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Opportunities in Ireland  


Advice on construction conservation sector and traditional building skills Centre (or Centres) of Excellence

Examine the construction conservation sector’s training needs through consultation with the State’s education providers, building contractors, NGOs and other relevant stakeholders.

Based on this, advise on the feasibility of a traditional building skills centre and present, as appropriate, a roadmap for the establishment of a Centre of Excellence for Traditional Building Skills. The Heritage Council has already assembled much evidence of skills needs (enclosed).


This study will chart a path to make available Irish State and NGO traditional building skills training resources. The service required is to assemble the evidence base for administrative arrangements that will deliver significantly improved training provision for this sector.

Opportunity closing date: 24 September 2021

Supply of a purpose-built Commercial WorkBoat Training Vessel (Fast Work Boat)

Seamanship Centre (Promaritime Ltd) is a training Centre offering professional industry training to international shipping companies, offshore, workboat & yachting industries and who are seeking tenders from suitably qualified and competent professional boat builders for a Commercial WorkBoat Training Vessel (Fast Work Boat).


The boat will be equipped to industry standard workboat fit out with 5 helm positions from which 4 candidates and the active instructor will have access to ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display and Information System) & conventional paper navigation charts. There will also be a 6th seating position for Instructor/Examiner/Observer. The boat will be equipped with a generous galley and hygiene facilities.

Opportunity closing date: 20 September 2021 

Miltown Malbay Flood Relief Scheme

Installation of 1200mm dia. culvert through the town of Miltown Malbay, including inlet and outlet upgrade works, remedial works on existing culvert and associated reinstatement of affected properties. 

Opportunity closing date: 13 September 2021


Replacement of Martin Roundabout with a 4-arm traffic signal-controlled junction

The works shall comprise the replacement of Martin Roundabout with a 4-arm traffic signal-controlled junction with the provision of pedestrian footpaths, cycle lanes and bus priority measures on the Old Dublin Road and R446 Eastern Approach. Reconfiguration of the alignment on the R446, R338 Old Dublin Road and Link Road will be required. This is Adjacent and along the R446 (old N67), R338 Old Dublin Road and the Link Road leading to Galway Clinic in the vicinity of Martin Roundabout, Galway.

Opportunity closing date: 13 September 2021

Capital Infrastructure & Equipment Project

Provision of technical advisory service including design team services appointed on an individual discipline basis for St Luke's Radiation Oncology Network capital infrastructure & equipment project.

Opportunity closing date: 13 September 2021


Monitoring Survey of Coastal Habitats in the Northwest of Ireland


Monitoring Survey of Coastal Habitats in the East and South of Ireland


Monitoring Survey of Coastal Habitats in the Southwest of Ireland


Opportunity closing date: 24 September 2021 


Wicklow Port Access Road Pedestrian and Cycle Link Scheme - Ground Investigation  

Ground Investigation Works associated with the Wicklow Port Access Road Pedestrian and Cycle Link scheme. The scope of work involves GI works on both sides of the existing railway line, and also within Wicklow Train Station. Works on the north side of the railway line are in agricultural lands and works on the south side of the railway line are with East Glendalough school grounds.

Opportunity closing date: 13 September 2021 

MacCurtain Street Public Transport Improvement Scheme 

Appointment of a Contractor and PSCS to carry out, site clearance works, upgrade of footpaths, changes in traffic management, additional bus facilities, upgrade of junctions including upgrades to traffic signals, pavement improvement and refurbishment works, provision of set down spaces, improved street signage and road markings at various roads and streets around the Cork City centre.


Opportunity closing date: 17 September 2021 


General & Fire Safety Upgrade works 

Major refurbishment project to include the upgrade of building fabric, fire safety upgrade, new electrical system installation, new heating system installation, removal of asbestos-containing materials and all ancillary works.


Opportunity closing date: 13 September 2021 


Innovate UK - DIT Joint Competition on Rail

Innovate UK have partnered with DIT to run their first joint competition. This exciting competition will encourage SME businesses to explore how to amend their rail product/service to access the markets of Australia, Canada and India. Successful applicants will be eligible to receive a feasibility grant of up to £50k.


The competition will go live on 13th September, there will also be a live Briefing Event to learn more about the markets and crucially the application process.  

Managing Finances when Trading Overseas 

16th September | 10:00 - 11:00 BST | Online, via Zoom 

Export Academy Midlands and East of England ( 

Trading internationally can expose your business to a unique set of risks when it comes to getting paid and managing your money. This exciting event will offer guidance and top tips on what pitfalls to watch out for, how to mitigate risk and your options when it comes to trade finance. 
Topics covered include: 

  • Getting Paid – What are your options when it comes to payment terms when dealing with an overseas customer? Should you use payment in advance, open account, letters of credit, bills of exchange? 

  • Managing Currencies – Exchange rate fluctuations can make the difference between profit and loss on a deal. What mechanisms can you put in place to minimise risk? What is the market outlook for 2021/22 and what are the key events and issues you should look out for? 

  • Financing the deal – How does trade finance work? What solutions are available and when are they applicable? Top tips for obtaining finance for difficult markets and sectors. 


Workshop Agenda

Each section will be followed by a 5-minute Q&A session:  


10:00-10:05 | Introduction

Patrick Mccarron - DIT West Midlands Regional Delivery Partner 


10:05-10:25 | Getting Paid

Ian Fletcher - Director of Fletcher Trade Finance 


10:25-10:45 | Financing the Deal 

Ian Fletcher - Director of Fletcher Trade Finance 


10:45-11:05 | Managing Currencies 

Western Union Business Solutions  

Join our Export Academy Half-Day Workshops

Our next series of half-day workshops will take place during September, for businesses looking to develop their exporting potential.  


The Export Academy programme gives small and medium businesses the knowledge and expertise to export. Learning directly from experts at the Department for   

International Trade and a range of external specialists. This course is designed to help  

businesses grow their international sales in new markets overseas.   

What is included in the programme?   
Hosted by industry expert, John Harrison from JH Marketing Strategy, these half-day   

workshops will encourage delegates to consider how they can develop their own   

individual export action plans into real-life scenarios. Both workshops are designed to  

be interactive and engaging, in order for businesses to reach their full potential in the exporting market.   
PART 1 - 27th September 09:30-12:30, will cover:  

  • The benefits of exporting and the potential barriers  

  • How to select the right target markets and conduct market research   

  • An introduction to the basic procedures associated with exporting products and services  

  • The different routes to market available and how to select the most appropriate options  


PART 2 - 29th September 09:30-12:30, will cover:  

  • How to set the right price for your product or service  

  • Understanding International Commercial terms  

  • Customs procedures, tariffs and export controls  

  • Managing money and getting paid   

  • How to develop a strategic export action plan and successfully win business  


Who can join?   
The programme is for managers working within the export function. In order to join this programme, businesses must be based within the Midlands, East Midlands or East of England.


If you would like any further information, please contact your  Export Adviser.

Call 0345 222 0159 or email  

Export Advice Drop-in Clinic

Join us for a fundraising coffee morning at the Black Country Chamber of Commerce, Wolverhampton Science Park, WV10 9TG on Friday 8th October from 9.30am - 12noon.


Meet the International Trade Team and Export Documentation Team and support us in raising money for our chosen charity Parkinson’s UK to fund much need research.


Come along to put a face to the name; to pose any export queries you may have; to discuss applying for our Internationalisation funding or to simply find out more about the support available to Black Country exporters. 


Attending will be export advisers covering:  

• Market Development  

• Export Documentation  

• Routes to Market  

• International Contracts  

• Funding to support international growth

• Export Finance  

• Consumer Goods  

• Automotive and Future Mobility  

• Starting to Export 


If you have particular queries that you would like to discuss and would like to make an appointment with someone in particular, please email who will be able to book you a time slot with the relevant expert.



Opportunities Across Canada  


2-3 November 2021

Canadian Association of Railway Suppliers (CARS) – National Railway Day 2021
8-10 November 2021

Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) Annual Conference and Transit Show
15-19 November 2021

Transport Innovation Summit
16-18 November 2021

Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP) Annual Conference  

Expo 2020

CREATE Week at Expo 2020  

• Cityscape 2021 • Dubai Design Week • Downtown Design

8 – 12 November 2021

Cost: £300 plus VAT

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The visit offers UK companies operating across architecture, interior design and the experiential sector an opportunity to participate in a tailored programme of B2B activities to promote their expertise to local and regional decision-makers as well as key industry contacts.


Why participate?  

  • Attend key events during Cityscape, Dubai Design Week and Downtown Design Events  

  • Visit Expo 2020 and select activities during the CREATE week hosted at the UK Pavilion  

  • Meet key stakeholders and decision-makers in the Emirates and the wider Gulf/MENA region  

  • Attend an in-market business briefing and B2B networking reception at the British Embassy Dubai  

  • Benefit from on-the-ground support from DIT experts to facilitate your visit and assist in identifying opportunities for your company


Who should attend?

UK companies with expertise in the following areas:

• Architecture • Fit-Out & Interior Design • Experiential Design • Creative Technology


For more information please email:

Please register your interest by 7 September 2021 


Eurasia Rail 2021, Istanbul-Turkey

Eurasia Rail is the most important event in the rail sector in Turkey and this year it will be held in İstanbul between the dates of 25 and 27 November.


DIT representatives are planning to visit the event and would be happy to engage in advance with the UK companies who are joining/interested in the event.


If your company is attending or is interested in attending, please get in touch with your local International Trade team at the Chamber.   


Market Visit to Arab Health 2022

Join this Midlands Engine market visit to Arab Health 2022 and participate digitally and/or physically (subject to UAE being added to the green list and COVID 19 travel restrictions being lifted).


This is your opportunity to meet with international buyers and to establish valuable contacts at one of the world’s largest medical technology and life sciences exhibitions.  
About the visit:  
At the exhibition, companies will be supported by a DIT life sciences sector specialist and have access to the following facilities:  

  • Attend market overview sessions delivered by DIT sector specialists  

  • Midlands Engine adviser support at the exhibition  

  • Digital promotion on your company on stand  

  • A wealth of networking opportunities  

  • Access to Midlands Engine on stand facilities including seating and light refreshments  

  • Free use of meeting facilities  

  • Companies will feature in a Midlands Engine directory  


Register your interest:

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