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Mascott helps support digital media on night of celebration

By Staff Reporter

Over the last four decades Mascott - which is now owned by Gareth Loye - has helped deliver many iconic structures which are now part of Northern Ireland's collective built heritage.

The company ethos is built on dedicated professional staff and a commitment to delivering excellence first time, every time.

Mr Loye is also chief executive of the multi-award winning M&M Contractors, a 30-year-old business providing turnkey telecommunication and electrical infrastructures in civil engineering and construction projects.

M&M were recently listed on the Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 list - one of only two Northern Ireland companies to do so. And Gareth was also a finalist in the EY Entrepreneur Ireland competition last year.

MrLoye's plan is to grow both M&M Contractors and Mascott to a combined turnover of £30m in the next year, and grow his workforce to 220 employees.

"It came about as a strategy from M&M," he said. "Mascott is a wonderful brand with wonderful projects. We believed we could save Mascott and can return it to being the company it once was. We are all now in the same building and follow the same vision.

"The acquisition means Mascott are now unique within the construction industry to be able to offer the complete construction management solution 'build, fit, connect and maintain', which has been reflected with 10 contract wins across both the public and private sector in just eight months."

One such project has been the successfully delivered Annon House for the Mount Charles Group. Mount Charles are Ireland's largest indigenous food service and they worked with Mascott to bring their vision for their new headquarters to life.

The 10,000 sq ft Maxol House on Ormeau Road was the former headquarters of Botanic Inns and is now home to about 50 of the company's 2,000-strong workforce.

It is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, with a focus on creating an open plan environment that will encourage collaboration between Mount Charles' various divisions.

The building was officially by then First Minister Arlene Foster who thanked Mascott Construction Europe and praised Mount Charles as a "huge Northern Ireland success story".

Mr Loye is delighted the company is supporting the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards by sponsoring the Digital Media Award.

"We selected to sponsor the category as digital marketing provides companies like ours a level playing field to showcase our work on projects such as the restoration of Portaferry market house and our Grade A fit out of Northern Ireland's first mediation centre at the Boat for the Bar Library. SMEs often have very little of the resources that were previously only available to large corporations," he said.

"Digital media provides them with a more cost-effective marketing channel that delivers results. The process of attracting targeted audiences online can spell the difference between a successfully thriving business - and a failed one.

"For Mascott the power of digital media lies in its ability to attract targeted traffic. These audiences are ready to know more about our brand and our services and may be interested enough to purchase what we have to offer."

The Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in partnership with Ulster Bank take place at the Crowne Plaza in Belfast tonight

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