Belfast Telegraph

CTS Projects turning up heat after sealing £14m worth of deals and plans for further 50 new jobs

By John Mulgrew

A Co Down heating and renewable energy installer is hoping to add 50 new jobs in the next year after already doubling its workforce in just 18 months.

CTS Projects in Warrenpoint has added 32 new jobs to its business, bringing staff numbers to 70, after landing fresh contracts worth £14m. But boss Connaire McGreevy, who also owns and runs Mourne Mountains Brewery, says he's now looking at setting up a base in Dublin, and expanding his workforce by a further 50.

CTS now handles 40% of Northern Ireland's social housing heating maintenance and upgrades.

But former SDLP councillor Mr McGreevy says he wants that number to grow further still.

The newest roles created at CTS include contract management and gas engineers, with salaries of around £25,000.

"We are still looking for a few more roles, and are putting out an advert soon for additional staff," Mr McGreevy said.

"We have 40% of social housing heating and maintenance contracts. We are aiming to increase that percentage. And we are also moving into the south, and have two small contracts in around Dublin, and are branching out there too, and looking for a new office."

He said that could be "potentially an additional 50 jobs in the next 12 months".

Mr McGreevy, who last week was named Young Businessperson of the Year at this year's Belfast Telegraph Business Awards, said his business success was down strong investment in IT, which offers customers instant reports on a range of "key performance indicators".

"In terms of business, the first five years is trying to establish your name, to clients and potential employees," he said.

"There has been a bit of growth in five years, but it gets easier once you win one [contract], you demonstrate what you are capable of.

"We have had exponential growth, and I'm looking to maintain that. I'm not stopping."

The latest contracts CTS has won include four housing associations, Alpha Housing, Fold Housing, Habinteg Housing and Triangle Housing and existing contracts with several other associations.

And Mr McGreevy's other business, craft beer maker Mourne Mountains Brewery, is also celebrating a year in business.

"It's going well. We have five people now and have grown our outlets to 70," he added.

"We are in talks with distributors to take it right across the UK.

"We are hoping to secure contracts with them to expand our reach, and we are developing new beers, too."

The brewery can produce up to 1,600 litres at a time, and sells a range of core beers, including a red ale and golden ale, along with several specials.

That's included a pumpkin beer, Christmas ale and a Belgian chocolate brew.

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