Belfast Telegraph

Duo of Northern Ireland firms in UK's top 100 for SME export growth

By John Mulgrew

Two Northern Ireland businesses have been named among the UK's fastest-growing companies in terms of international sales.

Belfast firm M&M Contractors is a newcomer to the Sunday Times Lloyds SME Export Track 100 list.

M&M, headed by Gareth Loye, offers telecommunication and electrical infrastructures in civil engineering and construction projects.

It came in at number 24 on the list, which covers small and medium-sized businesses.

The company grew its exports to £3.3m in 2015. The Belfast-based firm designs and installs underground cabling networks, and has laid 4,600 km of subsea fibre-optic cables between the UK and the US to create the fastest-ever data connection between the two nations.

Meanwhile, Co Tyrone waste and recycling equipment company CDEnviro has made a return to the list, coming in at number 11.

The region's top-ranked company, based in Cookstown, helps businesses in Europe, North America and Australia to reduce their waste.

Its systems process over 500,000 tonnes of waste each year, helping overseas sales hit £3.2m in 2015.

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said: "Companies are seizing the huge international demand for innovative UK products and services."

The local firms join companies from across Britain on the list, including online bike retailer Merlin Cycles and drinks maker Fentimans.

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