A CO DOWN fit-out company has won new business abroad and created 30 new jobs through strategic investment in training and skills development.
MJM Group has been congratulated by Dr Bill McGinnis, the Northern Ireland Advisor on Employment and Skills during a visit to the firm's new 100,000 sq ft plant at Carnbane Business Park, Newry.
"MJM Group is a successful people-focused business that recognises the importance of training and providing customers, including many high-profile marine, hospitality and commercial organisations in global markets, with the quality outfitting services that they expect," he said
"This focus on skills is enabling this company to win significant contracts in markets such as London, Germany, Singapore and the Caribbean.
"A structured approach to training is contributing to its outstanding performance in terms of export success - all the company's business is now outside the island of Ireland - and its excellent growth of 80% last year in difficult market conditions.
"Today, the company has an order book worth more than £22m - up from £8.5m in 2008."
Jonathan Guest, MJM group managing director, added: "We seek to recruit, invest in and support the best people we can find.
"We recognised the importance of training by designing a special suite of rooms for skills development within the new factory in Newry."
MJM has pinpointed London as a key market.
Last August, the firm secured a £5m contract to carry out a luxury fit-out for the restaurant of the Mandarin Oriental hotel, run by celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal.