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Portakabin aiming to grow new Northern Ireland business to £3m in sales in two years

By John Mulgrew

Modular building stalwart Portakabin says it's already turning over £1m a year in business rents here, after setting up its first dedicated office in Northern Ireland.

The company, founded in York in 1961, has just expanded and grown its operations in Ireland, with a new depot just outside Lisburn at the Derriaghy Business Park.

Declan Byrne, regional hire manager in Northern Ireland, told the Belfast Telegraph it's aiming to become a £2m to £3m business here in the next couple of years.

The company supplies its top-end cabins to some of Northern Ireland and the Republic's biggest firms.

That includes car parts maker Montupet, which sits just beside Portakabin's new Northern Ireland headquarters, along with tech giants in the Republic such as Google and Facebook.

"Demand for the product in Northern Ireland dictated that they set up a depot," Mr Byrne said.

"The turnover in Northern Ireland alone is just less than £1m. That's a rent roll. Obviously they expect that to rise, now that they have a Northern Ireland presence."

And speaking about customers, he said: "Our Northern Ireland portfolio has grown, with Dupont in Derry and Montupet next door. Norbrook Laboratories in Newry, Huhtamaki in Lurgan, Sawyers Transport."

Murphy Chartered Surveyors is behind the Derriaghy Business Park scheme, which has undergone a £1m redevelopment.

It's already taken on several new tenants, including construction giant H&J Martin, which last year was bought over by Lagan Construction Group.

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