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Building firm's £250k investment

A Co Down building supplies company has announced an investment of over £250,000 in new equipment and buildings.

Carryduff Building Supplies said its two new buildings and the purchase of two new lorries had cemented its commitment to the future and will increase turnover by 20%.

The business is owned by John and Shirley Gilliland and their sons Andrew and Richard.

Shirley Gilliland said: "CBS's growth was fuelled by the demand for smaller loads, primarily for domestic use. However, in 2011 we invested in a 6.5m lorry that expanded our customer base, enabling us to deliver larger quantities of concrete."

The investment comes during a period of hardship for the construction industry but Mrs Gilliland said the company hopes continual evolution will allow it to thrive.

"A combination of consumer demand and a determination for CBS to continually evolve by offering more services resulted in our latest investment in the company."

"This investment comes at a time when the entire construction industry in Northern Ireland is in decline, with all sub-sectors experiencing a fall in activity in the early part of the year.

"This illustrates the risk that the Gillilands are taking, as expectations for the industry are also negative, with employment, workloads and profits still expected to fall.