Pulse PR client Triex EV Limited, a market leading company for providing electric vehicle charging solutions, has installed the first ‘pay-as-you-charge’ electric vehicle charging point in residential apartments – and with it a quick and easy solution to help with the inadequate charging infrastructure currently available in Northern Ireland.
Located at the luxury Adnahona apartments in Coleraine, is the first time this particular charger has been installed commercially in Ireland and its innovative technology and ease of use is proving to be a hit for residents and the public in the area who need a quick top-up of charge for their electric vehicle.
This installation comes hot in the heels of the Electric Vehicle Association Northern Ireland (EVANI), who is the driver’s representative body, reporting to Stormont’s Infrastructure Committee that the number of broken chargers across Northern Ireland are making people less inclined to convert to electric cars, thus prompting almost 60% of drivers to consider returning to petrol or diesel vehicles because of the poor state of the countries charging infrastructure.
The key customer benefits of Triex EV’s chosen charger is there is no need to download an app, users simply arrive at the charger, plug in their charging lead, chose the amount of time or value they would like to charge for, tap the front of the unit with their bank card, mobile phone or alternatively using chip and pin in order to pay. The funds are taken immediately from the customers bank account and are deposited into the bank account of the property management company in charge of paying for the landlords metered supply. The system is fully monitored using a remote back-office system, with any changes or updates being applied remotely.
This simply yet effective process is something Triex EV’s managing director, Mark McGillion says will have mass appeal. He says “These electric vehicle chargers make life easier for everyone. Previously landlords that provided electric chargers would add the electricity cost into the overall management fee, which was absorbed by all tenants whether they used the chargers or not. This was not an attractive proposition and led to many complaints. Our chargers are extremely convenient as residents and visitors simply pay straight away and only for the charge they use.”
The benefits have also caught the attention of Invest NI who signed Triex EV Limited as its first ever EV company, as well as other business sectors who also see the value in this forward-thinking technology.
Mr McGillion added, “Since installing this unit we have had a spike in enquiries from business owners, property developers and retail parks who also see the value of this type of charger. The main selling point is that they bill each user separately through a key fob or card using a RFI code, as well as a pay-as-you-charge function for visitors using their debit or credit card. Individual tariffs can be set at the request of the site owner, and in any currency. This is the most convenient way to provide EV charging.We have installed this type of charger in England and Scotland and it’s great to see it here in Northern Ireland. We know we have a long way to go to be on par with other countries when it comes to electric vehicle infrastructure, but we believe it is a positive step in the right direction.”
Northern Ireland currently has around 4,700 electric vehicles, which falls short of the 15,000 it should have at this point to meet government targets.
Mark McCall from EVANI said, “We welcome all public and private investment around electric vehicle charging in Northern Ireland. Our members love their EVs and building out the infrastructure to support their growing numbers is vital as we transition to sustainable transport.”
Photo Caption: Pictured are Triex EV managing director Mark McGillion with electric vehicle user John Wilkinson
Pulse PR is pleased to announce that a purpose built five-star dog hotel designed to give its four-legged guests a comfortable and stress-free stay has recently opened in Ballybogey, and despite the pandemic, business at Country Canines is booming.
Inspired by owner Amy McIhatton’s two Great Danes, Theo and Lincoln, she and husband Jason decided to build a home-from-home type facility on their 70-acre Ballymoney farm.
Made up of ten suites on site, each with its own large private grass run, adjustable underfloor heating, comfy bed and a flat screen TV to help dogs climatise to their new surroundings, Country Canines is proving to be a hit with dog owners from Ballymoney, Coleraine, Belfast and even as far away as Portadown and Larne.
Amy McIhatton explained: “I’ve always loved dogs and looked after other people’s pets but it was only when we got our own that I realised how hard it would be to leave them. We have two Great Danes who enjoy their home comforts and I knew we would struggle to find suitable boarding. This really drove our decision to set up Country Canines – it’s the type of place we would feel comfortable leaving our dogs.
“Thankfully other people feel the same and we have been overwhelmed by the interest and success so far. As boarding goes hand-in-hand with holidays, we were worried about having no immediate bookings and therefore no income from the business, however customers have been using us for their staycations and sole nights away now restrictions have eased.”
CCTV throughout gives owners peace of mind because Amy can see what the dogs are doing when she’s not with them and makes sure they are settling in and also offering different care packages has proved popular with local residents.
“Local customers in particular like the daycare package if they are doing home improvements, attending a function or have work commitments as dogs have full access to their own suite, as well as two country walks. The dogs’ wellbeing is paramount in everything I do. I keep owners informed of their dog’s daily activity with regular photo updates, in fact customers often comment that we are more like a hotel than dog kennels! Amy added.
Pulse PR has been working with Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend to encourage the public to experience their local farm virtually this summer.
Almost thirty farms from across the province are participating virtually in this year’s Bank of Ireland Virtual Farm Weekend on Friday 30 July-Sunday 1 August and due to Covid restrictions all activities will be shown online through social media channels.
Led by the Ulster Farmers’ Union and with the support of Bank of Ireland UK, Asda, Moy Park, NFU Mutual, and the Livestock and Meat Commission, the initiative is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a packed schedule of virtual activities to capture the imagination of families and foodies by giving a behind the scenes snapshot of the local farm to fork story.
This is the second year the Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend has been delivered in a virtual format. The physical event usually attracts upwards of 16,000 visitors from rural and urban towns and cities, but the new format is attracting a different type of audience.
Pulse PR is delighted to be representing Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend, which takes place virtually on Friday 30 July-Sunday 1 August, is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a packed schedule of virtual activities to showcase Northern Ireland food and farming at its best.
The initiative, led by the Ulster Farmers’ Union, with Bank of Ireland renewing its title sponsorship, is yet again set to capture the imagination of families and foodies from across the province and give a real behind the scenes snapshot of the local farm to fork story.
Although visitors are unable to physically attend farms again this year due to Covid-19 restrictions, the online activities shown throughout the weekend on Open Farm Weekend’s social media channels and website will still give the public the chance to connect with more than 20 farms from across the province.
Ulster Farmers’ Union Deputy President David Brown added; “We are delighted to be in a position to host Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend again this year, especially as this is the tenth time our farm families have so enthusiastically stepped up and embraced the event, albeit it in a slightly different format. We are indebted to our title sponsor Bank of Ireland whose support has enabled us to deliver an engaging Open Farm Weekend programme of activities across the three days.
“Our aim with Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend is to showcase the outstanding contribution our farms and farm families make in producing the quality food we so often take for granted. The last 12 months have brought about a heightened awareness of where our food comes from and puts the local supply chain at the forefront of our minds. We encourage everyone to get behind this year’s event and celebrate the wonderful produce available right here in Northern Ireland.”
Sponsors for Open Farm Weekend 2021 include: Bank of Ireland | Asda | NFU Mutual | Livestock and Meat Commission NI (LMC) | Moy Park| Irish Farmers’ Journal
Life coach Siobhan Kearney, who specialises in supporting companies with employee wellbeing, is hosting a free online workshop on Tuesday 23 March to address the significant rise in individuals who are concerned about returning to the workplace after lockdown.
Available for all business sectors, the workshop will offer practical advice and steps for employers who want to provide a safe working environment for employees and also for employees who need space to think through how they feel about returning to the workplace and how they can prepare for it.
Siobhan, who owns and runs At One Wellbeing and has more than 10 years’ experience in the area of mental health and wellbeing, has worked with businesses across the board who recognise the importance staff wellbeing has on productivity. Throughout her career, particularly since the pandemic, she has offered practical support to help companies develop bespoke approaches to the wellbeing of their staff.
She said, “Lockdown has caused many of us to feel overworked, stressed, and worn out, but returning to the workplace also presents its own challenges. Preparing to return to work can cause fear for personal safety while commuting to work using public transport, the anxiety of seeing colleagues again face to face after a prolonged separation or if they have lost family members during the pandemic, and the fact that having been in lockdown for such a long time, they may have suffered from mental ill health themselves.”
Having a well thought out strategy that is structured and planned in advance, Siobhan believes will give employers confidence and make employees feel that their mental wellbeing is being valued by their employer.
She added, “A first point that could be considered by employers even before staff return to a working environment, is to find out how they feel about returning to working in the office or on site. A health and wellbeing survey could be completed with employees to gauge the main issues from lockdown and results may be used to inform any future wellbeing programme. This is only the tip of the iceberg and during the workshop we will tease out other ideas and help formulate a checklist of activity to give everyone confidence going forward.”
Topics that will be covered in the workshop include:
The importance of communication
Physical changes to the office environment
New protocols and procedures
Finding a balance between safety and anxiety
How to foster optimism
The workshop will take place on zoom on Tuesday 23 March at 12.30-1.15pm. To register for this free event please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Minimum 10 participants.
Two leading fashion retailers that use the IRP e-commerce platform to sell their collections online have seen a combined increase in sales of almost 400% in the past six weeks.
DV8 Fashion, who has 50 stores on the island of Ireland and offers a portfolio of the world’s best fashion retail brands, as well as family run womenswear retailer Jonzara, whose anchor store is in Lisburn’s Bow Street, have seen an explosion in online sales since the latest lockdown restrictions temporarily closed retail outlets across Ireland.
Selling mainly to customers in the UK and Ireland, the IRP platform also shows through data from its Insights Terminal, that shoppers in the Republic of Ireland are seemingly at the front of the queue when it comes to purchasing a new wardrobe, with combined sales for DV8 and Jonzara increasing by 500% over the same period in 2020.
Philip Macartney from IRP Commerce, the e-commerce platform that has transacted over £1 billion in online sales for Irish companies puts the increase in clothing sales down to several factors including the new regulations introduced for online retail on the back of Brexit.
“A percentage of sales are down to seasonal changes as we move from winter into spring and also because many of us have more disposable income as we aren’t going on holiday this year. However, after closely studying data from the IRP Insights Terminal, we believe the uplift is because shoppers in the Republic, when purchasing from Northern Irish retailers, do not incur the VAT and excise duty costs they currently face when shopping from an online retailer in Great Britain.
“Ultimately our IRP Insights show that our Irish customers, such as DV8 and Jonzara have an excellent opportunity to sell to their domestic market and outperform significantly in terms of online growth. Our team and technology and the IRP ecosystem as a whole, have delivered in very challenging circumstances and proved yet again that our profit focussed approach is the best road to success for Irish retailers in online selling.”
More information on IRP Commerce can be found here