Belfast Telegraph

Environmental health firm builds on success with expansion

By Margaret Canning

An environmental health company is investing over £160,000 in an expansion which is set to create around 15 new jobs.

Health Buildings Ireland in Belfast has received £30,000 from Invest NI to create a marketing strategy for Scotland and the north of England.

The company, which employs 60 people in offices in Belfast, Dublin and Cork, helps property managers to comply with risk management. It is hoping for sales of £500,000 in Great Britain by next year.

Managing director Adrian Byrne said: "Our success is very much built upon our strong focus on research and development in the environmental health sector and, with exports accounting for over 65% of our business already, this investment will give us the capacity to further increase that as we diversify into new markets."

Last year the company created a new division in Edinburgh, HBE Risk Management.

The new jobs will be created over the next 18 months.

Oonagh Hinds, manager of Invest NI's eastern regional office, said: "HBI is an excellent example of a research and development-led services business which has experienced significant growth and almost doubled its staff within the last six years.

"Our support is helping the company to raise its profile and to build a database of contacts in its target markets."

Specialist services include asbestos management, energy, and water quality covering legionella and pseudomonas control.