Belfast Telegraph

Co Down vending firm lands £1.4m deal to supply kids' rides to Asda

By Lisa Smyth

A Co Down leisure vending specialist has won a £1.4m contract to supply kids' rides to more than 100 Asda stores.

Clearhill is set to roll out its latest range of attractions to 112 Asda stores - almost one fifth of the firm's locations across the UK - with hopes to increase the number further in 2017.

Congratulating the Banbridge company, Economy Minister Simon Hamilton said: "Clearhill offers one of the largest ranges of children's rides, toy carts and photo booths in the UK.

"This impressive deal with Asda is the latest contract win for the company this year, having already secured more than £3m in new business with shopping centre giants Hammerson and ReDefine.

"Having benefited from employment, marketing, IT and R&D support from Invest Northern Ireland, Clearhill has been able to capitalise on new market opportunities and growing sales in Great Britain.

"This has created additional employment opportunities in Banbridge, helping benefit the local economy."

Brian McAreavey, commercial director for Clearhill, said the company's latest business success demonstrated the scale on which it is operating.

"With more than 200 customers hosting over 2,000 pieces of machinery, Clearhill is the industry's market-leader on the island of Ireland with 76% market share," he added.

"The company, which has been operating for almost 25 years, also has a 35% share in the UK market which is still growing."

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