Belfast Telegraph

Landscaping firm creates employment with buy-out

By Clare Weir

A Co Antrim landscaping company has acquired a maintenance firm in Portadown.

The Landscape Centre in Ballyclare, which employs around 200 people, has bought over Bryan Hynds Services Limited and will take over all existing maintenance contracts, including both private and major public-sector clients.

All 35 jobs in the Portadown firm will be retained, and the expansion has lead to the creation of additional management and administrative positions at the company's head office.

The announcement comes just a month after The Landscape Centre was awarded the contract to provide grounds maintenance services for Northern Ireland Water covering 1,000 individual sites across the region.

The Landscape Centre, which was formerly attached to the Donegore Garden Centre, was established 30 years ago.

The firm works in commercial and domestic landscaping in Ireland in the domestic and commercial sectors and also carries out contracting work including winter gritting and tree-surgery services. In addition it operates in the commercial tender market for builders and developers.

Managing director Steven Thompson said ground maintenance makes up a large part of the business. "The acquisition of Bryan Hynds Services and our subsequent new Portadown base will allow us to further expand our service to provide complete and efficient coverage for the whole of Northern Ireland."

Ellen Matthews, business manager at Northern Bank, which supported the acquisition, added: "Northern Bank is delighted to play its part in the growth of The Landscape Centre - an existing business customer that is demonstrating how a company can continue to develop and expand, even in difficult economic conditions.

"This is the kind of financial partnership we can and do bring to local businesses across Northern Ireland," she added.