Belfast Telegraph

Agricultural firm expands to dip feet in Scottish market

By Clare Weir

An agricultural company is taking on four new staff to support its export sales drive.

Ramage Contracts in Dervock, Ballymoney, Co Antrim, manufactures and erects buildings and livestock gates throughout Northern Ireland and is now targeting market opportunities in Scotland.

Aaron Ramage established Ramage Contracts in 2003 and said that he aims to triple sales over the next two years with support from Invest Northern Ireland's Jobs Fund, which has offered £28,000 of funding.

The expansion will bring staff levels at the company to nine.

"This will depend on me being able to spend time developing sales leads here and in Scotland," Mr Ramage said.

"The recruitment of an office manager is key to this, and additional (staff) will be required as the business grows.

"Without Invest NI's support we would not be able to take on the staff so quickly and might lose out on the current opportunities in the Scottish market.

"We are also making significant investments in marketing and capital equipment for an additional production shed and some fabricating equipment to support future growth."

Gren Armstrong, manager of Invest NI's north-east regional office added: "This small business is gearing up to take the step into export markets as part of an overall growth plan.

"Our Jobs Fund is delivering essential support so that it can quickly take advantage of the opportunities in Scotland."