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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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Plan a Fun-Filled Summer in your Local Visitor Information Centre!

Plan a fun-filled summer in your local Visitor Information Centre!

If you want to find something fun to do with the family this summer, your local Visitor Information Centres in Bangor, Newtownards and Portaferry (located in Exploris Aquarium) are here to help!

With the sun shining and the schools out for summer, everyone wants to find somewhere fun to go. So take the stress out of deciding and make the most of your summer by popping into a Visitor Information Centre where the friendly staff will inspire you with ideas for fun filled local day trips and perfect staycation spots!

Explore what Ards and North Down has to offer and make memories at some of the best outdoor activities, leisure facilities and eateries.

From seaside air and sandcastles to the rolling hills of our beautiful countryside or the wonderful parks and gardens, the choice is yours – head off to find your piece of paradise.

Get outdoors and take in the beautiful views of Scrabo Hill from the top, explore the past at The North Down Museum and Ulster Folk Museum, or stride out along the new farmland trails at Mount Stewart.

If your little ones love animals, be sure to visit Exploris Aquarium (Portaferry) and discover an underwater world of fun and meet the new penguins. Visit Castle Espie Wildfowl and Wetland Centre (Comber) to meet the ducklings, or the Ark Open Farm (Bangor Road, Newtownards) for an encounter with all creatures big and small!

Plan a fun-filled summer in your local Visitor Information Centre!

Ask about some of the great experiences on offer – from paddle boarding to food tours or a guided walk with friends and family. You can even take the dog!

And if you fancy heading a little further afield, visitor guides and maps for all the key destinations across Northern Ireland are available to help plan your break.

The Visitor Information Centres are not just for visitors – they are for everyone in the Borough, and the Centre staff would love to help you find your perfect activity or break this summer!

Visitor Information Centres are located at:

Ards Visitor Information Centre | Regent Street, Newtownards | 028 9182 6846

Bangor Visitor Information Centre | Quay Street, Bangor | 028 9127 0069

Portaferry Local Visitor Information Office | Exploris Aquarium, The Rope Walk, Portaferry | 028 4272 8068

Enjoy your visit safely. Please adhere to NI Executive guidance on Plan ahead – many providers have pre-booking systems and new regulations in place to keep you safe.

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Schools Encouraged to Enter ‘In Bloom’ Best School Garden Project

The outgoing Mayor of Ards and North Down, Councillor Trevor Cummings, was pictured during the final days of his 2020-21 Mayoral term with West Winds Primary School students Cooper, Riley, Isabella and Aamiyah. Photo Credit: Ian Pedlow

Schools in Ards and North Down are being invited to enter a new category in the Ards and North Down In Bloom competitions for the Best School Garden Project!

The competition provides a great opportunity for green-fingered students to take part in a valuable learning and skills sharing project in their school’s garden. It is open to all schools across the Borough, and students are being encouraged to work together to compete for the coveted award that offers prizes for the best projects.

The new category will encourage more young students to learn about gardening. The popular pastime has many benefits and can help children with their development as well as being an excellent educational tool.

By taking part in the competitions, schools will not only make their grounds more attractive but they will also contribute to the Borough’s entry into the Translink Ulster in Bloom competition and other regional awards. Entries are open until 30 September so there is plenty of time for schools to prepare their gardens before an expert panel of judges decide who has the Best School Garden Project in Ards and North Down.

The Council’s In Bloom campaign and community competitions were officially launched at the end of April. Other competitions for young gardeners include a Tallest Sunflower Competition, Painting Competition, and Young Volunteer of the Year.

For those over the age of 16, categories include Best Kept Front Garden, Gardening for Wildlife, Best Kept Commercial Premises, Best Kept Community Planting Scheme and Volunteer of the Year.

The competitions are free to enter and prizes are available for the winners and runners-up in each. For more information, visit

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