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Lidl Dundonald Customer Bags Top Prize in Sustainability Colouring Competition

Pictured L-R: Lidl Northern Ireland Dundonald Store Manager, Allen Reid and competition winner, Jenna Hanna.

Lidl Northern Ireland has today announced local aspiring artist, Jenny Hanna, as the winner of its sustainability colouring competition. Handpicked from more than 3,000 entries, Jenny’s design will feature on the retailer’s special edition batch of heavy-duty reusable shopping bags made with 100% recycled plastic.

Earlier this year, Lidl Northern Ireland launched a nationwide competition calling on budding artists from across the region to submit their shopping bag design entries with a focus on the theme of sustainability. Entrants were encouraged to get creative and submit a drawing, sketch or painting of what one of the R’s of Sustainability means to them – choosing from the themes ‘reduce’, ‘reuse’ or ‘recycle’.

Dundonald-based Jenny eclipsed hundreds of entrants to be crowned regional winner, with her masterpiece focusing on the reuse of plastic bags, depicting a bumblebee with the message “Bee clever, use me forever.”

The artwork is one of five designs set to feature on the special edition bag range, which will be available to buy across Lidl’s 210 stores throughout the island of Ireland from August.

Congratulating Jenny on her win, Owen Keogh, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Lidl Northern Ireland, said:

“We are incredibly proud to be leading the way in sustainability in the Northern Irish retail space. This initiative alone will see the elimination of 6.3 million ‘bags for life’ from circulation on the island of Ireland each year. With that in mind, we were delighted to see our recent competition spark the all-important conversation around sustainability and would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who entered the competition. Huge congratulations to Jenny whose design will feature on our 100% recycled plastic reusable bags from August”.

Commenting on the win, thirty-four-year-old Jenny, who is living with autism and has a passion for art, said:

“I was delighted and so surprised to get the call to tell me that my design had won Lidl Northern Ireland’s competition. I can’t wait to walk into my local Lidl in Dundonald and see my bag for sale. It is such an important initiative encouraging customers to reuse their plastic bags to protect our environment and reduce plastic waste.

I’m thrilled to also receive £500 in Lidl vouchers to spend in my local store. I’m not sure what I’m going to buy yet, but whatever it is, I’ll be carrying it home in the 100% recycled plastic shopping bag with my winning design on it.”

The introduction of Lidl’s 100% recycled plastic bags is the retailer’s latest move in tackling waste to protect the planet as part of Lidl’s ‘A Better Tomorrow’ sustainability strategy set in 2018, and complements a range of other in-store initiatives introduced over the last number of years. This includes the removal of plastic packaging on fruit, providing reusable fruit and veg bags and offering in-store recycling bins.

Under its sustainability strategy, the retailer has made a number of Plastic Pledge commitments which include eliminating single use plastics, using 20% less plastic packaging by 2022 and having 100% recyclable own-brand packaging by 2025. The theme of the competition is also aligned with Lidl’s Reset Plastic approach which focuses on Reduce, Redesign, Recycle, Remove and Research.

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Second Call for Urban Investment Fund

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council (LCCC) is seeking expressions of interest to its successful Urban Investment Fund.  To date £337,000 has been invested to support local entrepreneurs open new 11 businesses and radically revamp seven in the council area.

This grant programme is funded through the Department for Communities (DfC) COVID-19 Recovery Revitalisation Programme.  Administered by the council it aims to support economic growth and resilience in the urban centres of Lisburn, Dundonald and Carryduff. 

We want local businesses and entrepreneurs to submit an expression of interest now.  New businesses wishing to renovate a vacant property; or existing businesses planning to expand and repurpose part of a currently occupied property, or change the use of an area are welcome. Grants ranging from £7,500 to £25,000 per business are available for interior and exterior improvements to commercial properties.

Alderman Amanda Grehan, Development Committee Chair, speaking about this capital grant opportunity said: “The Urban Investment Fund has been a great success for our council area, attracting new visitors and boosting our local economy. I am delighted we can offer a second call for this grant which has been beneficial to date. I would encourage local entrepreneurs with a business idea to get in touch.

“This fund has attracted a wide range of new businesses with many independent retailers making the Lisburn Castlereagh area the place to start their business.  It has also supported existing businesses to revamp their business or premises. I look forward to welcoming more new businesses to our area.”

Councillor Hazel Legge, Development Committee Vice-Chair added: “The Urban Investment Fund has attracted unique businesses to Lisburn and Castlereagh. We have The Geek Retreat, The Running Bubble, RT Computing, Ruean Thai Square and Blush Lounge in Lisburn. In Carryduff The Beaut Cube has been a fantastic addition with more businesses due to open soon.”

Visit www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk/business for more information.  For an expression of interest form please email Melanie at melanie.finn@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk

The council will accept expressions of interest until 5.00pm on 16th July 2021. These will be assessed and successful submissions will be invited to complete a full application in due course.

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Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Opens Consultation on Draft Equality Action Plan

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has launched a public consultation on a draft Equality Action Plan for 2021–2025.

The consultation document is available here, and to feedback can be given through the survey here.

The Equality Action Plan is a commitment in to the Council’s Equality Scheme and is intended to ensure focus on key areas where people may experience inequality or be disadvantaged in relation to their role and functions as a council.

Chair of the Corporate Services Committee, Councillor John Laverty said:  “LCCC is committed to delivering services for all our citizens and equality and good relations are central to all our policy making and service delivery.

“As a public body, we are obliged to promote equality and good relations for a range of groups and this plan sets out some key actions which will help ensure we do that.

“We recognise that we have a diverse community in Lisburn and Castlereagh and are keen to ensure that everyone, regardless of personal characteristics such as religion, gender, political opinion, race, disability, age or sexual orientation, feels they have equitable access to our services and that council serves their needs.

“We would welcome your feedback on the proposed actions in the plan – so we know we are focusing on the things that are important to the people we serve.”

To share your thoughts, you can fill in the short survey or you can send feedback by email: equality.officer@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk

You can also write to: Equality Officer, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Civic Headquarters, Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn BT27 4RL.

The draft plan can be provided in an alternative format on request.

The consultation will close on Friday 17 September 2021.

If you have any queries about this consultation or the draft plan, please do not hesitate to contact: equality.officer@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk

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