Belfast Telegraph

Successful scheme targeting savings on waste extended

By Clare Weir

A new scheme to help businesses reduce waste and boost profits is again being offered to firms in Belfast.

Running for the last two years in the city, the BITES (Business Improvements Through Environmental Solutions) programme has been so successful it has also been rolled out in Carrickfergus, Lisburn and Newtownabbey.

The one-year programme helps businesses to identify opportunities to reduce their use of and better manage resources like materials, water, waste and energy which will lead to increasing profits and improved business competitiveness and sustainability.

Twenty-two firms have now completed the programme and collectively have identified in excess of £320,000 worth of collective savings.

Adrian Quinn from Mascott Construction was a previous participant in the scheme.

"For businesses in the current economic climate, BITES is a first class programme," he said.

BITES is funded by Belfast City Council with European Regional Development Fund support.

The current scheme is open to 35 businesses within the four council areas and is targeted at non-Invest NI clients who have a combined resource spend of less than £60,000, with the majority of places being awarded to companies with a combined resource spend of £30,000 or less.

The next round of the programme is scheduled to take place in April and businesses who want to take part should contact Belfast City Council's Economic Development Unit on 028 9091 8771 or email