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Phone rings all day as high-end retailers demand luxury tiles

A Co Down tiling firm working for some of the world's most famous department stores has seen its turnover rise rapidly from £300,000 to £2.2m in the past three years.

Trainor Stone & Tile - based in Annalong - expects this to grow to at least £4m by 2018.

The company's clients include Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta and Estee Lauder, and it's currently working on the refit of West Ham's new club headquarters at the Olympic Stadium in London.

Contracts director Peter Trainor - who set up the company in 2002 - flies his prestigious clients to Italy to choose stone for luxury refurbishments.

"Our workload in London is nearly off the scale," Mr Trainor said. "The phone just goes all day. We don't really do marketing as such, it tends to be repeat business from a select group of five or six very important, high value clients. We do a lot of our work with the Belfast-based fit-out company Portview. It's a great relationship."

The company notched up its first £1m job on Estee Lauder's European headquarters at Fitzroy Place, London.

"We did all 10 floors and the central staircase," Mr Trainor said. "That was a real landmark project for us. The standard of material and design is outstanding."

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