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New Human Resources & Recruitment Consultancy Settles Into Ards HQ

Human resources specialist consultancy, People HQ, has opened new offices in the heart of Newtownards to further advance the business ambitions of its clients.

Founder, Greg Quinn, said the opening of the new office represented the latest stage of the evolution of People HQ and its range of services.

“When I created People HQ in 2019 I always wanted to make sure we had a physical presence,” he explained. 

“Opening the office in The Precinct is a statement of intent to new and existing clients that we will continue to offer the full range of human resources services.”

Throughout the current lockdown Greg has been on call for his clients offering a variety of services in human resources, recruitment, training and development.

“We serve clients of all sizes across multiple sectors, including the fast moving consumer goods, manufacturing, retail and hospitality sectors where we have been busy helping both our clients and candidates navigate their way through the pandemic,” said Greg. 

“I opened People HQ with the vision of wanting to help businesses across every aspect of the employee life cycle and thats exactly what we have been doing. If a business owner has a HR or recruitment problem or they need support with team development my team can help. I penned the strapline ‘We’re the HQ for HR’ when I started the business, we have delivered across all fronts for many clients to date and look forward to helping more as the business grows..

“This past year has been a challenge for many business owners, never before has looking after their teams been so important. Even if tough decisions have to be made, I am right there with business owners to help them make those decisions and ensure a fair process is followed. ”

The new People HQ offices represent a £30,000+ investment, and means that Greg and his team will be able to provide their holistic HR and recruitment service across Northern Ireland and in the Republic of Ireland.

“We chose Newtownards as after 25 years in industry I wanted to bring my knowledge and skillset to help those businesses that I shop in daily,” he explained. 

“We are also the first established Human Resource & Recruitment Consultancy on the high street in Newtownards.

“Our location allows us to easily serve our current clients as well as established a growing client base around North Down and beyond.”

Greg said that at this time good professional advice has never been more important.

“The current business environment means that business needs to plan ahead, make decisions and ensure their strategy and actions are taking advantage of every opportunity available,” he explained.

“We have found that employees still in post have had to adapt to new ways of working, whether than be due to working from home or having a blended home and office working week.

“Client organisations had to move very quickly to ensure employees had the relevant home setup to conduct their roles effectively. Communication with teams has never been so important, at People HQ we worked with numerous clients to help them work with their team communications.”

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Keeping Safe Ambassadors Return to Town Centres in Ards and North Down

Two of Ards and North Down’s Keeping Safe Ambassadors, Tori McKinney and Leslie Turner, pictured in Main Street, Bangor. Image Credit: Ian Pedlow

As retail begins to reopen across Northern Ireland, Ards and North Down Borough Council’s Keeping Safe Ambassadors are being redeployed back into the Borough’s five main towns – Bangor, Comber, Donaghadee, Holywood and Newtownards.

Fund​ed from Covid 19 financial support provided to the Council by the Department for Communities, the Keeping Safe Ambassadors will be in place from Fridays to Sundays and will act as a friendly point of contact for businesses, customers and visitors who need advice or clarification in relation to Covid-19 restrictions.

As well as being a reassuring presence in our town centres, they can assist with Council-specific enquiries and signpost relevant concerns to other organisations.

Keeping Safe Ambassadors were initially deployed into the Borough’s town centres during the lead up to Christmas as part of the Town Centre Recovery Plan. They provided a welcome and reassuring presence on the streets, and acted as a point of contact with the Council for the public to raise any concerns. They helped to deal with queries while also reminding people of current restrictions and offering advice.

The Mayor of Ards and North Down, Councillor Trevor Cummings, said:

“Since Christmas, the Ambassadors have successfully continued their role in targeted, high-footfall areas in public parks and open spaces, so I am delighted that they are now able to return to our town centres once again.

“Their presence will provide confidence to those visiting our town centres and help everyone support our local retailers but please make sure you avoid crowds, follow measures such as wearing masks, queuing and one-way systems, stay patient, and keep safe.”

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Ards and North Down In Bloom Community Competitions Launched!

The Mayor of Ards and North Down, Councillor Trevor Cummings, is pictured outside Millisle Masonic Hall with Millisle Health and Wellbeing Group representative, Kaye Boyle. The Group won the runner-up award in last year’s Ards and North Down In Bloom ‘Best Community Planting Scheme’ category. (Image: Graham Baalham-Curry) Photograph is courtesy of Graham Baalham-Curry. Image is free to use, single use. Copyright remains with Graham Baalham-Curry.

Ards and North Down Borough Council has launched this year’s Ards and North Down In Bloom campaign and community competitions to coincide with National Gardening Week (26 April – 2 May).

Volunteers from the Millisle Health and Wellbeing Group helped to launch the ‘In Bloom’ community competitions and are encouraging residents in the Borough to get involved for the chance to be recognised for their excellent gardening skills.

There are a number of different categories that cater for all ages with great prizes available for winners and runners-up in each. Categories include Best Kept Front Garden, Gardening for Wildlife, Best Kept Commercial Premises and Best Kept Community Planting Scheme.

There are competitions specifically for young gardeners too, including the Painting Competition, the hotly contested Tallest Sunflower Competition, and new for 2021, the Best School Garden Project.

Connecting With Nature

The Mayor of Ards and North Down, Councillor Trevor Cummings, said:

“Over the last year, we have come to rely on our gardens and green spaces more than ever. Gardening is good for you and many of us have rediscovered the importance of connecting with nature for our mental and physical wellbeing.

“Launching the In Bloom competitions in conjunction with National Gardening Week, and with the enthusiastic members of Millisle Health and Wellbeing Group, provides the perfect opportunity to raise awareness of the benefits of gardening while also encouraging our residents to help make our Borough bloom once again.

“So I am throwing down green gauntlet to everyone; you can do your bit by filling a hanging basket, planting a colourful shrub, sowing wildflower seeds or installing a nest box. There is something for everyone to do to ensure our Borough looks its best in 2021.”

The community competitions encourage everyone who lives or works in the Borough to think about their local environment and how attractive flowers, plants, trees and gardens can enhance it. By actively supporting this competition, entrants will not only make their garden or business more attractive but they will also contribute to the Borough’s entry to the Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition and other regional awards.

Applications are welcome from all residents and entry is free. You can even nominate a neighbour’s garden or other local properties that you think deserve recognition!

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