Newtownabbey Times’ search for Person to be Proud of

Launching the 'firmus energy Person to Be Proud Of competition' is Declan McGuckin, customer care assistant, Michael Scott, general manager and Ruth Forsythe, customer care co-ordinator for firmus energy. The local natural gas company is supporting the Johnston Press competition in celebration of reaching its 50,000 customers milestone in Northern Ireland. INLT 10-609-CON

Launching the 'firmus energy Person to Be Proud Of competition' is Declan McGuckin, customer care assistant, Michael Scott, general manager and Ruth Forsythe, customer care co-ordinator for firmus energy. The local natural gas company is supporting the Johnston Press competition in celebration of reaching its 50,000 customers milestone in Northern Ireland. INLT 10-609-CON

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Local natural gas supplier, firmus energy, is celebrating a mammoth milestone, having reached 50,000 customers across Northern Ireland. To mark this achievement the company is supporting the ‘Person To Be Proud Of’ competition which is running through Johnston Press newspapers across the province, including the Newtownabbey Times.

Michael Scott, general manager for firmus energy, explains: “We are delighted that 50,000 customers have chosen to connect to the cost-saving and environmental benefits of firmus energy natural gas throughout Northern Ireland. This is a real milestone for firmus energy and we want to thank each and every one of our customers within our local communities.

“As we extend our gas network even further, such as to Bushmills, Bessbrook and Ballyclare, more and more people are opting to switch to natural gas. As well as being around 31 per cent cheaper than home heating oil¹, natural gas can contribute to cleaner air for the area as it is the most environmentally-friendly fossil fuel emitting less carbon emissions into the atmosphere than other fuel alternatives.

“We are delighted to support the ‘Person To Be Proud Of’ competition that will be running in the Newtownabbey Times and we hope that it will highlight a lot exceptional individuals living and working in the local area. We are looking forward to hearing about people from the Newtownabbey borough who go that extra mile, whether they carry out good deeds for someone or if they regularly give up their own time and energy to benefit others within the community.”

firmus energy employs around 90 people in its Antrim headquarters and prides itself on its customer service. In fact, firmus energy was noted as having the highest level of customer service among any regulated energy company in Northern Ireland, according to the Consumer Council Complaints Report. Michael added: “We invest heavily in our teams and try to create opportunities to acknowledge those that go above and beyond what is expected of them. We also know that there are thousands of unsung heroes across Northern Ireland for whom helping others is a way of life. This competition aims to recognise just some of those individuals and highlight how their selfless actions benefit other local people.”

Valerie Martin, editor of the Newtownabbey Times, said: “We are delighted to have the backing of firmus energy for this competition to celebrate the achievements of people in the Newtownabbey area.

“We look forward to receiving the public’s nominations and finding out who is Newtownabbey’s Person to be Proud of”

firmus energy owns and is responsible for operating the natural gas pipeline outside of greater Belfast. The company has connected and provides natural gas to more than 17,000 customers in its network area across Northern Ireland and also supplies over 33,000 customers in the greater Belfast area. To date, firmus energy has invested more than £72 million in the natural gas infrastructure in NI and is regularly applies to the regulator to extend the pipeline to bring the benefits of natural gas to thousands more homes and businesses each year.

To find out more about how to switch to natural gas, visit www.firmusenergy.co.uk or call 0845 032 4567.