Applications are now open for the popular six-month council-led programme which aims to help local businesses strengthen their competitiveness in the market place by saving up to 10 per cent on their overhead costs.
Business Improvement through Environmental Solutions (BITES) is a business development initiative designed to help organisations throughout the borough enhance their competitiveness and sustainability through more efficient use and management of resources (energy, water, waste and raw materials). The project is part-funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland.
The programme is delivered by environmental consultants Mabbett who are experienced in assisting businesses implement changes to their resources through an environmental management system and effectively achieve cost-saving results. It is part-funded by Newtownabbey Borough Council and is delivered through a series of workshops and bespoke one-to-one visits to the business premises.
Councillor Robert Hill, Chairman of the Development Committee commented: “This programme is a fantastic way for businesses to review and identify opportunities for saving on costs. Many past participants of the course find the one-to-one mentoring and site visits a vital support and also find other businesses experiences very useful.
“The course will not only make your organisation more sustainable, but will also boost it through up-skilling and benchmarking with others on business performance.”
The next course is due to commence in July 2014.
For further information about the BITES programme, or to request an application form, contact Robert Duncan on 028 9038 7047 or email Duncan@mabbett.eu