New Round of Tariff Suspension/Quota Schemes


The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation announces a new round of the tariff suspension/quota schemes and is calling for applications from manufacturers in the chemicals, microelectronic and related sectors.


The tariff suspension scheme offers the possibility for such companies to import raw materials, components or intermediate products from outside the European Union free from tariff duty, if the item cannot be sourced in the EU.


The tariff quota scheme is designed to address shortages in the availability of required materials within the EU and can be applied for in the same way as suspensions.


Closing date and time for the receipt of the next round of applications is 5.30pm on Friday, 27 January 2017. Applications should be sent by e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and posted to the Department. Please note that late or incomplete applications will not be accepted by the Department.  


The suspension of duties on these applications, if they are successful, will come into effect 12 months after the application is made.


Further information on the Tariff Suspension or Quota Scheme may be found here:

Go-2-Tender Workshop


Go-2-Tender is an InterTradeIreland programme which has been developed to give SMEs the confidence, knowledge and practical skills to tender successfully for public sector contracts in their own jurisdiction and on a cross-border basis.


The programme is geared towards SMEs who are new to tendering or who want to improve their basic tendering skills. The course consists of a two day workshop and a half day of mentoring. This mentoring may be extended by up to 2 additional days and all mentoring is delivered by an experienced consultant to assist with tender development. 


The workshops will take place on 16th and 30th March 2017. Venue details to follow shortly.  Find out more course details below:


Day One


  • How to source above and below threshold contract opportunities
  • The bid/no bid decision
  • How the Public Sector buys (North and South)
  • How to assess opportunities using live examples
  • Electronic tender platforms (e.g. eTendersNI &
  • Success strategies for SMEs


Day Two


  • How to become more competitive
  • Improving your document writing skills
  • Checklist of tender content and how it should be presented
  • Debriefing following tender competitions
  • Action planning for successful tendering



Registration begins at 9.00 and the programme wraps up at 17.00 on both days. To register for the event, download the Go-2-Tender Workshop Application Form (218 KB).  Once completed, email the form to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



Go-2-Tender provides excellent value for money and includes training, materials, catering and mentoring. The cost is £85 or €100 per person.

Does your business have a technical challenge? Why not talk to TSSG about an Innovation Voucher?


TSSG Innovation Vouchers


Innovation vouchers assist companies in delivering technical solutions to their business challenges. A Enterprise Ireland voucher entitles SMEs and start-ups to gain access to €5000 worth of research to be carried out by TSSG.


Innovation Vouchers are an excellent way for companies to access the high level of knowledge and expertise at TSSG. We can provide innovative ways of solving problems, create a technical roadmap, assist a company to explore a business opportunity or help steer your company in the right direction.


For further details, please contact:

Diarmaid Brennan

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Tel: 086 0822 126

Updating your contracts from 2017: consider Mediation


Chambers Ireland, in partnership with the Law Society, CIArb, Mediator’s Institute and the Courts Service, launched a Business and Commercial Mediation Scheme last year with the objective of promoting the use of mediation as a cost and resource efficient way for businesses to resolve commercial disputes. For more information on the service, visit our website.


Click here to download a factsheet on how using mediation can help your business, particularly when it comes to negotiating/renewing contracts for the new year.


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