24 jobs as Newry firm plans for growth

HBE Directors Adrian Byrne, left, and Pat McDonald with Damian McAuley, right, from Invest Northern Ireland at the opening of the new HBE offices
HBE Directors Adrian Byrne, left, and Pat McDonald with Damian McAuley, right, from Invest Northern Ireland at the opening of the new HBE offices

Up to 24 new jobs have been created following a significant investment programme by Newry based firm Healthy Built Environment (HBE).

The company, a leading health, safety and compliance consultancy focused on growing its client base across Ireland and Great Britain, has expanded into new premises as part of a project supported by Invest NI.

The company has benefited from a range of Invest NI support in recent years, particularly with job creation, marketing activities and developing compliance management software.

“HBE is a niche business with steadily increasing sales and this move to bigger premises marks an important milestone in the growth of the company,” said Invest NI director of advanced engineering and construction, Damian McAuley.

“The 24 additional technical, administration and management roles created at the business over the past few years have given HBE the boost in resources needed to meet its customer demands.

“The investments HBE has made in marketing, leadership development and technology with Invest NI support have also been valuable in positioning HBE competitively so that it can build on its success.”

Invest NI has offered the business £276,000 over the past four years towards its business development activities, including employment grants of more than £200,000 to support the creation of 24 new jobs.

HBE is recognised by businesses all over the UK and Ireland as a leader in helping organisations provide a healthy and compliant built environment. Its customers include government, healthcare, social housing, education, hospitality and pharmaceutical organisations as well as major facilities and property management companies.

“The market for our services has continued to grow, largely due to legislative pressures, and we are working hard to develop a range of products and services to help our customers manage their built environments,” said HBE managing director Adrian Byrne.

With Invest NI’s support, we’ve concentrated on developing the GB market and expanding our team of highly experienced consultants. We’ve also extended our network of offices to include Glasgow, Liverpool and London.”