Belfast Telegraph

Co Armagh CHC Group to create over 30 jobs as part of growth plans

By Joanne Sweeney

A Co Armagh electrical and engineering firm is creating at least 30 new jobs as part of its latest expansion. Craigavon-based CHC Group says that it will see a 20% increase in turnover by the end of the financial year as it continues to grow.

And for the first time in years, the optimistic family-owned firm has already booked some major building contracts in London for 2017.

Most of the business growth is down to gaining two electrical and maintenance contracts for the Education Authorities’ Southern and South Eastern regions.

The contracts can run for up to four years and will see the firm provide 24-hour service to over 500 primary and post-primary schools that the authorities cover.

CHC says the new jobs will provide a contribution of over £800,000 annually in salaries to the economy, as well as providing training and development opportunities for graduates and apprentices.

The company specialises in design and build mechanical and electrical projects, as well as facilities management services.

The company is0 owned by two families — the Pooles and Beatties — under the founders Derek Poole and Brian Beattie, whose sons now have taken over the day-to-day running of the business.

CHC’s commercial director Brenda Regan said the company had “seen a sustained period of growth in recent years”.

She added: “This is testament to the hard work and commitment of our employees. Through additional investment in our resources and facilities we have built a solid foundation for continued sustainable growth.

“The company already has a solid pipeline of work booked for 2016/17 which will see its turnover increase by 20% for 2016/17.”

Most of the jobs have already been recruited, growing the workforce to over 140 staff.

The business, which developed out of the former Craigavon Heating Centre, is based in Portadown’s Seagoe Industrial Estate

But it has recently established an additional office in the Carn estate to accommodate the extra helpdesk staff and electricians.

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