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NEWS LETTER

www.newsletter.co.uk Tuesday, September 7, 2021

BUSINESS
‘Businesses have a key role to play’

LQ BID calling
on all to tackle
climate change

Brett Ross, RiverRidge, Chris McCracken, LQ BID, Kieran Harding, Business in Community and Ian Fraser, Power NI

Q BID has revealed
its plans to transform Belfast’s
Linen Quarter into
Northern Ireland’s
first sustainable district,
helping to lead the collective
effort required to tackle the
climate crisis.
The plans are part of LQ
BID’s vision for a reimagined
Linen Quarter with enhanced outdoor areas, added
green spaces and a greater
investment in improved infrastructure for walking and
cycling already underway.
To help bring this vision forward, LQ BID has
identified key areas where
businesses can make an
immediate impact, such as
energy, waste and transport,
and has partnered with local organisations including
Business in the Community,
Power NI, RiverRidge and
Cycling UK, to introduce the
first phase of activity this
autumn.
Businesses across the
district will be offered access to free educational resources, alongside practical
initiatives, to become more
sustainably minded organisations. These include
climate change training,
membership of an accredited green energy scheme,
more sustainable waste management and Cycling UK accreditation.
Kieran Harding, the managing director of Business
in the Community, said:
“Addressing climate breakdown is necessary to ensure
a liveable future, and busi-

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nesses have a key role to play.
Business in the Community
is working in partnership
with LQ BID to build Belfast
back better as we transition
out of Covid-19. Chris and
the team at LQ BID are showing true leadership and the
practical programmes on offer will influence and inspire
businesses to make a positive
impact.”
LQ BID’s Chris McCracken acknowledges
that a collective effort is
required: “Our vision is to
transform the Linen Quarter into Northern Ireland’s
first sustainable district.
This doesn’t mean we have
cracked every problem, but it
provides the focus to make a
difference and helps inspire
businesses across Belfast
and beyond.
“Cities are vulnerable to
the effects of climate change
and urban activity is a major
contributor to greenhouse
gas emissions. So, we’ve
identified key areas – transport, energy, waste - where
businesses have the opportunity to make changes, with
practical support from LQ
BID. In addition, we will continue to promote regeneration projects that increase
the quality of our urban settings and promote sustainable living.”
LQ BID will measure the
area’s transition towards a
sustainable district through
an annual survey, which will
measure progress across
hundreds of organisations
and help illustrate best practice. Energy is a key area of

focus and LQ BID has partnered with Power NI to roll
out Green Energy contracts
to members with 100% renewably sourced electricity.
Ian Fraser, key account
manager at Power NI, said:
“We’re delighted to partner
with LQ BID in its efforts
to create NI’s first sustainable district and we encourage organisations across the
Linen Quarter to consider
the transition from brown to
green energy. We have also
produced a free guide to help
organisations find out how to
use energy more efficiently.
Many businesses may not be
aware that they can install
energy-saving technology
and avail of funding through
Power NI under the NI Sustainable Energy Programme
(NISEP). We’re evolving to be
more than just your electricity supplier, so you can speak
to us about any energy needs
including LED lighting, EV
charging, energy management and generating your
own electricity.”
LQ BID has also appointed
RiverRidge as its preferred
waste management supplier,
and this will promote recycling and reuse.
Brett Ross, CEO of RiverRidge, added: “The waste
industry is a critical part of
the business cycle, but waste
is also a major contributor to
the global threat of climate
change. A more rigorous focus on recycling, reuse, and
the benefits of the circular
economy, is necessary if we
are to be serious about sustainability.”

Graham begins 25-year
contract at Lisburn Primary
and Community Care Centre
Northern Ireland firm, Graham, is supporting the South
Eastern Health and Social
Care Trust’s (SEHSCT) provision of multi-disciplinary,
community care at the Lisburn Primary and Community Care Centre as part of a
landmark 25-year facilities
management (FM) contract.
Thenew£40mhealthcare
facility sits on the site of the
existing Lagan Valley Hospital.
Featuring state-of-the-art
treatment rooms, modern
minor procedures consultation areas and a children’s
services centre, it has createdabenchmarkforjoinedup
services.
Dentistry,podiatry,orthopaedics, adult mental health,
addiction services and occupational therapy will all
be delivered at the 12,792 sq
m building in what is a step
change for community care
in the city of Lisburn.
Since mid-April, leading
FM provider,Graham, has
been providing planned and
reactive maintenance services as well as undertaking
lifecycle management and
grounds maintenance activities.
A team of dedicated technical experts, mobile en-

Lisburn Primary and Community Care Centre

gineers and compliance
service engineers is responsible for all electrical, mechanical and building fabric
works, and specialist plant
and equipment throughout
the Primary and Community
Care Building.
A bespoke asset tagging
andlifecycletrackingsystem,
complemented by an internally developed Computer
AidedFacilitiesManagement
system, combine to ensure
an intelligent approach to
the management of the longterm building assets.
Martin Gillespie, Graham operations director,
said: “Graham is delighted to
be working closely with the
SouthEasternHealthandSocial Care Trust. The Lisburn
PrimaryCareandCommuni-

ty Centre is a state-of-the-art
facility and will make a real
difference to the lives of so
manypatientsinthearea.We
will draw upon our expertise
inthehealthcaresectortoensure that the Trust’s services
are delivered to the highest
possible standards.”
Graham has developed a
comprehensive portfolio in
the healthcare sector. It continuestoprovideFMservices
in support of NHS Lanarkshire and NHS Lothian, as
well as to the Belfast Health
and Social Care Trust. During the onset of the Covid-19
pandemic, Graham teams
worked behind the scenes at
the Royal Victoria Hospital,
providingemergencyelectrical services and minor works
to critical care units.

Businesses invited to enter
the NI Chamber awards
Businesses across the province are invited to submit
their entries to the NI Chamber Business Awards.
With five categories, including a new one specifically celebrating greenbusiness
initiatives, the awards recognise and reward Northern
Ireland’s leading exporters,
entrepreneurs and companies which prioritise diversity and inclusion. Category
winners will go on to represent Northern Ireland at the
British Chambers of Commerce national awards ceremony in December.
The categories are: The
Planet Saver, The Game
Changer, The Global Player,
The Problem Solver and The
Equality Trailblazer.
Encouraging member
businesses to submit their
entries before the deadline
on Monday, September 27,
Christopher Morrow, head
of communications and policy at NI Chamber, said: “En-

Christopher Morrow and Olivia Stewart, NI Chamber

teringtheChamberBusiness
Awardsisanidealwayforour
memberstoearnrecognition
for the innovative projects
and new business wins they
have been working on, even
inthemostchallengingofcircumstances. More than ever,
businesses deserve to be cel-

ebrated for what they have
achieved.”
The Chamber Business
Awards are open to all NI
Chamber members and are
free for them to enter. Nomination forms can be downloaded from the NI Chamber
website.