EXPORTS have been at the heart of a Dunloy company's expansion and the latest deal will lead to the creation of seven new jobs.
Family-owned construction business Dixons Contractors has won £4m worth of new business in Scotland.
The new posts will take employment at the firm up to 71 over the next two years.
The company was helped by Invest NI's Jobs Fund which provided assitance of £49,000 out of the £116,000 total investment.
DJ Dixon, managing director of Dixons Contractors, said the expansion has followed a number of contract wins.
"We've secured three substantial contracts with public sector clients in Perth and Kinross and Speyside, totalling £3.8m, which will be important to us as we seek to grow business in Scotland and other parts of Great Britain."
He added: "We've been working towards this extension of our business, moving the company from a total dependence on contracts in Northern Ireland, for some time."
Moira Loughran, Invest NI Regional Office Manager, speaking during a visit to the company said the agency was focusing on construction.
"Invest NI's strategic focus is to encourage and assist construction industry companies to overcome market difficulties here by competing abroad.
"This series of contracts in Scotland give this ambitious and very professional company an important foothold in a marketplace which offers greater opportunities than Northern Ireland," continued Moira.