20 May: Foyle International and NWRC announce £100K KTP project

North West Regional College’s (NWRC) Business Support Centre (BSC) has announced details of a new £100K Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project with Foyle International. The two-year project funded by InnovateUK and Invest Northern Ireland is aiming to develop a Tracking Internship and Management of Experience System (TIME) which will control the process of recruiting, experience management, tracking and assessment of students when completing placements in an intuitive and student focused manner.

13 May: Coleraine dental experts develop anti-snoring device with help from NWRC

Experts from a Coleraine Dental Laboratory have developed a revolutionary new anti-snoring device, with help from North West Regional College’s (NWRC) Business Support Centre (BSC)

Coleraine dental laboratory, CinchORTHO owned by husband and wife William and Judy Purvis have developed two anti-snoring devices designed to prevent snoring, and in more severe cases, sleep apnoea.

CinchORTHO’s anti-snoring devices, under their Soundly brand, work by gently holding the jaw forward in an open position which promotes a steady flow of air through the mouth thus making for a better night’s sleep.

03 May: Employment initiative allows students to study for free locally

A new wave of learning is emerging at North West Regional College (NWRC)

Post A-Level students, students who have undertaken Level 3 qualifications, and those currently in employment looking to upskill into a new role, are being given the opportunity to take part in a major employment initiative in the North West that allows them to jointly study and work in paid employment in their chosen profession as part of the Higher Level Apprenticeship (HLA) programme.

NWRC offers HLA courses in Accountancy; Software Development, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, International Hospitality and Tourism Management, Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Leadership for Children’s Care, Learning and Development.

17 Apr: Engineering firm become heavy lifters with help from NWRC BSC team

A local engineering company has developed an innovative new lifting device with help from North West Regional College’s (NWRC) Business Support Centre (BSC)

Globaltec NI, based in Derry~Londonderry, sought help from NWRC BSC to create a unique lifting device (A-frame) which can lift 2000kg (2 tonnes) and fit through doorways as small as 600mm (2ft),  as most lifting devices are unable to get through doorways less than 1500mm (5ft).

The unique device was developed with support from NWRC’s Product Design Centre who provided 60 hours of one to one mentoring and training to the company through the Department for the Economy’s Innovate Us programme.

21 Mar: NWRC’s Karen Marran shortlisted for top award

A Technical Consultant at North West Regional College’s (NWRC) Foodovation Centre has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Northern Ireland Food and Drink Awards (NIFDA).

Karen Marran said she was delighted to be named as a finalist for her Outstanding Contribution to the Food and Drink sector.

She said: ”When I found out I was named as a finalist I was shocked but delighted.

‘’I’m really passionate about helping and supporting local businesses such as Lo & Slo (Emily McCorkell), With Love Recipes (Sharron McCormick), Sukhi’s Kitchen (Sukhi Nagra) and Hempful (Eamon Canning) as well as many others who have successfully turned their ideas into market ready products.’’….

15 Mar: Huge turnout for NWRC Strabane Business Breakfast

North West Regional College (NWRC) has held a successful Business Breakfast event at its Strabane Campus as part of Derry-Strabane Enterprise Week.Business owners, entrepreneurs and politicians from West Tyrone and the wider area were amongst those who turned out for the event, which was hosted by the college’s Business Support team (BSC), at the Campus’s Learning Resource Centre.

19 Feb: NWRC Strabane hosts FREE Business Breakfast on March 5

The Business Support Centre (BSC) at North West Regional College (NWRC) will host a FREE Business Breakfast at their Strabane Campus, offering local business owners and entrepreneurs the opportunity to find out more about the various funding opportunities available from NWRC BSC and Department for Economy. The event, which is part of Derry-Strabane Enterprise Week 2019, will run from 8.30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on March 5th at the College’s Campus on the Derry Road in Strabane. Fergal Tuffy, Technology Innovation Manager at NWRC BSC said: ”Whether you are an entrepreneur, or running a company with up to 250 employees, we have a range of FREE support programmes, that can help your business grow. ”With Invest NI Innovation Vouchers worth…

04 Feb: Lynch Windows and NWRC win Fusion Project Exemplar Award

Lynch Windows and NWRC win Fusion Project Exemplar Award By Aoife Curran Lynch Windows and North West Regional College (NWRC) are celebrating after being awarded the prestigious InterTradeIreland ‘Fusion Project Exemplar Award’ at a gala event hosted by InterTrade Ireland at the Corrick House Hotel in Co. Tyrone.   The cross-border collaborative project was recognised as delivering exceptionally high levels of innovation and collaboration between Buncrana-based company Lynch Windows, InterTradeIreland Fusion graduate Lauren Bradley and the NWRC Business Support Centre through its Technology Innovation Manager, Dr. Fergal Tuffy, and Philip Devlin, NWRC Engineering Technical Consultant. Fergal explained: ‘’We first had an enquiry from one of InterTradeIreland’s Fusion advisors, Niall O’Somachain, who covers the North West, outlining that Lynch Windows were looking…

28 Jan: Hanna Hats new collection hailed as ‘another great success’ at Showcase Ireland event

Hanna Hats new collection hailed as ‘another great success’ at Showcase Ireland event By Aoife Curran Donegal millinery business, Hanna Hats unveiled their new collection in collaboration with InterTradeIreland Fusion graduate Rachel Blanckensee and North West Regional College at ‘Showcase Ireland.’  Eleanor Hanna of Hanna Hats said: ‘’This years Showcase Ireland event which took place place on Sunday 20th to Wednesday 23rd was busy as usual and our long-time customers were delighted to see our latest ladies’ styles. ‘’But we found that we had new interest from new buyers who loved our new designs and the Slieve League was a great success at the show. Our new look book created by Rachel and Amanda-Jane went down really well at the…

28 Jan: NWRC to host Innovation Voucher Drop-In Clinics

NWRC to host Innovation Voucher Drop-In Clinics By Aoife Curran Entrepreneurs, small and medium sized businesses who have an idea for a new product or service are encouraged to come along to one of North West Regional Colleges Innovation Voucher Drop-In Clinics to hear about the funding available through the Invest Northern Ireland funded programme and the support available from the NWRC. The Innovation Voucher Drop-In Clinics will take place in NWRC’s Strabane Campus on Tuesday 29th January, Limavady Product Design Centre, Greystone Campus on Wednesday 30th January and Business Support Centre, Northland Building, Strand Road Campus on Thursday 31st January from 10am – 4pm. Fergal Tuffy, Technology Innovation Manager at NWRC Business Support Centre explained:  ‘’The £5,000 Innovation Voucher programme,…