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All Aboard news sheet of the Central Appointments Unit (CAU) in the Executive Office
15 October 2018

Welcome to the twenty eighth edition of ‘All Aboard’ the news-sheet of the Central Appointments Unit (CAU) in the Executive Office.


Included in this edition is a list of the public appointment vacancies expected to arise during the first half of 2019.  Any vacancies arising after we go to print will be added to the nidirect website.


Department of Finance: Common questions and answers about public procurement
4 October 2018


Some useful information around the procurement process and doing business with the public sector, via the link

Bryson sets ambitious growth target to boost economy by £150m
28 September 2018

Recycling within the social economy has the potential to generate up to £150 million for the province in coming years the head of a leading business has claimed. As Belfast based Bryson Recycling celebrates its 25th year in operation, director Eric Randall CEO said the not-for-profit model was changing the way domestic recycling services are carried out both here in Northern Ireland and across the British Isles and driven by user demand.


Read the full story here

Small businesses urged to apply for new £8m loan fund
28 September 2018

Small businesses in Northern Ireland could benefit from loans of up to £100,000 from a newly launched government fund. The second Northern Ireland Small Business Fund is now open and has the potential to lend over £8 million to local SMEs, helping them to invest, grow and create jobs. SMEs can benefit from an increased loan level of £100,000, while start-up enterprises can obtain loans of up to £15,000. Since it launched in 2013, the Small Business Fund has supported almost 400 local businesses by providing over £7.5m in loans.

11 brand new Northern Ireland suppliers have been selected to be stocked in all 195 Lidl stores throughout Ireland
26 September 2018

Hailing from every county in Northern Ireland and producing a range of locally made artisan products, 11 suppliers in Northern Ireland have been selected to take part in Lidl’s Kick Start Supplier Development Programme.  The chosen suppliers will see their products go on sale in all 195 Lidl stores throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland from September 17th for a limited period while stocks last.