses include: Plumbing DIY Night Class – 10 weeks – Get to know the taps …Read More

Nick’s Blog – Smart Technology Is Changing Our World

Technology is changing the nature of business and the way we live, as smart devices inhabit every corner of work and home. Businesses used to sell simple products that carried out simple tasks but now sell smart products that track our every habit. Smart technology collects our personal data, analyses our behaviour patterns, and is changing the world. Businesses in all industries are using digital technology to make smart products …Read More

Export Sales & Marketing Academy

Is your business trying to develop export sales? Could you benefit from a highly trained and qualified graduate working on export sales? About the academy Following research into the supply of skills needed for exporting, both now and in the future, Invest NI and the Department for Employment & Learning have designed a new Export Sales & Marketing Academy. Benefits of taking part If your business is trying to develop …Read More

Free online webinars to help you understand and complete your Self Assessment tax return

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) are hosting a number of online webinars throughout January 2015 to help individuals and businesses get to grips with their Self Assessment online tax return. The webinars will help you understand what you need to know about Self Assessment and how to complete your online tax return. There webinars on “Completing Your Online Tax Return” and “Self-Employment & HMRC” with dates and times to suit …Read More