As part of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s continued commitment to supporting businesses in the area, the Economic Development section has scheduled a FREE Sales Academy Conference.
Date: Thursday 13th September 2018
Time: 09:15am – 3:00pm
Venue: Manor House Country Hotel, Killadeas, Enniskillen, BT94 1NY
The Sales Academy Conference intends to support our businesses to be as effective and efficient in selling as they can be. Sales is key to sustainability and growth across all business sectors from manufacturing, construction and financial services to renewables, tourism and food & drink but how we buy and therefore how we sell is going through many changes.
Join other business professionals, marketers and salespeople who are passionate about and invested in generating tangible revenue growth for their businesses. Through the Masterclass series, hear from industry leaders how to evaluate and improve your sales strategies with tools such as networking, eCommerce and Communication.
Keynote speaker, Alan Shortt, will finish out the day exploring how the art of communication and storytelling impacts on sales. Combining the latest research in Neuroscience, Human Behavioural Habits and Basic Communication Skills, Alan uses his accents and characters to explore how we, Men and Women, communicate with each other. He brings his audience on a journey of discovery, explaining how we read body language, interpret vocal tones and react to emotions.
During the Conference, the Council will launch details of two new business support programmes part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
The GREBE project arranged a possibility for the transfer of knowledge within the Northern Periphery area by hosting expert sessions with SME´s. The sessions were part of the GREBE project meeting events hosted by the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council from 6th – 10th November 2017. Two experts, Saija Rasi and Veikko Möttönen from the GREBE partner organization Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) were available to the participants for one-to-one meetings.
Saija Rasi, whose expertise is in bioenergy production, biogas technology, gas analysis, treatment of biodegradable wastes and bio refineries, provided information to stakeholders interested in biogas technology / energy production and nutrient circulation.
Veikko Möttönen has his area of expertise in wood mechanical properties, drying of wood and sawn timber, further processing of sawn wood, further processing of side streams and wood modification, and was able to provide information on practices to handle side streams and plans of company for the production development.
The experts were also available during a networking event for businesses from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland giving the opportunity to engage with one another or opening up the possibility of joint working opportunities in the future.
This activity was part of the GREBE project´s “Knowledge & Technology Transfer and Business Delivery” working package led by the Natural Research Institute Finland (LUKE). The aim of the expert sessions were to facilitate transnational effective knowledge transfer and collaboration in the renewable energy business sector and to promote knowledge sharing and information exchange between actors in renewable energy supply and demand.
More information on the topic in general can be found from GREBE´s Renewable Business Portal under: http://www.renewablebusiness.eu
Fermanagh and Omagh District Council hosted a meeting of the GREBE project in the week 6th – 10th November 2017. This meeting, the 7th Partner meeting took place on Tuesday and Wednesday and culminated in a networking event for those businesses who engaged with the Entrepreneur Enabler Scheme in Northern Ireland, and brought them together with a number of businesses from the Republic of Ireland.
The following partners were in attendance:
- Western Development Commission – Ireland
- Action Renewables – Northern Ireland
- Fermanagh and Omagh District Council – Northern Ireland
- University of the Highlands and Islands – Scotland
- Natural Research Institute LUKE – Finland
- Karelia University of Applied Science – Finland
- Narvik Science Park – Norway
- Icelandic Centre for Innovation – Iceland
An important aspect of this event was also the involvement of two experts from Finland who were available to the participants for one-to-one meetings, Veikko Mottenen and Saija Rasi. These meetings were positively received and the speed networking event afforded all of those who attended the opportunity to engage with one another, opening up the possibility of joint working opportunities in the future. The high-energy event was facilitated by Ruth Daly of Sort-IT and was enjoyed by all.
After the networking event, the group attended a Chairman’s reception in Enniskillen Townhall, followed by a social event when the networking continued.
Thursday saw the group visit a number of sites to see the range of activities within the area in the Renewable Energy sector. Site visits were facilitated by the CREST centre at South West College in Enniskillen, an associated partner in the GREBE project, Balcas, who are a major supplier of fuel to the Renewable Energy sector and finally to Ecohog, based in Carrickmore, Co Tyrone, whose machinery is built locally and is sold across the globe and has been making significant inroads into the Renewable Energy sector.
The GREBE Project is organising a networking workshop and site visits in Enniskillen on Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th November 2017. We would like to invite stakeholders from Northern Ireland and Ireland in the renewable energy sector to participate in this event.
The aim is to highlight the benefits of renewable energy for SMEs and start-up businesses and give participants the opportunity to meet with biomass experts from the Natural Resources Institute in Finland (https://www.luke.fi/).
Veikko Möttönens area of expertise is wood mechanical properties, drying of wood and sawn timber, further processing of sawn wood, further processing of side streams, wood modification (thermal modification – Thermowood, preservative impregnation) and Saija Rasis area of expertise is in bioenergy production, biogas technology, gas analysis, treatment of biodegradable wastes, biorefineries. Places are limited for one to one meetings with Veikko and Saija.
GREBE Project partners from Finland, Norway, Iceland and Scotland will be available to share their knowledge. Participants from the Entrepreneur Enabler Scheme (both SMEs and mentors), and other renewable energy businesses will attend and are happy to share their experiences.
On Thursday 9th November, site visits will be held at the CREST Centre in South West College, Balcas and Ecohog (an Entrepreneur Enabler Scheme participant).
Places are limited, and if you would like to attend, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org (Northern Ireland participants), or email@example.com (Ireland participants) before 6.00pm on Wednesday 25th October 2017.
The GREBE Project has published a report based on case studies on the awareness and understanding of funding for renewable energy businesses. The report can be downloaded from the GREBE Website here
The key objective of this report was to identify and promote opportunities for policy to provide an effective supportive framework for sustainable renewable energy business (both new and emerging). The focus of this report was on the support and benefits that each case study received, including how the supports and benefits helped each business in terms of creating employment, finance or diversifying their business. This report examines the funding mechanisms, criteria, application practicalities and business outcomes and innovations in the case studies.
When carrying out the report, the most popular funding mechanisms available to the renewable energy businesses were research & development supports and also financial supports. In Ireland one company received a support towards creating employment through the JobsPlus scheme. JobsPlus is an employer incentive which encourages and rewards employers who offer employment opportunities. On the other hand support mechanisms such as social support, were not as popular throughout the partner regions.
Through analysing the chosen case studies, Finland, Iceland and Scotland have a number of different funding mechanisms were available to companies for certain types of projects, whereas in Northern Ireland only one type of support was available for certain projects.
All of the funding supports discussed throughout this report can be found in the GREBE business support catalogue at: http://grebeproject.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/GREBE-Business-Supports-Catalog.pdf
The full report can be viewed at: http://grebeproject.eu/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/GREBE-Report-on-Awareness-Understanding-of-Funding-Options-August-2017.pdf
The GREBE Project will attend the NPA Annual Conference 2017 which takes place in Galway on 21st September. The theme of this years conference is ‘Blue Growth’.
The programme for the conference not only focuses on the Arctic, but also aims to contribute to the Atlantic Strategy. The conference will address such topics as entrepreneurship and innovation related to fisheries and aquaculture, environmental protection and maritime and coastal tourism.
Galway located on the Atlantic coast is a fitting location. The venue is the Marine Institute, which plays a national coordinating role in the Atlantic Strategy.
The Western Development Commission, Action Renewables, Fermanagh & Omagh District Council and the Environmental Research Institute will attend and meet with other projects funded under the NPA programme.
Information on the NPA Programme and conference is available here
The NIRDP 2014-2020 has six priorities and is supported by a total budget of approximately £623 million. The six priorities are:
- Knowledge transfer and innovation in agriculture, forestry and rural areas
- Farm competitiveness and risk management
- Food chain organisation
- Restoring and enhancing ecosystems
- Promoting resource efficiency
- Social inclusion, poverty reduction and economic development in rural areas
Fermanagh and Omagh Local Action Group (LAG) Ltd which covers the Fermanagh and Omagh district, is one of ten LAGs responsible for delivering Priority 6 in the rural areas of Northern Ireland. The overall aim of Priority 6, which has a budget allocation of approximately £70 million, is to promote social inclusion, poverty reduction and economic development in rural areas (LEADER). The NIRDP 2014-2020 is part financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the Department of Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).
The Fermanagh and Omagh LAG will, through programme delivery with a budget of approximately £8.29 million and by working in partnership with other agencies, contribute to the development of stronger rural communities through the creation of a more diverse and outward looking prosperous rural economy. The LAG will do this by creating greater local employment opportunities. The LAG will also support innovative approaches to the development of local services and facilities meeting the needs of the changing rural population. The LAG will achieve this by delivering the following Schemes:
- Rural Business Investment Scheme
- Rural Basic Services Scheme
- Rural Village Renewal Scheme
- Rural Broadband Scheme
- Co-operation Scheme
Details of the Rural Business Investment scheme are available on this factsheet: Rural Business Investment Scheme Factsheet
The Fermanagh and Omagh LAG Board comprises 24 Members of which 11 are elected representatives nominated by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council (FODC) and 13 social partners representing the business, community and agriculture sectors.
Fermanagh and Omagh District Council acts as the Administrative Council with responsibility for all financial and administrative matters.