Belfast Telegraph

Belfast Telegraph Business Awards: Fit-out firm's boss wins prestigious Television award

By Margaret Canning

Brian McConville, the chairman of Newry fit-out company MJM Group, has been named Businessperson of the Year in the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards, in association with British Airways.

Mr McConville was unveiled as winner of the sought-after title at last night's ceremony in the Culloden Hotel.

He set up his company around 33 years ago, growing it into a major business renowned for the refurbishment of cruise liners, ferries, yachts and buildings.

Two years ago MJM Group was in the headlines for buying over the assets of rival fit-out company Mivan after the latter went into administration.

The firm has said it expects turnover in its marine arm to reach £50m in the next year.

Economist John Simpson, the chairman of the judges of the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards, said Mr McConville had strongly impressed the panel.

"We've given him the award of Businessperson of the Year because of the extensive ambition he has shown, particularly in taking over Mivan's assets," he said. "He has extended his business in a way that has been terribly impressive."

The company also had cause for celebration earlier this year when it successfully bid for the 600-acre former military site at Shackleton Barracks in Ballykelly, Co Londonderry. And the firm has hinted at ambitious plans for the site.

Speaking at the time, Mr McConville said: "It is my vision that at Ballykelly there will be at least 1,000 jobs on this site once it is fully developed, as the opportunities that it will present are enormous."

The company has said it plans to develop facilities to refurbish and fit out private jets on the site, and have a specialist fabrication business on site.

MJM Marine has completed many prestigious fit-outs. In 2014 it carried out a multi-million project on Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas, one of the world's biggest cruise ships.

It has also carried out work for Carnival Cruise Lines, Residensea's The World, P&O Cruises and Star Cruises.

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