Belfast Telegraph

'Green' inventor taps into water

By Lindsay Fergus

South Down entrepreneur Brian Lockhart has developed a unique water cleaning system and has set up a new company, Lock-Hart Environmental, to bring it to market.

Mr Lockhart, a director of Craigavon-based Wilson's Country, is hoping to fast-track his environmentally friendly invention to commercial success with the help of Invest Northern Ireland's Propel programme.

He said: "Any company that creates waste water needs to comply with discharge or recycling standards. Our innovative modular water cleaning product achieves these high standards with significantly reduced capital expenditure, footprint and running costs, unlike traditional biological or chemical methods.

"The unit will fill a gap in the market for a small-scale effluent treatment process that can treat a wide range of contaminants including heavy metals, bacterial contaminants and carbonic based compounds. It will reduce effluent treatment costs and help businesses to compete in the global market."

Mr Lockhart is currently one of 21 entrepreneurs taking part in the Propel programme, which aims to establish fast growth, knowledge-intensive businesses that can generate significant export sales and boost the local economy.

The programme provides entrepreneurs with salary support and the skills, expertise, and networks to fast-track the development of their cutting-edge business ideas into profitable global enterprises.

Mr Lockhart said: "The Propel programme has made a huge impact on me. It has given me the tools to structure the business, and build it with strong foundations."