FSB member Alan Lowry is leading the way on an innovative project in the grounds of Belfast City Hall, with the installation of new solar powered ‘street charge’ units to enable people to recharge their phones, tablets and electrical devices while they’re on the move. Based in Newtownabbey, Alan and his wife Caroline have been running their Environmental Street Furniture (ESF) business since 2012, designing and supplying a huge range of exterior street furniture products around the world.
Speaking at the time of the launch, Alan said; “We are very excited to have the opportunity to showcase the street charge units at Belfast City Hall. The concept is simple in that it uses sustainable solar power to charge electrical devices and by placing the units in such an accessible and popular space, we envisage that they will be readily used by members of the public.
“We have secured distribution of the street charge units across Europe through an agreement with the New York based designers and in addition to our new installation at Belfast City Hall, we have installed similar units in Prague, Barcelona and Milan.
Exporting to twenty countries including the Middle East, USA and Australia, ESF has grown significantly in recent years, developing both new product lines and building relationships in new international markets. Some of their most exciting opportunities currently lie in the experience attraction theme park industry, with worldwide recognition of the quality of their custom bespoke products.
Alan’s passion for his work in undeniable, as he concluded: “I’m also passionate about introducing people who can support each other in growing their own businesses. Small businesses need to focus on what makes them stand out from the crowd, and to embrace peer review and challenge, to hone your ideas and ensure you are identifying the right opportunities for growth and development.”