Businesses Missing out on Substantial Savings

Northern Ireland businesses operate in a tough environment and, with pressure from world energy prices, businesses are recognising that energy efficiency and overall environmental performance should now be a priority on their agenda.

“Companies need to be assessing how energy and environmental technologies can help them meet the twin challenges of rising energy costs and the introduction of more stringent European environmental legislation,“ says Tracy Meharg, Invest Northern Ireland’s Managing Director of Innovation and Capability Development.

“The Invest NI Energy and Environment Show, running on 18 and 19 January 2006, is an opportunity for local businesses to do that. With over 70 companies exhibiting their products and services and a range of practical seminars from experts, the show will help companies to discover how they can make substantial savings by becoming more resource efficient.”

The show provides businesses across Northern Ireland with an opportunity to source energy saving technologies and environmental products to enable them to make significant savings. It is also a forum to find out about the latest environmental legislation and to exploit new business opportunities.

The focus of this year’s show is to create savings, in terms of both business and natural resources. By employing resource efficiency measures, companies can save over £1,000 per employee each year which will help them to remain competitive within their sector.  Environmental compliance can also protect businesses against costly fines and reduce both legal and insurance costs.

At the show 44 practical seminars are scheduled, which will offer advice and guidance from experts to help businesses to develop, reduce resource consumption and maximize competitive strength.  Additionally, each company attending the show will have the opportunity to enter a free prize draw to win £5,000 worth of energy efficient equipment from the Carbon Trust.

With worldwide business searching for viable alternatives to using fossil fuels, new innovative technologies and products are emerging.  Running parallel to the seminar programme is an exhibition where 77 companies will present a range of products and services that aim to reduce business costs and improve environmental performance.  Companies are also invited to arrange independent site surveys to help them choose the right products.

To find out more about the Energy and Environment Show 2006 which takes place at the Lisburn LeisurePlex on 18th and 19th January or to register your interest in attending any of its free workshops, log onto the Invest NI web site