Invest Northern Ireland Helps Local Firms Gain from Good Environmental Management

Oct 19, 2004

Invest NI has helped eleven local firms from across Northern Ireland successfully complete a significant milestone in its ‘Building Blocks to a Better Business'pilot programme which helps small to medium sized businesses (SME's) develop better working practices to help protect the environment.

‘Building Blocks to a Better Business’, launched by Invest NI in September of last year and delivered locally by White Young Green, is designed to help companies achieve BS 8555, the new UK standard for the phased implementation of an Environmental Management System (EMS).

Commenting on the programme Leslie Morrison, Chief Executive of Invest NI, said:

“Companies are under increasing pressure, from the public, their clients and from government legislation to control and minimise the impact they have on the environment.

“By implementing an effective EMS strategy they can not only meet these obligations but produce cost savings through lower resource consumption. This should also reduce legal liability and improve customer satisfaction.”

One of the principal aims of BS 8555 is to improve the company’s environmental performance, using environmental performance indicators to assess the impact they have on the environment. To support this process, extensive guidance materials, training programmes and a range of practical implementation tools have been developed to help firms’ progress along the path of environmental improvement, towards achieving accreditation to BS 8555.

Delivered through a series of workshops and consultancy days and geared to individual company’s business experience and resource availability ‘Building Blocks to a Better Business’ can help SME’s achieve full completion of BS 8555 in manageable stages.

Alan Neville, Director of Knowledge Management with Invest NI said:

“The BS 8555 guide has helped a number of firms navigate the process of creating a sound environmental policy and gain recognition as responsible businesses.”

“Implementing an Environmental Management System can be a difficult process and many SME’s in Northern Ireland have limited experience in dealing with environmental issues in an integrated way. Our thinking behind this pilot programme was to further simplify the process and ensure that as many firms as possible can implement better environmental working practices.”

Notes to Editors

The companies selected to participate in the programme include:

§ Andor Technology

§ Boomer Industries Ltd.

§ Clarehill Plastics Ltd.

§ Dungannon Meats

§ Huhtamaki (Lurgan) Ltd.

§ Lakeland Dairies Ltd.

§ PWS Ireland

§ RFD Beaufort Ltd.

§ Tyrone Crystal

§ United Feeds

§ UPU Industries Ltd.

White Young Green

White Young Green (WYG) is a multi-discipline consultancy providing Environmental, Health & Safety, Engineering and Management Services. The company employs over 1,200 staff operating from 23 offices.

Within Ireland, WYG are the largest environmental consultancy, operating from offices in Belfast, Cork, Dublin, Limerick and Londonderry.

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