Newtownabbey-based business Environmental Street Furniture (ESF) has been named ‘Northern Irish Exporter of the Year’ at the prestigious Causeway Ireland Scotland Business Exchange Awards, held yesterday in Edinburgh.
The firm, a global designer and supplier of street furniture and solar products, exports to some of the world’s largest theme parks and government organisations. In 2019 – with support from Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council – ESF Chief Executive Alan Lowry travelled to the USA as part of a Council-led trade mission, which saw the company secure an exclusive contract to provide its innovative solar benches to Gilbert, Arizona, the Borough’s sister city.
This latest accolade comes hot on the heels of the company being crowned the ‘Most Innovative Family Business’ at the 2022 Business Eye Family Business Awards.
Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Alderman Stephen Ross said: “I want to congratulate ESF on its continued export success. The company’s collaboration with Gilbert Council highlights the value that Northern Ireland businesses can take from trade missions and from working with their local Council.
“I am delighted that this local, family-run business is getting the recognition it deserves and I wish ESF every success in the future.”
ESF has experienced an array of global success since breaking into the export market in 2013, and currently exports to over 27 countries worldwide.