Safety at work on agenda for small businesses

The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) is spearheading a provincewide initiative to support small businesses.

Operating in partnership with local District Councils, the Federation of Small Businesses NI, and various safety organisations, HSENI have launched a series of regional workshops specifically aimed at gathering the views of the small business sector.

Facilitated by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, the workshops will focus on involving small businesses in the creation of naturally safe, healthy workplaces which continue to uphold competitiveness and profitability. Such firms are the growth engine of the local economy, and are responsible for employing over a quarter of a million people throughout the province.

Speaking at the launch of the first workshop – held at Belfast City Hall on 15 January – HSENI Chairperson Liam McBrinn said that he hoped the events would help small businesses “recognise the very real business benefits that effective health and safety management can bring.”

Jim Irvine, Head of HSENI’s Small Business Group continued: “The key message to small companies is essentially a business one which is extremely positive, both in human and economic terms. Businesses themselves can radically reduce the financial and human losses associated with accidents and ill health as part of their normal business activities.”

Further workshops will be taking place throughout the province during January and February in Derry, Craigavon, Enniskillen and Ballymena. (CL)

Related Northern Ireland Business News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

13 February 2014
Council Launches Programme To Support 500 Small Businesses
A new programme has been launched by Belfast City Council to offer support to nearly 500 small businesses in the city. 'Go for Growth' aims to provide small businesses and social enterprises with the practical skills and flexible support needed to expand their individual organisations.
01 October 2002
Minister urges 'share and learn' approach to small business
Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Sir Reg Empey, has urged small businesses to share ideas and solutions to problems, on both a local and a cross border basis.
02 October 2012
UK Business Awards Launched
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and Streamline has launched a new UK-wide business awards programme to promote and celebrate innovation and success in small businesses across the UK.
31 May 2002
Trade Awards mark North South co-operation
The InterTradeIreland All-Island Trade Awards in the Waterfront Hall marked the increasing importance of the contribution of cross-border businesses throughout Ireland.
08 November 2018
Public Urged To Support Small Businesses
The Lord Mayor welcomed the Small Business Saturday campaign bus to Belfast on Friday, 02 November, in the run up to 'Small Business Saturday' on 01 December. Councillor Deirdre Hargey joined the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and others to support the grassroots campaign which encourages people to support small businesses and shop local.