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  1. Business Information Services & Euro Info Centre Mandy Mills

  2. Who Are We? • Business Research facilities providing a wealth of company and market information using specialised electronic database resources • Euro Info Centre- one of 280 in wider Europe backed by the European Commission advising companies on EU legislation, programmes, opportunities, Euro etc • Based in Bedford Street

  3. What We Do Requests for information deal with a wide range of issues: • Business opportunities • Funding opportunities • Finding agents/distributors • Market information • Customer/competitor leads • EU legislation, the Euro, programmes • Tenders Service – UK, Europe • SEE IRELAND – KEY INFORMATION SOURCES

  4. Success Stories • Underfloor heating company wanted to win more business in the Republic of Ireland. After identifying a suitable trade fair to attend, we used our company databases to supply it with a list of potential customers, whom they could invite to the show. This has proved a very successful method of finding new business. • Company selling medical supplies won its first 3 contracts in the Republic of Ireland after subscribing to our Tenders Alert Service. • A construction company used information supplied from our market reports and from government sources which we identified to put together a strategy for the market in the Republic of Ireland. They are now able to focus on the best opportunities for their company.

  5. How Can We Help? - Market Information • Market Size • Market Trends • Main Players • Industry Overviews • Forecasts

  6. Key Market Research Databases • Mintel – consumer/industrial reports UK/Ireland • Keynote – industrial reports UK • AMA Research – construction related reports, UK/Europe • Euromonitor –international markets and statistics • Datamonitor – international reports, company & industry profiles • Snapshots – industry profiles, Europe and Asia-Pacific

  7. Sample Reports on the Irish Market • Irish Lifestyles - Mintel • Construction Information Services: Outlook 2007 • Software • Telecommunications • Pharmaceutical Market

  8. Q: What Will People Spend Money On In 2007?

  9. Q: What Will People Spend Money On In 2007? Answer: Holidays, homes and ‘hoardings’

  10. 5000 fact sheets of business information Getting Started Finance and Grants Taxes, Return and Payroll Employing People Health and Safety IT and eCommerce Sales and Marketing Grow your Business Exploit your ideas International Trade Buy or sell a business Over 500 pages over specialist NI content Starting up in different regions Exporting to key markets Trading with ROI Diversifying your farm Women in Business Social Entrepreneurs Managing waste Environmental schemes R&D support in NI Social Entrepreneurs 150 local regulations NI Business Info

  11. Tools • Over 70 interactive tools like… • Business start-up organiser • Health and Safety Performance Indicator • A regulation checklist – main business regulations • A licence and permit checklist – local and national • An interactive guide to sectoral regulations • Decision trees: E.g. ‘do I need to register for VAT?’ • Register for Government transactions • Create a written contract of employment • Tax deadline email alerts • Print portfolio – create a free PDF combining many guides into a well-designed document

  12. Finding a Partner - Company Information • Suppliers, Competitors, Customers, Partners • Location • Product • Size • Turnover

  13. Company Information Sources Include: • Database Ireland – NI/ Republic of Ireland • Fame – UK/Ireland • Global Referencing System - Global • Specialist Directories

  14. Sample from Fame

  15. Euro Info Centre Services • Business Cooperation - Irish EICs in Dublin, Waterford, Cork, Galway, Sligo • European funding opportunities • Newsletter

  16. EIC Services - Contract Information Tenders Alert Service • Daily Tenders Alert Service – EU tender notices published in Official Journal and sub-thresholds for UK & Republic of Ireland • £210 million worth of business won due to opportunities identified via the service Newmarkets • Public sector and commercial construction projects in Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland

  17. Contacts Business Information Services & Euro Info Centre Bedford Square, Bedford Street, Belfast BT2 7EH Tel: 028 90 698135 E-mail: bis@investni.com