18 April 2019
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, 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.
Speaking about making this year’s shortlist, Alan said, “I am delighted to be shortlisted in this year’s Director of the Year Awards. Throughout my career, I have strived to grow ESF and be as innovative as possible across our three distinct product areas of street, themed and solar-powered furniture, as well as expanding the company into new markets. As a result, we have had the privilege of working with some of the world’s largest theme parks and government organisations, in addition to supplying products to a number of global events.
“I am particularly proud of our Stellar Solar Smart Bench and its achievements, as well as its sales across the globe to date. The innovative concept of the Stellar Bench is that it utilises solar energy to provide mobile charging facilities, without the need for any electricity, which has been a revelation to the market. The added features of LED lighting for security purposes and WiFi capabilities has increased the popularity of the bench too.”
Alan continued, “I am extremely passionate about what we do at ESF and that passion filters through to our expert team, allowing us to provide a high-quality service to our clients. I’m looking forward to attending the IoD Northern Ireland Awards ceremony on 17th May and I’d like to wish all fellow finalists, the very best of luck.”
The prestigious ‘Director of the Year’ awards recognise those who have shown excellence in leadership in the private, public and third sectors. Winners from 11 regions will accumulate at the National Awards ceremony, which takes place on 18th October in London.
ESF designs and supplies a range of street, themed and solar-powered products and more recently, added security products to their extensive portfolio with the acquisition of Dromore-based security company, Sentry Posts. The company has supplied products to some of the world’s most famous theme parks.
In November 2017, ESF launched the award-winning Stellar Solar Smart Bench, which was the first product designed and manufactured by the company with all production carried out in Northern Ireland.