A new Belfast planning consultancy faces "good opportunities" despite tough market conditions, according to its founder.
Clyde Shanks, previously director at the Belfast office of Turley Associates, believes energy infrastructure and existing developments will provide work for his newly established firm.
The firm said it has already secured work on development projects and renewable energy schemes.
Mr Shanks said: "There is so much to be done over the next 10 years in planning development of our energy infrastructure, both in terms of new renewable sources and the necessary grid infrastructure expansion. Clients are looking for flexible, locally owned firms for valuable advice."
Clyde Shanks will offer advice on planning aspects associated with residential, retail, mixed-use regeneration, education, sports and leisure, industrial and commercial sectors as well as expert witness licensing skills.
The new consultancy venture received support from Ulster Bank.