Belfast Telegraph

Interiors business is up for sale

By Rachel Martin

A vibrant Co Antrim interior design and fabrics business with one of Ireland's largest textile libraries is up for sale.

Owner Vionna Beggs has run The Fabric Gallery in Ballymena for around 15 years, but said she was selling due to a family illness.

The company started off as a part-time hobby run from Mrs Beggs' home, but word-of-mouth meant the business quickly out-grew its premises.

In 2009 the firm moved to its current home on Ballymena's Church Street.

Mrs Beggs said: "The business is being sold as a great going concern and is only for sale due to health reasons.

"The Fabric Gallery is bringing in great work, but I'm sure any young ambitious person could push it on further again.

"Someone with a flair for design and an interest in it would do very well with it.

"I'm not an interior designer. You don't need to have all the letters after your name to be able to make a successful business."

As well as an interior design, the sale also includes the business' retail arm.

Its showroom stocks between 500-600 fabric rolls and also includes large windows suitable for conversion into room settings.

The business currently employs one full-time interior designer and four part-time staff who carry out consultations, design work and project making on-site. It also holds several exclusive accounts with interior and fabric stockists.

Belfast Telegraph