When you think of a bench, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Is it a place to rest? A wooden structure? Is it something that you’ve never really considered before? What if I said to you that a bench can minimise the risk of loneliness and isolation?
What is your role within ESF? I am Business Development Manager for Security Products and with the company’s recent move into the security product market through the acquisition of Sentry Posts, I am overseeing the integration of Sentry Posts into ESF. I will also be responsible for the general day-to-day management of Sentry Posts, as well as the global solar products range from ESF.
With the threat of terrorism incidents rising globally, it’s becoming clearer that more consideration needs to be given to the importance of perimeter security around buildings, airports, arenas and environments where large members of the public gather. With our recent acquisition of Sentry Posts, we have seen an increase in demand from businesses throughout Ireland that want to protect their premises from the threat of attack, but this is something that is also rife globally.
NEWTOWNABBEY-based Environmental Street Furniture (ESF) has completed their largest contract to date at the new state-of-the-art Dubai Arena, supplying a range of customised street furniture and security products in a deal worth £600k.
Managing Director of Environmental Street Furniture (ESF), Alan Lowry has been shortlisted as a finalist in two categories at this year’s Institute of Directors (IoD), Director of the Year Awards for Northern Ireland. The man behind the innovative Stellar Solar Smart Bench who has a wealth of knowledge in the export market, having exported to 22 countries in 2018, has been shortlisted in both the Innovation and International categories.
Karen is the Business Development Manager for ESF and has been working for ESF since it started over seven years ago, however she has have been driving into the same business centre for over 29 years having started in Civils specialising in drainage channel, sanitary equipment, cast iron downpipes and manhole covers etc., before moving into the street furniture division 13 years ago.
People often say the American’s celebrate St. Patrick’s Day better than the Irish do. Well, this year, I was privileged to partake in the celebrations in Washington DC as I joined the NI Bureau and the Northern Ireland and Dublin Chambers for a host of events throughout St. Patrick’s week. A St. Patrick’s Day different to many others I had spent but one I was looking forward to nonetheless.
Our new Global Partner, Menashe-Baruch & Co Ltd were very proud to present our ESF Stellar Solar Bench, Street Tidy Bin & Street Buddy Bins at the Construct & Design Exhibition on the 5th & 6th of February, at Tel Aviv in Israel. We are very excited to launch our Stellar Bench into this new market and we look forward to future successes with our new partner
**PRESS RELEASE** County Antrim street furniture company, Environmental Street Furniture (ESF) has announced the acquisition of County Down based specialist perimeter security company, Sentry Posts, for an undisclosed sum. ESF, an award-winning company based in Newtownabbey, is a designer and supplier of street, themed and solar powered products and currently exports to 22 countries globally. This expansion into the perimeter security products market will enhance the company’s already prolific portfolio to customers in Ireland and across the globe.
As we enter the New Year, we do so with renewed motivation, wishing for success in all that we do. For the team at ESF, this is no exception, however it would be wrong of me not to reflect on our fantastic journey through 2018 first.
Most of us are living in an ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) generation, where devices on closed private internet connections communicate with others, creating a world that is so much more connected than ever before. In fact, in the UK alone in 2018, 90% of adults were recent internet users, up 1% from 89% in 2017 (ONS, 2018). The digital phenomenon is becoming more prevalent for all of us, especially the younger generation, but how is this going to impact us going forward? Are we going to see a further increase in digital activity or is the phenomena going to stabilise, possibly decrease?
ESF Managing Director, Alan Lowry recently sat down with Baroness Fairhead for Small Business Saturday along with the FSB. Throughout the interview Alan discussed the many benefits of exporting and the organisations that have helped ESF with their exporting journey.
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